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A desert respite

Just returned from a much-needed respite from New England winter. Tucson and Santa Fe.
In Tucson, I saw a show of work by Bailey Doogan, who used to teach at the U of Arizona when I was a grad student in the 1970's. Bailey's work is about women's bodies, and she looks unflinchingly at her own aging face in these exquisitely painted portraits. Bailey started her art career as a graphic designer, and is famously unknown as the woman who updated the Morton Salt girl in the late 1960's.
Tucson has a funky old downtown area that has been embraced by the local art scene. Congress St., 6th Ave., and of course of 4th Ave. are great haunts for artists and art lovers who are looking for more than cowboy art or desert landscapes.