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DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun

 

There are many galleries to visit in Tucson, but the Gallery in the Sun is one of the most renowned, and it’s a great place to start. Created by Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia who developed 10 acres in the National Historic District in the 1950s, he partnered with his sculptor wife, Marion, to turn what was once desolate foothills into a pinnacle for beauty and art lovers. Locally, it’s customary to build a shrine or chapel for thanks, and the DeGrazia adobe mission was crafted right into the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

It features an open-air roof, rock floors and is dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe who appears on the altar, painted by DeGrazia. He built his own home nearby, which became the first tiny gallery where his art was displayed. He became a renowned artist in the country and went on to create bigger galleries. Today, the chapel and gallery is beloved by architecture and art admirers alike.

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You can visit the gallery daily from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 6300 North Swan Road. Given the sheer size of the space, you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to explore. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 12-18. Many frequent travelers to Tucson opt for the annual $25 membership.

Permanent collections include Paints Cabeza de Vaca, Paints Papago Indian Collection, the Retrospective Collection, Paints the Yaqui Easter, and Paints the Bullfight. To find out more, visit the official website.

 

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