Tucson is blessed with a wide variety of gallery spaces that are coming back to life as the pandemic recedes. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find.
Philabaum Glass Gallery
The beloved Philabaum Glass Gallery is thriving under new ownership. The space, near Five Points, is bright with beautifully colored glass artwork. The current exhibit, Sense of Place, features glassworks by Erika Parkin of Tucson, known for her elegant blown glass; Steffen Plistermann of Santa Fe, Master of Organic; and Richard Parrish of Boseman, Montana, who hangs his glass pieces on the wall. Alison Harvey, the new owner, was the gallery manager under the original owners, renowned glass artist Tom Philabaum and Dabney Philabaum. When they were ready to sell in 2020, Alison jumped in to buy. Her husband, Dylan Harvey, is co-owner, but she runs the business solo. Business is good, she says, and she likes the job. Until June 4. Philabaumglass.com
Etherton Gallery navigates its new Barrio Viejo excavations. It is now in his third exhibition at Convent Street Gallery since it opened in September. Steve McCurry: Its Own Place and Feeling is a lavish look at some thirty vividly colored photos he has taken around the world. A member of Magnum Photos and the recipient of numerous awards, McCurry has photographed armed conflicts in the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, and covered 9/11 in the United States. He is best known for Afghan Girl, a searing image of a teenager with piercing green eyes. Ironically, given today’s chaos in Afghanistan, this 38-year-old image once again depicts fear and grief. Until April 2. ethertongallery.com
The Untitled Gallery, located in downtown Steinfeld Warehouse, often invites many artists to the gallery to show their work. This time, however, the gallery members are in the spotlight as well. The seven members – painters and sculptors – have a wide range of interests, and you can see them all in the online gallery. Inna Rohr’s “Everglades” painting caught my eye; it is a richly colored vision of a storm on the swamp.
The small downtown gallery, persevering in building the road, has mounted an exhibition for four local artists who carry a sense of place. Jane Buckman paints desert plants while Sylvia Garland turns to delicate flowers. Carolyn Sotelo set up a casual vision of a run-down block of Stone Ave., and Mano Sotelo shot beautiful life-size portraits of Tucson’s magnificent mountains and national parks. counterashousefineart.com
The gallery specializes in local artists and vintage modern art, but at the moment is only open by appointment. 520-360-8074. Fans can view the works at www.artsy.net/gallery-2-sun. gallery2sun.com
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After hosting a sea of online shows for two years of the pandemic, Raices is on a temporary hiatus. The gallery’s John Salgado says the team is considering new projects and hopes to start in April. “We’re looking at some really cool ideas,” he says.
AROUND THE CITY
The Everybody Gallery is back in Tucson! The cool contemporary gallery moved out of town in 2018. There were sightings in Chicago. And now the mysterious group is back in the Old Pueblo at 437 Grant Road. Everybody Gallery “works primarily with emerging and perpetually emerging artists,” according to a press release. Her new show, Sara Hupps: Soft Shoulder, is a “series of sculptural situations”. One of the Hupps pieces has molded glass in beautiful pale colors. Until March 26
Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery at Pima College West Campus
The excellent Bernal Gallery presents the work of two artists who live in Tucson.
Perla Segovia immigrated to the United States from her native Peru when she was 10 years old. Now a textile artist, she created Threads of Immigration, a series of four installations that use thread and fabric to remember those trying to cross the border for a better life. In one piece, she embroidered a ream of canvas shoes, depicting immigrant children who died in detention. A second installation, made with oven glass, aluminum and poplar, pays homage to migrant mothers. Wayne Gudmundson is an internationally renowned photographer who works at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Center for Creative Photography and elsewhere. Her new picture book is What Place Is This, with text by Dieter Berninge. Gudmundson researched places outside of Tucson where historical events took place and photographed what remains and what has changed.
IN THE FOOTHILLS
For years, many galleries have offered their wares around the city, in Campbell, Skyline and Sunrise. Here is a brief list.
Mark Sublette Gallery of the Healer
Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery offers Native American works and ancient and contemporary Western art. The gallery also has a fine collection of paintings by the revered Maynard Dixon. The gallery is now displaying a suite of really interesting works depicting Navajo life, painted by Navajo artist Shonto Begay. medicinemangallery.com
Sanders Gallery has been run by the same owner in the same building for over 45 years. Like most of his artistic neighbors, Sanders specializes in “American Westerns, wildlife and realism.” An array of Hopi Kachinas, symbols of spiritual beings, are now on display on Sanders’ webpage. [email protected]
Settlers West is a reliable gallery for paintings of cowboys, horses, natives, and sweeping views of the Southwestern landscape. A roundup of American miniatures, created by dozens of artists, can now be seen in the gallery. settlerswest.com
Jane Hamilton fine art
This 29-year-old gallery is more contemporary than most Foothills venues. Fans can see it for themselves at a vernissage this Friday, February 18, with a reception from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The show, Blossoms & Bells, features two artists. Ernst Gruler creates glamorous sound sculptures and Greg Heil paints the desert, mixing “a traditional landscape with brilliant colors and an impressionistic touch”, says owner Jane Hamilton.
Until February 28. Janehamiltonfineart.com
Wilde Meyer Gallery
This gallery has a sister place in Scottsdale. The two outlets cover all bases, from painting to sculpture, and from figuration to abstraction. Samples are James Koskinas’ beautiful brown and white horse and JD Berard’s abstract desert in fiery green and orange. Wildemeyer.com
For the fine arts
The neighborhood’s newest gallery, FoR Art, has another place in Montana. As a result, the works on display range from “panoramic views of Glacier National Park” to sun-kissed paintings of the Sonoran Desert. The new company has wisely added Tucson painter Howard Post to the list. The talented Post paints cowboys and ranchers in a fresh, clean style. Forfineart.com
Tohono Chul, the gallery in a desert garden is delighted with the recent acquisition of a permanent collection of Native American art. Donated by Roy J. Kurtz, the collection is extensive. A new exhibit will give visitors a first look at baskets and art.
Until April 27. Rick DeMont: Elemental Monuments: Rick DeMont, a masterful watercolourist, has filled one of the gallery rooms with his large-scale paintings, many of which are pure desert landscapes. Visitors can look closely to understand his methods of color, scale, and space. Even better, they can get the information directly from him at a noon lecture on Tuesday, February 22, at the Garden Pavilion. Until February 27
Tom Baumgartner | Sound Codex. “Codex Sonora is a perfectly mysterious book, composed of extraordinary portraits accompanied by eldritch”, according to the gallery’s notes, “nearly indecipherable text, as well as elusive graphics and symbols and strange diagrams that point to the stars “. Until April 27