Artifacts – September 2014

September 2014 Issue

Guild President Greetings

Welcome Back!!! I hope all of you had a wonderful summer. Heartfelt thanks to the many Guild members who worked throughout the summer touring, and staffing the shop, bookstore, and information desk. If you weren’t in town during the summer, ask your friends about the fun our visitors had playing with Legos in the BUILD exhibit! Remember, if you haven’t already, you have until September 28 to make a creation of your own!

Our Guild committees worked diligently throughout the summer too. Plans for the upcoming year’s special events are well underway including the Book Sale scheduled for early December, Indian Market and Fair, Student Art Show and Sale and our sponsorship of the Student Art Symposium. We have an exciting roster of guest speakers for Guild meetings starting in September with our Museum Director, Jim Pepper Henry. Our fabulous new website is up and running.

Please watch the weekly updates in the Happening Now section on our website for timely news and information. I hope you will take advantage of all the Guild has to offer – join a committee, volunteer for a new job assignment or to work on a special event, join a Guild book club near your home, attend a Heard Guild Explores day trip or lecture, travel with the Guild, and, of course, mark your calendar to attend our monthly meetings. The Board welcomes your input and feedback, so please let us know how we can help make your Guild experience even more rewarding.

Best, Susan

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September Guild Meeting

Social/Speaker/Business meeting. Speaker: James Pepper Henry, Director and CEO of the Heard Museum. There will be time for a Q & A session. • Date: Wednesday, September 17 • Place: Steele Auditorium • Agenda:

  • 9:30 a.m. for socializing
  • 10 -11 for our speaker
  • 11 – noon business meeting
  • 12-12:30pm – “Get to know and use our website” session”

Refreshments will be provide again this year by the Museum Food and Beverage Department which we greatly appreciate.

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Guild Bylaws Revisions – Can You Help!

Bylaws and policy statements provide the structure and guidelines needed to describe how we are organized and how we function as an organization. While we have enacted some isolated amendments in the past few years, it is time for us to review our bylaws and policies as a whole. We want to be sure that we have both the flexibility and the framework we need to keep the Guild thriving and financially stable for the years ahead.

The review process began during the summer with a special committee appointed by the Guild Board. This committee, chaired by Richard Borgmann, with the help of Mary Bonsall and Lucille Shanahan, solicited comments and suggestions from our current and past Board leadership. Now the next step is to expand the committee to include two-four additional Guild members willing to review the collected suggestions and comments and devise recommendations for presentation.

If you are willing to help with this process, please contact either Richard Borgmann or Susan by Friday, September 19, 2014. The third step will be a committee report at the December Board meeting, followed by a formal proposal and discussion at the January regular Guild meeting. Following presentation to the membership, several open question and answer sessions will be scheduled to allow members to ask questions of the committee and Board about the proposed changes. A vote of the membership will be taken during the February Guild meeting.

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Museum Staff Changes

Natalie Vandeventer, our new Director of Institutional Advancement began her work at the Heard in July.  Natalie came to us from the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) where she was the Development Manager. She has a long and impressive background including community and philanthropic leadership throughout the Valley. In addition to leading development efforts for the Museum, Natalie is also responsible for the Marketing Department. Among many other initiatives, Natalie is in the process of hiring a new Circles manager to replace Dani Boone who left the Museum last spring. She is enthusiastic about the Heard Museum and is looking forward to working with the Guild.

Carlos Rojas, Heard Museum CFO, is leaving us for a wonderful career opportunity in Puerto Rico. In announcing Carlos’ resignation, CEO Jim Pepper Henry commented, “Carlos was instrumental in helping the Museum through a period of fiscal challenges and organizational change.  We wish Carlos all the best in his future endeavors and we will always consider him a good friend of the Heard Museum.” Carlos’ last day at the Heard is September 1 and we join the entire Heard Museum family in wishing him all the best. Joey Stillman, Controller, will take the lead for the accounting/finance department until a new CFO is appointed. Joey works very closely with our Guild Treasurer and we look forward to continuing a great working relationship with him.

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Volunteers Needed

Guild Bylaws Revision Committee This committee solicited comments and suggestions from our current and past Board leadership on how to revise the Guild Bylaws. (see Guild Bylaws Revision article above) This committee is now looking to expand to include two-four additional Guild members willing to review the collected suggestions and comments and devise recommendations for presentation. If you are willing to help with this process, please contact either Richard Borgmann: or Susan by Friday, September 19, 2014.

Artist Exhibitors Committee Chair Do you enjoy working with artists and want to get more involved with Indian Fair and Market? Shelley Mowry is looking to find someone to shadow her for the Artist Exhibitors Committee Chair. This committee processes artist applications, selects the judges, and organizes jurying to identify the American Indian artists who will exhibit at the Fair. The jurying is based on images that the artists submit. The Chair is a member of the Steering Committee. All the Committees in the Artists section coordinate with the Artist Exhibitors Committee Chair. Click here to learn more about this volunteer opportunity. or Contact Shelley at:, she can tell you all about the fun (and work) of getting to know our talented artists and all that goes into making their Fair experience successful.

Artists Hospitality Committee Chair The hospitality provided to the Fair Artists by this committee does not go unnoticed. The Artists have expressed, year after year, how much they appreciate the way they are taken care of at the Heard Indian Fair & Market. The Artists Hospitality Committee is responsible for providing refreshments for the artists at the Fair, which includes morning coffee and breakfast, as well as morning and afternoon snacks. Bottled water is made available at all times. The Artists Hospitality Chair may recruit other committees to help share the workload. They, in turn, recruit volunteers to assist in the preparation, packaging, and distribution of refreshments during the two- day event. Guild members are asked to donate food for the event. Contact John & Sally Neurenberg at:

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The Pai Tribes Short Course

Pai_People 300The three half-day sessions will focus on the history, culture, and art of the Pai tribes. The sessions will be led by a senior Las Guias member with a presentation by tribal member(s).
Location: Monte Vista Room
Time: 9:30  – 12:30 pm
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Click here for more information or contact Connie Thornton to register:

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Guild Trips

Santa Fe Tour – Nov. 10-16, 2014  – SOLD OUT Click here to see flyer

Santa Fe! — December 8-14, 2014 Winter_in_Santa_FeDue to popularity of Santa Fe trips, a second one had been added. Join the Heard Guild for a week long travel “Ed-Venture” to the soul of the Southwest, Santa Fe, New Mexico.   Led by renowned Indian art dealer and local Tucson legend, Mark Bahti. Mark has spent a lifetime traveling native lands of the southwest, collecting countless pieces which are showcased in his Tucson and Santa Fe galleries.   His knowledge and expertise is unsurpassed as he provides unique insights into the lives and work of native craftspeople and their historical significance. Highlights: Santo Domingo Guadalupe Feast Day, Georgia O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch.

Visits with artists from Santa Clara and Picuris Pueblos, and many special gallery receptions & museum experiences. We will stay six nights at the Inn at Loretto, within walking distance of the Plaza of Santa Fe.  Most of the admissions and meals in this tour are included in this tour. Click here for more information or contact Shelley Mowrey at:

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Alamos, Mexico International Music Festival — January 24-30, 2015 – SOLD OUT Alamos_Alonso_Ortiz_Tirado_Festival 150The 31st annual Festival Alfonso Ortiz Tirado (FAOT) is the most magical time to spend in Alamos and will captivate you with all it has to offer. World class musicians of different genres perform each day and evening on several stages throughout the town with a featured performance each night in classical music in the municipal Palacio. Northern Mexico cultures are also highlighted during the festival. Mayo, Yaqui, and Guarajillo people offer traditional dance, music, and culinary experiences throughout the festival.  Our tour includes four nights at the Hacienda de los Santos, one of the top 25 small luxury resorts in Mexico.  We’ll offer opportunities to participate in both tequila tasting and a “hands on” Mexican cuisine cooking class. Click here for more information or contact Shelley Mowrey at:

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Guild’s Kino Heritage Tour Trip — Mar. 19-21, 2015 Kino_Trip4 day fully inclusive tour to northern Sonora. All meals, tips and welcome receptions. Visit the missions of: San Xavier, Tumacacori, San Ignacio, Magdalena de Kino, Oquitoa, Pitiquito, Átil, Tubutama,Caborca, Banámichi, Huépac, Aconchi, Baviácora, and Arizpe Click here to see flyer. Click here for Registration Form. For more details, contact Shelley Mowry at:

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Navajo Weaving Trade An Artist’s Perspective– May 2015, dates (TBA) We travel through the four corners region with native arts expert Mark Bahti to visit famous weavers in their own element. This tour will offer an in-depth look at the techniques used by many different weavers. The trip will include hands-on demonstrations that will allow an appreciation of this very sacred art form. Very limited participation. For more details, contact Shelley Mowry at:

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2014-2015 Las Guias Class Tuesdays, October 7, 2014- May 5, 2015, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, Encanto Room Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Sept 17, 2014  ` Contact: Lucille Shanahan for more information or to register: The Las Guias Training Class is a comprehensive program open to Guild members. This class will prepare them to conduct tours throughout the Heard Museum.

The class is taught by Jaclyn Roessel, who is the Public Programs and Education Director of the Heard Museum. There is no pre-requisite beyond interest, but a fee is charged. Through lecture, video, reading, guest speakers, discussion and field trips, students gain a thorough knowledge of the history, culture, and art of the American Indians of the Southwest. They also receive special training in cultural sensitivity and in presentation skills for Museum guests of all ages. Fee: $225.00 (Includes cost of required Museum Criminal Background Check)

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Education Ketoh

 Ketoh - Mission San CarlosCalifornia Missions: Road to Salvation or Another Trail of Tears Wednesday, October 15, 1:00 pm, Encanto Room Presenter: Lucille Shanahan Contact: Sue Snyder, Description: California Missions: Road to Salvation or Another Trail of Tears is a lecture/power point presentation which examines the impact of the twenty-one California Missions on California Indians between 1770 and 1860. Cost: No cost and open to the public.

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Heard Guild Explores – What to Expect for the Coming Year

 Anthony_Belvado_-_2We’ve all seen the beautiful Apache fiddles on display in Home: Native People of the Southwest, but how many of us have ever heard one played? You will have that opportunity on Friday, September 12, when Heard Guild Explores begins a new season with a presentation from renowned San Carlos Apache artist Anthony Belvado. A third-generation fiddle-maker, Mr. Belvado learned the craft from his grandfather and, like so many Native American artists, is dedicated to preserving an authentic art form for future generations.

During his presentation, Mr. Belvado will discuss locating the natural materials he needs, including agave, horse hair, mesquite wood and roots, and pine pitch, and the meticulous process of using them to construct a fiddle – a tsii’ edo’a’tl – and bow. He will discuss the cultural significance of the Apache fiddle, show examples of his exquisite work, and will play for us. It will be a rare experience, and one not to be missed. Mr. Belvado studied at Haskell Indian Junior College and the Institute of American Indian Arts. He has lectured on the Apache fiddle at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix and the Red Earth Festival in Oklahoma City, and just concluded a fellowship at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe. The presentation will be at 2:00 pm in Encanto. To register for this event, please contact Catherine Meschter at

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Heard Guild Explores Joins with Las Guias for 2014-2015 Trips For the upcoming season, Heard Guild Explores will link up with this year’s Las Guias class to bring exciting and educational field trips to both groups. While the dates are not yet final, we expect the trips to include:

  • October – Wupatki National Monument and Cameron in Northern Arizona
  • January – Globe and the San Carlos Apache Reservation
  • February – Sells and the Tohono O’odham Reservation in Southern Arizona
  • April – a two-day visit to Hopi

Combining the two groups will make these trips more affordable and give more Heard Guild members the chance to participate in these special events. Look for more information Happening Now and in upcoming issues of Artifacts.

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September Book Clubs

Connect with other Guild members by joining one of the Guild Book Clubs meeting monthly in members’ homes across the Valley.  You choose where you would like to attend.  This is an opportunity to read and discuss new books related to American Indian culture — both fiction and non-fiction. If you are interested in becoming a member of an exciting literary group, find a location near your home. Lauren_Greasewater_War 150The September book selection for the North Scottsdale and West Valley group is: Lauren Greasewater’s War by Stephen Hirst .

North Scottsdale Guild Book Club will meet on Sept. 11 at 10:00 am at the home of Susan Kolman. If you would like to join or find out what the chapter is reading next month, contact Linda Hefter:

West Valley Guild Book Club will meet on Sept. 9 at 10:00 am at the home of Winona Passmore. If you would like to join or find out what the chapter is reading next month, contact Winona Passmore:

ThunderheadThe September book selection for the Central Phoenix chapter is: Thunderhead  by Douglas Preston/ Lincoln Childs. Central Phoenix Guild Book Club will meet on Sept. 10 at 2:00 pm at the home of Marilyn Brooks. If you would like to join or find out what the chapter is reading next month, contact Jackie Kemmer:


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Welcome New Guild Members
Priscilla Brown
Maureen Curley
Laurie Devine
Frank Gollings
Elissa Henrici
Heather Murphy
Michael H. Myers
Theresa Nesbit
Paul Piazza
Valerie Piazza
Kathleen Serrapede
Sharon Vincent
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Staff Appreciation Luncheon
Friday, November 7, 2014, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Monte Vista Room Contact: Lucille Shanahan, The theme for this year’s annual Pot Luck Luncheon to show the Guild’s appreciation to the Heard Staff is “Attitude of Gratitude Friday!” Sign-up sheets for food donations, monetary donations, and committee participation (set up, serving, and clean up) will be available at the September and October Guild meetings. Let’s show a little Attitude of Gratitude.
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2015 Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market – Best of Show Drawing

This year’s theme: CELEBRATING THE ART OF BASKETRY Tickets for all Fair activities go on sale Oct. 1 at the Heard’s Admissions Desk and on Dec. 1 by phone, mail and online. Prizes will be on display in the Museum lobby starting Oct. 1.   BOS Drawing Prizes Montage
This year’s BOS Reception Drawing features four great pieces of art: 1st Prize – Preston Singletary (Tlingit), glass basket, donated by the artist. 2nd Prize – Elsie Holiday (Navajo), “Changing Woman” basket. 3rd Prize – Roland Begay (Navajo), pin/pendant and earring set, wedding basket design in silver and copper. 4th Prize –  Anisa Brown (Pima), a submission to the 2014 Student Art Show & Sale, Pima butterfly basket. Just 600 tickets will be sold, and last year’s tickets were completely sold out, so buy now. Learn More
About the BOS Drawing Artists HERE.

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The Guild’s Book and Treasure Sale, Dec. 5-7

The Book and Treasure Sale is moving ever-closer to it’s goal of the number of donations needed to have a successful event, but we still need your books and no-longer-wanted treasures.
Might you have art, jewelry, Indian arts & crafts or books that you no longer enjoy? If so, please share them with the 18th annual Heard Museum Guild Library and Treasure Sale. All profits will go to the Heard’s Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives.

Donations of books, artworks, and collectibles are accepted throughout the year:

  • Bring your items to the Heard Museum’s loading dock between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, or between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sundays.
  • Deposit books in the book depository container located at the entrance to the Museum loading dock at any time.
  • To arrange for a pick-up of large quantities, contact us at: 

Heard Museum members get the first chance to see and purchase books and artwork during the Members Only shopping hours.

Shopping Hours for Heard Museum Members Only

  • Friday, Dec. 5  – Noon to 5 p.m.

Shopping Hours Free and Open to the Public

  • Friday, Dec. 5 – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for “First Friday”.
  • Saturday, Dec. 6 – 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 7 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

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Shop Amazon and Support the Heard Museum Shopping on the Internet is even more rewarding now. When you shop on Amazon, you can buy what you want, when you want, AND have Amazon donate a percentage of your purchase to the  HEARD MUSEUM!! It’s simple to register and an easy way to support the Heard each time you purchase online. Here’s how: Amazon_Smile

  • Go online to
  • Create an account or enter your user ID and Amazon password – log-in
  • Select the Heard Museum,Phoenix, AZ as the recipient of AmazonSmile contributions
  • Shop till you drop!!!

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.  AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Return to for your online shopping and build Amazon’s contributions to the Heard!!

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Upcoming Events

  • Sept.  9:   West Valley Book Club Meeting
  • Sept. 10: Central Phoenix Book Club Meeting
  • Sept.  11 : Northeast Book Club Meeting
  • Sept. 12:  Heard Guild Explores Apache fiddle demonstration by Anthony Belvado
  • Sept. 17: September Guild Meeting
  • Oct. 7: Las Guias Class Begins Register for the class at:
  • Oct. 15: Education Ketoh presentation by Lucille Shanahan -“The California Missions: Road to Salvation or Another Trail of Tears? Open to members and public.
  • Oct. 16,23,30: The Pai Tribes Short Course Register for the course at:
  • Oct. 16: Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture Additional Information here:
  • Oct. 20: Las Guias Education Exchange Las Guias Members Only- in The Steele Auditorium
  • Oct. 24: New Exhibit Opening / Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison Curator/Staff walk-through for Las Guias. October 24: 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 24: Stephen Fried Lecture – 11am-12pm in the Steele Auditorium
  • Oct 25: New Members Reception – 12-2pm in the Steele Auditorium
  • Oct. 25-26: Museum Shop Fall Sale
  • Nov. 7: Staff Appreciation Luncheon
Recommended Reading for Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison Exhibit:

  • Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison by W. Jackson Rushing III and Kristin Makholm
  • Turning the Feather Around: My Life in Art by George Morrison as told to Margot Fortunato Galt
  • Native Modernism: The Art of George Morrison and Allan Houser  by Truman T. Lowe

Details for all Upcoming Events on Guild Calendar.

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