This festival honors Mexico’s patron saint with music, dancing and performances including mariachi bands, folklorico dancers, and Yaqui Deer Dancers. Piñatas filled with treats are hoisted hourly for the kids while vendors offer regional food, southwestern fare and souvenirs. The event is FREE and open to the public.
At 9:00 a.m. in the Mission in the Sun, Father Joseph Saba, celebrating the reopening of the mission after two years of extensive renovation, will say a mass. Space is limited as the mission only holds a small amount of visitors.
Tucson artists Ted DeGrazia and Marion Sheret DeGrazia were married in a jungle wedding chapel in Oaxaca, Mexico in 1947. Ted came prepared to paint on their honeymoon, and was inspired by the lush tropical jungles and native cultures of Southern Mexico, which provided him with exciting new subject matter. This wildly colorful selection of paintings from the 1940’s and early 50’s are reminiscent of earlier Impressionistic Master’s works. “DeGrazia Paints the Jungle” features a dozen paintings on display for the first time. A free opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 pm on Friday, September 6th, 2019. The exhibits will remain on display through January 29th, 2020.
From lively but remote Indian trading posts, to the traffic jams and skyscrapers of New York City, “DeGrazia Downtown” showcases a collection of street scenes by Tucson artist Ted DeGrazia, dating from 1940 to 1974. A free opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 pm on Friday, September 6th, 2019. The exhibits will remain on display through January 29th, 2020.
“Arizona Highways and Ted DeGrazia” will be on display from May 24th, 2019, through January 29th, 2020. The exhibit will commemorate Ted DeGrazia’s relationship with editor Raymond Carlson and Arizona Highways magazine, and will include selections of artwork featured in the magazine. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 5 to 7pm on Friday, May 24th, 2019 at the Gallery in the Sun. The opening reception is open to the public and offers free admission for the event.
The flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert in Spring are celebrated in “Desert Blooms”, a selection of 1950’s watercolors by Tucson artist Ted DeGrazia. These colorful and playful paintings of cactus flowers and desert critters will be on display at the Gallery in the Sun. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 5 to 7pm on Friday, February 1st, 2019, and the exhibit will run through September 4th, 2019. The opening reception is open to the public and offers free admission for the event.
The Gallery in the Sun has a great assortment of holiday products! Please browse DeGrazia’s popular gift shop for 2018 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 is December 17th for domestic packages and December 5th for international orders. 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 9th, 2018 from 10am–4pm.
The landscape paintings of Tucson artist Ted DeGrazia are featured in this new exhibit at the Gallery in the Sun. Distant adobes, ranch houses, and saguaros populate these moody landscapes, many of which have never been on display. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 5 to 7pm on Friday, September 7th, 2018, and the exhibit will run through January 30th, 2019. The opening reception is open to the public and offers free admission for the event.
Paintings and sculpture spanning six decades of Tucson artist Ted DeGrazia’s career are featured in DeGrazia’s Chickens, a new exhibit at the Gallery in the Sun. Chickens were a favorite subject of the artist who depicted them as everything from a folksy background detail or fashion accessory, to heroic portraits and textile designs. This exhibit opens May 18th, 2018 and will run through January 30th, 2019.
Scenes from everyday life, horses, children, and religious figures are among the subject matter of the new exhibit “DeGrazia’s Hot Wax- Encaustic Paintings from the 1950’s”. In the mid-1950’s, Tucson artist Ted DeGrazia explored the obscure technique of encaustic painting. Using the molten colored beeswax medium, he created dozens of encaustic paintings between 1953 and 1957. Six of the twenty-five paintings featured in this exhibit are newly discovered, and eighteen of them have never been on display. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday January 26th, 2018, and the exhibit will run through September 5th, 2018.
From the playground to the pool hall, people at play are the subject of “DeGrazia’s Fun and Games”. Playful children, adults, angels, and nuns are featured in this selection of paintings and drawings that span several stylistic eras and more than forty years of Tucson artist Ted DeGrazia’s career. An opening reception for this exhibit will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm on Friday, September 1st, 2017 at the Gallery in the Sun. The exhibit will remain on display through January 23rd, 2018.
Best known for his depictions of the traditional Native American and Hispanic cultures of the region, the western cowboy was a less common but enduring theme for the artist. The range-riding, working cowboys featured in this exhibit are a small subset of DeGrazia’s cowboys. His rodeo cowboys have previously been exhibited in DeGrazia’s Rodeo Collection, but most of these images of working cowboys have never been displayed before. This exhibit is on display through January 24th, 2018.
DeGrazia’s Roadrunner and Coyote exhibit is a new selection of drawings, sculpture, and oil paintings that span four decades of the Southwestern artist’s career. Currently on display at the Gallery in the Sun through August 2017.
Paintings of the vendors, goods, and stalls of the public markets of old Mexico and Guatemala are featured in the new exhibit, “El Mercado – DeGrazia Paints the Marketplace”. This collection of more than three dozen paintings spans more than thirty years of Ted DeGrazia’s career, and reveals his enduring fascination with vendors and the marketplace. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 5 to 7 pm on Friday, January 27th, 2017 at the Gallery in the Sun, and the exhibit will remain on display through August 30th, 2017.
We are pleased to announce our upcoming exhibit “Modernist Ceramics” of Ted and Marion DeGrazia! This is a retrospective of the functional, decorative, and fine art ceramics produced by the married artists in 1950’s and 60’s Tucson. Their own regional, rustic, mid-century-modern style permeates the work from Ted’s slip-cast production ware and tile murals, to Marion’s ceramic and driftwood sculptures and mosaic furniture. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 5-7 pm on Friday, September 2nd, 2016, at the Gallery in the Sun, where the exhibit will remain on display through January 25th, 2017.
“DeGrazia’s Prospectors” is a new collection of more than thirty images of prospectors, burros, and mules in the Superstition Mountains. These works date from 1950 to 1979, and the exhibit is currently on display for the first time at the Superstition Mountain Museum in Apache Junction, Arizona, through April 30th, 2017.
Scenes of daily life on the Navajo Reservation are featured in DeGrazia’s Navajo Collection. Seventeen oil paintings dating from 1960 to 1966, depict the Navajo people at work, at play, on the trail, and at tribal gatherings. The collection is currently on display at the Gallery in the Sun, through January 25th, 2017.
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 January 29th, 2016 through August 24th, 2016.
Nocturnal paintings by Southwestern artist Ted DeGrazia are featured in the new exhibit “DeGrazia After Dark”. The artist’s fascination with night scenes is revealed in this diverse selection of fifty paintings spanning more than forty years of his career. An opening reception for “DeGrazia After Dark” will be held at the Gallery in the Sun on Friday, January 29th, 2016 from 5pm-7pm, and the exhibit will run through August 24th 2016.
“Our Lady of Guadalupe” is a new exhibit featuring a selection of images of the Virgin of Guadalupe by artist Ted DeGrazia. The exhibit includes works done in ink, watercolor, tempera, encaustic, ceramics, and glass, and will open at the Gallery in the Sun on December 1st, 2015, and remain on display through the Summer of 2016.