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Willcox Wine and Art Show Oct. 17 & 18

Have you tasted Arizona’s wines yet?

Coronado Vineyards in Willcox (c) Luanne Mattson

Coronado Vineyards in Willcox (c) Luanne Mattson

If not, you might want to check out Willcox this weekend. Willcox’s weather looks fantastic (highs in the 80s; lows in the 50s)!

Eight Arizona wineries are gearing up for the Willcox Wine and Art Show. Six of the eight wineries are grown in Cochise County. The event will also include a juried art show of 30 artists, five food booths, music and a wine tasting area.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 17 & 18

Where: Railroad Park, on Railroad Ave. in historic downtown Willcox

Cost: Wine tasting will be $10 for those over 21 and includes six tasting coupons and a commemorative Arizona Wine glass. Attendance and parking  is FREE and open to the public.

Check the Willcox Wine and Art Show website for more info.

Looking for more to do in Willcox? Check out the Rex Allen Museum, dedicated to preserving the memory of Rex Allen, who was the “voice of Disney” for years. If you’re a fan of country music, you might also stop by the Marty Robbins exhibit, which is also on Railroad Avenue. Marty is famous for his song, El Paso, but he has hundreds of other great songs. Outside Willcox’s downtown are Apple Annie’s Orchard and a number of other u-pick farms if you want to pick your own apples or pumpkins (can you say “pie”?). Click here for the Willcox harvest brochure.

Stop by the Willcox Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture for more information on places to see and things to do in the area.

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Peace to Bisbee artist Rose Johnson

Rose Johnson, who painted Bisbee’s Peace wall, died in Jakarta, so says the Jakarta Post in a story published today.

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be the highest bidder on a chair she painted for the chair auction held by the Bisbee Women’s Club. It’s a wonderful piece that shows her whimsy and talent.

Chair painted by Bisbee artist Rose Johnson

Chair painted by Bisbee artist Rose Johnson

This chair, titled “Night,” was one of two chairs she painted for the auction. The other was a daytime scene with a sun painted on the seat. I wish I had bought both!

Johnson also painted Bisbee’s Peace Wall and the lovely mural on the Jonquil Motel. You can read more about her at the Phoenix New Times blog.

She will be sorely missed in Bisbee and in all of Arizona. Rest in Peace, Rose Johnson.


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Mother’s Day with your unique Mom

What kind of mom do you have? If she’s not traditional (or even if she is), consider a trip to Cochise County. There are three events that will help you celebrate your unique Mom during Mother’s Day weekend, May 8-10.

Motorcycle Mama

Photo by Rainer Ebert

Photo by Rainer Ebert

If she’s a biker babe, you and she can motor down to the Border to Border Cinco de Mayo Run, May 8 & 9 in Douglas. A lot of activities are in store.

A bike and car show, raffles and drawings, plus a poker crawl will make this a rousing weekend. Street dancing on Friday evening will feature Déjà vu, and Elvis will appear on Saturday.

Details: Border to Border run: 9 a.m.; Street Dancing: Friday, 8-Midnight. Activities start at the Gadsden Hotel in Douglas.

Admission is free, and there is a small fee for specific events. For more info, call 520-364-4481 or 520-234-3901.

Mother Nature

Does Mom yearn for the outdoors? Is she an early riser who loves nature and wildlife? Consider taking part in the International Migratory Bird Day Spring Festival on May 9.

With talks, walks, exhibitions and children’s events, you and Mom can learn about birds, beavers, wildlife and native plantings. The Gray Hawk Nature Center will showcase a variety of snakes and lizards. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the San Pedro River, the Sonoran Joint Venture, Coronado National Forest, Cochise County Master Gardeners and the Bureau of Land Management.

Details: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., May 9 at the San Pedro House, 9800 Hwy 90 (at the San Pedro River). Admission is free. For more info, call 520-459-2555.

Arts & Crafts Mom

Does Mom appreciate the finer things in life? If she loves arts and crafts (she knitted sweaters for you, made quilts or simply loves artistic creations), you might want to swing down to the Holy Trinity Monastery’s Fiesta de la Primavera in St. David, just south of Benson.

Details: Sat., May 9: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., May 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Monastery, St. David. Admission is free. For more info, call 520 720-4642 ext 22 or visit their website.

If you’d like to visit any of these events, call the visitors centers in each city. The staff can help you decide where to stay and give you tips on where to eat.

Benson Visitor Center: 520-586-4293

Douglas Visitor Center: 520-417-7344

Sierra Vista Visitor Center: 1-800-288-3861

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Art & performing art in Cochise County

Want a little creative boost this weekend? Visit Cochise County to see a a miniature art show or a “regular sized” musical performance.

Feb. 26, Tucson Symphony Orchestra with the Bisbee Community Chorus-Latin Flair

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra comes to Bisbee for a special performance of “Latin Flair,” as part of its Southern Arizona Residency. The Bisbee Community Chorus, presenter of the event, will join the symphony for part of the program. The concert is made possible in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, with funding from the state of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Details: 7 p.m. at the Bisbee High School Auditorium, 325 School Terrace. Admission is $12.50 (free for K-12 students in Cochise County). More info at 520-432-3523 or 520-432-8885

Through February, Willcox Miniature Art Show

Stop by the Willcox Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture to admire a nationally judged show of artwork no bigger than 35 square inches. The mini show and sale, sponsored by the Art League of Willcox, features artists from all over the country.

Details: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri.; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat.; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sun. at the Willcox Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, 1500 N. Circle Road. Admission is free. Info at 520-384-2272 or 520-384-5317.

Arizona Folklore Preserve, Sierra Vista

Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, performs in the intimate setting of the Folklore Preserve in forested Ramsey Canyon. Reservations are required.

Details: 2 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, at the Arizona Folklore Preserve,

44 E. Ramsey Canyon Road in Hereford.Admission is $15 for adults; $6 for students 17 and under. Call 520-378-6165 or visit the Arizona Folklore Preserve website for more information.

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Benson: little known artists’ spots

There’s greatness in our midst! Benson is where artist Bernard Fiero, a painter who works in oils, watercolors and acrylics, chooses to live. That puts him in a special club with humorist Baxter Black, who also makes Benson his home.

Fiero recently received an Award of Excellence in the Members Juried Exhibition from the Tubac Center of the Arts. The local paper San Pedro Valley News-Sun just did a nice profile on Fiero.

Just outside of Benson is Gallery of Dreams (at 245 E. Patton, St. David), where other artists are featured. The gallery displays and sells works that range in price from $10 to $10,000.

Yet another little known sanctuary for the arts is the Holy Trinity Monastery. The San Pedro Valley Center for the Arts is housed at the monastery. They hold workshops and the Gallery Trinitas has works of local and non-local artists.

Who knew Benson was so full of culture?! Stop in the Benson Visitor Center at 249 E. 4th St. in Benson and see what’s in store for your inner artist. Maybe you’ll be inspired to paint some of the San Pedro Valley’s gorgeous landscapes.

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This is not your average crafts fair!

I love arts and crafts fairs. I even love the ones where grade school kids create Popsicle stick boxes. The ones I admire most are those where the talent is unparalleled and the items are unique. I’d like to think that I’m talented in many things, but generally speaking, artistic endeavors are not included in my talent pool. Therefore, I search out craftspeople whose genetic makeup steers toward creative originality.

photo by Cathy Murphy

photo by Cathy Murphy

If you, like me, are captured by the exquisite work of artists, then you should note October 4 & 5 on your calendar. Leave the errands and chores and treat yourself to a day enjoying artistic accomplishments. And guys, don’t think this is just for the gals – it’s not all frills and

fluff.  I guarantee you’ll enjoy it too. There are always some intricate woodworking, brilliant photography or elaborate leather tooling artists. And you can sidle off to the terrific food booths!  Great variety and delicious. 

It’s estimated that upwards of 25,000 people enjoy this premier autumn fair — and this year will be the 37th Annual Huachuca Art Association’s Art in the Park. This show is a juried affair, which means that a panel of judges from the Art Association reviews submissions for participation. 

About 250 vendors will be selling their handcrafted items, to include: woodworking, textiles, ceramics and pottery, stained glass, photography, paintings, copper works, dolls, gourmet food and more. Some years ago, I bought a king-sized hand-sewn quilt from a lovely Texas lady. A fine piece of needlework. I never fail to admire it.

October is a beautiful month in southeastern Arizona and Cochise County.  Treat yourself and make October more beautiful by dropping by Sierra Vista’s Art in the Park on Oct. 4 & 5 in Veterans’ Memorial Park.

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