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Dates of visit:
March 1, 2006 -
March 2, 2006

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Trip Highlights:
 Visit Friends
 Grazia Gallery
 Grazia Ceramics
 Mission in Sun
 Kitt Peak Tour
 Largest Telescopes
 Solar Telescope
 Guided Tour  

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        Kitt Peak Slide Show
De Grazia

Gallery in the SunGallery in the Sun

A landmark in Tucson, De Grazia's Gallery in the Sun welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Unique adobe construction, beautiful decorative features, and original De Grazia art characterize the gallery that was designed by the artist and constructed under his supervision.

The gallery contains rooms exhibiting De Grazia originals including the Padre Kino, Cabeza de Vaca, Papago Legends, Yaqui Easter, Bull Fight, and Retrospective collections. Elsewhere in the gallery are found a movie room, original bronzes, ceramics, enamels, and a shop where De Grazia reproductions in the form of prints, books, cards and other items may be purchased.

De Grazia's art, the gallery's architecture, and the beautiful southwest desert setting all combine to give visitors a treasured experience.

Mission in the Sun

Mission in the SunBeside the Gallery in the Sun stands De Grazia's Mission in the Sun. The little chapel was built in honor of Padre Kino, and dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe, patron saint of Mexico. Inside the adobe structure one can experience De Grazia's expression of beauty, simplicity, and faith.

The mission was the first structure De Grazia completed at his Swan Road location. All the materials used in the construction, including the water, were hauled to the site by De Grazia in his car. The artist designed the building and, along with his Indian friends, carried out its construction.

Unique to the Mission in the Sun are the beautiful De Grazia murals on the interior walls, and a roof that opens to the sky, flooding the rooms with sunshine.

The De Grazia Foundation

The Gallery in the Sun is operated by the De Grazia Foundation. The artist De Grazia created the Foundation as a means of insuring the continued operation of his beloved gallery, and providing a museum setting for the permanent exhibition of his work and collections.

It is frequently said that De Grazia was an artist "of the people," feeling a particular attachment to those who loved his art. Through the De Grazia Foundation, the Gallery in the Sun will continue to exhibit the artist's works, his gift to the people, for generations to come.

Text Source: De Grazia Foundation "Gallery in the Sun" Visitor Guide

If interested you may wish to explore the official De Grazia web site ...
www.degrazia.org

"Gallery of the Sun" Slide Show
"Mission of the Sun" Slide Show
NOTE: De Grazia's "Gallery in the Sun" allows photography within the gallery, sans flash. The images of De Grazia's artwork contained within these slide shows are copyrighted by the De Grazia Foundation with all rights reserved and may not be used for commercial purposes.
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Kitt Peak Obervatory

Kitt Solar TelescopeThe mission of the National Observatories is to advance United States astronomy. Following a three-year survey that involved more than 150 sites, Kitt Peak was selected in 1958 as the site for the first National Observatory. Today, it is home to the world's largest collection of optical telescopes.

Located high above the Sonoran Desert on the Tohono O'odham Reservation, Kitt Peak presently has twenty-two optical and 2 radio telescopes and offers astronomers some of the finest observing to be found in the world. The National Science Foundation signed a lease in October of 1958 with the Tribal Council of the Tohono O'odham Nation for use of 200 acres of the mountaintop under a perpetual agreement that is valid as long as only scientific research facilities are maintained at the site.

National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) has three divisions: Kitt Peak National Observatory, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, and US Gemini Program.

NOAO is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) Inc. under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Visitors are encouraged to take self-guided tours of the 4-meter, 2.1-meter, and McMath-Pierce Solar telescopes. A visitor gallery is available in each of these observatories. Public access is limited to these telescopes only. Please be aware of vehicular traffic as you walk.

Kitt Peak National Observatory is a working observatory; therefore, Astronomers sleep during the day. Please keep this in mind when walking to the telescopes since dorms are located nearby.

Kitt Peak is at an elevation of 6,875 feet.

Text Source: Kitt Peak National Observatory Tour & Visitor Guide

If interested you may wish to explore the official Kitt Peak web site ...
www.noao.edu/kpno/

Kitt Peak Slide Show

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