Sunday, June 28, 2015

Gallery in the Sun

On my recent trip to Tucson, I visited the DeGrazia's Gallery in the Sun, the studio and home of the late artist Ted DeGrazia.  DeGrazia was born and raised in Arizona the son of Italian immigrants.  He moved from the mining town of Morenci to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona and eventually earned three degrees including a Master of Arts.

He and his wife bought the then remote 10-acre property where he would build his Gallery in the Sun after the city of Tucson grew up around his original studio.  I wonder what he would have done if he had lived to see the city once again grow up around this property.  The gallery was designed and built by DeGrazia using traditional adobe bricks crafted on-site.  He is said to have built the gallery so that his paintings "would feel good inside".

The gallery is home to more than 15,000 DeGrazia originals including oil paintings, watercolors, ceramics and sculptures.

Among those on display is the one to the left titled "Fiesta at San Xavier" painted in 1960.  It's one of my all time favorites.

One of the gallery rooms included this display of DeGrazia's paints and easel.  It almost looks like he just stepped away for a moment.

Also on the grounds is this little mission that he built in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  As I approached it I could hear the call of that wind chime bell high up on the top.

Inside the mission, the roof is open to the sky and the walls are painted with DeGrazia's southwestern inspired art.  Stepping through the door to the mission was almost magical.

In 2006, the 10-acre site was added to the National Register of Historic Places.  The Gallery is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm and there is no admission charge.  It is such a beautiful place, it should be high on the list of places to see when visiting Tucson.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful places, very 'earthy'!

Lowell said...

I love this gallery! And I love his work! Delightful. That San Xavier painting would be one of my favorites, too. It's a funny coincidence - Lois and I were talking about San Xavier last evening. We had visited there in the early 60s when her grandmother came down from Minneapolis! I still have some slides of that trip somewhere!

Kate said...

I would love this place. I would love it even more if I could live there, with the same kind of talent!!

Judy said...

Such a beautiful place. I would feel right at home inside those walls. I'm glad you took the picture of that wonderful painting too!

William Kendall said...

His artistic style appeals to me, and I love the look of the building and the grounds.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It would certainly be high on my list Sharon.. Thank you so much for showing it so beautifully here for us to enjoy. An extraordinary space.. Do you get redback spiders over there? I thought they were an Aussie thing!