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Who do you think we are?

Tohono Chul exhibit features its staff

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Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 11:00 pm

Tohono Chul Park displays art in its galleries through the year.

Starting Thursday, July 29, park staff is showing its own creative inspirations.

In this 25th anniversary year, "Who Do You Think We Are?" is intended to salute the park's "talented and hard-working" staff, and give visitors "the opportunity to get to know them a little better," a release said.

Some staffers have a passion for animals; others tend their home gardens. There are gifted artists, quilters, woodworkers, photographers, writers and poets, as well as athletic talents and unique hobbies.

As examples …

Park communications coordinator Darlene Kryza uses her computer and camera skills to express herself artistically.

Rental coordinator Jeannine Houg¬land is a wizard with a camera. She has taken dozens upon dozens of photographs at the park, from its fanciful tumbleweed "snowman" on display during holiday nights to "eye-popping wildflowers and cactus blossoms."

Karen Kubara is best known for her work in plant propagation. In her free time she enjoys practicing the art of sumi-e (deli¬cate East Asian brush painting) and "has a poet's heart," a release said.

Accounting assistant Chris Totura has had a love affair with quilting for the last 35 years. She contributed a block to the park's 2010 bird quilt raffle.

Assistant exhibits curator Ben Johnson is an avid birder and hiker. His oil paintings reflect those interests in wildlife and the scenic landscape.

Angella Anguiz, who manages the park's permanent collection of Native American crafts, has a personal collection of her own. She collects Snoopy and Peanuts memorabilia, and once met creator Charles Schultz in person when she was a teen-ager.

The show is being displayed in The Gallery at Tohono Chul Park. There is no additional charge to enter park galleries. Park admission is $7 for adults, $5 seniors and active military, $3 for children ages 5-12. It is free to members and children under 5.

Who Do You Think We Are?

An exhibit of creations by the staff at Tohono Chul Park

July 29-Sept. 14

The Gallery at Tohono Chul Park

7366 N. Paseo del Norte

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