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The 60th Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market Kickoff

  • You will not want to miss this Month’s Guild Meeting…… January 17th (non members welcome)
  • Get ready for a fantastic program with a panel of experts “Celebrate Excellence”….
  • Wait until you see the gorgeous Fair posters that will be available for sale….
  • Get your Fair merchandise before they are all SOLD OUT….
  • Get your official Guild Fair Apron….
  • Sign up for the exciting “Prepare For the Fair” Series…..

BE THERE: Guild Meeting: January 17th (non members welcome)
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Steele Auditorium
Topic: The 60th Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market Kickoff

Celebrate Excellence

Learn about the 60th Art Exhibition from longtime Heard curator and Director of Research Dr. Ann Marshall. Find out from Diana Pardue, Chief Curator, how art at the Fair is identified as museum quality and purchased for the Heard’s permanent collection. Listen as Sharon Moore, Registrar, and Kristen Caughlin, Assistant Registrar, explain how art is handled and preserved. Hear David Roche, Director and CEO of the Heard Museum, talk about the past, present and future vision for the Heard Museum and the roles that the Guild and the Indian Fair & Market play in that vision.

New Member Orientation following Guild Meeting Program

Fair News

60th Guild Fair Posters Go on Sale At Guild January 17th Meeting
Three versions of the 60th Fair Poster will go on sale at this meeting, with Guild members receiving their 10% discount.

1.  Artist numbered, signed and hallmarked silver foil poster. Of the (60) total numbered limited edition posters, only the first (20) were signed and hallmarked by the artist, Norbert Peshlakai. Member price: Framed: $270.00. Allow up to 3 weeks for delivery after pre-paid order. Not framed and immediately available at the meeting: $180.00. Member can select poster number from those available. NOTE: Poster ( #1/60) will be sold to the high bidder at the BOS Silent Auction.

2.  Numbered but unsigned silver foil limited edition poster. Not framed. Member price: $54.00. Member can select poster number from those available.

3. Standard not numbered ink printed poster. Member price: $18.00.

Will also have for sale the 50th Guild Fair poster and the 60th Fair standard poster as a set for a member price of $30.

Buy Raffle Tickets Online Now! 
Fair artists generously donate select art pieces including jewelry, pottery, basketry, and more for raffle prizes. Drawings are held several times during Fair weekend. You do not need to be present to win. Buy more tickets to increase your chances of winning! Proceeds support the mission and programs of the Heard.
1 ticket – $2
6 tickets – $10
20 tickets – $30

Don’t wait until Fair weekend, click here to buy raffle tickets online.

Fair Volunteers Needed

Event: 2018 Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market

Only with a lot of Volunteer Time will the Indian Fair & Market be a success.

You are needed. We have over 700 volunteer slots to fill during the Fair. We need each and every one of our Guild members to volunteer once or even twice over the weekend. We also need you to ask family, friends, and neighbors to put in some volunteer time, too. The benefit for them is that they get to get into the Fair for FREE just for giving a little of their time.

Most volunteer shifts are two, three, or four hours on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

The Fair Committees that always need lots of help are listed and described on this download: Volunteers Needed. Check it out!

If you have questions or need help in contacting a Fair Chair, please contact me, Richard Borgmann, Volunteer Placement Chair, at fairvolunteers@heardguild.org.

Fair Committee Chair Openings

2018 fair has three openings to shadow for Committee Chairs:

Many more volunteer positions are available.  Please contact Richard Borgmann, Volunteer Chair, to sign up and answer any questions you may have.  rborgmann@cox.net

Tickets for Fair and Best of Show on sale in November at heard.org/fair and at the museum.

Support the Best of Show Ribbon Awards

Juried competition is a rigorous process and winning these awards means so much to an artist’s career. Please help support and encourage our artists by donating to ribbon awards. Gifts of all sizes will help us reach our 60th Anniversary goal of $60,000. Find details and donate online at heard.org/fair/support/donate. Questions? Contact the Fair Fundraising Chair, IlgaAnn Bunjer at 602.438.4384. Plan to join us for the Best of Show reception, Friday, March 2, to meet the winners and view their breathtaking creations!
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Prepare for the Fair Lecture Series: Celebrate Excellence

Deep Blue Flight
Marla Allison

Thursdays, February 1, 8, 22 and Saturday, February 17

Series Details
9:00 am – 9:30 am    Registration, continental breakfast and mingle
9:30 am – 12:30 pm  Session (includes a short refreshment break)

Members: $50 (includes 1 Museum admission, good for 1 year)

Non-members: $70 (includes 2 Museum admissions, good for 1 year)

Register at http://heard.org/fair/the-fair/special-events/prepare-for-the-fair/

Questions or to register offline: Contact Course Registrar, Kim Schrader at 860.881.3833 or prepareforfair@heardguild.org


The Gaussoin Family

Thursday, February 1 / Glitz, Glamour, It’s the Gaussoins

The Gaussoins, accomplished jewelers and artists, are descended from Navajo silversmiths and weavers, Picuris Pueblo potters, as well as singers and sculptors. Connie Tsosie Gaussoin; sons Lt. Colonel Jerry Gaussoin, Jr., Wayne Nez, and David; daughter Tazbah; and granddaughter (Jerry’s daughter) Kehasbah.

Thursday, February 8 / Form, Function, Philosophy, Folwells

The Folwells are Santa Clara Pueblo pottery makers. Jody; daughters Susan and Polly Rose; and granddaughter (Polly’s daughter) Kaa.


Saturday, February 17 / Decorating with Native American Art

From decorating on a budget to investing in museum quality art (that might not outperform your stock portfolio but will provide you with hours of joy), this session has something for everyone. We will hear from a distinguished panel of experts moderated by our own Marie Wittwer. Check back for panelists at Prepare for the Fair. The session will conclude with an optional site tour of the shop for those who are interested.

Of The Earth
Marla Allison

Thursday, February 22 / Dazzle and Delight

Pat Pruitt (Laguna Pueblo, Chiricahua Apache, Anglo), wife, Marla Allison (Laguna Pueblo) and brother Chris Pruitt (Laguna Pueblo/Chiricahua Apache). Brothers Pat and Chris are jewelers. Marla Allison is a painter.

Anita Hicks, PFF Chairperson – anitabh@cox.net
Kim Schrader, Facilitator – schraderkim0@gmail.com



Record Your Service Hours!

As of December 30, 2017, the Guild has a cumulative total of 1,288,014 service hours and an annual total for 2017-18 of 21,729

hours.  In addition to your regular volunteer activities, do not forget to post travel time to and from the Museum, Guild meetings, committee meetings, and computer/phone work. You may also post service hours from previous years if you forgot to do so at the time.  Just put in the correct month and year with the hours.

Submit your hours through the Guild web page, in the container in the Guild Room or email them to me.    For information or assistance in recording hours, contact Lucille Shanahan, Service Hour Chair, at shanahanle@cox.net or at 623-556-1430.

Books and More Book Store Needs Volunteers

Books and More Book Store is needing one volunteer for Saturdays from 11:00-3:00 p.m. and one volunteer for Sundays 11:00-3:00.  It is great fun being  a Book Store volunteer!  Training is provided.  To volunteer contact Mary Endorf at 480-837-3316 or maryendorf@comcast.net.

Guild Happenings

Heard Guild Explores

Four more events are planned so far, with the potential for additional adventures as the year unfolds:

February 23: Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve. Come explore this nearby 47 acre archaeological site that contains over 1500 petroglyphs that range in age from 500 to 7,000 years old. Learn about the  different styles of these ancient rock writings over time and what messages they convey. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the preserve and its museum are operated by the ASU Center for Archaeology + Society.

April 14: Yaqui Easter Celebration in Guadalupe:  The most sacred occasions for the Pasqua Yaqui Indian community are the Lent and Easter ceremonies.  This is a perennial favorite trip for Guild members, who enjoy the dances, instruments, masks and costumes that are an important port of Yaqui art and culture. The Yaqui guard the mystery of its rituals scrupulously, so no photography or even note taking permitted.

May 18: Sahuaro Ranch Park (Glendale): Founded in 1886, the ranch is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. We’ll tour the main mansion, visit nearby Cerreta’s Chocolate Company and have lunch at the Spicery in Our 1895 Home, a quaint restaurant and tea room located in Glendale’s Catlin Court Historic District.

Please contact Sandie Straub at sandie93@cox.net or (602) 526-6194 to reserve a spot on any of these trips, or to obtain more information, or to suggest (or lead) an outing.

Guild Trips

Heard Museum membership is required for all participants. If you or your travel partner aren’t museum members, please visit Heard.org and click on the support tab on the top banner of the home page for information on how to joi

First Nations Gardens of the North – Sept. 6th-15th, 2018
Encounter people of the First’s Nations of British Columbia and experience world-class gardens of Vancouver and Victoria. 

Details HERE.

Contact Shelley Mowry with any questions: travel@heardguild.org

Great Trips Being Planned for 2018!

Spanish Missions of Southern California – March 16th – 21st, 2018

Join art conservator and historian Gloria Giffords and Alex La Pierre, an established guide in historic preservation and interpretation on an “ed-venture” visiting Spanish missions up the California coast.   In addition to learning about the Spanish colonization throughout the Southern California region, we’ll visit other pertinent landmarks and beautiful scenic settings throughout the tour.

Land of the Seri – late March exact dates, tba.

Join us as we explore the little known world of the Seri Indians in northern Sonora Mexico.   Our guides are cultural historian Jesús García and geologist Bob Scarborough.  Both enthusiastically share with us the lifeways of this desert. Our voyage of discovery includes a panga ride to the mangroves of Isla Tiburón, birding the estuary of Laguna de la Cruz, a visit to Isla Alcatraz,  and visiting the Seri people themselves on the beautiful beaches of Kino Bay.

Hopi Mesa II – May 10th – 14th, 2018

A unique experience led by lifelong trader, researcher, author, and native american expert Mark Bahti.  Spend four wonderful days visiting various artists throughout the Hopi Mesas absorbing history and folklore of their ancestors. Our tour includes time with master basket weavers, katsina carvers, and jewelry artists as we learn their expertise and unique native perspective of their craft.

Contact Shelley Mowry with any questions: travel@heardguild.org

Short Courses

April 2018: Home: Native Peoples in the Southwest
5_Southwet_tribesHome: Native Peoples in the Southwest
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Saturdays March 31 & April 7, 2018
Note: This is a two session course
Location: Encanto
Instructor: Linda Hefter (hefteraz@cox.net)
Facilitator: Mary Lee Madison (mlmadison1@cox.net)

Short Course Fee: $45

Register and Pay for the Course: HERE

Come meet the peoples who have lived and thrived in the Southwest from Prehistoric to Current times. The two-part course will include an exciting overview of the land, culture and history of both the ancient peoples of the Southwest and the federally recognized tribes and pueblos who call Arizona and New Mexico home today.

Session Two on April 7 will also include an introduction to the Native American Fine Art Movement and a highlights tour of the Heard’s T.C. Cannon and Awa Tsireh exhibits.

Whether you have lived in the desert for years or are new to the Southwest, don’t miss this opportunity to deepen your understanding and appreciation of this special place we all call Home.

Heard Happenings

Jeweler’s Marketplace

Edison Cummings, Navajo

Saturday, January 13
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come to the Heard Museum to enjoy a day of outstanding Native art and art making!

This event is FREE and open to the public and will feature artist demonstrations, live music by Aaron White (Navajo/Ute), and a casual marketplace in the Heard’s Central Courtyard where you can meet and mingle with some of the most celebrated Native Jewelers of today.

Featured Demonstrators

Edison Cummings (Navajo)
Sam Gray (Navajo)

Musical Entertainment

Aaron White (Navajo/ Ute)

See Schedule of Artists: HERE.

Pop Up Studio with Bill Dambrova

Event Details

Enjoy a private walk-through of the exhibition Of God and Mortal Men: Masterworks by T.C. Cannon from the Nancy and Richard Bloch Collection, and through the lens of guest artist Bill Dambrova, spend time in our Dorrance Education Classroom to complete your own guided art activity to take home! Suitable for guests of all ages.

This is a specially ticketed event and space is limited.

Saturday, January 20
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Members: $15
Non-members: $30

Purchase Tickets

Richard Gonzalez and Daniel Castro Romero Jr

Film Screening: The Lost Ones. Long Journey Home

Saturday, January 20, 1:30 to 2:30, Steele Auditorium, Heard Museum

One of the collaborators directing and producing The Lost Ones, Susan D. Rose, professor at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA will introduce the film and be available for discussion after the screening.

The 42 minute film documents the story of two Lipan Apache children captured along the Texas-Mexican border in 1877 by the 4th U.S. Cavalry under the direction of Col. McKenzie. After the massacre of their village, the children—Kesetta and Jack—were taken from fort to fort on horseback for three years before being taken to the newly opened Carlisle Indian School (CIS) in Pennsylvania. Ties with their Lipan family were completely severed. While the family remembered “the Lost Ones” every year, they never knew what had happened to the children or where they were buried until two centuries later. The documentary reveals the mystery of how in 2009, Lipan Apache descendants from California, Texas, and New Mexico came to Carlisle to offer blessings so the children could be sent home.

P.S. This film screening would be convenient to attend for those who are taking the Short Course on January 20th which ends at 12:30. Have a bite to eat at the Cafe/Cantina in the lovely Courtyard before the screening.

Museum Shop: Artist of the Month


Kee was born in 1969 and went to school in Ganado, Arizona.  While attending college in Utah he studied architectural and drafting design.  Kee also studied linguistics and became fluent in Thai, Laotian and Khmer.

Kee learned how to make jewelry teaching himself by trial and error and experimentation.  He also learned from his friend, Ray Scott. In 1995 when he acquired his own jewelry making tools that is when he feels his true unveiling of himself as an artist began.

Kee uses ancient petroglyphs and symbols, geometric patterns and Navajo rug designs in his metalwork.  He has become a master metalsmith known for his applique work in both gold and silver as well as mosaic and cut out work.

Kee has won awards at the Navajo Market at Museum of Northern Arizona and in 1999 at his first Heard Museum Show he won first place in his category.  His work has been shown by the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Arts and Design.

Today Kee lives in Winslow with his family.

With Sadness….

Delbert Silas , Hopi

It is with great sadness I share that the December “artist of the month” has passed away.  Delbert Silas a Kachina carver left us far too young.  I wanted to share the information one last time since December was a busy month and some of you may have missed the write up.  Below shows three of his four Kachina’s that are in the shop.

Delbert Silas, Hopi

Delbert Silas was born in 1962 and is the son of Albert Silas.  He is a Hopi Kachina carver living in Phoenix AZ, originally from 1st Mesa, Hopi.  The Heard Museum has several of his detailed carvings on display for sale.  Please see the pictures below of his lively work.  Delbert is one of the artists featured in the book Art of the Hopi: contemporary journeys on ancient pathways written by Jerry and Lois Jacka.  Not much is publicized on Delbert but he is well worth mentioning for his intricate, colorful carvings.

~submitted by Susan Plaza

Las Guias

Ed Council Meeting (Open to all Las Guias) on Wednesday, January 17th at 12:30 in Encanto. This is the meeting where we will be addressing inquiries/ suggestions from the “Grape Vine “ Box that  was placed in the Guild Room a few months ago. ~ Sheila Mehlem

Upcoming Exhibits…

Artistic Excellence (Best of Show Exhibit): 
The Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market Celebrates 60 Years
January 12 to March 11 – Kitchell Gallery
Watch your email for label copy
Checking to see if there will be curator walk-throughs
Symmetry in Stone: The Jewelry of Richard I. Chavez
February 2 to September 30
Curator Walk-Throughs with Diana Pardue
9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2
Dear Listener: Works by Nicholas Galanin
May 4 to September 3 – Grand Gallery
Curator Erin Joyce – Watch for more information
Book Recommendation from Erin Joyce
For a better understanding of contemporary art check out Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art by Kyung An and Jessica Cerasi.

 Docent Exchange at MIM

 RSVP to Kim Schrader at: schraderkim0@gmail.com 

Around Town

Archaeology Café (Phoenix): Archaeology under the Downtown Streets (and Runways)
On Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., Dr. Michael Lindeman will share some stories from his experiences leading archaeological excavations both downtown and amid the runways of Sky Harbor Airport. Come learn more about Phoenix underground. We gather at around 5:30 p.m. at the Changing Hands Bookstore (300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix AZ) to visit and enjoy food and beverages. The program begins at 6 p.m. This program is made possible, in part, by The Smith Living Trust and Arizona Humanities. – Archaeology Southwest

Contact Diane Leonte, Guild Board Communication Chair at: communication@heardguild.org if you have a “Happening” that you want to share with Guild members.  We would love to hear from you.