The Tubac Center of the Arts has always been one of my favorite small gems among regional American museums. But with the new Master Artist Gallery, and its permanent collection of iconic Southern Arizona artists, I personally think TCA has reached a whole new level. Now, in one place, I can experience the landscape, animals and people of Southern Arizona through the eyes of its greatest artists.
The new "Timeless Meditations" exhibit (through Nov. 11, 2012) is also the best I have ever seen at TCA, and the artists represent more than 25 states, so it's a national juried show. Walking through it, my artist friend remarked that it would have been equally at home in a New York gallery. The show is simply that good. There is even a Tibetan monk coming from Nepal to create a sand mandala as part of the exhibit!
I am impressed that TCA isn't just content to rest on its laurels but is pushing itself to present, and the public to experience, art in new ways. I am not affiliated with TCA but now I am especially proud to live in the area and call them my neighbor.
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