February 4-8, 2015 — 10 am – 5 pm daily
The 56th annual Tubac Festival of the Arts, Arizona’s longest running festival, will be held on February 4 – 8, 2015 from 10 am to 5 pm each day; admission is free.
A juried show, the Tubac Festival of the Arts features 175 art booths with artists from around the country. The festival features a range of artwork from fine painting and sculpture to fun and functional ceramics, skillfully crafted wood and leatherworks and shimmering glass. Visitors will also see photography, unique jewelry, artful clothing and mixed media works.
Painter Kathryn Alexander of Santa Fe uses materials such as molding paste, gels and watercolor, building layers to create her stunning animal images. Monique Hilfer from Murphys, California creates colorful and whimsical ceramics. Also of note are the beautiful watercolor works of Terry Meyer, who travels from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Meyer utilizes a variety of watercolor techniques: wet and dry brush, washes, runs and drippings to realize his work.
Executive Director, Angela Kirkner states: “this is a quality show which has something for everyone. We have fine art, foods and gourmet products”.
Each year Tubac experiences a unique synergy between the village’s resident shops and galleries and the artists from around the country whose works line the streets for five days.
Festival attendees will find several parking lots both in and adjacent to the event. Throughout the festival, free trolley service takes visitors to and from the parking lots and around Tubac village. The horse-drawn carriages delight attendees of all ages.
The food court offers a variety of ethnic and regional foods including Greek, Frybread, Asian and Southwestern cuisine. Also on hand will be festival favorites such as burgers, corn dogs, curly fries, funnel cakes, ice cream, kettle and fresh corn and fresh squeezed lemonade. Visitors can take home treats including, handmade caramel apples, spices, salsas, honey, roasted nuts, garlic specialties, jams and jellies.
Admission is free. Parking is $8 per car, all parking proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations. Located south of Tucson, take exits 34 or 40 from southbound I – 19.