Art Archives

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Tucson’s murals loom large, with many spanning several stories and stretching across entire sides of buildings. Here are a few can’t-miss favorites to look for while exploring Downtown Tucson. Joe Pagac This epic mural sprawls across 4,000 square feet at 534 North Stone Avenue. It shows a cowboy and a woman riding bicycles into blue skies. The woman’s dress billows behind her, morphing into a sunset backdrop for a trio of animal buddies, also riding...

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Let other parts of the country tell rain to go away – in the desert, we welcome it like a dear friend. Cosanti Originals has made our passion for precipitation even more artful with its new rain chains, strands of mosaic-like dalle de verre glass pieces, crystal geodes and fossils, each finished with one of the art colony’s signature bronze windbells. “They have become a sought-after item by our patrons from the first day we...

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Catch up with 10 Arizona-based artists as they share their workspaces, creations and experiences during their coronavirus quarantines. Eric Cox How long have you been a professional artist? 20+ years What medium are you best known for? My works range from small graphite sketches and mixed media paintings, all the way to large scale aerosol murals. How has the coronavirus quarantine inspired or affected your work and/or livelihood? I am heartbroken. I am overwhelmed. There...

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While art museums and galleries may be temporarily closed, you can still get your art fix on Roosevelt Row by exploring the vast amount of street art on view. These days, pedestrians are few and far between, so you’ll be able to safely explore murals like these while responsibly social distancing.   Not Another Bird Mural in Phoenix by Kayla Newnam As you head east on Roosevelt, you won’t be able to miss Kayla Newnam’s...

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After losing strength in her arms and legs in her early 30s from a neuromuscular disease, Kathy Q. Parks fell into a depression. “I couldn’t lift my legs to go upstairs. How was I going to take care of my children?” The normally physically active Arizona native, who studied physical education and health at the University of Arizona, remembered how art mesmerized her in high school, so she turned to that. Over time, the use...

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Timothy Chapman paints wild, imaginative renderings of animals. He favors zebras that fly or giraffes with leathercraft designs rather than spot patterns. Lately, he’s been into birds (ravens and magpies, in particular), painting them like illustrations in an abstract biology textbook. He adds mountains he grew up near, like Camelback Mountain, on the canvas. The second-generation Arizonan, a Scottsdale-based artist who works out of the Cattletrack Arts Compound, calls his work “invented natural history.” Chapman’s...

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