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“"Delightful Surprise"”

Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery
Ranked #1 of 43 things to do in Chandler
Certificate of Excellence
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Mesa, Arizona
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“"Delightful Surprise"”
Reviewed July 17, 2014

I've lived in the East Valley for fifteen years and have experienced many wonderful adventures. The discovery of the Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery was simply pure joy. The vast collection is stunning. Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Darline C
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“The best Western Art collection you will ever see”
Reviewed March 18, 2014

This collection of western art was made by Ed Bash a who dedicated it to his aunt, Zelma Basha Salmeri. Her encouragement of her nephews passion for western cowboy and native Indian art resulted in this magnificent gallery. If you want a reason why this style of art is so popular or if you already love it like I do then visit this monument to the Cowboy Artists of America. Spend three or more hours looking, reading, and marvelling any some of the best examples you will ever feast your eyes on. Artists such as Joe Beeler, a personal friend of Mr. Basha with a large number of his works on view, Howard Terpning, Grant Speed, John Clymer's magnificent paintings of the Lewis & Clarke era, wonderful native works by Montoya, Larry Yazzi are all on display at one great price..., free! Nowhere will you see us many great works for so little. Don't miss this gem if you love this style or if you want to see what it is about. Open Monday to Friday, office hours at the site of Basha's head office. It is the best!

Visited March 2014
2 Thank JorgeCalgary
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chicago, ill
Level 6 Contributor
208 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem of Western American & Indian Art”
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
2 Thank travelqueen10151
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Ocala, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Talk About a Hidden Gem!”
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
1 Thank stl82
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Mesa, Arizona
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Loved the museum”
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
Thank Sharon108P
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