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, 8 June, 2017 at 1:00 PM, in the Las Companas, Agave Rm.
NOTE: Location Change

Reminder: Please wear your name tag to meetings.

Upcoming General Meeting Speakers

8 Jun ’17    Pat Dolan    TBA    Las Companas, Agave Rm
13 Jul ’17    Nancy Sheppard    TBA    Anza Room
10 Aug ’17    TBA    TBA    Anza Room
14 Sep ’17    TBA    No Scheduled Speaker    Anza Room
12 Oct ’17    TBA    No Scheduled Speaker    Anza Room

Board Meeting: The next board meeting will be June 22nd 2017 at 1:00 PM in the studio.

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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 dropdown menu and select "eBlasts".

SIG Opportunities

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!

Francie Gnocchio’s Handout on Tack Iron

Francie Gnocchio’s blue handout sheet on Tack Iron at A TASTE OF TACK-IRON COLLAGE.

Upcoming Speaker
Pat Dolan no picture available
Pat Dolan

My presentation is SPIRIT OF ANIMALS. In shamanic cultures all over the world, one finds shamans working with animal helpers or totems. I will discuss this concept, how to work with one’s animal teacher and present artwork of animal spirits in indigenous cultures and my own work.I will demonstrate how I create an animal portrait in pastels, charcoal and gouache watercolor from the initial drawing, to the underpainting, to making corrections as I go along and then to finally breathing life into the animal.

Pat Dolan is an artist who has shown her large charcoal and pastel drawings and endangered animal encaustic portraits extensively throughout Arizona. She has also been active in a series of Art Collaborations including: Sweet Chariot, co-founder, facilitating workshops using art as a medium to heal grief and loss, and co-creator of Ravensong, a non for profit dedicated to providing opportunities of reconnection to the earth through art and ceremony and Earth Angels, co-founder, an art alliance of artists dedicated to expanding awareness to our connection to the Earth.
She currently teaches drawing, pastels, intuitive color & travel sketching at The Drawing Studio in Tucson. She has been part of the teaching artist faculty for twenty years. She also currently creating and teaching ArtMoves, an outreach program that incorporates movement with art to Veterans, recently homeless and refugee children. Her teaching experience also includes teaching art at Pima Community College and Central Arizona College.
Pat is a member of Rancho Linda Vista, an art community in Oracle, Arizona, where she lived for fifteen years. While living at the Ranch she was the president of the Board and also created the Visiting Artist Program that hosts artist from around the world for artist residencies. Pat holds a BS in Art History from Trinity College, Washington DC. and an M.S. in Visual Design from Institute of Design (Bauhaus), Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
Pat also completed The Foundation for Shamanic Studies’ Three Year Program in Advanced Initiations in Shamanism, and Shamanic Healing, and was certified as a spiritual director from the Tacheria School of Spiritual Direction. These experiences strongly inform her work. Her travels to the Ecuadorian and Peruvian rainforest have impacted the direction of her work. She is now interested in using her work to express her connection and respect for the earth and all her creatures.
She recently published her first book, Stalking the Sacred, that she illustrated with her ink drawings of animals. Stalking the Sacred is a breathtaking memoir that dares to peer behind the veil of death. After a series of losses, Dolan was determined to connect with her spiritual roots and access the deep wells of her emotional capabilities to understand what happens after death. As Dolan learns about pre-Christian Celtic spirituality, shamanism, and the indigenous tribe of the Achuar in the Ecuadorian rainforest, she guides readers along with her on her spiritual quest of discovery. Written with candor, humor, and warmth, Stalking the Sacred drops all pretenses and receives you into a reality where talking to animals, trees, or the dead is commonplace.

Some of Pat Dolan’s work
Some of Pat Dolan’s work

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Latest Update: 05/17/2017