San Pedro River Arts Council

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Note: You may also send your membership payment or donation by check to:
PO Box 1358
Benson, AZ 85602-1358 

Hello everyone!
   March equals busy, BUSY--lots going on...

I am happy to report that our 9th Annual Celebrate the Arts Spring Show and Sale is up and judged and ready for viewing.  Many thanks to everyone who helped with hanging the show!!!  This year we have 70 participating artists and 147 works on display!   Interestingly--the largest division by far is the Advanced /Professional group; and there were a number of "first time to enter our show" artists this year.  Guess the word is getting out...
The quality of work on display is outstanding, and I'm so glad I didn't have to pick the winners!
The show will hang through March 30th during regular college hours, so be sure you stop by and "celebrate the arts."
Speaking of "celebrating,"  mark your calendars and plan to attend the show RECEPTION, which happens this Thursday evening at Cochise College Benson Center from 5 till 7 p.m.  As always, we will have tasty refreshments, lots of conversation with participating artists, the "official" awards presentations, a raffle, a chance to vote for the "People's Choice Award,"  and this year, real LIVE music, played by real, LIVE musicians!

On our gallery front--thanks to the hard work of a large band of stalwart members--last weekend we were able to box and remove everything from the old gallery space and shift all our worldly possessions into what will become the NEW Endeavor Gallery.

In place of a regular "lunch and learn" program this month--we will be hosting an open meeting in the new building on the usual "third Thursday," March 16th, so that everyone can view the new space, listen to proposals that have been made, and share your own thoughts and ideas on how we should proceed.  Instead of a "brown bag,"  it was suggested that we make this session a luncheon pot luck, so do plan to attend, and bring something "lunchworthy " to share with the group!  This will be a great way to initiate our time in the new space, and we really hope to see you there...

Other things to see and do this month include a trip to the Santa Cruz Valley to visit venues in the Tubac Open Studio Tour March 17th through the 19th, 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. each day.  (Our own Brenda Peo will be one of 8 featured artists at the Van Helsland Studio, and there will be dozens of other spots to tour in the greater Tubac area.)

Or, you could go visit the Annual Spring art competition now hanging in the Tombstone Gallery, or pop up to the Amerind Foundation to view the latest art and photographic exhibits there; or check out the always exciting gallery scene in Bisbee.   Aren't we lucky to live in southeastern Arizona!!

And some things to start thinking about for April...We will be holding our annual spring Yard Sale on Saturday, April 29th!  This event is always a good fund raiser for us, so please start thinking now about those strange and wonderful items you'd like to get out of your house or garage or yard or where-ever, and save them for the Arts Council.  We will be holding the sale at our new Gallery location, and there will be more information in the April Newsletter about times, drop-offs, pick-ups, etc.

Also coming up is the semi-annual change-out of art work at the Benson Hospital in early April.  Now is the time to start thinking about which pieces of art you can spare to help brighten the hospital halls.  This is always a great way to get those older pieces out of the corner and back on display AND provide a community service.  Again, specifics on dates and times will be in next month's newsletter, but it is always good to plan ahead!!

Please note that our "sister organization," the Art League of Willcox, is now accepting entries for their 34th!! Annual Ann Boyd Wade Fine Art and Photography Show to be held in Willcox April 7th through the 9th.  Information and entry forms can be found on their website (
This is always a fun show, with lots of prizes.  Entries are due in late March, so check it out and get moving...

Finally, the San Pedro River Arts Council wishes to say a very heartfelt "Thank You" to Mel and Larraine Milne for their recent generous cash donation to our organization.  The money will be spent on helping to set up our new Gallery Space and could not have come at a better time!  If anyone else out there has some spare cash burning a hole in your pocket, please remember that SPRAC is a 501 c 3 "charitable" organization and there are tax benefits for contributions...

So that's all for now!  Hopefully, we will see you at the reception, or at an upcoming event in the near future.  Take care.      Linda