50 years…and counting

This has been possibly one of the busiest summers and new season we can recall!

For one, we are celebrating our 50TH YEAR of  Hilltop life — from conception to reality — due to the efforts of sone art-loving community members, Patrons of the Art, Inc. (below) in 1967.  Stay tuned for more news re our special events and celebrations this and next season!

From left: Sue Capin, Mrs. Jesse Ellen, Ed Starr(architect), Joan Wisdom, Walter and Mrs. Holm  (Nogales International, 1967)

Also, our special Summer Program sponsored by the Nogales Superintendent of Schools for several years now has never looked brighter!    Program leader, teacher Jennifer Morales and her more than 100 students outdid themselves for this year’s theme “Summer Magic”, featuring fairy tale interpretations, including fanciful constructions like this one, below:

Our outreach art classes at the Boys & Girls Club, lead by member/artists VIRGINIA VOVCHUK (below), NANETTE MIRANDA, and BERNIE MEDLEY were also a success, and we plan to continue classes there starting next month.

This month, we re-opened the refreshed Gallery from the season for one of our most popular artists, LUIS PRECIADO.  Luis’ prolific style perfectly captures the spirit of the Southwest and Mexico, like this evocative painting (below), and we are proud to have him with us through October 4


After that, Luis will be hanging his collection of car paintings at our new extension gallery at the Pima (formerly Cochise) College. The College has graciously invited us to continue the effort we launched in 2015 to feature an ongoing, rotating tribute to local artists on their walls.

We are also busy preparing for our annual MEMBERS SHOW, where all Hilltop members are invited to submit up to two works of art for a month-long exhibit starting October 10 (Reception is 10/15, 1-4).  Space is filling up fast, so don’t hesitate to submit your entries.  You can upload the entry form HERE. Or contact JANICE JOHNSON AT 520-287-5515.


“See you soon on the Hill!”

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