Tucson and Baja (Southern) Arizona have many fine art galleries. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Diana Madaras at her Madaras Gallery.
No artist represents Tucson and Southern Arizona more than Diana. I cannot look at a Madaras painting and not be happy. I know her art has that effect on most people. And her's is not only art for your walls. We have a cutting board with a bright, light-hearted painting of margarita glasses and a box of note cards with 6 of her signature desert scenes.
So popular is Diana's art that she has two galleries. One on Broadway just east of Downtown Tucson and another in Gallery Row at Skyline & Campbell.
I have other favorites. The Etherton Gallery downtown for one. The Etherton changes exhibitions every two months or so, thus there is always an excuse to go back. It is one of the oldest art galleries in Tucson, established in 1981.
Terry Etherton specializes in seriously fine photographic art, some vintage, some contemporary, such as the one pictured here. It doesn't look like anything special in this small thumbnail, but I first saw it as a very large framed print and I could hardly take my eye off of it, so stunning were the eyes of the subject. The effect was created by a unique process that I have not seen anywhere else. Palma is a genius.
My father, Bill Gressinger, then age 91 and an artist in his own right, went with us last Thanksgiving (2010) and declared the Etherton one of the finest galleries he has ever experienced. In a lifetime that spans almost a century, Dad has seen a lot of art galleries. High praise indeed.
Also, there are several really good art galleries in Tubac. So I will be expanding this section considerably as time goes on.
March 29, 2015. Jim and I wandered off into the Eastern hinterlands (East of Campbell) to peruse the offerings of the Empire Ranch Foundation for its Annual Western Art Show and Sale. In its 15th year, this year the show is at the tony Tucson Desert Art Museum. Dubbed the Empire … Continue reading
Do This: Take flight over the iconic landmarks of the Southwest and meet artist Arturo Chavez at the opening reception, February 20, 2015, 5-8pm. 02/19/2015 – These are the large-scale paintings of master American landscape artist Arturo Chavez on exhibit from February 20 – March 29, 2015 at Tucson Desert … Continue reading
We at Southern Arizona Guide occasionally invite talented artists to share their creations with our quarter million annual visitors. I found Debbie Angel on Facebook and thought her Southern Arizona photography, mostly landscapes and wildlife, to be truly beautiful. Debbie tells us she has had a life-long passion for photography, … Continue reading
I added new information about this special Tucson Museum of Art event Friday night October 17th. Neighbor Roy & I will be there and hope to see you there too. Ms. Karen & I have been members of the Tucson Museum of Art since we moved here 11 year ago … Continue reading
Tucson Desert Art Museum, which includes Four Corners Gallery, tells the extraordinary history of the Desert Southwest through the eyes and talent of its finest artists and artisans, including Maynard Dixon, Thomas Moran, & Albert Bierstadt, to name just a few. When I went to photograph some of the exhibits, … Continue reading
This video courtesy of Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, presents photographs from the Library of Congress of the native peoples of Southwestern Arizona. Many of these photographs are from the extensive works of Edward S. Curtis, some of whose photogravures are currently on display at the Arizona State Museum … Continue reading
August 2012. Ms. Karen & I were in the pool when we heard the first clap of thunder. A few minutes later, another bang, this time much closer. Our southern sky was turning very dark very fast. We headed for cover hoping this time WE would get the rain rather than just a passing storm that drops its load of precious water on some other neighborhood.
A few minutes later, it was clear that this storm was moving northwest fast. We climbed our stairs to the viewing deck and watched it pass over our neighbors house just to our west. For the next four or five minutes, this is what we saw.
Paul Hopman is a local Tucson artist who uses scratchboard to illustrate the beauty and spirit of animals, be they a wild mustang or a pet dog. Paul is passionate about using his unique artform to teach about and preserve the wild creatures. Many of his subjects are endangered species, such as wolves, tigers & gorillas. But he also does commission work for those who want a stunningly beautiful framed portrait of their favorite pet.
In this video, Paul shows you how he does it, one scratch at a time.