Exciting events and member artist profiles

This month we dive deeper into our season and welcome back many of our residents, visitors and volunteers!  It is also an exciting time in the Gallery as we open one of our largest annual exhibition:  Arizona Aqueous.  This is 34th year of this annual, national exhibit focused on water-based materials, and it’s always a crowd-pleaser.   Be sure to check it out, through Oct. 27.

In the TCA Shop we will also be celebrating with  water-themed displays, art, apparel and jewelry from our member artists.   We have set up a an “aqueous” mini-boutique in our Gallery Shop featuring water-colored tops and jewelry from consigner artist Crafty Couture.   We will also be featuring Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos-themed merchandise, which are always very popular.  In short, it looks to be a busy month!

Our Javelinas de Tubac event is scheduled to open on October 26th.  This is a regional effort that involves the community in many ways.  Be sure to visit http://www.javelinasdetubac.com  to learn more.  The Shop will be selling unique javelina sculptures, pottery and even your very own “paintable” javelina!

Starting on the 27th, we will also be showcasing our Plein Aire painters in a multi-day event in partnership with the Rancho Santa Cruz.  A preview of the wonderful work of this enthusiastic artist group is hanging in the Gallery Shop (photo above), with many more pieces to come in the Studio Gallery later.

Last but not least, we will also begin regular features spotlighting our vendors and volunteers here.  (If you wish to be profiled in future posts, please send two paragraphs and photo(s) 

Michael Anderson: Artful boxes. Michael Anderson of Long Beach, California turns empty cigar boxes into works of art sold exclusively in our TCA Shop.  With the TCA since 2001, Mike has fashioned hundreds of useful boxes from found objects and recycled items transforming them into unique,  functional home accessories.  Using a mix of the Southwest and traditional  artistic themes, there is always something different and interesting to choose from. Importantly:  it’s repurposed art that is earth-friendly, which many of our shoppers want today. Small boxes run $20 and large are $25.

Jashio:  Ceramic artist.  Another long-time consigner, Jashio Pei crafts colorful Southwest images on ceramic bowls, plates, spoons, and jewelry.  Every image is unique to her,  hand painted and fired at least twice in the kiln.  Her images of local birds and flora are whimsical and make ideal functional gifts.  All items are food safe, and range from $10 to $80 each..

Volunteer of the Month: Sheila Barry.  Sheila (left) only joined us late last season but has hit the ground…I mean, Gallery and Shop…. running!  A retired senior RN, Sheila hails from Milwaukee and currently lives in Green Valley.  She enjoys foreign travel and meeting new people.  Customers and staff alike love Sheila’s warm and engaging manner.  Say hello  when she comes in on Fridays!

We are always very grateful to our artist member and volunteers!