A Gun-Totin’ Madonna in Springerville

"Madonna" sculpture in Springerville. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

SPRINGERVILLE — Along this community’s main thoroughfare, there stands a statue of a stony-faced woman carrying a baby in her left arm. A bonnet shades her eyes, and an older child clings to her long dress. She’s known as the “Madonna.” It’s a strange designation since…

Recycling is an Art Form for Springerville Man

creates art from recycled materials. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

SPRINGERVILLE — Most people look at a teaspoon as an eating utensil. John Wilhelm, however, views it as an art supply, something that would look better if he turned it into a fish. And so he does. Wilhelm’s house and yard are filled with his art work, and almost all of it is composed of discarded materials.

Clapp is a Cotton-Only Artist


CASA GRANDE — Carl Clapp’s life and his art both revolve around cotton. He majored in art education in college and planned to teach but he shifted direction when his father-in-law urged him to get into cotton farming. So he combined both careers. He farmed during the day and painted at night.

Carefree Sundial is Among the World’s Largest

Carefree Sundial

CAREFREE – One of the world’s largest sundials anchors a colorful and eclectic desert garden in Carefree. This time-telling sculpture measures 90 feet in diameter and points to the North Star. The metal gnomon (which casts the shadow on the sundial) stands 35 feet and stretches 62 feet.

Help Needed for Shrine of St. Joseph in Yarnell

Concrete statue at the Shrine of St. Joseph in Yarnell. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

YARNELL — The deadly Yarnell Hill fire that killed 19 firefighters and caused heavy property loss in Yarnell also damaged the Shrine of St. Joseph of the Mountains. The shrine has been a Yarnell landmark since it was built in the 1940s by the Wasson family. Tucson artist Felix Lucero had to develop a slow-setting concrete…