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Hi Everyone,

     I hope you had a lovely Holiday Season.  Welcome to 2015!!   We’re going to jump right into what I hope will be a very exciting year for the San Pedro River Arts Council!


  First up will be our regular “Third Thursday” Lunch meeting  to be held at the Benson Museum on January 15th beginning at Noon.  Bring a sack lunch if you like, and come prepared to talk about our new Gallery Venture.
It’s a done deal.  There was a wonderful, supportive response from the membership, and we are definitely going ahead with it!  We have agreed to a one year’s lease and a reasonable rent rate per month.  As soon as the building is cleared (we’re hoping by the 15th but no promises) we’ll need all hands to start with interior and exterior work so that we can get the Gallery up and running ASAP.


  We are searching for a good NAME for the gallery—so if you have any thoughts on the subject, please let me know!!


  Second—it will be time to change out the exhibit at the Benson Hospital at the end of January.  I’ll be sending out specific dates for pickup/delivery once we’ve cleared it with the Hospital Director, but everyone please be thinking about artwork and photography that you would be willing to display there.  This has been a wonderful opportunity to provide a community service by sharing “art” and brightening the halls and walls at the Hospital.   Works may be (but do not have to be) for sale.  Interestingly, we have had quite a few sales here; and there is no commission charged on sales from this venue(!)  Plus, it is a great chance to display works that you might currently have stored in a corner, a closet, or under your bed.  In the past we have had from 20 to 30 members sharing their work—up to 5 pieces per member as there are LOTS of walls on which to hang pieces!–  so let’s make it happen again.


  Let me know if you would like to put some work up in the hospital this time so that I can start making a list; and if you are new and have questions about it—please contact me (hjstacy@powerc.net)


Finally,  our big “Celebrate the Arts” Open, judged Fine Arts Show is coming up in March, so it is not too soon to be thinking about works you might want to enter then.  Entry forms will be out by the end of January and due back by the 3rd week in February!
  Hope to see you all SOON!


Lunch & Learn

We are calling a general meeting of all our members to discuss the possibility of having our own SPRAC Gallery Space in Benson possibly beginning as early as the first of next year! We will meet at the Benson Museum on our regular 3rd Thursday at noon, but will have a presentation on the Gallery Option instead of the usual Lunch and Learn program.

Click Blog on the menu bar above for the October Lunch&Learn,  a talk and demonstration by member artist Sylvia Turner on EARTH PIGMENT WATER COLORS.


Current Show

Western Art & Photography Show

Our “Member’s Only” western show has come down.  The show looked GREAT! We hung 140 pieces and I am thrilled to announce that 51 of our members had work on display!! (I think that must be a record for SPRAC.)  Thank you all for sharing your work!!!!

Harry makes an adjustment to one of the paintings on our “cow wall” at the Western Show

Harry makes an adjustment to one of the paintings on our “cow wall” at the Western Show

Shryl Miles was the winner of the cash award presented to the artist with the most votes in our People’s Choice Balloting at the end of the recent Members Western Show.  Her watercolor painting of a Red Fox was the top vote getter this time.  Congratul

Shryl Miles wins People's Choice award

Shryl Miles wins People’s Choice award

Linda Stacy