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10/5/2012 6:01:00 AM
Kingmanite made her mark in art world
Casey refused pay for piece she gave Nixon
Almazetta Casey works in a room full of her art.
Almazetta Casey works in a room full of her art.
A plaster cast of “Elevator,” one of Casey’s more popular works.
A plaster cast of “Elevator,” one of Casey’s more popular works.

JC Amberlyn
Staff Photographer


KINGMAN - Local artist Almazetta Casey has had a career as varied and colorful as the artwork she creates. She has been an artist all of her life, sculpting for former President Richard Nixon and creating dolls for schoolchildren across the nation, among other things, and winning many awards and scholarships.

Casey will be displaying some of her work at the Mohave Museum of History and Arts starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The show will continue through the end of the month.

Casey went to the Saint Joseph School of Fine Arts and studied art there. Her talent was such that they pulled her out of art classes so she could teach them herself.

She worked as a director of occupational therapy and recreation for an organization in California and created art on the side. As the art began to sell and business picked up, she focused more extensively on her craft.

"People would see my work and ask me to design things for them," she said.

This led to work as a muralist. She says she was successful because she was sensitive to people and their needs. She could look around a house and see facets of a person's interests and personality, then include that in her art.

Her art load increased and she found financial success with other media. She enjoys a wide variety of media, such as painting, doll making and sculpture with clay, cultured marble and paper.

Casey enjoys painting portraits and animals. Her sculptures of Native Americans and dogs have been very popular. She has made many hollow clay sculptures that have sold well at art galleries across the country.

One of the pieces she created was "Elevator," a cube-like sculpture

depicting people crowded onto an elevator, which won several awards. An art dealer saw the piece and asked her to make more, so she redid it into a mold, made a Hydrocal (plaster) cast, and sold many reproductions.

Avondale Plates saw an art exhibit of her work and asked her to work for them, which is when she began making jewelry boxes. Incolay later saw her plate work and asked her to make three-dimensional collector plates. She did more shows and eventually made a cultured marble mural of horses in her home that was about 35 feet long. (When she moved, she cut the centerpiece out and took it with her.)

Another time, Casey created historical dolls made of cloth and rubber for use by the B'Nai B'rith organization. They will be part of the show.

One of Casey's proudest artistic achievements was being asked to create a sculpture for Richard Nixon while he was president of the United States. She learned that he was a Capricorn and decided to sculpt a goat, settling on a markhor (a large, impressively horned wild goat). She presented it to Nixon personally.

"They wanted to pay me but I wouldn't accept that," she said. "It was such an honor - could you take money from the president?"

Casey has four children, three sons and one daughter. She lives in Kingman with her dog, Oreo.

The Mohave Museum of History and Arts is located at 400 W. Beale St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays. Call 753-3195 for more information.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013
Article comment by: Vicki Harris

I am trying to find more information about Almazetta Casey's work. I have a couple of pieces that were given to me as a gift a few years ago and would like to find out their value. Is there a contact for this artist or a gallery that sells her art?
Thank you for any assistance you can give
Vicki Harris


Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Wow too! Thanks for this fantastic story. I sadly have never heard of her before. My great loss obviously.

I love elevator and am really looking forward to seeing her work at the Museum. They do such a fantastic job there.


Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012
Article comment by: Amy Wilson

Thanks for doing a story on this inspiring artist! I just found it to be such a great read, and I find it to be an honor to have her in our great town. Thanks!



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