On this episode of Big Blend Radio, Nancy & Lisa talk with Lance Laber, Executive Director of the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, about famed Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia's Cabeza de Vaca Art Collection, one of the permanent collections you can view at the Gallery.
DeGrazia, most likely the most reproduced artist in the world, is known for his art and paintings that trace historical events and native cultures of the Southwest. He read extensively about the adventures of the Spanish explorer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, known as the first non-Native American to travel into what are now the states of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. The story of the ill-fated Spanish expedition is told in this collection that includes sketches, watercolors, oils and enamels.
Built by Ted DeGrazia, the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is a 10-acre historic landmark nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains in Tucson, Arizona. Opened in 1965, it is home to over 15,000 originals of Ted DeGrazia art pieces including oil paintings, watercolors, ceramics and sculptures. There are six permanent collections on display and several rotating exhibitions each year.