Arts & Culture
“Tubac is a Destination you don’t want to miss" Condé Nast Traveler
Join the Celebration of Tubac’s Art, History, and Culture
Artists say Tubac’s location in the world’s ecosystem is embellished with “good light.” This good light provides a stimulating environment for an artist to express their creativity and talent. Art in Tubac consists of every medium available to an artist – oil, watercolors, charcoal, glass, ceramics, metal, and wood. Old Native American jewelry abounds in the various galleries and shops, as do extraordinary new modern designs. Galleries display the works of artists from all over America as well as local established and emerging artist.
The Tubac Center of the Arts, hosts a performing arts season bringing jazz, cellos, brass ensembles, and more to the village. New, distinct, and old-period art is exhibited throughout the year. In November, a juried exhibition of local member artists is a feature event.
The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum, accommodates the Griffin Museum, a world-class gallery. Exhibits of artifacts from Tubac’s early past from Spanish armor, clothing, maps, and more are on display. The Park also host demonstrations of Arizona’s first printing press. Arizona’s first newspaper, The Weekly Arizonian was printed using this then technology in 1859. The Shaw D. Kinsley Gallery displays the Cavalcade of History by renowned artist William Ahrendt and other exhibits throughout the year.
The Tubac School of Fine Art offers classes in varied media, for all levels from beginner to professional. The instructors strive to open your creativity and ascend to different levels of color and expression in your art.
El Presidito is a historic site with its distinctive architecture and alluring patios. Built in the 1950s, it once served as a residence, post office, and restaurant before eventually becoming a haven for painters, sculptors, and other artists. It’s located across the old road from the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum and St. Ann’s Church.