Holiday Artisans Market and Buy Local

November 12 / 2014

Tucson Museum of Art presents

Holiday Artisans Market

Beautiful local art and crafts kick of Buy Local campaign


Tucson, Arizona –November 12, 2014 –Join Local First AZ and Mayor Jonathan Rothschild as the Tucson Museum of Art presents Holiday Artisans Market and the kickoff to Buy Local Month! Every fall, shoppers look for the perfect, unique gift for the holidays. The Tucson Museum of Art rises to the occasion with their Holidays Artisans Market. Featuring more than 140 local and southwestern artists and artisans, the Market offers painting, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, pottery, sculpture, and a wide variety of distinctive arts and crafts. The event and admission to the Museum is free and held on the historic grounds of the Tucson Museum of Art at 140 N Main Ave. Holiday Artisans Market runs three days, Friday through Sunday, November 21 to 23, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This season, the Museum is partnering with Local First Arizona to kick off Buy Local Month!


“We’re very excited about launching Buy Local Month with Local First Arizona. Buying local is such a big part of our community economy and our artisans are local and regional, “says Michael Fenlason, Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will assist in celebrating the kickoff of Buy Local Month on Saturday, November 22 at 10:00 AM along with Local First Arizona Executive Director Kimber Lanning and Tucson Museum of Art CEO Robert Knight.


Holiday Artisans Market is a fundraiser for the Museum, which offers free arts education to more than 20,000 students a year across southern Arizona and provides the region with world class exhibitions, including this fall’s The Figure Examined: Masterworks from the Kasser Mochary Art Foundation. This exhibition features work by Rodin, Renoir, Picasso, Cassatt, Rivera, and Warhol. During Holiday Artisans Market, admission to this hugely popular exhibition and other exhibitions at the Museum will be free as well.

As part of the Holiday Artisans Market tradition the Kitchen Musicians from the Arizona Folk Festival will provide music on Saturday and Sunday. The Market also features food trucks, cuisine from award-winning Café a la C’Art as well as the wonderful, locally crafted gifts available at the Museum Store.

Holidays Artisans Market also includes the seasonal opening of El Nacimiento, a Tucson tradition for more than three decades. El Nacimiento is the city’s most admired nativity, lovingly assembled by Maria Luisa Tena in honor of her mother. This jewel contains 800 figurines depicting biblical stories in palaces, gardens, temples, and of course, a manger. El Nacimiento will unveil on Saturday, November 22 at 10:00 PM with a mariachi celebration.

Holiday Artisans Market will literally be a once-in-a-lifetime shopping experience in Tucson. Between Picasso and Warhol at the Museum and the extraordinary local artisans in the courtyard, this Tucson Museum of Art event is not to be missed!
Friday – Sunday, November 21 – 23 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Over 140 of the Southwest’s finest artisans will display their wares and help you find the perfect holiday gifts. Both the Market and Museum are FREE and open to the public all three days.

Saturday, November 22 at 10:00 am

Buy Local with Local First Arizona kickoff with Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Local First AZ CEO Kimber Lanning.


The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block connects art to life, inspiring discovery, creativity, and cultural understanding through meaningful, engaging experiences. The Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Thursday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, and Sunday Noon – 5:00 pm. The Museum is located at 140 North Main Avenue in historic downtown Tucson, at the crossroads of West Alameda and North Main Avenue.  The Museum also includes a full-service café, five historic houses, public tours, and a Research Library.


The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable arts and educational organization.

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