Georgia O’Keeffe Behind Logo of Tucson Icon

Ghost Ranch Lodge

TUCSON -- The great artist Georgia O'Keeffe probably wouldn't have liked the way it turned out, but her onetime act of kindness resulted in one of her artworks becoming a logo for a motel. Her rendering of a white cow skull on a black background hangs on two signs at the Ghost Ranch Lodge at 801 E. Miracle Mile Road. O'Keeffe created the work in 1936 and give it -- and the … [Read more...]

Creation Painted at El Coronado Ranch

Painting of the Creation at El Coronado Ranch. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

Near PEARCE - Turkey Creek and the dirt road named after it aren't what one might consider ideal sites for fine art, but there's some there anyway. It's inside a small church on the El Coronado Ranch, and it was placed there by Valer Austin, owner of the ranch and church along with her husband Josiah. The chapel measures 20 by 15 feet and contains a wondrous fresco that … [Read more...]

Arizona Historical Society Celebrates Day of the Dead in New Exhibit

Day of the Dead

The Dia de Los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that can be traced back hundreds of years. It brings family and friends together to pray for and remember loved ones who have passed away. Taking place from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, this holiday is marked with rich and artistic traditions, such as decorating graves and sugar skulls, and dining on elaborate family … [Read more...]

Phoenix Freeway Pots Cause a Stir

Phoenix Freeway Pot

PHOENIX -- The official name of the art project is "Wall Cycle to Ocotillo," but to most, they're "the Freeway Pots" and they caused quite a fuss when they were installed back in 1992, when the city laid out $474,000 for an arts project designed to enhance the Squaw Peak Parkway (since renamed the Piestewa Parkway). It was the city's first attempt at highway … [Read more...]

Canaan in the Desert Offers Roadside Refuge

Sculpture at Canaan in the Desert in Phoenix. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

Arizona's roadside refuges offer peace, quiet and a place for inner reflection, should there be a need. They're located all across the state, in small towns and large cities. One of my favorites is the Garden of Jesus' Suffering and His Resurrection in Phoenix, which offers a walking tour into serenity. Located at Canaan in the Desert (9489 N. 40th St.), the garden sends … [Read more...]