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Friday, November 17, 2023 | 5:30 – 10 p.m.


Each year the Shemer Art Center recognizes ONE Arizona artist who has achieved great success in his or her career and made an impact within the state.

This year the Shemer Art Center is pleased to honor the career of Arizona artist Ed Mell.

An exhibition of his work, including some never-seen-before works of art, will be on display November 1, 2023 through January 4, 2024, and a SOLD OUT dinner gala with Honorary Chair Bob Boze Bell and entertainment by The Dusty Ramblers was held at the Shemer Art Center Friday, November 17, from 5:30 – 10 p.m.


The Shemer Art Center would like to thank the following sponsors and partners who made this year’s event so successful!



Desert Royalty 

R.J. Gurley Construction 

Rim to Rim 

Bollinger Atelier 

BMO Bank 

Ed Mell Gallery 

Jay Jennings 

Lewis Roca 

The Shemer Family 

Diggin’ In 

Lisa & Jack Gildar 

Lila Swanson 

Jana Weldon 

Vermillion Cliffs 

Jackie & Brett Benton 

Gary Jackson & Oscar De las salas 

Sonoran Kings 

Linda & Jim Ballinger 

Shari Capra & Neil Wake 

Lucia & Bruce Covill 

Mary & Jeff Ehret 

Carolyn Ellis 

Ursula & Ram Gangadean 

Allison Gee Fine Art Appraisals 

Kelli Jo Hellwig & Thomas Trainer Jr. 

Sponsors (continued) 

Sonoran Kings 

Carson Mell, Kelly Loudenberg, Dusty Mell, 

Gail Petersen Hock, & in memory of Taylor Mell 

Leatrice & Jon Kitchell 

Lucy and Dr. Robert Lorenzen 

Lezah & Bill Myers 

Jeanne & Al Nelson 

Mary & Ken Neubauer 

Janet Orr 

Marcia & Hugh Ruddock 

Tom & Lois Sando 

Charles & Jennifer Sands 

Charles & Adrienne Schiffner 

Jennie Smith 

Gia Venturi 

Sandra Whyman & Jim Tanner 

Terry & Rick Wright 

Single Strike 

Luis & Gloria Argueso 

Craig Barrett 

Sydney & John Erwin 

Elliott & Julie Everson 

Kristin Atwell Ford 

Deborah Garland 

Allison Gee Fine Art Appraisals 

William Lykins 

Heather Marmour 

Christine Mollring 

Janet Orr 

Elissa Rose 

Litamae Sher 

Jennie Smith 

Lila Swanson 

Nora Trulsson 

Wendy Tucker & Michael Venere 

Christy Vezolles 



Lynda & Lou Weckstein