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The Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery of Western American and American Indian Art

The focus of the collection lies in two specific areas: Contemporary Western American Art and Contemporary American Indian Art.

It is a vast composite of oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, pastel and charcoal drawings, pen & inks, bronze, wood and natural stone sculptures, wood-turned bowls, basketry, pottery, kachinas and jewelry. There are well over 3,000 pieces of art depicting numerous mediums displayed throughout the gallery.

Hours of Operation

Typically, the gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm.

However, we recommend you always call our information line at 480-895-5230 and press option 2, to make sure the gallery is open prior to your visit.

Closure dates are listed on the telephone information line each current month.

The gallery is closed to the general public on the weekends.

Admission

Admission to the gallery is free.

Groups

Visitors and groups of less than 25 people are welcome without an appointment. Groups of 25 or more are asked to schedule an appointment within a two-month time frame.

The gallery is located at:
22402 S. Basha Road
Chandler, Arizona 85248

Driving Directions

FROM MESA, TEMPE OR CHANDLER
Drive south on Alma School Road to Ocotillo Road (approx. 4 miles south of Chandler Blvd.). Turn left (east) on Ocotillo Road to Basha Road. Turn right (south) on Basha Road. Take the second right off of Basha Road. Both the first and second rights are entrances/driveways into the complex. The second right puts you at the far south end of the largest building, which is where visitor parking is as well as the entrance to the gallery.

FROM PHOENIX
Drive south on Interstate 10 as if going to Tucson. Exit I-10 at Queen Creek Road, Exit #164 (past Firebird Race Track). Turn left (east) on Queen Creek to Alma School Road (approx. 5 miles). Turn right (south) on Alma School Road to Ocotillo Road. Turn left (east) on Ocotillo Road to Basha Road. Turn right (south) on Basha Road. Both the first and second rights are entrances/driveways into the complex. The second right puts you at the far south end of the largest building, which is where visitor parking is as well as the entrance to the gallery.

FROM SCOTTSDALE
Drive south on the 101 Freeway (pass Hwy. 60) until Exit #61C and merge left (east) onto AZ-202 Loop. Drive east on AZ-202 until Alma School Rd (Exit 48). Turn right (south) on Alma School Rd. (approx. 3 miles). Turn left (east) on Ocotillo Road to Basha Road. Turn right (south) on Basha Road. Both the first and second rights are entrances/driveways into the complex. The second right puts you at the far south end of the largest building, which is where visitor parking is as well as the entrance to the gallery.

FROM TUCSON
Drive north on I-10 as if going to Phoenix. Exit I-10 at Queen Creek Road. Turn right (east) on Queen Creek Road to Alma School Road (approx. 5 miles). Turn right (south) on Alma School Road to Ocotillo Road. Turn left (east) on Ocotillo Road to Basha Road (approx. 1/2 mile). Turn right (south) on Basha Road. Both the first and second rights are entrances/driveways into the complex. The second right puts you at the far south end of the largest building, which is where visitor parking is as well as the entrance to the gallery.

NOTE TO ALL Except Tucson
While driving south on Alma School Road, you will see road signs before you reach Ocotillo Road that say "Basha Road." Please continue south to Ocotillo Road and take Ocotillo Road to Basha Road. This route allows you to avoid going through a residential neighborhood.

About the Collection
The focus of the collection lies in two specific areas: Contemporary Western American Art and Contemporary American Indian Art. It is a magnificent collection of art comprised of oils, watercolors, pastel and charcoal drawings and bronze sculptures by renowned Cowboy Artists John Clymer, Joe Beeler, Jim Reynolds, Howard Terpning, David Halbach, Bill Owen and many others.

The collection also includes several works by American Indian Contemporary Artists Clifford Beck, David Johns, Cecil Calnimptewa, Dennis Tewa, Larry Yazzie, Orland Joe, Al Qoyawayma, Wilmer Kay and many others portraying oils, watercolors, pastels, basketry, pottery, alabaster and marble sculptures, as well as kachinas. There are well over 3,000 pieces displayed throughout the gallery.

The impetus behind the collection as well as the gallery itself was one of love, respect and great admiration, and we gladly share this with you. As a child, while both of Eddie Basha, Jr.'s parents worked in the family business, Eddie was cared for by his Aunt Zelma, she herself an artist. Aunt Zelma would frequently draw pictures for Eddie as a form of entertainment, and her early artful influence was a strong and lasting one.

Upon Eddie's graduation from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in History, he joined the family business. Alongside his father, Eddie became fully immersed in his career and began his own family during the 1960s. Aunt Zelma stepped in once again and began encouraging Eddie to develop a hobby, more pointedly, one that supported the arts.

Combining his appreciation of art as well as his other passion, history, particularly history of the American West, Eddie began collecting. He made his first acquisition in 1971 and hasn't stopped since.

Together, Zelma and Eddie frequented galleries, art shows and most importantly, the Cowboy Artists Show and Sale. For both Zelma and Eddie, the friendships that were forged with the artists they met became just as important as the collecting. As often as possible, but certainly not as much as they would have liked, Zelma and Eddie would visit with the artists in their studios and talk at length about art, history and the motivation behind a particular piece of work. Their love was not only for the art, but also for the artists and their families. Some of those early friendships now span thirty years.

Aunt Zelma passed away in January of 1997. And it is with deep and abiding love, respect and admiration that this gallery has been dedicated in her memory.

The gallery officially opened in 1992 and after only a brief two years, the first expansion doubled the size. Again, recognizing the need to create separate spaces for the two distinctive collections, a second expansion occurred in 1996, opening up the American Indian Wing.

In January of 1999, a complete renovation of the gallery brought about a unique presentation of the collection in its entirety. Color and lots of it. The bright and bold palette provided a splash of charisma to an already impressive exhibit.

And even more boldly, in 2001 expansion areas were created for both the Western American and American Indian Collections, maximizing our efforts to provide additional display space. The work began in January and was completed in May of 2001.

We hope you enjoy the collection as much as we enjoy sharing it with each and every person who visits.

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