Saturday, February 28, 2015 A
We Arrive in Tucson!

Ever such relief and gratitude after getting in the hotel room!

Has it been that long since I made those scary curves coming out of Yuma? Three years. I hope I didn't frustrated the more seasoned drivers by my slow speeds.

I didn't remember Dateland seeming so far away. It was a good place for relief. Bottled tea and organic potato chips, and, yes, dates! They aren't as fresh and soft as the ones we get in Old Town, but they'll do.

Julia took over driving after that. Her new double-vision preventing glasses were very helpful. I was supposed to have taken over driving, but we never found a rest area Julia thought hopeful. (Note of March 4, 2015, "Sunshine Blvd" is the spot.)

So she drove all the way to our exit 257. The little screen capture from Google maps showed the hotel as being very near. However, I'd read it wrong. That right turn after exiting the freeway brought us in the wrong direction. By the time I saw "Silverbell", I knew we were quite a way from "Stone". Fortunately, I saw an Albertson's grocery store there. At last our very full bladders had relief, and a helpful clerk showed us the enlarged map via his phone.

I adjusted the car seats and finally got going the correct direction on Speedway and found Stone. But by the time I'd driven by where I used to work in Tucson many years ago, I was quite certain that once again, I'd aimed us in the wrong direction! It wasn't that hard to rectify, though. We finally got in our hotel room about 10:20pm! "Only" five hours and twenty minutes after we'd left Yuma.

This hotel, which I'd selected for nearness to the art museum and the concert venue, is also near to something else: train tracks! We were so weary, we slept right through the train traffic, though.

I wake, again grateful to have safely arrived.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 B
After Breakfast

Good "free" breakfast: two eggs sunny side up, hash browns and (horror!) bacon. (Sorry, piggy, you were tasty.) I gave Julia my pancakes so she had double pancakes and I ate some of her fruit cup.

The hotel lobby has a Windows XP era computer in the lobby. After hunting for directions to the Seven Cups tea house, I enjoyed looking up old journal entries of mine. It was seven years ago that we'd done the last weekend trip to Tucson. Interesting to note, then as now, Julia drove all the way in after the first rest stop. This time we aim to see the Museum of Art, go to the Tea House and enjoy the Desert Voices concert.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 C
What a Feast for the Soul!

Our adventure began poorly. We got a slightly late start to the museum vist because I wanted to finish watching something on PBS. Christiane Northrup energetically encouraged her listeners to get off their rumps ten minutes of every sixty minutes. (We'll see how well I do with that!)

The late start meant the art museum parking lot was full. What to do? Roadside parking was only for two hours. So I figured we'd bit the bullet and do a five dollar, no time limit lot. Alas, dang charge machine ate my card. Or let's just say it got its teeth on it very firmly and WOULD NOT LET GO!!

We sought the aid of a strong young man. He couldn't pull it out, either. Eventually, an older man came along, who was wanting to park there for a wedding. He didn't have pliers, but he had a pocket knife and somehow he dislodged the card. (Later, we discovered road side parking is free on the weekends!)

Julia thought we ought to test the card right away, so we used it for museum entrance. Amazingly, dent and all, it works!

I was so thrilled, AM so thrilled! The museum now allows photographed without flash! So I snapped up all I cared to. Most memorable is "Chez Bellany", a family portrait including the artist:

Self Portrait (Chez Moi), 1987
John Bellany, Scottish, 1942-2013
Oil on canvas
Kasser Mochary Collection,
"The Figure Examined", at Tucson Museum of Art

All their expressions! I'm guessing the guy upper left is the artist:

And Gauguin sculptures! I didn't know Gauguin also sculpted:

Hina, 1892
Paul Gauguin (French, 1848-1903)
Bronze, 9/20, posthumous cast 1975
Kasser Mochary Collection,
"The Figure Examined", at Tucson Museum of Art

And the huge monumental Rodin!

Adam, 1881
Auguste Rodin, French, 1840-1917
Bronze, 8/12, posthumous cast 1970 Kasser Mochary Collection,
"The Figure Examined", at Tucson Museum of Art

Henry Moore did a small, but monumental in feel couple "portrait" that has a somewhat Egyptian feel:

Two Seated Figures against Wall, 1960
Henry Moore, British, 1898-1986
Bronze, 1/12
Kasser Mochary Collection,
"The Figure Examined", at Tucson Museum of Art

Another area of the museum held Pre-Columbian sculpture, found in tombs like ancient Egyptian pieces. Several had their mouths open for singing:

Colima Style Hunchback
Red-slipped clay, burnished, with manganese spotting
Shaft Tomb Tradition, 200 BCE-200 CE
West Coast Mexico, State of Colima
Bequest from the Estate of Edward D. Jacobson, TMA #2006.7.1

One even had her hand up to her ear, to check her tonal quality:

Seated Female Figure
Shaft Tomb Tradition, 100 BCE-250 CE
West Mexico, State of Jalisco
Virginia Johnson Fund, TMA #1994.14

Okay, she could possibly be a storyteller, rather than a singer. (And then there's the songs that tell stories.)

On exiting, I saw the huge Alan Houser sculpture of the seated person singing. (I'm pleased to say I knew it was an Houser before I read the info card.)

Prayer Song, 1983
Alan Houser (Haozous), Chiricahua Apache, 1914-1994
Bronze edition of 3
From the Private collection of Tia

I've also seen Houser's "Earth Song" at the Heard Museum, and "The Hunter" at the Museum of Northern Arizona

Photos by Joan Ann Lansberry, ©2015

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