New on the Block

| By The Chamber Edge
| Photo by Brielle Claire Photo

The fact that major companies have chosen the metropolitan Tucson area as their home shows signs of more good things to come for our community.

Caterpillar Surface Mining & Technology Division | Caterpillar announced their plans to relocate their Surface Mining & Technology Division to Tucson in 2016 and will complete their new headquarters in Spring 2019. This $50 million facility in Downtown Tucson will house more than 650 employees.

Northwest Healthcare | Northwest Healthcare plans to expand to Tucson's eastside with the construction of a 70-bed hospital on 18.5 acres, employing 600 healthcare professionals.

Hexagon Mining | Hexagon is a global leader in mining technology, and they announced a relocation to Downtown Tucson in 2017. Their offices are part of a new mixed-use facility that will house more than 250 employees. Completion is expected in Spring 2019.

Amazon | In the past eight months, Amazon has announced two new facilities in Tucson. The first, an 855,000 sq-ft. distribution center expected to be completed in May 2019, will employ 1,500. The second, an auxiliary, $4.3 million distribution site for contractors, will provide more business opportunities.

GEICO | National insurance leader GEICO announced the construction of a 200,000 sq-ft. facility in central Tucson in 2018. Already with 2,000 employees, this new facility will allow them to expand their operations by another 700.

Texas Instruments | Needing to expand in Tucson, Texas Instruments announced the construction of a new $29 million facility in central Tucson. The 125,000 sq-ft. building will be completed in the next 12-18 months and they will expand their large workforce by 35.

Vector Launch | Adjacent to already completed World View and Spaceport Tucson, Vector Launch, a microsatellite space-launch company, is constructing a new facility and employing 200 high-tech workers.

Raytheon | Raytheon is Southern Arizona's largest private employer. They are constructing new building on their expansive plant near Tucson International Airport and will add nearly 2,000 jobs bringing their total to more than 12,000.

Art and Soul

See original works of art at Artemizia Gallery | By Andrew Schaeffer

There’s a clichéd phrase that often gets repeated in galleries by people who are only viewing works skin deep. “I may not know much about art, but I know what I like.” It’s perfectly fine for people who just want to see something aesthetically pleasing, but great works of art have deeper meanings that go beyond the canvas. Genuine artists are able to tell a story and convey emotions within their works. Influential pieces of art will make viewers think deeper and ask themselves important questions. So where’s the gallery for the true art lovers among us?

That’s when a trip to Artemizia Gallery in Bisbee is warranted. Owner Sloane Bouchever is an artist himself, but this gallery isn’t to show off his own work—this gallery showcases the art he loves. He’s a man who knows a great deal about art and knows exactly what he likes. The pieces Bouchever has accrued and displays in his gallery are as influential as they are vibrant. Bisbee’s newest gallery is throwing out the notion that only locally made kitschy art is available in town.

Located right on Main Street in the heart of Old Bisbee, it’s hard to miss Artemizia Gallery with the life-size mannequin of Andy Warhol in the front window and the strikingly vivid art displayed above the awning. Inside, urban and pop art—Artemizia’s specialty—adorn the walls of the small and narrow gallery space. Art by internationally known and well-established artists, as well as up-and-coming artists Bouchever admires, stand out with their bold and bright styles, competing with one another for the viewers’ attention. You’ll see museum-quality original pieces by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, and Jean-Michel Basquiat alongside thought-provoking works by rising stars including Andrea Eisenberger, Campbell La Pun, and Arizona-native Chance Lovestrong. Some works are even signed.

A current favorite of Bouchever are The Connor Brothers. The pseudonym for a pair of British artists, the duo is known for playing hoaxes with their art to get the public asking questions. In 2014, The Connor Brothers created a museum that blended fiction and non-fiction together to make it impossible for viewers to understand which exhibits were real and which were not. Bouchever believes their truth versus fiction approach is particularly relevant within our current climate of fake news, post-truth, and social media obsession.

Seeing this amazing art by these insightful artists is paramount to understanding our world. Even if you don’t plan on purchasing a piece, walking through the space and admiring the art is an experience in and of itself. Bouchever’s passion is contagious as he talks about each work, so don’t be afraid to ask questions as you look along.

Artemizia Gallery may be filled to capacity with this colorful and loud collection of pop art now, but in summer 2020 the gallery will move into a space that’s five times the size. Expect to see even more important pieces by Bouchever’s personal favorite artists.

Artemizia Gallery

51 Main St., Bisbee