Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sunny mailbox on Hampton

Here's an early-morning view, last September 22nd, of the mailbox and curb at 2040 E. Hampton. It's across the street from Tahoe Park, a pleasant neighborhood for a stroll just behind Bookmans at Grant & Campbell.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mural artists needed at Park Place April 14-15

Here's an announcement from SAACA, the Southern Arts & Cultural Alliance. (By the way, I'm hoping to stop by to grab photos for the blog.)

Inaugural Chalk Art Festival, April 14 & 15
Park Place Mall - 5870 East Broadway Blvd. - Tucson, Arizona, 85711. Saturday 7am - 5pm, Sunday 9am-3pm (Located in the North Entrance Courtyards approximately between former Borders location to Old Navy) Local established artists, amateur artists, students, children and attendees will all participate in the festival to transform Park Place sidewalks into colorful works of art. The space will stretch from former Borders location and Sears's entryways to the front of the Old Navy store. Complete details at Opportunities for Artists:
· PROFESSIONAL ARTIST MURALS ($300 per artist honorarium). Eight local mural artists will be selected to create original artwork pieces 8 foot wide by 6 foot high chalk murals in the area stretching the length of the sidewalk of the North Park Place entrance.
· COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION MURAL Artist Facilitator ARTIST TEAM - 2 ARTISTS ($400 per teaching artist honorarium). The public participation mural will be administered by a local teaching artist to facilitate the growth of the signature piece as well as onsite instruction for emerging and amateur artists from an established artist.
· KIDZONE - 1 Artist Facilitator will be selected ($200 per artist honorarium). The KIDZONE will be managed by an artist instructor specialized in working with children.

Kate Marquez
Executive Director
Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance
A non profit organization dedicated to the preservation, expansion and creation of Arts and Culture in Southern Arizona
Office (520) 797-3959 x 6
Cellular (520) 240-2766
 7225 N. Oracle Rd, Suite 112
Tucson, AZ  85704
(NW Corner of Oracle & Ina)

Update (April 16, 2012): The first photos from the festival are in today's post, Park Place Chalk Art Festival.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Taggers top topped tags

A lot of graffiti is a battle between taggers and the people who try to out-do them... or to clean up their often-artless scrawl. Of course, some is wanted and worth watching for, like the lot on North Stone where Winta Fresh has been held.

And then there's tagging that falls between those two types:

I found this scene last September 22nd, along the alley just across Spring Street from R-Galaxy. The tag at the right side looks to me as if someone painted something on the wall... which someone later covered with gray paint... which someone later topped with a head and shoulders in black. Clever, eh? Farther along the alley (two tags to the left) was another face, this time in white:

Artistic or awful — or both?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Table of murals is up to date

Today's post is the 575th on this blog. (Whew!) This seemed like a good time to re-introduce the table of murals. It's been missing the past six months of mural posts, but I just finished updating it this morning. (Whew again!)

Trying to find a mural in Tucson? You can:
  • Do a broad search with the “Search This Blog” box near the top right of a page, For instance, type Luis Mena to find his murals all over town.
  • Use the mural map and click on the location. (The map isn't up to date, though it helps!)
  • Use the table of murals to search by street name or an exact address. The table can also help you find photos of murals that have been removed. The table of murals is at:

It has instructions to help you wade through the almost 600 murals listed, including examples of finding s mural. Here's an example:

for More
7th @ Toole03-06-201202-2012more-from-ed-muren-iii
119 E. Toole05-13-2010
• trash-replaced-by-tags
• move-garbage-see-mural

Along 7th Avenue at Toole is a mural we posted March 6, 2012. The mural was last seen in February, 2012. To see the mural, click on the link in the right column. (Once the post is open, you'll also find a map link.) And, at 119 E. Toole, there've been two murals. Both of them are marked GONE, but you can see photos of them (from 2010 and 2008) by clicking on the link.

Eventually, the table of murals and the mural map will join into a big collection of ways to find Tucson's murals. Until then, we've got some good info here. I'm planning to keep the table up to date as I add new posts to the blog.

Comments welcome!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

>>Pow!<< R-Galaxy!! *#@*

Along Spring Street, just northeast of Grant & Campbell, are three more of Tucson's murals painted on roll-up steel shutters. This fantastic set is along the north side of R-Galaxy at 2420 N. Campbell. (The old Color TV King business sign is on that same corner.)

I usually try to make mural photos as realistic as I can, but these murals just screamed out for neon. So I used the Saturation tool in the fabulous free GIMP photo editor to make the colors even brighter.

Here's a close-up of the artist's signature:

I took the photos six months ago — September 22, 2011.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Just Joe

Back on March 4th, we posted photos of murals on the east side of the Rialto Theatre. Other times I'd been there, all the murals were by Joe Pagac. Last time, one was by Ed Muren III. I rolled by again on March 11th and found:

All were by Joe. But maybe the end is near?

I'll try to check in again sometime after the Todd Rundgren concert on April Fool's Day.

Update (April 14, 2012): Not much new here. You can see the view as of April 11 on our April 14 entry.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Back of the Blue Willow

After snapping the photo in our March 18th post, I rode around the rest of the restaurant to see whether there were any more murals. I spotted a completely different one on the east wall, on a garage door along the alley:

I couldn't tell for sure that this garage is for the Blue Willow (maybe for the owner?) or why the mural was painted. I snapped a photo of what looks like the artist's signature, though:

This was September 22, 2011.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Blue, blue, blue (Willow)

I snapped this photo of the north side of the popular restaurant, 2616 North Campbell, on September 22nd of last year.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Students but no school

The former Julia Keen Elementary has been taken over by World Care. But the mural of students on their way into school is still at the west entrance:

Though the building address is 3538 E. Ellington Place, the west entrance is along South Palo Verde at the corner of Hemlock Stravenue. (In case you haven't heard of stravenues: They're the diagonal streets around this part of town. They run perpendicular to the railroad tracks. One of the best-known stravenues is Cherrybell, where the main post office is located. Click on that map link above to see some others. And here's a short Wikipedia article about stravenues.)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

29th Street overpass and mural project

The pedestrian bridge over 29th at Columbus has been a work of art for a while now. What's been there a while are the mosaic murals like this one, on the 29th Street side of the north tower.

I'll show more of the towers — and the murals inside — in a minute. But I wanted to say that the Tucson Arts Brigade is working on the murals as a community project. They meet every Thursday afternoon. There are details (and more of their projects!) on TAB's murals page.
The photos above are from September 20, 2011. I came back again, on December 18th, to check the progress.
Update (April 29, 2012): The overpass project is done! The unveiling celebration will be on May 9th. Here's our announcement. Update (September 16, 2012): Since I took these photos, more painting has gone on. There are more photos in TAB grand opening, overpass update.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Missed this mural on 4th

I took this photo on May 10, 2010, at 228 North 4th Avenue. The mural is signed Cameo Designs,, (520)319-2125. I've walked by many times since then, but just realized that I've (probably) never posted this photo.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Chance meeting leads to talk, mural

When I met Paco Velez back on March 2nd, he mentioned that he'd be talking that night at the U of A Museum of Art: people would tell stories about living close to a border (the Mexican border and others). It was part of The Border Project: Soundscapes, Landscapes & Lifescapes. (The show's last day is this Sunday, March 11, by the way.) The stories sounded great, so I headed for the museum that evening.

I hadn't been to the museum for a while, so I was surprised by the new mural over the front door:

It was in the same style as the mural that went up on the nearby Architecture Buiilding in November. A sign just inside the gallery explained:
Taller Yonke (Guadalupe Serrano and Alberto Morackis) Paseo de Humanidad (Passage of Humanity) 2004 ... represents the parade of people who have migrated away from their homes in search of a better life. Once installed on the Mexican side of the border fence in Nogales, the gigantic aluminum artwork incorporates traditional Aztec and Mayan codices to provide cultural reference for those braving the journey into the United States. The piece also shows migrants returning home, "carrying the rewards and trophies of this perilous journey." As Guadalupe Serrano writes, Paseo de Humanidad is not meant to be political... however it tries to create dialogue between our communities on the complex issue of immigration."

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Desert on Desmond (view on Village)

This magnificent mural is along the west wall of the home at 1833 N. Desmond Lane:

The mural stretches along Village Drive south of the corner with Desmond, and it ends at the alley halfway between Desmond Lane and Louis Lane (no, not Lois Lane :). I rode by on October 31, 2011.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

More from Ed Muren III

Our March 2nd post showed a mural by Ed Muren III on the east side of the Rialto. A quick Google search found more about muralist Muren, such as:
I'd already snapped a photo of the door along 7th Avenue just north of Toole back on February 3rd. It's just south of the railroad tracks, so the image — a locomotive with a horse formed from the smoke above — really fits the location:

Update (January 3, 2013): There are two smaller murals around the door.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Joe Pagac has (or had) company

Muralist Joe Pagac does a lot of work around Tucson. One of the places he's painted most is the east side of the Rialto Theatre. His concert murals popped up so often there that I gave up even trying to photograph them all (which is a bit sad; they're always great).

Every time I went by in the first half of 2010, he'd have single murals stretching the length of the space (just south of Congress Street as you enter downtown) — like this Patty Griffin mural from March, 2010. In recent months, though, he's had four panels in that space. For instance, here's a photo from two weeks ago, February 18:

Instead of the usual signature, the Ozomatli mural was signed Ed Muren III. This was the first work I'd seen of Ed's, but I've found another and I'll post it next: on March 6. (I'll also try to get downtown soon and see whether Joe has done all of the next batch of Rialto murals himself.)

Friday, March 02, 2012

Che Guevara on 6th & Toole

Riding by 6th & Toole today, I saw an artist painting a mural. I stopped, of course. :) It was Paco Velez.

This newest mural along the wall by the 6th Avenue underpass is toward the north end of the wall — near the railroad tracks. Paco is planning to paint at least two more murals closer to the tracks (to the right of this one). Both will be of women, both politicians, but you'll have to wait to find out who they'll be. :) Stay tuned!