Thursday, January 29, 2015

Murals being made, part 25: Osiris space mission

From time to time, I catch mural painters in the act. Thanks to a tip from Michael Schwartz of the Tucson Arts Brigade, I caught one of the Saturday painting sessions — November 22nd — on the west wall of the UA’s Drake Building for a new mural commemorating the Osiris space mission:

It's just around the corner from the Mars mural on the south wall:
We have a lot more photos of the Mars mural in our May 12, 2008 entry.

Here's the finished mural on January 9th:
The mural got a lot of press:
Too bad more murals don't get this much attention!

Update (June 19, 2022): BG Boyd Photography sent an aerial view, taken (according to the data in the photo file) a week ago, June 11:
Thanks as always, BG!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Greetings from Barrio Santa Rosa

This mural, signed Johanna Martinez MMXIII, is on the Rubio Avenue side (the west side) of the building at 20th Street & Rubio. I snapped the photo November 8th.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Una cuadra llena de arte

When I opened my email on October 8th, I found a bunch of new photos from Mark Fleming. All were of southern Tucson. One set showed the 3600 block of South 7th Avenue, a block full of art. (Google Translate said that would be Un bloque lleno de arte in Spanish, but I remembered Una cuadra llena de arte from my classes umpteen years ago. ¿Como se dice umpteen en español? :)

Anyway, here are the photos. First, three murals, with a close-up of each of the first two:

He also caught an especially artistic food truck:

Mark added:
All of these photos were in front, or to the side, of 3649 S. Seventh Ave. This is the headquarters of Tierra Y Libertad Organization (TYLO). Note that the acronym TYLO is embedded in each of the two main murals. Here is a link for further info:
¡Muchas gracias, como siempre, Mark!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Note to self: check alleys, re-check email...

I found a photo that Mark Fleming emailed me a little over a year ago. It's a great catch: in the alley behind the Asamblea Apostólica de la Fe en Cristo Jesús church at the corner of Grande Avenue and Niagara Street. The photo data says that he took it on December 13, 2013:

Too bad they couldn't have found another place to put a sign about security cameras!

This isn't the only time Mark has found a gem by checking an alley: In November we posted a mural behind CostLess Auto Parts, off 6th Avenue. Thanks, as always, Mark.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

BrokeOut of 4th Avenue

In 2010, we showed a photo of the former BreakOut Studios location on 4th Avenue. Not long after that, I spotted their new location on North Stone Avenue... but I don't see that I posted a photo of the mural on the north side of their building. I'm pretty sure that this is by Rock Martinez:

I took the photo on November 22, 2014.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The new BLX (and the old)

When the BLX skate shop was at 7th & Toole Avenues, they had a different mural every month or few. Now that they've moved to 7th Street & Hoff Avenue, I'm not sure if they rotate murals at their new location. (The store was closed when I rolled by 426 East 7th Street.) Anyway, here's the mural I saw on December 29th:

(The white tube is part of a support for a utility pole.)

In the meantime (Update: Friday, January 9th), the old location at 7th & Toole has a blank space where a mural used to be:

Friday, January 09, 2015

Ghost of Artemis

Yesterday, while I was looking for gallery openings to post on the @TucsonArt Twitter feed, I found a muralist whose work I hadn't seen before. She's Jenna Francine Tomasello. Though we usually only show murals in public places, you can see Ghost of Artemis through the front window of the gallery on Toole Avenue:

She gave me permission to use this photo of her work. (Thanks!) We'll show more of her murals from time to time. If you'd like to see this in person, her exhibition opens tomorrow (January 10) and stays up through January 25th at Yaybig Gallery.

Update (February 23, 2015): There's more of Jenna's work in our February 23rd entry.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Bits of BICAS (or Citizens Warehouse)

BICAS doesn't just support bicyclists; it supports art. We have more than a couple of BICAS murals on this blog. (If you'd like to see more, use one of the search links in the right column.)

During the 2014 fall artists’ open studios tour on November 8, I spotted three little murals that I hadn't noticed before. They were near the west end of the north side of the building — which is shared with the Citizens Warehouse (full of artists!) so I'm not sure who painted them.

Charlie Chaplin

Benny Goodman?

Ernest Shackleton

Monday, January 05, 2015

Previous mural washed off

The previous mural at Viking Car Wash (which The Arizona Daily Star called “haunting”) was painted over in the past year or so. Mark Fleming sent in a photo dated September 7, 2014:

I tried their top-of-the-line $21 car wash in November. Great job — and a great way to support art.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Youth Mural Club starts this month

The Tucson Mural Arts Program (here's the Facebook page) is hosting a weekly mural club for youth 8-18 years old. It's on Saturdays from January 24 to May 16.

Here are details.

By the way, the Tucson Arts Brigade (which organizes the Mural Arts Program — one among their many programs) had an amazing 2014. There are annual report highlights in the December 11 entry on their blog.

Thursday, January 01, 2015


Let's start 2015 with a mural in a prominent spot: the corner of Speedway & Stone, across from Pima Community College. It was painted around a year ago or so, replacing a Dia de los Muertos mural.
All except the first and last photos are Mark Fleming's taken (according to the timestamp in the photo files) on February 16, 2014. I took the first photo and the last on September 28, 2014 (not long after Mark sent his photos... thanks, Mark!).

U by Donovan White

The figure on that last mural seems to be peeling off. It looks like a paste-up. (As always, you can click on a photo for a larger view.)

The artists' names and website links (except Rock Martinez’s) came from a Tucson Sculpture Festival 2014 page.

Have an art-ful 2015! We'll help.

Update (February 15, 2022): The mural is cracked and faded. It's also hidden behind a restaurant. There are photos in today's post TUCSON is fading….