San Pedro River Arts Council

You can pay your annual SPRAC dues, $15.00 for individual or $20.00 per family by hitting the donate button above.

Note: You may also send your membership payment or donation by check to:
PO Box 1358
Benson, AZ 85602-1358 

Hi again,

It is August already--the monsoons are here in earnest; the grass and weeds are knee-high at our place; and the gallery space is almost ready for our "Grand Opening" on September 2nd in the new 
location!  Thanks again to everyone who has helped with the renovation--we could never have done it without such a wonderful team of willing workers!!!

Speaking of the new Gallery, I hope everyone had a chance to read Shryl's "reminder" letter sent out yesterday with information on scheduling, delivery of art work, etc.  If you are STILL undecided as to whether you would like to exhibit in the gallery and/or gift shop--please remember that this is an opportunity for ALL of our members to show/sell your work  in a gallery setting, so we hope you will be participating!     If you have questions, please contact Shryl at  or phone 520 508 2457 ASAP.   

Because everyone is going to be fully occupied finalizing the exhibits at the gallery, there will NOT be a lunch and learn program in August.  However, we can all look forward to September's program, when Kaia Thomas will be giving a demonstration on her method of painting animal portraits!  Mark your calendars now for September 21st and plan on joining us in the new "learning center" at the new Gallery.

In other important news--the annual October Open Photography Show will be here before you know it!  We will have entry forms ready by the beginning of September and will have them available on line and in paper form at the gallery or by request.  If you haven't already, now is the time to get out there and take some spectacular pictures.  The photography show is always one of our most popular events, so tell your friends and plan on participating yourself so that this year's show will be another huge success!

Cochise College Benson Center will be offering not one, but TWO art classes this Fall!  (see attached flyers below)  If you are like me and need a class in order to get motivated, here is your chance!!
Registration is open now; and classes begin in late August...  Go for it!!

Quarles Art Gallery in Benson will be hosting an Open Show and Sale for all Cochise County artists during the month of October to benefit the Benson Beautification/Benson Clean and Beautiful Murals Project.  Any artist may submit up to two works in any two dimensional medium  (all works must be for sale)  and the subject matter should reflect "Cochise County" in some manner.  Sharon will be organizing a spectacular reception featuring her own Cajun cooking  on September 28th, and you sure won't want to miss THAT!  For entry forms and more information--please contact  or phone
520 586 4563.

The Arts Council's monthly "Featured Artist" exhibit is ongoing at Cochise College. Chris Blom and Janet Hearn are showing their oil, acrylic, and pastel paintings through the month of August, so do stop by and enjoy their work  (maybe even sign up for an art class while you're there...)

Finally--many thanks to those of you who have already sent in your dues for the coming year--(ending June 30, 2018)!!  And a gentle reminder that if you have not already done so--now would be a good time to do so...(You can make a "donation" on line via PayPal at our website    or mail a check to P.O. Box 1358, Benson AZ  85602.  With so much going on, we hope you all will want to stay connected!!)

OK--that's it for now.  Gotta go mow the lawn!  Hope to see you soon.      Linda