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“TCA - Where Art and History Meet”

Tubac Center of the Arts
Ranked #2 of 24 things to do in Tubac
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Owner description: Tubac Center of the Arts is the Core of Art in Tubac. TCA is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the celebration and promotion of the arts through education, exhibitions, and performing arts. There are rotating juried exhibitions of art from both local artists as well as artists from across the country. The center also includes a children's summer arts program, art workshops, a gift shop, and ongoing events throughout the year. Please visit our website, for our current calendar of events and for workshops, visit TubacArtWorkshops.com.
Reviewed July 29, 2013

The newly renovated TCA is truly a pleasurable experience ... one floor, spacious and friendly, with a gorgeous gift shop. You may roam on your own or receive info from a gallery host. The Master Gallery is rich in history with examples of noted Tubac Artists - Cabot, Stefan, Hal Empie. It's always contemporary in it's approach with revolving exhibits of current day local artists, artisans, as well as, many noted individuals in the art world from throughout the U.S. Additionally, there is a rich and varied performing arts program throughout the year, with acclaimed musicians, comedians, actors and vocalists. Education is central to it's role in the community, offering workshops throughout the year and a summer experience for local students. Of particular note is the Festival of the Arts in February - with outstanding artists, vendors, & craftsmen from around the country, with the unique Tubac western/spanish appeal at the base of the beautiful Santa Rita Mountains. It doesn't get better than this!

Thank cpamelita
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

The Tubac Center of the Arts is an opportunity to see what a community of passionate artists and art lovers has created over six decades to celebrate and support its own creativity. It isn't a museum although its new Masters Gallery exhibits and preserves the art history of a region long rich in creativity. It IS several galleries showing a constantly changing and varied range of topical exhibitions featuring work by regional artists, national artists and artists from as far away as Tibet. It is a home for musical and dramatic performances, cultural lectures and round tables, a facility for many artist workshops and an important Summer Arts program for the children of the area. It is a meeting space for the many cultural and historical groups in the region. In short, it is the heart of a living arts community. Because the Center is supported exclusively by local donors in an area with no large corporate sponsors, its newly expanded building is a work in progress. Over time, generous contributors will fill the new entry and it's somewhat bare mini-plaza with outdoor sculpture and desert planting. TCA also has one of the best gift shops in Arizona.

Thank artist33
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

Nice day trip down from Tucson toward the border with Mexico in Nogales. There are bargains to be had, particularly if you want large pots for your landscaping. We got three huge pots filling the back of our Honda Pilot (SUV) for under $150. Price them out at your local megastore and you're paying that for just 1, possibly two, but never for 3. The local food was good even if the service seemed a little lacking. Everybody has a hard day on occasion, I guess, and maybe tired of gringos coming down trying to lowball everything. Don't go with the mind of it being like Nogales where they say $50, you say $2 and haggle until you walk away with an item for $5. This place has quality merchandise with talented artists. You have to be of the mindset to want such an item in your home, though. Renoir, Monet, Manet and Degas they are not. But they have talent. You could go to your local Tres Amigos store and pay a 50% mark-up or make a day of it down in Tubac.

Thank John G
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

I recently visited the Tubac Center for the Arts because I heard there was a new addition. A friend of mine and I drove down from Phoenix because we are art lovers and always like to see something new. Upon arriving we were quite shocked at the entrance to the building. Clearly whoever designed the entrance had no clear understanding of historic architecture. The original building is a wonderful Craftsman style. The wall and fountain placed in front of the original entrance is an eyesore and no attempt was made to integrate them with the original building. It looks like someone just wanted to block the entrance and made it difficult for a first time visitor to feel welcome.

We then entered the building and discovered that two new galleries were added on. Both galleries are dark with no natural light. An oversight by whoever designed them. Just about every new art center and museum I have visited in the past ten years includes controlled natural light to best display the artwork. One gallery is devoted to a more permanent collection of artists from the Tubac's past. This art work in my opinion is mediocre at best. The other gallery serves as an art room for teaching classes. Why would anyone want to take an art class in a room with no natural light?

We were quite disappointed with our whole experience. If you go to Tubac visit the other galleries and stores but skip the art center.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

What a wonderful experience stopping into the Tubac Center of the Arts! We were greeted by Gail a tiny, sprite of a woman with colorful energy pouring from every pore of her body! Between this lovely spot and the wonderful Feminine Mystique Gallery we were enthralled with Tubac!

Thank Annie A
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