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, see the Monitor's page.
For more information contact the President, Nancy Wesorick.

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, January 25th at 1 PM In The studio

Next General Meeting: Thursday, 8 February, 2018 at 1:00 PM, in the Anza Room.

Reminder: Please wear your name tag to meetings.

Upcoming General Meeting Speakers

8 Feb ’18    David Simons    Suggestive Brushwork    Anza Room
8 Mar ’18    TBA    No Scheduled Speaker    Anza Room
12 Apr ’18    TBA    No Scheduled Speaker    Anza Room
10 May ’18    TBA    No Scheduled Speaker    Anza Room

Board Meeting: The next board meeting will be January 25th 2018 at 1:00 PM in the studio.

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January's demo artist, Judy Wegenast, had a handout. If you did not get a copy and would like one click here.


Quail Creek Artists are looking for someone to take it over their oil painting classes. If anyone is interested in teaching there, please contact Dusty Friedman, President of the Quail Creek Artist Group at or (541) 582-0733.


Have you ever wondered what the Santa Rita Art League is about?

Was your first thought “Art?” Maybe it was people or friends. Well, that would be true but being a Club or organization of Green Valley Recreation means we must have a purpose and that is formally called our Mission.

Mission The mission of the Santa Rita Art League of GVR is to promote an awareness, appreciation, and development of talent for all two-dimensional fine art forms. This provides us with a vision and focus. Promoting… awareness, appreciation, and development of talent for all forms of two-dimensional fine art forms. How do we do this Promoting? Let us count the ways! Watch for Promoting… in our EBlasts!

Promoting… Our Studio! We are fortunate to have a well-equipped studio for the use of all our members. It has three rooms and a kitchen and library. We have tables, chairs, easels, matt making table, computer and printers, a printing press, lockers and slots to rent for storage, and so many other tools to help you with producing your art. It is a place for us to come to paint. This is where we go to meet other artists, make friends, take part in all the groups, workshops and activities we offer. We are warm and welcoming people like you!

Upcoming Speaker
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David Simons

David Simons is a self-taught artist of over 30 years from Tubac, Arizona. His unique and captivating oil paintings have made him one of the most notable artists in the Southwest, with collectors worldwide. Displaying a range of diverse subjects in his work, David brings his signature style to life with scenes from the southwest, seascapes, portraits, still life, and more. David also hosts workshops on oil painting and is a renowned artist not only by Arizona locals, but national publications such as Southwest Art, Art Talk Magazine, and Arizona Highways. His demo in February will focus on suggestive brushwork and working from larger shapes to smaller shapes.

David Simons was born in Ontario, Canada in 1951. In 1984 he moved to Haifa, Israel to work as a construction supervisor on major projects at the Baha'i World Center. It was in Israel that he began painting with oils, at the age of 33.

David is a self taught artist. Having started as a water colorist earlier in his life, he now prefers painting in oil. He is primarily a landscape artist but also enjoys painting portraits, seascapes and still life.

David has lived in Tubac, Arizona since 1993. His work has won acclaim in the southwestern United States and is collected internationally. David is a member of Oil Painters of America and co-founder and a member of the advisory board of the Port Townsend School of Maritime Art. David gives workshops locally, out of state and in Canada.


Signature member of the American Impressionist Society

Member of the Oil Painters Of America

Distinguished Artist Member of the Tucson Plein Air Painter's Society

Founding member of the Plein Air Painter's Society of Southern AZ

2009 Tubac Center of the Arts, Members Open - Award of Excellence

2008 Oil Painters of America National Exhibit - Award of Excellence

2004 "Artistic Creations of Our Southwest" - Best In Show

2004 Tucson Plein Air Painters Distinguished Artists Show


2011 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibit- Juried entry

2011 America Impressionist Society 12th national juried Exhibit - Juried entry

2011 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibit - juried entry

2009 Members Open ,Tubac Center of the Arts, Award of Excellence

2009 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition - juried entry

2008 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibit - Award of Excellence

2008 Oil Painters of America Western Regional - juried entry

2008 American Impressionist Society National Show - juried entry

2008 The Best and Brightest - Scottsdale School of Fine Art - Juried entr

I consider myself an impressionist/realist painter. I like to explore the subtle ways that light affects the landscape. I also enjoy color and the value relationships when i work while trying also to bring out the abstract qualities in the subject. Oil painting for me is a meditative experience, essential to my well being and a necessary part of my life. Painting brings me great joy, and I hope uplifts the hearts of those who view my work. "There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom." Robert Henrignature member of the American Impressionist Society.

Some of David Simons’s work
Some of David Simons’s work

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