San Pedro River Arts Council

April is well under way --sorry the newsletter is late, but I'm still recovering from March!

And speaking of March--I want to send out a HUGE "Thank You and congratulations"  to everyone who participated  in the Celebrate the Arts 10th Annual Fine Arts Show!!  By sharing your work you helped us create an absolutely wonderful event--with high quality, beautiful works in every division!  We had wonderful feedback from visitors and members alike; and even sold 9 paintings out of the show--a record for us!!

Special congratulations go to Jayne Hill, who not only won the Best of Show Award with her wonderful woodburnt portrait of an Indian Grandmother, but also received (by a landslide) the People's Choice Award when the votes were counted at the end of the show for her beautiful charcoal drawing of a Navajo girl and her baby sister.  Well done, Jayne!
We will be posting a complete list of winners plus photos on our website ( shortly...

I also want to thank everyone who donated items, purchased items, and/or helped with our annual Spring Yard  Sale!!  This was another VERY successful event and we managed to raise nearly $800 for the one day--actually, just a morning-- event!  The proceeds will help to finance Arts Council programs and events for the coming year.

OK--so what is happening in April, you ask?
We will be having our regular Lunch Time Learning Program on Thursday, April 18th.  We will welcome back as our presenter well known artist and excellent teacher, Glenn Renell, who will be giving a hands on talk about "color theory."  This is a subject that will be useful for artists in every medium; and Glenn can make even a familiar subject  seem fresh and inspirational--so do come and be inspired!
As usual, we will meet in the Gallery at noon.  Bring a sack lunch if you think you'll be hungry and come a bit early to grab a good seat.  Hope to see you there!

Our "Featured Artist" in the Art Around Town program at Cochise College Benson Center is SPRAC member and Tucson resident, Christine Hartzler.  Christine has been doing lovely landscapes in oil for many years and has won many awards and prizes for her efforts.  She was a long-time student of the late Hal Empie; and her palette and technique definitely show his influence.  This is a beautiful show, featuring roughly 30 of Christine's paintings.
As always, these shows are free and open to the public during regular college hours.
Do stop by the college and check out this special exhibit!

If you hurry, you can visit the 36th Annual Ann Boyd Wade Fine Arts and Photography show currently hanging at the Community Center in Willcox..  The show runs through Sunday, April 7th; and the show reception will be held on Saturday afternoon, April 6th, from 3 till 6 p.m.--featuring refreshments, awards, artists, and lots of great art and photography 
on display.  

Deb Warner will be holding an Acrylic Pour workshop at Endeavor Gallery on Thursday, April 25th.  Her lunch program last month was a huge success and now everyone wants to try this exciting new art form for themselves.  The sign up sheet was full, but if you think you would be interested in this workshop, please let me know as space might open up.  (And we can always start another list and schedule another workshop at a later date...)

We will be sending out further information about this workshop to those who DID sign up a bit later in the month...
Don't forget that the Huachuca Art Association will be holding a number of interesting classes and workshops this Spring as well  (including a Colored Pencil Techniques class with Phil Micheau in May that I intend to take!); so do check out their website ( for upcoming events.  I bet you'll find something that piques your interest!!

Enough for now...  Our big photography show happens in October; and now would be a great time to start thinking about what you might want to enter  (wildflower portraits, anyone?)  as the entry forms will be out before you know it  (Time really does fly!)

Hope to see you soon.   Linda

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