featured DCWM honors Mell with Lifetime Achievement Award Jan 22, 2020 Jan 22, 2020 0 Facebook Twitter WhatsApp SMS Email Print Save (Photo by June White/Courtesy)By Shawn ByrneSun EditorEd Mell’s paintings and sculptures can be found in collections owned by Tri-Star Pictures, Phoenix Art Museum, actress Diane Keaton, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and former Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt.He is a person “who reflect(s) the unbridled creativity and history of the American West” and for that he has been named the recipient of the 2020 Desert Caballeros Western Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Award.“Ed Mell’s command of subjects both large and small with an angularity of style, and his ability to excel in multiple venues and media, makes him incomparable,” said Dan Finley, DCWM executive director, in a press release. “He is, without a doubt, one of our state’s foremost living artists.”Mell told The Sun he isn’t aware of any other artists who have received lifetime achievement awards, and that makes his award by DCWM all the more special.“I’m honored to get the Lifetime Achievement Award,” he said. “The show we put up looks really great, and the museum was great to work with. They let me pick the color of the walls.”An exhibition of Mell’s work, featuring nearly 100 pieces of his work, has been on display at the museum in it’s Fisher Gallery since Dec. 21 and will continue through March 8.Mell’s popularity is easily defined. Tickets to “The heART of the West Gala,” in which Mell was honored Saturday, Jan. 18, sold out before the museum could even get its invitations in the mail.Mell said he paints the West because it is phenomenal with the choices of color and form. His concepts originate from growing up in his native Arizona and visits to Utah. One way he grasped those colors and forms came from the sky.Mell was a close friend to Jerry Foster, who for many years was the helicopter pilot for Channel 12 in Phoenix. Mell went on helicopter trips with Foster, including a time when they picked up former Sen. Barry Goldwater and took him to Rainbow Lodge in Coconino County.“I saw a lot of beautiful country with him,” Mell said. “It gave me a different viewpoint of places that most artists don’t get to go. There’s a certain adrenaline running through you when riding in a helicopter, and I try to put some of that into my work.”Bob Boze Bell, author, artist and executive editor of “True West Magazine,” introduced Mell at the Gala.“We shared studio space for five years,” Mell said. “He is such a good guy.”The Gala was chaired by Betty Watt, and Mell is the seventh recipient of the DCWM’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Facebook Twitter WhatsApp SMS Email Print Save × Post a comment as Emoticons [smile] [beam] [wink] [sad] [cool] [innocent] [rolleyes] [whistling] [lol] [huh] [tongue] [love] [sleeping] [yawn] [unsure] [angry] [blink] [crying] [ohmy] [scared] [sleep] [sneaky] [tongue_smile] [thumbdown] [thumbup] [censored] [happybirthday] [ban] [spam] [offtopic] [batman] [ninja] [pirate] [alien] Comment Text Cancel Post comment × Your comment has been submitted. × Report Cancel Report Abuse ×Reported ×There was a problem reporting this. × Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Watch this discussion Get an email notification whenever someone contributes to the discussion Notifications from this discussion will be disabled. Cancel Start watching Stop watching (0) comments Welcome to the discussion. Log In Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Post a comment Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Latest News Beer Fest, First Friday concert set for March 6 Rattlesnake education this Saturday at HRP ‘Mommy & Me’ class at St. Alban’s Church AZGFD offering wildlife education workshops Ivy Claire McCloud Freedom Express acts as lifeline This Week in Wickenburg Town council, mayor seats up for grabs Most Popular Articles Images Videos Commented ArticlesYCSO: Fire at Congress store ‘deemed suspicious’ADOT issues travel advisory in the Phoenix area for the weekend2020 Gold Rush Days Parade Winners1909 posse rounds up gopher snakeGoodwill employee arrested for theftThis Week in Wickenburg HistoryGlendale man killed in US 93 crashWCA Lions’ run to state ends in quarterfinalsMan arrested after discharging firearm within city limitsYarnell: Model Creek School requesting supply donations Images VideosSorry, there are no recent results for popular videos. CommentedSorry, there are no recent results for popular commented articles.