Friday, November 27, 2020

"Love Is Essential"

 North wall of 'Girls Estate Sales'.  Photographed on Sept. 11, 2020.

By Jen Schrantz, aka "The Aquarian Bee"

Center Section

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Arroyo Chico Community Mural

The Arroyo Chico Community Mural (named "FLOW") was painted by Porter McDonald on a wall on the west side of the Mission Church's parking lot.  The parking lot is enclosed by a chain link fence that is only open during services.  The photos were taken on May 18 and Sept. 13, 2020.

Here is a link to Porter's comments about the mural: Arroyo Chico Stories

Panel that is outside the fence.

Panels inside the fence.

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Many murals at Govinda's

If you haven't been to Govinda's vegetarian buffet, it's delicious food that you might like even if you don't usually eat vegetables. (During the pandemic, they serve you.) Another reason to go is the beautiful grounds: a koi pond, lots of songbirds and a peacock, as well as lots of… you guessed it: murals. I don't think you need to eat to see them — as long as you go at meal times (see the website).

(By the way, I really enjoy Thanksgiving there. It's vegetarian, of course. And the fun part is that they've had a live turkey walking around the grounds.)
I stuffed my face (and took photos) on November 4th.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Vote more

On Monday, David Aber posted a Biden/Harris campaign mural. Today I found a second mural in the same style. If you aren't tired of the election yet, you can click there to see it.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Kind hospital

You'll find Ben's Bells murals all over Tucson. (You can click there to read a Wikipedia article with lots of details.) One of them is near the Emergency Department entrance at Banner-University Medical Center South:
If you look closely around the edges, you'll see that the mural is in a frame.

I was there on September 23rd.

Monday, November 16, 2020


Found Nov. 13, 2020 on the south wall of Yosi's Flower Shop on 4833 S. 12th Avenue.

The Spanish translates to English as "Together With Biden and Harris".  I realize that some of you will like the message and some won't.  If you want to make a comment, please keep it civil.

Artist not known

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Update (November 16, 2020): Jerry Peek found a similar mural today at 4426 S. 6th Avenue that doesn't mention Kamala Harris: 

Artist not known


Friday, November 13, 2020

Loft Cinema (Murals being made, part 57)

Thanks to the Loft Cinema — and board member Tim Fuller, the photographer — for that amazing photo! It's muralist Jessica Gonzales on a hydraulic lift painting a new mural, here:
Those photos are from September 10th. Jessica needed to return the rented lift by Sunday the 13th. I came back that day and found the mural almost done. She'd added more detail in the hands, but the bottom wasn't finished:
I'm not sure if she had the lift long enough to finish the bottom; when I got there, she had driven it to a storage area on the other side of the Loft:
I came back on September 22nd to find the mural signed:

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Ignacio Garcia honors a fallen soldier

Marisol Arana sent photos and a video that she and her husband Roberto Flores took of a new mural by Ignacio Garcia. It honors a Fallen Soldier, Gregory Wedel. Here's what she wrote in email:
Gregory was a Deserter to the Military Had gone missing days before getting out of the Army. So when Soldier Vanessa GuillĂ©n went missing and searches began for her , his body was found Aug. 2019 . Buried close to where later Vanessas body was also found. Vanessas story was everywhere in the media , news and getting so much attention his mother was feeling a little desperate and forgotten. So a member of a group called “Voices of the voice less” (Andrea Diaz) asked we do a mural for his mother. For days and weeks they looked for a wall and no luck so I knew I was miles away but I decided to offer our wall for it and that’s how it all started. Gathering the funds for it wasn’t easy either but we made it happened and Ignacio the artist also donated some of his time since the go fund never reached its goal. Below is a little copied piece of Gregorys obituary. We are military parents and have a active duty that’s currently deployed so fully feel for Military.

“During his time in the military he went from Ft. Leonard Wood to Korea. After serving in Korea he was assigned to Ft. Hood. He then served in Kuwait and then returned to his base in Ft. Hood where he lived until his death. He received the following awards while serving in the United States Armed Forces; National service medal, Global war terrorism expeditionary medal, Global war on terrorism service medal, uwait Defense service medal, Army service ribbon, Overseas service ribbon, Army achievement medal 2nd award, Army good conduct medal, Certificate of achievement 2nd award, and Driver mechanic badge.”

He went from awol, to deserter , and when his remains were found they had such a hard time taking that off his record. He was obviously murdered and never went awol. His family fought for his honors until they made it right. He finally had a funeral almost a year later and was buried with all his honors.

This video and the photos below it show Ignacio painting.

Friday, November 06, 2020


Found at the MotoSonora Brewing Co. and photographed on Sept. 9, 2020.

By Joe Pagac






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Thursday, November 05, 2020

Sahuarita Chalk Art Adventure THIS WEEKEND (plus more...)

Mural by Carolyn Watson-Dubisch, 2016

Sahuarita isn't quite Tucson, but SAACA's chalk art mural festivals are worth the trip. If you haven't seen them, here are a few entries from this blog: The web page for the Sahuarita festival also has lots of examples of artists’ work, at-home participation murals with home mural designs to download, and more. (I hope they don't replace the page with something much simpler before next year's festival.)

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

State Farm colors

The east side of Campbell between Grant and Glenn is a little mural art gallery. Besides the murals on Plaza Liquors and Blue Willow, Dan Kalm's State Farm insurance office has bright murals covering most of its north wall:
I hope that, after today's election, we can all find a way to get along together:
I was there June 17th.