March 2024 Announcements

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Presidents' Message

A Call to All Artists

The brushes were moving, and the paint was flowing! Pastel sticks streaked by leaving layers of color behind! Watercolor splashed yet followed a very precise path! And the printing press... well it just kept rolling! Yes! It all happened in the SRAL studio! It is where artists come to spend their day and like children, they still do play!



Jeani Gustafson

March is here and it is filled with art shows guaranteed to make you smile and warm your soul. Take the time to enjoy the following exhibits.

1. "Masters Show" at the East Center

2. "Members Judged Annual Spring Exhibit" at Canoa Hills.

Don’t forget the reception: March 7th, 5:00 – 7:00pm.

3. "Assemblage SIG Show" at the West Center

4. "Winter Exhibit" at Desert Hills

Our members' artwork can also be seen at:

5. "Et Cetera" show at the CPAC Theater Lobby

6. "Art of Recycle VIII" show at the CPAC Paxton Gallery

7. The Tubac Artist Studio Tour this weekend. At several locations including Green Valley.


Art 101 workshops in March still have a few openings!

Collage/Mixed Media on March 9th and

The Printmaking Guild on March 23rd

March 16th from 10:00 to 1:00pm

The Clubs at Santa Rita Springs

are hosting an Open House.

We look forward to you being there.

Thank you for sharing your artwork with the community!

Happy Painting!

Arlene and Jeani

Nancy Green Will Be Our March

Demo Artist

“Fun with Cold Wax”

March 14th From 1:00 - 3:00pm

"My passion for painting emerged during my first visit to Capitol Reef National Park high on the Colorado Plateau. I dutifully learned the tools of the painting trade — perspective, color theory, drawing — but soon realized that representational images of the land did not speak for me. I was, and am, touched more deeply by abstract elements such as light, form, texture, and color interaction than by more literal interpretations of my environment. They are what inspire my work."

Nancy Green

Nancy grew up in Sacramento, California, attended high school in Sedona, Arizona, and completed university degrees at Middlebury College, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University. Nancy and her husband now reside in Tucson, Arizona, amid the beauty of the Sonoran Desert.

Metamorphosis  oil  cold wax


oil & cold wax

Ember Glow

"Ember Glow"

Erasures oil  cold wax


oil & cold wax

Her work was shown in juried shows throughout the state, winning awards in 2004 and 2007, and appeared in single - and multi-artist exhibitions. She is a contributor to the website Resources for Cold Wax Painting and the book

Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin.

More information can be found on the Monthly Demo page of SRAL’s website by clicking here. (

Fun for Everyone:

"Mix 'n' Mingle"

Thursday, March 7th - The Member’s Show Reception is on this day!

Please join us at the Canoa Hills Recreation facility from 5:00-7:00pm for

the reception and awards presentation. Food and beverages are provided.

The Art Studio will not have the regular Mix and Mingle event this day.

So please come to the Canoe Hills Rec. Center and enjoy the fun.


Thursday, April 4th - At the Art Studio, Mix and Mingle resumes!

The theme is: Something you are currently working on!

Quotes for you to enjoy:

"Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time."

-- Jean Cocteau

"A line is dot that went for a walk." -- Paul Klee

We have many creative members. So we would love to publish your own thoughts about art. This is for everyone's enjoyment. We would love to print your inspirational quote. Please send your quote to us for our Eblast. Click Here

Highlighting our 

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Periodically, we plan to visit each Interest Group to see what's happening and learn more about them. Each Interest Group has its devoted volunteers who vigorously work to provide meaningful sessions for its members.

Knowing more about each group may lead you to finding another interest to pursue and that may be a good thing.

Watercolor Group

The Watercolor Special Interest Group is coordinated by Valerie St. Marie and Liz Wolf and is a year-round activity. This group of talented artists meets every Friday from 9am til noon at the SRAL studio. During the summer some of the members continue to meet each Friday by way of Zoom.

Valerie St. Marie

Liz Wolf

To provide a few examples of the high quality of their watercolor paintings, below are a few pieces that they unveiled in their last show.

Hopi Kachina

by Kathleen Bolivar

Belted Kingfisher

by Mary Oelschlaeger

Xavier Mission by Ken Adams

Yard Art by Valerie St. Marie

Returning to Camp by Darilyn Rom

The watercolor group describes themselves as an informal, social group, that enjoys working on their own art pieces; in addition, they very much enjoy helping other artists. They believe sharing their skills and competence helps everyone to achieve their own goals and definitely improves their artistry.

Below are a few of the watercolor artists working on their own pieces.

The watercolor bunch invites all artists to come by and meet the group. If you would like to join us, we would love to have you.

Plein Air Group

The organizer, planner, recruiter, and director of the Plein Air Group is Nanci Sheppard. Nanci scopes out every possible location for her gang of painters to make use of in order to produce the high-quality paintings that this group is known to create. The Plein Air SIG meets from November through April and Nancy sends out to each participant a schedule toward the end of each month as to the sites they will visit during the next month.

Note: A painting schedule for March appears at the end of this Eblast.

This past week the group was painting the desert and Santa Rita Mountains from the CPAC parking lot. Although it was a very hot day, these artists were determined to capture the beauty of the various plant species as well as the snow covered mountains bordering our valley

Beginners are very welcome and they can learn plenty from the other artists in the group. Any medium is acceptable, oil, watercolor, pastel, or just sketching with a pencil. Nanci added, "It’s fun to paint outdoors and exciting to see what others have chosen to paint. We meet at the end of each session to examine our paintings and to provide a light critique."

For more information from Nanci, Click Here

Current Art League Shows

2024 Masters Show

at the GVR East Center

Friday, March 1st to Tuesday, April 30, 2024

"Flaming June"

after: Frederick Leighton, 1895

artist: Diane Conant

"Sneak Attack" after: Henriette Ronner-Knip, 1880

artist: Cheryl Jackson Schaeffer

"The Horse Fair"

after: Rosa Bonheur, 1853

artist: Diane Conant


after: Fidella Bridges, 1886

artist: Valerie St. Marie

The directors of this exhibit are Cheryl Schaeffer and Joyce Cox. They have done a terrific job of organizing this show and presenting it in a marvelous display of historical fine art. What a joy to view each piece and to admire the excellence and skill of those participating artists.

2024 Members’ Judged 

Annual Spring Exhibit

at the Canoa Hills GVR Center

Saturday, March 2nd to Sunday, March 31, 2024

Reception: March 7, 2024, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM

For More Info Contact Jeani Gustafson

This is one of the most popular shows that the Santa Rita Art League organizes each year. The artists in the Art League are very diverse as to the use of materials to make a work of art, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, ink, charcoal, gouache, or encaustics. In this Members' Show, there are two categories, Representational and Non-Representational.

Two examples of Non-Representational entries are pictured below.

"The Watcher" by Laurel Spoonsellar

"The Cowboy" by Lee England

The paintings in this show are judged by a professional artist. All paintings must be original and no entry may be from an earlier exhibit or workshop.

The prizes include First, Second, and Third place awards and three Honorable Mentions, as well as a People's Choice Award, plus the Carol Giordano Award for Best Use of Pastels, and the Carol Giordano Award for Best Use of Oils.

Two examples of Representational entries are pictured below.

"San Xavier" by Nanci Sheppard

"Winn" by Maureen Kirk-Detberner

Everyone is invited to the Reception on Thursday, March 7th, from 5 to 7pm, at the Canoa Hills GVR Center when awards will be presented.

Hope to see you there.

Assemblage Special Interest Group Show

GVR West Center Lobby

Saturday, March 2nd to Saturday, March 30th

Assemblage art is a three-dimensional artistic form or medium that typically uses found objects. It is similar to collage, but is not limited to two-dimensional materials. The artists from the Art League's Assemblage Group are presenting their latest collection of challenges as well as their most recent individual works.

"Feng Shui"

by Sue Bollig

"Joe's Garage"

by Cheryl Schaeffer

"Don't Worry"

by Loralee Makela

Assemblage art incorporates everyday objects into a composition and is sometimes used as social critique or as an exploration of the fantastical and dream worlds.

This is a "MUST" show for those individuals who appreciate someone's insightful mind. The artists in this exhibit reveal unrestrained imagination when it comes to creating expressive art.

What a JOY to experience.

Art 101: Workshops and Mini Workshops

Are you a beginning artist and want to learn the basics about different mediums, design, and color? Are you an artist that has wanted to learn a different medium? Then Art 101 is perfect for you. The Art 101 classes offered this fall and winter will be presented by SRAL members volunteering to share their time and expertise. Classes fill quickly, so sign up as soon as you can.

  • Most classes will be held in the SRAL studio, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. A few may have a different time slot. 
  • Materials for classes will be provided by SRAL and include paints, paper or canvas, and an appropriate paint brush. 
  • Participants will need to bring a water container, paper towels, an apron, or any appropriate working clothes.
  • The class size is determined by the instructor; generally, 12 - 18 people. We encourage members to sign up for only one media class per month to enable everyone to participate. This will ensure participants a fuller mastery of the new medium and allow us to accommodate more members.
  • For the Art 101 Workshops registration for each class will be on Art 101 webpage.
  • For the Mini Workshops registration will be on the Mini-Workshops web page.
  •  A small material fee of $10.00 is required to complete and validate your registration. Each class list is compiled on a first come first serve basis. You will receive notification after you have registered. You will then be notified about how and when the material fee is to be paid.

Art 101: Workshops

"An Introduction to Collage and Mixed Media Art" 

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Instructors: Janet Johnson & Sue Werner

Time: 9am to 12:00pm

Number of Participants: 18

Information and Registration for "An Introduction to Collage & Mixed Media Art" is on the Art 101 webpage: CLICK HERE


"An introduction to Printmaking"

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Instructors: Karen Keim & John McGraw

Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm

Number of Participants: 12

Information and Registration for "An Introduction to Printmaking" is on the Art 101 webpage: CLICK HERE

SRAL Mini Workshops

"Better Brushstrokes,

Or, How the Brush Makes a Painting a Painting!"

Thursday, March 7th.

Instructor: Fran Sutherland

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Number of Participants: 15

Information and Registration for "Better Brushstokes" is on the Mini Workshop webpage: CLICK HERE

Review of the Art 101 Workshops

"Beginning Pastel Painting"

Fran Sutherland

Barbara Sweeney

Hana Hanleigh

Three very experienced art instructors organized one of the best introductory classes ever presented in the SRAL studio. The instructors were Barbara Sweeney who has taught art for about 32 years including instructing other art teachers, Fran Sutherland a professional artist her entire life, and Hana Hanleigh who has tremendous expertise in pastels as well as fine art and decorative arts.

These three professional artists not only covered everything you would need to know and understand about working with pastels, they encouraged each student to create a pastel painting with their own choice of subject. The instructors walked around the studio helping the students with their paintings and graciously offering advice on each piece.

Interviewing some of the students at the end of the session, it was obvious that they enjoyed the class and were excited about continuing to use their pastels with the knowledge they gained from the three instructors.

This was a very successful session with serious students, knowledgeable and caring instructors, and a very friendly and fun atmosphere.

SRAL Members' News

"Et Cetera"

at the

The Community Performance & Art Center

Featuring Works by Linda Sparks

Location: In the Theater Lobby

This show is open until April 1, 2024

Linda Sparks is exhibiting many of her pastels at CPAC during the month of March. Linda is a very skilled pastel portrait painter as well as having the ability to capture animals in their natural surroundings. Her show of fine art is a must to see if you wish to view what a master artist can achieve.

"Mt. Lion"

"Robert Duval"



"Art of Recycle VIII"

at the

The Community Performance & Art Center

Featuring Works by several SRAL Artists

Location: In the Harry and Ann Paxton Gallery

This show is open until April 1, 2024

"Spiffy Bird House"

by Karen Keim

"Trike Tricks"

by Karen Metcalf

"Unveiling the Collective You"

Trena Stewart, Cheryl Schaeffer, Loralee Makela, & Sue Bollig

"Exploration 1"

by Loralee Makela

"Siete y Siete"

by John McGraw

"Tenement Building"

by Cheryl Schaeffer

This is an amazing show of art created utilizing common objects. You will be amazed admiring each piece and wondering how and where each artist came up with the design. It is a stunning and perplexing exhibit but, oh, so much fun.


Lockers and slots for storing art supplies, canvasses, etc. are available for rental in the SRAL studio. Yearly fee for a locker is $20, and $15 for a slot.

There are a limited number of lockers and slots. If all are rented, a waiting list will be kept and filled as available.

Fees can be paid by filling out a rental application (available in the studio or on the website by clicking here) to include with your cash or check payment; both should be left with the studio monitor. 

For more information, please contact Valerie St. Marie: Click Here 

SRAL Art Shows You Must Prepare For:

Exhibit at Desert Hills GVR Social Center

The current Winter Open Exhibit at Desert Hills will be taken down on Tuesday, April 9th between 1pm and 3pm. Remember to pick up your artwork during that time slot, as this is also the time our new Spring Exhibit will be hung.

If you haven't visited the current show, you still have time to experience a wonderful display of fine art. Here are two delightful pieces.

"Deep Purple Dreams"

by Jean Makela

"Patty Peccary"

by Sandy Wolf

Now returning to the coming Spring Show at Desert Hills, it’s not too early to search your attics and basements for paintings that haven’t been shown recently! Follow SRAL requirements for what can be displayed, and check that frames and hanging hardware are in good condition. Framed dimensions must be LESS than 36”, either direction. By limiting the size of individual entries, we are able to hang exactly 24 paintings in a visually appealing manner. 

Each artist may enter 2 paintings, listing them in order of preference for inclusion, that's just in case we have more than 24 paintings entering. 

Include title, medium, price, (or NFS); your name and contact information, as you want shown on your title card. Send your entry information to Jan Harnish, no later than April 5th. This is a "first in, first hung" process. Those artists who contact Jan Harnish first have preference over those who contact her later.

You can contact Jan by Clicking Here

Other Opportunities for Artists

The Master Gardeners here in Green Valley applied and received a grant to create a Veterans' Garden. They plan to have several 4'x8' mural panels. They would also like a mural painted on one side of a building. They are looking for artists to volunteer with the murals. All paints and supplies will be provided by the grant. The Master Gardeners will seal all the wood. While they have some ideas for the murals, they would like assistance with refining the designs and enlarging them to fit on the panels or the side of the building. Artists from La Posada are also working on this project. A dear friend, Skip Perkins, is in charge for La Posada. If you want to volunteer for this project, contact

Learning Opportunities at 

Tubac School of Fine Art

The Tubac School of Fine Art is offering workshops from a variety of artists. Please click below for information.

Phone: 520-398-2589


"The Joy of Sketchbook Journaling"

Instructor: Jim Petty

March 9 - 10, 2024

Additional Workshops at the Tubac School of Fine Arts

Barbara Mulleneaux: "The Sonoran Sunlight," March 15-16, 2024 

Julia Patterson: "Connect to Your Creativity through Abstract Art," March 22-23, 2024

Jodi Reeb: "Encaustic with Photo Collage" March 30-31, 2024

For More information Click Here

Learning Opportunities at CPAC


"The Expressive Portrait!"

Instructor: Tonja Vojacek Sell

March 26 – 27, 2024

This class will approach portrait painting in an experimental, fun way. Together we will learn to take risks and explore abstraction while working toward the goal of a finished portrait(s). We’ll focus on loosening up, learning how to embrace and utilize “mistakes” while discovering the joy of the journey! I encourage experimentation while creating mixed media portraits from start to finish. We will discover how to improve our classic portrait feature painting skills and how to build up interesting layers by experimenting with a variety of mark making tools. We’ll touch on value and color mixing to improve your confidence while creating expressive but harmonious non-traditional portrait paintings. Click here for more information.

"Merging Pastels & Watercolor"

Instructor: Tonja Vojacek Sell

April 16 - 17, 2024

This class is for beginner to advanced students who are interested in exploring water mixed media. This unique combination of common materials promises surprising and exciting results! If you have found traditional watercolor too “color-less,” limiting or even frustrating ~ consider trying this mixed-media approach. Pastels add an exciting layer to watercolor under-painting. Learn to mix these mediums to create a whole new look for your watercolor or pastel painting! Subject matter will vary, and Tonya will walk you through the process step by step to build your confidence and control.

Click here for more information.

Art Exhibits at

The Community Performance & Art Center (CPAC)

"The Art of Recycle VIII"

Featuring Works by Arizona Artists

Location: Harry & Ann Paxton Gallery


This show is currently open until -- April 1, 2024

 "Et Cetera"

Featuring Works by Linda Sparks

Location: In the Theater Lobby

This show is currently open -- until April 1, 2024


Featuring Works by Arizona Artists

Location: Harry & Ann Paxton Gallery


April 1 – 30, 2024

Reception: Friday, April 5th from 5:30 to 7:00pm

Click Here for More Information About These Exhibits

2024 Weekly Classes at CPAC

"Studio Sessions"

Instructor: Fran Sutherland

Every Wednesday, February 7 - April 24, 2024

Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Click here for more information.


There are 10 Special Interest Groups and all of them are open to the members of the Art League.


On the SRAL website there is a complete description for each SIG.

If you wish to learn more about any of the SIGs, Click Here

Below is additional INFO not on the SRAL webpage.


There are no special skills required to join in with this friendly group. Meeting attendees always find artist support, often with live demos, workshops, and critiques. Come and see what it’s all about.


Next meeting Monday, March 11, 2024 in the studio at 10:00am.  The Monthy Challenge is to paint a background with any colors and mark making that you like. Then layer neutrals on top to create your designs.

Have fun with it.


Assemblage Art combines mundane, every-day objects in new and surprising ways, gives objects new meanings, and elevates non-art materials into the realm of Art.

We are an informal group for those who are interested in creating three

dimensional artworks. All SRAL members are welcome.

Our group will have a new exhibition in the West Center Lobby from March

2nd through March 31st . Please mark your calendars and come see our new creations! (Don’t let the pool tables in the middle of the gallery stop you from getting up close. We are sharing the space with the Billiards Club until their renovations are complete.)

The Assemblage Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month from 1:00 to 3:00pm in the Main SRAL Studio. Come have fun with us in a creative, collaborative environment!


The next Figure Drawing session will be on Saturday, April 6th,

9am to noon. Each participating artist is asked to pay $5.00 to defer the cost of hiring the model. 


This group meets every Monday from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. We are a friendly, supportive, and informal group which allows our members a scheduled time to paint, share ideas, and techniques. We welcome both beginner and accomplished artists alike!


We will meet on Thursday mornings and try to form carpools. Our destinations are special places around Southern Arizona. Meet times will vary depending on the weather. If you are interested, contact Nanci: Click Here

Plein Air Schedule for March

March 7. Barrio Viejo, Tucson. We will leave East Center at noon, get there earlier to form carpools. Take the Congress exit on the Rt.10 fwy. and turn right at the signal. Head down to Granada, very close to exit, and turn right again heading past the Convention Center. Turn

left on Cushing St. to Meyer St. turn right. Head down a few blocks to the Park on the right. That is the best parking. If you don't want to paint there you can go anywhere around there to paint.

March 14. Desert Meadows Park. Meet there at 8:30am due to the afternoon SRAL meeting at 1pm. The park is located North of the corner of Continental and Abrego. Head North on Abrego, and then turn right on Huerta. Park anywhere. This is always a great place to paint.

March 21. Dagmar's home at 895 W Calle de Los Higos in Tucson. Take the Congress exit and turn left under the Fwy. Turn left at the signal onto Convento. Then right on Calle de Los Higos. Dagmar invited us to paint her home which has a fantastic mural on one side of Diego Rivera and Frieda Kahlo.

March 28. Mission Garden in Tucson. Arrangements for this venue are still being arranged.

If they will accommodate us, we will get off on Congress and turn left to the signal at Grande and left again. Follow down Grande a few miles to Mission and turn left. The Garden is on your left and usually has parking available very close to the entrance. They ask for a $5 donation.

Happy painting and we hope for good weather!


Our next meeting is Wednesday, March 27, when we will finish the intaglio project by printing our plates with Akua inks on the Blick press. Bring your etched plastic plates or simply join us to see what happens at 9:30am in Room A of the SRAL Studio. 

If you would like to learn about printmaking, consider attending an Art 101 Introduction to Printmaking that will be held in the Studio on Saturday, March 23, 9:30-12:30. There is still space for more beginners, materials provided. Sign up on the SRAL website. Click Here

Click here for the list of SIG chairpersons and their e-mail addresses.