In the 1940s, DeGrazia had little success finding a gallery to represent him, so he decided to take matters into his own hands. First he built a studio at the corner of Prince Road and Campbell Avenue in Tucson, but as the city grew around him, he and his wife Marion bought 10 isolated acres in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains and built a mission, home and a small adjoining gallery to exhibit his originals.
The prolific artist soon needed more space to house his continuing output of originals. As his fame and finances flourished, he designed and built a larger adobe gallery on the site and moved his growing collections out of what is now known as the Little Gallery at DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun.
Knowing firsthand the difficulty that lesser known artists have in finding a venue to display their work, Marion reopened the Little Gallery to visiting artists after her husband’s death. Today the DeGrazia Foundation continues this legacy during the winter months.
For more information about exhibiting visit here.
Applications are available online for two weeks in February. Artists wishing to show their work in the Little Gallery are asked to send examples of their work to the DeGrazia Foundation, with attention: Lisa Palmer.
Upon acceptance, artists in all mediums are given space to showcase their work for two weeks. Exhibiting artists are responsible for installing and promoting their exhibitions. Artists must also staff their exhibit during gallery hours to answer visitor questions. Artists who have exhibited at the Little Gallery within the past five seasons are not eligible to reapply at this time.
Little Gallery’s List of Artists for our 2017/2018 Season
Nov. 5, 2017 – Nov. 17, 2017, Lex Gjurasic invites you to view Spines, an exhibition of recent work inspired by the found objects of the borderlands. Spines is an exhibit of exuberant mixed media sculptures and paintings by Tucson-based artist Lex Gjurasic that draws inspiration from the desert environment and the enduring creative spirit of Ted DeGrazia. A reception will be held on Saturday, November 11th, from 12:00-4:00pm.
Nov. 19, 2017 – Dec. 1, 2017, Alexandria Winslow, Acrylic on Canvas (Closed Thanksgiving Day)
Dec. 3, 2017 – Dec. 15, 2017, Del & Crishina Livingston, Ceramics and Paintings
Dec. 17, 2017 – Dec. 29, 2017, (Closed Christmas Day) Kathy Robbins presents “Arizona Inspirations”, an exhibit of transparent watercolor paintings. Kathy was born in Venezuela and moved to the American Midwest at a young age. She studied Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin and later relocated to enchanting Tucson, Arizona. Her paintings have won numerous awards and have been featured in many shows and galleries in Arizona and the Midwest. Kathy gets inspiration from Sonoran Desert scenes, lush Mexican imagery, plant and animal life, and local architecture. All are welcome to the opening reception, Sunday 12/17, 11am – 3pm.
Dec. 31, 2017 –Jan. 12, 2018, Brenda Peo, Oils on Canvas (Closed New Year’s Day)
Jan. 14, 2018 – Jan. 26, 2018, Chip Travers, Mixed Media
Jan. 28, 2018 – Feb. 9, 2018, Ralph Prata, Hand Carved Concrete
Feb. 11, 2018 – Feb. 23, 2018, Jane Stern & Ira Wiesenfeld, Mixed Media
Feb. 25, 2018 – March 9, 2018, Wonder of Color Group, Mixed Media
March 11, 2018 – March 23, 2018, Joe Sassy, Jewelry
March 25, 2018 – April 6, 2018, FASA Group (Closed Easter Day)