Works of art created by members of the SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Guild are being shown in the Ventana Medical Systems Gallery through March 22.

The show, free of charge to the public, opened last month, and may be viewed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.. at the Ventana facility, 1910 Innovation Drive in Oro Valley. All paintings are for sale.

The Saddlebrooke Fine Arts Guild is an approved SaddleBrooke club with a set of governing by-laws, a board of directors, committee chairs and membership of more than 100 people, a release said.

Guild membership focuses on a strong education program, with “interesting and informative monthly meetings and two yearly art shows,” the release continued. Its spring art show is March 28 and 29.

Its objectives are to increase art awareness, encourage art appreciation and enhance art skills at all levels of development. “Since the membership includes artists at different skill levels working in a variety of media, our goal is to provide comprehensive opportunities for all to work towards serious, creative development,” the guild said.

There are two outreach programs. At Fairwinds Desert Point in La Reserve, guild members have provided art workshops to residents for more than two years.

The arts have proven to be the universal language between members of the fine arts guild and artist residents at Fairwinds Desert Point.

About a year ago, guild members Laurie Brussel, Harriet Hason, Robbie Summers and Judy Wyner decided to create an arts workshop program for any interested residents at Desert Point. The group meets twice a month for two-hour sessions. The workshops provide time and instruction for the residents to create original works of drawing, painting and mixed media. All art supplies and materials used for the program are funded by the guild.

While the visual arts have brought these two groups together, the art projects are “only one part of what has become a life-changing experience for all involved,” the release said. “Conversations about color, composition and materials have grown into a sharing of personal history, life experiences, respect and affection.”

Guild members, all volunteers, also work at the Catalina Juvenile Facility. Guild outreach is supported by the guild and donations from community members.

Monthly meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month from September through May. Successful local and visiting artists have given programs on varied styles, techniques, media and infused historical influences through demonstration, lecture and hands-on workshops.

For more information on the show at Ventana, contact Greater Oro Valley Arts Council Executive Director Kate Marquez at 797-3959, 240-2766, or at

The Saddlebrooke Fine Arts Guild Web address is


WHAT: The SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Guild show

WHEN: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through March 22

WHERE: Ventana Medical Systems Gallery, 1910 Innovation Drive, Oro Valley

COST: Free

A version of this story appeared in the Jan. 28 SaddleBrooke Explorer.

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