1560 West Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85745
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Arts & Museums
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 is Tucson's place for people with a taste for adventure in art. Elizabeth Cherry Contemporary Art showcases artists from all over the world in different media, including large installations, and all of them strictly non-traditional. Recent exhibits include the quirky paintings of Craig Clements with their slight infusion of kitsch and surrealism. Truly an art lovers delight.
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.
The Warehouse District near the railway station has grown into a hotbed for creative activities in Tucson, with many warehouses being transformed into studios for local artists that have yet to become famous. This gallery, in particular, provides exhibit space for artists whose works are not usually shown in public, such as prisoners or art students. Usually, no commission is charged to the artists making the gallery accessible to people with limited means. All media are represented.
While living on the coast of Mexico, sculptor/musician Ed Davenport became fascinated by graceful shapes of driftwood that had been weathered by the ocean. By polishing and carving further, he made them into sculptures of extraordinary appeal. Now, he uses this technique to bring out the sensuous quality of stone, shaping the organic beauty of rocks from the mountains of Arizona into fluid forms. Presently, Ed's gallery is open by appointment only, although he is working towards having regular hours.
This is where the members of the Tucson Watercolor Guild study the art of painting with watercolors, exhibit their works, and sell them. The guild has several membership exhibits each year, plus separate shows featuring watercolor artists of renown. Pieces that are sold are required to stay in the gallery until after the show. Aspiring painters can drop off their pieces at appointed times.
Niece-Kimpton Gallery has built its exhibits around the works of noted sculptors Kurt Niece and Joe Kimpton, featuring jewelry and crafts by nationally known Native and contemporary artists. The famous silver jewelry of the Zuni Indians is one product the owners are particularly proud to present. The beauty of the display is certainly one to be admired.
Tolteca Tlacuilo means "a balance between crafts and nature," and that's what this store is striving for. Located inside the Old Town Artisans arts and crafts complex downtown, it features a huge array of handcrafted gifts not only just from Mexico and the Americas, but the entire world, with a special emphasis on the crafts of Africa and India. A local angle is provided by the more than 200 Tucson artists that are showcased here. Note the impressive collection of handcrafted wind chimes.
This gallery boasts carrying the largest collection of ceramic pots in town. Located in one of Tucson's favorite tourist destinations, the Old Town Artisans complex downtown, it offers ample opportunity for buying art souvenirs with a Southwest tinge. Other than pots and pieces of clay art, you'll find various home accessories, gifts and furnishings, all handcrafted by local or regional artists in both contemporary and Southwestern style.
Mexican-American families have continuously inhabited this house until it was incorporated into the downtown Museum of Art Historic Block in the 1970s. Named after its last resident, Maria Navarette Cordova, it has now become a Mexican heritage museum. Its rooms have been restored to the original style with a replica of the old Spanish garrison at this location on display. A good time to visit is during Christmas when folk art nacimientos, or nativity scenes, are shown inside.
If you are looking for a great place where art and music combine then head to Solar Culture. With a fantastic art gallery, enriched in history, the Gallery is a great place to check out some fantastic Artwork. The general public are allowed to showcase their art for free at the premises. Solar Culture is also a venue where local bands perform live and enthrall the audience.
Tucson Museum of Art proudly features pieces created by artists in American West and Latin American. Most of the pieces are also contemporary modern in nature. The museum also features works by some of Arizona's most talented artists. Children under 12 and members are admitted free of charge and it's free for all on the first Sunday of the month. If art is what intrigues you, especially that of a local variety, then this place is a must-visit.