Art on Tap promotes local art, brewing and Tucson Museum of Art - Tucson News Now

Art on Tap promotes local art, brewing and Tucson Museum of Art

(Source: Tucson Museum of Art) (Source: Tucson Museum of Art)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

As an artist, Graham Thompson seeks new projects.

"Keep things new, keep things fresh, keep things exciting," he said as he showed some of his work in his home Sunday morning.

While he continues to work, he is also in the middle of Art on Tap, a new effort by Craft Tucson and Tucson Museum of Art.  Craft Tucson was behind Brew at the Zoo this summer to raise funds for Reid Park Zoo's brown bear exhibit.

Now, Craft Tucson aims to help local artists, TMA, and area brewers through an event on Dec. 7.  Ticket sales will go to the museum while visitors can buy work from Tucson artists and sample local brews.

"I think that this is one of the ways that they can bring those people in and give people an opportunity who wouldn't necessarily have an opportunity to show their work there, per se," Thompson said.

"Letting people know that this is a destination to take your families and your friends," TMA curator of education Morgan Wells said.

She said that an event that combines beer with local art will bring new visitors.  Ticket sales will help the museum's outreach programs.

"I think it's always good to have financial support because that's how we survive and we can better the community.  But at the same time, we want to reach a different audience, and I think that's mainly why we want to do this event," she said.

The TMA gallery currently holds work by Bob Kuhn, one of the "Tucson Seven" artists.  Art on Tap will give a shot to local artists who normally aren't seen at TMA.  Museum member and artist Jennifer Carr applauded the combination as she visited the museum Sunday afternoon.

"It's hard for local artists to get out there.  And this would be perfect. And everybody can drink beer and have a good time," she said.

Art on Tap will be at the Tucson Museum of Art from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. TMA is at 140 N. Main Avenue.

Thompson said that tickets will be $20 for designated drivers, $40 general admission, $50 the day of the event and $65 to get in an hour before the event starts.

Purchase tickets here or call 520-624-2333 ext. 105.

Two "pop-up" events will also be a chance to buy tickets.  One event is Nov. 8 at Dragoon Brewing.  The other is Nov. 29 at Club Congress.

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