Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

Last night my husband Gordon and I were fortunate in attending a preview of Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. It is located kitty-corner from our store at Second Street and Marshall Way in downtown Scottsdale. Marshall Trimble emceed the event and introduced several speakers and dignitaries, including Mayor Jim Lane, Jim Bruner and Executive Director of the Museum, Michael Fox. The museum building is stunning, great care was taken to design both the inside and the outside of the facility. But the paintings, art work and western gear are unbelievable. My parents used to take me to all the great Western Art Museums, including the ones at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Woolaroc, Joslyn, Gilcrease and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. I also took my own children to some of these museums to view America’s rich heritage. You don’t have to travel far anymore. Scottsdale’s Museum of the West has many of the old masters such as Thomas Moran, Frank Tenney Johnson, Karl Bodmer and others too numerous to mention. But the museum also has contemporary Western artists such as Charles Fritz, Bev Doolittle and Howard Terpning. Residents can now be proud to visit a stunning museum and to take their guests. By the way, when you are finished visiting the Museum, stop by our store to purchase that book about Joe Beeler, Remington or Russell or cowboy saddles and gear