Pat yourself on the back Tucson. You made it through your first 100-degree days of the summer.
Now let's get out of this heat.
May we suggest a stroll through an air-conditioned gallery? Admission at most is free, and the artwork is more often than not intriguing, breathtaking and memorable.
Here are five not to be missed exhibits in Tucson, including a couple that close this weekend.
"Natural Seductions: Jim Waid, Jane Abrams, Robert Cocke"
Etherton Gallery, 135 S. Sixth Ave., 624-7370.
Brilliantly colorful paintings of each artist's take on nature closes Saturday.
• Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Details: ethertongallery.com
"Line of Sight"
The Drawing Studio, 33 S. Sixth Ave., 620-0947.
Drawings by faculty and students opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and runs through July 13.
• Gallery hours: Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Details: thedrawingstudio.org
Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson, 4831 E. 22nd St., 748-1551.
Exhibit of photographs from church members and friends through Sept. 1. Opening reception is 11:45 a.m. Sunday.
• Gallery hours and more information: uuctucson.org
"These Trace Remains"
Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, 326-9686, Ext. 10.
Jenny Day's large- and small-scale canvases depicting scenes of North America is up until June 28. Admission is $8; $7 for students and seniors, and $4 for children 4 to 12. Children 3 and younger and gardens members are free. It's $9 to attend the artist reception from 5 to 8 p.m. June 20.
• Gallery hours: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Details: tucsonbotanical.org
"It's All About the Buildings"
WomanKraft Art Center, 388 S. Stone Ave., 629-9976.
Blazing cityscapes and memorable buildings under construction or in ruins anchor this architecture-centered exhibit that runs through July 27. A reception will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. July 6.
• Gallery hours: 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Details: womankraft.org
Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at email@example.com or 573-4642.