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Hi All,

December already!  Shopping, wrapping, shipping, decorating, cookie baking and so much more--but are we too busy to appreciate the season?  NEVER!! 
  To get into the holiday spirit, come visit our Endeavor Gallery and check out the lovely decorations that Shryl and Francie have created for visitors to enjoy during this special month--NOT traditional, but absolutely stunning!!  These ladies had a vision and have executed it perfectly.  Thanks to you both  (and Ian, too)!
  (No, the gallery decorations are NOT for sale, but we do have wonderful things in the Gallery and Gift Shop that will certainly tempt anyone looking for a last minute stocking stuffer or a special work of art for that "certain someone...")
I'm happy to report that the gallery has been seeing lots of traffic and lots of sales over the last few months; so do come in and see what all the excitement is about...
  To further entice you to come to the Gallery, we will be holding our annual "Holiday Social" there on Thursday, December 12th from noon till 2 p.m.  We will be serving coffee, punch and cookies, and encourage everyone to bring a little something sweet or savory to nibble while you meet and visit with fellow SPRAC members.  We also would LOVE you to bring in your latest creation  (painting, carving, jewelry piece, favorite photo or whatever!) for a quick "show and tell."  This is a great opportunity to show off your work and even get some "help" if you have a piece that just isn't quite working yet--so be brave and bring some art to share!!
   The "Featured Artist" in our Art Around Town program at Cochise College Benson Center for the months of December (and January, because the College will be closed for part of December and New Year's week...) is St. David resident and SPRAC member Zachary Billings.  Zach works in many media to create brilliant, often abstract paintings that reflect his own unique vision.  He is also a serious photographer, and many of the photos on display--especially his sea and water scapes--also reflect a lyrical abstract quality.  Zachary's show will make you wonder--in all senses of the word!  The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular college hours  (check their website for holiday schedule).  This would be a great place to bring your out of town guests, or just to stop in and check out the show for yourself and enjoy a little quiet space in the midst of the holiday hub bub...
    There are so many activities on the Calendar this month!  This weekend alone you could go up to Cascabel for
their annual Community Fair (Dec. 7th & 8th from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m.); or you could attend Benson's "Christmas Off
Main Street" celebration at Apache Park from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. on Saturday.  Also on Saturday, Dec. 7th, you could pop into the Friends of the Benson Library Bookstore between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for their annual "Holiday Bake and
Book Sale."  And if you still had some energy, you could run down to Sierra Vista and check out the Huachuca Art
Association's "Holiday Art Reception" at their Gallery (1835 Paseo San Luis) on Saturday afternoon from 3 till 5 p.m.
OR, if you love Native American art, you could drive up to the Amerind Foundation on Saturday or Sunday (7th/8th) to attend their annual "Holiday Mercado" from 10 till 4 each day...
   I'm exhausted just thinking about all the possibilities--and that's just one weekend!!
  And a few things to start thinking about AFTER the holidays:
       We will be changing out the wall art at Endeavor Gallery the last weekend of January.  Shryl will be contacting everyone with specifics as time gets closer; but do be thinking about what you might want to hang in the next installation.   You will need to decide "what goes where"   BECAUSE:
    The Huachuca Art Association will be holding an Open, Judged, Art Show during the month of February.
 SPRAC will be having our own (11th Annual!) "Celebrate the Arts" Open Fine Arts Show during the month of March.
 And some time in there we will be calling for work to put into the Benson Hospital for the semi annual change-out there...   I hope you are all feeling very creative!!!
    I'm going to stop now and go bake some cookies...
 Merry Christmas--Happy Holidays--Joy to you all!!    Linda

San Pedro River Arts Council