Need…Want….Such a Fine Line

Erin2017, Art Retreat in the Desert, ShoppingLeave a Comment

There are literally thousands of vendors who descend upon Tucson each winter, selling their beads, gemstones and anything jewelry-related. Each year we have helped students and instructors find their ways to the best shows in Tucson. We are going to continue our tradition and serve as concierge this year to help you find the best-suited vendors for you and your specific … Read More

Question – Gem Show – Wholesale License

Barb Solem2017, ShoppingLeave a Comment

Question I have my business license for the state of Wa. W/ my UBI number is that good enough to get into the gem shows? Thank you,  K.O. Reply Yes, your WA state business license will work for all of the wholesale tents in Tucson. You can pre-register for many of them right now. JOGS, G&LW, To Bead True Blue, … Read More

Where to Shop in Tucson

Barb Solem2017, ShoppingLeave a Comment

Question I am headed to Tucson for the show and had reached out to one of your instructors to ask if she had suggestions on where to go for mixed media/found objects/assemblage supplies.  She directed me to you and now I think I will need to sign up for some Art in the Desert classes while I am there!  I saw … Read More

Meet Ann Hammes

Barb SolemArt Retreat by the Beach, Shopping, Vivi Magoo Presents Art Retreats and Other InspirationsLeave a Comment


Do you know Ann Hammes? Many of you do! And, those of you who don’t will have a chance to meet her during our retreat; she’s a friend to students and shoppers alike. Ann has a beautiful store, Femmage, located in the Historic Arsenal in Benicia, California,  where she showcases original works from local artists, vintage furniture and gifts. Femmage … Read More

Vivi Magoo Marketplace

Barb Solem2017, Art Retreat in the Desert, Shopping, Vivi Magoo MarketplaceLeave a Comment

Vivi Magoo Marketplace Wednesday, February 1, 2017 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm Hilton Tucson East Hotel * admission is free * Many of our fabulous artist-instructors will be selling their beautiful creations, kits and supplies this evening. Drop by, say hi, and pick up a one-of-a-kind piece of art from your favorite teachers! **drop by during the day and visit … Read More