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2021 Board of Directors Election


The Sonoran Arts League Board of Directors consists of eleven members serving staggered three year terms.
Each year a slate of nominees are selected by the Nominating Committee. 

This year's election will be conducted by an independent online voting service. The election opens November 9 and closes December 12, 2021. Each Sonoran Arts League member in good standing will receive voting instructions by email. If an email is not on file members will receive voting instructions by mail.

The following positions will be elected for three-year terms that commence January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2025.


Meet the Candidates

Mel Brook

I wish to join the Sonoran Arts League Board of Directors to lend my skills in organizational and financial planning.  I would like to help advance opportunities for all ages of students to get involved with art classes and create more involvement with our surrounding communities.  I would like to help develop a long-range strategic plan for member arts and the League to have a higher degree of community outreach and impact.

While studying Business Law at the University of Washington, I started oil paintings of seascapes.  After college I became a real estate broker and owned my own real estate company.  I later became a real estate director for McDonald’s, a national fast-food chain for 14 years.  The next 15 years I was a commercial real estate developer and developed over 32 retail shopping centers.

In 2000, I purchased a vacation home in the Terravita Golf & Country Club in north Scottsdale.  I joined the Terravita Art League (TAL) and was a board member of TAL for 7 years and co-chaired the TAL Studio Tour for 2 years.  I then became chairman of the TAL Studio Tour for 5 years.  I was elected to the Terravita Community Association (TCA) Board of Directors for 4 years and served as chairman of the finance committee during that time.

During the past year I have served on the Sonoran Arts League Membership Committee.  I have been painting with oils and acrylics since retirement in 2008 and is a Juried member of Sonoran Arts League. I am married to Carol, also an artist and together we have a second home in Redmond, WA where we spend our summers.  This is the first year we are participating in Hidden In The Hills Artist Studio Tour and are co-hosts.

I enjoy painting numerous subjects but am known for paintings of native American jars and bowls which replicate designs from actual historic pottery.  I have exhibited paintings in Arizona and Washington state.

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Beverly Carlson-Bradshaw

I have worked previously in the legal field as a Legal Assistant for 14 years.  

My last 20 years of my career I had my own Design Firm.  I employed a Bookkeeper part-time and a Design Assistant.  I was on the Board for 4 years with the N.W. Society of Interior Designers and also, on the Ways & Means Committee for 3 years.  I was also a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Assoc.  

I believe running my own business and being successful will help me in the position for the Board at the Sonoran Arts League.  I had to market myself being self-employed, procuring and ordering furniture, etc., dealing with the public, clients, contractors, their subs and many different vendors.

I have been a member of Desert Foothills Women’s Club and with the Scholarship Committee for a year.

I am now a full-time working artist and am also showing at The Finer Arts Gallery in Cave Creek.  I am a member of Arizona Artists Pastel Assoc., West Coast Pastel Society and Artists in Arizona along with Sonoran Arts League. I have taught pastel classes for the Veteran’s at the Arts Learning Studio for the Sonoran Arts League and will be teaching more in the coming year.

I would like to run for the Board for many reasons: 1)  to help grow the membership to be a stronger non-profit business and possibly at some point expand to other areas of the Valley that could bring in more members. 2)  be open to hearing what the members concerns and wants are and what they would like to see happen with their organization. 3)  Bringing in more opportunities for the artist members. 4)  to see that Sonoran Arts League continues and expands by making money to help it grow. 5)  find ways we can reach younger artists to become members of the organization. 6)  possibly connect with other organizations and partner with them to help us grow. 7)  to continue to bring more education to the League with more classes for both locals, members, and veterans. 

The Sonoran Arts League has been a great organization for me since moving here to Carefree almost four years ago.  I have made wonderful friendships with so many of the artist members and hope to continue to do so.  It will be my first year hosting Hidden in the Hills and being in the studio tour.  None of which could have happened if I hadn’t been a member!

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David Court


I emigrated from the UK to Arizona in 2013 and became a US Citizen in 2010. For 10 years ending October 2020, I was Executive Director of the Desert Foothills Library. During that period I grew the donor base and library programs as well as actively encouraged the establishment of the Desert Foothills Gallery which led to many SAL artists being able to exhibit in the library at no charge.

If elected to the SAL Board I believe my skills in 501 c 3 administration, donor relations and communication will benefit the organization as it looks to the future.

I am now retired and my wife, Deborah, and I enjoy hiking and travel. I sit on the Board of the Kiwanis Club of Carefree and am Vice President of the Kiwanis Club of Carefree Benefit Foundation which is responsible for awarding grants using funds raised at the Cave Creek Marketplace Thrift Store.

It has always been my intention to volunteer and I welcome the opportunity to further the mission of the Sonoran Arts League, if elected to the Board.