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Tubac Center of the Arts
Ranked #2 of 23 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 4 May 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 18 April 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.

1  Thank profmuseum
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Reviewed 8 April 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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Reviewed 1 April 2013

Lined with retail stores offering their wares embracing art, clothing, jewelry at different price points, but including a mishmash of product contributing some local or Mexican made goods, the town is interesting, but touristy. A tour of the area did not suggest a prolonged visitation and after touring several establishments, we departed in search of history more suited to our interests.

1  Thank Lee S
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Reviewed 26 February 2013

Over the years the Tubac Art Center has offered some quality exhibitions and programs. It has struggled, however, to find a niche in the southwest, especially in this art-friendly community. With construction going on, many of us thought a face-lift signaled a new focus and were excited to see the results. But the results are devastating! How could anyone who claims to be committed to the arts allow something so ugly to be built? The entryway is confusing, uninviting, and totally dismissive of the original architecture. The rest of the experience only gets worse. I am saddened by this waste of money and blight on an otherwise lovely landscape. I look forward to the next campaign to raise the funds to do something right for this charming community. In the meantime, shame on any of you who were involved in this travesty! N from Tucson

4  Thank TucsonTuscan
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