Hi all,
Can you believe it is November already?!  The holiday rush will soon be upon us...

And speaking of rushing...the Hospital has scheduled our Art Change-out for NEXT WEEK, November 7th and 8th.  Ack!  What this means is that we are seriously seeking artwork in any two dimensional media  --photography included!!-- that can be hung on a wall for placement in the corridors, patient rooms, offices, and now the new clinic of the Benson Hospital.  The Arts Council has been working with the staff and administration of the hospital for the last 5 years (yes--it has really been that long!) to provide art and photography to brighten the hospital environment for its patients, staff and visitors.

Each exhibit hangs for roughly six months, and any work you loan may be (but does not have to be) for sale. As this activity is a community service, there is no commission charged for any sales out of the hospital display; and rather surprisingly--we do have the occasional sale!  This is a perfect opportunity for all our members to dig out some of your older pieces that are currently stashed in a corner or closet and get them out in the public eye.  We are happy to hang works large and small--no restrictions as to size or theme  (just nothing "depressing," please, for this venue).
   Works currently on display may be picked up, and "new" works dropped off at the hospital on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 7th anytime between 1 and 5 p.m. OR  Wednesday morning, November 8th, between 9 a.m and Noon.  If you have art you would like to share, but those times do not work for you--or if you have any questions about this display--please contact me by return email and we will try to make other arrangements.  I do hope that many of our newer members will be able to participate in this event for the first time, and that those of you who have been contributing to the display for a number of years will support us once again!!   Please drop me a note if you will be bringing in work so that we can have an idea on how many pieces to expect...   Thank You!!

On a less hurried note--I am pleased to announce that the November Lunch and Learn program is scheduled for our regular "third Thursday" date--November 16th.  The presenter will be nationally recognized artist Glenn Renell-- luckily for us, he currently lives in Pearce!--who will show us some of his beautiful plein aire landscapes and present a talk on understanding color theory and the advantages of using a limited color palette.  We will meet at noon in the Learning Center at Endeavor Gallery.  Recent programs have been very well attended, so you might want to come a bit early to grab a good seat!!

The November "One with Art--Featured Artist Exhibit" is now on display at Cochise College Benson Center and features the colorful and exciting Abstracts, Chinese Zodiac pieces, and photography of Sierra Vista SPRAC member Michael Crane.  Michael achieves amazing intensity of color in his many Prismacolor, oil, and mixed media pieces, and this is a show you won't want to miss! As always, the exhibits are free and open to the public during regular college hours so do stop by and enjoy his work.

Just a note to thank everyone who participated in, or helped with putting on, our recently concluded 5th Annual Open Photography Show! We hung nearly 200 beautiful photographs this year, representing 80 different photographers from all over southeastern Arizona; and once again the show was a huge success with lots of traffic throughout the month.  A special congratulations go to Tarin Cardamane, who was the winner of the People's Choice award when the votes were counted at the end of the month's balloting, for her stunning photo of a Roadrunner entitled "Rocky Balboa."

A complete list of winners and pictures of some of the award winning photographs will be posted on our website (www.sprarts.org) shortly...

 The next SPRAC Board Meeting is scheduled for this coming Saturday, November 4th. The Board will meet at 1 p.m. in the Learning Center at Endeavor Gallery to conduct regular business and plan the upcoming Holiday Open House .  This is an open meeting, and all members are welcome to attend, so if you would like to meet the Board members or have ideas to share, please join us!

To get further into the holiday spirit, you might want to participate in the Willcox Art League Christmas Festival Fine Art and Photography Show at the Willcox Community Center on December 1st and 2nd.
Entries must be delivered on Thursday, Nov. 30th. You may contact Louise Walden at jlwalden52@gmail.com for more information as to times, prize list, etc.

Finally, if you are up for a bit of a drive--you might consider a visit to the International Wildlife Museum located at 4800 W. Gates Pass Road on the other side of Tucson, to visit a wonderful exhibit of wildlife animal paintings by our own Doug and Sharon Quarles.  This display, entitled "The Art of Nature,": will remain on exhibit Through January 5th 2018 and would be a fun place to take out-of town guests during the holiday season!

So that's it for now.  Hope to see you SOON.  Let's all "celebrate the arts!"     Linda

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