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Street Fair Musician   Leave a comment

4th Avenue Street Fair Musician (Tucson, 12/12/14) — Image by kenne

I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil.
And that no one knows the truth.

— Molly Ivins

Amado Peña   Leave a comment

Pena & Kenne-II-Edit-2-art-72Peña & Kenne — Photo-Artistry by kenne

We met only once

years after buying

a Pena painting

that continues

to transform

our living area —

it doesn’t

get any better

than this

even though

it may often

go unnoticed.

— kenne

Street Musician At The 4th Avenue Street Fair   2 comments

Street Fair March 2019-11-Edit-art-2-72.jpgStreet Musician at the 4th Avenue Street Fair (March 23, 2019) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

He plays for tips

As people pass by

Living the blues.

— kenne

4th Avenue Street Fair — River of People   1 comment

Street Musician4th Avenue Street Fair, Spring 2019 Addition 
— Images by kenne

spring festival
people walking
meeting friends

drinking beer
stop for food
display booths
art or junk
you decide
smile and laugh
keep moving
keep moving
keep moving

— kenne

Hanging Art Work   Leave a comment

4th Avenue Street Fair Fall 2012Hanging Art Work — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Walking by the booth
Colorful spinning artwork
Just walking on by.

— kenne

What’s The Good Of It?   Leave a comment

worker-0121-blogImage by kenne


He had short patience for scientific study:
All they want to know is why frogs croak.
It’s a philosophical opposition,
his believing in things as only themselves
and the intrusiveness of explanations.
I can’t begin to tell you how much he hated ballet.
What’s the good of it?
He liked The Flintstones and wrestling.
Frogs croak.
Otherwise he liked things that could be
lifted and stacked and put into place.
He thought best with his hands.
He built clocks, cradles, worked a lathe.
He took the world’s measure.
He was good and he was of it.

— Lee Upton

Tucson’s 4th Avenue Street Fair — Spring 2016   Leave a comment

4th Avenue Street Fair US Fries (1 of 1) blogTwo Contestants in US Fries Poutine Eating Contest — Images by kenne

More than 400 artists and food venders from across the U.S. in this year’s spring 4th Avenue Street Fair. This semi-annual (Fall and Spring) fair draws crowds of 200,000 to 350,000 and ranks as one of the top visual arts fairs in the country. With the beautiful spring weather this weekend, a record crowd is expected. This year more than 20 percent of them are brand new to the show. 

One of the new attractions this spring was a food-eating contest put on by US Fries. Contestants were challenged to eat as many poutine dishes (a Canadian dish that consists of french fries, gravy, and cheese curds) as possible within five minutes. 

Good Or Bad, There’s Plenty To Eat At Street Fairs   Leave a comment

4th Avenue Street Fair Fall 2012

What can I say, some people just have a street fair food need. — Images by kenne

Street Shopping   Leave a comment

Sabino Canyon Colors Dec 2013-9126 blogShopping At The 4th Avenue Street Fair — Image by kenne

Oilcloth can protect

Whatever you might expose —

Should I buy or not?


Capturing The Moment — Tucson Street Scene   Leave a comment

4th Avenue Street Fair Spring 2013

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4th Avenue Spring Street Fair — Images by kenne

Capturing The Moment — Street Fair Food   2 comments

4th Avenue Street Fair Spring 2013

4th Avenue Street Fair Spring 2013

4th Avenue Street Fair Spring 2013

4th Avenue Street Fair Spring 20134th Avenue Street Fair, Spring 2013 — Images by kenne

Amado Maurilio Peña At The 4th Avenue Street Fair — It’s That Time Of Year Again!   2 comments

Amado Maurilio Peña & kenne at The 4th Avenue Winter Street Fair, 2011

Elegantes - Amado Maurilio Peña.

Again this year, Joy and I spent a nice sunny December day at the Annual 4th Avenue Street Fair. (Click here to see last year’s posting.) And again this year we saw one of our favorite artist, Amado Maurilio Peña. (Love his sweatshirt!) I asked him about the lithograph we have had since the mid-eighties and learn that he did lithographs only for a short time during the eighties. (Our color lithograph was done 30 years ago.) He was not satisfied with the way the process projected his colors. If you have ever seen Peña‘s work, chiselled faces, lot’s of  very bright colors on generally a light background. However, the one we fail in love with, Elegantes has a lot of black, with more shuttle use of color, so much so you can barely make out the blanket outline like a mountain coming down from the man.

Since Peña did only a few lithographs, he suggested it might be worth more than some of his other work during the same time period. We always knew this Peña was special in that it’s such a contrast to almost all his work. Now we know he only used the lithograph process for a short time.


4th Avenue Street Fair — Spring, 2011   Leave a comment

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A weekend of sundresses and cleavage.


4th Avenue Winter Street Fair   4 comments

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It’s fair to say we have been festival, street fair, outdoor concert people for years. This weekend, we attended Tucson’s 4th Avenue Street Fair and were truly overwhelmed. Yes, this three-day winder street fair with its over 400 arts and crafts booths and 35 plus food vendors is an impressive event. Stretched out over eight blocks of 4th Avenue, this free event was packed with people looking for

Christmas gifts and a festive atmosphere while walking in the street of the popular 4th Avenue.

To our surprise, one of the artists at the fair was Amado Maurilio Peña. For over twenty years, one of our treasures has been a Peña lithograph, which we purchased at the el taller gallery in Austin.

Born and raised in Texas, Peña, who is recognized as an Artisan of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, currently lives in Santa Fe, NM. His art is known for its bright earth/sky colors depicting the connections between people, earth, and art in the region’s ancient heritage. In our lithograph, the colors are in the people on a dark mountain background, which contrasts to most Peña works where the bold colors are dominant.  This darker Peña remains an exception in his work, which we have always appreciated.

— kenne

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