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“Hidden Gem of Western American & Indian Art” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery

Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery
22402 S. Basha Road, Chandler, AZ 85248
480-895-5230
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Type: Art Galleries, Shopping
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chicago, ill
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“Hidden Gem of Western American & Indian Art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

One of the most comprehensive art galleries of Western American and Indian Art I have ever had the honor to see. Over 3,000 pieces of magnificent Western art grace the wall of this free gallery. Eddie Basha's gallery opened in 1992 and has steadily expanded. The highlight is the Cowboy Artists of America who created works of art that depict the life of the early American cowboy. There are also collections of baskets, Jewelry, pottery and sculptures. Open from 9-4 Mon.-Friday,. The gallery is located at Basha's Corporate offices and a is bit tricky to find but you won't be disappointed as this is a fantastic display.

Visited February 2014
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“Talk About a Hidden Gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

My wife and I visit Scottsdale often but until this visit had never heard of this gallery. A lady assisting with shuttles at the place we were staying told me about it - and I am very glad we made the drive from N. Scottsdale.

The gallery is located on the property of the Bashas' grocery chain headquarters in Chandler. It features a massive collection of contemporary western and American Indian art, all assembled by Eddie Basha. The art is arranged mainly by artist in a building that seems to go on and on. The collection is truly extensive and outstanding. We especially enjoyed the cartoons drawn by Joe Beeler (I think) for Eddie, usually poking a bit of fun at him.

There is a separate room with a huge collection of American Indian basket work. In addition a number of rifles and pistols are part of the collection. We were told that there are frequent changes to the collection as pieces are brought out of storage and put on display.

This collection is so huge that a couple of hours can't do it justice. I am sure we will visit again as it so much fun to see all of the art. And to top it off there is no admission cost.

Visited February 2014
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Mesa, Arizona
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“Loved the museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

I'm not usually a big museum person but this one was very interesting. A room full of hand woven baskets displayed beautifully. Then a large area of Western sculptures, paintings, bronze, wood carvings, old rifles, and lots more. The 2 1/2 hours we spent there was enough time for the first visit but will come back again. It was too overwhelming for one visit. Both my husband and I enjoyed it immensely.

Visited February 2014
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Tucson, AZ
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“A Real Treasure of Western Art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

It is a little difficult to find, but this gallery is well worth the effort. It is located at the Basha's Corporate Hq in Chandler, a southern suburb of Phoenix. It houses an incredible collection of western paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, etc. The tour is self guided, but it is free as is the parking. Please allow at least 4 hours to see everything and longer if possible.

Visited October 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Outstanding Corporate Art Collection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

The Basha Gallery was a pleasant surprize. Over 500 baskets alone and perhaps 3000 pieces total. Unfortunately it lacks curation - pieces have little explanation, lack titles or historical context, and are displayed below eye level, due to lack of adequate space. In general the lighting is poor, even 4 foot florescent tubes are burned out.

The western art and Native American collections are very strong, with many prominent artists represented. Despite the gallery's limitations, there is a lesson in American history here.

And you can't beat the price!

Visited November 2013
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