Category: July 2021

Desert in Bloom at Madaras Gallery

Diana Madaras’ Desert in Bloom

Nina Berghausen Diana Madaras’ bold, colorful paintings capture the beauty of the desert in bloom. Explore the local flora and fauna through the eyes of an artist, including prickly pear blooms, wildflowers, and poppies, from July 1 through 31 at Madaras Gallery, located at 3035 N. Swan Road in Tucson. The gallery is open seven days…

Fusing Glass is Fun!

Mountain wall art by Susan Vaupel

Doris Betuel The Fused Glass Club is having a lot of fun making everything from garden stakes, totem poles, trays, boxes, and bowls, to more artistic sun catchers and wall art. We have beginners to seasoned glass artists in our club, and we all share the same passion—namely, melting glass! During the winter, our kiln…

Crafting Fun, Bringing Smiles

Club member Pat Serveiss with Jason, a hospital volunteer at the Tucson–Southern Arizona Veterans Hospital

Jaine Toth The Robson Papercrafting Group helped bring smiles with their handmade cards at two different charitable organizations in May. Jaine Toth visited the Pinal County Animal Shelter on May 18 and presented 50 cards to Adoption Coordinator Braidy Susel. The intent is for them to hand them out to people adopting pets. Susel assured…

Fly With the Butterflies and Doreen

The following participants got "the butterflies" with Doreen Beers, the lead flyer (left to right): Concepta Savage, Linda Webb, Maryan Hopkins, Doreen Beers, Diana Mikol, and Connie Wiletzky.

Nancy Friedman, Co-Education Chairman Butterflies were the topic of the day when Doreen Beers demonstrated how to paint butterflies in watercolor on May 18. Her six participants learned the wet-on-wet and wet-to-dry techniques of watercolor to start their basic butterflies, and then went on to embellish them with a white gel pen and black ink.…

Summer Dancing

Members of the intermediate dance class

Linda Gayer Summer at Robson Ranch brings hot temperatures, monsoon rains, and dust each afternoon. But if you go to the Sports Club, music will be playing in the aerobics room as Line Dancing Club members learn new choreography to favorite songs, as well as dance to old-time favorites. Although some of the dances are…

57 Quilts and Afghans Delivered by Desert Threads

Sue Bart Our community service chair, Jody Edwards, with President Diana Jones, delivered 15 quilts to U.S. Veterans on May 14. They also delivered 31 kids’ quilts, nine adult quilts, and two knitted afghans to United Methodist Outreach Ministries (UMOM) in Phoenix. What was amazing about this delivery was that all of the quilts delivered…

Theater At the Ranch Relaunch Coming Soon

Deborah Dorman Shortly before COVID-19 required shut-downs and social distancing, a theater club was beginning to form here at Robson Ranch. The goals were to produce, to begin with, a summer and a winter play, by and for the residents of the Ranch. Other activities such as trips to attend performances, and possible classes and training in…

U.S. Military History: Independence Day

Ross Dunfee The first successful English colony settled in America was at Jamestown, Va., in 1607—and the migration was on—primarily of British, German, and Dutch extraction, but immigrants arrived from throughout Europe. Communities were settled and financed primarily by privately-organized British settlers or families using free enterprise without any significant English royal or Parliamentary government…