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Arts & Museums
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.
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.
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 building duplicates an old post office in Naco, with historic stamps and Civil War documents on display. It's a paradise for any stamp collector or history buff. The old post office offers tours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Large groups are required to make reservations. The staff also offers regular post office services on the premises.
Centrally located and incorporated into the International Arts Center, which has become one of the hotbeds of cultural activity in the Old Pueblo, this new art venue strives to promote cultural exchange of between Tucson and the world through personal contact and the Internet. The gallery derives its name from the fact that exhibits move around the arts center depending on availability of space. Both innovative local and international artists are represented.
Strategically located on Fourth Avenue, a major destination for both locals and visitors alike, this has become the largest arts and crafts mall in Tucson. More than 200 artists display their works here and there is still room for more. It's an excellent place to shop for Southwestern gifts, featuring such regional items as sandpainting clocks, Indian jewelry, sandstone coasters, pottery and much more artwork of interest to the visitor from out of town. And who knows, maybe the artist in you may want to showcase your talents here.
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.
The Tucson-Pima Arts Council has served the artist community in Tucson for several years, and has been quite successful introducing heretofore unknown artists to the public. The large space in this downtown gallery is used for both exhibits and multimedia performances. Only group shows are displayed here, usually by three or more local artists. If you choose to purchase a piece you like, the Council will put you in touch with the artist.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, formerly known as the non-profit Toole Shed Studios Artists Collective, houses about 15 artists and includes meeting space, classrooms and private studios. Tucson artists have turned an ugly unused warehouse into an art center bustling with activity all day long, contributing their share to the Tucson downtown revival movement. With gallery owner Elizabeth Cherry now running the place, the museum is destined to be at the cutting edge of contemporary art. Admission is free.
Located just west of the University of Arizona campus, the Arizona Historical Society features permanent and long-term exhibits from Spanish Colonial times to the 20th century—including a replica of a mine shaft invoking Arizona's long history of gold, silver and copper mining. There are several hands on exhibits and an excellent collection of old photographs documenting the lives of Indians, settlers and miners in Southern Arizona. The gift store is open the same hours as the museum. This place is a must-visit to learn about rich cultural heritage of Arizona.
For a taste of historic Tucson, take a ride on one of the track trolleys leaving from the University of Arizona's main gate on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays. This all-volunteer "museum" has reinstated and refurbished the trolley system that was carrying passengers around downtown Tucson from 1906 to 1930. Old Pueblo Trolley has definitely given the city a return of its old charm.
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.