San Pedro River Arts Council © 2016

PO Box 1358, Benson,
Arizona  85602-1358
(520) 586-2611

San Pedro River Arts Council

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PO Box 1358
Benson, AZ 85602-1358 

Hello everyone,
  Hope y'all had a lovely holiday!  Sorry this is a few days late, but I'm just sort of oozing my way into this new year...  Before we forget 2021, I do want to note that we had a fabulous December at the Gallery--with LOTS of sales.  Paintings were flying off the walls and sales from the Gift Shop were numerous--YAY!
  Unfortunately,  2022 is starting off with a new surge in Covid cases around the country, so with the proverbial "abundance of caution, "  we have decided to postpone the general member's meeting that was scheduled for January 15th AND our January Artists Share program.  Both events will be rescheduled once covid numbers and hospitalizations are under control again! 

  Because "crowds" are not involved, we WILL be keeping the Gallery open for the duration, and generally continue with regular activities...
    There is a wonderful new Featured Artist exhibit now on display at Cochise College Benson
Center showcasing the photography and fine art of our own Zachary Billings.  Zack has some lovely techniques for capturing sunlight and air moving on his water photographs, and his somewhat Native American-influenced "abstract" paintings are unique and inspirational.  His works will be on display during regular college hours from now through the end of February,  so I hope you will stop by and check out this new installation when you are in the area!!
  One reason you might be in the college area is to register for the new painting class that is being offered there this coming semester?!!  The class is the "Painting for Personal Development" course and will be held on Friday mornings from 9 a.m. till noon each week--beginning on January 14th and running through May 9th.  Focus is on oil and acrylics, and all materials are included in the registration fee (or you can bring your own).  If you have been needing a kick in the pants to start painting again (me!), or are wanting some instruction--these classes are a fun way to get you motivated!  Registration is open now, and I hope some of you will be participating!!
  And a reason to sign up for the painting class might be to get some inspiration for entering our Annual Open, Judged, "Celebrate the Arts" Fine Arts Show and Sale, which will be hanging at the college during the month of March.   We did not have the show last year because of Covid, but WILL be holding this important event this year!  With divisions for everyone--from Novice through Advanced/Professional artists--and accepting work in any TWO Dimensional medium (except photography) that we can hang; there is no excuse for you not to participate!!  Entry forms and information sheets will be available later this month, and entries will be due
in late February--so start thinking about what you want to enter!!

  To get you warmed up for entering our March Show, you might want to consider participating
in the Huachuca Arts Association Open Art show that THEY will be holding in their gallery during the month of February!  (See how this all ties in? [😊] )  Entries are due on January 14th, so you need to get going!  Entry forms are available at their gallery in Sierra Vista, or contact Teresa Ebbs (520 227 2163; for more information.  Or you can send me an email and I can forward you their entry forms...  There will be different judges for each show; and no problem with entering the same art in both of these shows!

  On another topic--Deborah Warner  has asked me to let everyone know that she will be organizing an "Arts and Crafts Bizarre"  (Bazaar?!) on Saturday, March 26th from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. in front of her new Stronghold Art Gallery in Cochise, Arizona.  There will be lots of vendors.  Space rental fee is $20 for the day.  Contact Deb at 520 990 1545 for more information if you are interested in attending or participating!!

  And now some congratulations are in order!  Our own Lisa Sprietsma is featured in the January issue of American Art Collector Magazine; AND she won the Best of Show Award at the recent Tubac Art Center Show!!

Also receiving some heady recognition is SPRAC stalwart Brenda Peo, who has been accepted to hang her wonderful art on the walls at Tucson International Airport beginning January 14th and running through June of this year!!  In addition, she will be the featured
artist in the Bistro at Tohono Chul Park  from January through March. 
Well done ladies!!!

   We will be holding our regular SPRAC board meeting next week to make some decisions as to dates for upcoming gallery and hospital art change-outs, among other things--information will be included in next month's newsletter...
    So that's all for now.  Stay warm on these cold mornings!!  And be planning on what you will be entering in the upcoming art shows!!  I have to take down my Christmas tree and dig out my art supplies...    Hope to see you soon!    Linda