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San Pedro River Arts Council

Hi everyone,
  Welcome to 2017!
We will begin the new year with our monthly Lunch and Learn program--to be held on the "third Thursday," Jan. 19th, beginning at noon.  We will meet at Endeavor Gallery, and our presenter will be Monika Aylward, who will come all the way from Patagonia to discuss and demonstrate the art of Caligraphy. This should be a very interesting and unusual program, so I hope you will mark your calendars and plan to attend!!

Our featured artist at Cochise College Benson center through the month of January is Shryl Miles, who continues her exhibition of wonderful watercolors and some black and white photography.  The college is open again during regular hours following their brief holiday break.  If you haven't had a chance to stop by and enjoy Shryl's work--it is not too late!

We will be hanging works from a new featured artist (Tava Fitzgerald) at the beginning of February. I'm pleased to report that the calendar for open slots is pretty well filled for the rest of the year (check out our website at  under the Art Around Town banner), though it is possible that a month might open up--so if you are interested in displaying your work at the college at some point, please do contact me!!  (We are happy to start scheduling for 2018!!)

 And speaking of displaying at Cochise College--the month of March is dedicated to our annual "Celebrate the Arts"  Fine Arts Show and Sale.  Time is already flying, and this event will be upon us quickly.  We will have on-line and paper entry forms available by the end of January.  I hope all of you will be thinking about the pieces you want to enter, or perhaps be creating new pieces to show!!

I am very happy to announce that this year's judge is well known southern Arizona artist Charlie Thomas.  You can see examples of his beautiful work and learn more about him by checking out his website at Charles Thomas Fine Art.  This show is open to all artists in any "hangable" media (except for photography, which gets its own show each October!), with ribbons and cash prizes in each division, so please spread the word, and plan to participate!!

 As you know, Endeavor Gallery will be closing its doors at the end of February.  We are looking into the availability and affordability of possible new sites and will keep everyone advised as to new developments. .  If you haven't been in to see our final exhibition, please come by before we lose our beautiful space!!  The plan now is to remain fully open through Feb. 24th, with works to be removed on the 25th thru the 28th.  As we will be busy hanging the Art Show at the college on March 1st it is important that everyone come claim their art no later than the 28th of February!!

Did you know that Doug and Sharon Quarles have just moved THEIR Benson Gallery?  Fortunately, they only had to move a block or so to their new location at 234 E. 4th Street in what was once the old Benson Theater.  The new space gives them more room for display and a much larger studio area in which to paint and offer classes, not to mention that the mold-free atmosphere will enable Sharon to get back to work!  Congratulations to you both!!

Do stop in when you are next in Benson!!
Finally--please note the the Willcox Art League is gearing up for their 20th Annual International Miniature and Small Works Art Show to be held during the month of February at the Willcox Chamber of Commerce.  This is always an exciting event, with many out-of-state entries, and tiny but amazingly detailed paintings in many media.  For more information, check out their Facebook Page or phone 520 507 7181 for details on submissions.

Hope to see all of you at an Arts Council event in the very near future!!    Linda