Hello everyone,

Lots of stuff happening this month, so let's get started...

The new installation is now up at Endeavor Gallery, so do pop in and check out all the wonderful new artwork on the walls and pedestals, as well as all the great pieces in the Gift Shop!  Many thanks to Shryl Miles and Charline White and their crew for the excellent job of hanging the new exhibit; and also a huge "thank you" to all our member artists who have placed work in the Gallery for this rotation...  We have SO MANY talented artists in this group and it just makes you smile to walk into our lovely new space!

The February "Lunch and Learn" program is being held at the Gallery on Valentine's Day, Wednesday, the 14th, instead of the usual "3rd Thursday" so please mark your calendars to that effect.

Our presenter is Carrie Jacobson, who comes to us all the way from the Eastern Shore of Virginia!  She will be in Arizona to participate in the Tubac Festival of Arts, The Tucson Museum of Art Spring Show, and an exhibition at Fountain Hills, among other things, so we are very lucky that she can squeeze us in for a demo between other engagements.
Carrie paints bright and bold florals, landscapes, and animal and people portraits using palette knives and lots of thick, juicy paint in an impasto style   This will be a demonstration you definitely don't want to miss!!  The program will begin at noon, and we hope to see you there!

 It is time to start thinking about submitting your entries for this year's 9th Annual "Celebrate The Arts"  Fine Arts Show and Sale.  The show will hang at Cochise College Benson Center during the month of March. Entry forms are due no later than Saturday, Feb. 24th, with works to be dropped at the college on Wednesday, Feb, 28th (or earlier if you need to make other arrangements...).  Information packets and printable and on-line versions of the entry forms are now available on our website--www.sprarts.org--or you can pick up a "hard copy" at Endeavor Gallery. or even send me an email requesting the forms and I'll be happy to mail them to you.

This show is always one of the most popular of our Arts Council events--with great prizes, a judge's critique, lots of exposure, and a fun reception (to include plenty of good food and live music again this year).  I hope that most of you, and especially our newer members, will share your two dimensional works (in any medium except photography) by participating (again, or for the first time) this year.  With Novice, Intermediate, Adv/Professional, and Youth Divisions--there is a slot for everyone.  Also, this is an OPEN show, (you do NOT need to belong to the Arts Council to participate) so encourage all your artistic friends and neighbors to enter as well!!

Note:  We will be hanging the show on Thursday morning, March 1st.  If you think you might be free that morning from roughly 10 a.m. till noon and would like to help with putting up the artwork, please let me know!  As they say--"many hands make light work" and we can use some more hands for this task!

And on a related note--we will be holding a raffle, with the winner to be drawn during the Show Reception on March 8th, to help with fund raising to support the Arts Council during the coming year.  The prize for this year's raffle is a "winner's choice" of one of two beautiful, original oil paintings donated by professional artist and long-time SPRAC supporter Ron Fritts.

The paintings are currently on view at Endeavor Gallery, and raffle tickets may be purchased there during February and up to the Reception (where tickets will also be available until the actual drawing).  The paintings are truly wonderful, so it will be interesting to see which one the winner will select!!

Thank you, Ron, for this ever-so-generous donation!!!

 Meanwhile, our "featured artist" in the Art Around Town program for the month of February at Cochise College Benson Center is SPRAC member and professional photographer Henry (Dutch) Hempel of Sierra Vista. Henry and his wife, Ruth, moved to the Sierra Vista area from Minnesota several years ago; and he has been enjoying our wonderful climate to pursue his passion for photographing the outdoors in all seasons.  This exhibit presents some of his outstanding Nature and Landscape pictures and demonstrates his abilities at creating a vision through interesting composition and depth of focus.The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular college hours--Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m and Fridays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.--so do stop by.  Also, Henry will sell signed, unframed, full-size prints of the works on display for only $25.00, which seems to me to be a wonderful deal!!

 In other news,  the Arts Council plans to hold our annual yard sale again this Spring--probably in mid-April.  Last year's event was a phenomenal success because we were able to hold the sale inside in what has now become our Endeavor Gallery space.  As that will no longer be an option, we will hold the sale under tents OUTSIDE the gallery (on the sidewalk and on yard space behind the gallery).  At this point I just want to ask you to start thinking about donating any items you might no longer want or need, to contribute to the sale.  If you plan to clean out your carport, garage, or closets this Spring, please set things aside for us!  There will be further information about dates, drop offs, etc. in the March newsletter...

 If you feel up to doing some driving, here are some "arty" events you might want to attend this month...

The Art League of Willcox is hosting their 21st International Miniature and Small Works Show in the Willcox Chamber of Commerce Building.  These exquisite little works of art will absolutely amaze you (magnifying glasses are provided so that you can see every tiny detail!).  The show is free and will hang throughout the month of February.  Check with the Chamber of Commerce for open hours...

The Tubac Festival of the Arts will run from February 7th through the 11th, 2018; and will feature literally hundreds of artists and crafts persons  from all over the country who have come to show and sell their wares during the 5 day show.  This is always a wonderful event and well worth the time it takes to get there!

 The Tucson Museum of Art will hold its 2018 Spring Artisans Market on February 16, 17, and 18.  This is a juried event featuring more than 100 artists, including some of our very own SPRAC members.

Finally, our computer-savvy web master, Maria Spiess, has revitalized our Face Book page!  Please find us on Face Book under San Pedro River Arts Council and "Like" us.  (And ask your friends to do the same!).  Maria says she will be happy to run feature stories on our members, as well as keeping us current on upcoming events.  Thank you, Maria!!

 So that is definitely enough for now!  Please consider entering our big March Fine Arts Show and get those entries in before the deadline!!!  See you soon!    Linda


San Pedro River Arts Council

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