According to a center official, the planned expansion of the Tubac Center of the Arts (TCA) could boost tourism when it provides a new gallery for featuring shows of well-known local painters such as Hugh Cabot, Ross Stefan and Dale Nichols.
TCA Treasurer of Board of Directors Dave Bouchein said a fundraising drive has already been started with a goal of $700,000. Thanks to one-on-one talks with donors and through bequests from two estates, $355,000 has already been raised.
“We really want it to be of the artists of this area so we can collect and present the art work of the artists who made the Santa Cruz Valley and Tubac what it is today,” Bouchein said. “We think we’re going to draw a lot of people for that. People have heard of these artists in the past and come and ask where they can see it. There is no place to see it now.”
About 3,400 square feet will be added to the present 5,800-square-foot building. The $700,000 goal will cover for the construction costs of about $560,000 and $140,000 will be added to the endowment fund to pay for operating costs. The art center already owns the land on which the expansion is planned, Bouchein said.
Since it was built in 1972, the TCA has had two additions, which include the Smith Gallery currently used for displaying art. It also has a stage for performing arts and a space in the rear of the building that is used for storage and office space.
According to Bouchein, the art center’s storage space is getting cramped. But with the expansion, the receiving and shipping for the frequently changing art shows will have more area. The small kitchen for volunteers and the aging restrooms will likewise be replaced.
Also included in the new plan are a workshop and lecture hall, meeting room, art reference library, and more office space for employees and volunteers. Handicapped access will be added outside and the front landscaping and signage will be improved.
The schedule calls for the fundraising drive to conclude at the end of May and for groundbreaking to happen in November.
Presentations to the public showing the floor plan will be shown on March 9 and March 14 at 9 a.m., or March 11 at 4 p.m. at the art center.
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