Winslow Arizona, Art Mecca!

August 19th, 2015
Standing on the corner!

Yes, THAT corner, in THAT Winslow AZ.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry
and narrow mindedness.
– Mark Twain.

I love to travel, especially when I can see new vistas and landscapes and LEARN new things! So my recent journey to Scottsdale, AZ, which took me through Winslow, AZ was perfect. I never tire of these vast southwestern horizons. The cloudscapes are always inspiring!IMG_7128

Winslow was full of fun surprises, including the statue of Don Henley standing on the corner. It was such a fine sight to see!

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Tina Mion with one of her emotive, large scale portraits.

We stayed at the La Posada Hotel, a beautifully renovated Harvey House Hotel, right on the train tracks. The building was designed by Mary Colter and built in 1929. A tourist destination for decades, the hotel fell into sad disrepair and was abandoned from 1957- 1997 .

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One of the beautiful gardens at La Posada.

This proud hotel was about to be razed when artist Tina Mion and her husband Allan Affeldt came to the rescue!  Thank goodness for that!  They have restored it exquisitely, honoring the building’s traditions with elegance and pizzazz.

The walls of La Posada are filled with Tina’s deeply personal paintings. There are many large scale images. A series of portraits of the US presidents and their wives portrayed as playing cards is not on display, but some reproductions are available in the gift shop. This portrait of Jackie Kennedy is particularly poignant.

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Jacqueline Kennedy, King of Hearts, by Tina Mion

Tina is a masterful painter. I highly recommend staying at La Posada. The food is fabulous; atmosphere wonderful and Tina’s art fascinating.

I’ll definitely be back!

 

4 Responses to “Winslow Arizona, Art Mecca!”

  1. Jim says:

    I loved the description of the La Posada restoration: “elegance and pizzazz.” Says it all in three words.

  2. Nanci Hersh says:

    Slowing down to have a look…how fun! What a great adventure and loved seeing the big open sky and Tina’s paintings. Love reading your travel diaries- feel like I am there with you (in spirit at least!)

  3. lizamyers says:

    Someday we will road trip, Nanci!

  4. jeanie says:

    A spot I’d heard of (Winslow) but had no idea what was there. I love the hotel — don’t you love it when you hear about someone restoring a building but then making it their own? She should be proud of the building — and your terrific recommendation!