My Show and Event Schedule


A quick recap of 2022​

 Our exciting new event in Tucson was our private room at the brand new in 2022 Tucson Fine Mineral Gallery, located in thecompletely remodeled building (formerly the Tucson Chamber of Commerce building) at the corner of Granada and St. Marys, in front of the former show site at the Inn Suites or Hotel Tucson City Center. The grand opening on Feb 4 was attended with about 200 invited guests. The landscaped courtyard  provided that, with a catered cafe and bar for everyone's enjoyment. In addition to being fully open during the Tucson Showcase each February, the building will be open year-round by appointment beginning in May  Our room has been stocked with a range of affordable specimens, particularly US and Southwest specimens, and will be open for shoppers. To make an appointment to see our room and Crystal Classics, call Stu at 928 308 6340. Purchases will be handled by the Crystal Classics staff in our absence.. The hope is to make the Gallery a full-time Tucson Destination site, particularly in conjunction with the Alfie Norville, University of Arizona Mineral Museum only a few blocks away. Eventually we expect to have Spring, Summer, and Fall events in the facility.

The first Special Event is scheduled for November 18-20 and will feature speakers on Arizona Minerals. See details below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 We  finished Plano, Texas (Dallas) show May 20-22.  This major national calibre show is in an excellent event center just north of downtown Dallas off US 75 (the Central Connecter). It was well attended in this new excellent location. We will be there again in May of 2023.

 

The 58th Annual Pikes Peak Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show in Colorado Springs was held on June 10-13 and set a new record for attendance. We stayed so busy that I didn't even get to see the displays. We expect to be back again next June.

 

Thanks to our customers at both of those shows. They finish our show schedule for Spring and we are off for the summer until

​the Denver events take place in September.

 

Next up!

 

We will participate in the Hardrock Summit (HRS) - Evolution show again in the Colorado Convention Center (CCC) on Sept.8-11, a week earlier than in 2021. Overlapping the HRS (this year only) are the satellite shows you are familiar with. That includes the Just Minerals & Crystals Event, Sept. 10-13 and the Crowne Plaza and Coliseum shows.. Next year the HRS will shift back a week to return Denver to a normal schedule.

 

As we did last year, Leonard Himes shares a double space at HRS (listed as booths 134 & 140) with Geoff Krasnov of Geokrazy Minerals.

Our booth will offer high-quality worldwide minerals at affordable prices and in a variety of sizes. We are adding a Thumbnail Minerals case this year, as the demand for these choice small specimens has increases significantly in the last few year.

 

The Hardrock Summit at the CCC is increasing in size this year so in addition to our Evolution hall, there will be the AGTA trade show, Sparkle and Joy (a retail gem and jewelry show) and a new retail area for mineral specimens and general gem and mineral merchandise called the LLD Denver Mineral Hall. LLD is the producer of the East Coast Show in Springfield MA, and the West Coast Show in Santa Ana, CA previously operated by now-retired Marty Zinn. The originalDenver Gem and Mineral Show moved to the CCC as a part of HRS last year, when the Merchandise Mart closed. It will be in the same hall again this year, adjacent to the LLD show.  With four major shows, the total number of booths in the CCC will be over 700, so this is a major international event that is not to be missed. While the dealers effectively bring a major museum display of minerals to Denver, the show management also places spectacular displays in the foyer to the show. They have just announce that they will provide an exhibit of great god specimens. Here's you chance to se The Dragon and other great gold specimens in person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overlapping, in part, with HRS will be our fourth year of "Just Minerals" in Denver and, due to the difficulty of booking a guaranteed facility in a hotel, we will be in our fourth location. We think we have found a permanent home at the Summit Event Center in Aurora, CO, a nice venue that is not part of a hotel. The brand new Courtyard by Marriott next door is our official hotel and we have arranged for seriously reduced room rates for our vendors, customers and friends.  You may book a room at the Courtyard using the link: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1656555902918&key=GRP&app=resvlink before the deadline August 26, 2022. You may book as many nights as you like in the period of Sept 6 through Sept 18. The room rate is $109 plus tax as long as rooms are available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Show is 2 traffic lights east of I-225 at exit 9, Sixth Avenue

or CO 30, and one block south. It is easy to find at the south end

of a repurposed shopping center. Parking and admission are 

free and there are good restaurants in the complex.

The drive from​ the Crowne Plaza takes only 5-10 minutes ,​ 

depending on traffic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Summit Event Center Entrance.                      Lobby and Show Entrance.                                   Adjacent Courtyard Hotel

 

Our venue is near the Crowne Plaza area, where we have been in the past. From the downtown Colorado Convention Center, the site of the Hardrock Summit, it is a 20-30 minute drive. The fastest route is via I-25 south to I-225 then east to our exit. I-70 is under construction and is best avoided! There is a Light Rail Stationat the Courtyard and it can be accessed from Downtown with a short walk from the CCC. By car, you may also follow GPS directions to the Event Center. There are several nice restaurants in the Event Center Complex and many more nearby

 

​The Just Minerals & Crystals Events in Denver and Tucson feature high quality dealers offering Wholesale Pricing on both old and new stock. We are open to the general public. Some dealers will also offer choice specimens art retail, but half of all booths must be honest wholesale. Collectors will find good deals but dealers shopping for their resale specimens and crystals will try to be first in line. This year we will also have internet live shows from the facility. Due to the show overlap, several of the Just Minerals dealers will split staffs to be able to participate in Evolution (the high-end minerals portion of HRS. Cal Graeber with manage the Graeber & Himes booth while I am at HRS, but I will be there on Monday and Tuesday after HRS closes. Three of the Just Minerals regular dealers have too little staff to be at Just Minerals this year. Kristalle, Stonetrust and Alan's Fine Minerals will rejoin us in 2023. We have added quality replacement dealers who will have the option of staying with us in the future in additional space that the Summit Center has available.

 

We have listings on the XpoPress website for details of all of our shows including the dealer list for The Just Minerals & Crystals Event. Each dealer also has their own page. It is the best guide to all that is mineral shows in America

 

​THE TUCSON FINE MINERAL GALLERY 

will host its inaugural Special Event on November 18-20, 2022.Many of the dealer rooms (including Graeber & Himes) will be open for business during the event. Here is the not to be missed program:

 

TFMG Special Weekend- November 18-20 Arizona Minerals

  The first of regular Spring, Summer and Fall annual events.

Thursday November 17th-  EXTRA: Bisbee or Four Peaks Field Trip

Guest Atrium Dealer-Evan Jones- Three Foyer showcases

Special Exhibit case- Evan Jones

Friday afternoon presentation- Evan Jones- Collecting Arizona Wulfenite

Saturday afternoon speaker- Doug and Richard Graeme- Bisbee Mineralogy

Saturday afternoon book signing- The Mineralogy of Bisbee Arizona

Saturday Evening- Brother John’s BBQ with Beers and Wines of Arizona

Sunday presentation- Four Peaks Amethyst- Susan Embrey


​This event is still being organized. There will probably be registration at the event, but if you are interested in the Field Trips which will have limited tickets, please contact The Gallery's new Director, Eric Fritz an eric@tucsonfinemineralgallery.com

I'll post more details here as they become available.​

 


         

Gallery entrance gate from Granada.            The Courtyard cafe & social area.                       The Gallery building entrance.

Leonard Himes     Dealer in Fine Mineral Specimens