The Not So Gentle Tamer

This article is for anyone not hearing about this incredible Centennial statue now standing in Prescott Valley


A special lady was            chosen to commemorate Arizona’s 100 years of Statehood, The Not So Gentle Tamer, a 10 ft. tall tribute to the pioneer women of the west developed from a painting from Bob Boze Bell. Bell was assisted by sculptor Deb Gessner to bring his painting to life.  The Not-So-Gentle-Tamer now lives on Lake Valley Road on a pedestal in front of the Prescott Valley Civic Center


A pioneer lady of refinement - her debut was at the town’s Civic Center on Feb. 14, 2013.


Her name is “Not-So-Gentle Tamer,” and Bronzesmith sculptor Debbie Gessner has created her in a larger-than-life stature clay enlargement from a painting by historian and artist Bob Boze Bell. “Not-So-Gentle Tamer” is standing in her garden, dressed ‘in her Sunday finest,’ and probably ready to get on a buckboard because she has gloves on. She is attired in a ruffled shirtwaist and an embroidered vest over a many-petticoated skirt with a bustle in the back. What sets her apart from the gentle as “Not-So-Gentle” is the shovel she holds in one hand and the headless snake in the other.


Bell’s inspiration for “Not-So-Gentle Tamer” was his grandmother Louise Guess, the wife of an Arizona rancher who he remembers “calmly dispatching rattlesnakes with her trusty hoe.”












































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