What an experience it was!!
We spent 7 hours wandering through this quaint town in SE Arizona, saw hardly anything and yet saw so much and had a wonderfully full day.
I thought we’d take in a lot of different artists doing their art out on the streets under white tents.
Well, that’s what the town provided, but we got totally engrossed in just a few different artists and what they were doing we saw little but enjoyed what we did do.
At first we split up into 3 groups to hit different areas of the town, particularly because I wanted to make a stop at Yard Woman to check out their essential oils, homeopathy and wise woman herbals while nobody else sounded interested in that. I came away with fennel seeds and not the peppermint oil I really wanted. Later I realized I bought fennel seeds at the wonderful market here in Tubac. Brain fart!
Back at Feminine Mystique Maret and I met Melissa Branzell outside demonstrating how she makes stain glass pictures/windows using a copper tape she then solders. Nice work she does for a living in Phoenix, but inside the gallery she actually has far more beautiful glass work on display. Melissa’s passion is in doing fusion glass work, making gorgeous jewellery, wine tables, cheese plates. Her husband does ironwork to compliment some of Melissa’s work, and frames for her glass art.
Everette, Mitchell and Laars had tasted their way around the Tubac Olive Oil shop so when it was time for lunch he suggested a flavoured oil to dip some fresh bread in. Great idea, but when I ventured into the store & did my own turbo-quick sampling I was sold at the aroma itself of Spicy Mango Balsamic Vinegar. Tasting it, I was sold.
And, I was right. The Spicy Mango was a smashing hit with every single member of the family. That’s a hard thing to accomplish with all 9 of us! And I know Layne and Rauchelle would love it, too. Spicy, sweet, thick syrupy dessert on a chunk of bread. Yummy!
We did a short visit to the Presidio (fort) visitor centre where we saw a short video about the original fort, the first European settlement in Arizona. And just down the street we watched a glass blower who creates flying pigs and dragons, hummingbirds and African animals. The kids were surprised to discover that Everette and I had had a glass-blown topper on our wedding cake. They said , “There’s lots of things you’ve never told us!” I suppose that’s true. It’s not a secret, just don’t think of all the fine details they might be interested in hearing.
We heard about a potter with a wheel and fortunately we discovered where that was, because this was the crowning art of the day for the kids. We were greeted by Terry Slonaker and Diane Lisle sitting side by side under a tent with their wheels spinning and their hands lovingly cradling wet clay. Immediately you could tell the passion Terry had for the clay, his eyes alive as he talked about his craft, playing with the medium both on the wheel and cutting and molding to form his other creations.
Diane Lisle owns a gallery, Clay Hands, teaches pottery classes, & loves to engage children in the craft. When her Tahitian student arrived, Diane had her instruct the kids on how to hand-mold their own little bowls. Hands dirty, their hearts were excited to finally get their chance to play with real pottery clay.
We were there for about 3 hours!
We actually helped Terry and Diane clean up at the end of the day!! The kids had their fill (for the time being) but I’m sure this won’t be the end of the pottery thing. They’ll want more, and more, and more. I think this could be addictive. And right down the alley for a tactile person like Laars, I’m sure.
Tubac. What an Art Experience we had.
Thank you, Tubac. We’ll certainly come again sometime.
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