San Pedro River Arts Council

December 2016
Hello Everyone!

To one and all--Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday season!

I know it is the busiest time of the year, but I am hoping that you will find time to "celebrate the arts" in one way or another...

We had a wonderful response to our call for art to be included in the final quarterly exhibit at Endeavor Gallery.  I am pleased to report that the new installation is now up and will hang through the end of February.  We are displaying works in many media by more than 30 of our member/artists and the Gallery looks fabulous!!  Many thanks to the "hanging" crew (Brenda, Larraine, Bob, and Harry), to Kathleen Benyak for making the exhibit tags, and to Shryl Miles for her elegant seasonal decorations!  I should also mention that the Gift Shop is chock full of wonderful items at very reasonable prices!

Tomorrow, Saturday, December 3rd, the Gallery will be having an Open House and artist's reception to coordinate with the Benson "Christmas on Main Street" festivities.  We will be open from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m, and will be serving hot mulled cider, hot cocoa, and an assortment of cookies and other snacks during the day; so if you are out and about--please come by to check out the new installation and partake of good cheer!  Please feel free to bring some cookies or tasty bites to contribute to the table!!!

 There will NOT be a Lunch and Learn Program this month--  (too close to Christmas, and everyone too busy with other holiday activities)--but we WILL resume in January with a program on the art and techniques of Calligraphy to be presented by member/artist Monika Aylward, so mark your calendars now for the 3rd Thursday of January, 2017!!  Plan ahead!!

Our featured artist in the "One With Art" series at Cochise College for the months of December and January (doubling up because the college is closed for semester break during part of that time...) is Shryl Miles, who is showing some of her wonderful watercolor portraits of birds, western characters, longhorns and other cows, plus some interesting photography, and a fabulous painting of a locomotive in a snow field (my personal favorite).  The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular college hours and will hang until the end of January.  If you have some out of town guests--this would be a nice way to spend some time with them...

The first weekend in December is ridiculously full of holiday activities this year.  In addition to our own Open House at the Gallery and other festivities in Benson; the Cascabel Christmas Fair is happening on both Saturday and Sunday, December 3rd and 4th,  with several of our members having booths displaying and selling their works to the large crowds that make their way annually to this event.
In addition, the Art League of Willcox is hosting their annual Christmas art and photography show at the Willcox Community Center through Saturday afternoon; and Kaia Thomas will be hosting a reception for her new exhibit at the Aridus Wine Co. tasting room from 1 till 3 p.m.  Fortunately, Kaia's paintings will be on display throughout the month of December in case you just can't get there tomorrow...  
Whew.  Who says there isn't much to do in Cochise County--and this is just the first weekend of the month!  Stay warm. Wrap packages. Decorate your tree. Sing carols. Enjoy friends and family.  Celebrate the arts, and celebrate the season!!

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