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 

Hi everyone,
    We're almost to the end of what has been a very strange year, and I hope that's a "good thing!"  Not  much news in regard to Arts Council activities, but thought I'd better catch you up and let you know that we are still "celebrating the arts" in various ways...
    The Gallery has been decorated for the holidays since the beginning of December, and looks very festive if I say so myself. 
If you haven't been in to check things out  ( we have a wonderful selection of tree ornaments and other items in the gift shop that would make excellent stocking stuffers...), I hope you'll stop by soon and enjoy the holiday cheer.
   We did manage to pull off our Outdoor Holiday Show and Sale on December 5th.  Blessed with perfect weather--warm, sunny, and not windy!), ten of our members set up tables in front of the gallery to display all sorts of beautiful items.  Traffic was "good" and there were quite a few sales during the day.  Probably the best part of the event was the increased exposure to the public, as many visitors announced that they hadn't known we had reopened; and actual Gallery sales that day were the best we've had since the closure in April!
    The most important bit of "news" in this letter is to confirm that we WILL be doing a change out of "wall art" at Endeavor Gallery
during the last weekend of January!  We will have staggered hours for drop off and pick up of artwork, so as to avoid crowded
conditions in the gallery space; and I will send out a separate letter at the beginning of next month with pertinent information.
We do encourage all our members to participate in exhibiting at the gallery--fine art in all media, photography, ceramics, sculpture, glasswork, whatever...we'd love to display your work!  Before the pandemic struck, we were selling quite a bit of "art," and we hope to see a return of good sales once things return to "normal" this Spring...
   Speaking of the pandemic--we have been fortunate to keep the Gallery open the last few months--thanks to our wonderful docents who have been willing to come in and donate their time.  With the increased spike in coronavirus cases in the state, and even in Cochise County now--we will be cutting back our "open days" beginning in January to three or possibly four days a week depending on docent availability...  And we will close the Gallery from December 25th through January 5th so that everyone can stay safe and just enjoy the time with family.
   On a bright note--the Arts Council just received a generous $500.00 donation --unexpected and out of the blue--from Southwest Gas Corporation!  In the past, they have supported our activities and sponsored awards for the Fine Arts and Photography shows.
Knowing that we couldn't hold those events in 2020, their Foundation wanted to do something to support and encourage the arts in our area, and we are most grateful!  Who says there isn't a Santa Claus??!!
    I'll end by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy holidays, and hope that you can share in the joys of the season!
Love to you all---Linda