Green Valley artists join for exhibit

The Hilltop is very proud to feature the works of, not one, but SEVEN Green Valley artists this month.  Georgia Dublar, Donna Garven, Susan Hanon, Jeanne Mekelburg, Eva Rios, Laura Rowley and Lee Taylor have joined together to bring fine examples of their work to our walls.  This represents the first such collaborative effort by the Hilltop, and we welcome these artists and guests to see this unique exhibit through the 28th.

Scholarship awarded to College



Hilltop Scholarship

Hilltop Board member Curtis Kraushaar shakes hands with local Cochise College’s art department head Tanya Borgensen after agreement for the Gallery to award a $1,500 scholarship deserving art students for the Fall term.  An awards celebration for two student recipients already identified is planned for November.  Cochise’s director Gabriel Galindo emails us: “Words cannot describe how grateful we are…”  Stay tuned for more news about this exciting new program,  Also, check out our special guest exhibit at the College featuring photography from George Thomson (see previous posts) (Hilltop scholarships are made possible in part by generous donations from United Way, Santa Cruz Community Foundation and our  members.)



A lotta cars


Both art and car buffs were satisfied this last Sunday during Luis Preciado’s themed exhibit opening:  “Cars”, or the art of autos. 
 A festive crowd showed up on a beautiful afternoon to enjoy grilled hot dogs with all the trimmings, plus delicious salads, desserts and other goodies generously contributed by members.  Outside, a few antique cars and their aficionados celebrated Spring.  There was also “El Rey DJ” playing 50’s favorites…and even some young enthusiasts in retro costume.
…And, did we mention the pictures were also delightful??
(read previous post to learn more about this very talented and beloved local artist)


Sonoran talent joins our own

Abel Aguildar
“Pato” Aguilar chose shades of gold and black for his collection
It’s not often the Hilltop showcases several artists in one show, filling up all available wall and counter space,  but this last weekend we saw that the multiple formula added to the impact.
While headliner and frequent Gallery exhibitor Abel (“Pato”) Aguilar took over the main gallery rotunda with his show commemorating a “golden anniversary” with pieces  all in gold and/or black,  Sonoran artists Carlos Mal, Alma Rodriguez and Christian Gomez took over the rear gallery with their colorful scenes and politically-themed inspirations.
Alma Rodriguez opted for bright colors
Made possible through a partnership with the Mexican Consulate, this is the first time in recent memory that artists from Mexico joined local talent to exhibit together.
The four-artist exhibit will hang until March 31.


Class act

This month we are focused on community outreach, and are proud to announce our first partnership with Pierson Vocation High School in Nogales as part of our new Arts With Schools program.
Teaching this four-week session starting mid-month will be Faith Posey, a Chicago native and now Nogalian with extensive teaching experience and expertise in drawing, painting, stained glass and glazing.  Listed in the “Who’s Who of American Women”, Faith brings a strong passion for her work, plus impressive architectural and construction credentials from Chicago.
Faith Posey
Acclaimed artist Faith Posey to lead classes
“We’re very pleased to have Faith lead this partnership”, noted Gallery Board president Derwent Suthers, “We hope this is the first of many similar programs in schools which have cut their arts program in recent years.”  Only 40% of schools in Santa Cruz County are listed as having arts program, and art teacher jobs go begging for lack of local qualified teachers.
In addition to the classes at Pierson, efforts are underway to launch weekend print-making workshops with Board member Alex Jones (see previous post here. ) Janice Johnson will continue to lead the Wednesday “drop in” classes and Saturday session for kids,  with Anne Jehle taking over for Friday’s painting sessions.
The Gallery is also hosting field trips such as the recent group of visitors  from Silver Springs senior center in Green Valley and local Boys Scout Troops.  During the summer, the Gallery holds kids classes via special partnership with the Superintendent of Schools.   In the Fall we like to support local events, such as the Tumacacori Fiesta, by holding art demonstrations.
In all, our commitment to arts awareness and education  is now stronger than ever, and we thank our members, community supporters and grant-givers for making this initiative possible!

Scouts scout us out

Nogales’ Boy Scouts Troop 555/Den 4 visited the Hilltop today to preview the new Cowboys exhibit, which opens to the public this weekend.  Troop Leader Adriana Granados accompanied the dozen or so young art enthusiasts and their parents who learned from Janice Johnson how to tie Western knots and other useful skills for outdoorsmen.

Quadrilateral…but not square

Last Sunday, the Gallery was proud to host the opening of its first themed Quadrilateral (geometry-speak for “square”) exhibit showcasing four of our most popular artists along the four walls of our Gallery.
Featuring Hilltop community classes art instructors Muriel Timmins, Anne Jehle, Alex Jones and Gallery president Derwent Suthers (large photo, above.  Photo credit A. Jones), this unique, first-time show reinforced the quality of our community’s talent.  More than 50 guests attended the afternoon reception and enjoyed refreshments served warm with our hospitality.
Quadrilateral will hang until April.  Mark your calendars for our April 4th event:  a unique showcase of young, local talent.  More to come soon!  (Be sure to get on our list for event invitations by emailing: or calling us at 520-287-5515.)

New classes on now

This past weekend we were honored to have popular artist Muriel Timmins (wearing vest)  teach our student guests a class on still-life painting.  Muriel’s philosophy of painting is expressed on her website
“Similar to engaging in a conversation between painter and viewer, a piece of artwork always has something to say – negative/positive, bright/dark, angry/uplifting, humorous/sober.  Standing on its own, it’s sort of a tangible emotional statement.”
Those in attendance had things to say, including fellow instructor and commercial artist Alex Jones, head of the educational outreach program at the Gallery:  “There was enthusiasm and focus to this effort, and we hope to have more classes like these!”.
Hilltop Gallery & Arts Education Center has a series of monthly of art classes that include painting as well as martial and yoga arts. Adults and children are welcome. Check out the full schedule on our Events & Classes page, or call us for more details.


New Year, New Events!

A very happy and prosperous New Year!

2015 brings new activities and events to the Hilltop Gallery, including our very first co-operative show   with the Consulate of Mexico.  Mark your calendars for January 22, check back soon for details about our Opening Reception.  (You can learn more by linking directly to our Facebook page via the “file” icon on upper left of menu bar!)
This month we are also launching our first Community Arts Program, thanks to a generous grant from  the Santa Cruz Community Foundation.  We are lucky and proud to have popular Tucson artist and Hilltop Board member Alex Jones lead this effort. 
View our Events & Classes page or download our new class schedule here:  HillTopClassesRev
Thank you for your ongoing support!