San Pedro River Arts Council

Hi Everyone,
  It is April 1st, and I hope everyone had a lovely Easter on this beautiful Spring day!
Lots going on this month as it happens-- much of it occurring  the week of April 14th through the 21st​--so do mark your calendars...
 We just took down the beautiful 2018 Celebrate the Arts Show--always sad to see that happen!  Thanks again to everyone who participated in this year's event and helped to make it our biggest and best yet!! 
  The winner of the "People's Choice" Award was SPRAC member and Benson resident Suzanne Cook, for her charming portrait of Wilbur, the Chihuahua.
Congratulations, Suzanne!

Photos from the show and reception can be seen on our
As previously announced--our annual Spring Yard Sale Fund Raiser  will be held outside Endeavor Gallery on April 14th beginning at 8 a.m. and lasting until approximately 1 p.m.
 We will be putting up the tents and tables beginning at 7:30 a.m. that morning  (aghh--so early!) and will need volunteers to help with set up, pricing, and sales, so if you can spare us an hour or two that day we would be most appreciative!!  (HELP!!)   Because we don't have the indoor gallery space available to store items ahead of time this year, we will need everyone to bring their donations down to the Gallery no later than 8:30 on the morning of the 14th.  If you absolutely can not drop your items off that morning, please contact me and we will make arrangements for pick up on the 13th.

  These Yard Sales have been quite successful in the past--thanks to the generous donation of "STUFF" from our members.  Please go through your store rooms, garages, and closets for items that you no longer want or need.  Judging from past experience, pretty much everything is acceptable--tools, appliances, knick-knacks, books, jewelry, clothing, small furniture items, etc. etc.  So rid yourselves of some clutter and contribute to a good cause!  (And remember--you do NOT have to take home anything that does not sell, as we will be donating "leftovers" on to other charities.)

  Continuing with what is going to be a busy week--there will be a general "mixer" and "Ribbon Cutting" at the Gallery at noon on Tuesday, April 17th.  This event will be sponsored by the Benson Chamber of Commerce to welcome the San Pedro River Arts Council into their group.  There will be refreshments and a chance to meet members of other local businesses, and show off the Gallery to folks who can help to promote our own Endeavor (no pun intended...)  Please pop in and say hello if you are in the area during lunch hour that day!!

And as it will be the "third Thursday" on April 19th--that is the day for our regularly scheduled Lunch and Learn Program!  We will begin at noon, and the April presenter will be Doug Quarles, who will be talking about the Art of creating Murals and the ongoing Benson Mural Program.  Doug always has lots of interesting stories to share; and this will be the perfect time to check out the fantastic and newly completed giant "Cattle Drive" painting decorating the wall space outside our Gallery. Attendance at the lunch programs has been great--so do come a wee bit early to get a good seat, and bring a sack lunch if you think you'll have the munchies.  Hope to see you there!!!

  The Willcox Art League will be presenting their 35th!! Annual "Ann Boyd Wade Fine Art and Photography Show at the Willcox Community Center on April 20th through the 22nd.  Deadline for entries is April 6th.  This is always a fun show, with lots of prizes and a reception on April 21st which will include refreshments, artists demonstrations, wine tasting, and a raffle!

You can pick up entry forms at Endeavor Gallery, or enter on line at  For further information, call Louise Walden at 520 507 3104.
Finally, if you are looking for something "arty" to do on Saturday, April 7th--the Amerind Foundation in Dragoon will be hosting a "Gallery Talk" by Native American artist Ed Kabotie beginning at 11 a.m. to open an exhibit of his works in the Francis Chapin Foundation Gallery space.  Kabotie is of Hopi and Tewa heritage and "finds artistic inspiration in the sacred landscape of Northern Arizona."  He works primarily in watercolor and ink and marker media and will be discussing his artistic process during his talk.

  A visit to the Amerind is always worthwhile--fascinating archaeological exhibits in the Museum, wonderful art in the Gallery rooms, and incredible scenery that will inspire you to paint or take photos (or both!).  There is always something new to see, so do take the drive up to Texas Canyon when you get the chance!
That's it for April.  Stay busy, and do go gather up some items for the Yard Sale...  Hope to see you soon!    Linda

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