Art & Culture
A gentle enthusiasm twinkles in Mary Ellen Palmeri's eyes as she says, "Every time I fold origami models, it amazes me to watch flat paper transform into three-dimensional shapes that become vivid plants, animals, or human figures with real character traits." Her special joy comes from incorporating origami folds, pop-up card designs, and artists' books with detailed painting and collage techniques. She calls her unique mixed-media creations "Paper Dream Paintings". They have filled her days over the past 25 years. Previously she worked as a professional photographer and a Masters Degree art teacher while raising her two children.
Tucson Happenings is devoted to our local artists and have been publishing monthly artist profiles for years. This page will list many artists that have profiled since we went digital in May of 2015.
Watercolor, acrylic, oil, oh my! Plucked from the hundreds of events in the January 2018 calendar, we have our monthly rundown of local galleries and artists with special and ongoing exhibits this month..
By Mary Ellen Palmeri
Fun-to-make origami place cards will add a new touch to your dinners and parties in 2018! These are easy to make using any kinds of paper. Use them for all occasions to dress up your table, be it formal or just to make it festive. Place Cards are usually thought of as an aid to seating when the host or hostess wants to determine who sits where. But even if you choose not to assign seats, place cards can be fun or playful, especially if guests don't know each other. You can decorate the cards ahead of time or let the guests decorate, adding their own names before sitting down.!
By Becky McKiddy-Gydesen
In a small town of Cimarron, New Mexico lays a haunted hotel that is a paranormal investigators dream. It’s called the St. James Hotel. This hotel has had many famous people pass through; such as Doc Holiday, Wyatt Earp, Jesse James, Annie Oakley, and more. This hotel was built in the 1870s and has had its fair share of gunfights and deaths within its walls
Christmas in the Big Apple at the Gaslight Theatre
Running Jan. 5-Mar. 25, 2018
Wearing a mask to protect his identity, The Lone Stranger fights to bring justice to the lawless frontier. Astride his white stallion, Thunder, he strikes terror into the hearts of the gunslingers of the Old West. Join him and his friend Tonka, as they come to the aid of those in need as the Gaslight Theatre Gallops into the sunset with the Lone Stranger!
Every Friday and Saturday Night Take a full three course table-served
fine dining experience; combine it with a classic, hilarious 3-act, interactive
Comedy Murder Mystery Whodunit; throw in the setting of an award winning
Magic Performance and be prepared for one of the most unique and memorable experiences
of a lifetime.
Menopause! The Musical
Running January 16th through January 28th, 2018
Join the 11+ million people who flocked to this side-splitting spectacle since it’s smashing 2001 debut. The cast of four fabulous women shop for laundry at a Bloomingdale’s sale, sing 25 songs about chocolate cravings, hot flashes, memory loss, and more! The lyrics parody, chart-topping, popular music from the baby boomer era, with notable numbers such as “Staying Alive” and “Puff, my God I’m Draggin’!”
Critics rave, “Bring waterproof mascara because you’ll laugh so hard, you’ll cry!”
Saturdays, 4-7 PM Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and
Tucson Premium Outlets present a series of free, family-friendly concerts! Enjoy
the sounds of some of Southern Arizona's finest local musician's at Tucson Premium
Outlets. The signature free concert series, held every Saturday evening, will
feature a variety of weekly performances from local musicians and bands.
Mary Ellen's art work can be viewed online, and originals & prints purchased directly from her, at: Lyric-Arts.com or at Etsy.com/shop/LyricFineArts, or at Vangoart.co/mary-ellen-palmeri, or at Fineartamerica.com/profiles/lyric-artists.html, or saatchiart.com/maryellenpalmeri.