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: Vonnie West

BACKYARD ART

Watercolor and Acrylic

VONNIE WEST


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.

"Sentinels in the Myst"

Art Exhibit: Jill Caid

“BEYOND THE PURPLE DOOR”


Exhibiting original artwork by Jill Caid


November 1 – December 9, 2019

Reception Saturday, November 9, 3—5 pm


Oracle Center for the Arts

700 Kingston St

Oracle, AZ 85623


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.


Art Classes

Art Class: Risa Waldt

WATERCOLOR: PLAIN AND SIMPLE (OR IS IT?)

Risa Waldt, Artist Instructor

Watercolor has a flow that can delight our senses. You will be making your own instruction book...It’s all about you! You will learn 5 stroke techniques and experience different watercolor papers and how paint moves in your authentic way.


Watercolor class: Tues., Oct. 22, TH. Oct. 24, & Tues., Oct 29 1-4 pm @ OrCA

  • Beginner to Upper Intermediate
  • Realistic or abstract


Materials: watercolor paints (at least red, blue, yellow), watercolor paper, brushes, 2 pint size containers to hold water. Call Risa for any questions 520-825-9601.


Fee: $153 payable to Oracle Piano Society Class limit: 3 to 8 students

Registration: online or Rachel Opinsky opinsky@oraclepianosociety.org or 623-523-9989


“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