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.


Next General Meeting: Thursday, 13 July, 2017 at 1:00 PM, in the Anza Room.

Reminder: Please wear your name tag to meetings.

Upcoming General Meeting Speakers

13 Jul ’17    Nanci Sheppard    Pastel Portraits    Anza Room
10 Aug ’17    Roberta Rogers    Sixty Second Skies for Watercolor    Anza Room
14 Sep ’17    Betsy Kimbrough    Cold Wax    Anza Room
12 Oct ’17    Michaehlin Otis    Painting the Soul - Watercolor Animal Portrait    Anza Room
9 Nov ’17    Rick Wheeler    Acrylic Landscape: A Painterly Approach    Anza Room

Board Meeting: The next board meeting will be July 27th 2017 at 1:00 PM in the studio.

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Studio Closure

SRAL’s studio will be closed from June 19th through June 24th for floor cleaning. It will be re-opening on June 24th. The board meeting for June is canceled.

Design Study Group

This is to announce the dissolution of the Design Study Group. I have talked to Susan Ettl and Betsy Kimbrough who lead the Collage Mixed Media Group; and since we overlap in many ways, we have agreed to integrate the study of design and composition into CMM. Please join me there. Thanks for everything,
Jean Makela

New Oil Painting Group

Beginning in September 2017, the Oil Painters of the Art League (OPAL) will be meeting at the SRAL studio on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10am to 1pm. This new, special interest group will be open to all SRAL members who wish to learn the art of oil painting and to those painters who wish to expand their knowledge and skills.

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Past eBlasts are now available on our website. Look under the Home dropdown menu and select "eBlasts".

Opportunity To Show Artwork

GVR is offering SRAL members an opportunity to show their art. If you or anyone in your group is interested in using these dates to show art contact Susan Ettl.

Upcoming Speaker
Nanci Sheppard no picture available
Nanci Sheppard

With proper proportions, perspective and measurements, one can achieve a nice portrait. Nanci Sheppard will demo how to prepare for the right axis, measurements, and placement of eyes, nose, mouth and ears to get the likeness you desire. It takes some practice, and time but the results will amaze you. Upon completion, you might ask yourself, “Did I do that?” We’ll watch Nanci do it, and with patience you can, too.

At the age of three I was drawing as a way to have my own identity within a family of 4 sisters. I went to Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California for an AA degree but no further as I was married and a son soon followed. Divorced after 6 years I became a single parent supporting myself and son with very little time to devote to art. I did some oil painting from time to time and took some courses from Art Center School of Design in Pasadena and adult education art classes. In 2003 I retired and moved to Oregon from California to find a vibrant art community in the town in which I chose to reside. My art has shown in Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, Short Term Galley and the Dancing Elephant Gallery in Baker City, Oregon as well as The Blue Turtle Gallery and Arts East Gallery in La Grande, Oregon. At the open art show for all of Eastern Oregon and Southern Idaho held at Crossroads Art Center I was the winner of the first place award for two dimensional art. I have enjoyed the Santa Rita Art League and participate in Figure Drawing, Plein Air Paint Outs, Portrait Group and Pastel Group. It has opened the door to wonderful artists and has allowed me the freedom to do more. I have shown at Posada Java, Lavender Restaurant as well as Green Valley Recreation Centers. I recently was honored by the Crossroads Carnegie Art Center in Oregon for my body of work, support of the Arts through donation, volunteering and time spent with their Gallery Committee. As of 2016 I have ventured out into teaching at Quail Creek and privately. I joined The Tuscon Pastel Society in 2014 and split my time between both art groups as the pastel medium is my favorite.

Some of Nanci Sheppard’s work
Some of Nanci Sheppard’s work

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Latest Update: 06/05/2017