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Big Blend Radio interviews focusing on History, Heritage, Culture and Travel. Hosts are Nancy J. Reid & Lisa D. Smith, mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Magazines including WAY BACK WHEN History Magazine - see:

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Jefferson Highway Association's Iowa Sociability Caravan
Apr 27 2023
Jefferson Highway Association's Iowa Sociability Caravan
This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Jefferson Highway" Show focuses on the Iowa Sociability Caravan that will take place a few days before the Jefferson Highway Associaiton Conference held June 7-10, 2023 in Mason City, Iowa. This special driving event will be similar to historic caravans of old. It begins in Lamoni, Iowa on the morning of Monday, June 5th and will have subsequent overnight stays in Des Moines and Iowa Falls before arrival in Mason City on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 7th. The tour will include visiting JH sites and communities in Iowa and will be designed to bring further awareness to the JH byway and its future as a Heritage Tourism portal. Full details: Guests:- Roger Bell, President of the Jefferson Highway Association- Diana Thies - Executive Director of Iowa Falls Chamber Main Street: Jim Hamman - Iowa Falls Historian- Ashleigh Eckels - Executive Director of Osceola Chamber Main Street: Evon Sallee - The Hotel Osceola (formerly Arlington-Howe Hotel that was built in 1884): by the Jefferson Highway Association which was originally founded in 1915, the Jefferson Highway is an international highway, also known as "The Pines to the Palms Highway," that runs from Winnipeg, Canada to New Orleans, Louisiana. Learn more at: thanks to the Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau who represent Louisiana's Oldest City, which is also on the Jefferson Highway. See: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
The Life and Art of  Southwest Artist Ted DeGrazia
Apr 23 2023
The Life and Art of Southwest Artist Ted DeGrazia
On this episode of Big Blend Radio, Lance Laber, Executive Director of the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, talks about the life and art career of famed Southwest artist Ted DeGrazia. Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia was an independent and creative spirit, that not only defied the rules by doing everything his own way–but he made money at it. He was well-educated, knew the rules, but decided to paint the way he wished to paint, on whatever surface he chose to paint, with whatever materials he wanted. He experimented tirelessly with different mediums and left a legacy of artwork, music, writings, and a gallery where his defiance can still be felt.Hear about his childhood in the mining camp in Morenci and then in Italy, his apprenticeship with Mexico artists Diego Riviera and Jose Orozco, and how he started and built his own gallery, a great reflection of his independent spirit and personality. The podcast also covers his protest against the inheritance taxes on works of art. His media presence most likely led to his “Los Ninos” oil painting being chosen by UNICEF in 1960. It was reproduced as a holiday card that sold millions worldwide. From that point on, his gallery thrived with thousands of people visiting and buying his work. He was an artist for the people.DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is a 10-acre historic landmark nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains in Tucson, Arizona. Opened in 1965, it is home to over 15,000 originals of Ted DeGrazia art pieces including oil paintings, watercolors, ceramics and sculptures. There are six permanent collections on display and several rotating exhibitions each year. More: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.