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 April, 2017 at 1:00 PM, Anza Room. Reminder: Please wear your name tag to meetings.

Upcoming General Meeting Speakers

13 April ’17    Francie Ginocchio    Taste of Tack Iron Collage    Anza Room
11 May ’17    Cerise Vaden    TBA    Anza Room
8 June ’17    Pat Dolan    TBA    Anza Room
13 July ’17    Nancy Sheppard    TBA    Anza Room
10 August ’17    TBA    TBA    Anza Room

Board Meeting: The next board meeting will be March 30th at 1 PM in the Studio, Note: date change.

Art in the Park, Tumacacori

As part of the Art in the Park celebration over National Park Week, Tumacacori will host an exhibit of original artwork. Deadline to enter is March 31. Please see Tumacacori for more details.

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.

eBlasts on website

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

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!

Upcoming Speaker
Francie Ginocchio no picture available
Francie Ginocchio

Francie’s demo will give you a glimpse into fun and unique ways of altering papers and how she uses them in tack-iron collage. She will show what materials/supplies are required, will explain methods of altering papers, show transfer samples, and will display both finished collages and works in progress. This will be a wide-ranging overview of this exciting and versatile collage technique.

For the last five years Francie has been exploring an exciting collage method that involves altering papers, coating them with polymer medium, layering, and heat fusing with a tack iron to a foundation. She might crinkle a brown paper bag, coat it with gesso, mark the wet gesso and add layers of paint. It doesn’t stop there! Each collage is glazed, shadowed, enhanced with Neocolor II crayons or acrylic paint, and finally sealed with satin UV varnish. Some of her collage work is mounted on cradled artist panels and other pieces are matted and framed. Francie has taken classes from Laura Lein-Svencner and Karen Sako, both from Illinois. Her collage artwork can be seen at Purcell Gallery in Tubac, AZ, as well as at her home in Green Valley.
Francie has also designed contemporary art quilts and commissions for 35 years. Her artwork can be found in Japan, Costa Rica, Ireland, and throughout the Midwest in hospitals, insurance companies, banks, public buildings and private homes. She lectured about creativity and art quilts, taught quilt workshops and judged quilt shows. Currently Francie does technical editing for a quilt book publisher.
Some of her commissions include UW-Hospitals and Clinics (Madison, WI), Mayo Clinic Charter House (Rochester, MN) Samaritan Bethany (Rochester, MN), Ronald McDonald House, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance (Milwaukee, WI), Wisconsin State Crime Lab, Appleton Heart Institute (Appleton, WI) and the Children’s Music Network.

Some of Francie Ginocchio’s work
Some of Francie Ginocchio’s work

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Latest Update: 03/28/2017