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:

"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:

Photo exhibit

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:

"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:

"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:

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at or 573-4642.