Category: Arts + Shopping

Meet the Muralist: Pen Macias

By Bellah Nelson  Pen Macias is a mother and a muralist, with several pieces around Tucson and a growing collection of paper arts like stickers and prints. Originally from Alabama, Macias moved to Tucson at 19 years old and never expected it to become her forever home.  The culture, the people, the community, and the… Read more »

English Rose Skincare

A collection of English Rose skincare products, including jars, tins, spray bottles, bar soap and linen bags with potpourri

Locally sourced and handcrafted in Tucson by Aesthetic Apothecary By Stacey Gregory More and more people are switching to organic skincare products. When in Tucson, get your hands on the English Rose skincare line by Aesthetic Apothecary. Creator Tess Robin worked with Ricky English of English Salon Spa to develop the line from locally sourced… Read more »

Meet the Muralist: Keegan Rider

A man wearing a mask and sunglasses stands in front of a colorful mural of cactus plants in bloom.

By Megan Ewing As a Tucson native, Keegan Rider grew up surrounded by the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. From spending his childhood living on the Tohono O’odham Indian reservation to moving throughout South and East Tucson, Rider found inspiration in the everyday, focusing on the vibrant hues of the desert to influence his art…. Read more »

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 »