Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Back of the Lost Barrio

The Lost Barrio is a shopping area along Park Avenue south of Broadway. If you come in on 12th Street from Euclid or Tyndall, you'll see the back side of the buildings. It's a funky scene: a dirt parking lot with a bunch of old doors and a couple of murals (maybe more, or others, by the time you see this).

If you'd like a Google satellite map with a pin in front of the wall, click there.

Here's the door at the right end of the first photo above… photos of the mural are next:

The first, second, third and fifth photos above are from January 2, 2019. Photos 4 and 6 are from January 19.

Gerardo Olmedo, the owner of Lost Barrio Gallery — the store behind the mural — sent me this photo on April 16th of Salvador Duran in front of his mural:

Friday, July 26, 2019

Danny Martin Art

Danny Martin has two small murals near downtown Tucson that have not appeared in this blog.  Both were photographed on 3/14/2019.  Here they are:

South side of Etherton Gallery (of photography)
at 135 South Sixth Ave.
Camera Lady

25 West Simpson St.
Must be viewed from Stone Ave. down an alley.
"Peggy Sue"
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Murals being (re-)made, part 52: Anita Market

The Anita Street Market has had murals on its north wall since at least 2009 — which is when I took this photo on May 14th:

(It's from the blog entry Murals in (on) store.)

Since then, the left (east) side of the mural has been repainted; the right-side mural was also freshened up. Let's start with photos of the completed mural… I took them on May 15, 2019. After these are photos of the new murals being painted.

Next, the murals being repainted on August 22, 2018. In the second photo, you can see that they've kept the man holding the moon and the sun in his hands from the older mural. The last photo shows that the mural had been tagged.

The right-most mural is signed Gino M. on the bottom left corner and Jesus C. on the bottom right.

Friday, July 19, 2019

"Water is Life"

Murals by students from Pima County's Las Artes Program.  Part of the Primavera Foundation's South Tucson Greenway Public Art Project.  The murals depict daybreak, noon and evening but, frankly, I'm not sure I've captioned them correctly.

Found on the back wall of the Capilla Community Garden at W. 34th St. & S. 9th Ave. in South Tucson.  Can only be seen from the Southwestern Greenway.

Photos taken on Feb. 27, 2019.


Click on any photo for a slideshow of larger and sharper images.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A history of Joe Pagac's little man on the Rialto

I've been working again on my never-ending project: sorting through a backlog of photos I've taken. I found a folder that I made some time ago — but never posted here, I think. It shows a man standing to the right side of the murals Joe Pagac has painted and re-painted for at least ten years. The first Rialto mural we showed on this blog — without the man — was photographed December 13, 2009.

I'm sure we didn't get all of his concert murals over the years. The first time I saw the “little man” (as I call him) was April 14, 2012:

Here he is, from 2012 through 2018:

April 14, 2012
May 18, 2012
March 6, 2013
December 25, 2013
December 21, 2014
March 7, 2015
July 27, 2018
After a while, Joe replaced the protest sign with a monkey and the man both holding onto a banana. (Notice how both the man and the monkey have a hand or two wrapped around the downspout?) Though I haven't checked this year, I'd guess that's still the way it looks. The shrubbery in the last photo was taken away sometime later.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Kiss of Smoke

Kiss of Smoke is a barbecue restaurant on S. Plumer that opened Jan. 5, 2019 next door to the Silver Room. The owners have entered barbecue competitions for a decade. They had a food truck for about a year before they decided to open a brick-and-mortar.

I took this photo on Feb. 4, 2019.
Painted by Jonny Ballesteros, aka Jonnybubonik
There's an identical mural on the front of the restaurant.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

New KVOA-TV video: painting new Palo Verde Pool mural

Four students are working with muralist Isaac Caruso on a new mural that'll be dedicated at the end of the month:

To see the video on the YouTube website, click there.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Daily Wildcat story on Joe Pagac's latest mural

The story about Joe's new whales mural was published Monday, July 8th:

UA Alumnus Paints Tucson's Largest Mural

It's on the north wall of the former Catalina Cinemas building, behind what was a Bookmans location until it was torn down.

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Murals being (re-)made, part 51: Fantasy Comics

Somehow we (I hope! :) haven't posted the murals at Fantasy Comics. In July of last year, I decided to fix that. I took photos… then forgot to post them.

It turned out to be a good mistake. Since then, I saw a blog with a photo of a Batman mural hidden behind a wall next to the entrance. When I went back to photograph it in May of this year, an artist was in the parking lot touching up the murals. It turned out to be Danny Martin; he's done a lot of other murals around town, too. He told me that he hadn't painted the Batman mural but that he'd done the rest.

The murals did look a bit worn last year. Let's look at those photos, then the same murals being touched up — and the Batman mural.

July 28, 2018

The first detail photo, below, shows a part of the mural off the left edge of the overall photo above:

May 16, 2019

(If you can't see the ladder and Danny in the photo below, you can — as always — click for a slideshow of larger views.)

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Rockets Red Glare

Found at Brawley's Restaurant.  They like to decorate the kitchen window for each holiday.
4th of July, 2019 painted by Gorman
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Tuesday, July 02, 2019

New Palo Verde Pool mural this July

Here are three tweets from the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, on Twitter, about a new neighborhood mural at the Palo Verde swimming pool. The dedication is July 25th:

Friday, June 28, 2019

Superheroes at Marymar

South wall of Marymar Raspados as seen from West Oklahoma St.  This mural replaces one previously posted to this blog on May 8, 2010.  See Superheroes and a rose 

Photographed on Feb. 6, 2019.

On June 2, 2016, the Tucson Foodie rated Marymar as one of the 19 best raspados spots in Tucson.  A Raspado is a Mexican-style shaved-ice drink topped with fruit, flavoring, syrup, and various condiments.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Fun worldwide street art that fits in

A mural can show just about anything… for instance, the side of a building can have a person's face. But it can also play on its surroundings — like this cheerleader with pom-poms made from clumps of grass growing in a pavement crack:

For the past week, I've been following a bunch of street art on Twitter. Here's some of what I found of street art that fits in.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Yerberia San Miguel

Herbal medicine store on S. 12th Ave. Palms and tarot cards are also read here.
The mural shows the Archangel Michael defeating Satan in battle.
On the right of the photo, note the symbolism of the cupped hands holding several people seated at a table.  Note the all-seeing eye of God, which also appears on the back of your one dollar bills.

Photographed on Feb. 6, 2019.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

More mural photos in the AZ Daily Star

From time to time, the Arizona Daily Star runs an article with photos of murals. They ran another this week:

A look at some of Tucson's many beautiful murals

A lot of the murals are on this blog, but some aren't. (I don't need to tell you that Tucson has a lot of murals!)

Friday, June 14, 2019

A's Barber Shop

902 N. Grande Ave. in Barrio Hollywood.  Viewed from W. Ontario St.  Photographed on Dec. 11, 2018.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

(Not) Mural Lovers, part 5: Howsabout movin' that junk?

OK, to be fair: I was downtown first thing on a Saturday morning (July 27, 2018). Maybe the planter was in front of the mural to accommodate a crowd the night before. But (what looked like) an air conditioner? Grumble, grumble. (Maybe I'd been out too late the night before. :) And, when I stopped by last week, things looked back to normal.

Friday, June 07, 2019

Owwwwry Park

August 22, 2018, I stopped by to see if the long mosaic mural at Oury Park has been repaired. There wasn't much sign of that: just the owww of missing tiles. (The swimming pool re-opened this year after being closed by budget cuts. KOLD 13 has the story: Pool at Oury Park to reopen after nine years.)

The mural was still pretty spectacular unless you stood up close. Here are earlier blog entries showing it in better shape:
  1. The Amazing, Fantastical, Beautiful Oury Park Mural
  2. The rise and fall of Oury Park's murals
I'll include a description of the photos, left to right. I took it from the Waymarking page The Oury Park mural - Tucson, AZ. Since it's called the Artist Statement and the Description, I'll hope that copying it here isn't a problem. The artists' website isn't working.) Let's start with a photo of the mural from across the playing field in front of it.

(As always, you can click for a larger view — in this case, a much larger view: It's a big mural! Also as always, if you want a full-size copy of any individual photos below, write me through the Contact Us form at the right edge. The photos are all in the public domain, though we appreciate credit.)

I'll try to include each part of the description underneath the photo it describes. They won't always fit neatly, so you may have to do some scrolling. Here goes:

Artist Statement: The murals are a reflection on the vital elements that helped shape Barrio Anita's past and future. The murals pay homage to the family members, leaders, and artists who nurture the people of Anita. These figures are intertwined with presentations of the water that once flowed through the neighborhood and which brought together a diverse population.

Description: The Barrio Anita Mural Project combines photography, mosaic and painted murals, metal features, and words into a comprehensive community art project expressing the past, present, and future of Barrio Anita, one of Tucson’s oldest neighborhoods with a population reflecting Tucson’s heritage including Native-American, Mexican-American, Chinese-American, African-American and Anglo-American residents.

The mural measures 14’ x 390’ and viewing from the left side moving to the right the mural shows the following:

The Woman of the River has lifeblood and energy running out of her vessel, themes and colors that continue through the rest of the piece. She is covered in flowers, and she feeds spiritual energy to the community. Discussions during early meetings with the Anita community inspired this figure from tales told of the neighborhood. The artists wanted to take these stories and imbed them in the history of the neighborhood. The water and blood that flow through the piece are the synergy that weaves the entire piece together, giving it symmetry. The model for this particular figure was the granddaughter of one of the Orie Tigers baseball league.

(Above is a closeup of the clothing of the Woman of the River.)

Rio Santa Cruz. This river was once a part of the neighborhood prior to the construction of Interstate 10. Water played an important role in the daily lives of the people of this community. There was once an irrigation ditch that ran through and under some of the homes here, and people from the neighborhood used to swim in it to cool off.

Dr. Laura Banks. Banks grew up in the neighborhood during the mid 20th century. At the time there was a greater African American population in Anita. She had to drop out of high school at one point but managed to go back and finish and she then continued on to the University of Arizona. She received a degree in education and then worked at Davis School. In 1980, she was selected as the first African American Assistant Superintendent in TUSD and retired from that position in 1982. Dr. Banks was also a prominent civil-rights leader in Tucson. Today there is a Tucson middle school named after her.

Davis School. This image These images show shows the students of the past and present running in front of the historic building.

Mr. Alfredo Valenzuela. “Mr. V” taught mariachi band courses at Davis School for over 25 years and still continues despite his retirement. He has inspired hundreds of student and professional musicians. His students carried the mariachi tradition throughout the community, and this is visually represented with the lifeblood pouring through his guitar, where it gains energy and continues through the mural.

The Heart and Hands. This central image in the mural is the visual representation of the community. The hands are supporting a glass heart, again adding to the overall symmetry of the piece. The blood and water that run through the piece converge on the heart, the community, as an essential part of the circulation of Barrio Anita.

Oury Park (now David Herrera & Ramon Quiroz Park). This image features the Rosas, the neighborhood’s women’s softball team, on the left, and the Tigers, the men’s baseball league, with David Herrera as the central figure. Herrera served as director of the Recreation Center in Barrio Anita and played an essential role in getting the neighborhood involved in sports and community outreach. Alisa Cortez sits on his shoulder, representing the current rec center students.

Frank Soto and his mother. The mural closes with this pair. The Sotos’ Apache heritage reminds the viewer that this area was once Apache land. Soto’s mother holds the same vessel seen in the beginning of the mural with the lifeblood and spirit of the neighborhood flowing into it. This representation not only seals the symmetry of the mural, it also serves as a reminder of her role as a medicine woman in the barrio.

The Waymarking page The Oury Park mural - Tucson, AZ ends with:
  • Artist: William Wilson & Joshua Sarantitus of Hozhographos Studios
  • Date: 2005
  • Media: Ceramic and glass tile, cast concrete, ecrete, steel and paint