Retired UA dean shows his paintings

Chuck Albanese, retired dean of the UA College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, now has time to pursue his "passion in waiting" - painting.

"It is never too late to pursue the dream," Albanese said. "I am now exploring ideas, media and subject matter that have intrigued me for years."

His media include watercolors and oil. Many integrate travel, recreation and the structural influence of his training and 40 years as a practicing architect.

His work is featured in a new art exhibit that opens Friday at Academy Village. The show, free and open to the public, runs until June 1 in The Long Gallery in the Community Center of the Academy Village. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Albanese's oil paintings, representational and colorful, depict buildings and streetscapes from around the world. Small in scale and light in mood, they are beautifully drawn and evocative.

Albanese and his wife directed 16 sketching and painting trips abroad for students and an additional eight years of travel painting for adults. Some "summer alumni" students are now successful exhibiting painters.

His work can be viewed on his website at

2 artists showcase

their wearable art

Works by a fiber artist and a jewelry maker will be featured in the Long Gallery display case at Academy Village in a show that begins Friday and runs until June 1. An opening reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

The fiber artist, Lynn Pulley, majored in art in college, later worked in a monument shop and learned to etch everything from portraits to granite tombstones using a diamond-tipped Dremel tool.

Later she learned to knit - and to rip out mistakes when she wasn't satisfied. She learned to use hand-spun, hand-dyed yarns along with commercial yarns to modify shapes and embellish creations with beads, feathers and alternate treasures.

For hats she uses wool fiber that can be manipulated when wet. After the individual fibers become a solid sheet of wool, the fun part begins. The wet sloppy mass must be pressed, rolled and sometimes beaten until the perfect shape emerges and you have a custom hat.

The jewelry on display is by Stacey Hayes. Her philosophy is "There are no bad beads." Material and texture dictate and inspire her beadwork. She is the creator of one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets and earrings using beads of sterling silver, pearls, semiprecious gemstones, glass, wood, copper and crystal.

After attending her first Tucson gem show 10 years ago, she was motivated to make a career change. She resigned from the legal profession and has been continually inspired to create this memorable display of wearable art. One concept of Hayes' work is to incorporate old, broken or rarely used jewelry into contemporary treasures.

Palladio quartet mixes classical, Gaga styles

Music for string quartet is not always the most familiar, but that won't be the case when Tucson's Palladio String Quartet appears in an evening concert Tuesday at the Academy Village.

Headlining the program, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is what cellist Lynne Connelly calls the group's "signature piece," aptly named "Palladio," by Karl Jenkins. You may think you don't know the piece, until you realize it's the dramatic "Diamond Music" featured in TV ads for De Beers jewels.

Jenkins is Welsh, but his piece kicks off a program the quartet is calling "American Patchwork." The program includes pieces that are a part of the fabric of American culture, from TV ads such as the De Beers commercial to works from the American songbook.

Listeners will hear Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer," Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine," "Scarborough Fair," "California Girls" and - yes, it's true - the "Lady Gaga Fugue."

On the more classical side, the quartet plays three movements of Dvorak's folk-music-influenced "American Quartet," which the composer wrote in 1893 on a visit to the United States.

The Palladio String Quartet, said cellist Connelly, grew out of the Catalina (Tucson) Chamber Orchestra, which ceased operations about four years ago. The other members are Jennifer Sanker, first violin; Deborah McCann, second violin; and Virginia Moyer, viola.

"We're looking forward to doing this concert," said Connelly. "It's really a lot of fun."

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