Shangri La is the term used when a place is regarded as an earthly paradise, especially when involving a retreat from the pressures of modern civilization. It represents a place of beauty, peace and creativity. A few Tucson artists have found their own Shangri La right here in our city. It is called Placita de la Luna
At my first visit I felt as if I had been transported from Tucson to San Miguel Allende, an historical artists colony in Mexico for over 50 years. It offers the same peaceful feeling, architecture and beauty.
This artist’s retreat is just a short distance from downtown and many Tucsonans drive by it every day not knowing of its existence. The structure has been here since 1934. It was originally a home, made of adobe dug from the site and hand formed by members of the Pasqui Yaqui tribe. The owners lived on the reservation just south of the building. The home was enlarged over the decades as the family’s needs grew. (more…)