Sam specializes in wire art. Many of them are made from one piece that he magically twists to become a unique individual.
Earlier this month husband Sam and I traveled to Prescott, Arizona USA for a summer art show in Prescott’s town square. It was the first one Sam entered his work in and we were pleased he was a juried selection. For weeks he planned, created and finally was ready for the trip. Prescott is an old western town founded in 1864 for mining and cowboy carousing. Now it exists for tourist carousing on the famed Whiskey Row and community events on the town square across the street.
This will be a story in photos.
As we drove into town we stopped at this antique store. Prescott abounds in antique stores.
When we arrived at the town square a wedding was in progress.
No one could start setting up until a bell notified us the last judge of the county had left the building. Then it was a free for all as a hundred vendor tents went up.
Sam worked really hard.
Then he worked harder while I stepped back to take pictures. (I really did help, but my job was also documentarian, wasn’t it?)
When it was all set up the tents close up like blobs of marshmallows and were turned over to the care of local hired people to patrol all night since artists leave their stuff inside. Can you believe it?
Quite an appetite is worked up so we retired, after a toast at a local saloon (of which there are many), to the Palace Hotel which has an original saloon bar.
Whiskey Row is lively every night of the week.
We stayed at the St. Michael Inn on the corner of Whiskey Row.
I think the elevator was added many years after it was built.
The screen door is original and perhaps there to keep a person from falling down the shaft.
The hall was a warren of hallways in every direction.
The next morning we were in the square finishing the window dressing.
Everyone who stopped by ours exclaimed how original and interesting the people were. See his fun representations of the Saguaro cactus along the bottom? More of his work can be seen at http://www.samguevara.com.
I stepped away to do a little Prescott exploring.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t visit the purveyor of this fine store. I hope he/she is okay.
Prescott has a lovely independent bookstore named Peregrine Book Company a block from the town square.
There is also another “original” hotel, The Hassayampa Inn.
It was time to return to help Sam. Everyone who stopped by ours exclaimed how original and interesting the wire people were.
In a booth nearby a woman was selling table runners made from handwoven materials or cowhide. She makes a living at that and prices appeared to start at $650.00.
It was a Saturday and Sunday event that went very well. And Sam went home sitting on a heavy wallet!