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October 2017

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SHIMMER” and “Surprise!” Miniatures
On Display through November 5th/Featured artists are: Geri Bringman, David Brown, Paddie Flaherty, Susan Libby, Kathy Robbins and Richard Rohrbough/ Trunk Show on September 9th featuring the watercolor paintings of Kathy Robbins/Kathy will be showing a collection of small watercolor originals and prints along with cards/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 Tuesday-Saturday 10AM-3PM/Chris Bubany Studio 6530 E. Tanque Verde Rd. #140 885-2960

Fuchsia Designs 
A warm & friendly Ceramic Studio & Gallery of Hearts, in Downtown Tucson. The Gallery features Lisa “LaLa” Agababian’s Original Large Heart Wall Sculptures and more. Smaller, more affordable heart related gifts are available for all occasions as well. Her working studio offers a JOYFUL ceramic experience for anyone interested in getting creative with clay & colorful low-fire ceramic glazes. We address the desires of the curious visitor, simply choosing a two or three hour Taste of Clay Play; to the practicing artist needing a workspace on a six to eight week regularly basis. Clay Play Gatherings & Workshops are for those wishing to relax in a fun, yet safe & supportive small group space, to tap into that unique, creative spirit within; while enjoying & deepening skills thru hand-building and/or the potters’ wheel. Please come join us! Appointments Only/Fuchsia Designs 4th Avenue at 226 E 5th St. 603-1374 

Kris Graves: The Testament Project
On Display through November 3rd/An exploration and re-conception of the contemporary black experience in America. More often than not, black people are portrayed in the extreme-either as very rich or very poor, they are demonized, infantilized, ridiculed, idolized or hyper-sexualized; and within the art canon there is a noticeable scarcity of black representation/In these glowing portraits, control of the colored lighting is given to my subjects, in order to create a space that is participatory and empowered. By including subjects in the creation of the scene and the altering of color, I seek to create photographs that portray individuality in addition to their blackness/Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 8AM-4PM/Free to the public every day/UofA Joseph Gross Gallery 1031 N Olive Rd. 626-4215

On display through October 6th/Carr Morgan, W. Ray Parish and Michael Stack/Included in Surroundings are photographs of icebergs shot near both poles, sculptures based on whales, prints and paintings referencing the spray and texture of water, and abstractions that reflect change and a new beginning in one’s pursuit in art” 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

Clay Inspirations”
Highlighting seven ceramic sculptors sharing a studio space in downtown Tucson-On Display through Sept. 30th/Only Open Saturdays Noon until 4PM/Gallery Azul 439 N 6th Ave. 248-8737

On Display through September 30th/The art of ten artists, dedicated to pets and animals. Artists: Neda Contreras, Mary Theresa Dietz, Betina Fink, Gene Hall, Margot Huntington, Marcy Miranda Janes, Keith Marroquin, Martin Quintanilla, Inna Rohr, Will Taylor/Open Tuesday-Saturday 10AM-4PM/Contreras Gallery and Jewelry 110 E. 6th St. 398-6557

Super Natural Desert
On Display September 11th through November 27th/Mother Earth- New works by Marcy Ellis and Maria Johnson/YWCA Galleria 525 N Bonita Ave. 884-7810

On the Wild Side
On Display through Sept 20th/Wildlife Art by Ted Fleming and Theresa Rodriguez featuring art by photographs, paintings and scratchboard images of animals from the U.S. Southwest as well as from several iconic habitats from around the world/All ages welcome-No fee to attend (May-October, Tuesday-Saturday, 9AM-2PM) Pima County Agua Caliente Park Gallery House 12325 E. Roger Rd. 615-7855

Color Vibrations
September 23rd–October 18th/An exhibit of new, vibrant watercolor paintings by Kathy Robbins/All ages welcome-No fee to attend (May-October, Tuesday-Saturday, 9AM-2PM) Pima County Agua Caliente Park Gallery House 12325 E. Roger Rd. 615-7855

James G. Davis (1931-2016)
Down at the Tower Bar, a Retrospective

On Display through November 11th/ Please join us in celebration and remembrance of artist, University of Arizona Professor of Art, and longtime resident of artist colony Rancho Linda Vista, James G. Davis, in a retrospective look at his productive and provocative career, Down at the Tower Bar/Always the consummate observer, Davis's large-scale paintings and numerous prints show us our rich, geometrically tangled place in the world. With his usual bold offering on the human condition, Davis hands us a gorilla, an embrace, a dark visitor, or a self-portrait; often with a shrug, a wink, and a good luck sign. Make of it what you will he seems to say. /Open Tuesday-Saturday 11AM-5PM/Etherton Gallery 135 S 6th Ave 624-7370 

Tucson J Student Art Show
On Display through September 28th/Works by the Tucson J’s Early Childhood Education and Special Needs Services participants will be on display. Please stop by the Tucson J’s Fine Art Gallery to see the artistic talents of The J’s ECE students and SNS participants/Mon-Thurs, 9AM-9PM/Sunday & Friday 9AM-6PM/Closed Saturdays and Jewish holidays/Tucson JCC Fine Art Gallery 3800 E. River Rd. 618-5033

Maynard Dixon’s Arizona
On Display through October 31st/Featuring forty-five original pieces of Dixon’s artwork which tells the story of his numerous Arizona trips between 1900-1946. The show includes, vintage Ansel Adams photographs, rare Dixon poetry and the only from-life plaster bust of Dixon-Sponsored by Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery 6872 E. Sunrise Dr. Suite 130 Tucson AZ 800-422-9382.

After 500 Years: Print and Propaganda in the Reformation
On Display through December 22nd/ Special Collections holds a wide variety of materials from and about the Protestant Reformation. A significant portion of these holdings resides in the Heiko A. Oberman Library, which was gifted to Special Collections after the scholar’s death. The library was compiled, in part, during the years that Oberman served as the Director of the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies, which he founded at the University of Arizona. Other holdings include several translations of bibles and pamphlets, the latter written by Martin Luther and contemporaries/Hours M-F 9AM-6PM/Special Collections at the University of Arizona Libraries 1510 E. University Blvd. 621-6423

DeGrazia’s Cowboys”
On Display through January 24th/The range-riding, working cowboys featured in this exhibit are a small subset of DeGrazia’s cowboys. His rodeo cowboys have previously been exhibited in DeGrazia’s Rodeo Collection, but most of these images of working cowboys have never been displayed before/Open daily 10AM-4PM/DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun 6300 N Swan Rd. 299-9191 

In Transit/En tránsito
On Display September 16th-March 11th 2018/This exhibition is accompanied by related events that collectively explore artistic practice, resistance, and social transformation in relation to transnational migration and human rights politics. Anchored in the Sonoran Desert borderlands and drawing on practices from different regions of the US, Mexico, and Central America, In Transit/En tránsito will bring together artists, activists, and academics for a series of cross-disciplinary conversations and collaborations/Tues-Fri 9AM-5PM/Sat-Sun 12PM-4PM/University of Arizona Museum of Art & Archive of Visual Arts (UAMA) 1031 Olive Rd. 621-7567

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

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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