Programs & Events

In partnership with RLV OracleArt Inc.

The Rancho Linda Vista artists community is a pioneer in the emergence of Arizona’s vibrant arts scene. Over the years many writers, poets, and musicians of note have spent time here, working, sharing and collaborating. Learn more about our history and the nonprofit organization RLV OracleArt.

The Magnificent Women
Documentary Film Premiere by Mia Tomé, with live music performed by Alex & the Moondaze

Friday, May 19 @ 7 PM
The Wilson Barn, 2436 West Linda Vista Road in Oracle

Join us for the film premiere of a documentary short featuring a Portuguese actress, long fascinated by American Westerns, who sets off to talk to the women of the American Southwest. The film spotlights resident sculptor Judith Stewart and musician/performer Raquel Denis.

Poetry Reading with Karen Brennan, Cynthia Hogue & Joan Larkin

The Wilson Barn, 2436 West Linda Vista Rd., Oracle

A reading of recent work by award-winning poets Karen Brennan, Cynthia Hogue, and Joan Larkin. Wine and cheese. Everyone welcome! Karen Brennan is the author of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Television, a Memoir is her eighth book. Cynthia Hogue is a poet, essayist, and translator. Copies of her tenth collection, instead, it is dark, have just arrived from the publisher. Joan Larkin is completing her sixth book of poems, Old Stranger, while visiting Rancho Linda Vista.

Funk Night with DJ Herm, at the Wilson Barn

A night of Funk Music with DJ Herm, the "Jockey Of Discs, Rocker Of Parties, In The Scene, Out Of The Loop, Anti-Social Social Media Socialite, Tattooless In Tucson." 7-10 PM, $5 entry fee.

A Night of Music:
Nico Play at the Wilson Barn

Monday, January 16 at 7 PM; suggested $20 donation

Some last-minute live music at the Wilson Barn, featuring Nico Play, a bilingual singer-songwriter from Mexico City, on tour from Chicago. Nico is supported by Big City Sleep, the band of our friend and next-door neighbor Caleb Gutierrez—playing for their first time in Oracle! Maybe in the mood to cry a little? Come enjoy a special evening at the barn!

Live at the Wilson Barn:
Little Mazarn & More

Little Mazarn is a musical collaboration between friends Lindsey Verrill (songwriter, vocalist) and Jeff Johnston (saw). Hailing from Austin Texas, their songs "invent new landscapes where the ground is the sky, where the foot touches the cloud and it dissolves ever so slowly, where the eye has the entire day to observe the path of the snail." They will be joined by the Ralph Roman Experience and the Rancho Linda Vista Band. $20 suggested donation.

Crafting a Moment

A Brief Introduction to an Actor’s Toolbox with Sam Rush

Sunday, Jan. 5, 2.30–5pm at RLV Oracle Arts Wilson Barn
( See Directions)

Becoming the character you play while at the same time having an actor’s awareness of the performance environment is a blended state of being that is the basis for most acting methods in use today. It requires a strong will, a childlike curiosity and a willingness to trust yourself and others. This free workshop will introduce some of these fundamental skills and give you an experience of creating a theatrical moment.

Sam Rush is a director and actor who is the co-founder of New Century Theatre. He holds an MFA in Directing and has taught acting and directing at the University of Massachusetts, Smith College, Western New England University, Asnuntuck Community College, and in the Northampton, MA community.

Three-Plate Monotype & Stitch Shibori

Two Printmaking Workshops with Maine Mixed-Media Artist & Printmaker Kris Sader

We're delighted to announce that the accomplished printmaker, mixed media and installation artist Kris Sader will offer two workshops this February, during her RLV guest artist residency.

  • 3-Plate Monotype: Saturday, Feb. 16, 10am–4pm at RLV studios.
    This technique of monotype printing offers the opportunity of color mixing/interactions, and mark making that allows for luminosity of the paper to add excitement to the print. Download PDF to learn more.

  • Stitch Saburi (Japanese Tie-Dye): Saturday, Feb. 23, 10am–2.30pm at the Wilson Barn.
    Shibori (to wring, squeeze, press/shaped resist dyeing) is the name for Japanese Tie-dye. By restricting cloth 3 dimensionally with folds, crinkling or stitching, beautiful flat designs can be achieved. The results will show the technique used but will always be unique to that work session. Download PDF to learn more

Telling Lives

Writing Intensive with William Pitt Root & Pamela Uschuk

In May 2019, RLV was was honored to have award-winning writers and editors, William Pitt Root and Pamela Uschuk lead its inaugural week-long poetry intensive.

Attended by poets from around the country, Telling Lives was an inspirational mixed genre, hands-on, generative writing intensive that focused on weaving poetry and lyric prose to create memoir.

At the conclusion, participating poets launched RLV’s 50th Anniversary Memorial Weekend Celebration with a reading of their works.

Given the workshop’s success, we look forward to hosting another workshop in the future. Follow us on facebook to stay posted.