Hi all,
August already and the kids are going back to school.  Where did the summer go?!
 I want to begin by noting that the change-out of art at Endeavor Gallery was successfully completed last Saturday.  The new installation is up and looks fabulous!!  Many thanks to all the participating artists, old and new, for bringing in your wonderful work.  (Shryl says that we have 45 participating members, and 119 works displayed in the main gallery, with many other smaller pieces artfully showcased in the gift shop).  We also want to extend a heartfelt "thank you" to Shryl and her crew for the many hours they spent taking down the previous exhibit and receiving, sorting, and hanging all the incoming work so that the Gallery again looks fresh and new and exciting!!
  I invite everyone to come in soon to see the latest offerings!!!
  Our August lunch time "Artists Share" program is scheduled for the "regular" third Thursday date--August 15th.  This months' presenter is SPRAC member and Benson resident, George Lounsbury.
George will be discussing and demonstrating his amazing woodworking techniques and showing off the many different types of pieces that he creates through chip carving, marquetry, scroll saw work, and carving in the round.  As always, we will meet at Endeavor Gallery at noon; so if you are interested in wood working, or just curious and want to see some unique pieces of art, I hope you will join us then!

Because of  limited summer hours, the "Art Around Town" program at Cochise College Benson Center is extending the current exhibit of seven artist/members from the Sunsites Community through the end of August!  Participating in this special show are Deb Warner, Kathie Brauchla, Jill Dredge, Jack Light, Dottie Rogers, Geri Grim, and Sandy McFann.   They work in a variety of media; and the exhibit presents a lovely showcase of what they are creating--everything from Kathie's watercolors to Deb's acrylic pour/mixed media pieces, with lots of traditional oil and acrylic paintings, plus graphite, pastel, and even a scratchboard piece on display.   This is a fun show--as always, free and open to the public for viewing during college open hours--so do plan to stop by and check it out when you are next in the area!!  Note that the college will resume regular hours--Mon-Thur. 8 a.m. till 8:30 p.m. and Fri. 8 a.m. till 4 p.m. shortly and that Fall classes will resume on Aug. 19th...

The big annual Fall "Celebrate the Arts Open Photography Show will soon be upon us!  Entry forms will be available on line and at the Gallery or by request beginning in late August.  The show will hang at Cochise College Benson Center during the month of October, but entry forms will need to be returned no later than September 25th. There will be separate divisions for Amateurs, Advanced and professional photographers, youth entries, Monochromatic photos; and this year we are adding a NEW division for " digitally manipulated artistry."   (Still working on the title for this division--open to suggestions!!)    NOW is the time to start planning your entries!!  Can't wait to put this show together!!!

And speaking of photos--did you know that you can have custom prints done at a reasonable cost at our own Endeavor Gallery?  Our snazzy printer can make enlargements up to 13 by 19 inches; and Chris Blom, our computer whiz, can do color balancing and manipulate your images in just about any way you can imagine if that is what floats your boat...If you are interested in having prints made, please contact the Gallery at 520 686 4014 or send an email to Chris (c.blom@sbcglobal.net) to set up an appointment!!

Some other notes and news--Don't forget the "Monsoon Storm" Art Show hanging now through August 30th at the Douglas Art Association Gallery located at 625 10th St. in Douglas.

I know it's a long drive if you don't happen to live in that part of the county; but there are some wonderful photos and lovely paintings on display and you can time your visit to have lunch in the historic Gadsden Hotel.  I suggest you go in the morning, as their Gallery is only open from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m... 

Cochise College Benson Center is offering an art class this coming semester--Painting for Personal Development-- which will meet on Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m.  This is a fun class  (I've taken it over and over just so that I will be motivated to actually paint something!) that works for beginning as well as more experienced artists.  There are still a few slots left, so if you have been wanting to take a class this is a great opportunity!  But do sign up ASAP or you might miss out!

And if you are up for a more rigorous challenge, the Huachuca Art Association is hosting a Portrait Workshop at their gallery in Sierra Vista 
next Saturday, August 10th from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m.  Medium of Your choice. Learn layout, proportion and color techniques from talented Tucson artist Michael Nolan. Cost $55.00 

For more information and a material list contact Robin Lara: rolarallll@gmail.com 520-249-3924.  

Do check out the HAA web site   www.huachuca-art.com  regularly, as they always have lots of interesting things going on!

That's it for now.  Get out there and take some fantastic photos for the upcoming show!!  I am going out to do a rain dance, as it STILL hasn't really rained at our house!!

   Go monsoons!!!     Linda

San Pedro River Arts Council

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