April 24, 2023 Tubac, AZ. --- Tubac Center of the Arts, (TCA) opened new art exhibits with a reception on Friday, April 7, 2023. Three new exhibits are presented along with a selection of the permanent collection of Master Artists.


Local youth shine in the High School Art exhibit, Hi-Art, an annual favorite, this year with the addition of student artists from local middle and elementary schools, in Rio Rico; Mountain View Elementary, Calabasas K-8 School, San Cayetano Elementary, and Coatimundi Middle School. This exhibition will be open through Sunday, May 21st. The Hi-Art exhibit is available to view online in a virtual presentation at https://tubacarts.org/project/hi-art-2023.


Middle and Elementary Schools and Art Teachers:

Mountain View Elementary -   Mark Dittmer

Calabasas K-8. Luz Andrade and Elisabeth Hughes

San Cayetano Elementary. - Cassidy Raeber

Coatimundi Middle School. Tom McIlrath


Hi Art Awards:

College Scholarship: Ivan Ocampo, “Arizona Owl Sunset,” Rio Rico High

Best of Show: Grecia Solorio, “Choke Hold,” Nogales High

Award of Excellence: Sarah Kelly, “Her Colors,” Sahuarita High

Award of Merit: Brittany Friend, “Flores de me Familia,” Walden Grove High

Honorable Mention: Paulina Fontes, “Heart Strings,” Rio Rico High

Honorable Mention: Sergio Cota, “Ocean Sky,” Rio Rico High


The Farm Island Anthology exhibit in the Studio Gallery is a national juried exhibition in partnership with Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art in David City, NE.  The artwork created was inspired by the Farm Island Anthology poetry by Penny Niemi of Tubac. Tucson artist, Chrystal McConnell juried the TCA exhibit and selected the award winners. A virtual exhibit and a link to the poetry can be seen on the TCA website at https://tubacarts.org/project/farm-island-anthology.


Farm Island Anthology Awards:

Best of Show: Karol Honeycutt, “Meanwhile Down On The Farm”

Award of Excellence: Nancy Bardach, “Summertimes”

Award of Merit: Sheila Tyman, “The Promise”

Honorable Mention: Paula Wallace, “A Patch of Blue”

Honorable Mention: Susan Pollock, “Salida Barn”


Award winner images for both exhibits can be seen on the Tubac Center of the Arts Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/TubacCenterOfTheArts


In the Smith Gallery, is an invitational exhibition of artwork by 12 of the Tucson Barrio Painters, “Chasing the Light,” with 49 plein air paintings.


“Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting in the real world. The timeless feel of handmade adobe bricks, deep-set windows, raking light, and dark shadows so dramatic.  Every time we’re painting in the barrios, we notice another little piece of it slipping away. I know change is inevitable in a vibrant home such as Tucson, but we are feeling a sense of recording the past before it’s all gone.”

Denyse Fenelon - Founder, Tucson Barrio Painters


These art exhibitions are the last to be held at the art center for this 2022-2023 season. Coming in June, the annual Summer Arts for Youth program offers a 4-week summer arts camp for kids 6 – 13.  Registration is now open, and information is available on the art center website at https://tubacarts.org/summer-arts.


About Tubac Center of the Arts


Tubac Center of the Arts is an artistic gem in the Southwest. TCA is a member supported nonprofit open 7 days a week, September through May. The art center offers a full range of arts programming and seasonal exhibits that are not to be missed including nationally juried art exhibitions, opportunities for artists to exhibit their work, art workshops, lectures, a performing arts series, special events, a children’s summer arts program, and a beautiful gift shop.