Yavapai College Verde Campus Art Gallery Celebrates our Local Waterways with Visions of the Verde Exhibition, Aug. 20 – Oct. 11

Our local waterways do much more than sustain us. They are natural and aesthetic miracles that nourish our communities while inspiring the people within. Visions of the Verde, a breathtaking new exhibition, captures art inspired by our own Verde River. Visions of the Verde opens Tuesday, August 20 and runs through Friday, October 11 at Yavapai College’s Verde Art Gallery on the Verde Valley Campus.

Visions of the Verde reflects upon the role the 192-mile waterway plays as it weaves its way from Chino Valley to the Salt River and through our daily lives. Inspired by the Smithsonian Institution’s Water|Ways exhibit, and developed in collaboration with the Friends of the Verde River, Visions of the Verde is the juried result of a statewide call for original works that “depict, address and celebrate the Verde River.” 

Yavapai College’s Verde Art Gallery will host an opening reception for Vision of the Verde Friday, August 23, from 5 – 7 p.m. Artists will be on hand to discuss their work, amidst hors d’oeuvres and award-winning wines from the College’s Southwest Wine Center.

Visions of the Verde is one component of the Smithsonian’s Water|Ways exhibit. Related YC events and exhibits, designed to celebrate local watersheds, include:

- WaterSim Arizona – An app, created by ASU’s Decision Center for a Desert City, that shows users the dynamics of water consumption in their own community. At Yavapai College’s Verde Campus Library, Friday, Aug. 26 through Saturday, Sept. 7.

- Book Discussion: The Emerald MileKevin Fedarko’s groundbreaking book on the Colorado River is discussed Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m., YC Verde Campus Library.

- Wrenched Film screening and discussion hosted by YC’s School of Film and Media Arts Program, Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m., in Room 137, Building M, on the Verde Campus.

- Visions of the Verde Closing Reception – Friday, Oct. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m., Verde Art Gallery, Bldg. F, YC Verde Campus.

Made possible by Arizona Humanities and Arizona State University, the Water|Ways exhibit is designed specifically for small-town museums and libraries. Water|Ways began touring in 2018 and will feature a six-week stop at the Camp Verde Community Library on August 24 through October 6 as part of twelve-city tour across Arizona.

Yavapai College’s Verde Art Gallery is located in Building F on YC’s Verde Valley Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive, in Clarkdale. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday. Admission is free. For more information, please call (928) 649.5479 or visit: