Our tables at the Community Yard Sale on Saturday, April 19th were a pleasing success. We raised over $400 for the Arts Council in 3 1/2 hours, while simultaneously reducing the clutter in our closets and garages. Thanks to everyone involved — donors, buyers, and especially those who tended the cash register, worked as roving salespeople, and schlepped stuff from people’s cars. It’s the willing volunteers that make the Arts Council work — a round of applause to you all.
Lunch & Learn
Just want to let everyone know that this month’s Lunch session will be held on Thursday, April 17th, from Noon till 1:30ish at the Benson Museum—our regular venue.
Deanna Cluff will be coming down from Thatcher to present a program on the “ART OF ZENTANGLE.” And what, you say, is “Zentangle?” I had never heard of it, either, until Deanna brought one for the CTA show. She describes it as “meditative doodling.” Apparently it has become quite popular. Young people do it; old people do it; artists do it; photographers do it! Mostly, it seems to be about filling spaces with small repetitive patterns. Anyone CAN do it, and it is supposed to be relaxing and helpful for getting focused—hence the ZEN in the name…
Deanna will do a presentation and demonstration, and bring plenty of materials so that we can all experiment. Should be interesting and FUN.
Hope to see you there!!
CELEBRATE THE ARTS SPRING SHOW
Receiving the award for Best of Show in this year’s Celebrate the Arts event was this painting entitled “The Docks at Telegraph Hill” by Benson artist Ron Fritts.
Arts Council President Linda Stacy presents the award for Best of Division in the Advanced/Professional group to Bowie artist Kaia Thomas for her oil painting entitled “Thunderhead” at the March 6 Celebrate the Arts show opening and reception.
“Thunderhead” by Bowie artist Kaia Thomas won Best of Division in the Adv/Prof group
Fred Ruth, of Tucson, won the Best of Division in the Intermediate group with his painting entitled “The Ancients.”
Artist Geri Grim, of Cochise, won Best of Division — Novice with her oil painting “River Rouge Stormy Sunset.”
Three outstanding paintings currently exhibited in the CTA show.
Trilby Arnold was the winner of this year’s People’s Choice Award with her large oil painting entitled “Prairie Spirit.”
Shryl Miles and twin sister Charline White show off their technique for selling LOTS of tickets during the recent Arts Council fundraiser in which an original oil painting donated by Clement Scott was the raffle prize. Unfortunately for the rest of us, the lucky winner was Quincy Rush of Willow Lakes. Congratulations to Mr. Rush! And a huge “Thank You” to Shryl and Charline for their hard work in making the raffle a fun event and a big success!!
The Arts Council is currently hosting a student art and photography show at Cochise College Benson Center. The exhibition will be on display during the month of April. We had originally planned a larger, juried show, but due to circumstances beyond our control—that did not happen. However, we HAVE managed to put together a nice exhibition of more than 40 works of fine art and photography that showcase the talents of our SPRAC-mentored student artists, as well as the Art and Design and Digital Photography students from Benson High School taught by Adam Gilbert and Linda Lou Lamb.
Some of the works in the Fine Art Division of the Student Exhibit
It is a part of the Mission of the Arts Council to support youth art education and provide opportunities for students to display their artistic achievements. Through our mentoring program, and by working with teachers in the area schools, we hope to fulfill this mission. Many thanks to the twenty-four students who have contributed to this year’s show, and to the teacher’s who work with them! By sharing your work you can inspire other young people to develop their creative talents and bring increased awareness of the arts to our community.
An excellent example of student photography currently on display at the college.
A list of the students participating in the show.
Provided by Linda Stacy, President