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:

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

WintaFresh 2013 revisited

Wintafresh is an annual event in the lot south of Und1sputed Fitness at 1240 N. Stone. You can see (and hear) last year's event in our post Murals being made, part 14: WintaFresh 2013.

Mark Fleming visited the lot and sent four photos on October 25th:

More from Mark tomorrow!

Update (May 26, 2016): The murals (at least some of them) have changed since Mark Fleming visited today.)

Update (September 21, 2016): Another photo by Mark Fleming from near this date is in Und1sputed Fitness, December 2013.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Good Mornin' from North Fontana (Ave.)

Back on May 20th, 2013, I was on one of my early-morning bicycle rides (I get up earrrllyy during that warm time of the year) and passed by the home at 2520 N. Fontana. The porch had handpainted murals...

...and, by the street, a creative mailbox. (You can click there to see it on the Tucson Mailbox Art blog.)

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Mansfield Middle School magic

As you drive east on 6th Street, it's hard to miss the mural on the west side of Mansfield Middle School:

(I don't bicycle on 6th: no shoulder, lots of rough pavement! I was in my car when I pulled over to take this photo on December 6, 2012. This view is actually from the 400 block of Mountain Avenue between 6th & 7th Streets.)

Friday, January 03, 2014

Creative Carport

Thanks to Mark Fleming for this photo of a carport on a home at the corner of North Leonora & East 7th Street:

He sent it on October 6 of last year.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Missing mural on Broadway?

I'm back into my archives. This photo is more than a year old — December 12, 2012 — so I wonder if the mural is still there?

It was on the east wall of Maui Smoke Shop, 1099 E. Broadway. (For a map, click the "Location" link below.) If you spot it — or spot a different mural there instead — please leave a comment below or let me know.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

New on Toole in 2013 (and Happy 2014!)

I was off my bike, and very busy, for the last half of last year. That meant missing the vibrant art scene along Toole Avenue downtown. (If you don't know Toole, click the "Location" link at the end of this post.) On Christmas Day, I got on my bike for a ride up Toole — from Hotel Congress... past Mat Bevel's butterfly sculpture at the corner of 6th Avenue... slowly past the ever-changing art-covered building at 191-197 Toole... Blocks, the skateboard and accessory shop with a mural on the side... to Solar Culture, near Stone Avenue.

Here are the photos, in order, with captions before each group. (If you want the exact location of anything, just drive or ride along Toole from southeast to northwest. Or, if you're technically-inclined the photos are geotagged... you can download a photo and get the location from a geotagging program. Or, ask me!)

First, the east side of the Rialto Theatre. Joe Pagac had painted a mural there that looked permanent to me. (Here's my March 7th, 2013 post showing the mural being made.) But now Joe is back to painting. The right-hand half of that previous mural was replaced by Joe's old style: promoting Rialto events. The new mural was co-painted by Noah Garcia:

At the northern corner of 6th and Toole, this mural at the left has been finished. It went without a caption for months. This caption, el pueblo unido no será vencido, means — according to a few online translators, at least — “The people united will not be defeated.” (My rough spanish made me think of “the town” instead of “the people.”. Comments, anyone?) Anyway, here's the photo — and the next few photos I snapped:

Along the street north of Skrappys (at 191 E. Toole) — next to the parking lot — have been a couple of sets of mural panels. The panels change from time to time. Here's the southern one, overall, then close-ups of the panels in it:

The next set is missing a panel. From left (northwest) to right (southeast):

On the side of Blocks at 7th & Toole, the latest mural (you can see earlier ones by searching this blog for BLX)... I think it may be by Rock “CyFi” Martinez:

Last, near Stone, where the community-oriented gallery Solar Culture sits, with its amazing rotating sculpture out front...

Give it a spin!

You can also see it, larger, in a separate page, by clicking here: Kati Astraeir shows sculpture near Solar Culture Gallery Tucson.

Update (December 22, 2014): I didn't show the new mural next to the spinning sculpture. And I don't remember if the dragonfly near the roof had been added by then. Mark Fleming took a photo on September 1.

Posting more murals (but doing less)

Happy 2014, everyone!

One of my New Year's resolutions is to have a more-balanced life. In the past year, I've been stretched too thin. I used to post murals every day. Then I added the mailbox blog, then Tucson's Pocket Parks, began ramping up and again started volunteering as event photographer at the amazing Tucson Museum of Art. Since Randy passed away in March, I've been the only contributor. Plus, I've gotta do my job... and ride my bike (to find more art)... and sleep! ;-)

I've decided to try posting more mural photos but editing them less. (I used to spend most of my time making the color as close to perfect as I could, fixing distracting bright spots, straightening tilted edges and "barrel distortion" (which many digital cameras have these days: straight lines are curved out like a barrel), etc. I'll add less "backstory" and explanation. I hope it'll let me get back to posting a mural per day. (My pile of photos now stretches back to October of 2012!)


P.S. I'm always glad for comments. Please feel free to add one below. (And if you're interested in being a co-contributor, please drop me a line!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Inside the fence

On August 7, 2012, I posted photos of murals from behind a high fence in Can't touch this mural.... The street address was 901 E. 12th Street.

Mark Fleming must've gone by when the fence was open (or maybe he has a really great lens? :). On October 6 of this year, he sent me four close-up photos. As always, Mark, thanks.

This photo shows an end of the building, I think:

These next four are of the north side, I believe. (My previous post showed the south and west sides.) The first is an overview; the rest show details:

By the way, I have more photos of other murals from Mark. They'll be here soon.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Maybe a mural, part 49: Giant flowers on Elm

From time to time, I post a photo of something that you might or might not call a mural. This one isn't really flat or on a wall, so it's probably not quite right for this blog. Still, it fit well with today's post on the Tucson Mailbox Art blog.

I took the photo on May 14th at 2343 East Elm. (Just across Elm is more spectacular art. You can see it in the Public Art photo section at 2350 Elm Street.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Better ways to find murals

The Search this Blog box at the right-hand edge of every page used to do a much better job of finding murals. (For instance, I used to be able to type Elm and find a mural on Elm Street.) No more.

So I've added a new “Search the blog” box to the Murals in Tucson page. You can also get that search box by clicking on Finding murals (Better than Search box above!) at the right-hand edge of every page.

(By the way, here's the mural I was looking for:

It's from our May 16, 2013 post Maybe a mural, part 46: Exquisite on Elm. If you have a look at our Christmas morning post, you'll see why I was looking for this...)

Friday, December 20, 2013

Goodbye, Utterback murals...

Thanks to a tweet from ‏@TucsonWeekly about its article Is An Arts Magnet School Still An Arts Magnet Without Its Trademark Murals?, I did some searching for news about the murals at Utterback Magnet Middle School. That Weekly article — which has a few mural photos — was all the news I found.

A Google Image Search for utterback middle school mural brought up some more photos — including the one I posted here on September 27, 2010:

There's a copy of the letter about the murals on the Utterback website.

Classes are out for the holiday break, but I'll try to find photos and post them here! If you have any photos — or any leads — please let me know.

PS: I've been super-busy these past few months. There just hasn't been time to post many mural photos. I'm hoping to break away a day, soon, to post a lot of the backlog of photos. Please check back!

Update (December 20, 2013): I just called the school to ask if I could take photos of the murals before they're gone. After checking around, the person I spoke with said that wouldn't be possible. She did say that a slideshow would (eventually) be posted on the school's website. (There's a link above.) Sigh...