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Glass-blowing, Painting & Native American Arts

Philabaum Glass Studio & Gallery - Glassblowing Demonstrations

Witness a craft dating back 2,000 years at Philabaum Glass Studio & Gallery. The glassblowers will describe the process as they shape the fluid glass, reheating, spinning, blowing, torching, cooling and reheating all over again. Watch the art unfold from seats inside the hot-shop; close enough to feel the heat of the two furnaces and see the steam rise. At any time tour guests may stroll through the gallery to shop the array of contemporary glass art from around the country.

Attendees: 15 min./40 max.

Length: 1 hour

Times: Tues.-Thurs. 10:00 a.m.  

Reservations: At least two weeks in advance with 50% nonrefundable deposit. Philabaum Glass reserves the right to cancel due to changes in studio operations, in which case the deposit is refundable.

Contact: Dabney Philabaum -

Philabaum Glass Studio & Gallery  

711 S. 6th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701

(520) 884-7404   



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Madaras Gallery - Meet One of Tucson's Most Beloved Artists

Experience the romance of the desert Southwest through the eyes of one of Tucson's best-known contemporary painters, Diana Madaras, with two tour options. Tour the Gallery: Madaras Gallery serves as the anchor of Gallery Row at El Cortijo, a high-end fine art complex located in the Santa Catalina Foothills. The gallery features original paintings, prints, art tiles, art calendars, and many other fine art gifts. Meet the Artist-Diana will speak about the exciting life of an artist and the fascinating journey that led to her success today. She also will share a few little-known facts about painting techniques.

Attendees: 10 min./100 max.

Length: 1 hour

Special Offer: Each guest who spends $30 or more during the gallery visit will receive a complimentary $30 print (you must mention Visit Tucson or this ad to receive this offer). 

Contact: Diana Madaras, Owner -

Madaras Gallery  

3001 E. Skyline Dr. #101, Tucson, AZ 85718

(520) 615-3001



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Sonoran Glass Art School - Create Your Own Masterpiece

Ever wonder what it would be like to blow glass? Sonoran Glass Art School offers a quick taste of glassblowing and gives you a chance to step up to the furnace and watch the process up close. Under the guidance of an instructor, visitors design a unique holiday ornament (or year-round suncatcher) and assist in the process of turning molten glass into a one-of-a-kind keepsake. No prior glassblowing experience necessary.

Length: 1½-2½ hours, depending on the size of the group.

Reservations: At least two weeks in advance with 50% deposit.

Special Instructions: Glass ornaments take one day to cool down. Finished ornaments can be picked up any day following the experience or can be shipped anywhere in the United States for a small additional charge.

Contact: David Morden -

Sonoran Glass Art School

633 W. 18th St., Tucson, AZ 85701 

(520) 884-7814



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Warehouse Arts District - Tour the Galleries

Artists are everywhere in Tucson. It's not uncommon to see a young artist on a bike, toting a canvas with his latest creation. Downtown Tucson is host to hundreds of artists and performers. For a glimpse into this thriving creative scene, take a tour of Tucson's eclectic Warehouse Arts District. Begin the tour at the Citizens Art Studios and see the studios of some of Tucson's most exploratory artists. Citizens Art Studio has grown to become one of the premier contemporary art centers in the district. Bicycle Inter-Community Art & Salvage (BICAS) occupies a 5,000-square-foot basement in the Citizens Art Studios where bicycle recycling enthusiasts produce amazing wheeled products. Walk nearby to the Mat Bevel Institute Warehouse where Mat Bevel shows off his large kinetic machines. The tour continues on to Ron Nelson's art studio, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Lulubell's, Santa Theresa Tileworks, and Solar Culture.

Attendees: 5 min./35 max.

Length: 1½ hours

Contact: David Aguirre

Warehouse Arts District

(520) 792-4503 


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