San Pedro River Arts Council

Hello everyone,
  Hope you are enjoying your Labor Day weekend, and that you have received some, but not too much, rain from the impressive storms that have been rolling around SE Arizona for the past several days!!

The big push this month will be to get ready for the Annual October Open Photography Show.  Hopefully, many of you are busy deciding what to enter and thinking about filling out your entry forms.
Speaking of which, the show information sheets, as well as a "print-out and mail in" entry form and an "on-line" entry form are now up and ready for use on our website
Hard copy entry forms and info sheets are also available at Endeavor Gallery; or you can send me an email and I will forward the information and forms directly to your own personal computer!!
  The photography show is always one of our most popular events--with great participation, cash awards, a fun reception, and lots of traffic at the college throughout the month--so do spread the word to your photographer friends and encourage them to participate!
  Important dates include: 

Sept. 27th 

Entry forms must be submitted by this date.

 Oct. 1st.    

Actual photos to be delivered to Cochise College Benson Center between noon and 6 p.m.
Oct. 11th   

Open Reception at the College from 5 till 7 p.m.  Awards, refreshments, raffle, live music (hopefully).
Oct. 30th   

Show comes down.  Photos to be picked up between noon and 6 p.m.

The September lunch and LEARN program will be held on the
3rd Thursday of the month, September 20th.  This month's presenter will be our own Shryl Miles--watercolorist extraordinaire, and Endeavor Gallery coordinator.  As usual, we will meet in the Gallery at noon.
Shryl will be discussing and demonstrating how she uses "color studies and reference materials in her work and their advantages in helping to improve your observation skills whether you are using 2D reference materials or painting on location. She will also be talking a lot about reference materials. Are you as an artist using reference materials as a “resource” or are you “copying” the reference image as closely as possible?  Pulling together a composition from several different unrelated resources can pose any number of problems one will need to overcome, including scale and making the light source consistent."  We've all been there--so come and get some tips on how to deal with these issues...
This should be an interesting and informative presentation for artists in ALL media, so do mark your calendars and plan to attend!!

Our "Featured Artist" at Cochise College Benson Center during the month of September is SPRAC member Camille Painter-Davis, who currently resides in Pomerene but has lived in many places in the American West during her life.  Camille works successfully in many media  (at the March Celebrate the Arts Show she won Best of Advanced Division with one of her oil paintings, and also received "Special Awards" for best watercolor and best pastel work!); and her show exemplifies her wide and varied approach to art. From exquisite landscapes in oil, to detailed horse portraits, stunning pastel pieces, photographs, prints, and whimsical paintings depicting her daughters at various ages--there is something for everyone to love in this exhibit!
Camille's show will hang at the college through the month of September.  As always, the exhibit is free and open to the public during regular college hours, so do plan to stop by and view her wonderful works.

September turns out to be a good month if you are interested in taking some workshops!
Friday, September 7th, Clement Scott will be giving a Hands On program entitled "Beyond Realism" at Cochise College Benson Center from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m.
       "In this workshop we will explore concepts in abstraction and how to take a painting beyond what we see as well as how to use color, edge, and simplification for a more 
emotional statement."
The cost for this workshop is $55.  Clement is a fabulous instructor, so if you can still get in--this should be a great workshop!!

On  Fridays, S
ept. 14, 21, and 28--Kathy Williams  will be presenting a series of classes entitled  "No Fear Painting"   These classes run from 9 a.m. till noon each Friday at Cochise College Benson Center, and the cost for the whole series is $55.00.  Kathy will teach basic concepts and some fun techniques that will give you the confidence to pick up that paint brush and get creating (again, or for the first time)!
These classes should be a lot of fun, and REALLY helpful for those who are just beginning to stretch their creative wings!

And for something definitely different-- Colored pencil artist and expert Phil Micheau will be offering an Adult Coloring Book Workshop on Saturday, September 15th from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. at the Huachuca Art Association Gallery --1835 Paseo San Luis--in Sierra Vista!  "The workshop will cover pencil and coloring book selection, coloring techniques, and the use of other coloring tools, and is designed for beginning to intermediate colorists."  The fee is $25.00 for the day, and you must register before Sept. 7th as space is limited.   Contact for more information or call the HHA Gallery at 520 803 1078 to register.

I'm not so sure about the "coloring book" thing, but I sure do want to learn more about using my colored pencils, so I think I'm going to play!!!
So, that should give you plenty to do for the rest of this month...  Do get those photography show entries ready, and get out there and "celebrate the arts!"

p.s.  We will be needing some help to hang the photography show on Tuesday morning, Oct.2nd.  If you will be free that day from 10 a.m. till roughly noon and would like to help get the show up, please contact me by return email or call at 520 586 2611 or 520 686 0090.  Thanks!!

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