Happening Now


If you have not done so already, please take 5 minutes to fill out the Guild Interest Survey: HERE 

Purchase Best of Show & Fair tickets HERE. (scroll down the page)

Silent Auction is Open for Bids (see below)

Food/Snack Donations needed for Fair Hospitality. (see below)

Sign up at Sip & Sign to volunteer for Katsina Market and/or donate food. (see below)

JUST A FEW MORE FAIR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Please consider helping out with one or more of the Fair Volunteer Opportunities still open. Enlist your friends & family members to join you in helping out.  (see below) 

Our Guild website calendar is under repair. If you have missed the calendar it will be back as soon as a better solution for maintaining the calendar is found. Thanks for you patience…Diane Leonte

Feb. 21 Guild Meeting Speaker

Our February 21, 2018  Guild meeting speaker is Albert Nelson, Director of the Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation Cultural Center.  The program, “Hearing the Yavapai Story” will highlight not only the culture and history of the Yavapai people but he will share historical perspectives of Fort McDowell.   It is an honor to welcome this talented young Yavapai leader to the Heard Guild!  The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. in Steele Auditorium.  See you on Wednesday, February 21 at 9:30 a.m.  ~ Mary Endorf

Lot’s happening at Sip & Sign tables after business meeting!!

Guild Volunteer Aprons

The Guild provides a free apron to all Guild Members who volunteer during the Indian Fair & Market, Student Art Show and Sale, the sale of Note Cards and helping with the Artist Hospitalities throughout the year.  They are one size fits all with an adjustable neck strap and pockets.  They are yours to keep and use over & over.  They will be available during the February Guild Meeting.  They are very good for letting our visitors know you are a member of the volunteer arm of the Heard Museum, willing & able to answer their questions and give directions.  They also let the visitors see how strong our Guild is and might encourage them to join in the fun and become members.

For those Guild Members who have received and signed for their aprons sometime in the past 10 years  whose aprons have grown legs and disappeared, you may purchase a replacement for $10, the Guild’s cost of the aprons.

Remember to come by to pick it up during the February Guild Meeting.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

“De” Bachmann

Welcome New Members

Douglas Holiman

All New Members: Please join us for a short new member orientation on Wednesday, February 21, in Steele Auditorium immediately following the Guild meeting.  We will meet at the Membership table in the back of the Auditorium.

Fair News

March 2, 5:30 – 8 PM  Best of Show Reception

Join us in honoring the prize-winning artists in this year’s juried art competition. Watch models walk the Heard catwalk in stunning fashions created by Fair artists. View and bid on exciting artworks during our silent auction. Enjoy small plates, desserts and beverages. Relax under twinkling lights in the historic Heard’s main courtyard. Click here to purchase tickets.

Best of Show Awards Fundraising Campaign

We’re almost there!

We set the highest goal, $60,000, in the 60-year history of the Fair. We’ve raised more prize money to-date than ever before. We need your help to achieve our goal. Gifts of all sizes are welcome.


Click here to learn about prizes and sponsorship benefits. You may fund an award in full, sponsor several ribbons or make a donation in any amount. Contact Fair Fundraising Chair IlgaAnn Bunjer at 602.438.4384or ilgaann@centurylink.net with questions.

60th Fair Posters On Sale at Guild February 21 Meeting

Three versions of the 60th Fair Poster will be on sale at this meeting.
  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. Framed: $190.00. Please allow up to 3 weeks for delivery after placement of prepaid order. Not framed and immediately available at this meeting: $115.00. Member can select poster number from those available.
  2. Numbered but unsigned silver foil limited edition poster. Not framed. Member price: $54.00. Member can select poster number from those available.
  3. Printed poster – not numbered and not signed. Member price: $18.00.
Will also have for sale the 50th Guild Fair poster and the 60th Fair printed poster as a set for a member price of $30.
Prices above reflect Guild member 10% discount, not available at the Fair.

Silent Auction is Open for Bids

Join the fun and encourage friendly competition with your family and friends for fabulous items donated by our Fair artists and friends of the Heard Museum! The auction is being conducted online, so anyone can bid from anywhere at any time using their mobile phone.  New items are being added as they arrive, so be sure to check the auction website often to find “must-have” treasures.  Remember too that monetary donations are welcome can be made by clicking the “donation” button on the auction website.

Bidding is well underway so don’t delay. Visit http://heardmkt2017.auction-bid.org TODAY to register and begin bidding!!! Please share the website with family and friends in support of the Heard Museum.

Special thanks to our Fair artists and museum friends for their generous support in making this auction a success.

Susan and Mark Kolman

Silent Auction Co-Chairs

Buy Raffle Tickets 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  Or call 602.252.8840 to order by phone.

Hospitality Needs You!

What is Hospitality without food?  Our citrus donors and pickers have stepped up to the challenge!  Now we are calling on all members to chip in and donate snacks for our artist families.  The snack collection box is in the Guild Members Room just waiting to be filled up with single serving treats.  If you don’t like to shop, you can give our treasurer, Terry Nesbitt, a donation and we will do the shopping for you.  Checks should be made out to the Heard Museum Guild but indicate on the check that it is for artist hospitality.  We had to ration our treats last year, so we are counting on you to come through with plenty for both days of our 60th Anniversary Fair.

You can drop off single serving packaged refrigerator items in the Dorrance class room Thursday and Friday of fair week.  Thanks for making hospitality something special for our artists and their families.

Chuck & Dottie Starnes
623-261-8969 Mobile
623-580-7637 Home

Fair Volunteers Needed

Event: 2018 Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market

These committees are still in need of more help:

Saturday and Sunday, Drawing Ticket Sales (6). Assist in the Drawing Ticket booth selling tickets to win Artists’ donated works.  Contact: Louise Wakem, lwakem@cox.net

Saturday only, Compliance Monitors (2).  Meet and greet the artists and review their compliance with Guild policies.  Training available. Saturday: 8:30 to ? Contact: Sandy Nielsen, sandy@gsstaffing.com

And a New Job:

Saturday and Sunday, Rez Truck (4). Sanderson Ford is a sponsor for the Fair and will have a truck on display. Our job is to decorate the truck in “rez” style – rugs and a “sheep” and watch over everything. (A seated job.)  Morning and afternoon shift each day. Contact: Shelley Mowry, mowrydsi@gmail.com

Support the Best of Show Ribbon Awards

Don Johnston, Baleen Basket

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!



Prepare for the Fair Lecture Series: Celebrate Excellence
Location: Steele Auditorium

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!

2017-18 Guild Service Year Ends March 31, 2018!

As of January 26, 2018, the Guild has a cumulative total of 1,291,448 service hours and an annual total for 2017-18 of 25,163 hours.

The Guild Service year ends on March 31, 2018.  If you are not up-to-date posting your hours, now would be a good time to do so. Avoid the end of March crush.


  • What counts as service hours? 

A specific list of allowable service hours is available on the Guild Website under Bylaws.  In summary, it says that in addition to your regular volunteer activities, you may count travel time to and from the Museum, training sessions, lectures, presentations, walk-thrus, Guild meetings, committee meetings, and computer/phone work.  Social events such as Member Exhibit Openings, the Holiday Brunch, the Guild Appreciation Dinner do not count unless you are working the event.

  • What about travel?

Any site you visit, independently or with the Guild, that is valuable to you as a Guild member and Heard Museum member counts.  In the case of multi-day Guild trips, the portion of each day that you spend in actual learning experiences relevant to the Heard counts. (Trip travel time, shopping, eating, sleeping, etc. does not.)

  • How exact do I have to be?

Don’t overthink service hours, please.  For example, if it usually takes about 30 minutes for you to drive from your home to the Heard, add an hour of travel time each time you come to the Heard to perform service. If you are working from home, make a good faith estimate of the time you spent on the phone and/or doing computer work.

  • What if I’m not sure if an activity counts?

Ask yourself, did what I do enhance my knowledge base or help the Guild or Heard Museum to function.?  If your answer is “Yes”, count the time.

  • What about hours I forgot to report from a previous year?

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. They will count in your cumulative lifetime total.

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, do not hesitate to contact Lucille Shanahan, Service Hour Chair,  at shanahanle@cox.net or at 623-556-1430.

Books and More Book Store Needs Volunteers

The Bookstore is in need of a Tuesday volunteer and a Saturday volunteer.  The hours 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. are the same both days.  If you are interested contact Mary Endorf at maryendorf@comcast.net

Guild Happenings

Heard Guild Explores

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

March 31: 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

Land of the Seri – March 21-24

Join us as we explore the little known world of the Seri Indians in northern Sonora Mexico.   Our guide will be Jesus Garcia from the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson   He will 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 11th – 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.

Hopi Mesa II Flyer
Registration Form

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

Museum Shop Artist of the Month

Raymond Nordwall

Raymond Nordwall grew up in Oklahoma and started dancing in Pawnee ceremonies at a very young age.  He is very proud of his Pawnee and Ojibwe heritage.  His oil portraits and landscapes are influenced by his traditional dance, music and art that have surrounded him during his lifetime.

He studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts graduating with honors.  His work is well known for his colorist depictions of Native American warriors and wildlife.  The detail on his subjects are researched by Raymond resulting in historical accuracy.

He has won awards throughout his career including creating the 2000 poster image for the Santa Fe Indian Market.  Be sure to view his colorful, vivid work in the Berlin gallery when you are in the shop!  Below are two of his creations.

Heard Happenings

17th Annual Katsina Doll Marketplace

Saturday, April 14th, 10am to 4:00pm

The nation’s largest gathering of Hopi katsina doll carvers will show and sell their unique creations at the Katsina Doll Marketplace: A Gathering of Carvers, in Steele Auditorium. Enjoy musical performances, carving demonstrations and a drawing for this year’s featured katsina, carved by Kevin Sekakuku (Hopi).

Admission to the Marketplace is free.

The Guild provides food and beverage to the 80+ artists and their families. We need your help. Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve a simple breakfast and lunch, and to distribute snacks and water several times during the day. Please sign up at the February (2/21) and March (3/21) Guild meetings during Sip & Sign.

Donations of food items are also needed: non-perishables such as jars of peanut butter and jelly; snacks of all kinds and individually packaged juices. Perishable items such as string cheese, hardboiled eggs and mandarin oranges can be donated during the week before Carvers’ Market. A box for these donations will be placed in the Guild Room, or you can bring them to the next two Guild meetings.

The Chair for Katsina Market is Cyndy Ross. Contact her directly to volunteer if you will not be at Guild meetings: cyndyross004@gmail.com; 602 999-8194.

Las Guias

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.

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.