Friday, January 31, 2014

Next door to Dale's Doors

On Kino Parkway south of Broadway, Dale's Doors has had murals by Jos Vilabrille for years. On March 6th of last year, I snapped a photo of the front of the next store(s) south: Desert Diva's Boutique (and Photos by Shana, and Red's Patch Sewing and Alterations):

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Two sides on Toole

On March 3, 2013, I took these photos of a two-part mural on the east side (next to the 6th Avenue underpass) of the building at the north corner of 6th, Alameda and Toole:

It's two sides of the US fence on the border with Mexico.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Guadalajara Grill

These murals are in classic Joe Pagac style. I especially like the second one, with kids in front of a window:

You can see (much) more of Joe's work by typing his name into the search box (or, better, the link) at the right side of this blog.

I took the photos on February 3, 2013.

Update (January 28, 2017): As I was writing the upcoming entry showing the Guadalajara Grill on Prince, I looked for our other Guadalajara Grill entries. When I saw this one, I realized that it doesn't mention the fire on July 26, 2014, that closed the restaurant. I found a December 5, 2014 article in the Arizona Daily Star, Guadalajara Fiesta Grill to rise from the ashes, with hopeful news. (I haven't been back to see what murals might be there now, but the restaurant is open.)

Update (March 6, 2020): I found four more photos of tile murals by an artist named Miranda on David Aber's Flickr account. You can see them in today's entry.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

There and gone

This mural was painted not long before I spotted it on February 22, 2013:

It's gone now.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Mr. Tineo, I presume?

On October 25, Mark Fleming sent three photos of the entrance to a home in Barrio Anita (along with lots of other photos that I've been posting... thanks, Mark!). The style reminds me a lot of David Tineo... but, unlike most of his works that I've seen, they aren't signed... not on the front, at least. What do you think?

Friday, January 24, 2014

Hohokam Lizard Pier

The Wrightstown underpass under Tanque Verde has a ceramic mural that caught my eye everytime I zoomed by. On January 22, 2013, I pulled over (down the street) and came back to catch a shot of a work of art that most people get only a few seconds to appreciate as they roll by:

The plaque nearby gives credit:

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Maybe a mural, part 54: Simple home with heartfelt mural

Some of my favorite murals aren't intricately painted... they're simple things that make a big change in what the wall would look like without them. Here's one of those — on the wall of a home being remodeled:

Nothing fancy, but what a difference from a blank wall! I found this on January 21st, 2013. The house didn't have a number, but it was across the street from 2949 E. Silvosa Street.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Maybe a mural, part 53: Our Lady Queen of All Saints

In January of last year, I ran across lots of artworks that were flat, but that you might not call “a mural.” The work is nice, anyway. So here are another two “maybe” murals:

That's the entrance to Our Lady Queen of All Saints Roman Catholic church. Closer to the building, a memorial to Robert Antonio Solomon:

I took the photos on January 21st, 2013.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Found the Owl & Pussycat

On December 29, 2008, Randy posted a photo contributed by Davis Dominguez Gallery of a mural “In the Ash & Toole Street area.” I'd hunted around to find it, but somehow missed it — until January 20, 2013. It's on the east side of what I think is the Zee Mansion carriage house:

Google Street View tells me the address is 286 North Ash Alley.

Update (November 12, 2014): Today's post has the story of the mural and some close-up photos.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Ride on, Tucson

This mosaic mural went in about a year ago, not long before I took the photo — just a year ago — on January 20, 2013:
Here are murals on two other sides of the same structure: one being made and another one finished.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Maybe a mural, part 52: Handsome home

On a New Year's Day ride a year ago, at the start of 2013, I found this decorated home south of Broadway, near the walkway that becomes Treat Avenue.

(See the Location link below. Click on the photo for more detail.)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Maybe a mural, part 51: Paintings off-Broadway

Sometimes I spot art on a wall that isn't a traditional “mural” — like these paintings, under clear plastic, on two walls of the Arabian Oasis Cultural Center. (There's a “Location:” box below.) The last “maybe” mural was two days ago.

First, the west wall:

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

A close-up from the east end of the north wall — with the background reflected in the plastic cover:

And at the west end of the north wall:

Unlike most murals, they were signed. The artist was Miguel Grijalva.

They weren't in great condition when I took these photos near sunset on December 29, 2012. I haven't checked on them since. (If you have, please leave a comment below.)

Friday, January 17, 2014

Soft landing for Howenstine Hawks

When I rode down Tucson Blvd. on December 29, 2012, I spotted this mural on the side of a building at Howenstine High School — and snapped it with the great zoom lens on my mural-hunting camera:

The school, now closed, was to become home to an school for autistic children. I'll try to ride by and check on the mural. (If you know, please leave a comment below.)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Maybe a mural, part 50: Tilted critters

On December 29, 2012, as I rode along East 17th Street, the wall in front of the home at 2138 was sinking — or falling sideways:

The desert animals and plants are mounted on metal, so the tilting only made them go a bit uphill — or downhill.

If you go by, please leave a comment below to let us know what's up (or down).

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Tagged treasure

This mural had been on my list for a while. I finally got close to it on May 20, 2013...

...and found that it had been trashed by taggers. Here are closeups from left to right:

It's along Los Altos Avenue, on the west side of the building at 502 East Ft. Lowell.

Update (December 14, 2021): The mural was repaired. There's a photo in today's post Untagged Treasure.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

WintaFresh 2013 revisited again

Mark Fleming actually sent me more photos of the WintaFresh mural site than the ones I posted a week ago in WintaFresh 2013 revisited. Here are the rest... starting with one showing the name. (CyFi is muralist Rock Martinez, the man who puts this event together every year.)

By the way, Rock's Facebook page is rock.martinez.10.

Monday, January 13, 2014

5th & 10th in Dunbar/Spring

Just north of downtown, the Dunbar/Spring neighborhood keeps filling with more great art. Mark Fleming sent these photos of a stenciled mural at 5th Street and 10th Avenue... with a sculpture, in front, of two fish:

Here's more of the mural:

He sent these on October 25th as part of a huge collection (that I'm still catching up with... thanks, Mark!).

Sunday, January 12, 2014

1926 South Wilson as it was

When I rolled through this neighborhood on December 23, 2012, the home at 1926 S. Wilson had murals painted on top of the insulation:

I'll bet that the walls look different by now...

Saturday, January 11, 2014

One more from Pueblo Gardens Elementary

Here's the last of three posts from this art-covered school. It's the north Side of a building at the north edge of campus just south of the corner of Amigo Avenue and Menor Stravenue:

A sign said it was painted “by Patti Gonzales 3/4 class, 1999.”

I rode around the school (and its neighborhood) on December 23, 2012.

Friday, January 10, 2014

More from Pueblo Gardens Elementary

Yesterday's post showed the Panther's Garden at Pueblo Gardens Elementary. Today, two murals from the school walls:

I was there on December 23, 2012.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Panther's Garden

On December 23, 2012, I enjoyed looking at this weathered sign and painted fence (you can click on a photo for a larger view):

More tomorrow from Pueblo Gardens Elementary.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Block-long mural at 120 East 15th

There's a gorgeous long mural on the north wall of the home at 120 E. 15th Street. It's too long to capture in one shot. (I've tried!) Here are my attempts from June 24, 2013. Mark Fleming took close-up photos; they're next.

(As always, you can click any photo for a larger version.)

Mark Fleming sent photos of eight parts of the mural on October 25, 2013:

Great work, as always, Mark!

Update (February 23, 2020): Google Street View from April, 2019, shows that the mural is gone. Its walls, and the front of the home, have been painted green: