Our July Guests reminded me of an Artist (Ted DeGrazia) and a history I had forgotten…..
DeGrazia was an artist who lived in Tucson and was famous for his paintings of Native American children of the SouthWest. His style was unique and memories of his work still make me smile. (Google him to see it.)
In the 1970's, he donated a painting called "Wanda's Little Boy" to charity. My grandmother knew the woman it was named after, so when they were promoting the auction, my 4 year old sister--- who was sporting a boyish haircut-- got to dress up to look like the little boy in the painting for photo ops with DeGrazia. (I'll have to dig up those photos!)
Our July guests visited his gallery, located less than 10 minutes from the Hacienda, and took this photo and collected some pamphlets for other guests.
The gift shop has several books and cards with his work.
All in all, they had a nice little visit there and they reminded my of some things I had long since forgotten…. also, in 1976 he burned a stack of his original works to protest an inheritance tax. It was big news back then!