Sunshine Shop: Leona Caldwell from the Family Archives & David Adix • Deep-dive Tucson’s Vintage Bars & Lounges

FRI: 10/4 – SUN: 10/13

LOCATION: Sunshine Shop Tucson: 2934 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson AZ 85716 located in THPF’s Historic Hirsh’s Shoes Bldg

Leona Caldwell was a noted figure in Arizona’s modernist craft movement. Based in Scottsdale, her work celebrated cultural themes and graphics of the southwest. Born Leona Holly on May 31, 1912 - on a farm near Peoria, Arizona - she was the first of five children born to Bob and Bessie Holly. Leona married Ralph W. Caldwell, Jr. in 1933. During WWII she attended the Arizona State Teachers College, located in Tempe, to study art. Following her husband's death in 1954, Leona established a ceramic studio in Phoenix, which she later expanded. Leona Caldwell Originals, her retail shop, was opened in the respected Kiva Craft Center on Fifth Avenue in Scottsdale. Leona Caldwell became a central figure in the Scottsdale modern craft movement - which included Lloyd Kiva, Charles Loloma, Paolo Soleri, and many others. She created ceramic jewelry and garments silkscreened with original designs inspired by Hohokam artifacts, animals, and plants of the Southwestern desert. Leona Caldwell retired in 1978, and died April 19, 2003.  This exhibition and sale features work from the Leona Caldwell Family Archives. 

Contemporary artist David Adix reinterprets the historic bars of his Tucson hometown. Not just any, but neighborhoody ones which meet his aesthetic criteria – aged 30+ years, locally-owned, and frequented by our community - with each residing in the mid-town / university areas. Inspired by the shapes, lines & colors of each building, David’s formalist abstraction has found a perfect muse.

Opening: October 4, 5:30 - 7:30 

Exhibition: October 5 – November 17, 2019

Thursday - Saturday 10:00AM - 4:00PM • Sunday 10:00AM - 2:00PM

by appointment 520-389-4776 

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