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Celebrate the Granite Dells - Park and Paint

Mountain Artist Guild is partnering with the Granite Dells Preservation Foundation* to encourage local artists to make art to donate to their May 16 auction and other events in the future.

There are many places in the Granite Dells where you can park your car in a small parking lot or pull off by the side road or walk a short distance with lovely scenery to inspire you. Below is a list of some of the more accessible places you may not know about.

  1. Granite Gardens. East Granite Drive. You’re greeted by a rough entrance when you first turn onto the dirt road. But, a street car can drive to the large parking lot forty feet away. You’re virtually surrounded by granite rocks that will make a wonderful subject whichever way you look.  Granite Creek flows just beyond the parking lot. Cross the small foot bridge to explore the creek, riparian area and a bigger expanse of Granite Dells rock formations.

  2. Flume and Watson Dam Trails. Granite Dells Road.  A short distance after turning onto the dirt road, you will see a small parking lot on the right for the trail. Once again, you are surrounded by the majestic granite rock that would make for a wonderful piece of art. It is possible to drive on Granite Dells Road further down to find interesting subjects. Be careful to observe ‘No Trespassing Signs’ as much of this is privately owned land.

  3. Watson Lake Park.   $3/day (Free on Wed), there are an infinite number of vista points that showcase the Granite Dells. In many cases, you can stop in a parking lot, pull out your easel and paint the granite rocks, lake and the numerous wildlife that call this area home.  It’s easy to drive around the area to explore parking areas. 

  4. Peavine Trail. Park in the parking lot ($3 fee) off Sundog Road. In this case, there is a walk from the parking lot to the Peavine Trial (Original railroad bed). Shortly, after arriving on the Peavine Trial, you will see the riparian area to the left. For the more adventurous, there are painting opportunities on both sides of the trial.

  5. Willow Lake Boat Ramp area.  The lake, Granite Dells, and waterfowl await you.

Please deliver display-ready originals for this cause, to Tammy Lambert, 418 N. Washington Ave., Suite A or B, Prescott AZ 86301, Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm by April 3, 2020. She is also tlambert@bls-inc.com, 1-928-273-0933. If Tammy isn’t there, the other people in the office can help you.

Included with your art, we also need this information: artist, title or subject, medium, original or print, framed or unframed, dimensions (inches), estimated value (no guarantee that we will get that in an auction), and comments (anything that might be useful to the auctioneer, such as your location, artistic reputation, etc.). Also include your email, mailing address, and telephone number

You can pick up a donation receipt with the sign in sheet. Your generosity is much appreciated, and you can be sure that you have contributed to an important cause for conservation and education.

We also need to receive high-resolution images (jpeg) of your art that might be printed, displayed on-line, and/or used for publicity. Include a brief bio that we can include with your art.  Send to waltandersonAFC@gmail.com. Finally, include the following statement if you agree: I hereby grant permission for leadership at Granite Dells Preservation Foundation to use my artwork image as needed in efforts to protect the Granite Dells.  


* The Granite Dells Preservation Foundation was incorporated in Arizona in June of 2010 for the benefit and preservation of the Granite Dells, Prescott and Yavapai County’s iconic mountain range. This 501(c)(3) non-profit has these objectives: (1) protecting ecological and scenic integrity, (2) partnering to enhance land management, (3) educating on historical, cultural, and ecological values, (4) advising and enhancing recreation and tourism, and (5) fundraising for all of the above.  

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