April is a GREAT time to visit - as Roseanne said, the desert
wildflowers are gorgeous. We've had more than our usual spring rains
and the plant life shows it - the desert is GREEN!
With the exception of some of the snootier places in Scottsdale,
most of us Arizonians will chat with visitors about just about
Galleries of all kinds are in abundance in Scottsdale, especially in
the area near the Art Center or off 5th Avenue in Scottsdale. If you
want to see Southwestern jewelry - Ortega's in Scottsdale is the
In downtown Phoenix, there is the Heard Museum for Native American
baskets, weaving and jewelry, as well as the Phoenix Art Museum -
both on Central Avenue. There is a Mining and Mineral Museum just a
few blocks from the Capitol. If you are interested in Native American
history, there is Pueblo Grande Museum, which is a museum/working
If you are adventurous and want to get further from the Phoenix
metroplex, there is the Mesa Art Center and the Mesa Southwest
Museum. MSM is one of the finest natural history museums in the West
- specimens of gems and minerals from the area, as well as a "cave"
with examples of different stalagmite/stalactite formations,
meteorites, dinosaurs and other "paleo-critters" such as mammoths and
mastodons, as well as exhibits on the Hohokam and Anasazi Indians who
were among the earliest inhabitants of the area.
Even further east, you will encounter the small town of Apache
Junction, home of the Superstition Mountains and the legend of the
Lost Dutchman's Gold. The "ghost town" of Goldfield has tours which
go underground into the old gold workings. There is also a
Superstition Mountain Museum with history of the area.
Going North from the Phoenix metroplex, you will find the art
"colony" of Sedona. Galleries of all kinds to suit any taste. A must
see for most "artsy" people is Tlaquepaque (T-lawk-ie-pawk-ie) -
loads of galleries there, too. If your travels and "poking around"
take you north, you could visit the town of Prescott - at one time
the Territorial Capital of Arizona - home to the famous Earps before
their fateful move to Tombstone. There are a number of galleries
located around town - especially near the courthouse square.
A must see for anyone coming to Arizona is the Grand Canyon! It is
arguably the biggest "work of Art" on the planet! Depending on the
time of day and the day of the year, the lighting changes the colors
and shapes - an everchanging work of Art! I would recommend spending
a couple of days there. There are even a couple of galleries in the
area- though mostly of the touristy kind!
Of course, if you have any extra time, you are always welcome to
visit us at our VERY humble shop in east Mesa. (not an advertisement,
just an offer of a cup of coffee or a cold soda and a little chat).
Contact me or my husband Mike off the list for any further
My addy is @Deb_Weller and Mike's is