Thursday, April 15, 2021

Ted DeGrazia's 1964 mosaic mural

Last week, on #ThrowbackThursday, DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Museum tweeted about a 1964 mural by DeGrazia: Happy Throwback Thursday!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Evergreen Flowers

On February 7th, I pulled off of 22nd Street to find something on my map. I found myself in the parking lot for Evergreen Flowers. On the west side of the building — hidden unless you were coming from the west — was a mural of (you guessed it) flowers:
(There was something wrong with my camera. The whole mural has the same color of white.)

Friday, April 09, 2021

pure aesthetics natural skincare school

(The name on their sign is all lowercase letters.) This mosaic-and-mirrors mural is near the southwest corner of the building, at the end of the parking lot:
I spotted it on January 25th when I was next door at Blake's Lotaburger getting a green chile cheeseburger. (Yum. :)

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Jessica Gonzales video

Jessica Gonzales painted her first large-scale public mural in 2016. In five years, she's created a number of strong, bright murals around Tucson. (If you aren't familiar with her work, you can see more of it with this search for Jessica Gonzales on the blog and her Facebook page, Jessica Gonzales Art.)

Andrew Emery Brown (click there to see his Instagram page) produced and edited this video, titled The Muralist, for Arizona Illustrated on Arizona Public Media:



If you can't see the video above, try this direct link to YouTube: https://youtu.be/PZJduxTDWuo.

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Ashtanga Yoga

On May 9, 2020, the south side of the building on the northwest corner of Congress & Grande looked like this:

(You can see this photo, and closeups of the two murals, in the July 21, 2020 entry La Chaiteria, Part II.)

When I drove by on January 8, 2021, the door at the left side wasn't blank anymore. It had a new mural for Ashtanga Yoga Tucson:

Next, closeups of the two blocks at the right edge. I think they're artist info, but I couldn't find either account:

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Tucson destroyed!!

(April Fools. :) Ignacio Garcia painted the last hours of Tucson on Fangamer at the northwest corner of Speedway & Rosemont:
I was almost abducted :) on February 25th.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Trot over to TROT

Theraputic Riding of Tucson (TROT), founded in 1974 by a physical therapist and an equine specialist, provides alternative therapies to individuals with disabilities. Their headquarters are in northeast Tucson, and the photo above is from near the entrance.

I didn't go into the property, but I did snap photos of murals on the north and west outer walls. (As always, you can click on a photo for a larger view.) My camera was acting strange, so I've had some trouble matching colors…

A few blocks west is a horse mailbox. (Click there to see it on the Tucson Mailbox Art blog.)

Friday, March 26, 2021

Flowered Fence

I found this fence and storage shed behind Nico's Taco Shop on an overcast March 9, 2021.

Could not decipher the artist's name and number.













Click on the photo for a larger and sharper image.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Tucson Desert Art Museum: Native American muralists

This mural is on the west end of the building that houses the Tucson Desert Art Museum. It's part of the exhibition Sacred Walls: Native American Muralism. Their website says “The Museum celebrates the unique artistry of Native American muralists, via a large mural on the outside wall of the Museum and several floor-to-ceiling murals within the Museum by noted Native American artists including Dose, Dwayne Manuel, Jaque Fragua, & Anitra "Yukue" Molina.” Something was wrong with my camera, so the photo isn't as clear as it could be:
I was there on February 24th.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Tony Montana on 6th

Just by coincidence, Tony Montana (click there for info from Wikipedia) has the same initials as the owner, Tony Montoya, of Tony's Car Wash & Triple J Title Services on South 6th Avenue:
And the initials in the mural are for… you guessed it:
The artist was Julian Argote:
I shot by on November 18, 2020.

Monday, March 15, 2021

The mural behind two famous mailboxes

“Famous” is probably more than the mailboxes on Swan (between Grant and Pima) deserve. But they're seen by a lot of people. To see the mailboxes and read the story of the building behind them, see today's entry What's behind 2005 and 2007 North Swan on the Tucson Mailbox Art blog. On the east wall of the building is this tile mural:
I took the photo on February 25th.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Welcome To Tucson

This photo was taken on Oct. 22, 2020 at the corner of E. Broadway Blvd. and S. Park Ave.


Click on the photo for a larger and sharper image.

Update from Jerry Peek: In case you found this “mew-ral” (sorry :) while you were looking for the “Greetings from Tucson” murals, here are two:

A previous mural at this location was posted March 29, 2010: Baby Birds on Broadway

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Mural photos and videos from BG Boyd Photography

On Instagram I saw a video of Ignacio Garcia's new mural on the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. (We'll have photos after it's finished.) Ignacio told me that the video was from BG Boyd Photography. Among other things, BG Boyd's website has photos and videos of Tucson murals: https://bgboydphoto.com/murals

Monday, March 08, 2021

Zooming in on 2013 North Swan

When I stopped by this bit of Swan Road on February 9th, I found that the mailbox along the street had changed. [You can see it in today's entry on the Tucson Mailbox Art blog, 2013 North Swan repainted (and more).]

Then I looked at the land behind the fence. There were murals on two buildings in the distance:
The photos I took didn't turn out well, so I came back. I took the first photo below, of the building to the left, on February 21st. I took the second, of the building to the right, on February 25th. (Super-zoom lenses are great!)

Friday, March 05, 2021

While at Five Points...

If you haven't been to Five Points (south of downtown, where Stone and 6th Avenues meet) — or haven't been recently — there's a lot happening! This month a new sculpture of Cesar Chavez, plus arches over the five streets that meet at the intersection, are due to be dedicated. You can eat, shop, stay, and go to one of the new buildings sprouting up all over.

While I'm at it, here's a photo of the sculpture and one of the arches, looking northwest. The sculptor was Luis Mena, who's also painted a number of murals around town:
One block northwest along Stone is an office that looks like a house. It's been there for years, and it has some nice tile murals on front. (Although you can enter from Stone, the building is actually on Russell Avenue.)
Now the murals, left to right, followed by the artist's signature from the third mural:

The business here is Carly Quinn Designs.

I took the photo of the building front on November 18, 2020 and the rest on February 19, 2021.

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Roses & More is no more

Years ago, Tucson had three Roses & More stores, each with a mural by Chris Andrews. The first two closed years ago, but the location at the northeast corner of Speedway & Craycroft stayed open for years more. The Speedway side looked like this:
Chris texted me yesterday (March 3rd) to say that the building had been reduced to rubble. I drove right over, hoping to catch some photos before the rubble was gone.
The only part of the murals I could see was the end of a wall:
The store is re-opening soon in a shopping center at 6170 East Speedway. I'm guessing that there's no room for murals.

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Finding murals

Here are a few tips for finding murals.

At the right edge of every blog page are two links. One is Mural map, which has several ways to see a map of hundreds of Tucson murals.

Another link at the right side is Search this blog. It lets you type in words — for instance, the name of a street or a business.

At the bottom of every blog entry is a “Location” that gives the street address. Click on the address to see the location on a map.

Also at the bottom of every entry is “Labels,” which has links to click to see other murals by that artist. Some labels also have other ways to search.

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

See this "Tucson" mural while you can

A new mural by Ashley White, Modern Aquarian, was sponsored by the Downtown Tucson Partnership. The mural is temporary, so head over there soon to see it:
I visited on February 28th — near sunset, so the trees along the curb didn't cast shadows on the mural. (I took the last photo during the day, when I discovered the shadows.)

Friday, February 26, 2021

Murals being made (but not finished), part 59: One Offroad

On May 10, 2020, I spotted a partly finished mural on One Offroad. I took these photos:
I've stopped by several times since, the last time on February 9 of this month. The murals look the same to me. If I notice any changes, I'll update this blog entry or make a new one.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Yerberia San Miguel moves

On November 9th, 2020, I rolled by a business on South 12th Avenue that seemed familiar. I checked the blog and found that David Aber had visited on February 6, 2019 (see Yerberia San Miguel). Since then, the business has moved 12 blocks up 12th. It has a new mural, too:
Here's the artist's signature from the left edge:

Friday, February 19, 2021

Holaway Elementary

I found these two untitled murals at the F. O. Holaway Elementary School on Feb. 6, 2021.

By Camila Ibarra

By Camila Ibarra

Click on either photo for larger and sharper images.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Yosi's nine years later

The mural-covered front of Yosi's Flower Shop hasn't changed since we showed it in our August 20, 2011 post. (That's surprising because it faces west… and west-facing murals are blasted by the hot sun, which can fade them.) But a couple of things have changed: they've removed most shrubs in front, and there's a mural-covered trash container by the street (click there to see photos). Here are the store front, a closeup, and the wall by the parking lot, from November 9, 2020:

Friday, February 12, 2021

Good and bad mural news on Alvernon Way

There's good news and bad news at DennisDwyer.com Tattoo & Supplies, formerly Ancient Art Tattoo. First the bad news. This mural in 2014 (from the March 19, 2014 entry Amazing art at Ancient Art)…
…looked like this on November 9, 2020:
If you look closely, you'll see that more has been added to the mural — especially a cross. Too bad we can't see them for the fence and garden! (At least the people living there have an amazing view out their windows.)

The mural above is on the north-side wall. The good news is on the south-side wall: