Some of the 2016 Lotería cards on exhibition at Galería Senita, 41 N. Tucson Blvd.

The owners of Arte de la Vida and Galería Senita are seeking artists to help create a Tucson-themed deck of Lotería cards, the colorful game of chance from Mexico similar to bingo in the U.S. 

James Goodreau and Kevin Pawlak put a call out on Facebook Tuesday for 54 local artists to create one card apiece, each 11 x 14-inches, that will be displayed in the gallery, located inside Arte de la Vida at 41 N. Tucson Blvd, from October 5 through November 24.  

The general theme of each card will be pre-determined by Goodreau and Pawlak. The themes will represent the “places, plants, people, food and history of Tucson,” the post said.

Each work will be photographed and shrunken down to be used in an actual deck of Lotería cards, to be sold at the shop, with all proceeds going to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  

Goodreau and Pawlak held their first Lotería exhibition in 2016. 

“I was trying to come up with a show that was different,” Pawlak told the Star in 2016. “I wanted to do something around Day of the Dead and that was Mexican themed.”

The deadline to apply to participate is June 16. 

A reception for the exhibition will be held on October 5. 

A full list of rules can be found on the Galería Senita Facebook page.


Gerald received his journalism degree from the University of Maryland. He has been with the Star for 16 years and has covered a variety of beats. Currently, he divides his time between the presentation desk and as a member of the digital team.