May 2024 Newsletter

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Important Reminder:

With this May issue of the Art League's Eblast, we begin our Summer Season, which includes publishing one issue each month from May 'til November. We plan to send each issue to you at the beginning of each month.



"Welcome to our Summer Season!"

When the outside weather heats up, you will always have a cool refreshing place to spend your time. Come to the studio to paint!

Spring and summer are usually the slower months at the SRAL studio. Many SIGs (special interest groups) take a well-deserved break from the busy snowbird season.

Arlene Szypulski

Jeani Gustafson

So……. Why not create your own excitement by inviting those new and old painting friends you have made to join you for a few hours at the studio for spreading some paint and having some fun. Remember, monitors have access to the studio 7 days a week from 6am to 9pm. Their GVR card will let them into the studio with a quick swipe of their card. You can work alone or by signing up in advance on the desk calendar for a time slot, others have the opportunity to come and work also.

Remember for May:

May 1st "The Collage & Mixed Media" group meets 1:00pm - 3:00pm

(water based cold wax and acrylic)

May 2nd "Mix and Mingle" at the studio 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Bring “Springy” art to share

May 4th .Last "Figure Drawing" session until the Fall of 2024

May 9th "General Meeting" in the Anza room upstairs

Demo Artist is Barbara Mulleneaux

Barbara Mulleneaux

Will Be Our May 

Demo Artist

"Casein - An Overlooked Medium"

May 9th From 1:00 - 3:00pm

Casein paint has been used since ancient Egyptian times. It is derived from a milk protein and is a fast drying water soluble medium that is still used by painters today. Visually it resembles oil painting more than most other water based paints. Barbara Mulleneaux will tell us how she became interested in using casein.

During Barbara's demonstration she will go over the pros and cons of this medium and share her own experiences with trying something new!

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

Editorial: Looking Forward to 2024-2025

Offering advice to others can be a very risky pursuit. Even if you have an MBA in finance and you carefully review every prediction as far as the economy, business trends, world transactions, new innovations, creative crazes, fads, employment numbers --- you name it, they can all affect the economics of art.

Rich Metcalf

When we finally moved to Green Valley in 2005 and teamed up with several artists our paintings were selling, but not like they were back in the late 1990s.  One artist told me that back then her paintings were flying off the shelves.  She found it difficult to keep up with demand.  She hoped that someday all of her artist colleagues would experience another boom like they had in the late 1990s. 

When discussing business with other artists in Green Valley, artists who display in Tucson, Tubac, and here in GV, the consensus appears to be that things are picking up and art sales are increasing.  If the economy continues to grow, it appears that we just may be entering another period where folks might want to purchase something beautiful for their walls.  A number of us believe that a painting can bring joy to everyone.  Samantha Kaplan in her book, “How Art Can Improve Your Quality of Life” writes, “Art is genuinely a gift to the world. It’s what we crave in the human experience. Art gives meaning to our lives and helps us understand our world. It is an essential part of our culture because it allows us to have a deeper understanding of our emotions; it increases our self-awareness, and also allows us to be open to new ideas and experiences. Art therefore continues to open our minds and our hearts and shows us what could be possible in our world.”

So, my advice to you as you look forward to a wonderful summer, find a quiet place and spread out your art supplies.  Try painting a little each day.  If our prediction is that the economy continues to get better there might be a demand for your art and we shall all be contributing to making this a better world in which to live.


Quotes to think about:

"The art of Art, the glory of expression, and

the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity." 

-- Walt Whitman

"An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way.

An artist says a hard thing in a simple way."

-- Charles Bukowski

"The Art of Mother Nature isn't copyrighted -- yet."

-- Runi

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 EblastClick Here


Current Art League Shows

"The Spring Open Exhibit"

at the

GVR Desert Hills Social Center

This show continues until Tuesday, July 9th

Jan Harnish, Tim Taylor, and Carlotta Brandenburg are the coordinators of this fantastic show... and fantastic it is. Or maybe, a better description would be,

it's outstanding, stunning, and fabulous. But we would like you to be the judge.

The Desert Hills Center is open every day.

"Native American Healer"

by Rich Metcalf, pastel

"Marble Canyon Morning"

by Pat Doughty, oil


by Hana Hanleigh, pastel

"Open Your Wings and Fly"

by Virginia Gonzalez, watercolor

Don't wait for warmer weather. Climb up on your snazzy moped and zip over to the Desert Hills Social Center and treat yourself to an amazing show.

Zoom, zoom!

As a delight to only you, allow your eyes to bathe in the beauty of each piece. This is because you're a working artist, and you deserve that. Have fun!

A note to the artists in this show: We are pleased to hear that several paintings have been sold. Please inform Jan Harnish as soon as you know if another painting has been purchased. Contact Jan at:


"An Assemblage with a Kinetic Element"

at the

Art League Studio

From May 1st through June 30th, 2024

Members of the Assemblage Special Interest Group will display art work that move or can be moved. In addition, they will be showcasing, among other items, the various pieces they created for their challenges during 2023-2024.

They invite you to come by and see how unique, innovative creations can be made from gourds, cell phone boxes, cigar tubes, vintage wax record canisters, and cigarillo molds. Everyone is invited to enjoy this amazing show.



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 


Member's News

"Artists of La Posada"

Featuring Works by Residents of La Posada

Location: Harry & Ann Paxton Gallery and Theater Lobby

May 10 - August 31st

Reception: Friday, May 10, 5:30 - 7:00pm

"Van Gogh Desert"

by Randy Cole, pastel

La Posada has a thriving art scene organized and directed by Randy Cole who has achieved prominence in both art and design. Randy is a former active member of SRAL. He has been working for a number of years with residents interested in improving their painting skills. Perceptively strolling through this exhibit you can efficiently see that his students have gained tremendous proficiency producing awesome paintings. This is a show NOT to be missed.

The artists exhibiting paintings include current members of SRAL and former members.

Click Here for More Information About This Exhibit


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.

Last meeting for the season is Monday, May 13, 2024 in the studio at 10:00am.   Hope to see you there.


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.

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!


We will have our last Figure Drawing session of the 2023/2024 season this coming Saturday, May 4th, 9 to Noon. Our model will be Mari McDonough. The fee per participant is $5. Mari has a long drive from Tucson so we will have a tip jar for her. 

Hope to see you there. 

FYI: We do not meet during the summer months. The first session of the 2024/2025 season will be held on the first Saturday of November. 


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


Resuming In November!

Hope to see you for our beginning Plein Air Year in November. 


The Watercolor Group meets year-round in the SRAL studio on Fridays from 9-noon. We are an informal, social group working on our own watercolor projects, while sharing ideas and support. All levels are welcome from beginners to those who have painted for years. The SRAL library also has many books on watercolors for your reference. 

Bring your paints and come join us!


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