For Tucson artist, fashion is personal

By Megan Erickson/Arizona Sonora News Those worn-out dishtowels you’d find at the bottom of any household pantry were anything but trash to artist Arturo Valenzuela. When he was 8 years old and still at home in Hermosillo, Mexico, Valenzuela sat beside his mother, stitching and patching fabrics to create the quinceañera dress that would be…

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Artists shine at the Tucson Gem Show

Walking across any desert in the world, one could find rocks and fossils of many kinds, but every late January in one specific desert, some of the most dazzling and largest rocks–often with the hidden treasures of crystals inside–are found in the desert of Tucson. The Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase features 45 different…

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Native American artists break down stereotypes

Consider the ubiquitous sepia portrait of an American Indian, donned in an elaborate headdress,  embodying a kind of displaced dignity. This image irks Will Wilson. The stereotypical depiction dates back to Edward S. Curtis, the celebrated photographer of the early 20th century. Curtis created an extensive body of photos intended to portray Native Americans as they actually…

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