ART

Art Coordinators

Rachel Opinsky

Rachel Opinsky, an Arizona native moved to Oracle with her husband Michael in 2005 after retiring from the teaching profession in Tempe.

Holding a Masters of Elementary Education degree and undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education, she taught both preschool and elementary education. She also mentored and taught College of Education undergraduate students.

Rachel is an active member of two auxiliary boards with the Oracle Fire Department. She is a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) member and Co-chairs the Oracle Firewise Board. She is also a member of the Pinal County Triad Group on Senior Citizens and the Disabled.

A former and founding Oracle Piano Society board member, Rachel has played an integral role in the organization since its inception.

Rachel enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening, river rafting, camping and hiking and is a watercolorist.

Jill Caid

Oracle artist Jill Caid works primarily in watercolor, pastel, and pen and ink. Her inspiration comes from the beauty, light, and movement of the landscapes that surround us, and her joy is in creating paintings that speak to her and others. Jill recalls being excited by design and color as a child, but was unable to study and learn art until later in life. She enjoys taking workshops and learning new techniques.


For the past ten years Jill has been a member of WEGO, which is a local group of seven artists who gather weekly to paint and share ideas and experiences. She also participates and helps organize the annual Oracle Artist Studio Tour, OAST, held every April, and the annual Holiday Market between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Jill co-chairs the Visual Arts Committee of the Oracle Center for the Arts.


Jill’s paintings have been shown at numerous individual and group showings at locations such as the Oracle Patio Café, Trowbridge Hall, and the Oracle Center for the Arts. She may be contacted at 520-896-2878.

Exhibits

Art Exhibit: Judy Walsh and Carol Goldberg

“Over the Edge”

Feb. 8 to March 29, 2020

Opening Reception

Sat., Feb. 15, 5:30 to 6:30 PM

Oracle Center for the Arts

700 Kingston St.

Oracle, AZ 85623

JUDY WALSH

Encaustic is an ancient beeswax based medium containing pigments. It was used by the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians in the 1st Century B.C. and is now finding popularity with contemporary artists who are attracted by its versatility.

My work is about that which lies below the surface....the hidden, the unconscious, the surreal. Painting spontaneously without plan, I respond directly to the paint, color and texture. Like a young child, I discover what I am painting while I paint; images form and reform, dissolve and resolve in a non-logical way. As ideas and forms are discarded, major destruction takes place. I often flip the plane and work upside down removing layers of paint to expose previous textures, figures and forms. Over time, shapes and symbols reappear without my conscious decision to use them.

As an artist, my work is the process I go through to trick and frustrate that part of me that follows rules, uses logic and sees the world “the way it really is.”

CAROL GOLDBERG

Carol grew up in Montreal, Canada and moved to the US 30 years ago; first to Pennsylvania and 10 years ago to Arizona. She painted and drew the human figure for many years but since moving to Arizona has mostly worked in clay.

She creates both functional and sculptural works of art; but her heart lies in creating sculptures of the human figure. The figures range from characters that are whimsical to those that convey a political/social message. While some figures stand alone, others are shown interacting with a second or multiple figures.

Carol tries to capture the spirit of what she is sculpting: the figure evolves slowly as she manipulates the clay. She may start with an idea; however, the end result comes from the dialogue she has with the clay as she builds. As the idea evolves it becomes a conversation between her and the clay. In the end, she hopes that the sculpture will speak to those that view it.

Art Exhibit: Original artwork by Sally Schneider and Sherri Ziegler

“OIL AND WATER”

December 21-January 28

Reception: Saturday, January 11, 3-5 pm

Oracle Center for the Arts

700 Kingston St.

Oracle, AZ 85623

SALLY ANN SCHNEIDER

Sally was born in San Antonio, TX and spent her childhood in south Texas. After relocating to CO, she took numerous art classes at Colorado Mtn. College and studied watercolor painting with Dorothy Oehmick. For many years she was a member of the Glenwood Springs Art Association.

Sally wintered in AZ where she studied oil painting with Larry Koeling and was a member of the Desert Art Society. After moving to ID she took numerous workshops with Marjorie Rohner, Terry Lee, Patricia Jensen and Katherine Gill. She was an active member of the Coeur D’Alene Art Association, serving as President for several years.

After a long career in real estate, Sally retired year round to her home in Oracle, AZ. Sally maintains a studio at her home where the beauty and tranquility of the rural surroundings are inspirations to her paintings. She strives to create an emotional response and evoke a mood of serenity with the natural environment through her subjects using oils and watercolors. Sally has won numerous awards for her work and has paintings hanging in public and private collections around the western United State.

SHERRI ZIEGLER

Where better than Oracle to indulge a lifelong love of art, especially watercolor? Something magic happens when water is added to pigment. The selection of colors, the mixing of paints, the unexpected results all add to the fascination of the medium.

Since moving to Oracle after 30 years of teaching biology and physical education, I have had time to focus on watercolor. I belong to the WEGOs (Watercolor Exploration Group of Oracle), a group that meets weekly to explore, paint and discover. The variety of subjects, application and available pigments offer a never ending supply of challenges. In addition, workshops and classes from southern Utah’s Canyonlands to coastal Maine, as well as the wonderful offerings afforded locally, have expanded my joy of painting as well as drawing.

I hope you enjoy this sampling of my work!


CLASSES

Beginning Watercolor Class: Risa Waldt

Beginning Watercolor Class


Have you ever wanted to try painting with watercolors, but either concerned about the expense of buying all the necessary materials without knowing if you will continue or just don't know where to start? Then, this is the class for you!


Watercolors with Risa Waldt


Oracle Center for the Arts


Tues, January 21 1 to 4 pm


Thurs. January 23 1 to 4 pm


Materials: Risa will provide all the necessary watercolor materials to learn, explore and have fun! She suggests you may want to bring in one pad of any watercolor paper for you to have additional paper and 2 pint-size plastic containers to hold water.


Registration:


Evenbrite: $102

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beginning-watercolor-class-risa-waldt-artist-instructor-tickets-86523274443


or contact: Rachel Opinsky opinsky@oraclepianosociety.org

623 523 9989


Class size: minimum 3 and max 8 students


“Growing up in the desert of Tucson I enjoyed horseback riding along the Rillito River. I soaked up a vision of the desert that pursued me until I began painting to express it. I have been an artist for over 40 years with ‘Plein Air’ being my favorite. Color and light are my loves, so each year I visit the Grand Canyon and Sedona to paint. My main medium is paint on paper, canvas and walls, although I also love pencil and pen work. I have had many one woman shows and have been a part of multiple group/gallery shows across the U.S. & Canada.”


Exhibits & Gallery shows:


Tubac Center for the Arts: Arizona Aqueous Annual Exhibition, multiple years up to 2019


Four Corners Desert Art Museum Gallery Mar 2019 “Broad Strokes: Women Landscape Painters”


Art on the Llano Estacado 2019 Texas Tech Museum, Lubbock, TX 2014-2019


McBride Gallery Annapolis, MD 2017


RS Hanna Gallery Fredericksburg TX 46th Annual Show Women Artists of the West spring 2017


Women Artists of the West 47th & 48th Annual Show 2018 Bartlesville, OK


Catalina Stage Stop Theatre & ORTS Dance Co., Set design




Features & Awards:


Honorable mention: 2018 National League of American Pen Women Biennial Exhibit


Southwest Art magazine “Women in Art” Aug 2014 & 2016


Southwest Art magazine: “Art of AZ” section: 2016-2019


Western Art Collector Magazine “State of the Art: AZ feature Jan. 2016-2019




Memberships:


Southern AZ Watercolor Guild (President: 2003-2004) Saguaro Fellow Status


The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., Charter Member


National Watercolor Society, Associate Member


National League of American Pen Women


Arizona Watercolor Association


Women Artists of the West, Signature Member


Beginning Watercolor Class

Have you ever wanted to try painting with watercolors, but either concerned about the expense of buying all the necessary materials without knowing if you will continue or just don't know where to start? Then, this is the class for you!


Watercolors with Risa Waldt

Oracle Center for the Arts

Tues, January 21 1 to 4 pm

Thurs. January 23 1 to 4 pm


Materials: Risa will provide all the necessary watercolor materials to learn, explore and have fun! She suggests you may want to bring in one pad of any watercolor paper for you to have additional paper and 2 pint size plastic containers to hold water.


Registration:

Evenbrite: $102


or contact: Rachel Opinsky opinsky@oraclepianosociety.org

623 523 9989


Class size: minimum 3 and max 8 students


“Growing up in the desert of Tucson I enjoyed horseback riding along the Rillito River. I soaked up a vision of the desert that pursued me until I began painting to express it. I have been an artist for over 40 years with ‘Plein Air’ being my favorite. Color and light are my loves, so each year I visit the Grand Canyon and Sedona to paint. My main medium is paint on paper, canvas and walls, although I also love pencil and pen work. I have had many one woman shows and have been a part of multiple group/gallery shows across the U.S. & Canada.”


Exhibits & Gallery shows:

  • Tubac Center for the Arts: Arizona Aqueous Annual Exhibition, multiple years up to 2019
  • Four Corners Desert Art Museum Gallery Mar 2019 “Broad Strokes: Women Landscape Painters”
  • Art on the Llano Estacado 2019 Texas Tech Museum, Lubbock, TX 2014-2019
  • McBride Gallery Annapolis, MD 2017
  • RS Hanna Gallery Fredericksburg TX 46th Annual Show Women Artists of the West spring 2017
  • Women Artists of the West 47th & 48th Annual Show 2018 Bartlesville, OK
  • Catalina Stage Stop Theatre & ORTS Dance Co., Set design


Features & Awards:

  • Honorable mention: 2018 National League of American Pen Women Biennial Exhibit
  • Southwest Art magazine “Women in Art” Aug 2014 & 2016
  • Southwest Art magazine: “Art of AZ” section: 2016-2019
  • Western Art Collector Magazine “State of the Art: AZ feature Jan. 2016-2019


Memberships:

  • Southern AZ Watercolor Guild (President: 2003-2004) Saguaro Fellow Status
  • The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., Charter Member
  • National Watercolor Society, Associate Member
  • National League of American Pen Women
  • Arizona Watercolor Association
  • Women Artists of the West, Signature Member