San Pedro River Arts Council

San Pedro River Arts Council © 2016

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

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 


Hello everyone,
   The first full weekend in May brings the Kentucky Derby, Mothers Day, and this year--the Annual Open Members Meeting of the San Pedro River Arts Council!!!

   We invite all SPRAC members to join us on Saturday afternoon, May 7th, at the VFW Hall
in Benson ( 233 E. 5th Street, just around the corner from Endeavor Gallery) from 2 till 4 p.m.
  Due to Covid restrictions, we have not had an open members meeting in several years--so now would be a great time for everyone to come together, visit and meet fellow members,
hear our plans for the coming year, share YOUR ideas and comments about future activities and programs we might add, meet our current Executive Board, learn about the upcoming election of officers, and partake of some lite refreshments!!!  Please plan to attend if you possibly can--we want your input!!!

The gallery change-out has been completed  (thanks to a large and hard-working crew!) and Endeavor Gallery is once again full of all sorts of wonderful new artwork!   Thanks to the many members who brought in your paintings, sculptures, ceramics, etc.--the latest installation looks fabulous; and we can't wait to show it off to you and to the general public
starting today!!!

   The "Artists Share" program for May will happen on our regular "3rd Thursday," May 19th and will feature the always entertaining and informative Doug Quarles, who will be discussing the Benson Mural Program, how to paint a mural, and hopefully--some tips on his amazing ability to paint photo-realism...  These lunch hour programs begin at noon at Endeavor Gallery and are always free, fun, and informative.   Come a few minutes early to get a good seat!   Hope to see you there!!!

     Sylvia Turner's beautiful "Featured Artist" exhibit is ongoing at Cochise College Benson Center through the end of May.  Her wonderful oil, pastel, and "earth pigment" paintings are hanging in the lobby and are free for viewing during regular college hours--Monday through
Thursdays 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. till 4 p.m.  The landscapes and luminescent florals are to die for--so if you are in the neighborhood do plan to stop and check them out!!!
    And speaking of the college--don't forget the series of art classes being offered there in late May and June this year.  There are 4 (2 mornings each) different media classes--one each week in Soft pastels, Oil pastels, Watercolors, and a drawing/graphite program.
   The classes are being taught by Cochise College art instructor Cristina Dunk and run from 9 a.m. till noon. There is a $39 fee for each 2-day session and all materials will be included
with the fee.  You can pick up a flyer at Endeavor Gallery, or stop by the Benson Center for more information and to sign up for one (or more!) sessions.  This will be a great way to get started with a new medium if you've been wanting to try something "different!"

   Finally, I wanted to thank and congratulate the members of the Willcox Art League for
hosting their recent Ann Boyd Wade Fine Art and Photography Show after a several year hiatus!!  It is so nice to have more opportunities for all our members to exhibit and share our art work...  It was a great show, with lots of art on display, and a huge contingent of Youth art from the Willcox schools this year--always a delight to see!
    Oh-- Don't forget to check out the upcoming 25th Annual Willcox Spring Wine Festival-
running  Friday evening, May 20th through Sunday afternoon, May 22nd.  Saturday and Sunday hours are 11 a.m. till 5 p.m.  There will be live music, lots of wine to taste,
AND--most importantly, the Willcox Art League folks will be hosting a Members Only
Art Show and Sale at the Palace of Art  on Saturday and Sunday in conjunction with the wine festival!!!   So take a nice drive, sip a glass of wine, and enjoy some beautiful art and photography...sounds like a great day out to me!

   Enough for now...  Celebrate the arts in whatever fashion you choose!  And do plan to attend the Members Meeting on Saturday--hope to see you there!!!   Linda