Hello everyone,
  It's March, and that means it's SHOW TIME!!
   I am pleased to announce that our
2018, 9th Annual "Celebrate the Arts" Fine Arts Show and Sale is up and on display at Cochise College Benson Center during the entire Month.   This is our biggest show yet--with roughly 200 works of art on display and over 100 artists represented!  It took a crew of 12 members, working steadily for three hours last Thursday morning, to get all of the pieces displayed; and we have used virtually all of the available wall and panel space available!!  (Don't know what we will do if the show gets any bigger!!) 
 I want to send out a huge "thank you" to everyone who entered the show and provided us an opportunity to share your beautiful work​.  As always, the show
is impressive, and the quality of the artwork throughout the divisions keeps getting better and better, though that hardly seems possible.  Interestingly, this year we have a number of works in "unusual" media--embossed metal, wood burning, beaded pieces, scratch art, etc., not to mention the many creative and often whimsical pieces in the YOUTH division; so this is a show you definitely don't want to miss!!
   On that note,  the perfect time to come view the show would be this 
Thursday, March 8th, when we hold the Artists and Open Reception at the college from 
5:30 till 7:30 p.m. 
Not only will you be able to check out the artwork, but there will be plenty of food, live music, a "winner's choice" raffle offering a chance to win one of two wonderful, original oil paintings created by professional artist and SPRAC member Ron Fritts, plus the Awards Ceremony, and an opportunity to meet and mingle with many of the participating artists and other "art aficionados." 
  This is always a fun evening, so plan to attend, and bring your friends.  (And you might even want to bring some cash or a credit card in case you spot a painting or other work of art that really catches your eye--just sayin')  We hope to see you there!!
   In other news,  there will be a Lunch and Learn program in March!  This time we will go back to our regular "third Thursday," date--March 15th; and we will meet at noon at Endeavor Gallery to watch and listen to a program presented by our own Sylvia Obert Turner.  Sylvia is a wonderful artist in many media, but for this program she will be demonstrating Pastels--the various types, surfaces on which they can best be used, some techniques, and specifically how to create the luminous, translucent effects she achieves in her stunning floral paintings.  This is another event you won't want to miss, so bring your lunch if you like, and come a little early to get a good seat!
   We are still planning on holding our annual Spring Yard Sale.  The date is tentatively set for Saturday, April 14th; so please think about and start gathering up any items you might want to contribute.  Judging from past years, people will buy just about ANY thing if the price is right, so go through your closets  (yes, we will take clothing), cabinets, workshop, studio, garage, or storage shed and drag out those items you haven't used and/or no longer want and donate them to the Arts Council for this fund raiser!  Final details on date, time, drop off of items, etc. will be in the April newsletter, but consider this a "Head's Up" on removing some of that clutter in your life!!   (Oh, and not to worry, if the item(s) you donate by some chance are not sold, you do NOT have to take them home again, as we will pass them on to other charitable organizations in town who are always happy to have them!!  It's a Win-win-win situation!!)
  And a bit further afield--please note that it will soon be time for the annual Tubac Center for the Arts --Open Studio Tours!    The dates are Friday through Sunday, March 16th-18th, and hours are 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. daily.  Working artists will have their studios open for viewing up and down the Santa Cruz Valley, from Sahuarita to Rio Rico.
For maps and further information check out the Tubac Center for the Arts website; and be sure to visit the Van Helsland Studio in Green Valley, where you will find our own Brenda Peo holding forth with eight other great artists in one beautiful location.  This is a really fun way to spend a day!!!
  Last but not least--it is time to start thinking about what you might want to enter in the Art League of Willcox 35th! Annual Spring Fine Art and Photography Show next month.  The show dates are April 20th -22nd; but entries are DUE by April 6th.  For further information or to print out an entry form, go to their web site:   www.willcoxartleague.com or call Louise at 520 507 3104.  Plan ahead!!
   That's it for now.  I do hope you will all take the time to check out our spectacular art show at the college at some point this month, and I REALLY hope that we will see many of you at the reception on Thursday evening, March 8th!!!
   Take care.    Linda

San Pedro River Arts Council

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