San Pedro River Arts Council

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PO Box 1358
Benson, AZ 85602-1358 

San Pedro River Arts Council © 2016

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

Hello everyone,

    I am pleased to announce that our own Endeavor Gallery was officially reopened last Thursday, April 1st!
Thanks to the hard work of a wonderful crew over a period of several days, the gallery was thoroughly cleaned, the previous exhibit was taken down and sorted for easy access, old works were picked up and new pieces dropped off, and finally the new work was arranged and installed.

   If I say so myself--it does look fabulous!!  We are proud to be exhibiting the work of 56 SPRAC members in the main gallery, with many more putting work into the newly reorganized gift shop!  We have some really fun and unusual pieces on display, as well as great original paintings in oils, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, pastels and graphite, plus a large selection of beautiful prints--truly something for everyone!  Gallery hours are 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. on Saturday; and I encourage you all to come in soon and CHECK IT OUT!!  (You can also get a taste of things on our Endeavor Art Gallery Facebook page...)
   So now that the gallery is open, we hope to be able to start having our monthly "Artists Share" noontime programs as soon as the "social distancing" restrictions are lifted--so cross your fingers that that will happen by this summer, as we already have some exciting presenters lined up and willing to go!!

  In the meantime, you can keep occupied by visiting other art galleries in the area, or attend some of the Art Fairs that are happening --such as the So. AZ Arts and Cultural Alliance--Sponsored Event at La Encantada Shopping Center in Tucson this weekend  (April 10/11 from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m each day).  Our own Brenda Peo and more than 35 other artists will be displaying and selling pieces they have created over the past year.
  Or, if you are feeling creative-- this weekend, on Saturday, April 10th from 10 till 1,  Deb Warner will be giving a hands-on workshop at the Huachuca Arts Association studio at Paseo San Luis in Sierra Vista.  The program is on "Intentional Manipulation of Fluid Acrylics," and the cost is a $25 donation to HAA, which includes all supplies and instruction.  Sounds like a good deal and a lot of fun!  For more information call HAA at 520 803 1078 or Deb at 520 990 1545...

  One of my very favorite places to visit at any time of year is the Amerind Foundation up in Texas Canyon.  They are currently displaying a new exhibit--"How the West was Built'--which will hang until May 30th of this year.  "Through outstanding artwork this exhibition celebrates the diverse architecture of the west--featuring wonderful paintings from the Amerind's own collection, plus works on loan from members of the Tucson Friends of Western Art." In addition to this new exhibit, the Amerind Art Gallery has a number of other rooms full of art; and the main Museum features fascinating archaeological and ethnographic exhibits throughout the building.  Lots to see, and a great place to have a picnic lunch after, as the setting among the rocks is stunning!!
 Google for open days and hours...
  Some other notes of interest--if you haven't seen it yet, do find the newest edition of Currents Magazine.  SPRAC members Mel and Larraine Milne are featured on the cover, and there is a great article inside about them (and birding in SE Arizona) written by member Larry Scott!
   Sylvia Turner has a plein air easel and rig that she would like to sell.  If you are interested, contact her at or call 520 384 9208...

  Also, we have a number of donated frames at the gallery for sale VERY reasonably (plus some pre-cut mats). Plus there are still full sized mats for sale in many colors for the amazingly low price of $1.00 each.  We have sold more than 80 of these to date, but still have a goodly number left.  To see and select the full size mats, contact me by "reply" to this email, as they are stored at our house (not the gallery) for space and display issues...
  And one final THANK YOU, again, to everyone who helped with the recent change-out!!  It is indeed a monumental task, and I now have a much greater appreciation for the work Shryl and her crews have done in the past!!  Fortunately, we have wonderful helpers and six months before we have to change-out again!!!

  That's all for now...  Enjoy the season, and as always,"celebrate the arts" in whichever way you choose!!     Linda