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February 2017

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NO GRAY WALLS” and “In the Night” Miniatures
On Display February 7th through April 30th /Gallery Hours: Monday through Saturday 10AM-5PM/Sunday 10AM-1:30PM/Desert Artisans’ Gallery 6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 722-4412

Chris Bubany Studio
Chris Kennedy-Bubany is a native of the Southwest, born and raised in New Mexico. She has lived in Tucson, Arizona for over 30 years and is the proud mom of 2 grown sons, Dan and Brent. Chris grew up in a large family surrounded by beautiful art made by the Zunis, Hopis and Navajos. Her parents were in the Indian Arts & Crafts business and her grandparents were traders in the early 1900's. Chris's early love of art developed from making lots of cards and drawings for family and friends growing up. Coloring was a favorite activity - and you know the saying about, "Doing as an adult that which you loved as a child!" She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Arizona, and entered the exciting world of ceramics in 1994 when she built a new house with husband George, designing tiles for their kitchen & bath. Today, Chris is designing and producing ceramic tableware, ornaments, tiles, coaster stones, and has many new things in the works. Open By Appointment Only/Chris Bubany Studio 6530 E. Tanque Verde Rd. #140 885-2960

When Bronc Riders Wore Lipstick Exhibit
On Display Feb 18th through March 4th A special exhibit highlighting the life and achievements of rodeo and exhibition show cowgirls from 1900 through the 1930s. The exhibit coincides with “La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo” and ends on “Heritage Day” (SEE CALENDAR March 4th for more info) at the Historic Hacienda de la Canoa ($10 Donation to view this wonderful collection) Open 10AM-3PM daily/Historic Canoa Ranch 5375 I-19 Frontage Rd-Green Valley 724-5000

On Display Feb 4th - Feb 25th/Contemporary 2 and 3D work in Cast Handmade paper suspended threads by Artist Roxanne Rossi/Open Friday and Saturdays Noon-4PM/Gallery Azul 439 N 6th Ave. #179 303-246-7387

The Play Light
On Display through March 11th/This 3-person exhibit features new works by Tucson artists exploring the essential medium of visual art, the element of light.  Each offers the viewer unique paths to understand this phenomenon, its power, its dynamics/Joanne Kerrihard, paintings; Andy Polk, original ink jet prints; Carrie Seid, luminous boxes/Hours, Tues-Fri 11AM-5PM/Saturday 11AM-4PM/Davis Dominguez Gallery 154 E. 6th St. 629-9759

"Collective Wisdom through Her Eyes Only"
On Display February 4th through 25th/ Paintings by artists: Jacqueline Chanda, Neda Contreras, Christine Dawdy, Mary Theresa Dietz, Nina Duckett, Lisa Kanouse, Carolyn King, Teri Pursch/Open Tuesday-Saturday 10AM-4PM/Contreras Gallery 110 E. 6th St. 398-6557

Lens Masters of the Southwest
On Display February 11th through March 15th/ Club Camera Tucson presents fine art and award winning photography showcasing the landscapes, life and culture of the great American Southwest/All ages welcome-No fee to attend (November-April Wed-Sun. 10AM-3PM) Pima County Agua Caliente Park Gallery House 12325 E. Roger Rd. 615-7855

"Adelita: Women Soldiers of the Mexican Revolution"
On Display February 9th through 27th/ Starting with a photograph, Angel Wynn paints layers of translucent, melted encaustic wax over the surface to give her artwork luminous, textured qualities. A collage of imagery is combined with colorful oil paints, exotic papers, textiles, earth pigments and other mixed media to give each piece a contemporary style all its own/Open Daily 11AM-8PM/CasaBella Fine Arts Gallery in Joesler Village, 4425 N. Campbell Ave. 207-4544

Being Feminist: What Feminism Means to Me
Exhibition runs until March 6th (Opening reception Friday January 6th from 6-8PM Refreshments provided) YWCA Galleria 525 N Bonita Ave. 884-7810

49th Annual Juried Show
On Display February 7th through March 5th/ Over 65 original paintings will be on exhibit/Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11AM-4PM/Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild Gallery Williams Centre (Craycroft & Broadway) 5420 E. Broadway #240 299-7294

THE LEFT TURN LANE: Art Quilts by Thelma Scudi
On Display through March 7th/What began as a fluke became a personal journey for Thelma Scudi. A self-trained artist from Tucson, Scudi works in cloth and mixed media and credits her talent to ability to see the wonder and beauty in spite of reality. In her description about her piece, Left Turn Lane #1, Scudi states, “I’ll be damned if I find myself standing in the Left Turn Lane, with a sign, at eighty.” The economic viability of older women, who may suddenly find themselves single, is the gist of the story/Free and open to the public/Mon-Thurs, 9AM-9PM/Sunday & Friday 9AM-6PM/Closed Saturdays and Jewish holidays/Tucson JCC 3800 E. River Rd. 618-5033

On Display February 16th through April 19th/Main Gallery-In the Sonoran Desert the transition of day into night and back again is an ever-changing display that exhibits the subtle and dramatic effects of light and darkness. Beaming sunrises and burning sunsets signal the sequence of the diurnal, the crepuscular, and the nocturnal. The cycle of each day affects not only the colors of the earth and the sky but also the movements and lives of the plants and the creatures that inhabit them. Light and darkness stir the senses, evoking mood and activating nature/Open Daily 9PM-5PM/Tohono Chul Park 7366 N Paseo del Norte 742-6455

Featured Artist: Alexandra Bowers
On Display February 16th through April 19th/Welcome Gallery-Arizona artist, Alexandra Bowers creates work inspired by her immediate surroundings. Delicate compositions of flora and fauna found in the desert are exquisitely burned into wooden panels and serve as symbols of the natural world and our place in it/Open Daily 9PM-5PM/Tohono Chul Park 7366 N Paseo del Norte 742-6455

Terra Mater
On Display through March11th/Featuring mixed media by artist Mayme Kratz and photography by Michael Lundgren and Christopher Colville. Terra Mater’s artists remind us of what RW Emerson called, our ”original relationship to the universe,” providing an intimate look at the processes of ruin and regeneration in the Sonoran desert/Open Tuesday-Saturday 11AM-5PM/Etherton Gallery 135 S 6th Ave 624-7370 

Visions of the Borderlands: Myths and Realities
On Display Jan 23rd through June 30th/ Since the 1800’s, American popular culture has been filled with romanticized depictions about the West and the US Mexican border. These stereotypes became conventions in Western novels which typically include plots that portray conflicts between “law abiding” Americans and “blood thirsty” Indians who are typically regarded “savages” and treated as “other”. The Mexican border is typically portrayed as “lawless,” and Mexicans are usually described as dirty “bandidos”. Only American law and justice can bring peace in these works. Hollywood has also perpetuated these myths as evidenced in the abundance of Western films produced throughout the 20th Century the majority of which include stereotyped portrayals of Indians and Mexicans/Hours M-F 9AM-6PM/Special Collections at the University of Arizona Libraries 1510 E. University Blvd. 621-6423

Body Language: Figuration in Modern and Contemporary Art
On Display February 25th through July 9th/Drawn from the Tucson Museum of Art’s permanent collection and selected loans, this exhibition explores stylistic and conceptual trends in contemporary figurative art. Artists presented here rely on the human figure to examine notions of beauty and identity and to establish psychological states of being. Body Language reveals the expressiveness of the human body as a kind of non-verbal language that communicates to the viewer in varied and nuanced ways/Tues-Sat 10AM-8PM/Sun 12PM-5PM/1st Sun of the month is half-price for everyone/1st Thurs of the month is free after 5pm/Tucson Museum of Art 140 N Main Ave 624-2333

The Way of the Cross”
On Display through August 24th/The annual exhibit is on display through Lent with 15 original oil paintings that depict the suffering and crucifixion of Christ. Instead of the traditional 14 Stations of the Cross, DeGrazia’s collection culminates with the resurrection. “I never thought the cycle would be completed unless we had the 15th station where Jesus arises in glory,” the artist explained on a 15-minute audiotape that accompanies the exhibition/Open daily 10AM-4PM/DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun 6300 N Swan Rd. 299-9191 

El Mercado-DeGrazia Paints the Marketplace”
On Display through August 30th/Paintings of the vendors, goods, and stalls of the public markets of old Mexico and Guatemala are featured in this new exhibit/Open daily 10AM-4PM/DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun 6300 N Swan Rd. 299-9191

On Display through March 5th/ The exhibit features work by Colin Blakely, Kate Breakey, Sean-Paul Pluguez and Claire A. Warden. Stillness brings together one sculptor and three photographers that use the concept of silence or motionless to give the viewers a sense of calmness. Each artist uses unique mediums including encaustic, iconic scrolled landscapes, identity in saliva, and grape stakes with 24kt gold leaf/Free and open to the public/Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday 10AM-5PM/Friday 10AM-3PM/Pima Community College Center for the Arts, Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery-West Campus 2202 West Anklam Rd. 206-6942

The New Westward: Trains, Planes, and Automobiles that Move the Modern West
On Display through Feb. 12th/ Westward Ho! an exciting proclamation coined in the early 1800s signified the dawn of exploration and development of the American West. This spirited idea continues through present-day as travel throughout the region uses the fastest and most efficient modes of transportation available: trains, planes, and automobiles/Tues-Sat 10AM-8PM/Sun 12PM-5PM/2nd Sunday’s get in Free/1st Thurs of the month is free after 5pm/Tucson Museum of Art 140 N Main Ave 624-2333

Red and Blue
On Display through February 26th/ Curated and organized by the Museum’s student affinity group, MUSE, Red and Blue is quite literally an exhibit about color, but is also inherently about school spirit and the evolution of The University of Arizona. Using UA colors as a starting point, this exhibit explores individual works of art from the UAMA permanent collection, connecting them to important milestones in UA history/Tues-Fri 9AM-5PM/Sat-Sun 12PM-4PM/University of Arizona Museum of Art & Archive of Visual Arts (UAMA) 1031 Olive Rd. 621-7567

Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life

On Display through May 27th/This exhibit examines Kahlo’s work through the lens of the plants and nature in her paintings and her personal gardens. Tucson Botanical Gardens was selected as the only institution to receive this extraordinary exhibition designed by one of the world’s premier botanical gardens, the New York Botanical Garden/ NYBG’s staff worked for years to create Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life—the first exhibit ever to focus on Kahlo’s engagement with nature, revealing her intense interest, aesthetic appreciation and deep knowledge of the natural world, especially Mexico’s plant life/Open Daily 8:30AM-4:30PM/Porter Hall Gallery in the lovely Tucson Botanical Gardens 2150 N Alvernon Way 326-9686

Ongoing Exhibits

Kyoto Reconsidered” Photo Exhibition
Images of iconic people, buildings, and gardens in Japan’s most traditional city by Yume Japanese Gardens founder and Executive Director Patricia Director/Framed photos can be purchased tax-free; all proceeds go to Gardens operating fund/ Entrance free with regular $9 Gardens admission; discounts available for senior, military, student, and child visitors/Daily, 9:30AM-4:30PM/Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson 2130 N. Alvernon Way 272-3200

Reflected Light Gallery
Tucson's newest destination for fine art landscape photography & handcrafted Sterling silver chain maille jewelry/The gallery is home to Paul Pryor Photography & Joya Bonita Jewelry/Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 11am-5:30pm/Sunday 11am-3pm/La Plaza Shoppes 6530 E Tanque Verde Rd Ste. #130/Reflected Light Gallery 731-0550

Permanent Collections at DeGrazia
6 Permanent Collections of Paintings that trace historical events & native cultures of the Southwest/DeGrazia and Padre Kino/DeGrazia Paints Cabeza de Vaca/DeGrazia Paints Papago Indian Legends/Retrospective Collection/DeGrazia Paints the Yaqui Easter/DeGrazia Paints The Bullfight/Free admission/Open daily 10AM-4PM/DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun 6300 N Swan Rd. 299-9191

The Pottery Project-Explore the art of the potter & the science of the archaeologist as Arizona State Museum celebrates 2,000 years of Native pottery-making traditions in the Southwest/20,000+ whole vessels/Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest-Explore the origins, histories & contemporary lifeways of 10 Native cultures in an exciting mix of prehistoric artifacts, historic objects, life-size dioramas, & audio/video presentations/Waiting for Grandfather-a 168 cm. tall limestone sculpture by Taos Pueblo artist John Suazo, graces the entrance to ASM's south building/Water Carrier-a bronze sculpture by Apache artist Craig Dan Goseyun, adorns the front entrance of ASM's north building/Mon-Sat 10AM-5PM/Closed Sundays/Arizona State Museum 1013 E University Blvd 621-6302

Permanent Collections at TMOA 10AM-5PM
Art of Latin America
-includes pre-Columbian art produced by Native Americans prior to the Spanish conquest in the 16th century/Art of the American West-focuses on the varying expressions of the landscape, individuals, ideals & myths of the American West through art/Modern & Contemporary Art-TMOA began to collect modern art in the early 1970s, invigorated with a generous donation of 92 objects from the Lawrence J. Heller collection of European & American modernists, including works by such notable artists as Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, Max Weber, William Baziotes, Jacques Lipchitz & Marino Marini/Pre-Colombian Art-features nearly 600 objects including jewelry, ceremonial vessels, figurines, masks, sculptures, textiles & feather arts/Rare Books & Manuscripts-Due to the generosity of donors such as Frederick Pleasants, Lee & Pam Parry & Lotte Reyersbach, among others, the TMOA Art Research Library contains a number of important & rare books/Tues-Sat 10AM-8PM/Sun 12PM-5PM/1st Sun of the month is half-price for everyone/1st Thurs of the month is free after 5pm/Tucson Museum of Art 140 N Main Ave 624-2333

The Arizona Cavalcade of History – The Alan B. Davis Gallery is open with 16 paintings by renowned Western artist William Ahrendt, each depicting a significant event in Arizona's colorful history. The paintings and their historical narratives were featured as a special 16-part "Cavalcade of History" series in Arizona Highways magazine from 1987 through 1990. Arizona Highways remembers this series as "among the magazine's most remembered illustrations." The giclées reproductions on canvas were donated to the Tubac Historical Society in memory of longtime Tubac resident and businessman Alan B. Davis. The collection is on permanent display at the Tubac Presidio's Otero Hall. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

The Altarpiece From Ciudad Rodrigo
Ongoing Art Exhibit/A jewel of the UAMA collection & one of the most important works produced in 15th century Spain/Tues-Fri 9AM-5PM/Sat-Sun 12pm-4pm/University of Arizona Museum of Art & Archive of Visual Arts (UAMA) 1031 Olive Rd. 621-7567

The Jacques and Yulla Lipchitz Collection: Models and Sketches 9AM-5PM
Ongoing Art Exhibit/Tues-Fri/Sat-Sun 12pm-4pm/University of Arizona Museum of Art & Archive of Visual Arts (UAMA) 1031 Olive Rd. 621-7567

Philabaum Gallery
In 1975, Philabaum left Chicago in a snowstorm, drove to Tucson & never looked back/That first week he slept in his van along the Mt. Lemmon highway, but by day soon found a warehouse to rent for sleeping & more importantly, his studio, where he formed the Clay & Glass Cooperative with several other artists/And there he built AZ's first glass studio/By 1980, the studio had a life of its own/This summer we celebrate Philabaum's glass years in Tucson by featuring works from his many series/Visitors may often watch the glassblowing in the studio/Call to be sure of glassblowing dates for the current week/Tues-Sat 11AM-4PM/Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio 711 S 6th Ave. 884-7404

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