“Welcome. Come in and Be Amazed” says the signboard in front of the colorful entrance to Creative Spirit Artists Gallery, located in the center of “downtown” Patagonia. Yes, amazed is the right term when you see the wonderful art inside. Creative Spirit is a bright, well-arranged consignment gallery that specializes in the work of local artists—painters, photographers, flute makers, jewelry and fiber designers, folk artists, wood and iron workers, authors, and more. The majority of its nearly 50 artists live in or near Patagonia, although “local” does include a few from elsewhere in Santa Cruz, Cochise, and Pima Counties. The gallery is beginning its 10th year of operation this month.
Creative Spirit opened in April 2005 as a cooperative, a venture that lasted three years. One of the members and her husband then assumed ownership and continued to run the gallery until retiring in October 2012. Since then, it has been owned jointly by six member artists, who have continued to expand the gallery and attract new members. In addition, Creative Spirit offers space to local nonprofit groups, such as PARA (Patagonia Area Resource Alliance) and the Patagonia Museum.
The gallery is open from 10 to 4, seven days a week, throughout the year, closing only on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Easter. Our prices range from the affordable to the absolutely worth it. Customers come from all parts of Arizona, from Kingman to Kayenta, and from most other states and many foreign countries, from Kansas to Kazakhstan. A breakdown of our customer base shows that 15% are local, 32% are from elsewhere in Arizona, 47% are from other US states, and 6% are from other countries. We hope you can make it to the gallery, but if you can’t get there, then please check us out online at www.azcreativespirit.com.