San Pedro River Arts Council

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PO Box 1358
Benson, AZ 85602-1358 

October!   Time for cooler weather, pumpkin pie, and our Annual Fall Photography Show...

I'd like to begin by welcoming all our new members who have joined the Arts Council recently; and also thanking all the "old" members who have renewed your membership for the coming year--thanks to everyone for your support!

Now--about that photography show...It is up and hanging at Cochise College Benson Center, where it will remain through Oct. 29th.  This is another fabulous display featuring 200 photos from seventy-some Professional, Amateur, and Youth Photographers from across SE Arizona. There are SO many stunning pictures across the five divisions that I know you will have a hard time picking your personal favorite to vote for in the selection for the People's Choice Award!

Thank you and congratulations to each and every one of our participating photographers for sharing your "ART" in this lovely show!!

You can see the list of winners on our Facebook pages  (San Pedro River Arts Council and Endeavor Art Gallery); but better yet, come see the show for yourself and see what all the excitement is about!  The show is open for viewing during regular college hours Mon. thru. Thursday 8 a.m till 8 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m, so do go by and check it out at your convenience.
OR, even better than that--plan to attend the Gala Open Reception and Awards Ceremony at the college on Saturday, October 12th, from 1 till 3 p.m.  Everyone is invited, so come along and bring your friends and relations to view the show, partake of refreshments, enjoy the live music, maybe buy a raffle ticket or two, and get to meet and talk to many of the participating photographers to learn the stories behind the photos.  These receptions are always a lot of fun, so do plan to attend!!

I know October is an incredibly busy month, but I hope you can make time to come to the monthly lunch-time "Artists Share" program, which is scheduled for our "regular"  third Thursday, Oct. 17th,  beginning at noon at Endeavor Gallery.   This month's presenter will be professional artist and SPRAC member Jill Dredge, who will be coming over from Pearce to discuss and demonstrate the materials and techniques involved in the creation of Scratchboard Art!  Jill is a "master" at working in many media, but says that she really loves doing scratch work and finds it to be relaxing and almost meditative  (which seems counter intuitive to me--so I can't wait to discover more about the process!).  Hope to see you there!!!

Just barely in time to note that Huachuca Art Association's  ART IN THE PARK is happening in Sierra Vista this weekend--Oct. 5th and 6th.  This annual event is their primary fund raiser for the year and features a large number of local, out of town, and even out of State vendors selling all sorts of interesting arts and crafts.Hours both days are 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. and there will be food and beverages available for purchase on the grounds.  No fee for entry...   Go shopping!!!

Also happening, art-wise, this month is the  Willcox Art League's Pop-Up Art show running in conjunction with the Fall Willcox Wine Country Festival  on Saturday and Sunday, October 19th and 20th.  The Art Show and Sale will be held at Studio 128 across from Railroad Park and the hours are roughly 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. each day  (though the Wine Festival lasts until 6 p.m. so you can keep on "tasting" if you like...)  This is another fun event--wine and art--what's not to love!!

I'd also like to mention that the Amerind Foundation will be opening a brand new art exhibit called "Cowboys at Work"  featuring paintings on loan from members of Tucson Friends of Western Art and also from the Amerind's own extensive collection.  To quote the Amerind notice, "  The artworks in this show celebrate the cowboys and cowgirls of the American West, capturing their work out on the range and back at the ranch."  The exhibit will open on Oct. 5th, 2019 and run through May 24th, 2020--so you actually have time to plan a visit at your leisure; but it is worth noting that the drive up to Texas Canyon is especially lovely this month and the roadsides are currently lined with lovely yellow wildflowers, so you might want to go sooner rather than later... just sayin'.

And one final note--we want to congratulate the Willcox Art League, who celebrated their 50th Anniversary!!  during the month of September.  Well done ladies and gentlemen.  You have been an inspiration, so HANG IN THERE!!
Ok--that's it!  Between Photography and Art Shows and receptions, art and wine festivals, rodeos, and so many other events going on this month--no one has any excuse for being bored.  Get out there and "Celebrate the Arts!!"