Hi All,
September already!  I hope everyone enjoyed a lovely, long Labor Day weekend and that you are now ready to enjoy some early Fall "art related" activities!!

First on my agenda is a not so gentle reminder that NOW is the time to get serious about entering our upcoming Fall Open photography Show.  The show will hang at Cochise College Benson Center during the month of October, but entries are due no later than September 26.  (Note--no penalty for entering early!!  Some have already sent their entries in, and well done to you!)

Entry forms and information sheets are available on line at our www.sprarts.org website  (please click on the green "Celebrate the Arts--Photography Show" banner at the top of the page first, and deal with the drop down "on-line" entry tab later if you need it...)  OR, you can pick up paper copies of the entry packet at Endeavor Gallery (packets also available at Cochise College Benson Center, Benson Feed and Supply, the Little Gallery in Thatcher, Douglas Art Gallery, and I think at the HAA Gallery in Sierra Vista!)  OR, you can send me an email and I will be happy to snail mail you the forms and information--so no excuses!!

In addition to our regular divisions (Youth, Adv/Pro Color, Amateur Color, and Monochromes), we have added a new category-- "Digital Artistry"--for those of you who seriously play with Photo Shop or similar sites to heavily manipulate your images.  So there truly is a space for everyone to share their work; and I can't wait to see it all!!
                 The important dates to remember now are  Sept. 26--entries due on or before
                                                                                        Sept. 30--deliver photos to the college
                  We will hang the show on Tuesday,             October 1st.   

Please note that Larraine and I are seeking volunteers to help hang all the photos, so if you would be a willing worker, please let me know!   (We'll begin at 10 a.m. and should be done around noon-ish)
                                                                                       October 2nd   show judged in the morning. 

Judge will present an open critique at 2 p.m. this day--everyone welcome!

The show reception and awards ceremony will be held on Saturday afternoon from 1 till 3 p.m., October 12th, this year instead of on our usual Thursday evening.  We are trying something new, so do mark your calendars and save the day!  In addition to refreshments, awards, a raffle, a chance to meet and talk with lots of fellow photographers, and live music! at the Reception--the Butterfield Stage Days celebration will be ongoing in Benson that weekend, so there will be lots to see and do...
 OK--enough about the photography show for now..

The lunch-time "Artists Share" program will be held at Endeavor Gallery on the 2nd Thursday this month--so do plan to be at the gallery at noon on September 12th, when our presenters will be Jayne Hill and Gail Klein.  These ladies are wonderful, award winning artists in MANY media, but the program this time will feature their techniques and tips for creating artistry using wood burning tools!  Believe me when I say this is NOT the wood burning you might have done in Cub Scouts or Brownies!!  Jayne and Gail make FINE Art, and their ability to create shading, texture, and the feeling of depth will amaze you.  As usual, plan to come a few minutes early to get a good seat...

We have a new "Featured Artists" show at Cochise College Benson Center this month as part of our "Art Around Town" program.  Western artists and SPRAC members--sister and brother Daphene Wilkerson Wilkes and Keith Wilkerson are lifetime ranchers from Greenlee County, AZ.  Creating art has always been a favorite form of entertainment for them since they were first able to hold a pencil.   Daphene works in a number of media and especially loves to create portraits of horses and children and capture scenes of ranch life with graphite and pastels.  Keith works exclusively with pen and ink and creates charming vignettes and cartoons drawn from his experiences on the ranch while out hunting or working cattle.
This is a delightful show, so do stop by and take time to really look at the many pieces on display.  As always, the show is free and open to the public during regular college hours--M thru Th. from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m.

A bit further afield--if you need some inspiration for the photography show, the Amerind Foundation is featuring a beautiful exhibit--Desert Flowers: the Photography of Dr. John P. Schaefer--
in the Fulton-Hayden Gallery through Sept. 15th.  It is ALWAYS worth the drive to the Amerind Foundation; and in the "small world" category, Dr. Schaefer was the judge for our second photo show back in 2014!

It is also always worth it to check out what is happening with the Huachuca Art Association folks in Sierra Vista (www.huachuca-art.com)!  They have lots of interesting classes at their gallery, and I know everyone is gearing up for their annual Art in the Park event the first weekend in Oct.

Lisa Stansbury informs me that the people who put on the Holiday A'Fair Art and Craft Show in Sierra Vista each November are actively seeking some new artist/vendors.  This is a well established event, and some of our members might want to consider applying (Jewelery makers, potters, wood workers, etc.) in order to cash in on the holiday sales?!  If you are interested email   holidayafair@gmail.com    for application and more information.  Sounds like fun...

OK--I'm going to stop now.  I'll be looking forward to receiving lots of photo show entries in the near future!!

 p.s.  Keep up with what is going on at the Gallery and with the Arts Council by "liking" us on our San Pedro River Arts Council Face Book page AND the new Endeavor Art Gallery Face Book page!!

San Pedro River Arts Council

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