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Artist of the Month

  Pat Parkinson LaVerne Kyriss A painting by Pat Parkinson hanging in the Jane Hamilton Gallery in Tucson got some recent publicity when it was selected to be on the cover of a publication found in hotel rooms throughout the city. Tucson Magazine is a coffee table hardbound publication featuring things to see and do around…

Artist of the Month: Rita Lee

  00LaVerne Kyriss Rita Lee’s work has taken her around the world. She learned about photography and portraiture by being a photographer’s model as a young woman. She learned about architecture, drafting and reading building plans by handling architectural sales in the construction industry and she spent 40 years working as an interior designer, learning…

Artist of The Month

LaVerne Kyriss Tony DiGiorgio spent 50 years as an educator, including 24 years as university president at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. During most of his career, he never spent much time in the arts. When he ended up as family photographer, he bought a digital camera in the ‘90s and figured out how…

Artist of the Month

Bruce Capra – Magic things start to happen LaVerne Kyriss Like many pre-teens of his era, Bruce Capra got a paint-by-numbers kit when he was 12. This gift sparked a life-long love of painting. But as a college student Capra became convinced he had no artistic talent and moved into commercial art where he took…

Artist of the Month

LaVerne Kyriss When you pass Joe Costante’s SaddleBrooke home, you’d never expect to find the botanical garden that inhabits his backyard. But when you discover that Costante has a doctorate in botany and specialized in plant physiology and biochemistry during his working years and that he volunteered as a docent at both the Biosphere and…

Artist Of The Month

Maxine Ranicke pauses with an in-progress work.

Maxine Ranicke’s credo: “Never Stop Learning” LaVerne Kyriss Maxine Ranicke’s first art class was as a young girl. “We lived in Hawaii and my mother knew a poor artist. I think she paid him for classes for me as a way to help him out,” she recalled. “I studied art in college at the University…

Artist of the Month: Mark Erickson

Mark Erickson with some of his beautiful birds

Barbara Johnson Mark Erickson has long been known for his beautiful carved works – birds, boards, letter-openers, utensils, etc. When I asked him how he got into the art of woodcarving, he attributed his interest to his father-in-law, who was a woodcarver in the mid ‘80s. Being drawn to the intricate detail and precision involved,…

Artist of the Month

Jim Morris pauses with an in-progress work.

LaVerne Kyriss “Just a Sunday painter,” is how Jim Morris describes himself, making it a point to insist that he’s not an artist. “I don’t paint for the market and it’s not important to me to sell my work. I paint for enjoyment and to push myself to try new things,” he explained. After moving…

Artist of The Month

Mick Desmarais displays his first-place oil painting Sabino Canyon Autumn Splendor.

Mick Desmarais – Playing with light and shadows LaVerne Kyriss “I’ve always enjoyed drawing,” recollected SaddleBrooke artist Mick Desmarais. “I drew illustrations for pamphlets, flyers and advertisements while in school and the Air Force. I particularly like landscapes with streets, buildings, cars and people. This helps me not only get a sketch down on canvas,…

Artist of the Month

Fred Flanagan pauses in his studio with an in-progress work, Buffalo Mist.

LaVerne Kyriss Eclectic is how Fred Flanagan describes his art. But eclectic could also be used to describe his other interests. You’ll find him playing table tennis five days a week, jamming on guitar with a local group every month and serving with his wife Pat as the voices at the other end of the…