Call Detail
6th Annual Plein Air on the Santa Cruz
Entry Deadline: 9/1/23
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Tubac Center of the Arts ): $25.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 1
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 1
Call Type: Workshops
Eligibility: National
State: Arizona
Event Dates: 10/23/23 - 11/12/23

Plein Air on the Santa Cruz 2023

Join us in Tumacacori for five days of discovery, learning, and camaraderie at the historic Rancho Santa Cruz in southern Arizona. The ranch is approximately one hour south of Tucson, on the Santa Cruz River in a magnificent grove of cottonwood trees.

This application on CAFE for the art exhibition is required to participate in the retreat.  The exhibition is exclusively for retreat participants. You MUST contact the organizer for retreat registration!


You must first apply on the call for entry website, pay the entry fee for Tubac Center of the Arts for the EXHIBIT FEE, and include an image to represent your work for publicity purposes. The first 16 applicants will be accepted (professional experience not necessary).

Tubac Center of the Arts, 9 Plaza Road, PO Box 1911, Tubac, AZ 85646

See video:


Two instructors! October 23 through 27 at Rancho Santa Cruz

Exhibition at Tubac Center of the Arts Oct 27 - November 12

Registration on call for entry website opens May 1, 2023.

Overview of schedule:

Ranch guests may check-in Sunday, October 22nd after 2pm; local artists or those who have made other lodging arrangements check-in Monday morning, October 23rd, when the first workshop will take place at the ranch.

We are excited that Elizabeth Neer, pastel artist and Denyse Fenelon, oil painter, will be this year's instructors. See more on their websites:

Elizabeth Neer:

Denyse Fenelon:

Cost includes all workshops, with or without lodging.

Contact for more information.

All mediums are welcome, and instruction will be geared towards a beginning professional level; some experience is recommended.

PASC23 Exhibition & Sale
Artwork created during the retreat and workshop will be presented at the Tubac Center of the Arts Front Gallery, October 27 – November 12 with an opening reception, Friday, October 27, 5-7pm.


Registration open on Café.org May 1, 2023

Registration closed September 1, 2023

Check-in for the retreat October 22-23, 2023

Check out (if staying at the ranch) October 28, 2023

Opening Reception at Tubac Center of the Arts: Friday, October 27, 5-7pm

Exhibition at Tubac Center of the Arts: October 27 through November 12, 2023

Exhibition closes PICK UP ART Monday, November 13, 2023


Retreat cost (all participants): $250
Cost includes all three workshops, with or without lodging, receptions, ranch barbecue.

Lodging at Rancho Santa Cruz (separate cost) : $850  Early Bird rate $750!
6 nights, single occupancy, breakfast included: $850 ($141.66 per night)
Register by August 1st and receive the Early Bird Rate of  $750 ($125 per night)

Check-in Sunday October 23rd, check out Saturday October 28th. Special rates for shared rooms. 

For more information about the ranch, see:

30% deposit due September 1, 2023, payable to the ranch by credit card or personal check. Full refund before October 1, 2023 when the balance is due. No refunds will be made after October 1.

When the maximum number of participants apply, or by September 1, 2023, Rancho Santa Cruz will contact you directly regarding lodging and deposit.

The ranch provides a safe and open environment in compliance with CDC guidelines. If the public health situation in October requires the cancellation of the event, the ranch will provide a full refund to participants. Personal cancellations after October 1st will not be refunded the 30% deposit.

For more information go to:

Rancho Santa Cruz:

Contact: for more info, or:
Virginia Vovchuk: 520 339-5220
Susan Berryman: 386 956-6110




Application Requirements


Eligibility Criteria