Gem and Mineral week

What weather! 75 and up these January days give me an excuse to swim and enjoy the lovely springlike "winter"?

Tucson is a lovely city full of culture and activities especially during the snowbird and nice weather season.
We Look forward to the Annual Gem & Mineral Show opening this week.
This magnificent show brings the world to our doorstep; amber from Russia, tanzanite from Africa, wood carvings from Africa, to show off their stones, rocks and gems. These traveling vendors are a true treasure adding to our fun season. The jewelers who create from these natural elements often travel far and wide to purchase these stones. And then shoppers for the beautiful ready made gem pieces. It goes on and on….

I am newly appreciative of my own gem & mineral artists. The corner of our center at Skyline and Campbell displays
Merlin Cohen's fantastic alabaster sculpture. He uses granite , onyx, marble, and alabaster to create his abstract shapes and forms. Taos Pueblo sculptor John Suazo uses the Native American themes of his own culture in his work in limestone, sandstone and alabaster.

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Glass artists Lee Augst and Karl Rossi use their medium in different ways. Lee makes his contemporary "plates" from fusing various colors  of glass together in abstract and southwestern patterns that seem to dance in the light. Karl Rossi, a rancher and artist makes fun cowboy hats and bonnets from his blown glass and a few abstract  works as well.

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Our "chunky southwest " jeweler Joseph Birdsong mixes the unique Tibetan beads and pendants with  chunks of Turquoise. The mixed copper / silver cuffs set with lapis, turquoise or pearl are fashionable. Rose Augst uses antique crystals, mixed with stone and glass to create lovely and unique necklaces and bracelets.

Please come see us during these Gem & Mineral Days to come. We're open every day and would be happy you'd stop by…..

 ****Special Gem Show Art Walks***8* Thursday February 6th and 13th from 5-7pm Our Tucson gem& mineral artists will be present.

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