Comfort Suites at Tucson Mall
515 West Automall Dr
Tucson, AZ 85705-6008
Phone: (520) 888-6676
Fax: (520) 888-6617
Arts & Museums
This store, located in the 'Arizona Avenue' of Tucson Mall, is noteworthy for its large collection of prints featuring the works of renowned local artist Ted DeGrazia, whose DeGrazia Gallery in the foothills is one of the landmarks in Tucson. The rest of the store space is filled with a multitude of Southwestern crafts and arts, notably Hopi kachinas or Navajo silver and turquoise jewelry. There is also a sampling of Native American pottery and basketry, as well as assorted Southwestern food items such as hot salsa.
Here's a gallery totally devoted to space art. The walls are covered with prints of artists' renditions of space adventures and landscapes of foreign planets. Most prominently, manager Kim Moore features the Apollo moon paintings of ex-NASA employee Alan Bean. Also on display are the beautiful space paintings of local artist/astronomer William Hartmann. This shop is a must-see for all astronomy and art buffs.
This gallery is devoted to representing artists in exclusively one medium: silica and glass. There is some exquisite glass-work here, note the free hand-blown vessels and abstract sculptures, in particular. Among the artists represented are Linda Allyn and Richard Hornby of nearby Fire Ranch Glass-works, as well as Ed Botkin, Lewis Woodruff and owner/artist Allen Anderson. Call the gallery for information on artists and prices.
Looking for images of the Southwest to decorate your home? Craig Fine Arts has a large collection of traditional Western and wildlife art, featuring local and nationally known artists, bronzes and terra cotta sculptures as well as watercolors, oil, acrylics, pastels and fine etchings. The owner also offers custom framing at very reasonable prices. This is a great place to find a souvenir from the West that will last you a lifetime.
Tucson artist Richard Zelens runs this gallery, and his studio and living quarters are on the premises. The owner features mostly local artists, showcasing collages, prints, and ceramics, among them works by noted Tucson ceramicist Maurice Grossman. A wide variety of styles, ranging from all abstract to strictly representational, are on view here. Groups shows featuring Tucson artists rotate every few months. Call or e-mail Richard for current information on exhibits and other gallery events.
Located in the upscale shopping environment of Joesler Village, this gallery features contemporary work by local, national and international artists such as Victor Stevens, Barbara Lewis, Cleo Tesseidre and others. Originals, limited editions and prints are for sale. You can also have the gallery's design team create the perfect frame for your or your child's masterpiece. A wide variety of gifts with a Southwestern flavor is available. Holiday gifts can be shipped.
Appropriately located in the historic Joesler Building, Michael D. Higgins & Son specializes in old American Indian art, some of it from Pre-Columbian times, but mostly 18th and 19th century. Here, owner Michael Higgins proudly presents his exquisite Navajo blankets and Paiute baskets, as well as his collection of Mexican antiquities. He also purchases tribal art collections and handles appraisals. If you have things you would like to sell, he would be willing to travel, he also offers a consignment service at reasonable rates.
Located in beautiful St. Philip's Plaza, this fine crafts gallery reflects its environment of upscale restaurants, cafes and boutiques, showcasing contemporary jewelry, brooches and rings made from gold, silver, bronze as well as sculptural works in glass, fiber, and clay. Most of the artwork is by regional artists. This is a great place to find gifts for lovers and spouses, as well as souvenirs that will last you a lifetime.
The Franklin Auto Museum in Tucson is a must see for every American classic car aficionado. Its main attraction is the Franklin, with 18 models on display, all original or fully restored and built between 1910 and 1934. Also featured are classic cars from 1909 to 1941, rotated at irregular intervals. Actual hours vary due to a scarcity of staff volunteers. It is therefore recommended to call ahead. Admission is free and donations are always graciously accepted.
This is Tucson's place for people with a taste for adventure in art. Elizabeth Cherry Contemporary Art showcases artists from all over the world in different media, including large installations, and all of them strictly non-traditional. Recent exhibits include the quirky paintings of Craig Clements with their slight infusion of kitsch and surrealism. Truly an art lovers delight.
This place offers an amazing variety of arts and crafts in the southwest tradition. Owner and artist Wylie Glad offers full-service design out of the shop and can transform your home into a southwestern landscape using special painting techniques for creating 3D-effects. This gallery serves as a showcase for designer skills, and you can either buy the works right on the premises or order an in-home design consultation. If you visit the store, don't miss the display of custom furniture upstairs.
Here's a gallery-store to buy quality Indian art from all parts of the Southwest, but mainly from the Four Corners region. Silverbell Trading showcases Michael Chiago, a self-taught artist of the local Tohono O'odham tribe, whose paintings are now shown worldwide. There are Zuni fetishes as well as Native music and books. This is also one of the best outlets for Tohono O'odham basketry, the craft of the people that live on the reservation west of Tucson.