Cobre Valley Center for the Arts in Globe, Arizona not only is a center for the Arts, but also a hub for increasing tourism activity. The center certainly isn’t new; the renovated county courthouse had its start in the mid 1980s, thanks to a strong community effort by locals to boost visual and performing arts in Globe. It has been a showcase of local talents since then, as well as a center for education with classes in music, art, dance, drama and crafts.
Currently, one room at the CVCA is dedicated to quilts, colorful stitched yards of fabric and bunting. Several quilters have earned honors as part of an Arizona centennial quilt competition. Other exhibits feature works of sculpture, watercolors, oils and acrylics by both professional artists and art students.
We stopped by the Center for the Arts (CVCA) this past Saturday and we couldn’t have come at a better time. This was opening day for Doug Brannan’s “Robot Invasion” show at the center.
A few dozen arts center visitors strolled through the exhibit halls and galleries inspecting the featured works by Brannan as well as works by other artists and crafty types. On the day we visited, the center was alive with excitement: wine-sipping locals perusing works at the gallery opening, curious newcomers asking docents about membership and children tugging at their parents to be lifted for a closer look at the pedestals and frames.
Brannan, a former Globe resident who has been living in California for the past few years, now returns — accompanied by his whimsical, quirky metal robot figures. Brannan’s show at CVCA is sort of a way to announce his homecoming. His show continues through September. More information available at Cobre Valley Center for the Arts and Doug Brannan’s site.
Cobre Valley Center for the Arts is located at 101 North Broad Road in Globe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Admission is a suggested $1.00 donation.