Known as an artist colony Tubac, Arizona’s more than 125 galleries, shops and artist studios welcome visitors with warm Western hospitality; no snobbishness or pretensions. Located 45 miles south of Tucson on I-19 Tubac is a popular day-trip or weekend getaway. Visitors discover a broad range of merchandise – original art and sculpture, colorful Mexican pottery, collectibles and souvenirs.
I found an especially appealing group of shops at 19 Tubac Road, including Lily’s, Sweet Poppy, Artseeds and Geren Gallery.
The Tubac Center for the Arts is always worth a stop. The center’s new Master Artists Gallery showcases those who were important in creating Tubac’s reputation, “Where Art and History Meet.” Other galleries feature temporary exhibits and new works by local artists. We found the gift shop worth checking out, leaving with a unique piece of jewelry.
When feeling almost overwhelmed by painted wall lizards and rusty metal javelinas or coyotes we find a quiet, shaded courtyard for a restful break. Even then we find appealing scenes to photograph.