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May 2017

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NO GRAY WALLS” and “In the Night” Miniatures
On Display 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 Tuesday-Saturday 10AM-3PM/Chris Bubany Studio 6530 E. Tanque Verde Rd. #140 885-2960 

A Natural Order
On Display through April 29th/This two-man exhibit explores the ideas of balance and harmony in the natural world and in human interactions: James Cook (Landscape paintings) is a New Realist, trained in the European method of light dynamism which is the trademark of the most significant painters of the Western landscape. His expressive brushwork is sourced directly from the quick sketches he makes in the field. Tim Murphy (Figurative paintings) is the consummate Colorist, using hue and tone to confidently pass from representational forms to abstract concepts and back again.  Taken as basic elemental units, his human forms become figure-on-field compositions/ Hours, Tues-Fri 11AM-5PM/Saturday 11AM-4PM/Davis Dominguez Gallery 154 E. 6th St. 629-9759

Stamp Out Reality!
April 4th-April 30th/Artist Lex Gjurasic invites you to her immersive exhibition of psychedelic paintings and conceptual sculptures hosted by Stamp Out Reality! The exhibition is comprised of Gjurasic’s playful Styrofoam conceptual cactus sculptures that were created for and installed at the inaugural year of the Dusk Music Fest in Tucson last year and her strange levitating Otherworldly cut-out panel paintings that were previously on display at Tucson International Airport/Monday-Thursday: 3PM-7PM/Friday & Saturday Noon-9PM/Sunday Noon -6PM/Tiny Town Gallery 408 N. 4th Ave.

"The Isle of Men"
On Display through April 29th/Seven Tucson artists whose art is entire and unique unto Themselves: Robert Conine, Joe Marshall, Marcus Robiason, Jeremy Singer, George Strasburger, Gavin Hugh Troy and Richard Zelens/Open Tuesday-Saturday 10AM-4PM/Contreras Gallery 110 E. 6th St. 398-6557

PCC Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
On Display through May 5th/ Distinguished jurors for this year’s exhibition are Kathleen Spain, ceramic artist; David Adix, visual artist - mixed media; and Lisa Roden, photographer and assistant registrar at Etherton Gallery. Close to $4,000 in scholarships, gift certificates and prizes will be awarded to selected student artists/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

From Hawks to Javelina”
On Display April 15th through May 10th/Illustrator and writer Beth Surdut displays her nature-inspired illustrations accompanied by true stories/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

On Display through May 31st/Featuring mixed media by Kate Breakey, painting, photographs and works on paper by Andy Burgess and painting by Gail Marcus-Orlen. Exhibition features three Tucson artists whose use of color transforms their subjects into something utterly new. In conjunction with Color Theory, an installation of drawings by Albert Chamillard will be on view in the in-house pop-up/Open Tuesday-Saturday 11AM-5PM/Etherton Gallery 135 S 6th Ave 624-7370 

"Art of Devotion" featuring with work of Virginia Maria Romero
On Display through April 27th/Romero is one of a handful of “Anglos” to be counted among the santero artists (artists who paint or carve images of saints) of the American Southwest with works inspired by the culture of New Mexico and her Polish/Irish heritage. Romero’s art speaks a language unlike any other…it is a language of the heart, of the soul, of life… she has taken an ancient art form and redefined it, reinvented it, and made it her own/Open Daily 11AM-8PM/CasaBella Fine Arts Gallery in Joesler Village 4425 N. Campbell Ave. 207-4544

First Year Experience 2017
On Display April 17th-May 12th/Showcases the visionary force of students who are just beginning their pursuit of a career in the arts. Focusing on the diverse studio practices occurring in the first year at the University of Arizona School of Art, the artworks in this exhibition reflect the program’s devotion to the basics of fine craftsmanship and conceptual development. Join us and celebrate the artworks of our newest students! Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 8AM-4PM/Free to the public every day/UofA Joseph Gross Gallery 1031 N Olive Rd. 626-4215

Drawing Down the Muse’
On Display through May 27th/This is our 25th annual women’s only exhibit by and for local women artists. Come and join us in the celebration of our divine feminine power. All mediums and subject matter /Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 1PM to 5PM/WomanKraft Art Center 388 S. Stone Ave. 629-9976

Groovin’ Together! Work from the Many Hands Artist Courtyard and the Tucson Artist Cooperative On Display April 21st through May 30th/ The show features the work of 10 artists–Cindy Haas, Dotty Woody, Anne Lowe, Pat Achor, Lynne East Itkin, Julie Szerina Stein, Jeanne Fellow, Christina Plange, Marnie Ehlers, and Susan Morse–and showcases the artists’s paintings, gourd art, paper designing, acrylic inks, jewelry and much more/Mon-Thurs, 9AM-9PM/Sunday & Friday 9AM-6PM/Closed Saturdays and Jewish holidays/Tucson JCC Fine Art Gallery 3800 E. River Rd. 618-5033

Hi-Art Exhibition”
On Display through April 30th/Annual exhibition of work in all media by talented artists from high schools throughout the Santa Cruz Valley. Sahuarita, Walden Grove, Rio Rico, Nogales and Patagonia High Schools will be represented. A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior that evening as well as cash awards for other prizes. Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise and Tubac Territory support this program through the annual Cowboy Christmas quick draw and art auction/ Tubac Center of the Arts 9 Plaza Rd-Tubac 398-2371

"The History of Here and There"
On Display through June 1st/ Works by Robin Savage and Alex Jimenez/Hours: 8AM-5PM, Monday-Friday (Hand embroidered Flags by Fuentes Roja will be on display in the Conference Center) YWCA Galleria 525 N Bonita Ave. 884-7810

Visions of the Borderlands: Myths and Realities
On Display 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 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

Wall of Faces: A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You
On Display through July 4th/The Douglas AZ Vietnam Veterans Commemoration Project will open to the public/The exhibit is included in admission to the museum/Hours: 9AM-4PM, Tuesday-Friday/Saturday 11AM-4PM/Arizona History Museum 949 E. 2nd St. 628-5774 (Free Parking: AZ Historical Society garage at the NE corner of E. 2nd St. & N. Euclid Ave)

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 

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

Our Stories: Politeia
On Display through July 30th/In the context of this exhibit, we define “Politeia” as ‘active citizens of the city state.’ In our current sociopolitical and social cultural climate it is crucial that we create space where people can safely engage with viewpoints and life experiences different from their own.  The art and content generated here is not produced by the museum, instead it is through you, the museum visitor. Multiple narratives, perspectives, and identities will emerge over the course of this exhibit; the exhibition narrative will likely not be absolute, static, singular, or tidy. In this gallery space, we urge all people to be active citizens in our greater community and engage in critical dialogue with respect and compassion for other individuals/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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