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2803 E. Valencia Rd
Tucson, AZ 85706
Phone: (520) 294-2500
Fax: (520) 741-0851
Arts & Museums
This store on Tucson's South Side carries one of the largest selections of tiles in the city. Raw tiles are shipped from Italian quarries, and then glazed in-store.The result is a large variety of one-of-a-kind Southwestern objects. Find ceramic tiles, tile clocks, tiles for hot plates or request a customized design. There is also a wide range of Southwest gifts like sculpture, pottery, framed prints and jewelry. Shipping is available within the continental United States.
This institution is totally dedicated to the preservation of the history of flight, be it commercial, military, or even interplanetary. The museum opened in 1976 with just 75 aircraft and has now grown to have more than 250 on display. A recent addition is the Northrop F-5B "Freedom Fighter." Be prepared to spend the entire day if you, or someone in your party, is a aircraft buff. The exhibits on the floor here rotate, and special events and conferences are scheduled regularly.
As implied in its name, this gallery inside the Unitarian Church on 22nd Street features a different artist every month. All pieces are on consignment, with the gallery taking out a 25 percent commission from every sale, which is actually a pretty good deal for the artist. Gallery manager Bill Bland focuses on art that is produced locally or regionally. Call ahead for current exhibits, events and church activities.
Owner Tom Philabaum is renowned as one of America's best glass artists, with exhibits throughout the US, Mexico and Europe, and his gallery, Philabaum Glass, reflects his position in the art world, exhibiting more than 100 nationally and internationally celebrated artists. Apart from wandering around and appreciating the exhibits, you can view glassblowing at his studio and learn about the history of the studio glass movement. This place is open from Tuesday to Saturday at 10am.
Here's a small and intimate setting for people who like to discuss the art they've been exposed to. It's all contemporary, and mostly local artists, in different media. Exhibits change monthly. Each new show is usually enhanced by a gallery talk, with the featured artist present to answer questions. It is advisable to call ahead before visiting or attending an event, as the gallery's open hours vary widely according to schedules.
Formerly known as the Jewish Heritage Center, the Jewish History Museum is a cultural museum that is located in a synagogue. In fact, the very synagogue it is housed in is said to be the oldest structure in that state. With a great collection of artifacts, books, letters, documents, and many other items regarding the history of Jewish people in Southern Arizona, the museum is a great visit place to know more about the past of this region.
Ethnographic art from all over the world is what this gallery upstairs at Broadway Village specializes in, including an impressive display of Southwestern ceramics. The collection of Huichol Indian beadwork is worth the visit at Primitive Arts Gallery. Collectors of African and Polynesian spirit masks and statues will find several objects of their desires here. A must-see for lovers of the exotic, and a perfect fit for the pleasant shaded Mexican-style courtyard downstairs.
If you are a collector of folk art looking for authentic products, check out Picante Designs. It is wholly devoted to the folk art of the American Southwest and Mexico, featuring an abundance of indigenous clothing, jewelry and gifts. The store is noted for its excellent collection of retablos which are small images of Mexican-Catholic saints painted on tin or tile. Retablos make great gifts and much sought-after collector items.
This place probably has the best selection of Caribbean and Latin American Art in all of Tucson. Showcasing both internationally established artists and emerging ones, the owners of this Haiti Arts gallery will search the Americas and the rest of the world looking for that particular collectors item you've been looking for, while offering affordable prices. The shop contains all original paintings and prints. Commissions are available.
The focus here is on glass, specifically the art of glass in all its variations; pierced, carved, hand blown. There are exquisitely crafted pierced spheres as well as beautiful, tall-necked vases and glass sculptures from which to choose. Apart from its glass section, the gallery features contemporary ceramics, jewelry, metal furniture and fibers, and it's all unique. You just might be tempted to buy your souvenir from Tucson right here.
A place dedicated to the work of well-known Tucson artist Diana Madaras, this gallery showcases originals, prints, calendars and note cards in an intimate setting. Her paintings, which have been exhibited in the Tucson Museum of Art as well as in several corporate collections, include images of Tucson, Mexico and the Sonoran Desert in lively colors and make for great souvenirs from the Southwest to take home, or send home as postcards.
Due to its world-renowned Center for Creative Photography, Tucson has become a Mecca for photographers and photo collectors alike. Temple Gallery is only one of the many venues for photo exhibits in town, but it's one of the best. Located inside the Temple of Music and Art, it's easily accessible for art lovers of all genres. The focus here is on vintage 19th and early 20th century photographs, some of them enhanced by hand painting. Call for current exhibits.