The Tombaugh Gallery

Shellebrate Turtles


The Tombaugh Gallery and Desert Exposure are celebrating World Turtle Day® in May with an art show featuring many of our local artists depicting all things turtle in their favorite medium: Some will be made from gourds, others will be sculpted from clay, there will be mixed media, paintings, drawings and poetry.

World Turtle Day® was established in 2000 to shellebrate turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world. They have inhabited our world for over 200 million years but today they are disappearing at an alarming rate due to global warming, the cruel pet trade, habitat destruction and the exotic food industry. Locally sightings of box turtles in the wild has become a rare occurrence. Just a few years ago they could be found regularly in the foothills and arroyos around town.

The exhibit opens on May 1 with a special reception and poetry reading from 11:00 to1:00 at the Tombaugh Gallery. A second reception will be on Monday, May 23 from 5:00 to 7:00, the date World Turtle Day® is traditionally celebrated. At the second reception you will have an opportunity to sculpt your own turtle, listen to turtle poetry and have your photo taken with a desert box turtle.


The Tombaugh Gallery’s regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. In addition you can visit every Sunday after church.

The Tombaugh Gallery is part of the Unitarian Universalist Church at 2000 S. Solano.  Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 2 PM.

The Gallery is located at 2000 South Solano Drive at the Unitarian Universalist Church. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10am – 2pm.