Featured artist for the month of September is ceramicist Ursula Basinger. See her work once and recognize it forever. Her unique style plays with the balance of shapes, exploring form in captivating ways. This show will feature all new pieces by the artist including wall hangings, sculptural bowls and planters paired with plants by our favorite plant expert, Robert Villa. Come to the opening reception to meet the artist, partake in a beverage and enjoy your community. Ursula Basinger's ceramics will be on display and for purchase in the shop gallery for the month of September. We hope you can make it!
Featured artist for the month of August is musician, graphic designer and all-around creative force: Dimitri Manos. "Up to Bat" is his most recent work, a 3-dimensional installation utilizing salvaged materials. Opening reception not to be missed, with a DJ set by DJ Ponytail Cruiser and live set by Golden Boots. Beverages and friends as always. Art show will be on display and for purchase in the shop gallery for the month of August. We're in this summer together and hope to see you on what is sure to be a fine, fun perk of the season!
A summertime fun club reunion party with our beloved once-Tucson local, Andy Steinbrink! Now a dad residing in Florida, we are thrilled he has agreed to come back to Tucson and share the latest paintings of his swamp fishing adventures with us. Opening reception will include a set by DJ My Body, limited run of tees by the artist, refreshments and hopefully all the homies old and new. Excited to head into the summer with all of you, we hope you can make it!
Featured artist for the month of April is journeyman chairmaker, Sam Okerlund. A modern woodworker using traditional techniques, Okerlund crafts fine furniture from hardwoods such as mesquite and oak. Driven by his passion for the old process, it is his lifelong goal to realize elevated expressions of woodworking. His work is both beautiful and functional, thoughtful in its execution. Opening reception will include his latest pieces, beverages and friends. We hope to see you there!
Featured artist for the month of March is Brittany Peña of Best Buds. Tucson’s favorite freelance florist, you may be already familiar with her bouquets as found around town. Her arrangements have edge, play with texture and space while challenging common perception of certain specimens. But how would these sculptural arrangements translate to an entire room? With this show Peña will create a floral art installation that embraces the impermanence of the materials she works with. Come for the opening to view while it’s fresh and revisit all month long as our gallery morphs in unique ways as dictated by time. Opening reception will include beverages, arrangements for sale, and (we hope) you and yours!
Join us for an exploration into the wonderful world of Historic Navajo Textiles, courtesy of the collection and expertise of Jim Baron. A historian, collector, and dealer of Navajo weavings for over 40 years; this is a unique opportunity to speak with a respected authority about what makes these Native American works of art so significant. This show has been curated by our guest from his extensive collection to illustrate different weaving styles and techniques through the years and how to identify the differences. Exhibition will be on display with pieces for sale in the shop for the month of January. Opening reception will include live music by Otherly Love! Beverages, community and as much Navajo rug talk as you can handle await. An extra special Art Party not to be missed.
Featured artist for the month of December is photographer, videographer and all-around visual artist Nika Kaiser. This show is the official unveiling of her latest work in photography: a series Inspired by landscape and the reclamation of that landscape to honor the feminine space within it, an exploration of what results when photographer artistically collaborates with rather than directs to her model. We are thrilled to host her beautifully, surreal work in the shop gallery during this eventful time of year. Please join us for the opening reception to partake in talks with the artist, magical punch, music and community. The artwork of Nika Kaiser will be on display and for purchase in the shop through the month of December. We hope to see you!
Back by popular demand for the month of November is Yu Yu Shiratori. A shining example of the artistic talent that Tucson harbors, we are so lucky to have her. Accomplished in many medias, this show will feature her latest embroidery and metal work. Come be amazed at the insane level of detail and creative vision executed by the one and only Yu Yu Shiratori. Opening reception will include music, beverages and party feels. Show will be on display and for purchase through the month of November. We hope to see you during this exciting time of the year!
Featured artist for the month of August is Joseph Valentino. We are thrilled to host his latest work of scratchboards, paintings and drawings in his signature meditative and repetitive style. Opening reception will include a projection and live music accompaniment created by the artist. Shopping, drinks and friends as always. The artwork of Joseph Valentino will be on display and for purchase in the shop through the month of August. We hope to see you!
Featured artist for the month of July is Roy Harlan of rbenjee jewelry. This show will be the unveiling of his new "Idiot" line and feature an installation of poetry and sculpture to tell the story of its design. Harlan uses sterling silver, stones selected for their meaning and his fascination with the idea distilling nature into the clean and contemporary to create his art. Opening reception will include drinks, shopping and good company. rbenjee jewelry will be available for purchase in the shop for the month of July. We hope to see you!
Featured artist for the month of May is Robert Redding. This rare show will feature his incredible weavings using both traditional and non-traditional materials. Opening reception includes music, drinks, shopping and good people. Redding's art show will be on display and his work available for purchase in the shop through the month of May. We hope to see you all!
April is our favorite month in the shop so we wanted to make this Art Party a special one. Enter David Scharf. His illuminated installation of ah-mazing, hand-folded paper lanterns and original ceramics work will grace the front of the shop for the month of April. Also gifted in the brewing department, Dave and his partner from Two Pals will be upping our usual beverage game with a keg of Arizona Apple Cider for the opening reception. Live music set by Brittany Katter and Vicki Brown! DJ set by Clay Morgan. Excited to see those sweet faces during this beautiful time of year!
As many of you may remember, last year we acquired a lingerie shop from the late 1960s. The event was a whirlwind of magic! But, alas, we couldn't stay a lingerie shop forever. For those of you disappointed to have missed it or for those of you who simply need more, we are letting the lingerie take the shop over for the month of February. Come to the Lingerie Soirée for the unveiling of more fresh, untapped inventory. DJs Alice & Alix bringing the sexy jams. Every purchase ($10 or more) gets to spin the bottle to win a discount on their purchase or prize. Refreshments, Valentine's Day vibes, good company and all the new/old stock lingerie you can handle. Feel free to wear your favorite lounge wear... we will be!
Helping us break in 2018 is featured artist, Paul Elliott. A Tucson native currently residing in Phoenix, AZ; we are pleased to present his ceramics, photography, drawings and video installation. Influenced by film and narratives in general, Paul describes his process as starting with pieces that then become a story through art. He uses ceramics as a canvas, a 3-dimensional medium to draw upon and stresses that the objects in this show are meant to be touched, handled, enjoyed; being okay with the fact that nothing lasts forever. "Why would you want it to?" Paul Elliott's artwork will be in the shop through the month of January. Opening reception will include a video installation projection, music, drinks, good company and shopping. We hope to see you. Happy 2018!
Matthew Diggins is a figurative oil painter inspired by Renaissance portraiture, 60s magazines and vintage fashion. Being a long time fan of his work, he was among our top choices to participate in Art Party. Thrilled he agreed, we have been anxiously awaiting the month of November to feature his solo show. November is finally here. We invite you to usher in the new season with us as we enjoy music, shopping, drinks, great company and the latest artwork of the undeniably talented, Matthew Diggins.
How in which the ways to describe the talent that is Yu Yu Shiratori? Seeping with originality and humble to a fault, she burns true blue. Everything she takes on has an irreplicable creative edge, executed with impressive craftsmanship. If you are lucky enough to own something she has made, you can testify to the fact that approximately one million people will demand to know where they can get one, too. This show will feature her latest jewelry designs, screen prints and embroideries. On a bonus note: we pulled some serious strings and managed to acquire the insane hand-embroidered wedding suit (on loan from the Pat Foley personal collection) for the show. Refreshments, shopping and friends as always. Yu Yu Shiratori's artwork and jewelry will be on display and for purchase in the shop through the month of September. We can't wait to Art Party with you.
Heritage Interiors is an interior design brand focusing on bohemian vintage 70's. The woman behind it is Lisa Warman. If you don't know Lisa, allow me: basically she is one boss of a magical lady. She can walk into a space, totally re-imagine it, and with a wave of her hand (and tons of buns-busting hard work) see it done within a budget. Cutting her teeth at Urban Outfitters when creative retail build-outs were still cutting edge, she has since moved over to Creations; recreating their image, opening new locations, and dramatically increasing their dollars. That's all well and good, but what would her own business look like? Heritage Interiors is the answer. Passionate about all things seventies since always, this is her own design company. We invite you to view her vision and purchase a piece should it fit with yours! Opening reception will include music to fit the mood, adult beverages, shopping and friends. Pop-up shop of amazing 70's housewares through the month of August.
Featured artist for the month of July is Alice Wilsey. Currently in the grad program for architecture, she agreed to make time for us to do an Art Party! This show will feature her new sculpture work and statement jewelry pieces. Dj D (Diana Williams) will play records for the opening reception. Alice's artwork and jewelry will be on display and for purchase in the shop through the month of July.
Featured artist for the month of June is painter Titus Castanza. One of our favorite artists (and people) in town, we are extra excited about this one! Opening reception will feature a live music set by Mike Richardson. Drinks, friends, and shopping. Titus' artwork will be up through the month of June. Everyone is invited. We hope to see you!
Alix Fallows is a woman of many creative talents. Currently, she has been working on hand-made silver and copper statement jewelry pieces and unique embroideries. Her jewelry will be available in the shop through the month of May. The opening reception will feature a live music set of freshly written songs by her husband, Forrest Fallows. Not to be missed! Beverages and shopping as always. We hope you can make it!
Our friends from Honolulu are coming into town! How Sweet It Was will host a pop-up rack from Barrio Vintage all weekend. Opening reception will include an island-themed DJ set by DJ Carl Hanni, tropical refreshments, and projections of classic Hawaiian movies.
April's Art Party is a little unconventional in that it will not feature an artist, but rather a shop from the past. "Kitty's Specialty Shop" was a women's lingerie shop in Brooklyn, NY that closed in the early 1970's. The owners moved to Tucson in 1973 with their incredible inventory in-tow. The Tucson location never opened and the contents of the shop were stored away. Fast forward 40+ years. How Sweet It Was Vintage is invited to the house to view the inventory:
This was such a special buy, not only in terms of volume and that it is ALL deadstock; but also in how it so perfectly encapsulates a specific time, place and taste. To just piece it out in our own shop didn't feel like enough.
For the month of April we will re-open Kitty's Specialty Shop. Late 1960's-early 1970's fashion illustrations and original vintage advertisements for the brands available will be on display. Please join us for the opening reception and find your next favorite lounge outfit, jammies, panties, slips, you name it. All sizes! Drinks, shopping and a DJ set by Alix Fallows & Alice Wilsey. We hope to see you for this special unveiling.
Peter Davidson kicks off our Art Party series with his abstract peripatetic geometry art. Opening reception sounds by Need, performing a live ambient trap soul set with a follow-up DJ set. Beverages and shopping as always. Peter Davidson's art will be on display through the month of March.