Arizona: To the desert and beyond...
More complex than outsiders might realize...Not all desert, but the desert is beautiful...

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An Artist's Vision

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At the foot of the Santa Catalina Mountains is the ten-acre complex, the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun. A national historic district, the grounds are a blend of natural desert garden, adobe architecture, and museum—all the vision of one man. Ettore "Ted" DeGrazia (1909-1982) remains one of Tucson's iconic artistic characters. Born in an Arizona mining town to Italian immigrants, Native American themes permeate his work.

In one of his more notorious acts, in the 1970s he burned a hundred of his own artworks to protest the 'inheritance tax;' transported by horse into the Superstition Mountains, an estimated $1.5 million went up in smoke.

In addition to his paintings and drawings, you can appreciate what he built. The chapel, his studio, the house and his burial place on the grounds.

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by Joseph Cyr
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