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 All,
November, and it's definitely feeling Fall-ish out there!

I'll begin by welcoming another batch of new members to the San Pedro River Arts Council.  It is so exciting to watch our organization continue to grow each month, with membership spread throughout all of southeastern Arizona and some from even further afield.  We love you all!!!

Sadly, we had to take our fantastic photography show down on October 30th...  One final THANK YOU to everyone who participated!!  It was a beautiful show, with 200 entries displayed throughout Cochise College Benson Center; and everyone (including our judge) was impressed with the high quality of the photographs throughout ALL the divisions!    Special congratulations go to Cheryl Rogos, whose photo  "The Dally" received the People's Choice Award when the votes were counted at the end of the show.  Well done, Cheryl!

And speaking of congratulations, we have received notice that our own Elizabeth Riordon won the "Best in Show" award for her entry "Ocotillo Afternoon" in the prestigious Miniature Art Exhibition sponsored by the  Chambersburg PA Council for the Arts this month.  There were over 300 entries to this show, of which only 185 were selected for display, and obviously only ONE Best of Show.  Elizabeth, we are proud of you, and happy that you have moved back to southern Arizona!!

Due to some scheduling conflicts, there will NOT be an Artist's Share program this month--Sorry! 

We DO, however, have a new "Featured Artist" exhibit hanging at Cochise College Benson Center for the month of November.  SPRAC member and long time Arizona resident ELLEN COHEN is exhibiting a large array of her wonderful "Earth Ribbon" landscape paintings .  In this series, Ellen has worked primarily in oils and acrylics to produce works with an almost abstract feel that create an emotional impact with the viewer.  Many of the paintings feature a vibrant use of color, while some are done in more subtle shades; but all will command your attention.  Ellen is one of those lucky artists who has found her own unique style, and you do not want to miss this show!

"Earth Ribbons" will remain on display during the whole month, and is free and open to the public during regular college hours  Monday thru Thursday 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m till 4 p.m.

Please note that every SPRAC member is welcome to have his or her own "Featured Artist"  Show at the college!  There is no charge to mount these shows, and works may or may not be for sale.  (There IS a 20% commission charged on works sold, half of which goes to the college to support their scholarship fund).  If you think you might be interested in becoming a featured artist at some point, please contact me ( and we can discuss it and/or get you on our calendar...

 We are happy to announce that SPRAC member Kathy Williams will be holding more of her "NO FEAR" painting workshops this Fall and Winter.  First class will be held on Nov. 11th at the Benson Community Center  (NOT the college).  I will be sending out a flyer with more information under separate email...
  These classes are a LOT of FUN--perfect for anyone looking to try painting for the first time, to gather the courage to start painting again, or if you just want to try something new!

For those of you wondering about the next Hospital Art change out--we are in the process of talking with the new Director at the hospital about some changes (for the better!) we would like to make to the program.  At this point, the next change out will not happen until after the 1st of the year.  If any of you who currently have works on display at the hospital NEED to take them out before then, please let me know and we can make arrangements for you to do so; otherwise--just hang in there  (no pun intended...)

Finally, please note that the Huachuca Art Association will be holding an open SALE of art and craft supplies donated by the family in memory and honor of long time HAA member Gail Fisher.  The sale will be held next Sunday, November 10th, from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m at the HAA Studio located at 1835 Paseo San Luis in Sierra Vista.  Every artist can use more supplies!!!