There is a treasure trove of western art tucked away in a non-descript office building at the headquarters of Bashas’ grocery in Chandler, Arizona.
The Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery of Western American and Native American Art, is a public display of a personal collection. Reflecting the artistic passion of Bashas’ chairman, Eddie Basha, and his Aunt Zelma, the collection focuses on contemporary art of the American West and the Native Americans of the southwest.
The Native American part of the collection includes a large number of incredibly intricate carved kachina figures.
There is also a relatively small (in comparison), but exquisite collection of southwestern pottery on display.
The museum is a little overwhelming and busy, with seemingly every surface covered, and not all objects are displayed at an ideal height. (The small amount of jewelry in the collection includes display shelves that are too high for an average-height woman to see.) On the other hand, very few pieces are behind glass, allowing for an unusually close examination of these precious objects.
Please keep collecting, Mr. Basha!
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