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Tucson Trip
Thursday, February 15, 2018, 8:00 AM to Sunday, February 18, 2018, 8:00 PM EDT
Category: TRIPS

Tucson Craft Tour
February 15 - 18, 2018

$1,000 Members | $1,150 Non-Members

Tucson’s natural beauty attracts numerous artists from across the world. This trip will include private studios visits, including those of Eleanor Moty (metal), Hiro Tashima (clay), Claire Campbell Park (fiber) and Carrie Seid (mixed media). We will also enjoy seeing diverse private collections and special gallery exhibits - including Philabaum Glass, the historic Rancho Linda Vista artist community and more. 

Price includes: 3 dinners and 4 lunches, ground transportation and a $200 tax-deductible, non-refundable contribution to the James Renwick Alliance.
Not included: Transportation to/from Tucson, transportation to/from airport, and hotel accommodations. (Rooms reserved for $199/night at Homewood Suites by Hilton St Phillips Plaza for 1-2 guests plus tax.)


Trip Highlights:

  • Arizona State Museum - This is the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest. Two exhibits of particular interest will be on display during the proposed dates for this tour.
  • The Pottery Project - An exhibit including numerous examples by contemporary Native artists, as well as a stunning selection of pottery from the most extensive collection of Southwest pottery in the world, which span 2,000 years of production.
  • The Basketry Project - A selection from the 25,000 basket museum collection, featur- ing millennia-old objects to modern-day masterpieces. Contemporary Native voices en- rich discussions of materials and functions. 
  • Bernal Gallery- Textile collage work from the famed Oaxaca, Mexico artist Rodolfo Morales (1925-2001); New York collage artist and photographer Vicki Ragan; and nationally known papermaker Helen Baribeau
  • Claire Campbell Park home studio - Artist studio featuring sculptural basketry, weaving and mixed media fiber and a brief discussion on the little known connection of the development of Color Theory to Fiber Art
  • Davis Dominguez Gallery - Owner/Directors Candice Davis and Mike Dominguez are celebrating the 40th year of this premiere Tucson gallery, in a large dramatic warehouse space. The exhibit will be my luminous color-field weavings in linen, and the lyrical abstract paintings of Josh Goldberg. 
  • Su and Ned Egen home and studios - The intriguing home/studio of Su and Ned Egen houses both their weaving and metal studios.
  • Eleanor Moty and Michael Croft, studios and collection - One of the top metalsmiths in the country, Eleanor has art jewelry in the collection of the Hermitage State Collection, Saint Petersburg, Russia and the Renwick with a wonderful collection of Automata
  • Sheryl and Bob Greenberg collection - Awarded Home of the Year 2016 by AIA Southern Arizona. This is a beautiful new home with carefully considered minimalist architecture and carefully selected collection, including ceramics and mixed media fiber. 
  • Farah and John Palmer collection - This is an architecturally stunning residence with a significant glass collection, including a dozen works by Lino Tagliapietra, a Chihuly installation, and many works by Seattle and Tucson artists. 
  • Philabaum Glass Gallery and studio - Glass artist Tom Philabaum has received numerous awards, including the 2010 Lifetime Membership Award for contributions to the field from the Glass Art Society. He is the founder of the Sonoran Glass Art Academy and the gallery exhibits the work of internationally known artists. 
  • Rancho Linda Vista Arts Community - In this historic arts community, ranch historian Chuck Sternberg will give a brief history of how the property went from a cattle ranch founded in 1910, to a dude ranch which hosted Hollywood stars, to a community for artists in 1969. 
  • Seymour and Marcia Sabesin collector's home - An architecturally creative home, showcasing the extensive collection of fine craft supporters Seymour and Marcia.
  • Carrie Seid studio - Carrie's unique fiber constructions of glowing color and light are represented by galleries throughout the country. She will demonstrate the magic moment when the glow of the work comes alive.
  • Hiro Tashima studio - Hiro is an internationally recognized artist and teacher, whose madcap ceramic sculptures comment on culture with humor.
  • Tucson Museum of Art - The extensive renovation of this museum will be completed in October. The dynamic new Director is planning an exhibit appropriate to JRA interests. The visit will also coincide with the museum shops artisan fair. 
  • Tohono Chul - Tohono Chul is a cultural museum, botanical garden, and nature preserve.