San Pedro River Arts Council

San Pedro River Arts Council © 2016

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

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PO Box 1358
Benson, AZ 85602-1358 

Hi everyone,
  It's March, and that means it's SHOW TIME!  I am happy to announce that our 11th Annual "Celebrate the Arts"  Fine Arts Show and Sale is now up and ready for viewing at Cochise College Benson Center.   Thanks to a wonderful crew of helpers, we were able to hang the roughly 250 works of art in a little under 4 hours on Tuesday, which must be some sort of record!  This is definitely our biggest show yet; and the quality of the artwork throughout all of the divisions is absolutely stunning.  We extend a huge "Thank you" to all of the participating artists, and urge everyone to come see the show--you won't be disappointed!!

     The show will be judged on Friday morning, March 6th; and everyone is welcome to attend the critique and judge's comments session that afternoon beginning
at 1:30 p.m.

 Even better, and in addition,  do plan to attend the Show Reception on Saturday, March 14th at the college from 1 till 3 p.m.  This gala event will feature refreshments, live music, a raffle, awards presentation, an opportunity to purchase a piece of art that catches your eye, and a chance to meet and talk with many of the participating artists. This is an Open Reception--everyone welcome!--so do come and bring your friends and neighbors if you like...   Hope to see you there!!!

Our March "Artists Share" program will be held at Endeavor Gallery on Thursday, March 19th, with our usual Noon start.  This month's presenter will be our own Camille Painter -Davis, a very talented and award winning artist, who will be giving a demonstration on "How to Paint Water" in many mediums.  (Or, she might decide to talk about something else--but in any case, it will be a very interesting and informative demonstration and will be helpful for everyone looking to improve your techniques).
   As always, plan to arrive a bit early to get a seat close to the action!!!

A quick report on some of last month's activities:   The Hospital Art Project change-out was a huge success!  In our largest turn-out to date, 42 artists have provided 146 works of photography and art in many media to brighten the walls and hallways of the Benson Hospital for the next six months!
(Note, the next change-out is scheduled August, 2020, so start thinking now about what YOU might want to put up for display and possible sale.  There is NO Charge to participate; and every SPRAC member is more than welcome to share their work in this worthwhile project...)     THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to the current installation!!!

Our Annual Spring "Yard Sale" was also a tremendous success.  Thanks to the efforts of Francie Taylor and her  hard working crew  (and to everyone who brought items to donate for the sale!!)  we made well over $850 to help support the various programs of the San Pedro River Arts Council. This is always a fun event and an "easy" way to raise money, so we will definitely do it again next year...

 If you are looking for something fun, art related, and a little further afield--consider driving west to attend this year's Tubac Center of the Arts Open Studio Tour. 
    Venues will be open in Tubac itself, and in various locations up and down Highway 19.  Our own Brenda Peo and Charles Thomas will be set up at the Van Helsland

Studio in Green Valley on March 13,14, and 15 from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. each day (along with 6 other artists, so you can see a lot of great art in that one beautiful location).  You can google the Tubac Center of the Arts for further information, or stop by Endeavor Gallery and pick up one of the colorful Studio Cards with a handy
    map to guide you to the Van Helsland Studio... 

And finally, please note that the Willcox Art League will be holding its Umpteenth Annual Fine Arts and Photography show and sale in Willcox in late April/early May!  This is always a fun event and another opportunity for our artists in ALL media to share their work, so do consider entering!    We will have more information in the April newsletter, or you can google Willcox Art League and download a flyer...

       That's it for now.  Do something creative soon, and "Celebrate the Arts" with us!     Linda