Hello everyone,

It's May-- hurray!-- and hasn't it been a beautiful Spring--wonderful wildflowers, Prickly Pear blooms starting to pop, and have you seen the gorgeous golden Palo Verde trees in bloom in and around Tucson?!  Simply splendid--lucky us!!

As usual, there is a lot going on in the "art world" in Cochise County this month...

Our monthly "third Thursday" Lunch Time Learning program will be held at Endeavor Gallery beginning at noon on May 16th; and our presenter will be perennial favorite Clement Scott.
Clement will be giving a demonstration on landscape painting in oils and sharing some ideas and techniques picked up at a recent workshop he attended in Scottsdale (including the use of dry wall knives, which should create some interesting textures and surely make the work go faster...).  Can't wait!  Clement is a wonderful artist and a great "people person," and you won't want to miss this presentation!!
Mark your calendars and plan to come a bit early to get a front row seat and watch the magic happen...

Featured Artist at Cochise College Benson Center this month will be long-time SPRAC member and Pomerene resident Lisa Spriestma.  This venue is the perfect place for Lisa to show off her VERY LARGE oil paintings, which generally feature moody and mystical backgrounds and some kind of luminous fruit and other symbolic items in the foreground.  Lisa's work is quite unique, and her brushwork is exceptional; so do pop in to the college and check out this wonderful new exhibit!

Remember--you, too, can be a featured artist, so if you think you might be interested, please contact me and we can get you on the calendar!!
Members of the San Pedro River Arts Council have been invited to participate in a one day, pop-up ART SHOW and SALE to be held at the Lion's Club in Huachuca City next Saturday, May 11th.
This is NOT a judged event.  A one-time $12 entry fee enables each artist to show and sell up to 3 works (in any medium--painting, photography, jewelry, sculpture, "table arts," etc).  Works should be dropped off at 125 S Huachuca Blvd on Friday, May 10th between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.  The show will run on Saturday, the 11th, from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. with refreshments served between Noon and 3 p.m.

Show organizers are Joyce Griffith and Fran Mock.  If you have questions, or think you would like to participate in the show--

contact Joyce at 520 456 0061  or email at joycetheartist123@gmail.com

The Willcox Art League is also having a busy May!  Glenn Renell will be giving a 3 hour lecture/workshop on Color and Design  at the Willcox Community Library (100 N. Curtis, Ave.) on Friday, May 17th from 1:30 til 4:30 p.m.  There is no charge for this event, and everyone is welcome.  As those of you who attended Glenn's April Lunch Program at Endeavor Gallery can attest--the man works magic with color!  This will be another opportunity to see Glenn in action and get some hands-on work done under his supervision.  Hope to see you there.  (Car pool, anyone?)

Then on the weekend of May 18th and 19th, Louise and Yolanda and their crew will be hosting the Spring  Willcox Wine Festival Art Show and Sale at Studio 128 on Railroad Ave. during Wine Festival Hours--10 a.m. till 5 p.m. each day.  This is always a FUN event--with lots of great art, plenty of traffic through the studio, outside vendors, and even wine to taste if that is your fancy!

On your way to Willcox, you might want to pop into the Amerind Foundation and view their beautiful exhibit on "The Waters of the West" featuring exquisite paintings from the Amerind collections and works on loan from members of the Tucson Friends of Western Art.  This exhibit will be coming down on May 25th, so do take advantage of the time left to view this installation if you haven't already done so.  It is ALWAYS worth a trip to the Amerind--another one of our Cochise County jewels!!!

It's really a shame that you can only be in one place at a time!    As always, the Huachuca Arts Association folks have some exciting workshops on offer..  On Sat., May 11th, Phillip Micheau will be presenting a day-long class in Colored Pencil Techniques at the Gallery in Sierra Vista; and on May 18/19 Trilby Arnold will be giving a two day Scratch Art Workshop.  For more information, or to sign up for either of these workshops, contact their Gallery at 520 803 1078 or stop in at 1835 Paseo San Luis in Sierra Vista.

Because Deb Warner's Acrylic Pour Workshop at Endeavor Gallery last week was such a success, we will definitely be doing another in June; and Glen Renell will be hosting interested members on a "plein air"  Sketch out at the East Stronghold on June 22nd.--looking forward to both of those events!!!  More information will be forthcoming in next month's newsletter...

And finally, we are tentatively scheduled to do a new installation/change out of art at the Benson Hospital in late May.  So far we have not been able to pin down the dates for that due to ongoing activities and training at the hospital; but do keep it in mind, and we will get back to you as soon as we have definite dates in hand.

So much to do, and so little time!!  Just keep "celebrating the arts!!"        Linda

You can pay your annual SPRAC dues, $15.00 for individual or $20.00 per family by hitting the donate button above.

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

San Pedro River Arts Council