Happening Now

What a Great Party!

On Wednesday evening, April 25, The Heard Museum and the Heard Museum Board of Trustees hosted the Heard Museum Guild Appreciation Dinner, “Hats Off to You!”  Approximately 250 Guild members enjoyed an amazing meal, good friends, great conversation, and a program of recognition and awards.

The Guild presented CEO David Roche and Board President John Melamed with two checks.  One represented the $90,000 raised by the Guild at the 2018 Indian Fair and Market and the second represented the 59,153 service hours given by Guild volunteers between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.

The evening’s program included the installation of Guild Officers, the presentation of service awards to fifty-four members who recorded 300+ hours for the 2017-18 year and to forty members who reached milestone life totals between 500 hours and 10,000 hours. Guild Education, the Library, and The Shop presented Special Recognition Awards to outstanding volunteers and Education introduced the 2018 Las Guias Class.

The Guild sends a very special thank you to Alison Lester, Heard Museum Membership Manager and Heard Guild Liaison, who planned and provided a perfect evening. Allison, Hats off to you!

I have been privileged to serve the Guild as Service Award Chair for the last two years.  In May,2018, Past-President Mary Endorf will become Service Award Chair for 2018-19. Thank you all for your time and service.

Lucille Shanahan
2017-18 Service Award Chair

Mary Endorf & Sue Snyder

500 Hours

5000 Hours

Las Guias Class & Facilitators


10,000 Hours Lucille Shanahan & Elinor Rothberg

Welcome New Members

Susan Rose

Guild Happenings

The Heard Museum and the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy – a Collaboration

Recently, the Heard Guild and Las Guias teamed up with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy for a hike to view the remains of the ancient Hohokam civilization. The group hiked through the Preserve  to reach the area now known as Azatlan, bordering the lush Rio Verde.  The ‘Green River’ is aptly named, as the area along the banks of the fast-running river is so green, it shocks our desert-weary eyes.  It is truly magnificent.

We were guided by knowledgeable Stewards of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy’ Pastfinders Committee, volunteers just like us. They interpreted throughout the hike and taught us so much about this historic civilization.  In addition to searching for and identifying ancient pottery sherds and remnants of sharpened tools in the midden, we hiked to the riverbank and saw traces of the intricate system of canals built by the Hohokam to irrigate their fields. We also saw the deep indentation of the ball courts where local Indians and others from the region would gather to play games, trade and socialize.

We also enjoyed the flora and the fauna, including huge falcons and a pack of beautiful wild horses that posed for our cameras and entertained us with their procreative skills. We even witnessed a mini-tornado pass through. And, the greatest luck was the relatively cool temperatures we we enjoyed.  It made the 4 hour hike a veritable pleasure.

As one of our participants said, “Thank you Ettie for putting this wonderful hike together. I thoroughly enjoyed our guides and learned so very much. It was a very special experience for me.”  Enjoy the photos.

Fair Chair News

Corporate Leads Needed

Anna Flynn, 2019 Fair Chair, is working with Dan Hagerty, Director of Development, to increase the corporate sponsorships for the Fair. We are looking for leads. All we need is a name and contact information and we will take it from there. We will not burden you with fundraising responsibilities. If you know someone in a company you think might be a good prospect, please email, text or call Anna Flynn at annaeflynn@aol.com or 928.899.6073.

Opportunities for Fair 2019

There are many ways to contribute to the Fair depending on your talents, skills and availability. If you are new to the Guild, participating in the planning and execution of the Fair is a great way to meet people—other Guild members, Museum staff and artists. Contact Anna Flynn, Fair Chair, at annaeflynn@aol.com or call or text 928.899.6073 to discuss opportunities.

We still need volunteers to take the lead on:

Artists’ Hospitality: Plan and organize volunteers and provide hospitality to the artists during Fair weekend. If you want to meet and interact with artists, this is for you. Great job for two people. Already incredibly well-organized by Chuck and Dottie Starnes who will advise you throughout the process. Many volunteers return every year because their interaction with artists is such a rewarding experience.

Silent Auction: Prepare artists’ solicitation for donated items, arrange for receipt of art, coordinate with online auction provider, schedule volunteers and be present at Auction during Fair, and wrap-up after.

Heard Guild Explores

SOLD OUT! 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. bsparman@msn.com  or  623) 934-5798..

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

Happy Travelers

“Can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed the Santa Fe trips!  I’m not sure what was the best event of the trip…the feast day with the dancers, visits to the artist’s homes/studios, or being with our group of interesting and friendly people. And Shelley, Stephen, and Mark.  Shelley and Stephen do a great job organizing and running the trips.”

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 – October 21-24, 2018

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

Details & Registration HERE.

Heard Happenings

First Friday  “NOT A BLOCK PARTY”

Celebrating the Opening of Dear Listener: Works by Nicholas Galanin

With musical guests Indian Agent, Heebie Jeebies and DJ Byron Fenix
Hosted by MC Dapper Dre

When:   May 4, 2018 – 6:00 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

Where:  Heard Museum Steele Auditorium

Tickets: General Admission $20 (at the door $25)
Members $15 (at the door $20)
Students $10 (at the door $15) Must show College ID upon arrival

Details & Ticket Purchase HERE.

Museum Shop Artist of the Month

Tohono O’odham

The Native American Tohono O’odham reside in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and Mexico. Early Tohono O’odham(Papago) Indian Baskets were primarily utilitarian and used to carry water, firewood, prepare food and store items. Tohono O’odham Indian baskets are handmade using Native Plants such as Yucca, Beargrass,and Devils Claw. These Native American weavers rely on the natural colors of the desert plants. Indian Basket forms include a variety of shapes to include Trays, Baskets with Lids, Pictorial Baskets, and Plaques. The shop has a lovely assortment of these pieces available, some of which list a specific artist.  M Saraficio, G Aguilla, Laurie Ann Lewis and Angeline Ramon are a few of them.

Las Guias

Walk-Through for May 3

Dear Listener: Works by Nicholas Galanin May 4September 3 in the Grand Gallery 
Just a reminder that the curator walk-throughs with Erin Joyce for Dear Listener are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, starting in Monte Vista. Note: These walk-throughs are on a Thursday
The New Exhibit Training Committee is working on the schedule for makeup/supplemental walk-throughs. Will email schedule to you by mid-week.

Save the Dates: Tune-Ups Scheduled

  • Monday, November 5, 2018
  • Monday, January 14, 2019

The time for both will be from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM with coffee starting at 9 AM.

Upcoming Exhibits…

Looking Ahead to May…
Dear Listener: Works by Nicholas Galanin
May 4 to September 3 in  the Grand Gallery 
Mark your calendar…The curator walk-throughs with Erin Joyce for Dear Listener are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, starting in Monte Vista. Note: These walk-throughs are on a Thursday.

Around Town

Archaeology Cafe – Phoenix Underground: Tuesday, May 1, 6 p.m.

Knowledge seekers of every kind are welcome at Archaeology Café, where experts share their latest research on Phoenix’s deep and diversehistory in a jargon-free zone. Archaeologists Glen Rice and Jeffery Clark will join us for lively discussion and debate about The Salado in Phoenix: Point/Counterpoint on Tuesday, May 1st, at 6 p.m. at
Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix..

Pueblo Grande Museum: May Monthly Meeting and Lecture
Wednesday May 2
6:30 PM

San Carlos Apache Fiddler
Speaker: Anthony Belvado

Anthony has been making fiddles for about 40 years, getting his start after high school. A postcard image of a long-haired Apache man holding the instrument in a 19th-century photo studio piqued his interest.
He went to his grandfather, Salton Reede Sr., who he knew made such fiddles, and asked him about it. A tutorship grew from there, with his grandfather guiding him through the making of the instrument.
“There are just a handful of makers back home,” Belvado said.

Contact Diane Leonte, Guild 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.