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.
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
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
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”!
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.”
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us at 520-287-5515.)
We 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: http://roadsidedistractions.com
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!