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
The Vampire! August 30 through November 4, 2018
The Vampire will take a “bite” out of your funny bone and have you howling with delight! Jonathon Seward and Dr. Van Helsing set out on a desperate mission to destroy Dracula and to save Jonathan’s wife, Mina, before it’s too late. The hilarious cast of characters “fleshes” out this mystery for a fiendishly fun evening of entertainment and excitement! The Gaslight Theatre 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 886-9428 www.TheGaslightTheatre.com Adults $21.95/Seniors, Students, Military $19.95/Children $11.95/
Some Friday and Saturday Nights 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.
Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 7 PM. The courtyard at Plaza Palomino will be filled the bluesy sound of none other
than Mr. Boogie Woogie himself benefitting the Gospel Rescue Mission Tucson. One
show only. It's only $10 to enjoy the show, but, if you bring a canned good donation, or show
a receipt from any Plaza Palomino store or restaurant, it's only $5 to enjoy this
world-class, award-winning performer.
Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21, 2018 The 2018 Tucson Miniature Showcase will feature sales of miniatures crafted by
miniature artisans from across the country, exhibits of miniatures, silent auctions,
raffles, and demonstrations, plus a sales table and make &
take projects just for kids. You can also enter for a chance to win the Mega
Dollhouse Raffle– the grand prize is a Real Good Toy 1:12 scale Lighthouse
and Keeper’s Cottage and a sailboat! Tickets are only $5 or 5 for
The Tucson Clay Co-op is hosting a dance party on Saturday, October 27th from
4 to 8 p.m. at 3326 North Dodge to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the building
it is housed in! The party will start at 5 p.m. with two speakers offering
talks about what the neighborhood was like in 1918, the "good old days" of Tucson,
and occupants over the century.
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.