Back for More Arizona - Winter 2014 travel blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Spanish founded Tubac in 1752 and lingered for 250 years. Today this town about an hours drive south of Tucson is noted for handicraft and artisan shops. For the next few days many more artisans have set up tents along the streets of this walkable little town and added many more choices to tempt shoppers during the Festival of Arts. Exhibitors were juried and the town was busy with shoppers, but not so busy that we couldn't get close to the things that interested us the most. Crafts included: jewelry, metal work, leather, photography, ceramics. painting, glass, wood, clothing, and sculpture. We spent the day with friends from home wandering around the shops and marveling at the creativity and variety of the artisans. I especially admired the art work made from recycled items. A cactus built out of old golf clubs soldered together seemed especially apropos for this part of the country. I saw many, many things that I could have bought and it was good to know that I would not have to worry about how much things weighed or how big they were as I do on suitcase/airplane trips. However, at this point in my life acquiring more things is counterproductive, so we regarded the show as a wonderful, open air museum.

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