Banner at Boys & Grisl Club artroom door
Virginia taught numerous painting techniques
Proud young artist
Still life class
Truly an ARTVENTUROUS Summer!
It was the summer of love…art love, that is, as June and July were totally dedicated to both on-site and outreach art classes for children.
It all started in June with a first-ever such partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Nogales. Headed by local gallery owner/artist Nanette Miranda and Tubac painter Virginia Vovchuk, the classes ran through July and addressed several drawing, painting and paper-making techniques.
The classes averaged 12 students each (limited in Club room size), and was noted as a resounding success by participants and instructors alike. An exhibit of the art pieces was mounted at the entrance to the Club.
We are thankful for grants from United Way and Santa Cruz Community Foundation that allowed us to collaborate in this exciting new program we hope to repeat next year.
Every July we host art classes sponsored by the City’s Parks & Recreation Department, and this year close to 100 young artists signed up. We were especially lucky to have teacher/director Jennifer Mireles and her crew of assistants, plus Board member Janice Johnson, keep things humming at the creatively-themed “ARTventurous Summer”.
The Gallery was buzzing every weekday, with a closing show of completed works attended by parents and artists on July 28th.
We are indeed fortunate to have the type of local support that allows us to offer innovative programs during the summer vacation that keep our youth occupied and happy (especially the parents!)
It is with sadness that we just learned of the untimely passing of our Board officer, colleague and enthusiastic supporter Marcos Cazarez.
Marcos was instrumental in introducing us to new members and innovative programs, such as the Cochise College partnership, always bringing creativity and humor to our meetings and events. He will be missed.
Bev Prager curated and hung this exhibit
This year’s Prizes of May competition filled our two rooms with great art! The entries were judged blindly by a popular out-of-town artist (to make it impartial as it should be), with cash prizes given to the top three winners in each category.
We were pleased to have several “first” at this event. One, we had visitors from the new Museo de Arte de Nogales, the new Museum across the border in our sister city. They were very interested in working with us toward our goal of expanding art awareness on both sides of the border.
Also, we had entries from students at Cochise College, where we are currently hosting an exhibit by member photographer George Thomson. It was great to see the competitive enthusiasm from these young artists!
Many kudos to curator Beverly Prager, Marlene Wade and other volunteers who organized and managed this event, and thanks to our visitors and supporters! We were thrilled to see a record attendance .
…And the winners are:
PRIZES OF MAY WINNERS
1st Place – Denneen Peterson
2nd Place – Jeff Tousley
3rd Place – Denneen Peterson –
Judge’s Choice – Curtis Kraushaar
1st Place – George Thomson
2nd Place – Frank Cripe
3rd Place – Frank Cripe
Judge’s Choice – Noel Weatherbie
Drawing & Painting
1st Place – Virginia Carroll
2nd Place – Raquel Speasl
3rd Place – Dan Thomas
Judge’s Choice – Rosemary Downey