Art & Culture
One of Wanita's earliest memories was of a prized box of watercolors. She was heartbroken when her younger siblings played with the colors and got them "dirty." With such a passion for color at such an early age, art was destined to be an integral part of her life. When she was 12, her mother enrolled her in art classes and she was off on a life-long journey of creativity.Wanita branched out to several art forms…lapidary art, jewelry making, oil and watercolor painting. Eventually, the lure of the brush and a palette of fresh oil paint triumphed over them all, and has resulted in exquisitely executed oil paintings of garden iris and the plants and flowers of the Sonoran desert.
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 July 2017 calendar, we have our monthly rundown of local galleries and artists with special and ongoing exhibits this month..
By Karen R. Smith
We’ve had an early taste of high temperatures here in the Southwest, and most of us weren’t ready for it. The mercury rose to 116 here in Tucson, and up in Phoenix, it was five degrees hotter. From the look of it, we’re in for a long, hot summer. There are strategies you can use to stay more comfortable, and none is more important than the fabrics you choose to wear.
By Mary Ellen Palmeri
This origami watermelon is from one of my favorite designers, Shoko Ayogi from Japan. She presents a very playful style in the origami models she creates. I love to use this particular model to decorate greeting cards for the summer months. Large models are fun to use to decorate a festive party table as they will stand by themselves, and smaller models can be used as place-cards.
By Becky McKiddy-Gydesen
As I write this article I am in Eureka, NV exploring this old historical ghost town. Eureka is off the HWY 50 which is known as the loneliest road in America. It took myself and my co-pilot, Mayela, 11 hours to get to this old silver mining town. I was asked to be a guest speaker at a paracon event held out in this town. This small town has a few haunted historical buildings that I got to investigate, the first night I actually got to spend the night in one of the haunted locations.
By Greg Dill
Since I wash dishes faster than anyone, I’m the family dishwashing expert. I’m also the point man for paying medical bills. My wife and I have separate health coverage, so I have to make sure our providers have the up-to-date information they need to accurately bill our respective insurance plans. If you have Medicare as well as other insurance, always be sure to tell your doctor, hospital, and pharmacy. This is important because it determines whether your medical bills are paid correctly and on time. When there's more than one insurance payer, certain rules determine which one pays first. These rules are called coordination of benefits.
The Phantom of the Opera at the Gaslight Theatre
RUNNING AUGUST 31-NOVEMBER 5!
Will the chorus girl Christine rise to the occasion after Diva Soprano, Carlotta, storms off the stage during dress rehearsal? Who will be seated in the mysterious Box #5...where programs disappear and ghoulish laughter echoes? Join the Gaslight artistes as they transform the stage back to post-Revolution Paris to revive The Phantom Of The Opera – a love story of musical inspiration and hidden longing, along with a palate-pleasing portion of goofy song and dance!
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.
Sept 30 - Oct 1 AND Oct 7 - 8 The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance presents the Open Studio Tours
Season. The Fall Open Studio Tours in Southern Arizona is one of the largest self-guided
tours of artist studios and creative work spaces in the region, featuring two weekends
showcasing artists and local creative businesses from across Southern Arizona. Over
2 0 0 individual artists and artist groups will participate!
Tuesday, October 31st from 5:30pm to 7:30pm Annual UCity Trunk
or Treat event! You'll enjoy trunk or treating through the numerous decorated cars,
playing on the bounce houses, riding a small train through the parking lot, playing
great games and eating free food! This is a wonderful evening of fun for the entire
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.