Mid-April 2024 Announcements

You can access our new website by clicking: https://santaritaart.org/

Presidents' Message

Spring! What a welcome change! Lots of opportunities for painting!

Get those brushes warmed up and start thinking about the December 2024 Members Show. The theme, “Between Light and Dark”, was chosen by the members at our General Meeting last week. Yes, you will need to interpret what that theme means to you and express the idea in your painting. What a fun opportunity for a relaxing summer to create a few paintings before you decide which one to enter. Entry and show details will be provided as the details for the exhibit are confirmed. Also, next month, keep your eye out for a special E-blast explaining our plan for the SRAL volunteer positions. Your help through skill sharing and time donated will keep all our programs and exhibits smoothly moving forward.

Thank you so much for your volunteer contributions this 2023-2024 winter season! We look forward to making the next winter season even better!

While we take in a deep breath of air to relax from a busy snowbird season, we remain your dedicated co-presidents……… Arlene and Jeani

*** Very Important Note to all Members ***

about the Studio Computer

The studio computer can be used by any member. However, please note that the GVR Wi-Fi available in the studio

 is not secure.

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. (https://santaritaart.org/monthly-demos/)

Fun for Everyone:

"Mix 'n' Mingle"

Thursday, May 2nd - Please join us at the Art Studio, from 3:00-5:00pm for our reception. The theme is: Spring Fling! You can bring your own special libation if you like and possibly a small selection of amuse-bouches.

Quotes to think about:

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -- Dr. Suess

"To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect." -- Alexander Calder

"An artist is not paid for his labor, but for his vision."

-- James McNeill Whistler

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

Current Art League Shows

2024 Masters Show

at the GVR East Center

This show continues until Tuesday, April 30, 2024

The directors of this exhibit are Cheryl Schaeffer and Joyce Cox. They have done a marvelous job of organizing this show and presenting it in an excellent display of historical fine art. The artwork by our members is absolutely remarkable. Because there are so many excellent reproductions, we shall include a few more, below.

By all means, see this show!

"Woman in a Black Necktie"

after: Amedeo Modigliani, 1917

artist: Janet Parrell

"The Sawmill"

after: Ester Dorothea Almqvist,


artist: Jean Hanson

"The Milk Pot"

after: Marianne Stokes, 1884

artist: Susan Canniff

"The SRAL Spring Print Show"

in the

GVR Desert Hills Lobby

Friday, April 5th to Tuesday, April 30th

The Printmakers Guild has on display several of their finest art pieces for everyone to relish. John McGraw and Karen Keim have assembled an awe-inspiring collection of the very best prints from the members in their Special Interest Group. Below are a few pieces to inspire you.


by Karen Keim

"Composition 7802"

by John McGraw

"That's the Angle"

by Bonnie Nelson

"Barrio Garden"

by Loretta Jensen

Make sure you see this show. It is wonderful.

"The Spring Open Exhibit"

at the

GVR Desert Hills Social Center

Tuesday, April 9th to Saturday, September 14th

Jan Harnish is the director and organizer of this wonderful art display. And because a show this exciting requires quite a bit of work to arrange everything, Jan has enlisted the help of two very experienced art show professionals, Tim Saylor and Carlotta Brandenburg.

Jan Harnish

Tim Saylor

Carlotta Brandenburg

This open show continues year round and the display is renewed about four times a year. Jan and her crew are seasoned pros at recruiting the very best art pieces for each show. Several of our members have mentioned that the Desert Hills auditorium is a high traffic area with many different groups and activities always happening there, so it is a great place to show your art.

Below are a few art pieces for you to check out.

"Private Space"

by Nan Lux

"The Guide"

by Pat Doughty

"Crested Caracara"

by Runi

"Spring Beauty"

by Marilyn Maher

Don't wait for warmer weather. Get in your hot rod and zip over to the Desert Hills Social Center and treat yourself to two outstanding shows. Have fun!

A Note from the Editor

'Summer is a Great Time to Create Art'

With warm weather and fewer commitments, May through October is a wonderful time to pull over a comfortable chair (or not), unwrap a new canvas, spill your favorite colors of paint onto your trusty palette, grab those new brushes you received last Christmas, and recall all those sensational ideas of a stunning image you've been dreaming of since this past winter.

Now is the time to put into action all the skills you've acquired in the SRAL Workshops and Art 101 sessions you attended during this last season.

The rest of our Art League members are energetically awaiting the outstanding creations that you will enter in our upcoming shows beginning in the Fall 2024 through Spring 2025. What excitement is beginning to stir as everyone is anticipating a fabulous year ahead. Holy Cow, can you imagine the stupendous art pieces that we will admire during next year's art exhibits?

Yowza, I'm getting so excited that I must dash into my art room and start digging around for my painting supplies. I can't be left behind with everyone else painting masterpieces. So good luck to everyone and have a spectacular time preparing those "out of this world" art pieces for next season's shows.

Have fun creating! ... Rich Metcalf

Review of a Mini-Workshop

"Make Your Watercolor Landscapes Sing"

Instructor: Leslie Berry

Leslie Berry designed this workshop to introduce how much joy it is to work with watercolors. This is a medium that she loves because of its attributes such as transparency, spontaneity, and fluidity. Leslie explained the differences between techniques such as wet-into-wet, graded wash, brush line, and dry brush. Each student then began practicing these techniques as Leslie provided helpful advice so everyone became familiar with the concepts and techniques.

This workshop offered a tremendous amount of very useful information about painting with watercolors. Leslie organized a very helpful and informative session. I believe the students exited the studio with a very positive outlook and an elevated enjoyment of using watercolors.

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 30, 2024

Linda Sparks is exhibiting many of her pastels at CPAC during the month of April. Linda is a very skilled pastel portrait and landscape 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.

"Aspen Grove"

"Night Music"

"Navajo Gent"

"Great Blue Heron"


at the

The Community Performance & Art Center

Featuring Works by SRAL Artists

Location: In the Harry and Ann Paxton Gallery

Quest can be defined as a long or arduous search for something that is difficult to find; an exploration of an alternative that meets cognitive criteria; or a quest is a journey toward a specific mission or a goal. SRAL artists jumped at the opportunity to create art that identified their understanding of what "quest" meant to them. This show is open until April 30, 2024.

Those selected for awards are below.

"Finding a Tohono O'odham Spirit Trail"

by Rich Metcalf

1st Place....SOLD

"Pisces Passion"

by Fran Sutherland

2nd Place

"Sierritas-Mountains and Ranges and Mines, Oh My!" by Leslie Berry

3rd Place

"Visions - Now and Then"

by Barbara Sweeney

Honorable Mention

"Reaching for the Truth"

by Altie Metcalf

Honorable Mention

"In a Quest to Save Our Oceans and all the Creatures in it."

by Leslie Berry

Honorable Mention


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 

Art History for Everyone

The art historians on our staff researched some of the notable contributors to the craft that we love the most --> "A R T."

We hope you remember and celebrate each individual.



4 Keith Haring 1958

11 Salvador Dali 1904

12 Frank Stella 1936

13 Georges Braque 1882

14 Thomas Gainsborough 1727

15 Jasper Johns 1930

21 Albrecht Durer 1471

21 Henri Rousseau 1844

22 Mary Cassatt 1844

23 Frank Kline 1910

27 Georges Rouault 1871

34 Ellsworth Kelly 1923

"The Dream" by Henri Rousseau

"A Cup of Tea" by Mary Cassatt

"Galatea of the Spheres"

by Salvador Dali

"The Blue Boy"

by Thomas Gainsborough

"Colors for a Large Wall"

by Ellsworth Kelly

Learning Opportunities at 

Tubac School of Fine Art

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

Phone: 520-398-2589

Email: Workshops@tubacschooloffineart.org

"Techniques in Acrylic Paint"

Instructor: Amy Brakeman Livezey

April 18 - 20, 2024

For More information  Click Here

Learning Opportunities at CPAC


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.

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!


The Figure Drawing group will be meeting on Saturday, May 4th, 9AM to Noon. This will be our last drawing session of the 2023/2024 season. The fee per participant is $5.


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 April

April 18. Barrio Viejo. It is going to be very warm today. 86 Degrees looking ahead. Meet at East Center at 7:30am. We will leave at 7:45am and arrive there at about 8:15. Exit on Congress, turn right to the signal at Granada and right again. Turn left at Cushing Street and follow Cushing to Meyer St. turn right. Drive down Meyer to the park on the right. We can disperse from there. We have painted there often so some may want to drive elsewhere in the vicinity.

April 25. Agua Caliente. 12325 Roger Rd. A long time waiting for a good time to visit. It is over an hour's drive. We will meet at East Center South lot at 7:45am and leave at 8am. It will be warm but there is shade there. It boasts a lovely palm oasis and lake that has been refurbished. Take Houghton north to Tanque Verde and turn right. Then left on Soldier Trail and right on Roger.

Happy painting and we hope for good weather!


Our next meeting is Wednesday, April 24. Bring your etched plastic plates or simply join us to see what happens at 9:30am in Room A of the SRAL Studio. Click Here

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