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  • Art gallery a unique feature at Agua Caliente Park

    Nov 08, 2018 | Read More News
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    The next time you’re strolling the walking paths at Pima County’s Agua Caliente Park or squinting through your binoculars on a bird-watching tour, don’t forget to add one more thing to the to-do list before you leave the park.

    Art appreciation.

    Agua Caliente Park is the only park in the county featuring its own art gallery. Located in the Ranch House Visitors Center, the gallery features a new exhibit every month.
    Agua Caliente art gallery
    Tucson Portrait Stories, a mixed media exhibit by artist Lauri Kaye illustrating the people, places and events that make Tucson extraordinary, is on display until Dec. 5. Kaye creates her artwork following meetings with everyday members of the community. She chats with them over a sketchbook and a couple of micron pens, she says. 

    “Information from our chats are drawn into the artwork, then layered with vibrant colors and textures from collected photographs and digital art,” she explains. She then fuses colored ink on top of brushed metal.

    The goal of all of the exhibits is to feature original artwork that reflects nature, wildlife, landscapes, Southwestern themes, or local cultures that are in keeping with the park setting, said Wendy Burroughs, environmental education program manager for Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation.

    Next up is a display of fiber art quilts that will be featured Dec. 8-Jan. 9. Bill Meek and Denny Peterson create quilts inspired by the landscape, architecture, people, and animals of the American Southwest. 

    Meek is a retired research lab technician who enjoys Native American designs and graphs out his quilts before fitting the strips of fabric into his design. Peterson makes quilts that reflect the colors, textures, landscapes, architecture and animals of the Southwest.

    Three of the exhibits featured at the Agua Caliente Gallery are recurring group shows. Club Camera Tucson combines an exhibit and photography workshops. Sonoran Plein Air Painters’ “Paint Out in the Parks” follows a series of paint out demonstrations in various Pima County parks. And the Living River of Words exhibit features youth poetry and art produced by children who visit local watersheds and wetland habitats, then translate that learning into artistic expression.

    In January 2019, NRPR will put out a call for artists wishing to get on the 2020 schedule. For more information, potential artists may contact eeducation@pima.gov or call 520-724-5375.  

    Agua Caliente Park is located at 12325 E. Roger Road. Hours for the Ranch House and its art gallery, from November to April, are Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.