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Arts & Museums
Here's a gallery-store to buy quality Indian art from all parts of the Southwest, but mainly from the Four Corners region. Silverbell Trading showcases Michael Chiago, a self-taught artist of the local Tohono O'odham tribe, whose paintings are now shown worldwide. There are Zuni fetishes as well as Native music and books. This is also one of the best outlets for Tohono O'odham basketry, the craft of the people that live on the reservation west of Tucson.
This gallery is devoted to representing artists in exclusively one medium: silica and glass. There is some exquisite glass-work here, note the free hand-blown vessels and abstract sculptures, in particular. Among the artists represented are Linda Allyn and Richard Hornby of nearby Fire Ranch Glass-works, as well as Ed Botkin, Lewis Woodruff and owner/artist Allen Anderson. Call the gallery for information on artists and prices.
Looking for images of the Southwest to decorate your home? Craig Fine Arts has a large collection of traditional Western and wildlife art, featuring local and nationally known artists, bronzes and terra cotta sculptures as well as watercolors, oil, acrylics, pastels and fine etchings. The owner also offers custom framing at very reasonable prices. This is a great place to find a souvenir from the West that will last you a lifetime.
This store, located in the 'Arizona Avenue' of Tucson Mall, is noteworthy for its large collection of prints featuring the works of renowned local artist Ted DeGrazia, whose DeGrazia Gallery in the foothills is one of the landmarks in Tucson. The rest of the store space is filled with a multitude of Southwestern crafts and arts, notably Hopi kachinas or Navajo silver and turquoise jewelry. There is also a sampling of Native American pottery and basketry, as well as assorted Southwestern food items such as hot salsa.
Located on the scenic Gates Pass Road and surrounded by stately saguaros, the International Wildlife Museum invites visitors to take a grand tour of the fauna of the earth. African antelopes share their space with big polar bears here, who despite being taxidermied look very much alive. Apart from stuffed animals, the museum also features wildlife films, dioramas, and interactive computer games. If you are planning on bringing a larger group, discounted group rates are available.
This world-famous museum is also a zoo that displays the creatures of the surrounding desert in their natural habitats. Located in the middle of the Sonoran desert about a half an hour drive from Tucson's city center, it also provides breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain ranges. The gift shop has an excellent selection of Sonoran desert souvenirs. This is a must for any visitor staying in Tucson for more than just one day.
Here's a gallery totally devoted to space art. The walls are covered with prints of artists' renditions of space adventures and landscapes of foreign planets. Most prominently, manager Kim Moore features the Apollo moon paintings of ex-NASA employee Alan Bean. Also on display are the beautiful space paintings of local artist/astronomer William Hartmann. This shop is a must-see for all astronomy and art buffs.
This gallery is one of the oldest places in the Southwest, to showcase the people and the wildlife of the American West. All the art, at Settlers West Galleries, is representational, and the owners make a point of selecting the finest in the field. Painters Howard Terpning, Kenneth Riley, and Harley Brown are among the Western artists featured. There is a fine art as well as a book and print gallery for you to browse and select a souvenir from the West.
Apart from the galleries of Scottsdale, Tucson offers the widest array of Western traditional art in Arizona, and Sanders Galleries is one of the best. The main focus at Sanders Galleries is on painters from the Southwest, but the owner will travel all over the country to find oils and watercolors to showcase in her gallery. The art she selects is usually traditional and will delight those who like the representational. Regardless of style, the works on display always reflect her good taste.
This is a Tucson art institution since 1946, making it the oldest fine arts gallery in Arizona. Present owner Judith Williams makes sure that only the best in contemporary Southwest art is selected, ranging from the traditional to the innovative, featuring more than 60 artists of world renown, such as Michael Ewing, David Schwindt, Stephanie Carlton and Greg Wallace. The impressionistic views of landscape painter Joe Orr count among her most valuable assets.
A recent addition to the lifestyle in the beautiful Santa Catalina Foothills, this is essentially an upscale art shopping mall with a unique architectural design, rivaling the chic galleries of Scottsdale. Some of the finest galleries in Southern Arizona have moved to this new location, offering visiting art collectors a good sampling of Tucson's leading artists. Also featuring Soleil, the restaurant with arguably the best view in Tucson.
Tucson artist Richard Zelens runs this gallery, and his studio and living quarters are on the premises. The owner features mostly local artists, showcasing collages, prints, and ceramics, among them works by noted Tucson ceramicist Maurice Grossman. A wide variety of styles, ranging from all abstract to strictly representational, are on view here. Groups shows featuring Tucson artists rotate every few months. Call or e-mail Richard for current information on exhibits and other gallery events.