Art demos Saturday afternoons

The Wickenburg Art Club is hosting free art demonstrations from 1 - 3 p.m. on Saturdays throughout the month of September in conjunction with the “West of Center: Highlights from the Wickenburg Art Club” exhibition.  Each demonstration is presented by an Art Club member and examines a different style or medium. Demos are on Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Cultural Crossroads Learning Center; no RSVPs are required. Upcoming demos include Oil Painting with Marian Koegele (Sept. 14), Watercolor Florals with Nancy Hill (Sept. 21), and Pastels with Susan Moehring (Sept. 28). The “West of Center” exhibition and sale is organized by and features artwork created by members of the Wickenburg Art Club. All pieces are available for purchase, with profits benefitting the Wickenburg Art Club and its members. The show runs through Sept. 27, 2019.

The fall season of events at Desert Caballeros Western Museum will kick off with a “Welcome Back” reception for Museum Members on the first day of fall, Monday, Sept. 23, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Several of the artists from the current “Flower Power: Desert Botanicals” exhibition will speak about their work in the galleries, and the 2019-2020 season of events will be previewed. Museum Members are asked to RSVP by Sept. 19 to or 928-684-2272.

At 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24 in the Learning Center, artist Matilda Essig will present a public program on her “Apache Grasslands” project, which is featured in the “Flower Power: Desert Botanicals” exhibition. Essig will speak about her journey as an artist, from east to west, and from paint to pixel, as she shares her story of exploration and discovery in the grasslands of southeast Arizona. Essig grew up in Pennsylvania and studied art at Reed College and the Art Students League of New York. After ten years working in natural science illustration in the Sonoran Desert, she returned to fine art, using digital imaging technology to explore the subtle diversity of open space in the American West. Her work is in private and corporate collections, national parks, and wildlife refuges around the Southwest. Her clientele includes Dr. Jane Goodall, National Geographic, the US Department of the Interior, and Oxford University Press, among others.

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