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Teresa Goorian

Teresa has been a volunteer with TCA for 24 years. Her current position is the office desk on Wednesdays but has also been an active member of the exhibit hanging crew for many years, pulling nails, patching holes in the walls, and hanging artwork.

Her favorite part about volunteering at the art center is getting to know and work with staff and other volunteers. “I enjoy the variety of exhibitions and other programs. Being part of a group that makes a major contribution to cultural life.”

Teresa is a semi-retired “household drudge’ and occasional poet. Her poetry is exceptional and the staff and other volunteers are often gifted with an impromptu poetry reading.

What you may not know about Teresa:

Theresa was born in Oklahoma. She attended college in Oklahoma and Ohio.  She met her husband in Washington, D.C. and started married life in Sacramento, CA. After a year and a half in Sacramento, they moved with their baby daughter to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This was the start of a peripatetic life following her husband’s career assignments as an agricultural and water resources economist. They moved often over the next 30 years, alternating between various states in the US and stints in Ethiopia,  Afghanistan, Iran and Peru. They enjoyed living in and getting to know other cultures and customs. Teresa occupied herself taking care of their four children, helping out at schools the kids attended and/or with helping local charities in the different countries.


Don Cooper Greeter at TCA

Don Cooper

Don Cooper has been a volunteer with TCA for 18 years. He enjoys the position of gallery greeter and he might be the first person you meet when you visit the art center on a Wednesday morning.

Don enjoys the art exhibits at TCA and his position as greeter lets him meet the visitors and interact with staff and other volunteers.

His hobbies and interests include painting, drawing, reading (mostly fiction) and playing golf (a distant last place interest.)


What you may not know about Don:


His main past activity was skiing as an avocational side line. He was a certified professional ski instructor in Canada and New England. His skiing career ended after 2 knew replacements. He took time away from his professional practice in the winters in order to follow his passion for being a ski instructor. People often asked, “What do you do in the summer?” and his response which they never believed, was “Brain surgery.”

Don is originally from the Philadelphia area and attended medical school at University of Pennsylvania and did his residency at Yale. He practiced neurosurgery for 35 years in Connecticut. In the mid 1950’s he spent 2 years on the Navajo reservation in Fort Defiance, AZ. He fell in love with the southwest and retired to Tubac 20 years ago for the desert life.

Sandra Buehler TCA Volunteer

Sandy Buehler

Sandy has been a volunteer at TCA since 2013. She especially enjoys working in the Gift Shop.

“I enjoy meeting people of all ages from many different areas and telling them about TCA and all it has to offer.”
– Sandy

Sandy enjoys reading, golf, mahjong, birding, walking and water exercise. She’s also active in two women’s groups in Green Valley, the Amigas and the American Association of University Women.


What you might not know about Sandy:

“I love everything pumpkin from shakes, to pancakes to pumpkin coffee!” – Sandy

She is originally from New Berlin, WI,  a suburb of Milwaukee. When she retired, she and her husband  moved to a vacation home on Lake Arrowhead golf course, in central WI. During the first retirement winter, they spent a month in Green Valley AZ. The fell in love with the area and bought a  condo. Since they were spending more time in AZ, they bought a bigger home in Green Valley. They sold the WI home and are now full time AZ residents!

Sharon Burton

Sharon Ann Burton

Sharon Burton has been a TCA volunteer since 2012-2013 and prefers working mornings at the office desk.

She likes volunteering at the desk by the main office because the duties are varied and continually changing for that particular day so there is never a dull moment. Plus, this keeps me updated on all functions and activities occurring at the TCA.

Her interests are across a broad spectrum. Most include murals, water color and acrylic painting, design, traveling, learning new things and languages, writing children’s books, exercising, skiing, golf, pickle ball, riding a motorcycle, helping others and working with children of all ages.

What you might not know about Sharon:

Since 2013 Sandy has also volunteered at the Montessori School in Tubac. There she helps four, five and six year olds with reading. As well as being an artist she has also written and illustrated five books for children. They are: Grammy Loves Me, When I Grow Up, Desert Moms, Saving Is Wise and my newest published book, Let’s Volunteer.

In April 2017 she gave a presentation at the Montessori School to the older students on how to write, illustrate and publish a children’s book. In 2018, Sharon will be doing a book signing on my newest book, Let’s Volunteer. Much of the proceeds from the books go to programs that help needy children here in the U.S and other countries. Her website is

Sharon is a retired teacher of thirty years from the Saratoga Springs City School District in upstate New York, and an artist. She spends the winters here in Tubac with her husband, a retired attorney. They were attracted to this charming area because of its friendliness, beauty, size, weather and wonderful creative energy.

Denyse Fenalon

Denyse Fenalon, a TCA member artist living in Tucson, has been a volunteer for 8 or 9 years. She enjoys volunteering because it keeps her connected.  She works mostly in the gallery gift shop but has also volunteered in the gallery and with chck in for the exhibits. Her favorite part about volunteering at the art center is getting to know the people, the staff, other volunteers and the people that come to visit.  She meets visitors from across the country and even around the world.

Denyse transitioned from being an art instructor to corporate training and then currently, into real estate. Her art background helps her in real estate as she stages the homes that she represents.

Denyse is originally from Canada but lived in the San Francisco bay area before moving to Arizona in 2001. She holds an art teaching degree and has taught painting and printmaking to children and adults. Her move to AZ changed her own art and she now often paints plen aire landscapes instead of the studio painting she did previously.

You’ll find Denyse in the TCA gift shop, her art in many of the TCA exhibits, and participating in the annual Open Studio Tour at the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa location.

2017 Annual Meeting

Please join us on Sunday, November 5th, 2017 for our annual meeting and dinner.


DATE: Sunday, November 5, 2017
TIME: Bar Opens: 5:00pm,  Meeting & Dinner: 5:30PM to 8:00PM
COST: $25 per person for members, $30 for guests Includes bar, buffet dinner & dessert.

Meeting: Election of Board Members
50/50 Raffle Tickets, Food, & Fun! Dress southwestern style: Prizes for the two best outfits.

Purchase your  tickets online by clicking here.

Margaret Robertson

Photo: Margaret & George

Help us celebrate the 96th birthday of dedicated TCA Volunteer, Margaret Robertson.

Our long time volunteer, Margaret Robertson turns 96 years old on November 11th, 2017. Recently her birthday was celebrated at the home of Barbara & Dick Blake in Amado as a fundraiser for TCA. This birthday celebration was about giving back, celebrating the many years of service that Margaret has made and continues to make to Tubac Center of the Arts.

If you know Margaret or simply love the idea of celebrating the contributions of our volunteers, you can also give back by making a donation to TCA (aka, Santa Cruz Valley Arts Assoc.) through the donation button below, or by mailing a check to:

TCA – Happy Birthday Margaret!
PO Box 1911, Tubac, AZ 85646


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About Margaret:

Margaret Myra Manchester was born in Santa Maria California in 1921. Her father, grandfather and uncles all worked in the oil fields.  As a young girl they moved often for her father’s work; from Santa Maria to Fullerton to Ventura and back, ending up in Ventura for her high school and junior college.

It was there that she met her husband George Robertson.  They married in 1942 in South Carolina where George was a civilian flight instructor and that is where their oldest son was born.  When he joined the Army Air Corp and was transferred to Helena, Arkansas, Margaret went with him after a time with her parents in California.

Through the years they moved many times until they found Tubac.  This was their 28th move and Margaret has now been in Tubac for 28 years.  Her last move was to convert her daughter, Meg’s, garage into an apartment in 2003 after the death of her husband.  So that makes 29 moves and that is just in her married life, so the number is actually much larger.

Margaret first came to TCA in the early 90’s as a greeter in the gallery and also helping Doris with the mail outs. Soon she transferred to gift shop where she has been a volunteer ever since.  She loves her time at the Center and doesn’t plan to retire from it any time soon.

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.


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