San Pedro River Arts Council

September 2016

We will hold our regular LUNCH and LEARN program on Thursday,September 15th--beginning at noon in the Benson Museum conference room across from Endeavor Gallery.  Our presenter this month will be Dikki Van
Helsland from Green Valley, who will discuss and demonstrate her beautiful Batik painting techniques.  This will be Dikki's second visit with SPRAC and she is back "by popular demand," so be sure to mark your calendars and plan to join us!

The Arts Council will be coordinating our "semi-annual" change out of art and photography at the Benson Hospital on Thursday and Friday, September 22nd and 23rd.  Artwork already on exhibit, and new pieces to go on display,  may be picked up/dropped off beginning Thursday afternoon AFTER 1 p.m. OR on Friday morning from 9 a.m. till noon.
If you are not familiar with the HOSPITAL EXHIBIT--all Arts Council members are invited to display their work--in any "hangable" medium (paintings fabric, photography, etc.)--any size, any subject matter (as long as it is not "depressing").   This will be our 4th year to work with the hospital staff to help brighten the rooms and hallways at the Hospital.  It is a wonderful way for our members to get older works back on display and out of your closets or from under your beds...   All works MAY be (but do not have to be) for sale.  Because this is a "community service " activity there is NO commission charged on works that sell here.  And yes, we have sold a number of works out of the hospital over the years--who knew?!!
If you are interested in putting work into the coming exhibit, please send me an email so that we'll know who and how many to expect.  If you have any questions--please contact me (, and I'll do my best to answer!

Work is proceeding on the upcoming PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW.  Entry forms are available in either a print out or on-line version at our website  Just click on the "Celebrate the Arts" Banner at the top of the Home Page for all the information on dates, fees, number of entries per photographer, etc. (If, for some reason, you cannot navigate the website--please send me an email and I will mail you a copy of the show packet.)   The last day for receiving entry forms is Monday, September 26th, so not to worry--there is still plenty of time to select your best photos and get them framed and ready to show!!
Entries are already starting to come in, and I think we are going to have another spectacular event.  We have divisions for youth, Adult Amateur, and Advanced/Professionals, so no excuses--come be a part of it!!
Our featured artist at Cochise College in the "One With Art" program for September is Jim Moody of Dragoon, AZ.  Jim works in oils to create wonderful western scenes that generally tell stories of days and places gone by.
His show is available for viewing during regular college hours Monday through Friday, so do stop in if you are passing through Benson.
If YOU are interested in being a featured artist -- we are pleased to hang works in any medium-- contact me and we'll get you on the schedule for a future month!!
In other news--Endeavor Gallery is open for business again after a short August break!  Kathleen Benyak has installed a fresh new exhibit featuring the works of our "Rotation 2" artists--many lovely paintings, colorful fabric art, several of Stephani's fabulous ceramic pieces, and a wooden "sculpture" by Bernie Fierro that you just have to see.  Hours continue to be 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.  Many thanks to those of you who have volunteered to serve as docents for the coming month; and if there are others out there who would like to donate four hours of your time, one day a month, to "work" in the Gallery--let me know and we'll be happy to "train" you and put you on the calendar!!

More news--our newly-designed website (with the same old is up and running.  Maria has created a bright new look, but has maintained most of the features and information from the old site, so everyone should feel right at home.   
We still need you to help us create members' web pages on the site!  Send me a short biography and some photos of your work and Maria will do the rest.  If you already have your OWN website, just send us the url and Maria will create a link to it...

Finally, the Arts Council will be participating in next months' Butterfield Stage Days here in Benson.  We will have a large booth, and hope that many of you  will bring small items  (cards, jewelry, carvings, tiles, paintings, etc. for display and sale at Lion's Park on Saturday, Oct.8th.  We will be promoting the Arts Council, our artists, and Endeavor Gallery, so please plan to join us.  I'll have more information as the time gets closer, but mark you calendars now.

That should keep everyone busy for awhile!  See you at a SPRAC event soon!!

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