Category: Arts + Shopping

Meet the Muralists: 3 Female Artists

A colorful mural of a young girl reading books.

Talented female artists bring Tucson’s buildings to life Women and men of all ages and diverse backgrounds take to the streets of Tucson to transform blank walls into visually stunning works of art for residents and visitors to enjoy as they dine, shop, work, and live here. The city’s mural collection rivals those of much… Read more »

Souvenirs of the Southwest

Inside Why I Love Where I Live, with wooden displays filled with cards, candle, drinkware and apparel.

Where to Find Reminders of Tucson to Take Home By Stacey Gregory Tucson is a magical place that beckons to people from all over the world. Whether you’re visiting the desert or you call this amazing landscape home, you surely want to purchase souvenirs for yourself and your loved ones. We’ve rounded up four one-of-a-kind… Read more »

Meet the Muralist: Ignacio Garcia

Muralist Ignacio Garcia smiles in front of a colorful mural

By Mekayla Phan Ignacio Garcia always heard he was going to be an artist. While cultivating his talent in drawing Spiderman during his preschool years, he started to believe that he was going to be an artist as well. “I wasn’t a show-off. It was a natural curiosity,” Garcia said. “I just loved it. Whenever… Read more »

Sonoran Desert & Fabric Artist: Fiona Fenix

Fabric with a repeated design

Discover Dusty Moon Studio, an up-and-coming art business in Tucson, AZ By Brianna Hall Fiona Fenix’s art is a heavenly escape for any Southern Arizona enthusiast. Drawing from the Sonoran Desert’s prickly nature and colorful landscapes, Fenix encompasses the Southwest with a modern, minimalistic twist. From wall tapestries to bags and more—Fenix’s business, Dusty Moon… Read more »

Southwest Coloring Pages

|By Amanda Oien|Coloring Pages by Lucy Small Scrounge up your art supplies because coloring pages aren’t just for kids anymore. Did you know coloring promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety? “Coloring definitely has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring [about] more mindfulness,” says Marygrace Berberian, a certified art therapist and the Clinical Assistant Professor and… Read more »

Thistle: The Floral Shop of Your Holiday Dreams

A close up of a wreath decorated with pine cones, berries, and stems sold at Thistle, in Tucson, Arizona

|Photography by Kristen Brockel Thistle, the cutest floral shop you ever did see, is women-owned and gifts Tucson with a seasonal and unique selection of fresh flowers for delivery, pick-up, weddings, and events. We spent some time with Victoria and Carly while they hand-crafted holiday wreaths. And yes, even the pine cones are glittered by… Read more »

Leave No Stone Unturned

Gems and minerals from a showroom in Tucson, AZ

8 places in Tucson to get your gem and mineral fix year-round |By Nina Kolodij There’s no better place to explore the wonders of the Earth than at the annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show—the largest and oldest of its kind in the world. Once a year, TGMS takes over the city for almost an… Read more »

Trade Boredom for Board Games

Open hand with multi-colored dice.

Your one-stop guide to the Tucson, AZ gaming community |By Nina Kolodij Nestled among the diverse outdoors and celebrated dining scenes of Tucson, AZ, is another kind of adventure—the quieter but equally robust world of gaming. The Southern Arizona city is home to an abundance of gaming stores, making it the perfect place to get… Read more »

Desert Son: Tucson’s Treasure Trove

Steve Osborne’s shop is the place to go for quality, one-of-a-kind, Southwest jewelry, pottery, rugs, moccasins, and more In a time when everything from jewelry to groceries can be purchased with the click of a button, it can be hard to feel motivated to leave the house to shop. But if you’re looking for some… Read more »

Continuing to Inspire

Tucson’s Museum of Art’s new exhibit explores the Western sublime | By Andrew Schaeffer Art may have changed over the past century, but the inspiration artists get from the serene desert landscape has not. And that’s just what the newest exhibit at Tucson Museum of Art showcases. Featuring 50 paintings, photographs, and textiles from museums… Read more »