2018 / 19 Featured Exhibits

Artist Sharon Brening   |   Photography by Herb Cohen

Sharon Brening

painting by sharon breningFeatured Artist, Sharon Brening

Local artist Sharon Brening began painting as a child and has since honed her talent to create award-winning works. She is the first woman to win the prestigious gold medal award for oil painting at the Annual Western Artists of America Show and Sale in Texas, an honor that many of her long-time collectors could have predicted given the exquisite vision and skill she brings to her portraits of Native American children.

Sharon’s canvases allow her viewers a personal glimpse into the lives of people that help shape the American landscape. She is an accomplished Western artist who loves to paint people, especially children. Painting her subjects she has an eye for detail, documenting the Native American way of life as she experiences it first hand.  The viewer can also find horses and wildlife that grace her landscapes. She is known as a Traditional Realist painter with a gift for finding the true soul of her subjects.

Photography of Herb Cohen

Herb Cohen came to tiny Cave Creek in the early 1970s, with a passion for photography. He met many of the “last cowboys” and captured their disappearing lifestyle in stunning photos. His travels also brought him to the Navajo, where he met and photographed the people. His use of black and white photography is compelling.

CCM Herb Cohen Exhibit
medicinal plants display

Medicinal Plants of the Pima

Native people utilized many desert plants for a myriad of uses, including pharmacological. Benefits the Pima knew from their experimentation has been confirmed by studies today, such as Mormon tea stimulates the heart and prickly pear lowers blood sugar.

camera display

American Cameras & Tintypes

From inexpensive tintype photography, popular from the Civil War until the 1950s, to gelatin film to digital, the museum looks at the means to illustrate memories and document events.

ecology display - saguaro

Desert Awareness Ecology Exhibit

Learn about the remarkable critters and plants that resist blistering heat and exist on limited water as you examine the Desert Awareness Committee’s display of animals, plants and desert ecologies. Don’t miss the saguaro cross-section which shows some of the ways this Sonoran Desert signature plant survives in the desert. Dig into the hands-on baskets for closer looks at some local wonders, or go on your own.

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Artifacts of the Month Articles

  • antique campaign buttons

Artifact of the Month – November 2015

The Cave Creek Museum’s November Artifacts of the Month feature campaign buttons.  A campaign button is a pin used during an election as political advertising for (or against) [...]