Artifacts – November 2015


David M. Roche, director and CEO of the Heard Museum. Photo courtesy Greg Salvatori

David M. Roche, director and CEO of the Heard Museum. Photo courtesy Greg Salvatori

Heard Museum Names David M. Roche Director and Chief Executive Officer.

Phoenix’s internationally renowned home to American Indian art from prehistory to the contemporary cutting edge, has named David M. Roche as its director and CEO.

Roche has worked the past 18 years as director of American Indian art for Sotheby’s, the New York-based auction house. He begins work Friday, Jan. 1, nearly a year after the Heard began a national search to fill the position.

“My interest in American Indian art started when my parents returned from a trip to the Southwest,” said Roche, who was born and raised in Chicago.

“They had visited the Navajo and Hopi reservations, and they brought back souvenirs. They brought back a little Zuni fetish, a miniature Acoma jar, a Hopi Kachina, and I was hooked.”

Roche holds a bachelor’s degree in American history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s in arts administration from New York University. He has family connections to the Valley and made his first visit to the Heard in 1989. He also worked as director of Gallery 10, a Native art specialist with locations in Scottsdale and Santa Fe.

Roche succeeds James Pepper Henry, the first Heard director to be a Native American tribe member. He left in February to lead the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Okla., after less than a year-and-a-half in Phoenix.

“Jim Pepper Henry got us off to a good start with a strategic plan that we are still using,” said Sue Navran, president of the Heard’s board of trustees.

Roche is expected to continue the Heard’s efforts to expand and diversify its audience, she added.

“David had a lot of great ideas about how to use our collection to draw connections between historical and contemporary art,” she said.

Roche praised the Heard’s stellar reputation, calling it “one of the most unique museums in the world.”

“One of the great assets of the Heard is a permanent collection that comprises more than 40,000 works of art, and amongst them are true masterpieces of American Indian art,” he said. “Those should be celebrated and will continue to be a cornerstone of the programming moving forward. But I also see the Heard reaching out and working with other museums and private collectors in putting together exhibitions that speak to a variety of tribal traditions and to the breadth and the beauty and the power of American Indian art, both historical and contemporary.”

See Press Release HERE.

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Guild President Greetings

Happy Dia de los Meurtos!!

What an exciting time to be actively involved in the Heard!! Moondance was a spectacular evening starting with our gigantic Frida puppet greeting everyone as they entered! Mark and Mary Bonsall were honored that evening and we are so fortunate to have their energy, insights, and talents supporting the Heard and the Guild! Thanks to each of you who participated in Moondance planning committees, volunteered at the event, supported the raffle, and/or joined in the festivities of the evening. It was terrific to see so many Guild members throughout the evening.

By the time you read this, the Frida exhibit will have opened and the Museum is expecting record crowds. I hope you took advantage of discounted tickets for the Frida Fiesta dinner scheduled for Dec 4 – the menu is amazing and showcases many recipes from Frida’s cookbook. If you missed the discount, there is still time to order tickets to attend.

This is a busy time of year for all of us with new exhibit openings, school tours in full swing, visitors coming back to shop in our gift shop, new projects in the library, and, of course, many special events. Spanish Market promises to be joyous again this year and our visiting artists are looking forward to the unique and special attention only the Guild provides!! Our Apache course is now sold out. Don’t wait too long to sign up for the other short courses throughout the year!! Guild trips have fabulous itineraries coming up too.

Don’t miss out on the fun – volunteer for something you love or haven’t yet tried. Keep reading Artifacts and the weekly Happening Now to learn more about how you can help and the many other fun and educational events planned for the Guild.

Looking forward to working together soon!!


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November 18 Guild Meeting

Mary Kim TitlaMary Kim Titla. (Apache) will be featured speaker. She is a former TV Host in Tucson, very involved in Native America young peoples issues. Publisher, 2008 candidate in Arizona First Congregational District.

Date: Wednesday, November 18
Place: Steele Auditorium
Refreshments will be provided by The Guild Board members.
Register for Prepare for Fair Lecture series


  • 9:30 – Socializing
  • 10:00 – Speaker
  • 11:00 – Business meeting

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Welcome New Guild Members

Carolyn Clark
Dave Clark
Lucy Guernsey
Dianne Cobb
Cyndi Miller
JoAnne Smith
Cris Franco
Rachel Blank

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Can You Help?

Exciting, Fun Opportunities are Waiting for Guild Volunteers
This is the time of year when the Heard Museum and the Guild get into action, and you can be part of the action. Flexible shifts are available to accommodate busy schedules. If you have not volunteered yet, give it a try and if you have volunteered in the past, try something new. Be a part of the fabulous energy that is the Heard Museum during our Fall season.

Museum Needs Volunteers

2016 Fiesta Bowl Parade

Heard Balloon Walkers Needed Once again, the Heard Museum is participating in the National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade on Saturday, Jan. 2. We need 20 people who are willing and able to walk with our Cradle Baby balloon and our Heard banner down the parade route. You’ll receive a very cool long-sleeved Heard Museum shirt, a parking pass and our thanks for helping out! If you are interested, please contact Deb Krol at 602.251.0218 or email

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Guild Committee Chairs Need Your Help

Museum Shop

There are opportunities available for each day of the week, though we especially need volunteers on Thursdays (morning, swing, and afternoon shifts) and Sundays (swing and afternoon shifts). We provide training on the cash registers and instruction on sales techniques. If you have a love for finely crafted American Indian art and would like to share your knowledge of Indian art techniques and culture with Heard Museum visitors, then please contact Alexis Hill, (602) 578-9780, or email:

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Staff Appreciation Luncheon – Food Donations are Needed
Nov. 6 from 11:30-12:30 in Monte Vista

Note: All Guild members are invited to attend, even if you did not volunteer to work that day.

This is a great opportunity for the Guild membership to thank and meet the Heard Museum Staff. The theme this year is FALL FIESTA. We are asking the membership to volunteer to provide Mexican Food Dishes including Salads, Deserts, and make Cash donations to help off set the cost. We also need about nine people to help serve and to clean up. As of this time we only have 12 food donations, we need about 40 total. The Staff really appreciates this event. All Guild members are invited to attend and enjoy the luncheon and fun. This event will coincide with Frida exhibit and kick off Spanish Market. You will have another opportunity to sign up at the October 14th Guild Meeting. You can also contact anyone of the Committee members. Thanks in advance for your support. Please contact:

Thanks in advance for your help ~ Rod & Winona Passmore, Hank& Cathy Short

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El Mercado de Las Artes – Nov. 14 – 15, Courtyard
Need Volunteers & Drink & Snack Donations

Sandie Straub at 602) 526-6194…she is on stand-by awaiting your call! Hugs to all, Sandie

There will be a box in the Guild Room for non-perishable donations only.

Contact Sandie Straub at

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Indian Fair & Market Volunteer Placement Chair Position
This is a great job for two people to Co-Chair.

Would you like to volunteer from the comfort of your own home on your schedule and in your PJ’s? Do you automatically proofread road signs and restaurant menus for typos and misspellings? Can you construct a simple Excel spreadsheet or are you willing to learn? Do you have a reliable printer? Then do I have the Volunteer Position for you! Shadow Lucille Shanahan in 2015-16 as Guild Indian Fair and Market Volunteer Placement Chair and become Placement Chair in 2016-17. Responsibilities include attendance at three Fair Committee Chair meetings, keeping an Excel spread sheet of volunteer lists sent by individual Committee Chairs, helping Fair Chairs fill openings, printing and distributing Fair Volunteer Badges. This is a great job for two people to Co-Chair. For more information, contact Lucille Shanahan at or at 623-556-1430.

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Save the Date Dec. 9 for Annual Guild Holiday Brunch

Join fellow Guild members in celebrating this festive season

  • Wednesday, December 9th, Steele Auditorium
  • Social 9:30am
  • Brunch 10:00am
  • Program to follow

Share your favorite dish, dessert or salad with members
If your last name begins with the following initials please bring:

  • A-G – Main Dish
  • H-O – Holiday Dessert
  • P-Z – Fruit or Salad

Food must table ready with serving pieces.

Any questions please contact Barbara D’Alessio at:

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Guild Trips

Haven’t taken a Guild trip yet? Read our Traveler’s Reviews

Tohono O’odham Native Lands – Dec. 4-6

Native cultures specialist Jesús Garcia from the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum will lead a tour exploring the Tohono O’odham native lands from the current reservation land into northern Sonora to study how this amazing culture managed to exist in the harsh environment known as the Hells Highway.Along with specialist Bob Scarborough, we explore the upper Gulf of California where the desert meets the Sea. We’ll spend a day in the amazing volcanic field of the Pinacate as well as a day learning about the intertidal zone of the Gulf of California. All the while enjoying wonderful seafood treats, cocktail parties and spectacular ocean views from our resort property on the beach. For more information or to sign up, email Shelley Mowry:
Space is limited.

Tohono O’odham Native Lands Flyer
Tohono O’odham Native Lands Registration

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Northern Chihuahua Feb 5-8, 2016

We’ll travel to northern Chihuahua to spend time with amazingly talented potters in the village of Mata Ortiz. This visit will enhance your experience of the Heard Guild’s Indian Fair & Market’s theme of celebrating pottery.

You’ll spend an afternoon welcomed into the home of Juan Quezada and his family. We’ll enjoy a lecture on clay and painting techniques.

Other highlights include: time at the amazing archeological ruins and world class museum of Paquimè.

A visit to Spencer and Emi MacCallums home for a entertaining reception and lecture. We’ll enjoy lunch at Hacienda San Diego, one of Luis Terrazas many grand properties in Chihuahua. All the while enjoying visits with many of the regions finest artists to acquire fabulous pottery at very reasonable prices.

For more information or to sign up, email Shelley Mowry:

Northern Chihuahua Flyer
Northern Chihuahua Registration form

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Hopi Mesas

May 6-9 we’ll return to the Hopi reservation for an very special, in depth look at this fascinating culture.

Led by Mark Bahti, we’ll spend three full days exploring areas of the three mesas that we’ve not seen before… as well as old favorites such as Joe and Janice Day’s Tsukurshovi Trading post and hopefully, an unforgettable Mothers Day in a few different pueblos.

We’ll also visit with the very best silvers artists, potters, katsina carvers, glass blowers and Hopi weavers.  Always set in a very open and enjoyable setting.

We’ll be at the fabulous La Posada hotel for three nights to enjoy all the accoutrements and magical ambiance the La Posada is famous for…  And we’ll enjoy multiple experiences at the incredible Turquoise room.

Come treat yourself.  All of the Heard Guild tours are designed to offer the very best experience, offer the very finest artists to learn from, in every region we travel.

For more information or to sign up, email:

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Short Courses

Saturday’s January  2016: Native Peoples of the Southwest: An Overview

5_Southwet_tribesParticipants will learn about the Southwest and the first American from the prehistoric peoples to their historic descendants to the people today, who continue to blend their ancient traditions with the challenges of the 21stcentury.  The aim of the course is to promote respect for Native people and an appreciation of their art and cultures.

Instructor:  Lucille Shanahan, Heard Museum Docent,
Location:   Encanto Room, Dorrance Education Center, Heard Museum
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

  • Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016
  • Thursday, Jan. 16, 2016
  • Thursday, Jan. 23, 2016- this class will be from 9:30 -12:30 with a break for lunch and optional tour of the Heard Museum to follow at 2:00 pm.

Registration Fees

  • Active Las Guias members Free
  • Heard Guild members $40.00
  • Heard Museum members $50.00
  • Non-members $60.00

To register contact Sidney Wilson,

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Prepare for the Fair Lecture Series

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The 2016 Prepare for the Fair Series brings 11 acclaimed artists, authors, and Heard Museum experts together in a series of talks and demonstrations in anticipation of the Fair.  The focus of this series will be The Art of Pottery, which is the theme for the 2016 Fair.  The first talk will be an overview of southwestern pottery, from archeologist Allen Dart.  The next three sessions will delve into southwestern pottery, including its history, meanings, design significance. There will also be an opportunity for 20 people to make a pot under the guidance of Ron Carlos and to see him fire pots. As a bonus, there will be a session focusing on jewelry, especially turquoise and new contemporary pieces.

Whether you know a lot about pottery or very little, this series is your opportunity to hear from the experts before you go to the Fair.  You can also expand your knowledge about jewelry and find out about cutting-edge trends.

Prepare for the Fair is supported by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

Registration will begin at the November Guild meeting.  Mr. Carlos’ class is limited to the first 20 people who register for it.


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Book Clubs

Northeast Valley Book Club: Our next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the home of Judith Dobbs. The book for discussion is Changing Woman: The Life and Art of Helen Hardin by Jay Scott.

Changing_WomanWhere to buy Changing Woman: The Life and Art of Helen Hardin: The Heard Book Shop is not able to order copies because the book is out of print. But…there are plenty of used copies available at a reasonable price from Amazon and other used book sellers.

Looking ahead to December, we will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 15. The book will be Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy by Kent Nerburn. We need a volunteer to host the December meeting. Meeting Dates: Please note that the November and December meetings will be on the third Tuesday of the month. The group decided on this change because of Thanksgiving and Christmas. In January we will resume meeting on the fourth Tuesday. For more information contact Linda Hefter:

Not a Book Club Member Yet?
Northeast Valley Guild Book Club. Contact Linda Hefter:
Central Phoenix Guild Book Club. Contact Jackie Kemmer:
West Valley Guild Book Club. Contact Winona Passmore:

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Heard November Happenings

Friday, Nov. 6th 6-10pm: First Friday: Frida in Focus

Phoenix Fridas

Sunday, Nov. 8th from 5-8pm: Veterans Sunset Tribute & Reception   Join veterans groups, color guards, performers and speakers at the American Indian Veterans National Memorial on the grounds of the Heard Museum followed by a reception inside the museum’s Steele Auditorium. The one-hour ceremony begins at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, with the reception, featuring hors d’oeuvres, immediately following.

Saturday & Sunday Nov. 14th, 15th, 10am-5pm: El Mercado de Las Artes
Thursday, Nov. 19th 5-9pm:
12th annual Spirit of the Heard Award ceremony
Saturday, Nov. 21 10am-2pm: American Indian Art & Artifacts Appraisal Day
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 27-29: Ornament Marketplace

Frida’s Fiesta

Dinner is Friday, Dec. 4

Frida fiestaHeard Museum members get a special price of $35 per person (tax and gratuity additional) for a savory one-time-only holiday fiesta buffet dinner re-created by the chefs of our Courtyard Café! The dishes are based on recipes from the book Frida’s Fiestas: Recipes and Reminiscences of Life with Frida Kahlo by Marie-Pierre Colle and Guadalupe Rivera.

Purchase tickets

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Las Guias Happenings

Supplemental/Make Up Walk-throughs: If you are not able to attend the curator walk-throughs for the two Frida exhibits or would like to discuss and review the new exhibits with a small group of guides… Join Marlene Scholsohn or Linda Hefter for a supplemental/make up walk-through.

Walk-through schedule for November: Please register in advance!

With Marlene Scholsohn: 480-488-8530 or
Monday, Nov. 2 10:30 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 9 10:30 a.m.

With Linda Hefter: 480-471-2190 or
Wednesday, Nov. 4 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 11 10:30 a.m.

Additional Walk-throughs will be scheduled if there is a need. E-mail Linda Hefter at with your request. Article in Arizona Republic: Here is the link to the Frida article in Sunday’s AZ Republic

Need More Information: Check out the Docent Cart in the Heard Museum Library. Also check out the many books related to the new exhibits in the Heard Museum Book Store.

Frida Kahlo Exhibit’s Label Copy 

Continuing Education Credit

Remember attendance at the Guild meetings and listening to the speakers counts as a continuing education credit.
Enter your Continuing Education Credits HERE.

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Around Town

New Exhbit at Desert Caballeros Western Museum

Naranjo_All-Things-are-Possible_AAA-207x300All Things Are Possible – The Inspired Life Work of Michael Naranjo
Celebrated sculptor Michael Naranjo works by feel, conveying insight of subject garnered from personal perseverance, soulful inspiration and relentless faith in the artistic path.  DCWM is honored to present this expansive, interactive exhibition of more than forty Naranjo sculptural works from the world renowned Collection of Tia, for tactile exploration by visitors of all ages and abilities.

October 17 2015 through February 28 2016
Details HERE.


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All details for the above; time, location, registration, and contact person can be found on the website Calendar.

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