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Herb Stratford: Restoration

Dates: November 10, 2015 - January 2, 2016
Location: Etherton Gallery
135 S. Sixth Avenue
Gallery Hours: 11 - 5 Monday – Friday
Contact: info@ethertongallery.com, 624-7370


Temple Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of the restoration of the Temple of Music and Art, Herb Stratford: Restoration. The show features 22 photographs that document the rehabilitation of the Temple of Music and Art (the Temple) between 1989 and 1990. Built in 1927, the Temple is home to the Arizona Theatre Company and is one of the great examples of Spanish Revival architecture in Tucson.

Herb Stratford’s photographs capture the Temple in the midst of a remarkable transformation. His quiet photographs capture the graceful curves and angles of the architecture by focusing on small details, abstract patterns and working from unusual vantage points. Taken together they create a lyrical portrait of this Tucson architectural treasure. Also on display at the Temple Gallery are two enlarged historic postcards on canvas that depict the original building during the 1930’s and 1940’s.

The effort to build the Temple of Music and Art was led by a group of dedicated women patrons and artists known as the Saturday Morning Music Club and is part of the larger history of developing cultural institutions in the young city of Tucson. Despite this storied past in 1982 the complex was threatened with demolition by a developer.  However, the building was saved, and renovations began two years later when the Tucson Artists Coalition persuaded the city to buy the building. In 1990, it reopened as the Temple of Music and Art with a performance of Amadeus by the Arizona Theatre Company.

Herb Stratford obtained a BFA and MFA from the University of Arizona. His work has been exhibited at the Temple Gallery, the Tucson Museum of Art and at O.K. Harris Works of Art in New York among other venues. He is best known for his work restoring another Tucson performing arts landmark, the Fox Tucson Theatre.

For more information, contact Etherton Gallery, which manages the Temple Gallery, (520) 624-7370 or info@ethertongallery.com.