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

Mailing address: P.O. Box 264, Green Valley, AZ 85622

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, April 26th at 1 PM In The Anza Room

Next General Meeting: Thursday, 10 May, 2018 at 1:00 PM, in the Anza Room.

Reminder: Please wear your name tag to meetings.

Upcoming General Meeting Speakers

10 May ’18    Myrna York    Sumi E painting    Anza Room
14 Jun ’18    TBA    TBA    Fiesta Room
12 Jul ’18    TBA    TBA    Anza Room

Board Meeting: The next board meeting will be April 26th 2018 at 1:00 PM in the Anza Room.

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Time Change for the April General Meeting

The April 12, 2018 General meeting will be at 10:00 am-noon. Notice the time change. The reason for this change is that GVR could not give us our room at the regular time. I realize this is not perfect. Unfortunately, SRAL has no control over this matter. I will be making many announcements about this change in future e-blasts and at meetings.

Changes to the Way applications are Submitted

In the past applications for membership and shows had to be mailed or delivered by hand. Although this option remains we are trying, wherever possible, to allow for submission online. Because we live in a world with "bad actors", certain steps will need to be taken to prevent attacks our website. To this end I have made some changes, mostly invisible (hopefully), as always if you see something that doesn't look right let me know ASAP. Meanwhile in the next month or so you will see a "reCAPTCHA" box on forms that can be submitted electronically. The first is on the "WS Leader Info" form under the "Forms" drop down menu. If you have not seen one of these before you must check the box next to "I'm not a robot" and correctly identify the pictures presented before hitting the submit button. If you have questions, suggestions or complaints please get in touch with me, Skip.

Changes to the Main Studio Table Layout

On Thursday, January 25, 2018 the SRAL Board agreed that the table configuration in the Main Studio will change. The tables will be set facing the Gallery wall. This will make set-up easier for some of our special interest groups. All groups are welcome to move the tables to meet their needs but must return tables to the original configuration when finished.


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
Myrna York no picture available
Myrna York

In the East, Sumi-E is a very highly respected art form, practiced not only by artists, by monks, and lay people. Painting with ink is a way to discipline the mind, requiring full concentration, and becomes part of a daily ritual. Sumi-E is about balance between painting and calligraphy, of ideas in images and words, with special attention given to open spaces. York is adept at rendering realism and abstract art in any medium. All those 20 years of teaching in a variety of media to school children is evident in her dexterity of her sumi-E brush work. She does not restrict herself to pure classical sumi-E even though her daily practice begins with the eight basic calligraphy brush strokes. "In your practice start by learning one and continue until you understand ten. From ten you must return to the original one." This is her mantra every time she starts grinding her ink before she picks up the brush and focuses on centering the mind and body, maintaining stability, then wielding the brush into a rhythmic and poetic cadence. Myrna York has her studio in Tubac, Arizona and in Denver, Colorado. She maintains the same daily routines in both places as the set-up for sumi-E is fairly simple: brush, ink, ink stone, and paper and a quiet corner for painting. She finds the best time to start is at 5 AM and the rest of the day is devoted to golf and playing the classical guitar. "I am a bit of a busy bee, never restricted to any one place," York admits. This is also evident in her oeuvre. she may be working with ink but a large canvas is up for oil or another table is set for sumi-E and another for watercolor. "This is who I am, I guess it comes from having taught six different lessons a day for 25 years." This may sound like the typical scatter-brained artist but in truth Myrna York is highly organized and is very systematic in her production schedule. This is why she is attracted to sumi-E.

"I paint to say the unsaid, to articulate the obscure, and to discover the truth."

Some of Myrna York’s work
Some of Myrna York’s work

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Latest Update: 03/09/2018