Author: Daniela Siqueiros

Grape Expectations

Kimberly Schmitz

These six restaurants have all been recently honored by Wine Spectator, making them a must-visit for oenophiles.

Feast — BEST OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Feast’s sautéed octopus and crawfish tails, served over fingerling potatoes and haricots verts in gremolata. Paired with 2017 Callaghan Vineyards “Greg’s” Chiricahua Ranch Vineyard, Petit Manseng,
Willcox. Photo by Robin Stancliff.

From humble beginnings as a carry-out restaurant, Feast has transformed into a 110-seat gourmet (our word, not theirs) restaurant, wine bar, and wine shop. They offer an ever-changing menu and sophisticated but approachable wine list that never disappoints. Wine Spectator has given an appreciative nod to Feast since 2015 with Best of Awards of Excellence highlighting California and France selections.

Owner/Chef/GM Doug Levy is a sommelier. In partnership with Wine Director Megan Nelson, Bottle Shop Director Kevin Anderson (former cellar master at AJ’s), and Lead Bartender Aly Carter, an enticing and varied offering is gathered from wineries in California, Oregon, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Croatia, Georgia (the country), and Brazil, to name a few. From the highlighted regions of California and France, Levy explains that the more pricefriendly options are in highest demand. “Wines from the Central Coast are big. Our guests lean toward Sonoma wines more than Napa. Field Recordings and Groundwork Winery varietals are particularly popular. Our menu tends not to drive people to the cabs.” Italian wine requests trend from the central and southern regions. Levy admits to a penchant for Nebbiolo and Barbaresco. Arizona wineries have gained a secure foothold on Feast’s list with a section of vintages from Callaghan, Dos Cabezas, Rune, Deep Sky, Kief- Joshua, Sand-Reckoner, and Page Spring Cellars. In all, 700 labels and approximately 7800 bottles are kept on hand.

Seared sea scallops with
wakame white polenta, baby root vegetables, lovage velouté, local mushrooms and fresh
tarragon from Feast. Paired with 2015 Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc. Photo by Robin Stancliff.

The Feast menus change monthly, not only as an outlet for Levy’s creativity, but to fuel the Feast culinary team for excellence. “Keeping the menu fresh and new, our staff remains engaged and the food tastes like someone who’s focused and excited has prepared it,” Levy says. There are some dishes that are asked for so often they are brought back. Hands down, the most requested dish is the lobster appetizer served with corn and scallion bread pudding and Parmesan cream sauce — a cross between a savory bread pudding and a soufflé. Another solid choice is the seared sea scallops with wakame white polenta, baby root vegetables, lovage velouté, local mushrooms and fresh tarragon. Levy suggests that crisp, minerally whites always play well with shellfish, so an excellent pairing for these would be Sand-Reckoner’s “W,” a blend of Malvasia, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier and Picpoul. For diners looking to veer from the gifts of the sea, braised pork belly with cauliflower two ways: roasted cauliflower purée and a cauliflower- quinoa cake with golden raisins and micro mustard greens, pairs well with a 2015 Albert Boxler Pinot Gris, Réserve, Alsace.

Although the menu is a testament to ecstasy-inducing culinary adventure, Feast’s happy hour is designed to entice guests into sipping superb wines they’d normally skip over. “We do this by choosing four wines each month that normally would be second choices after chardonnay or cabernet or other more recognizable varietals. We knock a couple of dollars off the glass price and throw in an amuse bouche that’s specifically paired with each wine,” Levy reveals.

3719 E. Speedway Blvd. 326-9363 eatatfeast.com

Bob’s Steak & Chop House — AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

The newest addition to Tucson’s esteemed Wine Spectator-recognized restaurants list is Bob’s Steak & Chop House at Omni Tucson National Resort. Having just celebrated its first decade in operation, this Oro Valley location also is the most recent of the national restaurant group to receive the recognition. Of the 16 “Bob’s” locations across the country, four boast Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence and five have received Best of Awards.

“It’s an amazing honor for us. We are a smaller establishment with a wine list that reflects that,” General Manager Peter Prassas explains. “We are simply unable to accommodate a large inventory, so the award really speaks to the particular selections of wines we offer.” On average, Bob’s keeps 1000-1200 bottles of approximately 250 labels. The bulk of the wines are from Napa and Sonoma counties, with other varietals hailing from Washington, Oregon, France, Argentina and Portugal. French champagne, domestic sparkling wines, and rieslings also make the list. Wine/Resort Food and Beverage Director Josh Rockwell and his team constantly tweak wine offerings in response to guest requests and trends.

The Wine Spectator designation specifically highlights the restaurant’s California varietals. According to Prassas, the most ordered labels are Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Napa Valley’s Silver Oak Cabernet, and Twomey Cellars Pinot Noir. “We are a classic steakhouse. Bold reds, strong babs, pinot noirs, and malbecs really go well with beef,” he explains. “Only two percent of beef cuts are prime. We serve only prime cuts, and Chef Evanoff is a master of preparation of these meats. Really nice reds create an amazing complement and layer the flavors of these premium meats prepared simply to let the quality shine.” As is par for the course for steakhouses, Bob’s most popular entrées are prime filet mignon, ribeye, and porterhouse cuts. The Australian rack of lamb and seared duck breast with Luxardo cherry sauce are serious contenders for the number one non-beef entrée. Diners seeking lighter fare opt for the fresh fish options, with salmon the most popular, or a crab cake or shrimp entrée. Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay and Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc are popular pairings with seafood and even the occasional vegetarian entrée.

Bob’s Steak & Chop House has been somewhat of a hidden jewel of the Tucson dining scene – tucked just off the hilly rough of the Omni Tucson National Resort golf course. Prassas and his team are thrilled with the recent Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and look forward to it casting a little more light on the steakhouse’s offerings. He says, “We’re really proud of this place, the excellent food and wine, and especially our amazing staff.”

Omni Tucson National Resort 2727 W. Club Drive 877-2377 Bobs-steakandchop.com/tucson

Maynards Market & Kitchen — AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

The green chile roasted pork belly at Maynards
is served with tepary been purée, potato escabeche and young greens. Paired with Domaine Sigalas, Santorini, GR, ’18, Assyrtiko. Photo by
Robin Stancliff.

In 2008, Hotel Congress owners Richard and Shana Oseran opened the downtown- chic Maynards Market. Like trains through the neighboring Amtrak station, this Tucson favorite hotspot remains on a roll — especially when it comes to accolades for their wines. First recognized by Wine Spectator in 2015, the Maynards team continues to refine the wine program and so enjoys a 2019 Award of Excellence. With approximately 300 wines available, Wine Spectator evaluators highlight Maynards’ Californian and French selections. California’s Robert Sinskey Pinot Noir is a top seller, as it rates as a solid option for most wine drinkers at a moderate price point. From France, classic reds Domaine Faiveley 1er Cru and Château Le Puy are incredibly popular, with Taittinger champagne corks also regularly popped. Director of Marketing Dalice Shepard notes that Southern Arizona wines are becoming common choices as established varietals continue to flourish. Maynards boasts an entire section in its wine shop for local vintages, some of which are on the restaurant wine list. Wines from Rune, Dos Cabezas, Flying Leap, and Sand-Reckoner Vineyards are available. Particular points of pride are the private label Maynards AZ Red and AZ White wines created in partnership with Sand-Reckoner. Shepard notes that this past summer there was an increase in rosé wine demand. “We offer the JP.Chenet French Brut sparkling rosé by the glass and bottle, and our guests love this wine. Since fall, we’ve seen reds take the front seat and our guests leaning toward the Old-World big reds,” she explains.

Executive Chef Brian Smith incorporates local and heritage ingredients throughout the Maynards Kitchen menus, which change with each season. “The focus on seasonal offerings allows our culinary team to be creative and thoughtful to what diners are looking for based on the time of the year,” Shepard explains. Throughout the summer and early fall, guest favorites included the short rib, braised with ancho chile and citrus and served with local roasted summer squash. The confit duck leg served with creamed corn, blackberries and pole beans quickly became a favorite, as well. The menu-mainstay steak tartare remains a front runner locals and visitors crave, with the latest version covered in a blanket of beer vinegar chips. Maynards, of course, offers a variety of wines to beautifully pair with each dish, but a consistent pairing is one of Chef Smith’s creative daily fish features with any of seven white wines by the glass. “Our guests can never go wrong choosing a staple like the Chalk Hill Chardonnay,” Shepard confirms.

Be sure to check out Maynard’s Wine Club. Members receive two bottles of wines per month, entry to monthly wine tastings, 10 percent discount on wine dinners and 25 percent off wine case purchases.

400 N. Toole Ave. 545-0577 Maynardstucson.com

Kingfisher — AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Kingfisher, Tucson’s premier American regional grill specializing in seafood since 1993, has had an on-again/off-again relationship with the Wine Spectator Best of list. For numerous consecutive years, under the tutelage of the late Co-owner Tim Ivankovich, the restaurant held space on the list with its now-defunct sister spot Bluefin. After Ivankovich’s sudden passing in 2012, Kingfisher continued offering award-winning selections, but the attention to the award process fell by the wayside until Co-owner Jeff Azersky took up the reins four years ago. “Tim was in charge of front-of-house things, including the wine list. He laid an excellent foundation and created great relationships with the people we buy wine from.” Azersky comments, “I’m a chef by trade. Taking on the wine list was a fun new challenge. Murph [Co-owner Jim Murphy] has a great nose and sense of taste. With his help and input from General Manager Teddy Hall, our long-time servers and bartenders, and friends like Doug Levy and Megan Nelson, we’ve established a really nice offering.”

The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence designation highlights Kingfisher’s California offerings. Within the inventory of approximately 850 bottles, there are 130 selections — 98 percent of which are domestic. The remaining two percent are champagnes. “Because we serve all domestic wines, we like to feature varietals that you can’t find very often. American winemakers are bringing varietals from Europe and South America and they are doing well. So we’re able to get those lesser-known, high-quality wines,” says Azersky. Because of the seafood-centered cuisine, the Lieu-Dit Melon de Bourgogne is a favorite of Azersky’s and any guest who’s tried it. It’s a rich, dry, crisp white made with Melon grapes at a Santa Barbara County vineyard. Rhône-style whites and reds from Tablas Creek out of Paso Robles, California, are incredibly popular. Also from the reds side of the list, Bokisch Vineyards Garnacha (made from a Spanish red grape) from Lodi is a hit, with its lighter body, fruity notes and drinkability.

Azersky admits that a favorite aspect of his role as wine director is meeting winery owners and winemakers who visit the restaurant. He tends to steer away from larger, more commercial wineries, with the exception of a few highly requested labels. “We like to offer unusual wines by the glass just to get people to try them,” he adds. The boon in competitively good Arizona wineries has been exciting for the chef/wine curator. They carry labels from Keeling-Schaefer, Callaghan, Javelina Leap in Cornville, Dos Cabezas, and Flying Leap vineyards.

Kingfisher’s menu changes seasonally, so Azersky is hesitant to name a most popular dish but reveals that he’s always game to sit down to a bowl of steamed Littleneck clams bathed in garlic, white wine, fresh herbs and sweet butter with a glass of acid-driven Keeling-Schaefer Picpoul Blanc. He’s also partial to a Niner Winery sauvignon blanc and grilled whole ruby trout prepared with green apples, pecans, bacon and charred tomato vinaigrette.

If you’re in the mood to sample some simple, but exquisitely prepared dishes with thoughtfully selected wine offerings imagined by two chefs who have been cooking together longer than they’ve been married to their spouses, Kingfisher is your new go-to spot.

2564 E. Grant Road 323-7739 Kingfishertucson.com

PY Steakhouse — AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Whether gambling is your forte or not, it’s a safe bet that a visit to Casino Del Sol Resort’s PY Steakhouse for a wine and dine experience will be a winner. The signature dining destination at the Pasqua Yaqui Tribe’s casino welcomed its first diners in 2011, and in 2012 began racking up accolades for its strategically gathered wine list. The 2019 Award of Excellence highlights the California and France selections at PY. According to Restaurant Manager Jennifer Aspery, the most requested of the highlighted offerings are California cabernets, especially Napa Valley varietals, and French Bordeaux wines from the right and left banks. “We have some highly allocated Napa cabernets and some Burgundy wines that are quite sought-after and a bit hard to get your hands on,” Aspery observes. “We also focus on verticals (one bottling from one winery over the course of years, with multiple vintages). Our vertical collection is mostly California cabernets, but there are some unusual offerings like Heitz Cellar Martha’s Vineyard.” PY proudly offers numerous Arizona wines and is particularly partial to the Keeling- Schaefer Vineyards’ Casino Del Sol 25th Anniversary label developed for the new hotel expansion. All told, PY Steakhouse keeps 460 labels and around 3,400 bottles available to please just about any palate.

Of course, no one can live on wine alone, and PY guests with appetites for big servings and bold wines lean toward the 22-ounce, USDA prime cut Cowboy Ribeye, rubbed with Del Bac Whiskey and dry aged in-house for 25-30 days, served with a California Cab to complement the complex flavors. Those interested in leaving more room for more wine opt for the center cut filet mignon (11 or 7 ounces) with a rich pinot noir or the always-fresh halibut (delivered within 72 hours of being caught) with a crisp sauvignon blanc. “Chef Ryan Clark focuses on incorporating the highest quality ingredients, including seasonal produce from local purveyors and Southern Arizona beef from ranches like Double Check, Black Mesa or Hayden Mills whenever possible,” notes Aspery. These ingredients are showcased in the ever-popular, constantly changing Chef’s Menu — a five- or eight-course menu with wine pairings customized to guests’ tastes.

With 16 sommeliers of different levels across eight dining outlets, wine is celebrated, honored, taught, and promoted in a number of ways throughout the Casino del Sol property. On Wine Wednesdays, Players Club members may take home several bottles of wine from a selected offering. Members of culinary teams may attend introductory level sommelier classes on property. For the last five years, Casino Del Sol hosted the Court of Master Sommeliers. At this event, nearly 80 people from around the country attend two days of lectures, take introductory testing, and complete certification evaluation to become sommeliers. Staff members receive training for 16 weeks to prepare for the Court. It’s fair to say, and Wine Spectator agrees, that Casino Del Sol’s PY Steakhouse is a win-win for fans of the fermented grape.

Casino Del Sol Resort 5655 W. Valencia Road (520) 324-9350 www.casinodelsol.com

The Grill at Hacienda del Sol — BEST OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Herb Garlic Rack of Lamb with parsnip potato purée, haricot verts, baby carrot, lamb bordelaise and purple potato chip from The Grill at Hacienda del Sol. Paired with Pascal Jolivet Sancerre from Loire Valley, France 2018. Photo by James Patrick.

Enjoying Tucson’s longest concurrent (21-year) run on the Wine Spectator list with a Best of Award of Excellence, The Grill at Hacienda del Sol hasn’t missed a beat or a season of offering one of the most comprehensive and refined wine selections in the city. Of course, it helps that Owner/General Manager Tom Firth is a former executive chef and current wine connoisseur. Firth and Director of Wine and Spirits John Kulikowski are passionate about exploring a variety of wines from around the world, with guests’ preferences in mind. The team’s dedication to sharing all things grape is demonstrated by regular wine events and tastings. Adding to the talent and the deep well of knowledge offered by the two are usually at least three sommeliers on staff — drawn there to expand their knowledge of, and experience with, the myriad vintages available.

On hand at The Grill are approximately 750 labels and an inventory of 4,800 bottles of wine. Wine Spectator notes offerings of California, French, and Italian wines as the strengths of the list. The Hacienda del Sol wine cellar is a temporary home to varietals with origins ranging from Chile’s Biobío Valley, to Bordeaux, France, and even Arizona and Maine. Kulikowski is quick to point out the popularity of West Coast wines, “Since we are ‘The Grill,’ California cabernets are in high demand. They pair perfectly with wood-fired steaks. French Bordeauxs and Italian Barolos also are often requested,” he explains. He also notes that red wines outsell whites three to one, leaning on heavier styles like cabernets, syrahs and merlots. Red and white Arizona wines have a strong presence at the pour. “The Arizona selection varies, but always includes vintages by Callaghan, Chateau Tumbleweed, and Dos Cabezas. Many visitors want to try our local wines,” Kulikowski elaborates.

The Grill at Hacienda del Sol serves New American cuisine imagined by Executive Chef Bruce Yim. His inspiration for each seasonal menu is based on ingredients available in the property’s chef’s garden and from local purveyors. “My team and I collaborate on dishes that will please yet push our guests’ culinary comfort zone,” says Yim. Some of the most oft-ordered pairings are the mesquite-grilled New York steak with smoked tomato demiglace, nasturtium butter, asparagus, and truffled fingerling potato fries with Caymus Cabernet (Napa Valley); or large sea scallops over chickpea purée, with Roma tomato ragout, gremolata, and roasted summer squash with Sancerre (Loire Valley, France).

Every night of the week, guests can enjoy a glass of wine and live music at Terazza Bar & Grill, the patio extension of The Grill. Fun fact: If you were to try a different wine each night of the week, every week of the year, it would take just under three years to try all the wines in the cellar! Or, check out Hacienda del Sol Resort’s Special Events page to learn about seasonal wine events and tastings: Haciendadelsol.com/events.

Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort 5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road 529-3500 Haciendadelsol.com

Painting the Town

PHOTOS SUPPLIED BY JACK KULAWIK AND ERIC HINOTE

Private Space II

A vignette from a barrio dwelling, this work was the beginning of my painting local scenes and adding colors that actually might not be there. That technique helps me to tell the story of how I feel about a place, rather than trying to exactly replicate it.

 

 

First Light

The Four Seasons in North Scottsdale commissioned this painting of Pinnacle Peak, and it has become one of my gallery’s most-popular images. In preparation for painting, my husband Miro and I spent the night at the hotel and began photographing at dawn to ensure we would capture the moment when the first light illuminated the top of the peak.

 

 

 

Greek Table

A painting trip to Greece in 1993 changed my life. It prompted me to sell my sports marketing company and become a full-time artist. I have never regretted that decision, and still get as excited about a blank canvas as I did all those years ago. Six years after that trip, Madaras Gallery opened.

 

 

 

 

 

Fly Me to the Moon

The Spirit Animal collection is my first extensive series, and creating these images has been joyous. I committed to painting 20 spirit animals to celebrate the gallery’s 20th anniversary, and have now completed 25. More are on the drawing board. Each one has five common elements including a tattoo. The original paintings are sold, so we now offer the entire collection in canvases, prints, coasters and ornaments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funky Cow Medina

This painting represented a breakthrough for me. For the first time, I gave myself permission to play and experiment, rather than trying to re-create a life-like scene. Having my own Gallery has afforded me the freedom to explore, whereas oftentimes, if an artist is successful with a certain look, the gallery will insist they continue to create in that style.

 

 

Afternoon Sun

One of 80 paintings selected as an award winner out of more than 1,000 entries in the Western Federation Show in 1998, held at the Tucson Museum of Art. This award helped give me the confidence to open my gallery.

 

 

 

Saguaro Matisse

This is the fourth painting I have done in the style of the masters, using subject matter I frequently paint. Preceding this were Saguaro Matisse, Saguaro Nieto, Saguaro Picasso, Saguaro Klee and most recently, Wildcat Picasso.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maui

A commissioned painting, this portrait incorporates the bird’s feathers and eggshells. The mixed media work later received national acclaim and was included in a book on the Best of Acrylic.

 

 

 

King of Sandibe

This was the first painting I finished after returning from a three-week African safari. I was sent there by Destination Southern Africa to shoot photo reference for a show to benefit charities in Africa and Tucson. This painting raised $10,000 for the charities, and it embodies the spirit of giving back that is a part of my gallery’s culture.

 


Meet Diana Madaras

Madaras earned a master’s degree from the University of Arizona in 1977. Before opening her art galleries, she operated a high-profile sports marketing company in Tucson, promoting major sporting events including LPGA and PGA golf tournaments. A month-long painting trip to Greece in 1993 changed her life, prompting her to sell her marketing company and devote her career to painting.

Her art has appeared on the covers of nine magazines, including Art Book of the West, The American Veterinary Hospital Journal, and Tucson Lifestyle. Her coffee table book Private Spaces includes 152 of her works, and her newest book, The Colors of Tucson, is a tour of “The Old Pueblo” through her imaginative paintings.

Madaras has completed commissions for all of the major resorts in Tucson, along with eight paintings for the estate of a former President of Mexico.

She is founder and president of the nonprofit Art for Animals Foundation, which has raised more than $200,000 to help abused, injured and orphaned animals. For the past several years, she has concentrated her fundraising efforts on the Tucson Wildlife Center and was the chair of their benefit in 2018. The event raised enough money to hire dedicated veterinarians for the first time in the Center’s 20-year history.

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Light It Up

SCOTT BARKER

A new exhibition at the Center for Creative Photography demonstrates how one gallery in New York City revolutionized the way we view photography.

Garry Winogrand, New York City, 1968, gelatin silver print, 20 x 25 cm. Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Purchase. © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

The year 1971 was a time for groundbreaking cultural changes, ranging from the airing of the first episode of Norman Lear’s beloved sitcom All in the Family, the first visitors entering the futuristic Walt Disney World, to the opening of LIGHT Gallery in New York City.

That last event may have gone unnoticed by much of the nation, but it caused a sea change in photography, the ripples from which still are being felt today. And starting this month, visitors to the Center of Creative Photography (CCP) will get to experience that splash for themselves.

CCP Chief Curator Becky Senf sums up why LIGHT started a revolution: “For a long time there had been a notion that photography wasn’t art because you used a camera, which was a

Photo Souja, Tennyson Schad, 1972. Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona: LIGHT Gallery Archive

machine, and so anything made with a machine clearly was not an art. And the LIGHT Gallery had a mission to change people’s perception of what photography would be.”

From 1971 until 1987, LIGHT showcased the works of some of the best photographers of the 20th century. “Two who were mainstays were Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan,” explains Senf. “They benefited tremendously from having an institution that was dedicated to the sale of contemporary photography. But also people like Robert Mapplethorpe had his first gallery exhibition at LIGHT, and the gallery sold the work of Paul Strand and André Kertész. In later years, the gallery represented Ansel Adams. Because he was so famous and established, the money from the sale of his works allowed the gallery to show all kinds of young, new photographers who weren’t going to sell that much, but needed that kind of exposure to further their careers.”

The first director for LIGHT was Harold Jones, who previously had worked at the George Eastman House (now the George Eastman Museum). In 1974, Ansel Adams had an exhibition at the University of Arizona, and UA President John Schaefer asked Adams if he would give his archives to the university, instead of donating them to the Bancroft Library at Cal Berkeley. He ultimately agreed, but only if the archives included all of his related materials (negatives, biographical information, syllabi, etc.), and he had one other condition. According to Senf, Adams said, “‘If you want to put me in a photographic context, I would like to talk with you about that. The Bancroft sees me as an environmentalist, and I am that, but even more, I am a photographer.’”

Adams was good friends with Beaumont Newhall, who had been Harold Jones’ boss at the George Eastman House, and Newhall suggested that Dr. Schaefer speak with Jones about which photographers to include at the new center. One thing led to another, and Jones was hired to be the director of CCP. He brought his concepts that worked so well at LIGHT to CCP.

BD Vidibor, untitled, gelatin silver print, 17.8 x 27.6 cm. Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Gift of BD Vidibor. © BD Vidibor

Now, these 40-plus years later, CCP has the archives from LIGHT, and the exhibit debuting this month — called The Qualities of LIGHT: The Story of a Pioneering New York City Photography Gallery — will allow everyone to experience a bit of what that gallery was like. “Rather than simply exhibiting the photographers who showed there,” says Senf, “I wanted an exhibition that would suggest to the audience what were the significant qualities of this institution that made it so impactful and central to this culture-wide change in how we understand photography. And so the exhibition is organized around these five qualities: Possibility, that the gallery made it seem like a career as a photographer was a possibility, and they did that by setting higher prices and creating a space that really validated the medium. Community, the way in which the community felt that it had a home base at this institution, and it was a place where they could come together and feel the support of people who believed the same thing they did. The third section is called Fearless, because it was an innovative space that was willing to take all kinds of risks in how it approached what they showed, whom they showed, and how they showed. Transparent is the fourth section, which is about LIGHT being a space for learning, and the way in which it welcomed people and created an educational opportunity to better understand the medium. And the final section is Commitment. It’s about the way in which the gallery took its relationship with its artists seriously, and felt that how the gallery would be successful was committing itself to the support of the artists, and trying to transform their experience through the gallery by providing exclusive representation that offered meaningful financial support.”

TOP: Mickey Pallas, Victor Schrager, Director of LIGHT Gallery, at 724 Fifth Avenue, ca. 1976. Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona: LIGHT Gallery Archive. © Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona Foundation

Visitors to the exhibit will see a wide range of images from the archives, as well as documents, models of the galleries, and loans of photographs from current galleries that were heavily influenced by LIGHT. “We also have a great audio guide,” Senf notes. “It’s the first time that the center has done one, and you’re going to hear the voices of the people that I interviewed in my research, talking about their experiences visiting the gallery or showing their work there.”

Anyone expecting to see something conventional, staid, or dated should take note: “It’s a very unusual show for the CCP, but you can’t take this innovative, forwardthinking, risk-embracing institution, and then do a boring, safe show,” sums up Senf. “That wouldn’t make any sense. It felt really important to honor that ethos of experimentation and boldness in the way that we treated the exhibition.

Meet CCP Director Anne Breckenridge Barrett

There’s a lot going on at the Center for Creative Photography, and we asked Barrett to update us on how she came to be the director, and what visitors to the center can look forward to in the near future.

How did your interest in photography begin?

I went to Interlochen Arts Academy, a boarding school for the arts in high school, and from a very early age I was immersed in the fine arts. I ended up majoring in photography and art history at NYU and American University. It was during this time in New York City that my love of photography was born. The late ’80s and early ’90s were an incredible time for art making in New York, and I soaked up all I could. Personally, my work concentrated on photo essays documenting the lower east side and Bowery as those neighborhoods were declining — long before gentrification set in.

What brought you to Tucson?

A hundred thousand fine prints representing more than 2000 artists, 8 million archival objects representing the life’s work of over 270 artists, all housed in the premier institution for photography in North America! Also, there is no place like Tucson, and I have my husband to thank for introducing me to this perfect place to call home. He was born and raised in Tucson, as was his father, and after living and working in museums back East for many years, I was lucky enough to meet him in law school and we decided to come West after graduating. We lived in Tucson for 10 years, and then moved to Chicago, where I served as the Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. But then, as luck would have it, a leadership position opened up at the CCP, and I was able to return to Tucson and engage in the work I love in the place I have grown to call home.

What changes are ahead for CCP?

There are so many exciting things on the horizon. Our priorities as an institution are: investment, engagement, and access, and over the past two years we have made solid strides in each area. Recently we brought in the largest acquisition since the center was founded and celebrated a wonderful night with the artist David Hume Kennerly, in a discussion with Jon Meacham. Going forward, we will break ground on a new interdisciplinary gallery where our collection will be integrated into the curriculum of students across all disciplines at the University of Arizona, and where the public will experience innovative ways of interacting with the collection. We are consistently growing our membership program, and have taken our members on wonderful trips to New York, Paris and Carmel, California, where we attend art fairs, enjoy behindthe- scenes experiences relevant to photography and fine art, and deepen our sense of community. I formed a leadership giving circle earlier this year and I am full of gratitude for the support shown by members of the Tucson community who believe in our mission and trajectory. I am also humbled and grateful to work with the new Vice President for the Arts, Andy Schultz, who is creating the Arizona Arts division to align with UA President Robbins’s strategic plan for the University. It is truly an incredible time for the arts here at the university.

What are the plans for the David Hume Kennerly archive?

The David Hume Kennerly archive will serve students and the public for generations to come. Visiting scholars, UA faculty and students, curators, and artists will have the opportunity to engage with one of the most important photojournalism archives of the 20th and 21st centuries by connecting the archive to areas of student activity across campus. From journalism, political science, history and more, the Kennerly Archive will become a key component of the CCP’s interdisciplinary offerings. The current exhibition in Old Main will remain there for the next year, and in the summer of 2020, we will use the archive in an interdisciplinary exhibition exploring photojournalism and politics, focusing on its enduring impact on how we document our history and culture. This exhibition will, of course, be very timely given the presidential campaign of 2020.

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Goes With the Territorial

Keeping what was good, and updating what was outdated, was the mission of this makeover.

Romi Carrell Wittman

The late 1970s — the era of shag carpet, laminate countertops, and avocado green appliances — saw a boom in territorial revival homes. An architectural style born in the desert Southwest during the 1930s, territorial revival is known for its blend of Anglo- American building design with regional influences like adobe brick construction, low, flat roofs, wooden vigas, and sash windows. You can spot these beautiful and distinctive homes throughout Tucson by their iconic rectangular shape with stucco or adobe brick façades.

Michelle Carnes, ASID, vice president and senior designer with Dorado Designs, a Tucson-based design-build firm, was called upon to bring one of these 1970s gems up to date. The 3,600-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath home, located near the Omni Tucson National Resort, had what designers call “good bones,” but it needed freshening up.

Although the homeowners wanted to modernize, they didn’t want to lose the home’s architectural flavor or character. “We talked in quite a bit of detail,” Carnes says. “They wanted a modern twist and an airy feel. We termed the design ‘modern territorial.’”

Like many homes of that era, the interior was dark and closed off. Though the home boasted several skylights and many expansive windows, the dark saltillo tile flooring and exposed brick seemed to absorb all the light.

Carnes’ design retained the original footprint of the home, but opened up some of the interior spaces to create a great room, giving the home a better flow.

One large room originally was divided into two areas, with one serving as a dining room, which was too far from the kitchen to be truly functional. Carnes had the dividing wall removed, exposing a hidden beamed ceiling, and turning the room into an open living room. It became the perfect location for the homeowners’ piano. “Cubby holes” made an ideal spot for books and items from their art collection.

Carnes revamped the kitchen so it is modern, comfortable and functional. The clients love open shelving, but wanted it to tie in with the overall style of the home. Carnes chose cabinetry in three different finishes to provide visual interest. White textured bead board creates a simple, but dramatic contrast both in the built-in hutch and the open shelving.

As Carnes points out, combining different textures and finishes in the kitchen while utilizing modern and traditional lines instills character in a typical functional space. “Several different focal points, from the island drawer detail, to the built-in custom hutch, to the rustic beam above the sink, help the space to seem comfortable and well thought out.”

 

 

The kitchen island presented a fun challenge for Carnes. She designed it so it’s intentionally off-center, thus making room for better traffic flow in the kitchen. “I needed to find a way to make it look centered even though it’s asymmetrical.” The solution presented itself in the form of the starburst light fixture that hangs over the island. “The starburst is centered on the sink, so your eye can ‘find the center,’” she explains.

Carnes tore out the home’s existing flooring, which was a mélange of saltillo tile, carpet and ceramic tile, and replaced it with poured concrete that’s consistent throughout the home.

Next she painted the exposed brick to brighten the interior. New exterior doors and windows were selected to continue the modern upgrades. “We updated everything down to the switch plates and only kept the master tub and door handles,” Carnes says. Last, but not least, she sourced new furnishings and artwork for the home.

That attention to detail extends to the backyard as well. The previous patio was too short and let in too much sun and heat to be functional. Carnes extended the patio, constructed a large fire pit and created comfortable seating and dining areas.

 

The driveway got a makeover with brick pavers; new garage doors were installed, and the front door was refurbished to maintain a consistent style with the home.

All in all, from the design phase to completion, the project took about seven months. The homeowners had traveled to Colorado during the construction phase and hadn’t seen the home as the project progressed.

“They didn’t come back once to check in,” Carnes notes. “They trusted us.”

The homeowners saw their “new” home for the first time when they stopped by during the final touch-up phase. “We were all there, and it was like an HGTV reveal,” Carnes says. “Every time the homeowner turned the corner, she kept saying, ‘Wow!’ She and her husband couldn’t believe it was the same house.”

Carnes enjoyed the clients and the project from beginning to end. “I do my best work when the clients trust me. I get to hone in on my intuition while staying in tune with their personal integrity, and create something that is thoughtful and original,” she concludes. “On this project, I was allowed that freedom and I put my heart and soul into it.”

Carnes revamped the kitchen so it is modern, comfortable and functional. The clients love open shelving, but wanted it to tie in with the overall style of the home.

Natural light, and the sleek vanity, shower and soaking tub add to this master bath’s luxurious feel.

A bold-tiled barbecue and area rug in slate blue, along with textured furniture, concrete flooring and a fire feature, make this outdoor area a well-thought out extension of the home’s living space.

Source:

Michelle Carnes, ASID, Dorado Designs, DoradoDesigns.com

The Pros Who Know: Citrus State of Mind

Desert Treasures Citrus Groves has been a Tucson treasure since 1947, when local residents could purchase fresh citrus and dates directly from the original 25-acre parcel located along Orange Grove Road. The property experienced a renaissance when it was purchased by Peter Larsen in 1972. He sold his products to local residents and wholesale customers.

PHOTOS BY THOMAS VENEKLASEN

The family tradition has continued through the second and third generations — son-in-law Chris Duggan and grandson Liam Duggan. More than 30 varieties of citrus and, more recently, dates are grown on the remaining ten acres and are offered seasonally at local farmers markets.

Tips & Trends

• White Marsh grapefruit is most prolific and available through most of the year, as they stay on the tree throughout the year, their sweetness improves over time. The Ruby Red grapefruit is prized for its dark pink flesh.

• Blood oranges, such as Sanguinelli, Moro and Tarocco, are the most requested orange, known for their deep red skin and flesh.

• Unusual hybrids have been developed, such as Mineola tangelos, Temple and Ortanique tangors that are prized for their juice content and tangy flavor.

• Mandarins are very popular. Dancy, Gold Nuggets, Murcotts, Kinnows, Honey, Fairchild and Daisy can be found early in the season.

• Unique and specialty citrus varieties, which are difficult to find in grocery store, include kumquats, limequats, mandarinquats, cocktail grapefruit, and pomelos.

• Navel oranges are sweet and seedless favorites that arrive early on the market. Cara Cara is a sought-after pink hybrid navel.

• Arizona Sweets and Diller Oranges are the most popular.

 

Sources:

Oro Valley Farmers Market and Rillito Park Farmers Market, www.heirloomfm.org

 

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