DeGrazia Paints the Jungle & DeGrazia Downtown Opening Reception
Friday, September 6, 2019 at 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Museum Unveils New Exhibits: “DeGrazia Paints the Jungle” & “DeGrazia Downtown”! 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 primitive native cultures of Southern Mexico, which provided him with exciting new subject matter featured in “DeGrazia Paints the Jungle”. This wildly colorful selection of paintings from the 1940’s and early 50’s features a dozen paintings on display for the first time.
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.
Every year on June 14th, from 10-4, we celebrate Ted DeGrazia’s birthday with free cake and ice cream (while supplies last)! Stroll through the 10-acre gallery grounds on this special day to see the art and architecture of Arizona’s acclaimed artist as we celebrate his birth in the copper mining camp of Morenci on June 14, 1909. This event is open to the public and offers free admission for the day!
La Fiesta de Guadalupe- Sunday, December 8, 2019
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!