Spend a day of painting and companionship at the historic and scenic Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch. The ranch, nestled beneath the gloriously paintworthy Bulldog Cliffs, is a favorite of plein air painters and photographers alike and whose list of famous guests includes Norman Rockwell and western artist Lon Megargee.
The Bisbee Plein Air Festival returns the second week of October! Join other artists in painting Old Bisbee’s historic architecture and colorful homes set amidst picturesque hills to compete for $700 in prizes. You also have the opportunity to sell your Festival pieces to the public in a well-organized venue at the Wet Paint Sale. Locals and visitors are already in town enjoying gallery openings as part of the Bisbee After 5 Artwalk.
Founded in 1876, Jerome was once the fourth largest city in the Arizona Territory. The population peaked at 15,000 in the 1920’s. The Depression of the 1930’s slowed the mining operation and the claim went to Phelps Dodge, who holds the claim today. World War II brought increased demand for copper, but after the war, demand slowed. Dependent on the copper market, Phelps Dodge Mine closed in 1953. The remaining 50 to 100 hardy souls promoted the town as a historic ghost town. In 1967 Jerome was designated a National Historic District by the federal government. Today Jerome is a thriving tourist and artist community with a population of about 450.