Residents of Arizona are familiar with the Basha grocery empire. But not all are aware of the Basha family’s cultural legacy.
At Basha corporate headquarters in Chandler, Arizona, resides a phenomenal museum of Western American art, the Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery, named after the aunt who inspired Eddie Basha’s lifelong love affair with art.
A small sampling of the extensive collection of over 3500 items:
To get the full effect of this beautiful, detailed sculpture, it’s necessary to walk around it and view it from several angles.
Is it just me, or does the kachina on the left below resemble Rodin’s The Thinker?
And does the kachina on the left below resemble Rodin’s The Kiss?
I’ve enjoyed the Native American art at The Heard Museum in Phoenix, but I have a new appreciation for the cowboy artists as a result of seeing their work up close. If you’re ever in the area, make a point to stop and see the Eddie Basha Collection.