Philabaum Glass is a glass art gallery in Tucson, AZ that features and showcases the work of Tom Philabaum, owner of the gallery, as well as renowned artists from around the country. Established over 40 years ago, the museum displays beautiful collections of brightly colored contemporary pieces of glass art, as well as the studio where the Tom works. Located at Five Points, Philabaum Glass is seven blocks south of Tucson’s downtown district at 711 S 6th Avenue.

Tom Philabaum began studying the pure art of glass blowing in 1971 at the University of Wisconsin. After being awarded his MFA from the University of Arizona, he opened his first glass studio in 1983 in downtown Tucson, Arizona where he continues to create his exquisite works of art today. Tom was very involved in the local glass community, and the Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio became a major venue for exhibitions and glass-blowing demonstrations. Today, Tom and his wife, Dabney run Philabaum Glass and the Philabaum Glass Gallery, presenting works by artists from all over the country, as well as Tom himself. Visitors can also watch Tom at work in his studio where he uses a broad range of glass-blowing techniques, including kiln casting, fusing, slumping, and Dalle de Verre. The Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio has been a landmark in the Tucson art scene for more than 35 years.

Philabaum Glass hosts several shows throughout the year, including works by Tom Philabaum and artists from around the country. The gallery’s current Spring 2017 Exhibition, ‘North Carolina Perspectives’ features the work of five glassmakers from North Carolina, namely Shane Fero, Robert Gardner, John Littleton, Kenney Pieper, and Kate Vogel, all of whom have distinctly different approaches to the medium: Battuto, Casting, Filigrana, and Flameworking.

Philabaum Glass is located at 711 S 6th Avenue in downtown Tucson in Arizona and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in the summer. Visitors can watch the artist at work blowing glass in his studio during the week at times which are advertised on the website. The adjacent Gallery showcases exquisite sculptures, jewelry, handmade gifts, and other objets d’art.

Surrounded by majestic mountain ranges in the Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, Tucson is a city with a rich history and culture and much to see and do. The El Presidio Historic District is filled with beautifully restored mansions and the Barrio Historico with quaint adobe row houses, while the rest of the city is home to many excellent restaurants, nightclubs, vintage shops and more. Fun activities and attractions in Tucson include the slot machines and table games at the Desert Diamond Casino and the Casino Del Sol, and the Queen Mine Tour, which delves below ground in Bisbee's 47-degree caves. There is also the charm-filled world of the Mini Time Machine Museum where visitors can explore more than 275 miniature houses and room boxes.

The O.K. Corral Gunfight Site is home to what is regarded as the most famous gunfight in the history of the American Old West, which took place between the Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, the Clantons, and the McLaurays in 1881. Tohono Chul is hailed as being one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world with gardens, galleries, nature paths, and more, while the Santa Theresa Tile Works in Tucson’s Historic Warehouse Arts District will inspire creativity.

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711 S 6th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701, Phone: 520-884-7404, website

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