Friday, April 18, 2014

Maybe a mural, part 58: a gate on Glenn

This blog shows “flat” art. That includes uncommon things like paintings hung on a wall by the street — and things so common as desert scenes made from iron. The latter is so common that I usually don't show it anymore. This one was due an exception, I thought:

The fine mesh blurs the background and makes the art stand out more.

I took this photo on June 12th. The same photo is on today's entry in the Tucson Mailbox Art blog — which, if you haven't seen it, is worth a browse... it has a lot of art that's both fun and creative.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Murals being made, part 24: Hangovers

When I rolled by Hangovers Bar & Grill on June 7th, the Wildcat wasn't finished:

Monday, April 14, 2014

On the menu at Taco Giro

This elegant mural on the north end of the east wall gives a pretty good idea of what you'll find inside Taco Giro Mexican Grill:

I found it on June 7th.

Friday, April 11, 2014

It's (was?) a Fun World

Their website isn't working today, so I wonder whether It's a Fun World is still open. But this is a blog about art, so let's see their 22nd Street location last June 3rd:

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Alfonsa McKenna Luis Redondo Park

These murals are on the park's south wall, along the alley west of 5th Avenue between South 30th & 31st Streets, in South Tucson.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Table of murals reorganized

Some of you have used the table of murals (from the murals page) to find a mural in a particular location around town. With something like 1,000 murals, the table wasn't easy to use.

I've reorganized the table by area of town. It looks like this:

The map shows the areas of Tucson, and a list at the left explains. Click on one of the areas in the list (not on the map) to see a list of murals in that area. (The page has more instructions.) Once you've found a mural in the list, click on it to see the mural right there in the window.

Here's the address:

I hope this new setup is handy for you. Now all I need to do is find time to update the table... I haven't added new murals to it since September, 2012. (Volunteer projects can't always get the time they need...)

Monday, April 07, 2014

South Tucson on 36th

This mural is across from 429 E. 36th, near Tucson Greyhound Park. I snapped the photo on June 1st.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Missed (at least) one more thing at Lineweaver

As you might've seen two years ago — on our April 6, 2012 post — there's some great art on the walls at Adah Lineweaver Elementary School. There was also a banner celebrating Lineweaver as one of Tucson's OMA (Opening Minds through the Arts) schools.

On May 28, 2013, I stopped by the school when I noticed that I hadn't photographed the wall art near the OMA banner. It's a stylized desert scene, painted in turquoise. Here's that photo:

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

More art around the corner

Monday we saw art along a corner lot — with the home address on one street and the art on another. Just by chance, the next mural I found on my May 20th ride was the same: a home on Geronimo Avenue but art along Kelso Street:

(As always, you can click on the photo for a larger view.)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Find it on Fontana

Homes on corner lots may have an address on one street, but have their art facing the second street. That's what I found last May 20 as I was riding up Fontana Street: The home officially at 302 E. Delano had a gorgeous garage and eclectic fence art along the wall that faced Fontana.

Friday, March 28, 2014

No respect for Primavera

When I drove by on May 11th, I didn't remember seeing these murals before at Primavera Preschool & Daycare. Nice and fresh, I thought...
Except the mural in back...

Taggers... sigh.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Maybe a mural, part 57: 4145 East Burns Street

Artistically-decorated homes often have more than one kind of art, as did this home. It has a mosaic-covered mailbox (which you can see by clicking there to view today's post on the Tucson Mailbox Art blog). And the front of the home is far from a full-blown mural, but it's artistically decorated:

I rolled through the neighborhood on May 26, 2013.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

Miles ELC: Murals being made, part 23

The evening of last May 4th, I was driving along Broadway and spotted a new mural on the west side of Miles Exploratory Learning Center, next to the parking lot. When I pulled up closer, I saw that it wasn't finished:

(That's a bit of sunset light on the top corners.)

If I weren't out of town now, I'd drive by and find what I hope is the finished mural. If you're in the area and could send me an up-to-date photo, I'll post it with thanks!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Joe Pagac makes a human mural at The Arts Speak

One of Tucson's best-known mural painters will be among 40+ artists tonight at The Tucson Museum of Art. Yesterday I read in a news blurb from the Museum that “Muralist Joe Pagac will be painting a human mural (actually painting on people!).”

There's much more happening. Here are the event details.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Amazing art at Ancient Art

Dennis Dwyer's Ancient Art Tattoo has been in Tucson since 1976, but their mural is new:

The artists were Emmanuel Aqirre, Xaviar Morales, Adrian Encines, Johnathan Black, and Daryl Hardy.

Thanks to Stephanie Myers for sending the photo!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Rialto revisited

After a time when it looked like Joe Pagac wouldn't be painting more concert murals on the northeast corner of the Rialto theatre, he seems to be back at it. (There's some background near the top of our January 1 page New on Toole in 2013 (and Happy 2014!).) When I rolled by on March 8th, I found two new murals for March:

Friday, March 14, 2014

Lost cactus near Lerua's

Thinking of green corn tamales? You might be thinking of Lerua's Restaurant. Thinking of cactus murals? Unless you were poking around Lerua's last April 30 (2013) — as one mural-hunting bicyclist was — you might not have seen these murals that are (maybe still) just east of the restaurant, on an abandoned section of building:

Monday, March 10, 2014

Desert scene on Calle de Madrid

Last April 25 (2013), I spent quite a bit of time in the art-filled neighborhood that includes this mural:

It's on the wall in front of the home at 250 S. Calle de Madrid (on the corner of Whittier).

Friday, March 07, 2014

Maybe a mural, part 56: Welcome to Brichta Neighborhood

A sign on a stone qualifies as “flat art,” but is it a mural?? That's the question I leave for you, dear viewer, as you look at works like this one I photographed on April 22, 2013:

The sign is on the northwest corner of Brichta & Silverbell.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Maybe a mural, part 55: Jacinto Park

OK, so I'm really stretching our (already lenient) definition of “mural” this time: a mural shaped like a sea serpent? Well, I didn't feel that this work could quite slither into the Public Art category of so, why not call it a mural? Brilliant, ¿nó?

Whatever you think, I need to tell you that I took the photo on April 22, 2013.

Monday, March 03, 2014

¡One big chicken!

Check the size of this bird compared to the arch and the cactus. Maybe they should call this restaurant Pollo Gigante instead of Taco Giro?

(For some fun, have a look at this image search of Google México for pollo gigante.)

I spotted the mural on April 12, 2013.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Mashed mosaic

On the south side of Glenn, just west of Swan, is a two-part mosaic/tile wall that fronts the parking lot for North Swan Baptist Church and Carden Christian Academy:

The V del M above is for the Vista del Monte neighborhood association, who funded the work finished in 2000 by artist Robin Riley,

Robin wrote that “At some point, one of the mosaic walls was hit by a car ... So now, the mosaic is incomplete because the mosaic was never replaced on the damaged wall.” And she sent this tip: “My favorite thing about this mosaic is that at night when you drive by, it just sparkles.”

I took the photos on a cloudy March 28, 2013. (Sometime I'd like to roll by at night and take a video to post here...)

To see other work of Robin's, type her name into the search box or search link at the right-hand side of this page.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Toole flashback

The art along Toole Avenue keeps changing. (Check it out every month, before the First Saturday evening art walk, along Toole between the train station and Stone Avenue... then you might be able to keep up!)

Since January 1, I've posted several looks back on some of the changes along Toole toward the end of 2013. The biggest collection was on New Year's Day: New on Toole in 2013 (and Happy 2014!). It showed changes in several places, including the panels between Toole and the parking lots next to the railroad tracks, between 6th and 7th Avenues. (Whew! I've put a map with an approximate location below; click "Location:" to see it.)

In the past few weeks, as I've been working through my archives of mural photos from last year, I found photos of the panels on April 9th. Some were the same; others had changed. Here are three photos... which you can compare to the January 1 post, if you'd like, to see which are different and which have stayed the same:

Monday, February 24, 2014

PSA Art Awakenings: Murals being made, part 22

Almost a year ago, I spotted a partly-painted mural on the 6th Avenue side of PSA Art Awakenings. In the southern part of the art hotspot around 6th Avenue & 6th Street is Tucson's branch office/studio. Their webpage says:

PSA Art Awakenings is a psycho social rehabilitation program for adults and art therapy program for youth who are challenged by serious behavioral health issues and mental illnesses. Studios throughout Arizona offer therapeutic programs and expressive arts therapy in a supportive setting to promote mental health, personal growth, vocational training, and physical wellness through the performing and visual arts. ... Galleries, art exhibits, ... Art Walks and other venues offer artists opportunities to sell their paintings, sculptures, mosaics, jewelry, fine art, music, poetry, and writings to benefit from art sales. Staff include art therapists, behavioral health professionals, peers, family members and volunteers.

Art Saves Lives!

On March 2, 2013, the mural was still part sketch:

Three weeks later, on March 23rd, the finished (as far as I could see!) work:

Friday, February 21, 2014

Entomophobiacs may want to skip this!

If a mural of insects would bug you a lot, you might want to skip this entry now... and also, if you ever need to pass by the northwest corner of Linden Avenue and Vine Street, look away. Mark Fleming found a new mural stretched along the wall there.

I haven't seen it myself (as usual these days, I'm out of town). But I'll try to put the photos in left-to-right order:

Mark sent the photos on January 9th. Much appreciated, as always, Mark!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pocket Park with mural benches

In a little park — a wide spot in Montecito Street (the street splits in two and runs around both sides of the park) are benches with mosaic tile murals on the ends. The spot is between Longfellow and Irving Avenues — in the Poets’ Square (also often called Poets’ Corner) neighborhood just east of Randolph Park.

For a photo of the park and more details, see today's entry in the Tucson's Pocket Parks blog. Now, on to the murals!

I rode by (and stopped for a while) on March 29th, 2013.