J.R. Keller will unveil his new bronze of Tonto Apache Chief Delshay at Artists of the Rim Gallery during First Friday on Main Street.
Keller named the statue "Defiance" and he has been shaping it on and off for the past eight years.
Through reading and research into the Apache wars, Chief Delshay intrigued Keller.
"He had a lot of encounters over the years with Mexicans, early settlers and later the American Calvary. He was a fierce fighter and protector of his people and the Rim Country area," Keller said.
There are no known photographs of the chief, so Keller created his bronze from descriptions.
"He was tall, a fast runner and heavily shouldered man. He wore a pearl I his left ear. It was his only jewelry," Keller said.
Chief Delshay, said the following, according to Keller:
"I don't want to run over the mountains anymore; I want to make a big treaty...I will keep my words until the stones melt...God made the white man and God made the Apache, and the Apache has as much right to the country as the white man. I want to make a treaty that will last, so both can travel over the country and have no trouble."
Strolling down Main
Artists of the Rim are far from the only merchants open for the Main Street Art and Antiques Walk from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 4.
This month's event promises to be a special evening with live music, free refreshments, classic and custom cars on display, carriage rides, on-street parking, Kiwanis hot dogs and brats as well as great store specials.
Eagle Mountain Gallery of Gifts is offering 40 percent off all new furniture and will have Sees Candy available for sale by the Soroptimist Club.
The Main Street Grille will have half-price appetizers on the patio. Down the Street Art Gallery will feature then and now photographs showing the artists with their artwork from the beginning of their careers to the present time.
Enjoy live Country & Western music on site at Git A Rope! as well as a 10 percent storewide discount to anyone who requests it.
You'll find Kathleen Kelly and Jim West performing live at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art. Conrad Okerwall will also be there with a reception and display. Additionally, you can buy raffle tickets from both the Soroptimist Club and the Payson Humane Society.
At Gasoline Alley you'll find 30 percent off all Betty Boop items. While there, you can roll the dice for a chance to win a free Coca-Cola/jukebox cookie jar.
You simply won't be able to resist the Decadent Chocolate Delights at The Community Presbyterian Church. Shop for gifts from around the world while you enjoy listening to the six-piece musical group "As You Like It."
The Senior Thrift Store will have refreshments, door prizes, and a 10 percent discount on all sales from $1 - $100.
Weather permitting, live music will be provided by the Senior Center's Old Tyme Music Makers.
The First Friday on Main Street Art & Antiques Walk will be held rain or shine from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, April 4, and is presented by the Payson Main Street Merchants Guild along with the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation.
On-street parking is available to the public on the south side of Main Street. Car club members are invited to display their cars along Main Street during this event. Vendors, street performers and local businesses are invited to participate at no charge. For more information, please call Mike Stuart at (928) 595-0573 or Brenda Mooney at (602) 859-0507.