One of my favorite areas of downtown Tucson is the art gallery district centered around the corner of 6th St. and 6th Ave. Add this to your list of things to explore. There are a number of galleries and studios. I been very disappointed to have seen several galleries close in the last few years, but there are still some good ones to explore. Unfortunately it doesn’t have the same feel that it did.
I always love the First Saturday Art Walks from September to June. I try to make the June date, known as the Summer Art Cruise, when I am in town. Check out the members of the Central Tucson Gallery Association that are open.
The Santa Theresa Tile Works has classes and workshops in tile making, mosaics and plate decorating.
Andrew Smith Gallery at 439 N. 6th Ave. Suite 179 recently moved from Santa Fe, NM to Tucson. This is an excellent gallery featuring photography including works by Ansel Adams.
Contreras Gallery and Jewelry at 110 E. Sixth Street features silver and turquoise jewelry.
While exploring make sure to stop in at Exo Roast Co. at 403 N. 6th Ave. Located a block from the Arts District, this is a casual spot for coffee and a snack.
You might also stop in at the Steinfeld Artists Galleries & Studios at 101 W. 6th St. which has twelve artists studios and four galleries. It is open on the First Saturday Art Walk.