Consigned Art and Jewelry For Sale
#1 Jack Petty oil painting, circa
1965 at $800.00
#2 Alberto Contreras concho belt,
circa 1970 at $2,000.00
Artist, Jack Petty, Tucson,
The following excerp is from the
Zocalo Magazine, June 11, 2013
"Where there is community conversation
there are artists, and in Tucsons first and most colorful
arts enclave, Ash Alley, there were many studios with back courtyards
that set the scene for shows and artist gathering. The Contreras
family silversmithing business, one of the original Ash Alley
studios, identifies the Ash Alley heyday from the 1950s through
the 1970s, when parties were hosted with live entertainment on
these patios to entice prospective customers. A 1965 Arizona Daily
Star article quotes one circa 1950s Ash Alley artist, Jack
Petty, as saying, We used to show paintings at those
parties. Wed bring up Mexican gin from Nogales to try to
lower visitors sales resistance.
"Ash Alley, by Jack Petty, circa
The following article and images can be viewed at the
link address below.
Ash Alley (Tucson's Greenwich Village)
Mark Fleming just pointed out an article on page 47 of the November
Zócalo magazine titled Ash Alley: Tucson's Greenwich Village
by Steve Renzi.
After World War II, the article
says, Tucson grew. New artists and craftspeople needed a place.
The area around one-block Ash Alley came to include studios and
an outdoor gallery. It even had its own newspaper, the Ash Alley
Bugle. Two of the first newcomers to Ash Alley and the
last to leave, in 1977 were Jack and Sally Petty. Outside
Petty's Studio Gallery was a mural that included three smiling
This concho belt was made around 1970,
by Alberto Contreras Sr., in sterling silver with Persian turquoise.
10 conchos, $2,000.00
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