If you want to meet a lot of artists, but minimize your driving, check out these clusters of artists' studios.
The main cluster of the arts community in Tucson - an area bounded by East Speedway and East Congress on the north and south, respectively, and by North Park Avenue on the east and I-10 on the west - has 47 studios, the most of any area on the tour.
Here you'll find artists with their hands in every type of medium, including painting, photography, handweaving, wood and metal.
Farther north, 27 artists, including metal sculptor Stephen Kimble and stained-glass maker Genia Parker, will open their studios in the area bounded by East Prince Road on the north and East Grant Road on the south, North Alvernon Way on the east, and North Oracle Road on the west.
A printable map and an alphabetical list of artists can be found at www.tucson pimaartscouncil.org
To save a trip for those living in the greater Tucson area, rural artists have brought their art to the heart of downtown.
Visit the Rural Art Showcase, which runs through Nov. 30 at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library Gallery, 101 N. Stone Ave., to see selected works from rural artists.
On Nov. 15, two artists will be on hand to discuss how they create their works. From 2 to 2:45 p.m., Louis David Valenzuela, a nationally recognized Yaqui wood carver, will talk about how he makes traditional carvings and Pascola masks.
Pilar Hanson will make the trip from Ajo to present a slideshow of her work and discuss her inspiration for creating mixed-media works, incorporating color and geometric shapes and sometimes religious iconography. She'll talk from 3 to 3:45 p.m.
a sneak peek
Each artist in the tour was invited to submit a piece for display at the preview exhibition, which runs through Thursday at Gallery 801, at 801 N. Main Ave.
That is the only place to see all of the artists' works together without bouncing from studio to studio. Visit this exhibit to get a better sense of each artist's vision and to plan your tour route in advance.
This is the only part of the tour that is juried, and judges will select an artist to receive "best in show" honors.
A word about art prices
Haggling is OK . . . kind of.
If you see an artwork that you just can't live without but think the price tag is too steep, it's OK to try to work out a deal. An artist may be willing to lower the price of a painting, sculpture or piece of jewelry slightly, or work out a payment plan, but don't press for bargain-bin prices.
There's a reason works are priced the way they are. Artists take into consideration factors such as their time, materials, rent and installation costs when determining how to price their work.