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.

Talented Members

Our 45th Annual Members’ Show launched this Sunday, with over 35 pieces from members far and wide.  This show is always popular as it introduces new members to our collections as well as allow existing and long-time supporters (plus fellow artists) to learn “what’s new” from each other.

Janice Johnson, who curated and hung this show, noted:  “We were excited to see many last-minute entries by young artists who have never exhibited anywhere before.  We encourage these and will work very hard to promote our new talent.”

On that note, stay tuned for our November events that feature more emerging artists and a special multi-cultural collaboration with local Cochise College and Quality Inn Americana

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.)



Prizes of May Winners

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:



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


Spring forward with art sessions

Nothing says spring like…Janice’s art class program!  Bring your kids to these enlightening sessions in the warm and welcoming ambiance of the Hilltop, Saturdays from 10:30-noon.

Drop off your kids or stay and view our current Gallery show, peruse our library and enjoy our patio views.

 Light refreshment for participants after, plus a FREE apron for the first 10 “artists”!


Love Connection program wrap

This month we hosted classes and student exhibit for the participants in the Santa Cruz Parent Love Connection (SCPLC), a local organization for special-needs children.
Bright colors reigned on our walls, as artworks created by over 40 children were displayed to the community the past several weeks.  Maria Scholnick, director of the SCPLC, noted:
“Our program at the Hilltop has been a great success…we hope to expand it next year, and we are so grateful to the Gallery and donors that made it possible.”

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.)

Rio Rico classes to begin

Alex JonesWe are pleased to announce that, thanks to the generosity of the Santa Cruz Community Foundation and overall interest from local residents, we are planning to begin Gallery art classes in Rio Rico on February 21.  This past weekend we had an outreach booth at the Rio Rico Farmer’s Market, manned by Hilltop Board member, fellow artist and head Gallery instructor, Alex Jones (photo).
The goal of this effort was to announce our local arts program.  We were pleased with the positive reactions and several actual sign-ups from residents.  Our classes are especially geared toward local children but we invite anyone to join us!
Alex also had a lot of interest in his unique art pieces displayed.  You can learn more about Alex’s art experience and expressions at:
We are now making final arrangements about the venue for these classes, so please check back here soon or call the Gallery at 520-287-5515 for more information.

We look forward to seeing you!