San Pedro River Arts Council

Hello everyone,

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2018!  Also welcome to the many new members who have joined in the last month or so--we hope you will be active in the organization and participate in many or all of our upcoming activities!!

I am pleased to announce that our January Lunch and Learn program will be held at the "learning center" in Endeavor Gallery in Benson on the regular "3rd Thursday"--January 18th, beginning at noon.  This month's program will feature Clement Scott, who will come up from Bisbee to give a demonstration on the effectiveness of using a limited pallette.  This will follow through with Glen Rennell's wonderful November talk on the same topic; but this time we can watch Clement actually create a painting (perhaps one of the beautiful abstract landscapes he has been doing lately?) while he discusses color mixing, brush strokes, and other effects.  Clement is always a delight, so bring a sack lunch if you like and join us while we watch an artist at work!!

Our featured artist at the Cochise College Benson Center "One with Art" program during the month of January continues to be SPRAC member and Tucson resident Judith Francis.
Judy, who was the recipient of the "Best in Show" award at this year's Annual October Photography Show, takes viewers on a journey to France with her elegant photos of market scenes, ancient buildings, colorful shops and cobbled streets.  She has also provided small maps and "post cards" to present further information about the more than 40 photographs on display.   As always, the show is free and open to the public during regular college.   If you have a chance, I encourage everyone to stop by and check out her wonderful photography!!

Please note that any member of the Arts Council is eligible to have your own month-long "Featured Artist" show at the college.  If this is something you would like to do, please contact me via return email, and we can put you on the calendar for the next available month (some time next Fall...)  This is a great way to get a body of your work in front of the public;  it is always magic to see these small shows come together; and best of all--there is absolutely no charge!

We will be changing out the artwork exhibit currently hanging at Endeavor Gallery on Saturday, January 27th.  I will be sending out a separate announcement from exhibit coordinator Shryl Miles with pertinent information to all our members shortly.  Please note that ALL members are invited to put work--in any medium--in the gallery, and we encourage you to do so!  The gallery commission on artwork sold is only 20%  (we have to pay our rent...), and there is a $30 "exhibitors" fee charged for the 6 months the works will be in the gallery (docents exempt!).  (We had originally planned to charge $20 per "quarter," but --as each exhibit will hang for roughly half a year, it seems more reasonable to change the fee--thus saving participating artists $20 per year and us the hassle of additional collection...) 

It is not too soon to be thinking about our next "BIG" SPRAC event--the 9th annual Open, Judged "Celebrate the Arts" Fine Art Show and Sale to be held at Cochise College Benson Center during the month of March.  Hard Copy and On-line entry forms will be available by the end of January, and entries will be due in late February.

This show is open to all artists working in any two-dimensional media--(but NOT photography, as photographers get their own show in October!)  This is always a fun event, with ribbons and cash prizes and separate divisions for Novice, Intermediate, Advanced/Professional, and Student artists.  There will be a judge's critique following the judging, and a gala reception tentatively scheduled for the evening of March 8th.  Do plan to enter, and tell your artist friends about the show as well!!

If you happen to be going to Tucson, don't miss the opportunity to check out our own Brenda Peo's solo artist exhibit in the Little Gallery at the famous DeGrazia Gallery of the Sun located at 6300 N. Swan Avenue.  Brenda's show will be open from 10 till 4 each day through January 12th. She will be holding a special reception this Saturday, Jan. 6th, featuring her friend and guest artist Gabriel Romo playing Classical and Spanish guitar from 1 till 3 p.m. (Did I mention there will be light refreshments?!)  Brenda's work is unique and fun and well worth the drive!!!

One final "Thank You" to George and Kay Whitehead for the wonderful exhibit of Nacimientos they shared at Endeavor Gallery during December.  The tiny nativity scenes added just the right holiday touch to the Gallery and brought in many people for the first time to visit our favorite space!

Ok, that's all for now.  Aren't you glad you are living here in southern Arizona instead of having to deal with the frigid conditions almost everywhere else in the country right now?!?  Be creative; and I hope to see you soon!    Linda

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