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Oral Histories Part II

The following is a continuation of an article by Shaw Kinsley  taken largely from taped oral histories and appeared previously in the Villager.

Personalities of Tubac-Maxine Guy Part II

Maxine Guy in Tubac

Maxine, having fallen in love with the concept of craftsmen/artists doing their own high-quality work, moved to Tubac in 1969, and, after sharing a studio on Tubac Plaza with Marcia Palmer, she opened her own studio and gallery, The Potted Owl, in 1972.  There, she threw her own clay creations and generously shared her skills with a number of young artists who later became successful potters themselves.  Maxine was especially proud of her specialty glazes.  (Tubac Historical Society would very much like to have photographs of Maxine’s pottery.  If you own a piece, please call 398-2020 so we can photograph it for our collections).

Influenced by her mother, Maxine developed a love for wildlife and often cared for injured creatures. Over the years, her experience and related knowledge in this vocation grew and veterinarians often asked for her advice.  She and her friend, Mae Hickman, wrote a book on the subject, Cure of the Wild, Feathered and Furred:  A Guide to Wildlife Handling and Care.  Lauded by Cleveland Amory as the best guide available, reprints are still found in the marketplace today.  She took in all sorts of animals, from hummingbirds to eagles, and was one of a very few people to be licensed by the federal authorities to care for wildlife.  She, herself, bore the expense, and she was often able to release animals into the wild with the help of Arizona Fish and Game.

In 1988 George McGill and Edith Bobbitt conceived a benefit evening they called “For the Love of It” to raise funds for the Maxine Guy Wildlife Trust Fund.  Maxine received certificates of appreciation from the United States Congress and Santa Cruz County as well as a Letter of Commendation from the Humane Society of Santa Cruz County.  Her work continues today at the Simpson Wildlife Sanctuary at Montana Vista in Green Valley and is run by Ken and Sue Simpson, who are grateful to Maxine for her help in getting them properly licensed and for all she taught and shared with them.

Maxine died at home on a Sunday in 1992 of an apparent heat attack.  She is sorely missed by all who knew her and by all the wild, feathered and furred creatures she helped.  Her impact is aptly expressed by Guy and Mary Ellen Blakeslee who said this, “Maxine Guy is a total package; a whole person in her attitude and action toward nature an in the clear aesthetics of her art”.  Thank you Maxine, for your lovely legacy.

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