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August 2017

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SHIMMER” and “Surprise!” Miniatures
On Display August 8th through November 5th/Featured artists are: Geri Bringman, David Brown, Paddie Flaherty, Susan Libby, Kathy Robbins and Richard Rohrbough/Gallery Hours: Monday through Saturday 10AM-5PM/Sunday 10AM-1:30PM/Desert Artisans’ Gallery 6536 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 722-4412 www.DesertArtisansGallery.com

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

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

"Tropical Heat Wave"
On Display August 5th through 26th/The exhibit will feature the work of eleven artists, with art relating to the climate. The colors will be bright. Artists: Mary Theresa Dietz, Margot Huntington, Lisa Kanouse, Marcy Miranda Janes, Beth Jonquil, Jeff Litvak, Teri Pursch, Martin Quintanilla, Dana Waller, Kathrine Wilde, Richard Zelens/Open Tuesday-Saturday 10AM-4PM/Contreras Gallery and Jewelry 110 E. 6th St. 398-6557

Feathered Friends: A Contemporary Fine Art Show Featuring Birds
On Display through August 5th/Immerse yourself in beautiful fine art from over sixty-seven local and national artists and over 130 artworks at Toscana Studio and Gallery! From the tropics to the desert, this show features birds that capture the realism of nature and the imagination. Stop in and vote for your favorite piece for A People's Choice Award at the close of the show/Gallery Hours, Open: Tuesday-Friday 11AM-5PM/Saturday Noon-4PM/ Toscana Studio and Gallery 9040 N Oracle Rd Oro Valley 520-575-1445

Living River of Words
On Display through August 16th/Local children share their view of the natural world in this exhibition of award winning poetry and mixed media art/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

On the Wild Side
On Display August 19th-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

Danny Lyon Career Survey
On Display through August 31st/ In celebration of his career retrospective, Message to the Future, which opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2016, and travels to Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland and the Berlin Foundation, Germany in 2017, Etherton Gallery is pleased to present a survey of photographer Danny Lyon’s work/ The exhibition Present Future opens with a reception at 7PM-10PM Saturday June 10th/Open Tuesday-Saturday 11AM-5PM/Etherton Gallery 135 S 6th Ave 624-7370 

Wings of the Desert by Ric Nielsen
On Display through August 23rd/ Wings of the Desert will focus on entomology and the patterns inherent in insects. The exhibit will explore nature through photography: the colors, the lines, and most of all, the beauty. Ric Nielsen, has lived in Tucson for more than 47 years, is a graduate of the University of Arizona, worked for the City of Tucson as the Art Director for 31 years, and is the Senior Graphic Designer at the University of Arizona Recreation Department. His love of nature started early in life through hikes and camping trips with his family.  His father was an art teacher, and Ric believes that is where he gets his passion for art./Mon-Thurs, 9AM-9PM/Sunday & Friday 9AM-6PM/Closed Saturdays and Jewish holidays/Tucson JCC Fine Art Gallery 3800 E. River Rd. 618-5033

Tucson J Student Art Show
On Display August 24th-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 August 7th 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

The Way of the Cross”
On Display through August 30th/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 

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 

Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life
On Display through August 31st/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

Fame: Paintings by Robert Priseman
On Display through August 31st/ By literally painting celebrity icons on top of 18th and 19th-century religious icons of saints (purchased on e-bay), British artist Robert Priseman examines the contemporary obsession with celebrity and how in it has mimicked or even replaced religious faith. Selecting celebrities whose lives ended prematurely in self-destructive or otherwise traumatic ways, the Fame series repurposes the religious definition of martyrdom and redefines it for the sake of celebrity lifestyle and status. This exhibition celebrates one of the UAMA’s most recent and major acquisitions—71 of the more than 100 works in the Fame series will be displayed and are now part of the UAMA permanent collection/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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