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Tucson Luxury Resort near DeGrazia in The Sun

Tucson, Arizona and the Sonoran Desert in general have long been hotbeds for artists, and as a guest of ours at Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa you’ve got easy access to a rich array of art museums and galleries. One of the best-known lies just minutes from our resort here in the foothills of the Santa Catalinas: the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun.

Ettone “Ted” DeGrazia & His Gallery in the Sun

The Gallery in the Sun was established by Italian-American Arizonan artist Ettone “Ted” DeGrazia in 1950. Born to immigrant parents in the Arizona Territory in 1909, the ambitious, creative, and multitalented DeGrazia studied under Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco and attended the University of Arizona. By the time he founded his foothills studio and gallery with his wife, the sculptor Marion Sheret, DeGrazia’s paintings and sculptures were gaining national renown.

DeGrazia died in 1982, but his works and artistic influence live on—and there’s no better place to explore them that at the Gallery in the Sun, named a National Historic District in 2006.

Visiting the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun

The lovely adobe spread of the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun makes an outstanding destination for a day trip out of Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa. Here you’ll find a Permanent Collection of DeGrazia’s works: DeGrazia & Padre KinoDeGrazia Paints Cabeza de VacaDeGrazia Paints Papago Indian LegendsDeGrazia Paints the Yaqui Easter, DeGrazia Paints the Bullfight, and a Retrospective Collection spanning the artist’s entire career, from 16 years old to his final self-portrait.

The gallery’s rotating exhibitions, meanwhile, showcase highlights from the permanent repository of roughly 15,000 DeGrazia pieces. Currently on display through January 30th, 2019 are DeGrazia’s Chickens, comprised of some four dozen of DeGrazia’s poultry portraits, and Desert Dwellings, featuring his evocative images of Southwestern landscapes.

After DeGrazia’s death, his widow Marion opened his Little Gallery to visiting artists as a way to boost their exposure; its presents such works during each winter season.

Your visit to the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun can also include a self-guided tour beyond the exhibitions to explore the site’s architecture, DeGrazia’s home and studio, and the Mission in the Sun. You can also learn more about DeGrazia’s life by watching a half-hour documentary.

Visit the Gallery in the Sun on Your Next Westin La Paloma Getaway

The DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is an inspiring tribute to a hard-working and ever-curious Tucson artist, a noteworthy historical landmark, and a showcase of beautiful works by the man in question as well as current artists. Make the trip on your next luxury Sonoran Desert getaway at Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa!