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San Pedro River Arts Council

Happy Holidays Everyone,
   Can you believe another year has just flown by?!  
  Because everyone is SO busy at this time of year, we will NOT have a lunch program in December, but will be back to our regular routine in January.
  In a bit of old business, I would like to thank those members who are participating in the current exhibition (and sale!) at the Benson Hospital.  Forty-one Arts Council members--new and old--answered the call and have shared one or more pieces of artwork for a total display of 149 paintings, drawings, ceramic wall hangings, photographs, and even a beautiful needlework piece!!
The art work was hung throughout the hospital and in the new clinic on 4th St on November 8th and 9th and will remain on display until mid-May of 2018 (when we'll have a change out and seek "new" art).  The hospital administration and staff are delighted to have so many new works on view; and emphasize the importance of the art in maintaining a cheerful ambiance in what could otherwise be a rather sterile environment. The Arts Council is very happy to provide the artwork in what is very much a Win-Win situation--providing a community service and a venue for members to have their work on display.
      Featured artist for the latest "One With Art" exhibit presented by the Arts Council at Cochise College Benson Center is SPRAC member and Tucson resident Judy Francis.
  Judy, who was the recipient of the "Best in Show" award at this year's Annual October Photography Show,  takes viewers on a journey to France with her elegant photos of market scenes, ancient buildings, colorful shops and cobbled streets.  She has also provided small maps and "post cards" to present further information about the more than 40 photographs on display.  If you have a chance, I encourage everyone to stop by and check out her wonderful photography!!
    This exhibit will run through the months of December and January.  As always, the show is free and open to the public during regular college hours--Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays, 8 a.m. till 4 p.m.  Please note that the college will be closed for the Holidays from December 13th until January 2nd.
   I hope that everyone will have a chance to visit our Endeavor Gallery this month!  Shryl Miles and Charline White have done a beautiful job of decorating the space in a simple but elegant holiday theme. The Gallery was even featured in last week's Caliente section of the Arizona Daily Star--pretty impressive for a space that's only been open since September!
  As a special treat during December, the Gallery is pleased to present a wonderful display of hand crafted Nacimientos (Nativity Scenes) lovingly created by Benson's own George Whitehead--historian, artist, and SPRAC member.  The display features 13 individual and unique dioramas based on traditional Hispanic and Native American designs created of wood, clay, copper, saguaro rib and even carved elk antler.  Viewing the Nacimientos should help to put anyone into the Holiday Spirit!
   As part of Benson's "Festival on Main Street" to be held on Saturday, December 16th, Endeavor Gallery will be holding an "Open House" from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m.  We will be serving free cookies and punch or hot cider to all our visitors, so if you are in town that day--do stop by and say hello.  Which reminds me--if there are any cookie bakers out there, we could use some of your goodies to help feed our guests.  Please send me a note via return email if you could bring a couple dozen cookies or other small treats to the Gallery on the 15th or morning of the 16th.
  Also, weather permitting, some of our members will be setting up tables in front of the gallery on the 16th to sell and display their holiday themed arts and crafts, jewelry, etc.  If that is something you'd be interested in--please contact me...
   On another exciting note, SPRAC member Brenda Peo  (she who creates the colorful and charismatic animal paintings)  will be having a solo artist show in The Little Gallery on the grounds of the DeGrazia Gallery of the Sun  located at 6300 N. Swan Rd in Tucson from Dec. 30th through January 12th  (closed New Year's Day).  She invites everyone to attend her reception on January 6th for light refreshments and a chance to listen to her special guest--Spanish guitarist Gabriel Francisco Romo.  I think this would be a lovely way to end the holiday season!!

   Finally, special congratulations go out to our own Kaia Thomas, whose painting "Deserted but not Forgotten" was chosen as a finalist in Southwest Art Magazine's annual  "Artistic Excellence Competition!"  You can see a photo of the painting and read about Kaia on page 79 of the December 2017 Issue of the magazine.  Well done, Kaia!!!
  So that's it for now.  Stay warm.  Drink eggnog.  Bake cookies.  And maybe create some art?  (It's not too soon to start thinking about what you might want to enter in our March 
Open, Judged "Celebrate the Arts" Fine Arts Show!!)
   Hope to see you soon!!     Linda