We are closing out the year with a showing of the fabulous work of four local artists. Allegra Mount’s wreaths, Nicole Luna’s dream catchers, Zach Farley’s handmade instruments and Saul Lieberman’s fanciful metal art delighted the folks who broke bread with us on Opening Night.
If you weren’t able to join in that fun, the “found objects” can be seen during the Museum’s regular hours – Th – Sat from 2 until 4 or by appointment.
Another fun opening night that showcased the work one of our fabulous local artists. Thanks to the Patagonia Creative Arts Association, Jill’s whimsical artwork plus the yummy food created by the talented Susan Quiroga brought lots of friendly faces to the halls of Old Main.
“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” – Twyla Tharp
Jill’s work will remain on display until the middle of November and can be seen during the Museum’s regular hours – Th – Sat from 2 until 4 or by appointment. We guarantee Jill’s art will bring a smile to your face.
FLASHBACK: Courtesy of the Patagonia Regional Times – Written by Leslie Ware – February 6, 2014
Pentimento (noun): visible trace of earlier painting beneath a layer or layers of paint on a canvas.
Anyone following German Quiroga on a walking tour of Patagonia on January 18 would have seen the town as it is today, but the fun was in imagining it as it used to be.
The Railroad Depot. The land where we met to begin our walk was once home to the Hohokam, followed by the Tohono O’odham; Spanish missionaries; Apaches; and finally homesteaders like Rollin Rice Richardson, who named the town “Rollin” after himself, though it was “Patagonia” that stuck. The depot building looks much like it did in 1900. But picture it in its original site, 45 feet closer to Naugle Ave. In the mid-1960s, after the railroad was abandoned (cattle were now trucked, not sent by train, and the area’s silver and lead mines were closing), the highway department straightened a kink in Highway 82. That meant moving the depot to its current location.
The gas station. Imagine the earlier occupant of this space—The Wagon Wheel Saloon. To move the bar to its current location, workers put it on a dolly and rolled it down the highway.
Pilates Patagonia. It’s easy to see the pentimento here, on the wooden sign: “Patagonia Lumber Co.” A spur from the main rails led to the building, easing transport of lumber.
Patagonia Arts building. It once was Anne Stradling’s Museum of the Horse (now in Ruidoso, NM), with a blacksmith shop in back.
La Mision de San Miguel. This structure, built in 1915, was recently a bar and music venue, but before that it was the raucous Big Steer bar. And before that? A laundromat.
Red Mountain Foods. It was once the site of Judge Alexander Henderson’s mercantile store.
Two doors away from Red Mountain Foods. Imagine a woodframe opera house. Thought to be a fire hazard, it was razed in the mid-1960s.
Tree at the corner of Smelter and Fourth. Picture a miscreant chained to this tree, which served as the town jail until 1938, when the Works Progress Administration built a more conventional jail. Perhaps the chained man was inebriated, German Quiroga said: “His buddies could still come visit and bring him liquor, but he couldn’t move away.” Now picture another jail tree on McKeown, next to the Long Realty office (the stump was stored at the Lopez Pool Hall) and a jail cave in School Canyon not far from the Pony Tail Hair Salon.
Cady Hall. Before it began life as the Patagonia Library in 1957 (courtesy of the Patagonia Women’s Club, which earned a cheer from Quiroga’s tour group), it served as a hotel, restaurant, and roller skating rink.
309 Duquesne Ave. This building has had at least two prior lives, as the Patagonia Union High School, from 1926 to 1948, and until 1983, as Dr. Delmar Mock’s clinic. Doc Mock had lots of business delivering babies, including tour guide Quiroga, who notes that the doctor drove to his destinations in a station wagon on which he’d earned permission to put red lights.
Razors. Yes, razors. Our last pentimento involves imagining those long-ago railroad tracks that led to town. The rails were sold to the Gillette Company to use in making blades for shaving.
Another successful Art + History exhibit has gone down in history. A month long exhibit of original art created by the Summer Camp attendees under the guidance of Patagonia Creative Arts Association team was the highlight of the summer of 2022.
Opening night which included a community potluck brought over a hundred people to the Museum to share in the joy of the young artists’ creations.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up” – Pablo Picasso
… the very happy Ms. Perin McNelis, a Patagonia resident and familiar face to patrons of the Borderlands Restoration Native Plants program. Thanks to the generosity of local artist Bob Bergier, his original acrylic “Sonoita Creek” will find a place of honor in the to-be-built home of Perin’s dreams.
Interested in the backstory that led to her lucky day? It began in the spring of 2022 when the Museum collaborated with the Patagonia Creative Arts Association to display Bob’s work as a featured “Artist-in-Residence”.
As a Museum board member and a 4th generation Patagonian, Bergier’s interest in the community led him to offer a painting to be raffled off as a fundraiser for the Museum’s student docent scholarship program. Needless to say, our answer was a resounding “YES, PLEASE”.
Ticket sales began at the grand opening of the show on April 22nd and culminated with the drawing on June 3rd. It’s obvious from the smile on her face that Perin was thrilled, not only with the painting but, as she commented, with the opportunity to support a program that benefits the youth of our community.
The Museum Board deeply appreciates Bergier’s donation as well as the support coming from the many members of our community who purchased raffle tickets throughout the month. Those contributions will replenish our scholarship fund which was diminished due to a lack of fundraising opportunities during the pandemic years.
The scholarship program, which was started by Tom and Linda Shore, is in its fourth year with Nick Dekhtyar and Elizabeth Urias currently serving in the student docent role. Prior scholarship recipients include Patagonia High School graduates Gianna Martin, Hannah Young, Brianna Young and Carolina Quiroz.
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