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“Almost all the news, part of the time.” Volume 1, Number 1

May 2011


Will Oracle Burn?

See story, Page 6 & 7 Also In This Issue:

Carol Mahoney: Molding spirits with clay, See Pages 4 & 5

Fun & Games Check out our internet fun on Page 9 & a crossword puzzle on Page 10

WEGO: Watercolor Exploration group, See Page 12

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Letter to the Editor: Public input needed for Verizon cell tower issue Editor, Oracle Towne Crier: For those Oracle residents with a couple of

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p.m. at the Oracle Community Center (OCC) to get involved in a little positive urban planning for our town. The goal of the meeting is to start a fourweek search to locate alternate sites for a tower that will improve Verizon Wireless cell phone coverage in Oracle - nothing more, nothing less... The purpose of this May 12 public meeting is NOT to select a site that evening for the proposed Verizon Wireless cell tower; rather it is an effort to invite landowners in Oracle to learn if their property is in the roughly rectangular area located inside the town core, and is a site that would be suitable engineering-wise for consideration by Verizon Wireless to lease for a tower installation. Over the next 4-5 weeks, we hope to solicit contacts from landowners who are comfortable having their property considered for

such use. Pinnacle Consulting, Inc., the agent for Verizon Wireless in this cell tower installation effort in Oracle, will consider up to ten separate parcels for subsequent review by Verizon engineers. The top three alternate sites that the review concludes are the most viable, will then be presented to Oracle residents at the subsequent - and final - town meeting in the OCC in late June or early July, on a yet-undecided date. A little perspective might be helpful for everyone. The current business plan of Verizon Wireless includes improving their existing cell phone coverage in Oracle. To do this, the radio frequency (RF) wave engineering dictated a single cell phone tower in the central core of our town. In December, 2009, a low-key public meeting at the Oracle Inn revealed that a site had been selected atop the hilltop plateau

just north of the Oracle Market. Many residents welcomed the service improvement, but thought the site selected was the product of a poor decision. Last fall Pinnacle Consulting, Inc. submitted a special use permit request to Pinal County for permission to erect this tower. On January 20, 2011, the Pinal County Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5 to 2 to recommend the Pinal County Board of Supervisors ( BOS) deny this permit application. Remember: the P and Z Commission is an advisory body only; not a decisionmaking one. On February 8, 2011, Pinnacle Consulting, Inc. requested their permit application be withdrawn from consideration, prior to any final vote by the BOS. Today, two alternatives present themselves. First, if Oracle residents and landowners participate cooperatively in this

Have you seen the sign for Family First Pregnancy Care Center? Ever wondered what went on behind those doors? Well, let me tell you that it is more than just a pregnancy center. It is an educational facility for mothers, youth and

families! In addition to teaching pregnant women about their bodies and their babies, we educate mothers and fathers on many aspects of child rearing and relationships to help them have happier, healthier families. Through our Earn While You Learn program,

parents can earn material assistance such as diapers, baby clothes, and car seats while taking our classes. Once a week, we offer a mother-child story time. In addition to our baby/ child classes, we have programs for youth in developing self esteem,

alternate tower site search, chances are good that an alternate site can be found. If this occurs, and the subsequent permit application survives through the Pinal County permitting process, and is approved, the original, and controversial - proposed tower north of the Oracle Market goes away. Second, if no viable alternate site is found, then Pinnacle Consulting, Inc. is free to re-submit their original special use permit for the Oracle Market site. Then it will be up to Oracle residents to fight this issue once again if they so choose, through recommending denial via the public participation process through the Planning and Development Department, before the P and Z Commission, and then the Board of Supervisors. Any questions, please call 896-2832. Thanks, /s/ Ross Hopkins

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building relationships, sexual integrity, STDs, and dating and domestic violence issues. We also offer life skill classes for parents – i.e. budgeting, insurance, buying a used car. Lastly, we serve as a Diaper Bank for adult diapers. Our address is 1575 W American Ave. Call 520-896-9545 for more information or check us out at www.familyfirstpcc. org.

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Carol Mahoney: molding spirits By John Hernandez Carol Mahoney never considered herself artistic. It took a journey to Ecuador to introduce her to clay and what she says changed her life. Carol went to Ecuador with her husband Paul who was working with the American Embassy as a Liaison to the Ecuadorian Police. She did not know many people there and was looking for something to do when her husband’s secretary invited her to attend a clay class with her. She was amazed how the Ecuadorian women welcomed her. “They were very patient with me and introduced me to something that changed my life,” she said. “Even though I was a ‘gringa’ they accepted me and taught me a lot.” Carol also spent some time in Peru where she worked with Peruvian ceramicists. Carol and Paul are originally from Denver, Colorado. Paul was a policeman for 26 years and Carol owned a bookstore. They now live in Oracle. Paul is a skilled carpenter and cabinet maker. He does creative woodcraft and makes religious icons and handmade rosaries. Carol sells her art work and now teaches a clay class. “It was something I always wanted to do,” Carol said about teaching the class. Her experiences in Ecuador made her want to start up a class. “The women there taught each other. This is a reflection of that. Adults don’t have time to play. This class provides a place to take your mind off your troubles and the things going on in the world today. It brings different kinds of people together who would not normally socialize with each other.”

She added, “Our group is women of all ages. It is a good mix. The older

ladies teach the younger ones and the young women keep things

Carol Mahoney assists a student during one of her classes. (John Hernandez photo)

loose.” Besides a few local girls, two ladies drive up from Tucson for the class and one from Oro Valley. “I am hoping to involve more people from the TriCommunity in the class,” Carol said. She would like to see more young mothers join the class. She knows they need a break from the kids and all the work they do. Carol said she would be willing to do a Saturday class for working mothers if there is enough interest. Men and boys are also welcome to join the class. Carol loves sculpture. She loves religious art especially traveling altars. “I feel that all my stuff is spiritual. Sometimes it’s saints sometimes it’s memories of family.” She said there is a saying about working with clay: “The hands can figure out things that the heart can never face.” Besides clay sculptures, Carol makes and sells

mosaics and tiles. Her art has been displayed at Tohono Chul Park, juried art shows in Tucson

and Catalina and in Denver. She also does watercolors. Carol will have some of her work

Check it Out: Volunteers recommend their ‘Favorite Reads’ By Suzan Austin THANKS TO ALL those who gave us their opinions and comments earlier this year on our library survey. We wanted to know how well we were meeting your needs and what we might do to improve our service to you. Interestingly, of the one hundred-plus forms returned, a majority asked for “reading recommendations.” So, our volunteers are sharing their favorite titles -- some new, some old, and all available for perusal and check-out. PAULY recommends the latest page-turner by Lis Weihl, Heart of Ice: a Triple Threat Novel. Whether you’ve read her previous books or not, you won’t be able to put this one down. LAURA recommends Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas (current Library Book Club selection), a story of the friendship between two

women in a Depression-era Colorado mining town. VERNA recommends J. A. Jance’s Fatal Error, the newest Ali Reynolds novel set in Sedona. MARION AND BILL recommend NY Times columnist David Brooks’ The Social Animal, a fascinating look at how human beings and communities succeed. For science fiction aficionados, MARK recommends A Mighty Fortress, which is the fourth in David Weber’s The Safehold Series. KATHLEEN recommends FDR’s Deadly Secret by Steven Lomazow M.D. and Eric Fettman. They challenge the accepted cause of FDR’s death and present a thoughtprovoking case about a disease then discussed only in whispers. SUZAN recommends Bliss Remembered by Frank DeFord. Set around the 1936

Olympics and swimming hopeful Sidney Stringfellow’s poignant love affair, the book slowly reveals her secrets in a series of conversations with her son. All the volunteers recommend Michael Connelly’s latest Mickey Haller (The Lincoln Lawyer) novel entitled The Fifth Witness. YOUR OWN RECOMMENDATIONS to other library patrons are welcome, too. Post the title and author on the board attached to the back door (next to the newbooks shelves.) BOOK SALE BONANZA. Our spring book sale last month was a record-breaker! We sold more books than ever. Which means our booksale cupboards are nearly bare. Which means we need donations of many books in advance of our fall book sale. Clean those shelves, bring ‘em in.

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with clay displayed at the Raices Taller 222 Gallery in downtown Tucson. The

show “Mujeres, Mujeres, Mujeres” features works of women artists

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including two more artists from Oracle, Pat Dolan and Fox McGrew. The exhibit will run from April 30 to May 28.You can see some of Carol’s art by Googling Carol Mahoney Arts. The clay class is held every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon at Trowbridge Hall. There is a charge of $10 for each class. This includes supplies. Carol said, “The class is thankful for the generosity of the Oracle Union Church that lets us use this room. They have been very supportive of us.” Carol invites anyone that is interested to join the clay class. For more information contact Carol at (520) 896-3547 or better yet, stop by and visit the class. “Let it be a spiritual adventure,” she said.

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May 2011

Is THIS the Year Oracle Burns?

From the Oracle Firewise Committee In 2002 and 2003, Arizona had some of the biggest fires in its history. Oracle was in the path of some of these fires. The Bullock Fire of 2002 (which started south of San Manuel and ran up the north slope of the Catalina Mountains to the Mt. Lemmon Fire Department, burning 30,563 acres) led to the Oracle Hill Fire. The Rodeo-Chedeski Fire followed in northern Arizona, taking about 400 homes and charring 468,638 acres. The next year, the Aspen Fire burned 84,750 acres of the Catalina Mountains, including the town of Summerhaven, in which 340 homes and businesses were destroyed. On July12, 2002, lightening started The

Oracle Hill Fire in the Coronado National Forest just south of Oracle, coming within a quarter mile of Oracle residences and burning 2,432 acres. Several agencies arrived to help keep the fire at bay. Slurry planes flew “right over our heads!”; out of the area fire trucks lined up as far down American Avenue as the eye could see; the plume of smoke would shoot up every day at 1 p.m.; memories are told of packing up the family vehicles to be ready to evacuate, every day adding a few more items to the boxes. The entire town was on edge. People remember going to the Oracle post office to meet CNF staff to inquire about the latest fire conditions. Oracle even had some people who were evacuated. The worst was that Oracle was slated to be

the next “Summerhaven” – meaning we would burn down! Next time will we be so lucky? Current conditions in Oracle and surrounding areas are severe. Above average precipitation was received in 2010, which allowed for abundant growth and continuity of grasses. The hard freeze in early February compounded the situation by further stressing the majority of the oaks along the 4,000 to 6,000 foot elevations. This has resulted in some of the lowest moisture levels ever in local trees and vegetation, which, in turn, increases the intensity of a potential burn. These extreme conditions have started at least one month earlier than usual and consequently will last

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Photo Courtesy of the Oracle Fire Department. longer. Conditions will continue to deteriorate as we start into the hottest months of the year, with near-record low humidity levels and no relief in sight until the monsoons. – (paraphrased from the May 2011 Fuels Advisory for the Coronado National Forest (CNF), Frost Damaged Oaks and Continued Drought) What has the Oracle Fire Department done since then? • Established and maintain the brush disposal site for Oracle residents. Now open seven days a week, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. For $3 per load, this is a convenient way of disposing of brush collected around your property. Proceeds are used to maintain and improve the site as well as to benefit the community. • Auto-dialer (reverse 911). This allows OFD to notify Oracle residents of emergencies or evacuations. • Mutual Aid agreements with other fire departments and agencies • Improved communications and dispatching capabilities. • Improved Fire Department equipment, resources and facilities

• Expanded staffing and training • Obtained several fire prevention grants • Created public education, outreach and awareness • Obtained FEMA grant

(one of only 30 awarded in the country) for purchase of Kid’s Safety House • Created Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) • Initiated an 18-mile-long

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All Conditions Extreme! fuel break surrounding most of Oracle • Established nationallyrecognized Firewise Communities Board • Trained the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for additional support • Conducted neighborhood and community fire awareness meetings • Acted as liaison between The Arizona State Forester’s Office and property owners to clear properties and protect structures. • Conducted property evaluations to assist owners in becoming more firewise • Improved Oracle town map to include fire hydrants. Map now located on the OFD website • Established OFD website ( • Installed weather station and webcam (for up-to-theminute weather conditions) • Improved ISO rating

for Oracle homeowner’s insurance • Increased community relations with public events such as Thanksgiving dinner and others • Provided electronic message board for fire prevention and community communications So what can you do? • Thin or clear vegetation on your property; establishing at least a 30 foot safe zone around your home and structures,

keeping it well irrigated • Dispose of excess brush and leaves at the brush dump (leaves can be composted for free) • Clean gutters, and move firewood and propane tanks away from home • Encourage your neighbors to become Firewise • Check your property evaluation on the OFD website and talk to Fire Department personnel to discuss what it means and

how to improve • Ensure your driveway is accessible to large emergency vehicles • Place street numbers (preferably reflective) in a highly visible place at the

entrance to your driveway • Ensure OFD has your current phone contacts on the auto-dialer • Prepare a family emergency evacuation plan, including all pets or

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Bike Safety Rodeo planned for May 14 in Oracle

The Oracle Optimist Club, serving the Tri-Community area, will be hosting a bike safety rodeo on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at the plaza located on the west side of Oracle across from the “Rockcliffe” Circle K. The bike safety rodeo is open to children ages 5-14; a parent or guardian must accompany each child. A miniature course with props, signs, streets etc., will be constructed to help educate children, via a hands on experience, how to be a safe responsible bicyclist. For those

children that do not own a bicycle, loaners will be available. Bring your bicycle that may be in need of minor repairs so suggestions and/or minor repairs may be done on site. If you own a bicycle that is not salvageable, please bring it as the Rancho Vistoso Cycle Club uses the parts to rebuild bikes. Free helmets will be given to those attending that do not own a helmet or need a new one. There will be representatives from the SaddleBrooke Cycle Master Club on hand to assist the Optimist Club during the rodeo. A new bicycle will also be given away. For those attending, please meet next to the car wash by 8:45 a.m. at the plaza. Parents are welcome to stay for the event or enjoy themselves at the swap meet which is held at the plaza. The Optimist Club will also be sponsoring a car wash for a $5 donation during the bike rodeo. For more information contact Jane at 896-2516 or Michele at 520-909-7208 or Karen at 480-328-5570.

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animals • Call 911 at the first sight or smell of smoke or fire! • Check OFD website frequently, www.oraclefire. org, for additional information and updates

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Stay healthy in Oracle with Sun Life Family Health Center By John Hernandez You don’t have to go far from home to find quality health care in Oracle.

With offices in Oracle and nearby San Manuel, Sun Life Family Health Care Center is a great alternative to driving

Ruth Seppala, FNP-C, and Ted Crawford, D.O.

to Tucson for medical care. Dr. Ted Crawford is an Associate Medical Director for Sun Life Family Health Center in Pinal County. He is also the D.O. for the Oracle Sun Life Family Health Center. Dr. Crawford received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa. His post graduate training and internship were completed while serving our country in the United States Air Force. He was stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi where he was Officer in charge of the Department of Primary Care. Dr. Crawford moved to Arizona in 1988. In 1990 he started working at the TMC Clinic in San Manuel (currently the San Manuel Sun Life Family Health Center). When the mine closed he started his own

practice in northwest Tucson. In 2007 he rejoined the Sun Life Family Health Center team. Ruth Seppala, FNP-C, was born and raised in Tucson. She is a graduate of Canyon Del Oro High School and received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona in 1977. In 2001 she received her Master of Science degrees in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioners. She worked with Dr. Crawford from 2001 until 2007. She rejoined him as the Family Nurse Practitioner at the Oracle Sun Life Family Health Center in September of 2010. She is married with two children and enjoys outdoor activities. Both Dr. Crawford and FNP Seppala say that they place a lot of emphasis in prevention. “We stress to our patients the importance of diet, exercise and not smoking in

preventing chronic medical problems,” the duo said. “We also have a holistic approach to medicine. We are open to alternative methods and treatments for our patients.” They said that some of the more prevalent medical problems that they see in this area are high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. “Obesity goes hand in hand with both diseases,” said Dr. Crawford. Sun Life works with people who do not have medical insurance by providing discounts and setting up payment plans. Dr. Crawford urges the public not to go to emergency rooms unless it is an emergency. “If you are sick, we offer same day appointments and walk-ins at our Oracle and San Manuel offices,” he said. The Oracle Sun Life Family Health Center provides affordable, accessible, quality medical services. Their family health care includes

diagnosis and treatment of minor and major illnesses; well-child examinations and immunizations; patient education, referral and follow up care; lab specimens can be drawn and you can conveniently pick up your medications at the Oracle office by using their pharmacy services. With the price of gas these days, why drive to Tucson when you can get quality medical services locally at the Sun Life Family Health Centers in Oracle and San Manuel? Al Gutierrez, Eastern Pinal County Regional Manager, said, “I am excited and proud of the quality of medical services Sun Life is providing for people in our area. I will continue to work hand in hand with the community to provide the services they want and need. I would like to thank the TriCommunity and surrounding areas for their support and input.”

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Smoky’s Tail … By Lynn Perez-Hewitt Smoky is a nine and a half year-old, 150 pound Great Dane. We adopted him from the Humane Society in Tucson when he was five years old. That’s already late middle age for a “giant breed.” Dogs his size rarely live to his age and even rarer is a big guy to stay healthy. Smoky was healthy until April of this year when he developed a severe limp. He was unable to really put weight on his back left leg. All sorts of dire thoughts went through our minds, mostly that his hips had gone bad, which could be the end of his quality of life. When after two days he wasn’t getting better on his own we called our Vet. After X-rays and blood work we were relieved, somewhat, to hear that Smoky had damaged his Anterior Cruciate Ligament. That’s the one that holds the tibia and fibula together and helps bend the knee. You may have heard the abbreviation “ACL” in sports reports about injured athletes. Who knew dogs have ACLs too? The options were laid out for us: expensive surgery, which may or may not provide Smoky with quality of life, or some medications to ease his pain and acupuncture treatment. Yes, acupuncture for dogs. Given Smoky’s age it made sense to take the less invasive road first. So we opted for pain and antiinflammatory meds and, yes, acupuncture. He responded almost immediately to the acupuncture. Within five minutes the trembling in his left leg had stopped. He was relaxed and just hung out for the 20 minutes or so of the first treatment. He needed help getting into the car for the drive home. After he got home and slumped into his bed and went to sleep while we waited. The next day he walked without a limp. Then he ran. To see Smoky run is rather like watching a small

horse. He gallops. He galloped flat out chasing an unseen woodland creature in the backyard. He sniffed, turned around and trotted back as if he hadn’t just performed a miracle. He continued day after day to behave as if he had never had a limp. He is by no means a puppy with lots of energy. What he is, is a senior canine who has returned to his full mobility prior to his injury. We have gone for a follow up acupuncture treatment which he tolerated much as he does a bath, a slight annoyance. Heading into our third week of treatment he continues to thrive. We don’t know how long Smoky will stick around, but it’s a relief to know that we can help him to be mobile and pain free in his golden years.

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Tickle your funny bone A cowboy, who just moved to Wyoming from Texas , walks into a bar and orders three mugs of Bud. He sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn. When he finishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders three more. The bartender approaches and tells the cowboy, “You know, a mug goes flat after I draw it. It would taste better if you bought one at a time.” Smoky the Dog

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Crossword Puzzle: The Fifties ACROSS 1. Panorama or scene 6. *Its pilots flew with the U.S. in Korean War 9. Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, ____, Love” 13. These accompany pains 14. Right-angle building extension 15. “Die Lorelei” poet 16. Mangles 17. Water in Paris 18. Acrylic fiber 19. Actor/Director Sydney 21. Like hot lava 23. *___ Laurence Olivier star of Richard III 24. Raunchy 25. British sci-fi doctor 28. Fail to win

30. Famously filed for bankruptcy in 2008 35. Argo’s propellers 37. “For ____ the Bell Tolls” 39. Actress Watts 40. Small stream 41. *Hang-out spot 43. Sauce base of fat and flour 44. Small porch 46. Actress Rogers 47. 100 centavos in Mexico 48. Do this through the tulips? 50. Offensively curious 52. Bear’s room 53. Double reed woodwind 55. *Sock ____, a.k.a. dance

57. Emerson: “____-__, proud world, I’m going home” 60. *”From Here To Eternity” Oscar winner 64. *Bullwinkle to Boris, e.g.

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27. The lowest deck 29. Door-stopping wedge, e.g. 31. It has a neck and strings 32. Made cow sound 33. Make somebody laugh 34. *Vice President for most of decade 36. One-armed bandit 38. Office communique 42. Revered Hindu 45. *Type of skirt 49. ____ and flow 51. Distant, yet within sight 54. Inspections of court documents in hearings 56. Break down or analyze 57. Hurtful remark 58. “Pop it in the ____!” 59. Kiln for hops 60. Edible fat 61. Carrying bag 62. Crucifix 63. Mont Blanc mountain range 64. *Hot ___ 66. Bovine sound

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Third Annual Kevin Pakulis Ranch Party is May 21 On Saturday, May 21, join the folks at the Triangle L Ranch for the Third Annual Kevin Pakulis Ranch Party. Gates open at 5 p.m., with music from Tucson’s honky-tonk honeys, The Last Call Girls, starting at “6-ish.” Lisa and Nancy McCallion, Molly’s founder and local singersongwriter, have been singing together since high-school, as their sweet harmonies make obvious. Backed up by accordion wizard, Kevin Schramm, formerly of Molly’s; multi-instrumentalist, Tom Rhodes; and the lovable, duty-free beats of Cowboy Mike Joyal on drums, they perform many of Nancy McCallion’s originals, with a country twist, as well as some new takes on traditional tunes; Come and tap your heels, or, get out on the dance floor and reel, to their smooth, sonic-hillbilly music. For more information about the Last Call Girls please visit: http://www.thelastcallgirls. com/ Headliners for this event are the riveting Kevin Pakulis Band, who take the stage at 8:30 p.m. Singer-songwriter Pakulis provides the locally flavored Americana that Arizonans have come to love and world-wide rootsrock fans are always excited to hear. He is backed up with his mile-wide full band, including Larry Lee Lerma on bass, Ralph Gilmore on drums and Duncan Stitt on keyboards. Expect many charismatic, sincere tunes from the latest Pakulis CD, Shadesville, as well as crowd favorites from earlier recordings. Sit close-up and watch a master perform with professional skill mingled with a pure love for his art., or, get up and move to the music. There is plenty of room, when the spirit moves

you; and, it will! For more information about the Kevin Pakulis Band please visit: http://www.kevinpakulis. com/ The fun-loving folks at Triangle L Ranch offer bed and breakfast accommodations, easy parking; and, the gift shop, sculpture path and art gallery are open until 6 p.m. Walking and dancing shoes are recommended. For directions, or, more information, please visit: http://www.trianglelranch. com/ or, to see the event flyer, visit: http://www. htm. Log onto www.copperarea.

com to see some video of Pakulis from a previous concert at Triangle L.


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Oracle Towne Crier, Oracle, Arizona

May 2011

Special exhibition, Figurative Studies 2011, set for this week only The Oracle Figure Drawing Cooperative invites you to

an exhibition: Figurative Studies 2011, at Schnellman

and Manfredi Fine Arts Ltd., 1972 West Linda Vista in Oracle. This invitation is by appointment only, with the exhibition ending May 14. A reception will be held on Saturday, May 14, from 3 – 6 p.m. To make an appointment, please call 520-896-6521. What is figure drawing? The most basic explanation is that it learning the art of drawing the human body, in its various shapes and sizes, in its positions. It is also arguably the most difficult of subjects to master that an artist is

likely to encounter, including the need to learn proportion for the overall figure, detailed proportion for face, hands, and, other parts; shading; perspective; skeletal and muscular structure; texture of various sorts of hair, flesh, teeth; and, how the human body is constructed. Again, it is also a discipline that, once learned, can open up a world of art to travel through and choose from, as it can be applied to medical illustration, sculpture, portraiture, or, even, comic and cartoon

illustration. Artists participating in this event are: Sharon Brady, who, in March of 2010, was one of two instructors for the class “Pictorial Composition – The Basics,” which had been presented by the Oracle Sunday Artist’s Club and who facilitated the course “Fooling Around with SelfPortrait,” during the same month; Erin Brooks; Neilma Budd, who, according to her site at, paints in watercolors, creates in clay, and is a member of

the Toledo Potter’s Guild; Nyla Butler; Paul Finsness; Emily Haddad; Christopher Lucic; Elizabeth Manfredi; Karen Medley, whose work reflects “the essence of Arizona; Michael Moore; and, Lewis Schnelman, who has been quoted as saying that his paintings are about the place, with location being the subject matter that inspires him to create. For more information about Schnellman and Manfredi Fine Arts Ltd., please visit http://www.schnellmanfredi.

By John Hernandez There are some ladies in Oracle that started out as some individuals who wanted to learn to paint with

watercolors. From their interest in art they have built something more. In 2008 the ladies were

taking a watercolors class at the Oracle Community Center. When their teacher took an extended vacation, the ladies wanted to keep painting and learning. One of the ladies, Jill Caid offered her home as a location for the class. “It had good lighting, a big dining table and air conditioning,” said one of the ladies. The two most experienced artists agreed to teach the class and WEGO was born. WEGO stands for Watercolor Exploration Group of Oracle. The ladies come from different and similar backgrounds. Three of them are retired teachers. Some are business women, a few are nurses and one is an investigator for probate court. The group is made up of seven women. I first met some of the ladies at the Oracle Studio Art Tour. They were displaying their art at the Rancho Linda Vista Art Barn. They happily reported that they all sold a painting at the show. This was their second year participating in the show. “It gives us confidence that someone likes our work,” they said. WEGO meets every Wednesday at Jill’s house. They have a commitment to the class and schedule their lives around it. They enjoy each other’s company. They share knowledge among each other. When one of

them attends a workshop or seminar, they come back and report what they learned to the rest of the class. The ladies each take turns teaching class. At the end of each class, they have a show and tell and critique each other’s work. One of them said “we communicate well with each other and give constructive criticism.” The WEGO girls also visit several watercolor guild exhibits together each year. They attend the art shows and make a day of it stopping for lunch and some good conversation. Although their passion and their interest is watercolor, they find time to socialize. They also act as a support group for each other. Some of them have had parents with serious health problems or have been ill themselves. The group helps each other out with art and in their personal lives. “This is such a supportive, generous hearted, creative group,” said one. The seven artists in WEGO are Jill Caid, Vonnie West, Nyla Butler, Rachel Opinsky, Margie Buchanan, Sherrie Ziegler and Pat Hardin. Nyla was given credit by the girls for coming up with the group’s name. When asked why they stay with the class a couple of the ladies commented, “It saves a lot on psychiatric bills,” and “girls got to have fun.” With that attitude all I can say is you go girls!

Students find a way to keep learning Elizabeth Manfredi and Lewis Schnelman

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