Madaras Gallery to celebrate 20 years of art and philanthropy New animal series and artistic video coming in 2019

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January 15, 2019
Madaras Gallery to celebrate 20 years of art and philanthropy
New animal series and artistic video coming in 2019
Saguaro Van Gogh
Image Size: 18 x 24 inches
By Diana Madaras
Bear Down
Watercolor on Yupo
Image size: 15 x20 inches
By Diana Madaras
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(Tucson, AZ – November 20, 2018)
In January, Madaras Gallery will kick off a yearlong celebration of its 20th Anniversary, showcasing the work of award-winning artist Diana Madaras, and continuing the gallery’s longstanding tradition of philanthropy. During the past two decades Madaras has donated nearly half a million dollars of art to various charities, and raised more than $200,000 through a foundation she created at the gallery’s inception. “Art for Animals helps homeless, abused and injured animals,” Madaras said. “I want the gallery to serve the community, as well as bring color and joy to many through my paintings.”
To commemorate the 20th anniversary, Madaras is creating a series of 20 intriguing paintings called The Spirit Animals that will build on her philanthropy. The Spirit Animals are striking watercolor images that all have several elements in common, including a tattoo. She is also continuing her series of saguaros painted in the style of several “old masters,” and will reveal her latest work entitled “Saguaro Van Gogh” at the gallery’s All Artist Show on Sunday, March 10th, 2019. A portion of the proceeds from these paintings will benefit Art for Animals.
Madaras has also partnered with local songwriter Amber Norgaard on a collaborative video project that will be released as part of the festivities. Norgaard is a nurse-turned-musician who has performed at festivals, charity events, and theaters nationwide, and believes music is a source of connection and healing for people that transcends cultural barriers. Norgaard was initially drawn to work with Madaras because she also has a deep passion for giving back to the community. Madaras’ sister, filmmaker Sandra Levine, chose the Madaras paintings that illustrate the song, and the result is a deeply moving and joyful experience. To watch the video, visit
Madaras Gallery was founded in 1999 after Diana Madaras left her job in sports marketing to pursue her passion for painting.
Madaras’ work explores a wide variety of subjects from the vibrant Sonoran Desert, to soulful animal portraits, to expressionistic florals. She paints in watercolor and acrylic and is best known as a colorist.
The gallery has grown to include the work of 26 guest artists, and has become one of Tucson’s most popular destinations. Madaras has been voted “Tucson’s Best Visual Artist” nine times, and the Gallery was voted “Best in Tucson” in an Arizona Daily Star reader’s poll in 2017.
Madaras has been honored by numerous organizations for her philanthropy, including the Arthritis Foundation of Southern Arizona, New Beginnings for Women and the Tucson Rotary Club. She was awarded the prestigious Copper Cactus Award for Outstanding Community Service in 2009. In March 2019, she will be honored by Tucson Wildlife Center.
Madaras Gallery is located at 3035 N. Swan Road, Tucson, Arizona. Artwork and information about gallery events may be found at For hi-res jpgs, please contact To contact Diana Madaras, please email