Snowdrift Art Space, the Old Trails Museum, and the Winslow Arts Trust presented the Snowdrift Art Space Centennial Celebration on Saturday, October 18, in downtown Winslow. One hundred people attended this free event, which celebrated a century in the life of one of Winslow’s most historic buildings. Snowdrift’s main gallery was open for viewing, the Coyote Boys dance group performed the Hopi Eagle Dance, and the Winslow Harvey Girls acted as hostesses for the event.
The event also served as the Old Trails Museum’s Fall History Highlight, when it debuted its latest exhibit, Snowdrift Art Space: One Hundred Years of History. The exhibit, which is now on permanent display at Snowdrift, tells the story of the building’s evolution from the Babbitt Brothers’ largest branch store to its present-day incarnation as an art gallery and community event space. The Babbitts operated one of the most influential and respected corporations in Northern Arizona for over a century.
Built in 1914 to house Winslow’s Babbitt Brothers Mercantile, the Hubbard Building (now Snowdrift Art Space), was the largest single building in town to date. The Babbitts leased the building through the late 1970s, when they closed the large store that had supplied Winslow families with almost everything they needed for decades. The image above is of a Fourth-of-July parade passing in front of Babbitt Bother’s Mercantile, now Snowdrift Art Space, in the 1920s. (Photo courtesy of Old Trails Museum)
Snowdrift Art Space is in Sunset Magazine! The October 2014 issue is dedicated to road trips in the Southwest, and Winslow’s spread features Snowdrift along with La Posada Hotel, Standin’ on the Corner Park, and Meteor Crater. There are lots of great trips to take, so pick one up today!
Snowdrift Art Space was honored to host the 11th Annual Material Girls Quilt Show on Friday & Saturday, September 26 & 27 *and* Friday & Saturday, October 3 & 4, 2014. Hours were from 10 am to 6 pm each day, and admission was $1. Over 80 quilts in multiple categories were on display, and visitors voted for their favorite. The drawing for a raffled quilt was held on Saturday, October 4, and tickets were on sale at the show for $1 each or $5 for 6 tickets. Charlie from Odegaard’s Sewing Center in Flagstaff sold quilting supplies the first weekend, and Sharon from Painted Desert Quilts in Holbrook did the same on the second weekend. Snowdrift hosted this event as an affiliate of the Winslow Arts Trust, or WAT, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the history and culture of the Historic Route 66 corridor and the Winslow area to the general public.
Snowdrift Art Space has been proud to host the Annual Winslow Railroad Days for the last several years. But in 2014, the N-Trak clubs from Arizona and Colorado are unable to come to Winslow. We hope for a return in 2015, but for now you can see images from the April 2013 Winslow Railroad Days.
Snowdrift Art Space, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces, and the Winslow Chamber of Commerce presented Winslow’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration on Saturday, November 2, at Snowdrift. Día de los Muertos is celebrated throughout Latin America and the Southwestern United States from October 31 through November 2, when families remember their departed ancestors and loved ones by placing ofrendas (offerings) at graves and altars. Members of the public set up their own individual shrines at Snowdrift, and visitors were also encouraged to add ofrendas to the Community Shrine. Nuestras Raíces hosted a Sugar Skull Workshop at 2 pm, and visitors also decorated skull masks and made paper flowers. Local composer Richard Haymes performed an original composition on the harmonium, and the Northland Pioneer College Folklorico Dancers also performed. The event concluded with a traditional Día de los Muertos procession from Snowdrift to the Hubbell/Winslow Visitors Center along the First Street Pathway.
Snowdrift Art Space is currently featured in the “Space for Art in Winslow” post on the Station to Station website. Station to Station was a mobile public art project organized by L.A.-based artist Doug Aitken that made nine stops across the country over the course of three weeks in September 2013. The project stopped in Winslow at La Posada Hotel on September 21, when it created one its signature “happenings” featuring site-specific art, music, film, and food. We’ll keep you posted if Snowdrift is featured in any future project outcomes!