San Pedro River Arts Council

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PO Box 1358
Benson, AZ 85602-1358 

San Pedro River Arts Council © 2016

PO Box 1358, Benson,
Arizona  85602-1358
(520) 586-2611

Hi everyone,

  Sorry the newsletter is a bit late this month--I wanted to wait till after our recent Board Meeting, plus it is hard to motivate myself to send out a Fall letter when Tucson is still experiencing triple digit temperatures!  Be that as it may--there IS news, so let us begin...
   I am pleased to report that we will be extending the Gallery "open days" in November!  Beginning on November 3rd-- Endeavor Gallery will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. at least through the end of this year (when we will reevaluate and hopefully go back to our original 6 day schedule).   Slowly but surely we are returning to "normal!"
   Also at the gallery, we are continuing to offer hands-on "mini-workshops" in the learning center as people feel inspired to give them.
The next program on offer is Creating Fancy Bracelets-- presented by Francie Taylor--this coming Thursday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m.  Cost, which includes all supplies, is $20.00, and you get to take home all your creations.  Seems like a good deal!!  The workshop is limited to 6 participants, so stop by the gallery if you aren't already signed up; or contact Mary Lee (360 434 7412) to reserve a spot.
  If you are inspired to GIVE a workshop  (limited to small groups) on ANY topic/project--please feel free to use the "Learning Center" in the Gallery.  Phone Mary Lee, or send her an email (, and she'll put you on the schedule...  Until we can get back to holding larger gatherings--these small workshops are a fun and reasonably socially distanced way to do creative projects and have some interaction with friends and fellow artists!
  Looking ahead--SPRAC will be holding an outdoor, holiday themed, art and gift show and sale on Saturday, Dec. 5th from 10 till 2 p.m. in front of and beside Endeavor Gallery.  There will be more information in next month's newsletter--but please do think about creating some special holiday items for this event while you still have plenty of time...   Also, Shryl and Francie will be decorating the inside of the Gallery the weekend after Thanksgiving, so that it will be festive and inviting  for our event and for the whole of December.
Thank you, ladies!
   An update on rescheduled change-outs, as some of you have been inquiring:  At the Gallery-- because of the forced long closure, Shryl has decided to wait until the end of January to hang new wall art and photography.  If you need to take out pieces, or would like to exchange similarly sized works before then, please contact her  ( to make arrangements.
    At the Hospital: again, because of the upheaval created by the Covid crisis, hospital staff asks that we postpone a change out there until they are comfortable having "extra traffic" in the buildings.  I do not have a specific date, though we are looking at early February.
  If you NEED to take work out of the hospital, please contact me and we can make arrangements; otherwise, please just "hang in there..."   (no pun intended).
   I am excited to report that some of our members have been making exceptional use of this weird down time to initiate new projects.
      Sierra Vista photographer Robert Harris is producing a  "Newsletter"--the Lion's Roar--which will appear and can be viewed on his website   In his newsletter he will be giving tips on photography, how to increase sales, creating art from photos, providing information about upcoming photo shoots, etc.  Sounds informative and inspirational, so do check it out!!
    Equally ambitious, Kathleen Benyak has created a whole new art gallery--HEARTWORKS--which is located in the Stronghold Profesional Center  on Rt. 191 (just north of Pearce/Sunsites).  The gallery will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon till 5 p.m. or by appointment  (call 520 645 5600) and will feature Kathleen's own gorgeous work, plus that of five other of her talented friends.  If you decide to take a weekend drive--this should be a great destination!!
  I also want to congratulate our own Lisa Galloway-Sprietsma, who was juried into the  Arizona Biennial 2020 Exhibition at the Tucson Museum of Art!    The exhibition will run from Oct. 1st through January 10, 2021 at TMA (140 N. Main Ave,Tucson) and is "Arizona's oldest-running state-wide, juried exhibition--featuring 85 artists from around the state."  Very prestigious--well done, Lisa!!
    Some other things to mention: Endeavor Gallery currently has on hand and for sale--a nifty collection of beads and findings brought in by Brenda Peo from her mother's estate.  These have been sorted, bagged, and priced and are available for your selection.  Some neat pieces for you jewelry makers and creative thinkers!!
     Huachuca Art Association will be holding an "ART IN THE PARKING LOT" show and sale at their Gallery located at 1835 Paseo San Luis in Sierra Vista on Saturday, October 24th from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m.
  Sadly, many of our big, annual southern Arizona events have been canceled this year:  Sierra Vista's "Art in the Park,"  the Patagonia Art Festival, Willcox Wine Festival, The Cascabel Christmas Fair...even our own fabulous open Photography Show!  Hopefully, all of these events will be back on NEXT year's calendar!!!
  So be of good cheer.  Continue to stay safe and healthy.  And Celebrate the Arts!!!     Linda