Fill up the gas tank in your car, load up your family and friends and head out to one of Tucson’s most popular events. It is the Tucson Open Studios where you will get to meet some of Tucson’s finest artists in their studios and homes this weekend and see their unique creations. The event takes place this coming Saturday and Sunday, April 13 & 14 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm in over 75 locations with more than 140 artists participating.
It is happening all over Tucson. Expect to see about every kind of art medium you can imagine from oil or acrylic on canvas, glass, textile art, jewelry, ceramics, print making, sculptures in different mediums, photography, and more.
Tucson Open Studios event is funded and promoted by the artists themselves as it has been for the past number of years. This year there are a number of new professional artists that have not been seen by the Tucson public prior to this weekend.
The advantage to viewing work in this open studios format is to see work as it is being created and to be able to talk to the creative person about it. By just looking at a blank canvas or a bag of clay you realize that without the creative energy and passion of these artists nothing would appear.
Two new professional artists that have studios near mine in Dunbar Springs are Charles Rogers on University Blvd. (painting at top of this article) and Brenda Huettner on 9th Ave. When visiting Brenda’s display in her Dunbar Springs home be sure and check out the Poo Monkey from the closed Magic Carpet in her side yard. She and her husband had it totally restored.
For participating artists and the location to their studios visit the Tucson Studio Tours website that lists all the artists on tour with a sample of their work and directions to their studios. http://tucsonopenstudios.com
In the printed April issue of Zocalo magazine a majority of the artists are listed with their locations. This year the event has attracted lots of media coverage in Zocalo,Tucson Weekly, the new Tucson Happenings magazine, the Arizona Daily Star (Sunday 4/7/13 issue) and on several radio stations. It is obvious this is a much-anticipated event.
I highly recommend you taking advantage of this great opportunity to see great art, meet the creators and buy a piece for your own collection this weekend.