Hi everyone,
  It's July...It's hot!   But each afternoon the sky is filled with beautiful cloudscapes; and we have already had our first small rain storm.  I LOVE this time of year!!

So what is happening in our art world in July?
Endeavor Gallery will be holding its official Art Change Out on Saturday, July, 27th from 10 a.m until 2 p.m. I will be forwarding an "official" letter from Shryl Miles about this event shortly--with all the pertinent information.  If you are currently exhibiting in the Gallery, or want to exhibit during the next installation, do mark your calendar now so that you can be free to bring in, take out, or exchange artwork.
Remember--every paid up member of SPRAC is welcome to exhibit original work in virtually any medium at Endeavor Gallery, so I hope many of you will take advantage of the opportunity to show and sell your art!!

Our "Art Around Town" program at Cochise College Benson Center this month is featuring not one, not two, but a group of seven artist/members from the Sunsites Community!  Participating in this special show are Deb Warner, Kathie Brauchla, Jill Dredge, Jack Light, Dottie Rogers, Geri Grim, and Sandy McFann.  These folks get together at Jill's house on a "sort of" regular basis to work on art, help one another with projects, and generally socialize.  They work in a variety of media; and the exhibit presents a lovely, lively showcase of what they are creating--everything from Kathie's watercolors to Deb's acrylic pour/mixed media pieces, with lots of traditional oil and acrylic paintings, plus graphite, pastel, and even a scratchboard piece on display.   This is a fun show--as always, free and open to the public for viewing during college open hours  (Monday thru Thursday from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m during their summer schedule)--so do plan to stop by and check it out when you are next in the area!!
  The lunch hour "Artists Share" program for July will be held on the fourth Thursday (July 25th) this month due to some scheduling conflicts.  Our presenter will be St. David resident and SPRAC member Zachary Billings, who will be discussing and demonstrating his unique style of mixed media creations.  Zach works in a number of media, including photography, inks, acrylics,and even nail polish!  He frequently combines many of these to create pieces of oftentimes highly abstract and always very original art.  Mark your calendar and plan to join us at Noon on the 25th at our cool and comfortable Endeavor Gallery!

Deb Warner will be holding a second acrylic pour workshop at Endeavor Gallery on Thursday, July 11th.  (The first one was a total blast! )  The class will start at noon and run till roughly 3 p.m and the cost will again be $25.00, which includes all materials, instruction, and Deb's travel expenses from the back of beyond. (You may pay when you get there--no need to pay in advance.)   This medium is perfect for those who worry about "not being able to draw," (no drawing required!)    We still have a few slots available, so if you would like to participate, please contact me ASAP.  I can pretty well guarantee you'll have fun!!

For an adventure a little further afield--you might want to check out the  "National Day of the Cowboy" to be held  at the historic Empire Ranch near Sonoita on Saturday, July 27th from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m.  I know there is a conflict with our Gallery Change Out that day, but it is possible to arrange with Shryl for an earlier drop off -, or you could hit Endeavor Gallery first and then head to Sonoita in time to watch "real" cowboys in action, demonstrations of horsemanship, blacksmithing, saddle making, etc, and even enjoy a real chuckwagon lunch.  This is an an excellent  photo opportunity for those wanting to capture that old-time western look...

Also, the Douglas Art Association will be holding a "Monsoon Art Storm" Show at their gallery in late July.  They have invited all artists to participate with artwork that "Represents the Monsoon to You."  They will be accepting work in ANY media, and artwork must be dropped off at their Gallery--

625 E. 10th Street next to the Old Post Office in Douglas--anytime between July 27th and July 31st., with Judging on Aug. 1-2, and a reception on Aug. 3rd.   Entry fees are $5.00 per item, with no limits on the number of pieces one can enter.   There are a number of CASH Prizes, and and a "Viewer's Choice" award to be presented at the end of the show.  For more information, contact foglemanmary82@gmail.com    This sounds like a fun event, and a great way to support a sister Art Association in the area!! 

Almost done--just a few reminders...  If you haven't already done so (and many of you have!)--it is time to renew your membership in the Arts Council.  (Send a check to SPRAC, P, O, Box 1358, Benson, AZ  85602   

OR pay online with PayPal at our website ---www.sprarts.org)  (Contact me to check if you are unsure whether or not you have already paid...)

And before I close--Shryl and Charline have asked me to tell you that we have been selling quite a bit of art out of Endeavor Gallery during this installation--paintings, sculpture, ceramics, and all sorts of wonderful pieces from the gift shop. We are paying the rent and moving art--YAY!!   If you haven't stopped by the Gallery lately, do pop in, as it is full of lovely things and just a fun, welcoming place to be.

The next installation of "wall" art will happen in late July  (Shryl will be sending out notification to the membership before hand, but you might want to be thinking about what pieces YOU will want to hang or stand on a pedestal or ?)  Exhibiting art in Endeavor Gallery is one of the "perks" of membership; and we encourage all of you to participate.

Enough for now.  Hope to see all of you soon!  Do plan to attend the Members Meeting if you can...   Go, Monsoons!!!        Linda

Ooops--p.s.  We are desperately seeking members who might be willing to serve as Youth Mentors.  We'll discuss this further at the members meetingon the 27th...

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