Gallery 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
Beside 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
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