Cave Creek Museum opens for the season with refreshed, new exhibits

By TARA ALATORRE

CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Museum just opened its doors on October 3, for its 2018-2019 season after spending all summer reimagining displays, getting new material, refreshing exhibits and adding display cases in the Archaeology Wing.

This season’s artist-in-residence, Sharon Brening, is a traditional realistic painter and she will have a season-long exhibit of oil paintings in the museum’s Ansbaugh Auditorium.

Pictured: An oil painting titled “Nourishing Kindred Hearts,” by the museum’s artist-in-residence Sharon Brening. Photo courtesy of Cave Creek Museum/Sharon Brening
Pictured: An oil painting titled “Nourishing Kindred Hearts,” by the museum’s artist-in-residence Sharon Brening.
Photo courtesy of Cave Creek Museum/Sharon Brening

The museum’s exclusive featured exhibit is “Cowboys Don’t Do Lunch,” featuring never-before-seen photographs of cowboy Herb Cohen in the 1970’s by Arizona Highways Magazine photographer Jerry Sieve. Sieve, a resident of Cave Creek, will be presenting the at the museum during the “Adult Discovery Series” with his books available for purchase on October 20, from 2-3:30 p.m.

The new Grace Schoonover Archaeological Library was also installed this summer.

“The family of our local avocational archaeologist Grace Schoonover gave the museum her library and archive of Southwestern books, reports, papers and research,” said Karrie Porter Brace, the executive director of the Cave Creek Museum.

Patrons will be able to use the space to study and learn more about the cultural resources and ancient peoples of the Sonoran Desert.

The museum is also introducing a new event called Second Sundays, a Family Passport Series, that will feature topics ranging from cowboys to animals to musicians. The events will take place every second Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. Participating children will create a passport that will be stamped at each event, after collecting five stamps children will get a special gift.

The first Second Sunday of the season will be on October 14, kicking off with “Petroglyphs are Fun.”

Of course, the Golden Reef Stamp Mill will come to life once a month, and historic buildings are exhibited behind the museum that are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places such as the Tubercular Cabin.

The Stamp Mill Tramway from Continental Mountain is scheduled for completion late this fall.

The Cave Creek Museum is open now through May 31, 2019. Hours are Wednesday/ Thursday/ Saturday/Sunday from 1–4:30 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for seniors; $5 for students; children under five are free.

For more information or to stay up to date on all the events at Cave Creek Museum visit cavecreekmuseum.org.