Comfort Suites at Sabino Canyon
7007 E. Tanque Verde
Tucson, AZ 85715
Phone: (520) 298-2300
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Arts & Museums
The Museum of the Horse Soldier seeks to educate visitors of the contributions and history of the United States Military's mounted services. Cavalry officers and enlisted men are highlighted, as well as their horses. Over 200 years of military history are covered here, including objects from battles, the equipment these soldiers needed while in the military, and large panoramic photos of battles. Open Monday and Tuesday by appointment only.
Focusing on original art of the Southwest, Venture Fine Arts Gallery on Tucson's East Side at Trail Dust Town offers a good selection of bronzes focusing on Native American and cowboy lore, quite appropriate to its Western surroundings, as well as oils and watercolors with wildlife themes. Most of the artists showcased here are local Tucsonans. A good selection of small jewelry and gifts is also available.
The name is somewhat misleading, since gallery owner Juraj Skalina is Czech, and the art he exhibits is really about the American West and its inhabitants. Apart from his own drawings, Juraj shows the works of Western painter Reginald Jones, featuring mainly oil paintings of horses, Indians, and Westerners. Jones' work has been distributed nationwide. The gallery also offers a good collection of antique maps.
Of the co-op galleries in Tucson, this one is probably the best. Thirty local artists show their work on consignment here, representing a cross-section of the Tucson art scene in a variety of media and styles. There is a good mix of painting and sculpture, with a focus on Southwestern desert themes. This is an excellent opportunity to both support local art and get your souvenir from the Southwest.
Specializing in 19th and 20th century watercolors and prints, this fine gallery on Tucson's east side prides itself on featuring quality work of known artists of the past, most prominently masters of the Hudson River School and American Realism. Services also include art appraisals, buying and selling, restoration, brokerage, and framing with hand-carved frames. The owners are very knowledgeable about realistic paintings and will occasionally take 19th and early 20th century paintings on consignment.
If you want to learn more about Tucson's role in the long and often troubled relations between Spanish settlers, early Anglo pioneers and Native American inhabitants, visit the Fort Lowell Museum. This museum is located within an old adobe building at Fort Lowell Park. Here, the Arizona Historical Society presents exhibits and photograph shows on the Apache Wars and historic Fort Lowell. The reconstructed Officers' Quarters serve as a visitor center.
This is where artist Norman Brumm exhibits and sells his peculiar brand of art; redwood tables with turquoise inlays, agate dream catchers, pastel drawings of flowers, as well as his selection of crystals, minerals and fossils. In short, anything that is made from natural products or inspired by nature. Norman is widely known beyond Tucson's city limits; some of his pieces are owned by the Japanese royal family and other international luminaries. It's ok to just come into the store and browse, too, without making a purchase.
This classy art gallery in the Plaza Palomino shopping plaza showcases paintings, sculptures and prints from all over the world as well as local artists. Gallery owner Tammy Voorhees offers an eclectic mix of fine art ranging from ethnic traditional to wildly experimental. Apart from being one of the main sources for Ettore DeGrazia's works, she features outstanding artists such as Jude Dayton, David Manje, Faigee Niebow and Josephine Swift-Miller, a storyteller in acrylic. This is also great place for jewelry and gifts to take home as souvenirs.
The Mini-Time Machine Museum houses a vast collection of miniature artifacts. It has a large variety of antiques, meaning the museum itself could be seen as a miniature time machine. A large space for small objects is the perfect description for this place. Its wide array of exhibits appeals to all ages. Apart from the existing collection, several temporary exhibitions and programs are conducted here seasonally.
While the gallery has been a fixture in Tucson since 1947, the art that is on display dates back much further. Kay Mallek showcases antique paintings in oil, as well as lithographs and prints of all types. An array of china, art glass, chandeliers, figurines and other precious antiques are also available here. The studio on Swan Road offers silk screen paintings, art restoration and custom tiles decorated with love and care by the artist. It's up to you to choose from bird, animal and plant designs, as well as Mexican or Indian imagery.
With 10,000 square feet, Medicine Man Gallery is one of the biggest galleries of the far East, and the only one in Tucson featuring monumental works on display in a sculpture garden. There is a variety of Native American jewelry, pottery, basketry and a fine collection of Navajo rugs. The place also showcases the works of potter Maria Martinez and the works of renowned Western artist Maynard Dixon.
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.