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.

Time to renew membership. General Meeting Thursday, December 8 at 1 PM in the Anza Room. Bring cookies or an hor d’ oeuvre to share.

Next General Meeting: Thursday, 8 December, 2016 at 1:00 PM, Anza Room. Reminder: Please wear your name tag to meetings.

Upcoming General Meeting Speakers

8 December ’16    Becky Neideffer    Matting & Framing    Anza Room
12 January ’17    Bonnie Paruch    TBA    Anza Room
9 February ’17    Walter Porter    TBA    Anza Room
9 March ’17    Karen Knutson    TBA    Anza Room
13 April ’17    TBA    TBA    Anza Room

Board Meeting: The next board meeting will be December 22nd 2016 at 1 PM in the studio.


GVR is conducting additional mold remediation work and needs the studio to be closed on December 12 and 13. GVR has assigned the East Center Art room to us from 8-noon on the 12th and 2-5 PM on 13th. Please plan accordingly.

Studio Cleanup

Major Studio Clean-Up Tuesday, December 6, 8:00 AM… Bring rags and Enthusiasm then we’ll paint!!!


GVR requires the Santa Rita Art League to incorporate “of GVR” into our logo. Since we are such a talented group of artists, the Board has decided to hold a contest for our members to create a new logo. While using a vector program to create entries is preferable, members may submit in other formats, including hand drawings, which can be converted to a vector program.

The logo could include graphics in addition to the words “Santa Rita Art League of GVR.” Entries can be submitted electronically to Jan Holland, by postal mail to PO Box 246, Green

LOGO CONTESValley, AZ 85622 or placed in the president’s file folder, which is on top of the SRAL studio’s desk. Designs will be accepted from October 1 through November 30, 2016. The board will select five designs from the entries submitted, and the membership will vote on them to choose the winner at the January General Meeting.

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
Becky Neideffer no picture available
Becky Neideffer

My demo is on the premise of matting and framing on the cheap. Most artists cannot afford $200-$400 for framing so my demo is to help them frame their work in the $40- $100 range and still look like the high end framing. I also have a rather detailed handout with instructions, tips, and suppliers. Handout for her workshop.

Becky Neideffer is an artist with a life-long passions for art, she has worked in all mediums, but prefers soft pastels and colored pencils. Her art is realistic with an emphasis on light in both mediums. Her paintings are predominately landscapes but include still life, animals, figurative and floral subjects. She is a self-taught artist and has studied basic design, anatomy, landscape, charcoal, watercolor, pen and ink, conte, pastel and oil with professional artists. Workshops include Richard McKinley, Maggie Price, Doug Dawson, Stephanie Birdsall, Albert Handell, Phil Starke, Ned Mueller, Larry Charles, Linda Lucas Hardy, Pat Averil, Ann Kullberg and Cecile Baird.
In January of 2010, she founded the Tucson Pastel Society which has now grown to over sixty members. They have a general meeting once a month from September to May featuring demonstrations, competitions and instructional information on the business of art. During the season, they also meet twice a month to paint “en plein air” at various locations in Tucson and Southern Arizona. They share a passion for pastels.

I cannot remember not drawing. As a child, I was left handed, dyslexic and attended a school with four grades in the same room where individual creative expression was not encouraged. I was often in trouble for drawing or “doodling” on my school papers. While still in grade school, my sister gave me a Jon Gnagy art kit that contained small tubes of oils and watercolors, drawing supplies and small sticks of pastel along with a book on how to draw by using lines and cross-hatching for shading and modeling. I still have the book and some of the pieces of that kit. It opened the world of art for me.

Some of Becky Neideffer’s work
Some of Becky Neideffer’s work

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Latest Update: 12/04/2016