Thanks to Eddie Basha, Jr., there is a little known, hidden treasure of art masterpieces in South Chandler, and if you are a fan of Western and Indian art, you will fall in love with this fine gallery. The Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery of Western American and Native American Art has over 3,000 pieces of art in a vast variety of mediums and is located at the Bashas’ Corporate Office.
Many Arizonans are familiar with Eddie Basha, Jr. as a businessman and philanthropist, a gentleman who, along with his family, has built a grocery empire and has been extremely charitable in the local community. Few know, though, that he has spent the last 40 years collecting some of the most exquisite pieces of Western American and Native American art you will ever encounter. After inheriting a love of art from his Aunt Zelma, he began collecting these magnificent works, and continues to do so today, generously sharing his beloved collection with the public. You will discover in his gallery the most breath-taking bronzes, brilliant oil paintings, hand-woven baskets, detailed kachinas, vivid sketches, stunning jewelry and more, including intricate wood, granite and marble sculptures as well as pottery and artifacts.
Two of the more well-known Western artists you will discover in the gallery are Joe Beeler and George Phippen, who were two of the founding fathers of Cowboy Artists of America. Also, among the extensive collection, are works of art crafted by the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, Apache, Yavapai and Pima Indian tribes.
The gallery is located at 22402 S. Basha Rd., Chandler, Arizona 85248 and admission is free. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., but may be closed due to holidays or special events, so feel free to call ahead before you visit at 480-895-5230. For more information visit them online at: http://www.bashas.com/OurCommunity/BashasArtGallery.aspx
Stop by this spectacular gallery and find out for yourself all that it has to offer. Be sure to take your time wandering through the displays and reading all the captions. It’s a fantastic way to spend a summer day enjoying the Southwest’s rich history told through these incredible works of art.
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