Art Exhibit: Vonnie West


Watercolor and Acrylic


Watercolor and acrylic artist, Vonnie West grew up on a remote ranch in Nebraska.

As the only girl within her siblings and often solely exploring her surroundings, she developed a passion and appreciation of the nature that surrounded their ranch. As a young child, she had even taken in an abandoned baby skunk raising it as her pet.

This love and appreciation for nature continued into her adulthood. She and her husband, Dick have traveled extensively. For twenty years they have resided in rural Oracle. Vonnie said, “For many years I have been happy to combine watercolor and acrylics with my love of wildlife. I call it my backyard art.” Vonnie is an active member of the WEGOs (Watercolor Exploration Group of Oracle) and past member of SAWG (Southern AZ Watercolor Guild).

The Backyard Art exhibit will be on display from Sept. 21 to Oct. 29 at the Oracle Center for the Arts. Please meet Vonnie at her art reception on Sunday, Sept. 29 @ OrCA from 3 to 6 pm.

Art Class: Pat Dolan

'Best Friends'

Pastel Drawing: Animals and Birds

Express your relationship with the animals that are or were in your life as well as animals with which you feel a deep connection. Students are encouraged to develop their own artistic voice of color and mark making through drawing in pastels.

Fridays: September 13 & 20 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Level: Some drawing experience

Materials: higher quality of pastels, sanded pastel paper *limited quantity of sanded paper available for purchase

FEE: $102 limited to 8 students

Register with Eventbrite or contact Rachel Opinsky 623-523-9989


Instructor: Pat Dolan


1969 B.S. Art, Trinity College, Washington D.C.

1970 Independent Study in Drawing, Academia di Belle Arte, Florence, Italy

1973 M.S. in Visual Design, Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of

Technology, Chicago

1979 Member of Rancho Linda Vista Artist Community. Oracle AZ


Pat’s art practice in various media has drawn her to sacred sites and indigenous cultures around the world. Her studies and experiences of spiritual practices have greatly influenced her art. She teaches classes in expressive drawing, spirit of nature, pastel painting, travel drawing as well as mentoring individual artists and their practice.

She has taught for 20 years at The Drawing Studio in Tucson, where she is also co-founder of Art Moves; an outreach program for vulnerable populations which incorporates art and movement.

“Teaching is my passion. It thrills me to bear witness to my students growing in their craft and finding their unique artistic voices. Students come to work with me when they want to loosen up and become more expansive in their exploration of color.”

The OrCA Gallery is open for viewing and sales during all events (view events at or call 623 295 9677 for a viewing appointment.