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DeGrazia Gallery In The Sun

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

The Spirit of Arizona Blog Series:                                     DeGrazia Gallery In The Sun DeGrazia Galley In The SunKnown today as the "Legendary Landmark Of Art and Architecture", DeGrazia Galley In Sun began as a small construction project in the early 1950s. Designed and built by the acclaimed Arizona artist, Ted DeGrazia, who developed his "Gallery In The Sun" into a 10-acre National Historic District. 

DeGrazia believed "my best painting is the next one.  I haven't painted it yet.  I am only in competition with myself and that's tough, because I believe that each thing I do must be better in some way than the last".  While that may have been the case with his works of art, the heritage he left behind in his biggest creation, the gallery, is truly a masterpiece that has no equal. 

Following a regional tradition of building a chapel or shrine in thanks for the land, DeGrazia's vision was to create an adobe mission built from the ground floor up at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains.  The artist made design sketches then gathered a crew of friends who made traditional adobe bricks with soil mixed with the water DeGrazia hauled up in his Model A. The bricks were baked onsite by the Arizona sun.

 

With its rock floors, interior murals and open-air roof, the Mission in the Sun was built in honor of Padre Kino and dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe, whose image DeGrazia painted onto the adobe altar.  The iron door, a replica of the Territorial Yuma prison gate, opened to the public in 1965, and the tradition continues as visitors from around the world flock to this legendary landmark of art and architecture that's now surrounded by a booming metropolis.

There are six permanent collections of paintings that trace historical events and native cultures of the Southwest. Rotating exhibitions display some of the 15,000 DeGrazia originals housed at the gallery, including oils, watercolors, sketches, serigraphs, lithographs, sculptures, ceramics and jewelry. A consignment room displays DeGrazia originals available for purchase, while the gift shop offers a wide selection of reproductions.

        JUDI MONDAY, CRS         

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Reid Park Zoo

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

The Spirit of Arizona Blog Series:                                     Reid Park Zoo

Take a walk on the wild side at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona.  With a vast range of animals that include an African Lion, Dwarf Caiman, and Malayan Tiger to mention but a few of the hundreds of animals that call Reid Park home:

Meet The Animals

You can choose to experience the Zoo on foot or take the Zoo Train which located just outside the front gate of the Reid Park Zoo.  Each ride is just $2 and the train runs during most business hours depending on visitation levels. 

There is plenty to see and do for all ages, including the Kenya Get Wet--an interactive wet play area where you will most certainly get wet...so bring a towel.  In the Wild Ideas exhibit you will find live animals and hands-on exhibits and at times, games or crafts.

The staff is dedicated to keeping the Reid Park Zoo experience new and exciting no matter how often you visit so be sure to check out the Daily Activities schedule at the Zoo gate.  You will often find new opportunities to interact with the staff and animals. 

Want to impress your family and friends?  The entire facility with its lush ground and meandering pathways, is available for rental after the Zoo closes to the public.  You can enjoy anything from a black tie affair to a casual and fun Bar-B-Que.

        JUDI MONDAY, CRS         

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Bisbee, Arizona

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

The Spirit of Arizona Blog Series:                                     Bisbee, Arizona

Discover a treasured place where time seems to have stopped.  Nestled in the mile-high Mule Mountains of Southern Arizona, Bisbee has an old world charm that you will be hard pressed to find in many places throughout the United States.  Here you can experience history seemingly frozen in time. 

The wonderful collection of well-preserved turn of the century Victorian structures are full of old West history and copper mining lore.  Old miners' boarding houses have been lovingly refurbished into charming small bed and breakfast establishments...each one unqiue and no two alike.  Former saloons are now quaint shops, antique stores, art galleries, cafes and restaurants pulsating with the history of a time gone by. 


This picturesque county seat of historic Cochise County was founded in 1880 and named after Judge Dewitt Bisbee.  Bisbee is an Old West mining camp that produced nearly three mllion ounces of gold and more than eight billion pounds of copper, making it one of the richest mineral sites in the world.  In the "day",  it boast a population of 20,000 people and had the distinction of being the most cultured city in the Southwest.  However, the rough edges of the mining camps could be found in notorious Brewery Gulch, with its saloons and bordellos. 

In 1908 a fire ravaged most of Bisbee's commercial district along Main Street, leaving nothing but a pile of ashes.Reconstruction began immediately and by 1910 most of the district had been rebuilt and remains completely intact today. As mining operations on a large scale became unprofitable in 1975, the population began to shrink.

Undaunted by its change in fortune this spunky town has evolved into an attractive artist colony and retirement community with monthly special events and tourism.  Travelers from all over the world come to Bisbee to savor its unique charm...an uncommon blend of creativity, friendly people, historic style, and adventure all wrapped up in the splendor of the Old West. 

         JUDI MONDAY, CRS         

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Horseback Riding In & Around Green Valley AZ

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

The Spirit of Arizona Blog Series:                                     Discover The Great Southwest On Horseback

Horseback riding is as much a part of the American West as sunsets and saguaros. In fact, there is nothing finer than a horseback ride at sunset in the Sonoaran Desert and Saguaro National Park. 

In the Green Valley/Tucson area and throughout Southern Arizona you can saddle up at a guest ranch, resort, or public stable.  Horseback riding opportunities abound in the immediate area. 

Horsemanship lessons and wrangler-guided trips (with trail-side breakfast or picnic lunch) are available for both individuals and groups of all skill levels. For a special treat, look into specialty rides, such as sunrise, sunset, and moonlight rides to make your time on the desert trails especially memorable.  


Whether you choose a half-day jaunt, a longer trail ride, a group or solo journey, riding horseback is the real Western way to explore the high desert landscape.

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