Santa Rita art League of GVR
921 W. Via Rio Fuerte (Santa Rita Springs Social Center)
Green Valley, AZ      ph. 547-3976

The studio is open from 9 AM – 8 PM daily if a monitor is present. Monitor training is usually available following the monthly general meeting, or contact Marg Burt.

The Santa Rita Art League of GVR welcomes two-dimensional artists in any media and promotes an awareness, appreciation, and development of talent in various forms of visual art. Membership is open to all members and tenants of Green Valley Recreation, Inc.

Board Meeting Thursday, February 23 at 1 PM In The studio

Next General Meeting: Thursday, 9 March, 2017 at 1:00 PM, Anza Room. Reminder: Please wear your name tag to meetings.

Upcoming General Meeting Speakers

9 March ’17    Karen Knutson    TBA    Anza Room
13 April ’17    Francie Ginocchio    TBA    Anza Room
11 May ’17    Cerise Vaden    TBA    Anza Room
8 June ’17    TBA    TBA    Anza Room
13 July ’17    TBA    TBA    Anza Room

Board Meeting: The next board meeting will be February 23rd 2017 at 1 PM in the studio.

GVR Open House

On Saturday, Feb. 11th, GVR members and guests will have a unique opportunity to tour the facilities of all four of the GVR Clubs that call Santa Rita Springs Rec Center they’re home. From 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM, volunteers from all four clubs will be on hand to host visitor tours, demonstrations, and address questions of those looking to pursue new areas of interest in our active GVR community. Please join us!

SIG Oportunities

GVR is offering dates at the recreation centers for showing SRAL artwork. This opportunity is open to the special interest groups at this time. The following month/location is still available:

Contact Nancy Wesorick if your group wants to show your great works of art!

Becky Neideffer Handout on Framing

Becky Neideffer gave us an entertaining demonstration on framing at the December general meeting. She had a handout describing the methods she has used, for those of you who did not get the handout it can be found on our resources section or by clicking on Becky on Framing.

Nadia Hlibka Handout on Transfers

Nadia Hlibka gave us an entertaining demonstration on making transfers a the October general meeting. She had a handout describing the methods she has used, for those of you who did not get the handout it can be found on our resources section or by clicking on Nadia on Transfers.

Upcoming Speaker
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Karen Knutson

I started my journey in watercolor in 1985, and have been painting almost every day since that time. I truly love being an artist and feel very blessed to actually get paid to do something that I love so much. My routine consists of teaching workshops, participating in art fairs in the summer months, and painting commission paintings and original paintings for the galleries in the winter months.
I attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and have taken many watercolor workshops from nationally known artists, such as John Salminen, Karlyn Holman, Mary Ann Beckwith, Gerald Brommer, Carole Barnes, Barbara Nechis, and Diane Faxon. I have taken countless more workshops, but the ones mentioned have had the greatest influence over the direction of my artwork. I will always be eternally grateful to my first watercolor instructor, Raghnild Berstol, whose positive comments and free spirited demonstrations headed me in the right direction and I’ve been addicted to watercolor ever since.
Originally from a ranch in Montana, I now reside in Minneapolis with my husband of 41 years. We have two children and 4 beautiful grandchildren. We love to visit Lake Superior and the North Shore as much as possible. It’s a favorite, inspirational spot to paint. I’ve painted countless images of that shoreline and Split Rock Lighthouse, too.

I paint watercolors because I love its free and wild qualities, forcing the artist to adjust to its many moods. For the past few years, I’ve added collage and acrylic, which produces wonderful textures and color discoveries. My paintings are sometimes totally abstract, and sometimes there is something recognizable in the painting. I like my paintings to be different than “normal paintings” – anything that will make the viewer take a second look and be drawn into the painting! I used to be attracted to paintings with unusual colors, but now I’m drawn to paintings with dynamic design. First and foremost, I like to have fun while I paint, and I’m constantly trying out new things, so that I will grow as an artist. I feel like the luckiest person alive to be able to do something that I love so much!

Some of Karen Knutson’s work
Some of Karen Knutson’s work

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Latest Update: 02/15/2017