Posts Tagged ‘Presidio’

Important Birthdays August 20

August 19th, 2015 by samhughesinn

Tucson celebrates two important birthdays on August 20 each year.

Tucson began with the fort Tucson Presidio San Agustin, founded on that date in 1775 and it stood through the 1880’s. Only a portion of the wall remains today on the original site as the city has grown up around it. A territorial museum with courtyard and exhibits from early Tucson history has been created on the spot at the corner of Washington & Court Street. It comes to life during Living History Days (the second Saturday of the month, October through April) with performers in period dress going about the duties of early daily life, baking bread, blacksmithing, etc. There is a self-guided tour of the museum including a munitions room, tower, commissary & living space for the soldiers who lived here then. An open Hohokam pit house is also featured. Winter hours are 10AM-4PM and an hour less in the summer.

1775 Birthday Tucson

Presidio San Agustin

A 240th birthday celebration is held annually with birthday cake, cannon fire & living history demonstrations along with local groups and dignitaries making an appearance. Check the website for information about upcoming events and exhibits.

 

Reid Park Baby Elephant

Nandi’s First Birthday

And the second important birthday this August 20 is the very first one for the Reid Park Zoo’s famous baby elephant, Nandi.  A special birthday breakfast will be held for her at 7AM, and tickets sold out very quikly. Another event will be held on August 22 where the public can watch Nandi receive birthday treats and sing Happy Birthday along with the staff. Nandi  is a big baby now, weighing more than 900 pounds, but somehow she still appears tiny next to her much larger brother and parents. If you missed her birthday she’ll still be available during regular zoo hours, usually 9AM to 4PM. Don’t miss a visit to this special baby.

Tucson Artists’ Open Studios

April 14th, 2015 by samhughesinn

Tucson Artists’ Open Studios

Tucson Artists' Open Studios

 

The Arts Brigade event,Tucson Artists’ Open Studios comes to town next weekend, April 18 & 19, 2015 from 11AM to 5PM. This annual event will showcase more than 120 artists, and 80 studios and galleries exhibiting the work of these many multi-talented local artists. You don’t have to go to a major US city to find fabulous artistic talent; it’s right here in our own backyards.

Open studio 1

The incredible variety of artistic offerings available include paintings, wooden carvings, ceramics, sculpture, bronze work, historic preservation miniatures, oil paintings, printmaking, photography, intaglio, watercolors, pen & ink drawings, mixed media collage, steel & stainless steel work, clay, glass sculpture, jewelry, paper mâché, pottery, leather work, acrylic on canvas, handwoven wearable art, glass wind chimes, fiber arts, gelatin silver prints, vintage button jewelry, retablos, painted paper castings, graphite on paper, charcoal portraits, note cards, tile furniture and accessories, artisan toys, stone work and artist books. This is a wonderful time to find unique gifts for your own enjoyment or for the special people on your shopping list.

This is your opportunity to talk to the artist whose work you admire and see demonstrations of some of their work. For the tenth year, this artist initiated event invites the visitor into his or her creative space to see what moves them, the type of work they do and of course, to buy some of it..

Most destinations are in downtown Tucson and their locations and the names of all the artists are listed by zip code at TucsonOpenStudios.com. More information and a map for the self guided tour can be found in the April issue of Zocalo Magazine/ on page 21. The magazine, which connects artists to the community can be found free at over 350 locations around the city. Check their website for the digital version or to subscribe to the magazine or to an email list of artistic events throughout the year.

Pink Door Gallery

Art by Ester Rogoway
Old Artisans Shops
Pink Door Gallery

Old Town Artisans , The Pink Door Studio and Gallery, 201 N Court Ave.,Tucson AZ.85701
520-444-6481     estherogoway@gmail.com

The Pink Door Studio and Gallery is a gem found in the heart of the historic Presidio. The Pink Door Studio and Gallery features the finest works of art in original oil, acrylic, watercolor, contemporary sculpture, art glass, ceramics, hand-painted furniture, and exquisite jewelry. The collection includes those with world-renowned reputations as well as cutting edge emerging artists. The Pink Door Gallery and Studio is committed to excellence in its art and in providing you with personal, professional service. Located in The Old Town Artisan building, The Pink Door Studio and Gallery provides a wonderful setting to view one of a kind art and jewelry.

This month , April 18th and 19th, 11:am to 5:00PM, we will be open for The Tucson  Studio Tour.  Please join us for a day of fun and art. Several of our artists will be in attendance, and  demonstrating  their talents. Featured artist: Esther Rogoway 

There will be music and food at  La Cocina Restaurant located on the patio
Seven Galleries and Shops & two Restaurants are located at Old Town Artisans.

 

Tucson Museum of Art Spring Artisans Market

March 26th, 2015 by samhughesinn

Tucson Museum of Art Spring Artisans Market

Tucson Museum of Art Spring Artisans Market

Spring Artisans Market

Tucson Museum of Art’s Spring Artisans Market is only one reason to visit the museum. The show, held twice yearly in the outdoor areas surrounding the museum, features more than a hundred fine artists and crafts people from all over the Southwest. The spring show will be held March 27, 28 & 29, 2015 and is a “don’t miss” event where you can soak up the fine weather, lunch inside or out at the adorable little Cafe a la C’art, shop for yourself or for gifts and, of course, take in the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibits. Admission is free to the show and to the museum as well. Open 10AM to 5PM.

The museum is located within the Historic Block, formerly part of the original Presidio of Tucson, which includes La Casa Cordoba, J. Knox Corbett House, Edward Nye Fish House, Romero House & Stevens/Duffield House – all wonderful representations of early Tucson architecture.The five properties surround the museum’s more modern building which contains most of its galleries.If you miss the March artisans market, the museum will host another one, called the Holiday Market, in November of 2015.

Gift Shop
A favorite place inside is the museum’s gift shop, full of items you can’t live without. Admission is free and hours are the same as the museum’s. Long time TMA employee, John McNulty, a renowned ceramicist in his own right, is the retail manager of the museum gift shop and responsible for every fabulous item appearing on its shelves, from kitschy small treasures to more expensive pieces of fine Southwest jewelry.

Exhibitions
An upcoming museum exhibition features Surfaces: Photographs by Fritz Kaeser, April 24 to July 5, 2015. Permanent exhibitions include the Art of Latin America, Art of the American West, Modern & Contemporary Art and Rare Books & Manuscripts.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and is located on a full city block within the historic El Presidio district. Its official address is 140 N. Main Avenue and its parking lot is just across the street. Hours are 10AM to 5PM.

Atanacia Hughes – Arizona Pioneer

November 27th, 2014 by samhughesinn

 Atanacia Hughes, early Tucson history

Wife of Sam Hughes

Atanacia Santa Cruz Hughes

Last month’s blog featured Sam Hughes, an original Tucson, AZ pioneer settler. This month we feature his wife, Atanacia Hughes – originally Atanacia Santa Cruz. Her family lived in Tucson when it was still part of Mexico. At the time of her birth in 1850 the area now known as the Presidio historic neighborhood, was a military garrison housing approximately 300 people. Indian raids were not uncommon in those days.

There were no schools or churches at that time so young women learned to sew, and keep house, but not much else. Atanacia Hughes’ parents died when she was very young and she lived with her sister. In 1862 at the age of 11 years & 7 months, Atanacia married the 29 year old Sam Hughes. The huge age difference was not a problem legally or for them and the marriage endured for 55 years until Sam’s death.

According to Hughes family members who stayed at Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast for a reunion years ago, at the time of their marriage, Atanacia Hughes didn’t speak English and Sam didn’t speak Spanish. During their long marriage she is reported to have given birth to fifteen children, eight of whom survived. Twelve of these children lived long enough to have been given names.

Atanacia Hughes died on November 12, 1934 and is buried in Holy Hope Cemetery in Tucson.

The Sam Hughes family home is still located at 223 N. Main St. at Washington Street, close to the Tucson Museum of Art. Its exterior is exactly as it was when the Hughes family lived in it although the insides are now apartments.

If you take the walking tour of Tucson, pick up a walking map called “The Turquoise Trail” at the Visitors Center at 100 S. Church Street. The Sam Hughes house is listed on the tour although there is no sign in front of the property.

Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast was named for Sam Hughes (the pioneer settler) and the historic neighborhood it resides in. Visitors here can find information about the life of Sam & Atanacia Hughes as well as photographs of them. Just as the University of Arizona is an easy walk from Sam Hughes, the Arizona Historical Society is also a short distance away and contains many artifacts from the Hughes life in Tucson.

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