Native American kachina

A special summer exhibit curated by the West Valley Art Museum showcases fine art and rare quality collectibles from the private collections of community leaders, as well as members and friends of the museum.

The exhibit offers the opportunity to peruse the diversity of art usually not on public view and ranging from internationally known American painter Andrew Wyeth, multicultural artist James Covarrubias, widely respected Native American artist Robert Redbird, and Arizona artists Chellie Lathrop, Julia Bullock and Joan Hahn Widman. Also of note are early works by famed artist, stage designer and costumer Erte´. Works by John Dawson of Scottsdale are shown with several of his pieces from the WVAM permanent collection.

In addition to the paintings, drawings and sketches on view are unusual Native American kachinas and signed Rene´ Lalique glass. Arizona’s renowned sculptor John Waddell is represented with several original brush paintings.

This special exhibit will be on view until early September at the WVAM Art Gallery on the first floor of Peoria City Hall, 8401 W. Monroe St. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays. Advance arrangements for group tours are encouraged.

For more information about West Valley Art Museum and the summer exhibit, visit or call 623-972-0635.