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Cheryl Jackson Schaeffer

"The Old Shepherd's Chief Mourner"

by Edwin Landseer

Masters Exhibition 2022

(Image cropped to fit space)


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This show is referred to as the "All Member's Show" as all art entries submitted are hung, then judged for awards.

The Members' Exhibition 2022 is currently on display for the months of November and December at Canoa Hills Recreation Center in the main lobby and hall galleries.

Many thanks to our co-chairs, Arlene Szypulski and Jan Harnish, and volunteer crew, for their efforts in putting this show together. There are many moving parts to these exhibitions. Their efforts are appreciated by our entire membership, especially those that entered and those who were able to attend the reception on November 3rd.

Judging of awards was done by Leslie Miller, Director of the Tubac School of Art. Thank you to Leslie.

Following is a list of the award winners in the Abstract and Representational categories. Images of the award winners follow the list. You really need to head on over to Canoa Hills and see the art in person. (Notes - Apologies for the reflections on the artwork with glass. Every attempt was made to minimize them.)


Winners - Abstract Category

1st Camille Vonegut - "Autumn in Umbria"

2nd Janet Johnson - "Chance"

3rd Karen Keim - "Mary Poppins on the Grid"

Honorable Mentions

Robert Hamilton - "Fall of the House of Cards"

Ellen Meents - "Fleeting Anxiety"

Laurel Sponseller - "Deep Space"

Winners - Representational Category

1st Annella Campbell - "Desert Blooms"

2nd Margery Baker - "Big Jim"

3rd Connie Butz - "Tomatoes and an Angel"

Honorable Mentions

Nanci Sheppard - "Madera View"

Elizabeth Wolf - "Echinacea"

Karen Workman - "Once a Tiny Seed"


1st Place - Annella Campbell "Desert Blooms"

2nd Place - Margery Baker "Big Jim"

3rd Place - Connie Butz "Tomatoes and an Angel"

Honorable Mention - Nanci Sheppard "Madera View"

Honorable Mention - Elizabeth Wolf "Echinacea"

Honorable Mention - Karen Workman "Once a Tiny Seed"


1st Place - Camille Vonnegut "Autumn in Umbria"

2nd Place - Janet Johnson "Chance"

3rd Place - Karen Keim "Mary Poppins on the Grid"

Honorable Mention - Robert Hamilton "Fall of the House of Cards"

Honorable Mention - Ellen Meents "Fleeting Anxiety"

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These words of Makoto Fujimura inspire me, and cause me to think more deeply about what I create and why. From the heart of the artist flows inspiration to create. And the things we create have purpose. Our work is needed to influence and impact our culture. As I write these words I regain a much needed sense of purpose in my retirement life. Retired from years of work I considered helpful to the building up of our culture, I am grateful to be finding purpose once again.

Artists have historically contributed to raising awareness and impacting culture. When a culture strays from its spiritual roots and deepest values, artists are often the first to realize it. The call of our work is to either return or transform. Sometimes I wonder if we are the equivalent of the ancient prophet.

We create things of beauty to connect with the love of beauty in the heart of the viewer. The viewer can be powerfully impacted, sometimes with resulting life changes. At times artists expose what is hidden or broken in culture, so that it can be healed. I strongly identify with Fujimura’s desire to produce art that will bring healing to our culture.

As facilitator of our Desert Doodlers SIG, I am excited to provide an environment where we can create. This group meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 9am till noon, and is open to all regardless of skill level. The only things needed is SRAL membership ( $35.00 yearly) and a micron pen and paper. If you are looking for a sense of purpose, I hope you will find it here. For more information go to our webpage at and send us a message through our website. Hope to see you soon!

Geneva Seeds, facilitator

Desert Doodlers, SIG

The historical definition of doodling reveals its poor reputation: “to scribble absentmindedly, to tinker, fool around”, Miriam Webster Dictionary. Teachers often perceived doodling students as disengaged, lazy, and sometimes rude. Employees in corporate meetings were likewise viewed negatively by their managers.

In spite of it’s negative reputation, notable people have persisted in doodling. At least twenty-one U.S. Presidents are known doodlers. (Presidential Doodles, David Greenberg). This presidential list includes Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Regan. But doodling was not confined to U.S. politicians. Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill were avid doodlers as well.

Doodling is represented in many vocations by people such as Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Ernest Hemingway, Leonardi DaVinci and Claude Monet. (The Doodle Revolution, Sunni Brown). The list is extensive.

People have intuited the benefits of doodling and have persisted in spite of it’s poor reputation. But recently Sunni Brown has launched “The Doodle Revolution” in an effort to redeem it’s reputation through her book of the same name. In her book she quotes psychological and psychiatric research demonstrating the benefits of doodling. Such benefits include relaxation, greater focus, increased memory recall, greater creativity and authenticity, mood regulation, and increased problem solving ability.

In addition to aiding in problem solving, providing mental and emotional health benefits, doodling is recognized as a legitimate art form, sometimes revealing a person’s signature doodle; Ronald Regan doodled cowboys, Winston Churchill doodled airplanes, John Kennedy doodled sailboats. (Presidential Doodles, David Greenberg). Doodling is being successfully used to produce art as beauty, to product abstract art, in storytelling, and in prayer. Sybil MacBeth, in her book Praying in Color teaches us to doodle as we pray.

Possible the most famous name in doodle art at this time is Sam Cox, known as Mr. Doodle. His painting titled “Spring” sold in 2009 at Tokyo Chu Auction for almost USD 1,000,000.

Brown, Sunni: The Doodle Revolution

Greenberg, David: Presidential Doodles

MacBeth, Sybil: Praying in Color Webster, Miriam: Dictionary

In August, 2022, the Santa Rita Art League relaunched its Desert Doodlers special interest group. If you are interested in finding out more about the Desert Doodlers, use the Contact form located on the home page of our website to send us a message expressing your interest.