Sunday, February 17, 2013

Tubac's Vibrancy

After lunch, we returned to our tour of the many booths at the Tubac (AZ) Festival of the Arts.

Last year the Festival brought more than 10,000 visitors a day to the historic town to stroll the outdoor galleries and feast at local eateries.

The town of Tubac has a rich history dating back to the 1700's and a vibrant arts community that visitors can explore. And not only is the community "vibrant," but the examples of the work of artists at the Festival are vibrant.

Horse-drawn trolleys and wagons were available to shuttle people around the historic village.

And speaking of vibrancy. And color. These creations below were certainly eye-catchers.

Bales of straw placed along the walkways provided visitors with an opportunity to rest and people-watch.

There were a number of booths in which the works of artists and photographers were displayed. I did not photograph their works, but I did spend a little time talking with Glynnis Miller, a pencil artist. Hew drawings of horses and Western themes were outstanding. I spent several minutes looking at the details in the drawings. (Examples can be found at

I wanted to ask how the designs had been created in the concave copper(?) creations, but the artist was engaged in serious discussions with several customers.

Some of the works were quite functional and provided an opportunity for rest and conversation.

Works from cutting boards to game boards seemed more appropriate for a display shelf rather than being used for their functional purpose.

I think these are kachina dolls, but since I'm not sure, I don't want to add further information of these dolls and risk getting further from the actual nature of these dolls.

And after a significant distance covered during a study of the various creations, this bench appeared very inviting.

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