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2017 Members Open Exhibit Award Winners

Friday, July 28th we opened our new season with the Members’ Open Exhibit reception where juror, Brooke Grucella selected and presented the awards. Brooke is a professor of practice and has curated the Joseph Gross and Lionel Rombach Galleries, School of Art, College of Fine Arts, University of Arizona since 2008.

Award Winners:

Best of Show: “Let Loose” by Amy Pilger
Best Photography: “Fundy Dock” by Tom Daniels
Award of Excellence: “Devil’s Right Hand” by Steve Hickman
Award of Merit: “Hummingbird Garden” by Nancy Child-Hickman
Honorable Mention: “Prickly Pear” by Lisa Peter
New this year, the Members’ Open Best of Show winner will have their own exhibit in the Studio Gallery.
Look for Amy Pilger’s Best of Show exhibit, September 8 – October 1, 2017.

TCA Awarded Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts!

(Michael Fenlason, Exhibitions Manager & Karin Topping, Executive Director, Image credit, Ellen Sussman, GV News)

“This is the first year Open Studios is expanding to Nogales, and the first time the full-color catalog will be published in an English and Spanish bilingual edition. This will help more Spanish-speaking residents take part and visit artists’ studios. It also gives artists in Nogales a chance to share their talent in the March 17-19 event.” (GVNews)

Click here to read the article in the Green Valley News.

Rostros & Miradas

[image url=”” title=”Rostros Y Miradas” alignment=”left” margin_left=”0″ margin_right=”10″ margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”0″ border=”smallBorder” width=”484″ height=”648″]Tubac Center of the Arts partners with the Consulate General of Mexico in Nogales, Arizona to present “Rostros & Miradas,” an art exhibit of paintings by Roberto Bejarano.

“Featured Sonoran artist Roberto Bejarano has exhibited his exquisite paintings all over Mexico and many locations in the United States,” said the Mexican Consulate in Nogales, which is sponsoring the show. “His illustrations celebrate the colorful heritage of the Sonoran desert region, and evoke the deep feelings of the ethnic groups of the state of Sonora.”

“Rostros y Miradas” will remain on display through May 15, 2016.


“Birds of Arizona”

[image url=”” alignment=”left” margin_left=”0″ margin_right=”10″ margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”0″ border=”smallBorder” width=”192″ height=”312″]Renown Green Vally artist, Roy Purcell has documented over 100 species of birds in Arizona.  His sketch books are overflowing with detailed drawings and paintings of birds.  This exhibit celebrates birding in Arizona during the Tubac Takes Flight season with large and small paintings by Roy Purcell. Click here for more information on this exhibit. The exhibit continues through April 24, 2016.

“Flight/Vuelo” Celebrates Birds & Birding in Tubac

[image url=”” alignment=”left” margin_left=”0″ margin_right=”10″ margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”0″ border=”smallBorder” width=”432″ height=”576″]For the second year, Tubac Center of the Arts presents, “Flight,” a nationally juried art exhibit celebrating birds and birding in Tubac and the surrounding Santa Cruz Valley.
Flight/Vuelo is a national juried exhibit that showcases 61 works of art representing artists from 13 different states. Juror Linda Feltner, an accomplished and award-winning artist and instructor, shared thoughtful insights into her selection process, not only for the works that made the cut, but for the awards presented on opening night. Read more about this exhibit and an interview with Exhibitions Manager, Michael Fenlason.  Click Here. The exhibit continues through April 24, 2016.

Award Winners:
Best of Show:
David and Paula Perino, Bluebirds Arriving Through a Stargate on Music of Spheres, mixed.
Juror’s Award:
Lauri Slenning, Raven, patina bronze.
Award of Excellence:
Randy Van Dyck, King of the Road, acrylic on panel
Award of Merit:
Barbara Kuzara, Midnight Wings, monotype, mixed media
Honorable Mention:
Rebecca Easton, Gold’s Turkey at Dawn, oil
Steven Hickman, Fence Riders (Black-billed Magpie), oil on linen panel

Ford Mustang Raffle

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Support Tubac Center of the Arts with a chance to win
a 2015 FORD MUSTANG 50th Anniversary Edition!
Exclusive – only 1,964 vehicles produced!

$25/ticket or $100 for 5 tickets. A maximum of 100,000 tickets will be sold.
Click here to purchase your tickets online or call TCA at 520-398-2371.  You may pick up or purchase at the art center, 9 Plaza Road, Tubac, AZ 85646. Or we can mail your tickets to you. Click here to read the attached flyer for the terms, conditions and guidelines when purchasing your tickets.
Ticket purchase deadline: Monday, November 2, 2015.
Raffle drawing held Friday, November 13, 2015.

Tubac Center of the Arts is participating in “The Millions for Tucson Raffle” as a 501c(3) charitable non profit.  Since 2004, Jim Click, Jr. has initiated five raffles* for charities in the Greater Tucson area and has donated a vehicle as the raffle prize.

This year, Mr. Click is donating a 2015 Ford Mustang, 50th Anniversary Edition. The iconic Mustang, an American muscle car, burst onto the scene in 1964 and never looked back. The Ford Motor Company is building exactly 1,964 of these vehicles that are based on the GT coupe and offered in Kona Blue or the original Wimbledon White of the first Mustang sold in 1964.

To give you an idea of just how exclusive this vehicle is, consider this: Bill Ford, CEO of the Ford Motor Company, will take possession of the very first one. Other Ford executives have lined up but the vast majority will be sold to the public. The MSRP is $48,190 but already people are starting to pre-order them all over the world and are offering to pay tens of thousands of dollars over the list price! This vehicle is expected to go up in value, significantly, and is considered to be a collectible. Must be 21 years or older to win.

Members’ Open Art Exhibit

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Exhibit Dates: Friday, September 4 – October 18, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, September 4th, 5-7pm

The Members’ Open is an annual exhibit featuring the work of Artist Members of Tubac Center of the Arts.  The exhibit is open to all media and includes paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and more.

Bobb Vann Exhibit

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In the Studio Gallery:
The Art of Bobb Vann

Friday, September 25th
– Sunday, November 15th, 2015

“It’s about being honest, being committed, and giving a hundred percent. We sometimes wonder just what is our purpose here on earth. As an artist, mine is to leave a truer image than was left before, of our black people.” Bobb Vann

Bobb Vann was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He now resides in Tubac, Arizona. His love and skills in drawing and painting can be traced back to his childhood. He received formal art training at the the Philadelphia College of Art.

His versatility of artistic skills include illustration and design as well as painting and drawing. He was an art director, served as a judge in art shows, and taught art. He has won a number of awards for his art and has participated in numerous exhibitions.

Arte de Avian

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Images above, left to right: “Baby Hummingbirds,” Leslie Miller, “Migration #5,” John Fansmith, “Arizona Transplant,” Linda Fox, “East African Crowned Cranes,” Dianne Yudelson

 Arte de Avian – at Tubac Center of the Arts, March 13 – April 26, 2015

“Arte de Avian” is a nationally juried exhibit of art that celebrates birds and birding.  Artist/Juror Ben Johnson of Tucson selected 69 works of art from over 220 entries submitted.  The work represents artists from 18 states working in oil, acrylic, mixed media, ceramic & jewelry. “Arte de Avian”anchors a community wide celebration of birds and birding as “Tubac Takes Flight” including “Poetry of the Wild,” a public art project in partnership with the Anza Trail Coalition, and additional bird walks, talks and presentations at Tubac Center of the Arts and throughout the Tubac area community.



Lawrence Beck, Larry Blackwood, John Brasaemle, Weston Brownlee, Brian Carney, Shirley Cleary, Rosemary Corneto, Cheryl Crane, Barbara Dahlstedt, Robert Dash, Carol Faber, John Fansmith, Ellen Fountain, Linda Fox, Gail Frasier, Barbara Garrett, Thomas Graham, Linda Harrison-Parsons, Jennifer Howard, Irene Imfeld, Jessi Kerr, Kathy Kleinsteiber, Diane  Kleiss, Kathleen Koopman, Pam Little, Fiona Lovelock, Laurel Macdonald, Valerie Mann, Leslie Miller, Joy Mills, Warren Norgaard, David and Paula Perino, Denneen Peterson, Gene Reineking, Rebecca Riel, Judith Rose, Nan Runde, Marty Sewell, Rex Short, Virginia Short, Leslie Sinclair, Lynn Skordal, Maggie Smith, Flavia Souza, L. Susan Stark, Linda Strand, Cassandra Swierenga, Carol Swiggett, Jill Tower, Archie Tucker, Paul Tunkis, Randy Van Dyck, Risa Waldt, L. Wren Walraven, Pamela Wedemeyer, Myrna York, Dianne Yudelson, Kim Zarney

Bolero Dinero!

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In the 1850s, the Heintzelman Mining Company of Tubac created their own scrip for community use.And because Tubac is the place where art and history meet, the village is re-introducing the concept in 2015. 

At all major community events, such as the Festival of the Arts, Spring Art Walk, and Bonanza days, contest drawings will be held to receive Bolero Dinero, the specialized currency for use in Tubac. Many shops, galleries (including ours), and eateries will be accepting Bolero Dinero.

Participating businesses will each determine the value of Bolero Dinero in their establishments. You can participate in the contest by either liking the Tubac Chamber of Commerce Facebook page or by signing in at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park or the Tubac Center of the Arts.

Prizes that will be awarded include: a 2015 commemorative Tubac Festival of the Arts poster, lunch for two at Elvira’s restaurant, golf for two at Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, and entrance for two at Tubac Presidio.

Click here for participating merchants.

Click here for the full press release.

Click here to listen to the radio interview about the project.

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