The travels of Fray Junipero Serra and the Franciscan missions he founded in early California are chronicled by artist Ted DeGrazia in a series of oil paintings and text titled “The Rose and the Robe”. In the late 1700’s, Serra founded the first nine of the twenty-one Franciscan missions established along the coast of Spanish colonial California from San Diego to San Francisco. An opening reception for The Rose and the Robe will be held at the Gallery in the Sun from 5 to 7 pm on Friday, August 28th 2015, and the exhibit will remain on display through January 27th, 2016.
One of Southwestern artist Ted DeGrazia’s favorite subjects is featured in the new exhibit “Wagons Ho!”. The 25 oil paintings and watercolors in this exhibit were selected from more than 140 images of wagons in the DeGrazia Foundation Collection, and span four decades of the artist’s career. Currently on display at the Gallery in the Sun through January 20th, 2016.
“The Lord Gave Me Brothers Saint Francis of Assisi” is on display starting February 9th, 2015 through December 1st, 2015. These paintings were done in 1966 for a book on Saint Francis that was never completed. The paintings include images of Saint Francis and of a Franciscan Friar called “Little Brother” at work in a friary, but unfortunately the story for the book has been lost.
“Enamel on Copper Paintings of Ted DeGrazia” is a new exhibit of the Southwestern artist’s work with fired enamels. This exhibit features full and partial editions of 13 different enamel on copper painting series along with examples of enameled jewelry, sculpture, and additional individual enamel on copper paintings. This exhibit will run through August 15th, 2015 at the Gallery in the Sun, 6300 North Swan Road, Tucson, Arizona.
The Gallery in the Sun has a great assortment of holiday products! Please browse DeGrazia’s popular gift shop for 2015 calendars and annual bells; ornaments, greeting cards and wrapping paper; candles, coasters and coffee cups. Plus we have a variety of DeGrazia prints, originals and ceramics. For a guaranteed Christmas delivery our deadline will be December 12th, 2014 for domestic packages. Happy Holidays!
The DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun hosts annually La Fiesta de Guadalupe. This festival honors Mexico’s patron saint with music, dancing and performances including mariachi bands, folklorico dancers, the Yaqui Deer Dancers and Domingo DeGrazia’s Spanish-guitar band. The festival also features a Los Posada procession where children from the Carrillo Magnet School sing in honor of the saint culminating at the Mission in the Sun. Local food and art vendors offer southwestern fair and souvenirs to guests. The event is free and open to the public. December 7th, 2014 from 10am–4pm.
From limited edition stone lithographs to refrigerator magnets and everything between, the popularity of Southwestern artist Ted DeGrazia’s images made him one of the most reproduced artists of the twentieth century. More than fifty of his most popular oils will be celebrated in our new exhibit “DeGrazia’s Greatest Hits”. An opening reception will be held at the Gallery in the Sun from 5 – 7pm on Friday August 1, 2014, and the exhibit will remain on display through January 28th, 2015.
In a nod to popular culture in the early 1970’s, Southwestern artist Ted DeGrazia created a series of astrological paintings, drawings, and essays. Infused with the artist’s regional perspective and imagery from native cultures, these works are featured in “DeGrazia Paints the Signs of the Zodiac”, on display at the Gallery in the Sun from May 30th, 2014 through January 28th, 2015.
Nuns at work, prayer, and play are featured in a new collection of work by artist Ted DeGrazia. Oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, enamels, and ceramics are included in this selection of work dated from 1946 to 1972. “DeGrazia’s Nuns” will be on exhibit at the Gallery in the Sun through November 30th 2014.
Celebrate the publication of this first-ever comprehensive biography of artist and Tucson legend Ted DeGrazia. Artist Ted DeGrazia (1909-1982) lived life with passion and verve, embracing risk and romance, becoming a legend in Arizona and gaining international acclaim. DeGrazia: The Man and the Myths, by James W. Johnson with Marilyn D. Johnson, is a biography that reveals the eccentric, colorful man behind the myths. It tells the story of a life remarkably lived. Please join us Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 5:30pm-7:30pm, for book talk and signing, refreshments, and music by Domingo DeGrazia. Free and open to the public.
If you missed the book signing at the Gallery in the Sun then you can see the Johnson’s at Antigone Books on 4th Avenue! On Friday, April 4, 2014 at 7:00pm see the Johnson’s for book talk and signing. Free and open to the public. For more info call 520-792-3715 or go to 411 N. 4th Ave. Tucson, AZ.
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The annual showing of Ted DeGrazia’s “The Way of the Cross” 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. Opens on February 17th, 2014 through May 28th, 2014.
“Pure Abstracts” is a rare collection of non-representational abstract artwork by artist Ted DeGrazia. Produced in the 1950’s and never exhibited, this collection is being presented to the public for the first time nearly sixty years after its creation. An opening reception for “Pure Abstracts” will be held at DeGrazia’s Gallery in the Sun from 5 – 7pm on Friday January 24th, 2014, and the exhibit will remain on display through July 30th, 2014.
Holiday Fantasies is a collection of works by artist Ted DeGrazia featuring scenes of Christmas, Hanukah and the desert Southwest. “Christmas to me is a season when the Arizona desert becomes a fantastic fantasy. The desert assumes a mood all of it’s own. The cholla is now a huge candelabra, memories of another world, another time.” This exhibit will be on display Dec. 2, 2013 – Feb. 2, 2014.
The Gallery in the Sun has a great assortment of holiday products! Please browse DeGrazia’s popular gift shop for 2014 calendars and annual bells; ornaments, greeting cards and wrapping paper; candles, coasters and coffee cups. Plus we have a variety of DeGrazia prints, originals and ceramics. Also, through December 13th, with any in store purchase over $50.00 you get a free roll of wrapping paper while supplies last! For a guaranteed Christmas delivery our deadline will be December 15th, 2013 for domestic packages. Happy Holidays!
An exhibition of DeGrazia’s paintings and drawings depicting Superstition Mountain legends and history will be on display at the Superstition Mountain Museum in Apache Junction, Arizona from September 28th, 2013 through April 9th, 2015. On opening day, the artists’ son, Domingo DeGrazia and his Spanish guitar band will perform from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information please contact Betty Swanson, firstname.lastname@example.org, from the Superstition Mountain Museum.
One of Southwestern artist Ted DeGrazia’s favorite subjects is celebrated in the new exhibit “DeGrazia’s Wild Horses”. Ranging from moody to exuberant and from realistic to abstract, many of the fifty paintings, drawings and watercolors featured have not been previously exhibited. An opening reception will be held at DeGrazia’s Gallery in the Sun from 5 – 7 pm on Friday August 2nd, 2013 and the exhibit will run through January 22nd, 2014.
“Our Lady of Guadalupe” is a new exhibit depicting the Virgin of Guadalupe and the Mission in the Sun that DeGrazia built in her honor. Several works in ink, watercolor, encaustic, and tempera will be featured in this exhibit. The exhibit will go from May 17, 2013 – Feb. 16, 2014
The Seri Indians live by the Sea of Cortez in Sonora, Mexico near Tiburon Island. Artist Ted DeGrazia visited Seriland in the late 1960’s when the tribe had only about 350 members. “It is written and it is told that the Seris are vanishing but I wanted to go and see for myself. I visited them everywhere, at every brushcamp by the sea… to fill my mind with these people and the way they used to live, and be able to put them down on my canvases. I was happy to find they are not vanishing – they are just small in numbers. They are not nomads, they are primitive by choice. And because only the fit survive, they are handsome – the women most beautiful. They are the most attractive Indians I have seen anywhere.” -Ted DeGrazia. This exhibit will be on display Feb. 15, 2013 – Nov. 30, 2013.
Artist Ted DeGrazia primarily used watercolors for sketching, illustration, fabric design and studies for oil paintings but for several years he focused on them as a serious art form of their own. This selection of watercolors from the early 1950s features DeGrazia’s bold brush work, vivid colors, and beautiful spreading patterns created with wet on wet painting techniques. This exhibition will be on display from Jan. 25, 2013 – July 31, 2013
The annual showing of Ted DeGrazia’s “The Way of the Cross” 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.