Monday, March 02, 2015

Our 1,000th post: Jos at Park Place mall

Eight and a half years have gone by since our first entry on The Tucson Murals Project — July 12, 2006. Randy Garsee, the longtime Tucson TV news anchor who founded this blog, wanted to spread the news about Tucson's murals. Now, you'll find one thousand entries here — and more than 1,000 murals, since some entries show more than one mural. There are plenty more to come!

In post #1000, we'll take a look at spectacular murals by one of Tucson's most prolific muralists, Jos Villabrille. He painted three-dimensional Sonoran Desert scenes — most of them two-sided — at the ends of Park Place mall concourses. Let's start with the southeast entrance, near unit 270:

Looking up from underneath shows how three-dimensional these murals are. See the prickly pear blossoms and the hummingbird's wing?

Next, the west end: first, entering Macy's and next, leaving it:

On to the south center, entering the food court:

And, last, the east end: entering Sears and leaving it:

I took the photo tour on February 5th. Next time, we'll start our second thousand entries!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Main & University #2

That's another mural painted (but not designed) by Wesley Fawcett Creigh and Jenna Francine Tomasello. I took the photo on January 9.

There's more of Wesley and Jenna's work on our Monday entry.

Update (February 5, 2017): I was back at this corner on May 14, 2016, and found four murals of running dogs; this mural was gone. I think that at least this mural here has changed again since early 2015. I'm just posting our entry Main & University #3; it'll go online March 6, 2017. I'll show all four dog murals then.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Main & University #1

This mural of five running dogs was designed by Jenna Francine Tomasello and Wesley Fawcett Creigh. I took the photo on January 9.

Thanks for the tip, Jenna! (There's more of Jenna's work on our January 9th entry, and even more of hers and Wesley's this coming Thursday.)

Friday, February 20, 2015

2012 story about Joe Pagac

I just ran across a story on the Tucson Local Media site about one of Tucson's best-known muralists. It's titled Magic Pagac painting. (By the way, Joe's last name rhymes with “magic.”)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

More from Central City Assembly

Last time, we showed Jeane Cohen's new mural in progress at Central City Assembly.

Thanks to Tucson Arts Brigade, CCA has several other murals (with more to come). Here are photos of part or all of most, as of February 11:

Monday, February 16, 2015

Murals being made, part 26: Jeane Cohen at CCA

Philadelphia artist Jeane Cohen has been visiting Tucson this month to collaborate with Chicago filmmaker Carl Elsaesser. While she was here, she also painted a mural on the wall northeast of Central City Assembly. Thanks to Tucson Arts Brigade, I met Jeane and Carl and had the chance to watch her paint the mural — with help from Tucson artist Alice Glasser.

On February 10th, Jeane and Alice put a primer coat on the wall. Next, they used a projector to shine Jeane's design (printed on transparent film from her computer) onto the wall, where they used Sharpie markers to trace the design onto the new paint:
Here's the finished mural on February 15:

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Why I Love Where I Live launches new mural

About two hours ago, KGUN9-TV posted their report online: Local participation needed to launch Valentine's Community Mural Project. KGUN's post appeared in the middle of the event, which ran from 10am to noon today.

It's a bit late now to catch the mural launching, but you can stop by to see the mural (address below) and follow the project from Kristin Tovar's @whyilovewhereilive Instagram photos and the AZ Valentine Mural Event Facebook page.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mesa Street at I-10 #2

Monday (in Mesa Street at I-10 #1), we showed the left of two mural panels at the end of tiny Mesa Street. (It's just west of the new fire station — and, as photographer David Aber pointed out, little Parque de San Cosme, which you can see there on the Tucson's Pocket Parks blog.)

Here's the right panel:

It's signed by Jolie Bernal, David says.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

New Ben's Bells mural (and many more...)

Two days ago, TV's Tucson News Now posted a story about a new mural at Ironwood Elementary School in Marana: Marana school unveils mural in district-wide kindness project.

Here's a similar mural at City High School in our March 24, 2014 entry:

The TV story made me wonder whether Ben's Bells has a list of their murals online. They do: It's on their murals page. Near the bottom, click on murals in the communities or murals in the schools. (The lists don't seem to be completely up to date... but then, neither are the murals table or map here on volunteer projects don't always have time for everything!)

Monday, February 09, 2015

Mesa Street at I-10 #1

This tiny street runs into the wall along the east side of the I-10 frontage road. The mural is at the end of the street, just west of the street corner with Sentinel Avenue. There are two mural panels here: left and right. Let's start with the left panel:

David Aber sent the photo (thanks!) and mentioned that this panel was signed by Letitia A. Gonzales, Amanda Valenzuela, Raymond Lofton, Cesar Galaz and ?? C. Valenzuela.

We showed details of the murals on March 5, 2010, but this photo covers all of the first mural. We'll see the second panel on Thursday.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Joe in January

Here are two more of Joe Pagac's long-running series of concert murals on the east side of the Rialto Theatre:

I snapped the photo on January 24th.

Update (March 5, 2015): You can see the mural being replaced in the YouTube video in today's entry Murals being made, part 27: Repainting the Rialto.

Monday, February 02, 2015

A treat on Treat... and more to come

There are arroyos/washes all across Tucson. At least a few have murals on concrete walls along their banks. (Two of them are Beautiful Bronx Wash and Whatta wash!.) I found two more wash murals last week:
They're where the Treat Walkway crosses Arroyo Chico (click there for a Google Map). In case you haven't been there: Treat Avenue becomes a walkway for a few blocks between Broadway and 22nd. It's a pleasant spot just west of Reid Park. Here's the bridge:
A bit farther west on Arroyo Chico (the road) — on the south side road (from Tucson Blvd., turn east) — don't miss Malvern Plaza. Click there to see photos and more description. (That article is part of the Tucson's Pocket Parks blog.)

And coming soon to the neighborhood: mosaics along the Treat Walkway. That link takes you to a Tucson Arts Brigade Facebook page.

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!

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.