Lots of fun things are happening at the Tubac Presidio that I want you to know about… There is space available at all of these events and it would be great if you could come to any (or all!) of them.
First, I’m thrilled to tell you that the Tohono Village shop in Tubac is coming back to life. They are hosting an O’odham Artisan Show both days this weekend from 10 to 4. Acclaimed watercolorist Michael Chiago will be there and they are also featuring demonstrating artists, food, and entertainment. They are located at 10 Camino Otero in Tubac. More information is at 398-2443 or by emailing email@example.com Be sure to check them out when you’re in town.
Second, we will have a superb talk on “Rock Art of the Southwest” tomorrow afternoon (Thursday, January 17) at 2pm in the school house. Sharon Urban is an expert in the field and a very engaging speaker. Call 398-2252 to reserve a place.
Rock Art of the Southwest – Thursday, January 17, 2pm
Learn the difference between a pictograph and petroglyph with rock art enthusiast Sharon Urban. Urban worked for the Arizona State Museum, retiring after 32 years as the Public Archaeologist. An expert on prehistoric shell artifacts and the study of pictographs and petroglyphs, she has interpreted rock art sites and given presentations to schools and groups around Arizona. $7.50 adult, $4.50 youth 7-13, children free.
Third, we will be having a period dressed school group in the Park experiencing what education was like in the Territorial days on Friday morning, and Jim Pagels will be demonstrating Frontier Printing from 9 to 1pm. At 12:30 our Living History demonstration of Spanish Colonial food begins and runs until 3:30. If you haven’t had a sample of our posole (made to a 200 year old recipe), this is your chance!
Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations – Friday, January 18, 9am-1pm
Professional printer and teacher James Pagels demonstrates the Washington Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859 and answers questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. Included with park admission $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.
Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period – Friday, January 18, 12:30-3:30pm
Volunteers dressed in period clothing reenact the daily lives of Spanish soldiers and civilians who lived in Tubac during the Spanish Colonial period (1752-1776). Featuring a special display of the bounty of foods from the Old World, New World and surrounding desert used by Tubac cooks, plus cooking demos with samples. $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.
Fourth, we are hosting the third in Jack Lasseter’s series of talks on the American West for us. This Saturday, January 19, at 2pm Jack will present “Apaches and the Soldiers Who Fought Them.” The fee is $15 and includes a tax deductible contribution to Save the Presidio and a personal walk through the museum with Jack and me. We will also have some special items brought up from the museum storage for participants to see. Call 398-2252 to save a seat.
And lastly, count on coming to a fantastic school house concert with Gilbert Brown and Teodoro ‘Ted’ Ramirez on Saturday, January 26 at 2pm. There will be some awesome music including a few pieces featuring Gilbert’s expertise on the harmonica. Tickets are $18 and reservations can be made by calling 398-2252.
If you haven’t seen them, the twenty-two Walter Blakelock Wilson paintings we have on display through April are splendid and look great in our museum. Make sure to take a few moments to enjoy them!
Southwestern Vistas: Landscapes of American Painter Walter Blakelock Wilson – January 1, 2013 to April 30, 2013, daily 9am-5pm
The Tubac Presidio hosts a retrospective exhibition of artwork by the late Tubac artist, Walter Blakelock Wilson (1929-2011). Wilson’s portraits, landscapes and architectural imagery have made their way into several museums and over 300 corporate and private collections. His historical paintings feature Native Americans, frontier personalities and dramatic southwest vistas and landscapes. Included with park admission $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.
We hope to see you soon!
Our online Gift Shop
In January of this year, the Tubac Presidio Park began developing its online gift shop. With the help of a local volunteer, we have been able to post over 1500 gift items for sale to a world-wide customer base. The gift shop is hosted by Zazzle, the premier print-on-demand site, which offers a 100% guarantee on our merchandise, which is typically manufactured within 24 hours of order placement. Your purchases will be greatly appreciated and all proceeds go directly to preserving the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. Shopping online at the gift shop is a fun way to help ensure the future of this cultural treasure.
Our Christmas cards, gift tags, gift bags, and gift items are unique and feature artwork donated by our contributing artists Roberta Rogers, Richard Lasley, and Alice Keene. We also offer a selection of collectible Tubac Christmas items.
These same artists, along with renowned western artist, William Ahrendt, have donated many beautiful artworks that you will find on canvas fine-art prints, postcards, and affordable posters. Historical maps, photographs, and documents are also to be found on gifts as diverse as key rings, t-shirts, mugs, aprons, and cell phone cases.
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We also offer 2012 calendars, spiral bound in three sizes, or on the backs of postcards for handy desk referencing.
All items in the Tubac Presidio Park online gift shop can be customized and personalized by you to create a one-of-a-kind gift tailored specifically for anyone on your gift list.
For more information or for help customizing your gift items, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roberta Rogers has been an Arizona resident since 1970, first in Flagstaff and now in Tubac.
She specializes in watercolor landscapes and buildings of the southwest. Her work is recognized by its sparkling color, attention to detail, and remarkable views of subject matter.
A third generation watercolorist, Ms. Rogers holds a Master’s Degree in Art from California State University at Fresno. She is a juried member of the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society and a member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild. Her work is found in private and corporate collections, and available in Arizona galleries
We spotlight some of our favorite items featuring her lovely work. Click on a picture for details and how to purchase. For more information about Roberta and her watercolors, please visit her website.
We encourage our readers to contribute a photo, drawing or painting for use on our site. It’s easy and free! Contact us at email@example.com to find out how to email your contribution and for more information. We could use anything from a nature snapshot to an artistic masterpiece.