Happening Now


New Guild Trip Added: First Nations and Gardens of the North. See details below in “Guild Trips”.

Heard Guild Explores have scheduled a day trip. See details below in “Guild Happenings”.

Check out one-time-only volunteers opportunities to help Museum Staff in “Heard Happenings”.

Welcome New Members

Judy Pate
Nancy Mossman
Katherine Hilburn
Rita Nelson
John Nelson
Sandra Hamilton
Marilynn Sadowski

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Welcome Heard Museum American Indian ASU Student Interns

Na’hookos Bi’aadii (Northern Female)
by Mikail Morgan
Navajo, Age 16
2017 Heard Guild American Indian Art Show & Sale Participant

The Heard Museum Guild’s Student Art Committee would like to welcome our Arizona State University Fall Semester Interns. Student Internships are funded through the sale of Student Art Note Cards and Prints produced from images of selected student art exhibited at the annual Heard Museum Guild Student Art Show and Sale. Since 1992, this program has awarded nearly $300,000 in scholarships to American Indian students continuing their post-high school education.

You may contribute to the Student Internship/Scholarship Program by purchasing Student Art Note Cards and/or Prints from Notecards@HeardGuild.org, Books & More, and at the Student Art Committee table during Guild Meetings and Heard sponsored events. Monetary donations are also welcomed.

Samantha Toledo is a current Navajo graduate student in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College studying Educational Policy at Arizona State University (ASU). Her undergraduate degree was obtained at ASU in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English. She is originally from the small town of Crownpoint, New Mexico. As an undergraduate, she has been greatly involved in student organizations that focused on the retention of Native American freshmen. Working with Native American students is a passion that she has found through student-teaching in the downtown Phoenix area. Since then, she has strived to become a mentor for all students.

Samantha has been at the Heard Museum as an Education Intern for two semesters, including the summer, assisting the Education Department in programs and workshops. Currently in her third semester, she hopes to develop the knowledge needed to become successful in the future. As for now, she is unsure of where the road will lead her, but is taking it one step at a time. She graduates in May 2018.

Martisha Clyde is a 21-year-old Navajo undergraduate student at Arizona State University. She moved from Farmington, NM to Tempe, AZ in the fall of 2014 to attend ASU. She is now a senior majoring in Design Studies with a concentration in Design Management.

Martisha is heavily involved with many student organizations at ASU, including those that cater to American Indian students’ needs and interests. In her free time Martisha does graphic design work for student organizations, as well as for her church. She also enjoys playing the ukulele, reading, and creating artwork for her friends and family.

After completing her first semester as a Development Intern at the Heard Museum, she became inspired to pursue a career in nonprofit marketing and development. While Interning in her second semester, she hopes to gain more knowledge, skills, and experience in this department. She is looking forward to a future that challenges her creativity and allows her to make a difference in the lives of others. Martisha graduates in December of 2017.

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Record Your Service Hours!

As of October 20, 2017, the Guild has a cumulative total of 1,281,147 hours and an annual total for 2017-18 of 14,852 hours.  Don’t forget your travel time to and from the Museum counts as service.  (Also, mileage for volunteer work is tax deductible.)

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.

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Can You Help?

Staff Appreciation: Needs Contributions For Refreshments

The Staff Appreciation Luncheon is less than two weeks away,  November 3rd, from 11:00AM till 1:30PM in Steele auditorium.

Thank you everyone who has contributed a food donation or cash donation. I would love to have more food donations, the theme this year is International Food. Perhaps you have a favorite dish from your family background.  I am still looking for salads, and main dishes.  Cash donations are greatly appreciated too. You can mail me a check made out to the Guild Heard Museum or contact me by e-mail or phone.  My address is 16734 E LaMontana Dr. #201, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.  You can reach me by e-mail, nloneal22@gmail.com, home 480-837-2050, cell 480-812-5278.
Look forward to hearing from you!
Nancy O’Neal

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Artes Vivas! (Live Arts!) formerly Spanish Market – November 11th

The sixteenth annual Spanish Market will take place on Saturday, November 11, from 10:00am to 5:00 pm. Rebranded by the Museum as Artes Vivas! (Live Arts!), this fiesta has been reformatted into a one day event.

Reflecting the Heard Museum’s mission to educate and promote greater public understanding of the arts and cultures of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, this dynamic celebration features Hispanic and Latino artists and craftspeople from across the American southwest and Mexico. Strolling mariachis punctuate this festive, friendly and colorful marketplace that features high-quality handmade objects and artifacts, from Santos, pottery, textiles, furniture, painting, to silver jewelry and tin work.

We need your assistance in two ways:

  • Volunteers are needed to distribute water and snacks to the vendors on a set schedule during the day. Please contact Patricia Wooldridge at p7w007dr1@cox.net if you are available to work during one of three shifts: 7:30am – 10:00 am; 10:00am – 1:00pm; or 1:00-3:00pm.
  • Donations of food items A collection box Is in the Guild Room for your contribution of:
  • Packets of instant oatmeal
  • Packets of hot cocoa
  • Individually wrapped snack packs: Goldfish, nuts, crackers, carrots, cheese, apples, raisins and other dried fruit, granola bars, trail mix, cookies, Rice Krispee treats
  • Sunny-D, La Croix sparkling water or packaged juice boxes
  • Perishable items that can be donated closer to the weekend include: string cheese, hard boiled eggs, mandarin oranges.

We thank you in advance for your assistance!

Kathis Serrapede, kserrapede@gmail.com

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Information Desk Needs Volunteers

Information Desk volunteers are the first to greet our Museum guests.  They create the initial impression of the Heard Museum as a visitor friendly site. They tell guests what the Museum has to offer in exhibits, tours, gallery talks, and special events. They answer guests’ questions or find someone who can. They help guests navigate their way around the Museum and campus.

Information Desk is a great place for new members to find a volunteer niche; it’s also a great place for experienced members to share their Heard enthusiasm. Scheduling is flexible to fit your schedule. For those of you who are new to the Guild, there is a two-hour orientation session to prepare you for the Information Desk duties.

If you are interested in learning more and/or to sign up as an Info Desk team member, contact Lucille Shanahan, Information Desk Chair at shanahanle@cox.net or at 623-556-1430.

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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.

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2018 Fair Update

Many more of the fair committees are now in action moving forward with their plans and activities to make sure this fair will be a smashing success.

Many of you received a sneak peak of our 2018 merchandise as John Nesbitt, Merchandise Chair, displayed samples. Our fundraising committee, chaired by IlgaAnn Bunjer, has been working and raising ribbon sponsorships. 2018 is our 60th anniversary….the diamond anniversary of our Indian Fair and Market! Any day now you will receive the fair fundraising letter. Our goal is to raise $60,000 this year to support our Best of Show winning artists. Don’t forget…the fair has many great volunteer opportunities whether it is one shift, one day, or a variety depending which committee. Richard Borgmann has the information and answers at rborgmann@cox.net.

Thanks for your support. Shelley Mowry, 2018 Fair Chair.
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Fair Committee Chair Openings

2018 fair has three openings to shadow for Committee Chairs:

  • Artist Hospitality is currently chaired by Chuck and Dottie Starnes, cstarnes33@gmail.com.
  • Don Montrey, Signage Chair is also looking for a shadow, dpmontrey@cox.net.
  • Barb Sparman, Admissions Chair is also in need of a shadow, bsparman@msn.com.
  • Diane Leonte and Sheila Mehlem, Cultural Performances Chairs are looking for a shadow. Chair position can be filled by one volunteer, but works better with a co-chair, dmleonte@gmail.com or smehlem1@gmail.com

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
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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 – February 2018

Prepare to be educated and entertained at the “Prepare for the Fair” lectures scheduled in February, 2018.

As an enticement for the 60th anniversary of the Heard Museum Guild Fair, we have invited 3 outstanding families to speak about the history of their art, their experiences at the Heard and the future as they envision it for their art and families.

We have a Saturday morning presentation by a noted local ASID designer to give us ideas and visuals about incorporating and living with the Native arts we love and collect.

Dates and Presenters:

  • Thursday, Feb. 1; Gaussoin Family
  • Thursday, Feb. 8; Jody Folwell, Susan Folwell, Kaa Folwell
  • Thursday, Feb. 22; Pat Pruitt, Marla Allison, Chris Pruitt
  • Saturday, Feb. 17; Mary Meinz Designs

Times: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Price for series and Facilitator TBA

Anita Hicks, anitabh@cox.net – PFF Chairperson
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Guild Happenings

Heard Guild Explores

Please join us for the first Heard Guild Explores adventure of the season.
Our destination is a perennial favorite: A self-guided tour of The Eddie Basha Art Collection.
Not to be missed; one of the largest private collections of contemporary Western and Native American art in the world.
WHEN: Friday, November 17, 10:30 am
WHERE: Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery
Basha Corporate Headquarters
22402 S. Basha Road, Chandler 85248
480 895-9350
HOW MUCH: No charge; zippo; nada
HOW:Contact Sandie Straub to register: sandie93@cox.net; 602 526-6194
Meet at Basha Headquarters at 10:30
If you want to carpool, contact Pat Jacobson:
patriciajacobson41@yahoo.com; 480 767-1613

FOOD? YES! We’ll meet for lunch at Kneader’s, 1090 W. Queen Creek Road, Chandler 85286

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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

Santa Fe – November 10-15, 2017

Join the Heard Guild Nov. 11-16, 2017 as we return to Santa Fe, NM.

Our tour begins with a visit to the Thanksgiving Feast day of Jemez Pueblo. We’ll then spend four nights at the Inn of Loretto, passing the days visiting the finest pueblo artists as well as Spanish artists; Ron Rodriquez (contemporary), retablo artist, Juanito Jimenez, and silver artist Lawrence Baca. As always we’ll be treated to special gallery receptions, amazing culinary experience and the finest accommodations.

Limited participation.

Contact Shelley Mowry with any questions: travel@heardguild.org
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The Maya Culture – Dec. 1-8, 2017

For the first time the Guild is visiting the amazing Mayan Culture. This busy eight day tour will take us to the incredible archeological treasures of Chichen Itza and Uxmal! We’ll experience the cosmopolitan city of Merída, staying in the beautiful historic district. It’s a once in a lifetime experience… And this is your opportunity.
Details HERE.

Maya Culture Flyer
Maya Culture Registration

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

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First Nations Gardens of the North (NEW TRIP) – 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

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LEARN WITH US: Short Courses

January, 2018 The Native American Fine 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)

To Register: Contact either Linda or Phyllis

Short Course Fee: $45

Details HERE.

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Heard Happenings & Volunteer Needs

Museum New Hire: Fine Arts Curator

Erin Joyce has a background as independent curator, focusing on contemporary Indigenous North American art and contemporary Middle Eastern and North African art. Her forthcoming show, “Between Beauty and Decay” presented by ArtSpace New Haven and partnered with by Yale University and the New Britain Museum of American Art features works by American Indian artists as well as African American, American, and Middle Eastern artists. Other exhibitions include shows at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art in Santa Fe, Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Radiator Gallery in New York, Light Year in New York, and WAAS Gallery in Dallas to name a few.

Ms. Joyce also has a distinguished career as a journalist, writing for publications such as Hyperallergic, GOOD Magazine, Salon, and Canvas Magazine. Joyce’s curatorial work has been reviewed by The New York Times, Hyperallergic, Queens Chronicle, Art Forum, and New York Foundation for the Arts Current. Ms. Joyce holds a Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art from the University of North Texas, studied contemporary art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art London, and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

Installation view of My Country Tis Of Thy People, You’re Dying. Installed at Radiator Gallery in New York Spring 2017.

Caption: Nicholas Galanin’s “God Complex” (2016), at Radiator Gallery. Credit Courtesy of the artist and Radiator Gallery

Here is the review in the NY Times

November 3:First Friday: Stamp It!
Celebrating the opening of Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith|
6-9pm Free Admission
5-8pm Members Lounge

Volunteers Needed: Per usual Las Guias Guides to tour in HOME and 2 extra to help – 1 as a greeter at admissions and another to be in Sandra Day O’Connor Gallery to assist with Kids Crafts. ~ Shaliyah

November 4

Volunteer Needed: This actually might be a fun volunteer position! Let’s have one volunteer to help as an in-studio assistant for Jacob! ~ Shaliyah

November 6: A Tribute to Veterans|
Free Admission for Veterans plus one guest

  • 11am-4pm Artist Demonstrations and Entertainment in the Central Courtyard
  • 12-2pm World Premiere Film Screening: “Navajo Code Talkers” in Steele Auditorium
  • 5-6pm Sunset Tribute to Veterans, honoring women veterans


November 11: Artes Vivas, 9am-5pm
This is a new take on “El Mercado de las Artes” – 40 noted Latino/a artists in a festive and casual marketplace, plus performances and programming for the public to enjoy. The market and outdoor performances are free and open to the public. Museum admissions required for access to the galleries.

Volunteers Needed: We will have the Guild Hospitality team on board that day providing snacks for artists – I would imagine they need 2 extra pairs of hands. I could also use two hands at the kids crafts and one extra person to help with booth relief. ~ Shaliyah

November 14:

Spirit of the Heard Award, presented at the Phoenix Indian Center’s
American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards.
This year’s recognition goes to Arlene Joyce Hughes (Akimel O’otham) for her work as an educator and cultural preservationist.

November 18:American Indian Art & Artifacts Appraisal Day:10am-2pm

November 16-19: Master Artist Workshop with Velma Kee Craig (Navajo)
This event is not a public program, however, the workshop will be held on-site at the Heard Museum, and the final day of the workshop will feature a Weaving Marketplace.

November 19:Weaving Marketplace
Featuring outstanding artists like Barbara Teller Ornelas (Navajo) and Melissa Cody (Navajo)

November 24-26: Ornament Marketplace
Fri-Sat 9:30am-5pm
Sun 11am-5pm
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Museum Shop

The Museum Shop Tune-up will be held in the Encanto room November 8th at 10 a.m. There will be new faces to meet and information to be reviewed. Please bring your mobile devices so that we may access the Shop Manual online together and discuss any issues or concerns.

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Museum Shop

Las Guias

Tour Schedules Can be Found on the Guild Website

Master Tour Schedule
October Tour Schedule

Supplemental Walk-Throughs
With Linda Hefter
hefteraz@cox.net – 480-471-2190
Friday, Nov. 3 – Immediately following the morning curator walk-through for the Awa Tsireh exhibitWith Jackie Kemmer
kemmerinaz@aol.com or text 602-525-1776
Wednesday, Oct. 25 – 12:30 p.m.New Exhibit Walk-Through

Friday, November 3 – 9:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. – Starting in Monte Vista
Curator Walk-Through with Norman Sandfield and Diana Pardue
Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith
On Display November 3 through July 15, 2018

Note: Both the T.C. Cannon and the Awa Tsireh exhibits are accompanied by a catalogue.

Las Guias Fall Tour Tune Up
Thursday, November 9 – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Steele Auditorium

*Second Required Tune Up is on Monday, January 8th. Details to follow.

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Around Town

October 26 at 7pm: Live at Changing Hands Bookstore
CANYON RECORDS CONCERT Tony Duncan and Jonah Littlesunday
Details HERE.

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Don’t see what you are looking for…..check out the combined Museum/Guild Calendar

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.