Happening Now


Soon after the holidays, The Indian Fair & Market approaches very quickly, therefore please consider volunteering for one of the Fair Committee Chair openings listed HERE.

Have you taken the Guild Interests Survey yet? It will only take a couple of minutes to complete. Help us get to know what the Guild volunteer’s interests are. Take the Survey HERE.

Thank you Anna Flynn for bringing this item about our dear friends the Duncan family to our attention. Three generations of the Duncan Family have been participating in the Heard Museum & Guild Events for many years and their family is well known to many in the Guild and Staff.  Violet Duncan, wife to Tony Duncan (5 time Hoop Dance World Champion) and mother of 4 children has started a Kickstart campaign to help her raise $5000 to reprint her children’s book, Let’s Hoop Dance, in hardcover. Violet & her parents and children were a highlight at last year’s Fair with her first ever “Storytelling Event” for children (many adults stopped in to listen in as well). Violet will be back at the Fair this year to delight the children with her Storytelling.  Look for Violet and her family in the Steele pre-function area at 10am, 12p, and 2pm both Saturday & Sunday. If you want to help kickstart Violet’s campaign, you can make a contribution here:
Note from Diane: Please let me know when your item in Happening Now no longer needs to be published.

A Huge Success!

THE GREAT HOLIDAY BRUNCH on December 6th was a success. One hundred thirty people, 64 main and side dishes, and 26 yummy deserts helped celebrate the stellar accomplishments of 6 of Heard Museum’s Living Treasures:

  • Sarah Greenfield
  • Barbara Johnson
  • Saralou Merrell
  • Deb Monroe
  • Helen Stiles
  • Louise Wakem

Many thanks to Gracious Table Hostesses and to many Elves who helped with set up and clean up. Honorable mentions go to Connie Thornton who helped set the scene and Richard Borgmann whose music and graphics set the mood.

A Chico’s bag with a personal calendar was found under a table. It is in the Guild room.

To each of you who extended yourselves by bringing or wearing an item with a story, I am especially appreciative. Sharing your story enriched the time we had together. A warm, warm holiday to the Guild!

Mary Lee Madison, 2017 THE GREAT HOLIDAY BRUNCH Chair

Member’s Profile: Carol Gunn Fair Volunteer

Those who attend the 60th Indian Fair & Market next March will have a chance to watch about 20 different artists demonstrating their specialties, thanks to volunteer Carol Gunn. For the last 10 years, Carol has located artists who will be good at showing their work and talking about what they do. By the end of this month, she will have a complete list of the 2018 fair demonstrators.

“I look at the artists who have demonstrated before,” says Carol. “I ask the museum guides for recommendations and people who have a relationship with the museum.” Also, she says, “I look for a variety of artists doing different things and for demonstrators from Maine to Alaska.”

Carol likes the way the 2018 list is shaping up. “We have Norbert Peshlakai, an artist who has been here several years before,” she says. One of his designs is on the new fair T-shirts. The list also has a 2017 Best of Show winner and a Spirit of the Heard winner. “A Hopi carver will be here for the first time,” she says, “and a San Carlos Apache who makes violins and bows and arrows.” That last choice falls into that catch-all category called diverse art forms.

Carol has already decided where each artist will be located in the demonstration area outside Steele Auditorium. “I don’t want one basketmaker next to another basketmaker,” she says. “This year one artist is bringing her daughter so she’ll need a bigger table.” Carol checks her plan with the staging chair to make sure it will be all right.

Carol says she has thought about doing something else for the fair “but I just really like what I’m doing.” She says, “The only problem is that I have to be at the fair by 5:30 on the first morning, and I live in Carefree.”

Submitted by Beverly Watkins

Welcome New Member

Judy Hays

Record Your Service Hours!

As of November 30, 2017, the Guild has a cumulative total of 1,284,975 service hours and an annual total for 2017-18 of 18,690 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.

Museum Shop Needs Volunteers

It’s Not Expensive to Volunteer in the Shop

The Heard Museum Shop is now offering training to new shop volunteers and we want you to know that it doesn’t cost you a thing, other than your time, to volunteer in the shop! Leave your checkbooks at home and join us in selling beautiful hand-made American Indian art items to visitors from around the world. We provide all the training you will need to work on the cash registers and introduce you to retail sales techniques. If you don’t do computers then please let us know because we still want you to volunteer in the shop, share your expertise and love for Indian art with our customers and we’ll work around any technical difficulties that you may have. Look for our table after each Guild meeting to sign up for training or contact shop trainer, Alexis Hill, directly at #(602) 578-9780, or email: 2alexishill@gmail.com to volunteer.

Attention Guild Volunteers

Event: 2018 Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market

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 sometime 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.

All 30 committees of the Indian Fair & Market are described on the Guild Website.

Fair Committee Chairs have been contacting last year’s volunteers during the last month. If you have not been contacted or are a new member of the Guild or want to volunteer in a new area, 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:

Thank you Nancy O’Neal for stepping up and volunteering to Chair Cultural Performances in 2019.

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

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

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 / Check back soon for program details

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

Guild Happenings

Heard Guild Explores

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

January 19: Desert Mirage Alpaca Ranch. Meet the Baxter family and their lovely alpacas. Experience “the softer side of the desert” while learning about the unique qualities of alpaca wool and what is being done to promote its spinning and weaving. Pick up a hand-crocheted baby blanket, a scarf or an alpaca rug in the shop.

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 join

Alamos! Festival Alfonso Ortiz Tirado -Jan. 21-27, 2018

  • Four nights at the Hacienda de los Santos
  • Home and Garden Tour. Tequila class and Sampling.
  • All Tour Expenses, All Tips and Designated meals.

Alamos Flyer
Alamos Registration Form

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

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

$1800.00 per person. Single Supplement $350.00

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.

$1175.00 per person. Single supplement $150.00

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

Price to be determined

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

LEARN WITH US: Short Courses
January, 2018 The American IndianFine Art MovementFrom Awa Tsireh to T.C. Cannon

Note: This is a two session Short Course
When:Saturdays January 13 & January 20, 2018
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Monte Vista
Linda Hefter (hefteraz@cox.net)
Phyllis Manning (pemanning@hotmail.com)

Short Course Fee: $45

ONLY 16 SEATS LEFT:Registration is Online: HERE.

This two-session Short Course will explore the history of the American Indian Fine Art Movement from the 1800s when Native American artists first started drawing on paper to the birth of American Indian Modernism in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Heard Museum staff and docents will explore a wide variety of topics including:

  • Ledger Art
  • San Ildefonso Water Color Artists with emphasis on Awa Tsireh
  • Dorothy Dunn and the Studio Style
  • The Kiowa and Bacone Artists in Oklahoma
  • New Indian Painting in the 1950s
  • Founding of the Institute of American Indian Arts and the work of early instructors and students including Fritz Scholder, Alan Houser and T.C. Cannon

Special focus will be given to Awa Tsireh and T.C. Cannon two of the most prominent artists in the history of the American Indian Fine Art Movement. Both artists are currently featured in Heard Museum exhibits. The T.C. Cannon exhibit opens Oct. 7 and runs through Apr. 15. The Awa Tsireh exhibit opens Nov. 3 and runs through July 15.

April 2018: Home: Native Peoples in the Southwest

Home: 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

Just in time for Holiday Shopping

It’s the perfect time to get a holiday treasure for someone you love or treat yourself! Save 10% on regularly priced items including consignments.* Members save an additional 10%.

Shop in-store Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online 24/7 at heardshop.com.

Las Guias Happenings


TODAY:11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11Encanto

This lecture begins a series of talks and workshops that will help prepare us for what is becoming the museum’s focus of our changing exhibits, as well as taking a look at how we tour “Home: Native People of the Southwest”.

Erin Joyce, our new curator for American Indian Fine Art, has gracefully agreed to assist us in our journey to appreciate and understand Contemporary Art—a new, exciting, and at times puzzling, area for many of us.

This program is exclusively for Las Guias and will be held in Encanto on December 11th at 11:00 am. If successful this will be the first of a series of presentations and interactive workshops. Your presence is optional, but I am sure you won’t want to miss it.

RSVP: smehlem1@gmail.com

Sheila Mehlem
Education Coordinator|
Heard Museum Guild

January Required Tune-Up

Start the New Year Off Right—Las Guias Tune Up

When: Monday, January 8th   (Coffee and Networking 9:00-9:30) (Program 9:30-12:40)

Where: Steele Auditorium


  • Heard Museum Community Outreach Programs
  • Update on the Boarding School Exhibit
  • Review Upcoming Exhibits
  • Bruce McGee( Growing Up on a Trading Post and The Value and Function of the Heard Gift Shop)

Food:Guides with last names ending in K through T are asked to provide food for this Tune Up.

(Guides with last names A through J provided food for the Nov. 9 Tune Up)

Thank You, Cozette Matthews

Awa Tsireh Walk-Through Notes…

Walk-through notes for the Awa Tsireh exhibit that Pat Kilburn put together are available HERE.

Docent Exchange at MIM

RSVP to Kim Schrader at: schraderkim0@gmail.com

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.