San Pedro River Arts Council

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

Hi everyone,
    Welcome to January, 2020, and a whole new year to create and enjoy art--life is good!
There is quite a bit going on, artwise, in the next several months--which should keep us all busy...
The Endeavor Gallery Change Out of art is now officially scheduled for Saturday, February 1st from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m.  Shryl has given me a letter with all the pertinent information as to number of works a member may place in the gallery, size of pieces, etc., plus answers to questions you might have--and I will be forwarding that to all members very shortly.  ALL SPRAC members are eligible and encouraged to place your work (in ANY Media) in the gallery; and we hope that many of you will take advantage of the opportunity to share (and hopefully sell) your art!!

We will be holding our first "Artists Share" program of the year at Endeavor Gallery on our "regular" 3rd Thursday, January 16, beginning at noon.  Our own Janet Shaw will be discussing and demonstrating the  technique of Preso Punto (I hope I got that right!), which is a fancy way of saying "using SHAPES to help with accurate drawing of animals and figures in proper perspective regardless of the pose or position."  Everyone will get a chance to try the technique and create a drawing, so this should be the perfect way to to jump start the new year!  As always, plan to arrive a bit early if you want a "good seat."  Hope to see you there!

    We will be doing a change out of art and photography currently on display at the Benson Hospital on February 13th and 14th.  Suzanne Cook has worked out a new program for the hospital project which should definitely help with increased sales from that venue in the coming year.  More information will be forthcoming in the February newsletter, but I wanted to give everyone a
"heads up" so that you might be planning which artwork you might want to display there...  (This is a wonderful opportunity to get out some of your older pieces (they must be "hangable") or works that have already been on exhibit elsewhere.  Note: Art may be, but does not have to be, for sale).  For new members,  everyone is invited to contribute works to hang in the hospital rooms, hallways, offices, etc. in order to enhance the ambience and just generally create a more pleasant environment for hospital visitors.  Again, I hope many of you will participate in this "win/win" opportunity as a community service and another venue in which to share your art and photography!!

  The featured artist in our "Art Around Town" program at Cochise College Benson Center for the month of January continues to be Zachary Billings.  His beautiful photographs and fascinating abstract paintings will remain on display through Thursday, January 30th.  The college will be open during its regular hours beginning Monday, January 6th  (Mon. thru Thursday 8 a.m. till 8 p.m.
and Fridays from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m.).  If you haven't had a chance to view Zach's unique art and vision, do stop by the college when you are in the area!

   Huachuca Art Association will be hosting their 3rd Annual Open Judged Art Show  at the Sierra Vista Gallery  from January 27th through February 22nd this year.   Information about rules, time-line, divisions, etc., and entry forms are available now on line at or at the gallery located at 1835 Paseo San Luis, Sierra Vista, AZ.  In addition to Fine Art and photography, this show also offers categories for "table arts:"-- gourd art, clay/ceramic, wood craft, glass art, jewelry and other 3-D media--and this is an excellent opportunity for those of you working in these genre to show off YOUR art!  Entries are DUE no later than January 17th--so if you are interested, now is the time to get organized!!  (Please note--all works entered in this show MUST be for sale.)

   Finally, I want to note that it is also time to be thinking about entries for our own 11th Annual "Celebrate the Arts" Open, judged Fine Art Show and Sale, which will be held at Cochise College Benson Center during the month of March!  Entry forms will be coming out at the end of January and due back in late February.  The good news is that drawings, paintings, etc. not sold out of the HAA show can be entered in the Benson show... And of course you may enter "new"  2 dimensional work in any media --EXCEPT PHOTOGRAPHY, which has its own show.  This show is one of our most popular events; and I certainly hope that many of you will be participating again this year!!

 With so many opportunities to have your artwork on display, it is quite a challenge to decide which pieces you want to put where!!  I think that is a good "problem" to have, though,  and speaks to the vitality of the art scene in SE Arizona...  Get out there, share your art, fill out entry forms, and just continue to "Celebrate the Arts!"
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!    Linda