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Road Trip Labor Day Weekend 2018 Part III

09/01/2018

Road Trip Labor Day Weekend 2018 Part III

For Labor Day Weekend we decided to get out of the valley and head north to the Grand Canyon. This is Part III.

 

Grandview Point
We arrived at Grandview Point early Sunday morning before the sun appeared. Below is that early morning view, looking northeast.

Before Sunrise At Grandview Point – Sunday, 5:48 AM

Below is that magic moment as the sun begins a new day at the Grand Canyon.

Grandview Point Sunset – Sunday, 6:04 AM

A few moments later as morning’s first light reaches the temples and the sky becomes a brighter shade of blue.

Sunrise From Grandview Point – Sunday, 06:17 AM

 

Grand Canyon Village
Grand Canyon Village is where you find most of the tourist, but in the morning you normally miss the crowds. Our first stop is at the Harvey House Cafe at the Bright Angel Lodge, which is our favorite place for breakfast at the Canyon. Like usual we sit at a booth with a window view of the canyon and share the Bright Angel Breakfast (scrambled eggs, bacon, hashbrowns and toast) plus coffee. The lodge was build in 1935 and is located on the edge of the canyon. It was designed by architect Mary Jane Colter. Below is the view of Lookout Studio after you exit the canyon side of the lodge. A few hours later, and all of the view points at the studio will be full of tourist enjoying the view and taking selfies.

Morning View Of Lookout Studio, Sunday 08:11 AM

This view is from the Rim Trail, near Bright Angel Lodge. The trees you see below is the Indian Garden Campground and is about 4.8 miles from Grand Canyon Village using the Bright Angel Trail. The Bright Angel Trail is the most popular trail on the South Rim and takes you to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The trail to the left of Indian Garden is the Plateau Point Trail.

Morning Canyon Shadows – Sunday, 08:21 AM

Enjoying a quiet moment along the Rim Trail between the Bright Angel Lodge and the El Tovar Hotel.

Enjoying A Canyon Moment – Sunday 8:49 AM

The Trip Back
For our trip back we take the less traveled route, south on State Route 64 to Williams, west on Interstate 40 to Ash Fork, south on State Route 89 thru Prescott, Peeples Valley, Yarnell and Congress, south on U.S. Route 93 to Wickenburg, south on U.S. Route 60 to Surprise, then South on the 303 toward Interstate 10. Below is a view of Peeples Valley. Peeples Valley was named after prospector A. H. Peeples.

Passing Thru Peeples Valley – Sunday, 12:21 PM

End Of Part III
This is the end of our road trip, hope you enjoyed it. 🙂

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Road Trip Labor Day Weekend 2018 – Part II

09/01/2018

Road Trip Labor Day Weekend 2018 Part II

For Labor Day Weekend we decided to get out of the valley and head north to the Grand Canyon. This is Part II.

 

South Rim Grand Canyon
More images from Grandview Point, as the storms continue to come and go we have a front row seat. This view is looking toward the northeast, with the Vishnu Temple on the left and the Colorado River in the center.

Dark Clouds And Rain Over The Canyon – Saturday, 3:04 PM

A view from Moran Point looking toward the west. The overlook is named after Thomas Moran, an American landscape painter.

Sun Rays From Moran Point – Saturday, 4:45 PM

 

Kaibab National Forest
The Kaibab National Forest borders both the north and south rims of the Grand Canyon. Our camping spot for Saturday night was near the Grandview Lookout Tower, which is located in the Kaibab National Forest. The steel lookout tower was built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The site is also a trailhead for the Arizona Trail. Below is a view to of the canyon from the Grandview Lookout Tower.

Canyon View From Grandview, Saturday 6:16 PM

A rainbow from the Grandview Lookout Tower, looking Southeast.

Rainbow View From Grandview – Saturday, 6:29 PM

Sunset from the Grandview Lookout Tower.

Grandview Sunset – Saturday, 6:44 PM

A view to the west from the Grandview Lookout Tower a few minutes after sunset.

Kaibab Thunderstorm – Saturday, 7:03 PM

A very early morning view of the Grandview Lookout Tower under the stars. If you look close, you can see the sign for the Arizona Trail.

Grandview Lookout Tower Under The Stars – Sunday 5:14 AM

End Of Part II
The is the end of part two, hope to have you back for the third and final part. 🙂

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Road Trip Labor Day Weekend 2018 – Part I

09/01/2018

Road Trip Labor Day Weekend 2018 – Part I

For the Labor Day Weekend we decided to take a Road Trip and head north to the Grand Canyon. Our first stop early Saturday morning was Starbucks, Blonde Flat White with whole milk for Connie, and a dark roast with room for cream for me. Plus we had our collection of road trip snacks. From the West Valley it’s the 303 freeway to the I-17 north.

 

I-17 North of Black Canyon City
Just past the Sunset Point rest stop exit we stopped for a moment to enjoy the early morning light. West of Sunset Point lie the Bradshaw Mountains, named for the brothers Issac and William D. Bradshaw. Before that they were known as the Silver Mountain Range.

Clouds Over Sunset Point – 6:27 AM

 

Sedona
We exited I-17 at State Route 179 for Sedona. The other reason for our trip was to stop by the Sedona Arts Center and drop of a few pieces of artwork for their First Friday reception in September. Below is the view as we arrived into Sedona, the roads were still wet from a recent thundershower.

Entering Red Rock Country – 7:27 AM

Below is the view of Wilson Mountain and Steamboat Rock from Oak Creek near the Tlaquepaquae Arts & Crafts Village.

Oak Creek Full Of Green – 7:59 AM

We arrived early into Sedona, giving us a little time to enjoy a few places before the Sedona Arts Center opened. Below is the view from the Red Rock Loop Road before heading to the Wildflower Bread Company in Uptown Sedona for a breakfast sandwich on a double toasted sesame seed bagel.

Thru The Trees To Cathedral Rock – 8:16 AM

 

Flagstaff
After leaving the Sedona Arts Center we headed north on State Route 89A thru Oak Creek Canyon toward Flagstaff. Below is a view of the San Francisco Peaks (highest point in Arizona) from U.S. Route 180 after stopping in Flagstaff for gas. It’s normally best to avoid paying for gas the closer you get to the Grand Canyon.

Summer Wildflowers – 11:33 AM

Below is another view of the San Francisco Peaks from U.S. Route 180, looking southeast on our way north to State Route 64.

Scenic Drive By The Peaks – 12:37 PM

 

South Rim Grand Canyon
This is the view as we pulled into Grandview Point (looking northwest), 12 miles west of Grand Canyon Village along Desert View Drive. Before the construction of the El Tovar Lodge, Grandview was the first place along the rim to be developed for tourists, a hotel was built in 1895, but was only in operation for a few years.

Grandview Storm – 2:24 PM

Save view after the rain.

Oak Creek Full Of Green – 2:57 PM

End Of Part I
This is the end of part one, hope to have part two finished soon. 🙂

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A O Tucker Calendar Update 08/29/2018

11/20/2018

A O Tucker Calendar Update

Ghost Owl Portrait Dos – Limited Edition

 

Get Out And Support The Arts And Become An Art Collector!

Above is “Ghost Owl Portrait Dos” and is one of the pieces we will have on display at the Sedona Arts Center as part of their Featured Artist Exhibit from 09/07 /2018 thru 10/30/2018. The opening reception is Friday, September 7th, 5pm – 8pm, with a 2nd reception on October 5th, 5pm – 8pm.

Exhibits that are currently on display, or will be in the future:

  • 07/01/2018 – Multi-Artist Exhibit – Cox Media Headquarters (3rd Quarter 2018) Phoenix, AZ
  • 08/01/2018 – Arizona Highways “Solo Exhibit” (08/01 – 09/30) Phoenix, AZ
  • 08/03/2018 – Herberger “The Art of Architecture” (08/03 – 09/04) Phoenix, AZ – Reception 08/03, 5:30-7pm
  • 08/27/2018 – Surprise City Hall  “Through the Lens: An Exhibition of Photography” (08/27 – 11/01) Surprise, AZ
  • 08/28/2018 – Shemer Art Center “Beloved Beasts” (08/28 – 10/04) Phoenix, AZ – Reception 08/30, 6-8pm
  • 09/07/2018 – Herberger “Sunrise or Sunset” (09/07 – 10/30) Phoenix, AZ – Reception 09/07, 5:30-7pm
  • 09/07/2018 – Featured Artist – Sedona Arts Center (09/07 – 10/30) Sedona, AZ – Reception 09/07 & 10/05, 5-8pm
  • 11/02/2018 – Herberger “Trees or the Furry Animals That Make Them Home” (11/02 – 12/04) Phoenix, AZ – Reception 11/02, 5:30-7pm
  • 12/07/2018 – Herberger “Arizona Landscapes” (12/07 – 01/30/2019) Phoenix, AZ – Reception 12/07, 5:30-7pm
  • 01/13/2020 – ASU Vault Gallery “Solo Exhibit” (01/13 – 05/09/2020)

Exhibits we are curating:

  • 08/03/2018 – Herberger “The Art of Architecture” (08/03 – 09/04) Phoenix, AZ – Reception 08/03, 5:30-7pm
  • 09/07/2018 – Herberger “Sunrise or Sunset” (09/07 – 10/30) Phoenix, AZ – Reception 09/07, 5:30-7pm
  • 11/02/2018 – Herberger “Trees or the Furry Animals That Make Them Home” (11/02 – 12/04) Phoenix, AZ – Reception 11/02, 5:30-7pm
  • 12/07/2018 – Herberger “Arizona Landscapes” (12/07 – 01/30/2019) Phoenix, AZ – Reception 12/07, 5:30-7pm

Galleries and gift shops:

  • Art Under The Arches – Ajo AZ
  • Herberger Gift Shop – Phoenix AZ
  • Shemer Art Center – Phoenix AZ
  • Sedona Arts Center – Sedona AZ
  • Tucson Museum Of Art – Tucson AZ
  • Tubac Center of the Arts Gift Shop – Tubac AZ
  • Visitors Center at the Phoenix Conventions Center – Phoenix AZ
  • Xanadu On-Line Gallery – Scottsdale AZ

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A O Tucker Calendar Update 11/20/2017

11/20/2017

A O Tucker Calendar Update

Morning Breaks Over Four Peaks

 

 

Get Out And Support The Arts And Become An Art Collector!

Above is “Morning Breaks Over Four Peaks” and is one of the pieces we will have on display at the “Herberger Theater Invitational” Exhibit at the Herberger Theater and at the Heaven Art Gallery in Scottsdale. The opening reception is Friday, December 1st, 5:30pm – 7pm for the Herberger event. The exhibit for the Heaven Art Gallery will also begin on December 1st.

Exhibits that are currently on display, or will be in the future:

  • 12/01/2017 – Herberger “Herberger Theater Invitational” (12/01 – 01/01) Phoenix, AZ – Reception 12/01 5:30-7pm
  • 01/05/2018 – Dual Solo Exhibit – Cox Media Headquarters (1st Quarter 2018) Phoenix, AZ
  • 01/30/2018 – Solo Exhibit – ASU Gammage (01/30 – 02/25) Tempe, AZ – During Hamilton
  • 09/07/2018 – Featured Artist – Sedona Arts Center (09/07 – 10/30) Sedona, AZ – Reception 09/07 & 10/05

Exhibits we are curating:

  • 09/07/2017 – Co-Curator Herberger Gallery AZ Center “Robert Miley & Release The Fear” (11/17 – 12/31) Phx, AZ – Reception 6-8pm

Galleries and gift shops:

  • Art Under The Arches – Ajo AZ
  • Herberger Gift Shop – Phoenix AZ
  • Herberger Gallery @ Arizona Center – Phoenix AZ
  • Old Town Frame Co. – Cottonwood AZ
  • Shemer Art Center – Phoenix AZ
  • Sedona Arts Center – Sedona AZ
  • Tucson Museum Of Art – Tucson AZ
  • Tubac Center of the Arts Gift Shop – Tubac AZ
  • Visitors Center at the Phoenix Conventions Center – Phoenix AZ
  • Xanadu On-Line Gallery – Scottsdale AZ

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A O and Connie Tucker Dual Solo Show – University Club Phoenix

09/07/2017

A O and Connie Tucker Dual Solo Show – University Club Phoenix

We are excited to have our artwork decorate the elegant and charming University Club Phoenix!

The Tucker Tucker Dual Solo Show will be on display at the University Club Phoenix from September 2nd to October 27, 2017. We will be showcasing a large selection of our artwork during the exhibit. Matted artwork will also be available during the reception. The Artist Reception is open to the public and is on Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Please RSVP to The University Club Phoenix, 39 E Monte Vista Road, Phoenix, AZ 85004, office@uclubphx.com, 602-254-5408.

The artwork can be viewed Monday-Friday from 7:30am to 4:30pm by nonmembers. Please just identify yourself to the staff when you arrive.

In 2015 in conjunction with the Herberger Theater we co-curated the Candid Photography Exhibit at the club, and last year we had a Dual Solo Show, we are happy to be back!

A O Tucker And Connie Tucker

University Club Phoenix

Formerly a private residence, University Club of Phoenix has maintained the beauty of a vintage 1920’s home, while adapting the structure to meet the changing needs of our members and guests. The University Club exists in unique harmony with its surroundings, providing state-of-the-art amenities amidst the grandness of luxury living from an earlier era.
Our venue is both a beautiful and convenient setting for all varieties of catered events or special private functions. The club is available for breakfast meetings, luncheon programs, private dinners, weddings, seminars and even holiday parties.

Tucker Tucker Dual Solo Show - University Club - Phoenix Arizona

 

University Club of Phoenix Foundation

The University Club of Phoenix Foundation, in alignment with our mission statement, provides a young artist scholarship program.  The purpose of the scholarship program is to encourage the pursuit of arts education and provides a showcase for their work to further their career.  If you would like to donate to the Foundation, please contact Kristal Leeder at (602) 254-6186.

 

University Club Phoenix Map

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Phoenix Magazine – Four Yellow Eyes

June 2017

Phoenix Magazine – Four Yellow Eyes

Phoenix Magazine June 2017 Issue

 

Phoenix Magazine

Phoenix Magazine June 2017 Issue

Was excited have my “Four Yellow Eyes” in the June 2017 issue of Phoenix Magazine. Was also in last year’s June issue. 🙂 The photo was a finalist in their 7th Annual Photo Contest. The image will be included in our upcoming book “Burrowing Owls – They Live Among Us”. Feel very fortunate to have three different photos published in three different magazines in three different months. 🙂

Outdoor Photographer Magazine April 2017

 

Arizona Highways May 2017

 

Phoenix Magazine June 2017

 

 

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Sedona Arts Center 12 x 12 Fundraiser 2017

05/08/2017

Sedona Arts Center 12 x 12 Fundraiser 2017

Sedona Art Center 12 x 12 Fundraiser 2017

White Rooster Portrait

 

Sedona Arts Center 12 x 12 Project and Fundraiser

We are donating our “White Rooster Portrait” mounted on a 12 x 12 x 2 Museum Box™ to the Sedona Art Center for their 12 x 12 Fundraiser. The event is to help support their arts education programs and community arts outreach projects. All artwork for the exhibit will be 12 x 12, and available for $250. The reception is Friday, May 12 and is located in the historic Art Barn. Doors open at 5:30pm. Over 100 Artists will be contributing to the annual event.

White Rooster Portrait

The Rooster image was captured from the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park located in Litchfield Park Arizona. The park has Arizona’s largest collection of exotic and endangered animals, with more than 600 separate species. The Elote Cafe in Sedona also currently has the “White Rooster Portrait” on display, where it is called “El Gallo Sabio” (The Wise Rooster).  It was also part of our Derivatives Exhibit at the Herberger Gallery @ Arizona Center.

Museum Box™

The Wise Rooster is printed using archival ink (Dark Storage Permanence Ratings well in excess of 200 years and over 400 years for black & white) and printed on Epson Velvet Fine Art paper (100% cotton rag for archivability). Each print is mounted to a ultra-smooth kaolin clay ground surface, which is archival and acid-free. The 2 inch side panels are made from sustainable forest products and stained to complement the image. Each box is signed and hand numbered on the back. The Museum Box™ can hang on a wall or sit on a shelf. No glass or glazing is put between you and the art (only a protective UV coating), allowing you to see the beauty of the rag paper.

All artwork on www.AOTucker.com is available on a Museum Box™, currently as small as 6 x 6 or as large as 30 x 60.

 

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Arizona Highways – Bird On A Rock Art

May 2017

Arizona Highways – Bird On A Rock Art

Arizona Highways - Bird On A Rock Art

 

Arizona Highways Magazine

Was excited have my “Bird On A Rock Art” in the May 2017 issue of Arizona Highways Magazine. Hopefully it won’t be the last one. 🙂 The photo was a Honorable Mention for their 2016 Photo Contest.

Arizona Highways May 2017 Issue

 

Museum Box™

An example of “Bird On A Rock Art” mounted on a 20 x 30 x 1.5 Museum Box™.

Bird On A Rock Art - Museum Box

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Outdoor Photographer – Butterfly Morning Color

April 2017

Outdoor Photographer – Butterfly Morning Color

Outdoor Photographer - Butterfly Morning Color

 

Outdoor Photographer Magazine

 

Was excited to see my “Butterfly Morning Color” in the April 2017 issue of Outdoor Photographer Magazine. Hopefully it won’t be the last one. 🙂

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