The Community Performance and Art Center’s gallery showcases a variety of exhibits by Arizona artists. Artist exhibiting in the gallery contribute 25% of their sales to the center. Since the Community Performance and Art Center is a 501(c)3 organization (non-profit), it offers all purchases without sales tax — over a 7% savings.

The Gallery is opened Monday through Friday 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, in addition to one hour before performances and during intermission. Every month a reception is held for people to meet and mingle with the featured artists. Enjoy snacks, wine and, of course, fabulous art.


***Special Events***


Love of Art

In the Theater Lobby, January 5 – 28, 2015

Featuring 12″ X 12″ original art work by community artists.

All proceeds will support visual arts activities at CPAC.


Art of Re-Cycle II

Where trash becomes inspiration for creativity!

In the Gallery & Theater Lobby, January 5 – 28, 2015

Reception: Wednesday, January 7th from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Eleventh Annual Eva Briggs

Abstract Art Competition

In the Gallery & Theater Lobby, January 31 – February 26, 2015

Edie Heberer-Lauterbach and her 2014 First-place-winning painting “Rorschach/Wais”


The Santa Rita Art League and the abstract BRIGGade of Green Valley present the Eleventh Annual Eva Briggs Abstract Art Competition. The competition is open to members of the Santa Rita Art League and all entries will be displayed at the Community Performance & Art Center (CPAC) in Green Valley, AZ, from January 31st to February the 26th, 2015. This year’s judges for the competition are:

Emilia Arana

I come to abstract painting from a background of careful looking and listening. A Master’s degree in art history trained me in the close study of surfaces. As a pianist, I need to find the movement and lyricism of music in my work as I study and evaluate it. This partnership of art and music, expressed in abstract painting, follows a foundation of drawing and design, and contributes to a way of working grounded in the inner self, rather than the outer object.

The work begins without preconceived ideas. It is a practice and a process, somewhere to live and explore. Time disappears. I search for metaphor and narrative, with the intent of creating work that invites multiple interpretations and repeated examination.

Curtis Hoard

Judging work for exhibition is a pleasure and an enlightening experience, akin to seeing a theatrical performance before opening night. It has been said that Art does not exist until it is shown and I am delighted to be part of the process of choosing the exhibition for the Santa Rita Art League and for the eyes of the community at large.

My approach to evaluating work is first to identify the idea behind the work, what genre it is working within and how successful or aware the artist is along the way and how has the artist expanded the language of that genre and how successful the end result is. I believe that art and artists stand on the back of artists and ideas that preceded them and the job of all artists is to question the norm and traditions of their discipline and to share their personal journey and history through their art. This is no small task and it requires skill, courage and honesty. After all it is easy and comfortable to replicate work that has been “figured out” by another artist. It is much more difficult and intimidating to show work that is stripped of clichés and reveals the soul of the artist for all to see.

Being an artist is such a privilege, there is no other pursuit that is more important to me and I have great respect of the artists that submitted work for this exhibition and I hope my participation honors them, as they deserve to be.

Tom Philabaum

Since 1982, I have curated 128 exhibitions in our gallery, one major exhibition at the Tucson Museum of Art, and have been on dozens of juries for various Art shows. This is the first time jurying the concept of purely abstract art within the structure of a size limitation. The notion of abstraction connotes a personal response to nonobjective imagery, as opposed to pictorial representation, which is almost easier to define and “judge”. Abstraction is poetry of the visual, with gaps and pauses that make it unique and expressive.


The judges shall select the 24 best paintings, including prize winners and three honorable mentions. Prizes to be awarded by the judges are: First Place – $500; Second Place – $300; and Third Place – $200. In addition, the Board has designated $100 for the People’s Choice Award and $25 each for three Honorable Mention Awards. The announcement of this year’s winners of the Briggs Competition will be at the Community Performance & Art Center on January 31st, 2015, at the Opening Reception between 1 – 3 PM.


The Following Special Events are all scheduled at 1:00 PM at the Community Performance and Art Center during the course of the BRIGGS exhibit:

February 4th: Hands-on Experience: Card Making with Melted Crayon Art presented by Marilyn Bergstrom

February 11th: Demonstration on the Art of Collage presented by Joan Cawthorn

February 18th: Professional Artists Critique Hosted by Jean Makela with Ginny Seabrook, George Shively, and Ursula Suess as Panelists

February 25th: Presentation on Textural Monoprints on Yupo by Blanche Davidson


“Always on Tuesday”

Featuring Work by Arizona Artists

In the Gallery & Theater Lobby, March 2 – 31, 2014

Reception: Wednesday, March 4 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


“Marrying Ink to Paper = Print?”

Featuring Work by Arizona Artists

In the Gallery & Theater Lobby, April 1 – 30, 2014

Reception: Wednesday, April 1 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM