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Sonoran Safari

February 9 - May 27, 2018

Exhibition Overview


Discover the beauty of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert

Visitors coming to Sonoran Safari will explore the artistic landscape of the world’s 11th largest desert - the only place where the famous saguaro cactus grows in the wild. Through art and hands-on activities, guests learn about the desert’s native plants, animals, reptiles and birds.


The exhibit will feature artists inspired by the rich landscapes, colors and textures found within our diverse state. Activities are created with science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) concepts in mind. Also, several classes, workshops and “Meet the Artist/Expert” events will be offered.

Ed Mell - Desert Royalty

Paul Orzech - Cactus Man

Educational & Art Programs


Hands-on activities in the exhibition aim to engage the entire family. Young artists & explorers will enjoy:


  • Investigating the inside of a cactus in our Interactive Saguaro activity and learn more about animals that rely on cacti for survival
  • Exploring the wildlife research camp site – inside the black-light room - focused on the desert at night (sensory/dress up)
  • Building a wildflower wall
  • Learning about differences and similarities of the deserts around the world
  • Writing desert poetry (inspired by artist Ed Mell)
  • Playing various games that teach about extreme desert temperatures and how to protect yourself when exploring these extreme environments
  • Exploring desert specimens on our touch table
  • Experience the wildlife rescue station and learn how to care for wild animals in need
  • Creating “reflection” paintings, animal footprints and desert sky art

Margit-Kagerer - Heat-of-the-Night

Exhibition Artists


Sonoran Safari features 25 artists from Arizona, the United States and the Czech Republic. Artworks include: digital photography, pastels, oil on canvas, digital works, fabric weavings, bronze sculptures, recycled art, ceramics, steel structures, light scultures, digital drawings and mixed media.

Arizona artists: Margarethe Brummermann, Tucson; Daniel Buckley, Tucson; Jake Case, Peoria; Linda Harrison-Parsons, Scottsdale; Kathy Falla Howard, Scottsdale; Mark Klett, Tempe; Margit Kagerer, Carefree; William Lesch, Tucson; Monica Aissa Martinez, Phoenix; Ed Mell, Phoenix; Deborah O'Rourke, Green Valley; Peggy Orbon, Phoenix; Paul Orzech, Tucson; Christy Puetz, Phoenix; Mark Rossi, Tucson; Mary Shindell, Phoenix; and Jeff Zischke, Scottsdale.

Featured national and international artists: Nicole Dunn, New Mexico; Michael Gordon, California; Jane Hamilton, Pennsylvania; Scott Hamsik, Florida; James Bo Insonga, Colorado; Veronika Richterova, Czech Republic; and Ellen Rundle, California.

Also featured, courtesy of Ed Mell, a painting by renown cowboy artist Lon Megargee, who was commissioned by the state of Arizona to create 15 large canvases for the State Capitol building.

Presented by:




i.d.e.a. Museum
Board of Directors, Inc.

Program Sponsors:



i.d.e.a. Museum


Admission: $9/person


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