Flying at the entrance to Tubac, are the flags of the five governments that have controlled this village over the past 250 years … Spain, Mexico, the Confederate Territory of Arizona, Arizona Territory and the United States. Tubac’s tumultuous history is filled with tales of Spanish explores, Apaches, gold, and colorful entrepreneurs such as Charles Poston, known as the "Father of Arizona." Click here and here to learn more.
The Village — Adobes, Art and History
Tubac is where Arizona began. Although this historic spot is being gentrified, remnants of its past still remain … the Tubac Presidio is preserved as a State Park in the center of town and century old adobes with crumbling stone walls line the streets. Tubac's current reincarnation as an artistic Mecca began in 1948 when many of the historic adobe homes began being converted to artist studios. Today the artistic energy is unmistakable. This is a place where the potters' wheels hum, painters paint, and craftsmen create. We wandered leisurely down its old streets and enjoyed the place that bills itself as "Where Art and History Meet."
Tubac rises from the saguaro-studded sands of Arizona as a dazzling kaleidoscope of color.
Located in old town, this 1860’s adobe now houses the Hugh Cabot Studios. With its saguaro supports and maze of shadows it quickly became our favorite structure in Tubac.
Every shop entrance is an artistic statement. Sherry loved this gallery’s metal sculpture gate.
Danny was captivated by the setting of this gated studio that abutted the old presidio grounds.
Several shops are filled with an incredible variety of colorful folk pottery from across Latin America.
Interspersed among the galleries are several sculpture gardens … we especially enjoyed the mesmerizing wind-twisting kinetic pieces.
Arizona art legend Hart Haller "Hal" Empie worked as an artist in Tubac for 47 years. Best known for his impressionistic techniques, we recognized him through his humorous western postcards.
It’s always a welcome sight to find a cool shady spot to rest … especially when it’s this colorful.
Adjacent to Tubac, a section of the Historic de Anza Trail meanders alongside the Santa Cruz River. We felt right at home because this is the same trail that runs through our home town of Templeton, California. You can click here and here to learn more.
Just a few blocks from the center of town with all its fine art, bookstores and restaurants, we were surprised to see horses, burros and long horned cattle.
A serendipitous moment occurred when we were able to mingle with the locals at the annual A Taste of Tubac. We had great fun people watching and sampling foods from the areas many restaurants. We especially loved the fruit burritos from the Wisdom Café.
Great music was provided at the benefit by the All Bill Band featuring Mindy Ronstadt … Linda Ronstadt’s niece. The family link was unmistakable when Mindy belted out Blue Bayou.
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