RODEO: Two Generations
New Exhibit now open to the public - Mon through Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. FREE!
Featuring the photography of Louise Serpa and Mia Larocque
with guest artist Bob Bergier
Louise Serpa never imagined that she would be come the official photographer of the Tucson rodeo "La Fiesta de los Vaqueros". She started out a as music major at Vassar College in upstate NY. After attending the Junior Rodeo in the early 60's she couldn't believe that someone wouldn't want a picture of his son riding a calf, roping, or doing whatever. She asked If she could get in to the arena. She had the film developed and sent five-by-seven pictures to the parents for 75-cents That's basically how it all started - something that started as a hobby turned into a full-time occupation. After being diagnosed with cancer in 2008, her daughter Mia Larocque who spent many years traveling the rodeo circuit also as a photographer, joined her mother in the arena. They shared the title of Tucson Rodeo photographer until Louise' death in 2012. Mia is carrying on the tradition and as she says, after her mother's passing, she felt lost and alone, until the rodeo began in February and then she's never alone. " I have the largest family anyone could hope for. I have the "Rodeo" family
Bob Bergier is a fourth generation cattle rancher in Patagonia AZ. He graduated with a degree in art from Northern Arizona University in 1969. Bob is primarily interested in color and its relationship with form: abstract. abstract impressionism. He has shown in many galleries in Arizona, Utah and Michigan. Aside from his own work, Bob and his wife Gayle and friend Molly Phinny co-create paintings in acrylic, watercolors and mixed media
More than just Tucson’s newest venue for The Arts
The YW in Southern Arizona has been an incubator for change for almost 100 years. We connect and empower change agents who have the vision and desire to make a difference in their own lives and in the public square. The Galleria at the YW is a key part of the community happening here. It is a great new downtown venue for art. But it is more than that. The artists we are inviting into The Galleria are doing something important. Their work is making us think. It’s giving us something to talk about, making us wonder, sometimes making us angry and sometimes making us laugh, but always making us hope. These artists are mostly women, but not always. They are exploring themes that connect to our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. They give us a reason to gather. And you just never know what might happen after that.
Regular Galleria Hours: M-F 9am - 5 pm
YWCA's Frances McClelland Leadership Center
525 N. Bonita Ave, Tucson 85754