Mid-February 2024 Announcements

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

Presidents' Message


WOW! Are we a busy group in March!

We find it very exciting! Creative energy is just flowing at the studio.

  • Our art league has 3 art shows in March.
  • We have 2 Art 101 classes.
  • We have 2 Mini Workshops.
  • Our SIG’s will all be meeting as scheduled.
  • We have an art reception.
  • We have the GVR Showcase event.
  • We have the Santa Rita Springs studio open house.
  • As always, we have our monthly General Meeting and artist demonstration.
  • Several of our members are participating in the Open Studio Tour sponsored by Tubac Center of the Arts.

Be sure to catch all the dates and times as listed below.

We hope you get a chance to enjoy this plethora of art activity in Green Valley.

We’ll see you there. -- Arlene and Jeani

"One Artist's SRAL Journey"

with Angelique Gillespie

Sunday, March 3rd, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Santa Rita Art Studio

Join us in an interactive community discussion

about the past 9-year journey Angelique has experienced within the SRAL group as both teacher and participant.

From her perspective as a well-acknowledged, Canadian artist,

Angelique speaks of her Arizona and Green Valley experience.

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

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 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:

"Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it.

While they are deciding, make even more art." -- Andy Warhol

"Color makes my heart sing!" -- Altie Metcalf

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

Review of the 2024

Eva Briggs Abstract Art Competition

For the past 19 years, our abstract artists have enjoyed competing for prizes in the Eva Briggs Show. Many artists plan for months prior to this February competition and it is fierce. Each year, SRAL provides a judge or judges to select the very best pieces and every year it is very difficult for them to decide which is the best amongst such outstanding paintings.

The following abstract paintings were selected as the very, very best in the latest competition.

1st Place: "Deep Dream"

by Nan Lux

2nd Place: "Divided Space"

by Joan Cawthorn

3rd Place: "Ancient Aquatic"

by George Shively

Honorable Mention:

"This, That and The Other"

by Layne Cook

Honorable Mention:


by Veronica Johnson

Honorable Mention:

"Primal Heat"

by Laurel Sponseller

People's Choice Award

"Crossroads 1"

by Hugh Beykirch

Current Art League Shows

Permanent Show

This show will run from January until March 2024 at the GVR Desert Hills Social Center. The director of this exhibit is Jan Harnish and she has organized one of the best, fine art shows this season.

Members of the Art League are displaying their finest pieces that completely cover the far wall in the auditorium. So if you are interested in exceptional art, drop everything and sprint over to Desert Hills.

"Floral Feast"

by Karen Workman

"Tango" by Bonnie S. Nelson

Art Exhibit at the East Center

The Oil Painting & Pastel Artists SIG is exhibiting several of their finest paintings at the GVR East Social Center through February 29th. This is a terrific show that everyone should view.

Below is one of several walls of fabulous oil and pastel paintings.

Art 101: 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. 

  • 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.
  • Registration for each class will be on Art 101 webpage. 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: Workshop in February 2024

"Beginning Pastel Painting"

Saturday, February 24th.

Instructor: Barbara Sweeney

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Number of Participants: 15

Information and Registration for the "Beginning Pastel Painting" is on the Art 101 webpage: CLICK HERE

This Workshop is currently "SOLD OUT"

Art 101: Workshops in March 2024

"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 in March

"Loose and Juicy"

Monday, March 4, 2024

Instructor: Bonnie Nelson

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Number of Participants: 15

Information and Registration for "Loose and Juicy" is on the Mini Workshop webpage: CLICK HERE


"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 Mini Workshop

"Timeless Collage"

Thursday, February 15th. Instructor: Angelique Gillespie

Art Professor Angelique Gillespie began this session by stating, "This is not a beginning art class on collage; this is a Discovery Class." She emphasized that with her suggestions and the participants' knowledge of art, each class member will be creating their own collage images. The members will concentrate on using prepared papers by Angelique to create different compositional patterns. The main aim is to show each member ways to enhance their collage designs as they apply individual and unique finish techniques.

She encouraged the members to help each other and to offer suggestions to one another. The class became a cooperative exercise with each artist relying on their own talent, the expertise of other classmates, and Professor Gillespie's guidance.

This session was intense as the members worked diligently utilizing their inventiveness, imagination, and artistry to complete their inspirations.

The results were very impressive. It's amazing how such beauty can be created in such a short time. Congratulations to all participants.

SRAL Members' News

Two of our members, Liz Wolf and Sonya Edwards, have paintings accepted into the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild's Sonoran Festival Show.

"Fiesta Sonora" will run from February 6 to March 2.

Address: 5420 E. Broadway, 240, Tucson, AZ


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:

2024 Members’ Judged Annual Spring Exhibit

Saturday, March 2 - Sunday, March 31, 2024

At Canoa Hills GVR Social Center

  • Categories: Representational and Non-representational
  • Non-refundable Entry Fee: $20
  • Entry Form Deadline: Postmark no later than Wednesday, February 21, 2024. 
  • Art Due for Hanging: Saturday, March 2, 2024, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM. 
  • Reception date: March 7, 2024, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Location: Canoa Hills Center, 3660 S Camino Del Sol, Green Valley, AZ 85622
  • Prizes: First Place - $300, Second Place - $200, Third Place - $100, three Honorable Mentions - $50/each and The People’s Choice Award - $100 (in each category.), plus Carol Giordano Award Best Use of Pastels - $125, and Carol Giordano Award Best Use of Oils - $125.

For more Information & Entry Form Click Here


The SRAL Masters' Show

"Self Portrait"

by Cornelia Feye

"Cuddling Cats"

by Lyubov Popova

The 2024 Masters' Show will be held at the East Center for the months of March and April. Delivery date is Friday, March 1, 10am - 11am. Pickup is Tuesday, April 30, 10am - 11am.

Recreating a Master painting is a time-honored tradition for developing artistic skills. It is a good way to try out a new technique, improve on your own style, and have some fun!  


For 2024 there will be a special section featuring Women Artists. We have posted a list of names on the bulletin board and the website as a suggestion, or you can choose another woman artist. Of course, this is not a requirement, and you may choose any artist that you consider to be a Master, male or female. We have a good library for ideas.


     ++++Now for the Rules!!!++++


Due to United States copyright law, the artist must be deceased for AT LEAST 70 YEARS. So any artist who died in 1954 or before is allowed. ANY ARTIST DECEASED FROM 1955 AND ON WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE SHOW. Please check your artist info.


Two entries are allowed and there is no entry fee. Five ribbons will be awarded, judged by the artists who are entered into the show. Judging should be based on how close to the original artwork you have come. No size limit. You do not have to paint in the original medium, as most were oil. Watercolor, pastel, acrylic, etc, is fine. 


Email for more info: CherylS@SantaRitaArt.org 

Entry forms are available online at our website or in the studio on the wall next to the key pad. Entries must be postmarked before Feb 15th, 2024. 

Art History for Everyone

The art historians on our staff researched some of the notable contributors to the craft that we love the most --> "ART." We hope you remember and celebrate each individual.


February 3, Norman Rockwell, 1894

Feb. 8, Franz Marc, 1880

Feb. 20, Ansel Adams, 1902

Feb. 24, Winslow Homer, 1836

Feb. 25, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1841

Feb. 27, Joaquin Sorolla, 1863

March 6, Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475

Mar. 7, Piet Mondrian, 1872

Mar. 13, William Glackens, 1870

Mar. 14, Reginald Marsh, 1898

Mar. 16, Rosa Bonheur, 1822

Mar. 25, John Gutzon Borglum, 1867

Mar. 30, Vincent van Gogh, 1853

"Self Portrait" by Norman Rockwell

"The Return of the Fishermen"

by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida

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by Piet Mondrian

"Mount Rushmore" (detail), by John Gutzon Borglum

"Olive Orchard"

by Vincent Van Gogh

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

Email: workshops@tubacschooloffineart.org

"Finding the Marvelous in the Mundane"

Instructor: Loriann Signori

March 3 - 6, 2024

Additional Workshops at the Tubac School of Fine Arts

Jim Petty: "The Joy of Sketchbook Journaling," March 9-10, 2024

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


"Exploring Paint Portraiture"

Instructor: Ana Rincon

March 11 – 12, 2024

This workshop will encompass a series of activities, which will culminate in the completion of an oil painting of an animal portrait. Students can bring their own photo or use one of the instructors. Click here for more information.

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.

Upcoming Art Competitions at

The Community Performance & Art Center (CPAC)

"The Art of Recycle VIII"

Featuring Works by Arizona Artists

Location: Harry & Ann Paxton Gallery


February 29 – April 1, 2024

Reception: Friday, March 1, 5:30 – 7:00 PM



Featuring Works by Arizona Artists

Location: Harry & Ann Paxton Gallery


April 1 – 30, 2024

Reception: Friday, April 5, 5:30 – 7:00 PM

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, March 2nd,

9am to noon. Due to popular demand, Jenna the Ballerina will be our model.  Each participating artist is asked to pay $5.00 to defer the cost of hiring the model. 


During February 2024, the walls of the GVR East Social Center will be adorned with Oil Paintings & Pastels. See "Art Exhibit at the East Center" above.


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 February

  • Feb. 22, 2024. Valley Presbyterian Church 2800 S. Camino Del Sol, Green Valley. Meet there at noon. Lots of parking. Hope it is a nice day.

  • Feb. 29, 2024. CPAC parking lot. Meet there at noon. 1250 W Continental Rd. No restrooms. It's a lovely view of Green Valley from there.

Dress accordingly.


We will begin a new project at our next meeting on Wednesday, February 28, at 9:30 in Room A of the SRAL Studio. John McGraw is going to demonstrate drypoint intaglio, a method of creating a plate (matrix) for printing.

At the following meeting on Wednesday, March 27th, we will finish the project by printing our plates on the intaglio press. All are welcome to try this method of printing. What you will need to bring is a pointed etching tool to create a design on a plastic plate (matrix). 

All are welcome.

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