Reception! Cienega Watershed Partnership: This Saturday, February 8, 1-4 PM, Civano 10501 E. Seven Generations Way, Tucson, AZ 85747

Our Plein Air Group will be exhibiting paintings made on site in a protected region of Southern Arizona encompassing the Cienega Creek watershed. Come see our work and enjoy an afternoon of good food, song, education and many forms of art for sale. Scroll down for schedule of events.


Gay Scheibl, Cienega, oil on canvas, 2014

Statement of Purpose:

The Drawing Studio Plein Air Group

We are artists who find inspiration through direct observation of the Natural World and Landscapes of Southern Arizona. Last summer we found ourselves working together to bring awareness to the beauty and rich diversity of an area soon to be impacted by more mining. As we spent hours and hours capturing light and color, listening to birdsong, watching wildlife, enriching our work and our health, we developed a connection to the area beyond expectation. Our artwork is testimony to our experience of being in the region and appreciation of its diverse beauty. We come together to witness a land we wish to preserve and not forget and to communicate our feelings to others through our work.

Group: Mikaela Quinn, Gay Scheibl, Valerie Milner-Graham, Meredith Milstead, Maria Arvayo.

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Mikaela Quinn paints au plein air

To view the Cienega Watershed Partnership Invitation click on this link:–Feb–8th-Cienega-Celebration.html?soid=1102230229883&aid=MCbOldjZ9sA#fblike


Valerie Milner-Graham paints Cortaro Hills

Schedule of Events:

  • 11am – Doors open 11 -12:30 CWP Board Meeting (Advisory Council encouraged)
  • 1pm Reception officially begins (eat, drink, browse and be merry)
  • 1:30pm Presentations Begin. Larry explains CWP and Mead Introduction of Arts theme
  • 1:40  Ben introduces and shows Video of poets 2pm Rosemont Ours dance film  and discussion
  • 2:30 Martie gives the CWP Wall of Honor Awards 3-4pm: Presentations end.  
  • Lens on the Land photo slide show begins (Brian Powell and Josh Schacter’s collection). 
  • Silent Action closes 4:00 Reception Ends
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Valerie Milner Graham, Cienega Creek, oil on canvas board, 2013


Civano Community is located off of South Houghton Road East of Tucson. 

From Town:

  • Take Speedway or Broadway far east and turn right, south, on Houghton Road
  • Proceed to turn off for Civano (plant) Nursery, turn left
  • Proceed up the main drive to Rotunda. We are in this building. 10501 East Seven Generations Way, Tucson, 85747
  • Park around back at the Civano Neighborhood Center

From I-10:

  • Take the Houghton Exit 275 and proceed north

Meredith paints an historic bridge over Cienga Creek

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