Mesa painter Anthony DeNunzio celebrates the mountain vistas, cacti and birds of our Sonoran Desert -- using acrylic-on-canvas to capture the serenity he found in the Grand Canyon State after growing up in Pennsylvania, then living in California and Illinois.
"I love the outdoors, and most of my themes are taken from nature. I find purity, a calmness and serenity when I'm hiking, camping, fishing and exploring new places that inspire my paintings. Our cities can be hectic and ugly. Nature never disappoints -- and when I am painting, I am at peace."
Nearly three dozen of DeNunzio's paintings will be showcased during May when he's the solo exhibitor at Boyce Thompson Arboretum's visitor center gallery. Guests are invited to meet-the-artist at his gallery opening reception May 7, Saturday, from 10:00 am until noon.
"Acrylic paint is my medium -- they're easy to work with, and have a fast dry-time. The effects can be like watercolor, or dense brush stroke -- like oil. Acrylic's an ideal way to express my visions of wildlife and landscapes. My goal is bringing these subjects to life on canvas; and I hope they give the viewer the same sense of serenity and openness that they bring to me while painting them."
DeNunzio began painting at age 10, then got more serious about his art in his 20s when marriage and children gave him focus - and spurred him to find venues to show and sell his art. While in California he belonged to the San Diego Watercolor Society and served as president of the Ramona Art Guild. He volunteered his time offering painting demonstrations to schoolkids - participating in community propjects - painting a masive mural at Sharp Children's Hospital in San Diego, filling a hallway with whimsical dinosaurs; creating "a place where children facing cancer and other ailments could forget as they traveled down this hall and back in time."
Through the month of May DeNunzio's exhibits may be seen in the visitor center gallery daily from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Winter hours from September-through-April are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m). Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located at Highway 60 milepost #223, just three miles west of the town of Superior - a drive of about one hour east of Phoenix or two hours from Tucson. If driving here from Tucson, take Oracle Road North to Highway 79 past Florence to Highway 60, then East for another 12 miles. The Arboretum is an Arizona State Park and daily admission must be paid to enter the Visitor Center where the gallery is found. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 5-12. Annual memberships at the Arboretum begin at $50, and include a year's access, guest passes for your friends and family, along with other benefits. A membership may be purchased in the gift shop on the day of your visit.
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