Happening Now

Staff Appreciation Luncheon Was Fun and Tasty

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed food and helping hands to the Staff Appreciation Luncheon on November 2nd.

It was well attended, with staff arriving earlier and staying longer. Brandon had to set up an extra table, in fact, to hold the over-capacity crowd.

Two Harvey Girl greeters, Gloria Murison and Phyllis Manning in full regalia, were a hit, immediately setting a festive tone.

The indigenous feast was decorated with fall squash, candles, flowers and appreciation quotes from well-known authors and philosophers graced the tables.

Susan Kolman’s celebration cake anchored the dessert table. Not one crumb survived.

The abundance and variety of food was nothing short of spectacular, including two wild rice casseroles, buffalo chili, succotash, Three Sisters Stew, roasts of pork, turkey and spiral ham, numerous salads and a smorgasbord of corn bread; some blue corn, some not.

A great big thanks to all who contributed, attended, and pitched in to help with set-up and clean-up.
– Kathie Serrapede & Dianne Koble

Volunteers Needed

We are looking for two volunteers to help at first Fridays on December 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Volunteers would sit at a table and chat with interested guests about the Guild.
For details please contact Judy Pykare, jpykare@mac.com.

Guild Happenings

November 28th Guild Meeting 9:30-11:30am in Steele Auditorium

Our November speakers are instrumental in running the Heard.  Four special employees will talk about their departments at the Heard and how these impact the success of the museum.

      • Dan Hagerty, Director of Strategic Development and Programming
      • Mario Klimiades, Library and Archives Director
      • Bruce McGee,  Director of Shop and Books & More
      • Allison Lester, Membership Manager.

We hope to be regaled with stories about their challenges as well as successes and to gain new insights into the workings of the Museum.

The Great Holiday Brunch! December 5, 2018

In just three weeks, Heard Guild members will celebrate the best of the best—ourselves!  THE GREAT HOLIDAY BRUNCH is the annual festive gathering acknowledging the impressive contributions of our members!  

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Steele Auditorium

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Bring your story about A HOLIDAY I’LL NEVER FORGET! Bring or wear something that signifies that memorable HOLIDAY for you!  Bring a dish to share!  Gracious volunteers will be standing by to take your food donations between 9:45 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.


Volunteers are needed to ensure this is the best GREAT  HOLIDAY BRUNCH ever.  Please consider volunteering to Set Up, Clean Up, and to be a Table Hostess. 



Holiday Brunch & Holiday Gift Mart – NOT TO BE MISSED!!

Necklaces, Bracelets, Rings & Things—Art, Pottery & Baskets!

All for you during this exciting one day sale following the annual December Brunch

Proceeds will be used to publish the new Guild History for the Library and Archives written by Beverly Watkins as well as additional Guild projects.

Plan to join us for this exciting new event.

Lea Seago, Chair
Anita Hicks, Assistant

Fair Chair News

Anna Flynn, Chair   Text or call 928.899.6073 or email annaeflynn@aol.com

Fair Tickets Available Now!

Fair, Best of Show and Raffle Tickets on sale NOW at heard.org/fair/tickets and at Guild meetings. Experiences are truly the gifts that keep on giving. Share the Fair with your family and friends. Raffle tickets make great stocking stuffers. Thanks to Deb Benoit for making those online payment buttons actually work!

Ribbon Awards’ Fundraising: 72% of Goal

Our 2019 goal is $63,800. We are at 72% of our goal based on donations and pledges received as of Nov. 7. IlgaAnn Bunjer will be available at the November Guild meeting to take your donation or pledge. Special thanks to Guild members’ IlgaAnn Bunjer and Phyllis Manning and to Staff members Tisha McClyde, Christina Harris and Rebecca Simpson. And to all of our ribbon sponsors—we couldn’t do it without you!

Kudos to the Exhibitors’ Committee

Becky Comstock, Kim Schrader and Rita Baker processed over 800 artist applications, managed the juried selection process, and sent acceptance packets to over 600 artists. They will continue to manage the artists’ list, the wait list and cancellations, booth fees and booth assignments. On Saturday morning, remember Becky, Kim and Rita as you enjoy visiting with known and new artists. Special thanks to the curators and other judges who devoted many hours to reviewing and judging the applications.

Volunteers Still Needed

Sign up with Richard Borgmann after Guild meetings if you want to volunteer Fair weekend. If you would like to take a lead role in the Admissions process working directly with Deb Benoit to coordinate cashiering or take the lead role on Silent Auction set-up and tear down, please let Richard know.

Sponsor an Award

To sponsor an award contact IlgaAnn Bunjer at 602.438.4384 or ilgaann@centurylink.net or at Sip ‘n Sign after all Guild meetings or online at heard.org/fair/donate.

Available Ribbon Award Sponsorships


Number of Divisions

Available 1st Place


Available 2nd Place


Jewelry and Lapidary Work   








Paintings, Drawings, Graphics, Photography




Pueblo Carvings    








Weavings & Textiles




Diverse Art Forms








Personal Attire & Accessories    




Open Standards*




Other Awards

Judges Choice Awards

$150 —20 Available

Friend of the Fair

$1 to $149 Infinite Number Available

*The winning work challenges and ultimately broadens the public’s understanding of American Indian art. The work may defy traditional classification, and even be difficult to understand, but leaves little doubt that an artist has successfully made American Indian art about the future.

Volunteer 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.

We still need volunteers to take the lead on:

Admissions: This person works with staff to plan the admissions tent for a smooth operation, coordinates with the Guild Treasurer for money handling control and security and supervises four shifts of cashiers.

Silent Auction: There are three aspects to the silent auction—soliciting donations, coordinating with the online auction provider, and managing logistics. We need someone to manage logistics, including arranging for receipt of art, on-site set-up,

Contact Anna Flynn, Fair Chair, at annaeflynn@aol.com or call or text 928.899.6073 to discuss opportunities.

Volunteers—Entrance Moved

The entrance for Fair volunteers will be at the main Gate on Central Avenue.

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

Hopi Arts, Hopi Culture May 10-13 2019

Picture in your mind soaring, tan mesas crowned by multi-storied adobe villages; listen to the wind rustling the dried leaves of blue and red and yellow corn that grows in traditional gardens scraped from the dry earth. Do the names Old Oraibi, Hotevilla, Shongopavi and Walpi conjure up images of dancing katsinam, pottery the color of the earth and overlaid silver with stark designs in black? Are you ready for a journey back in time to one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the U.S.? Then join us this spring as we travel to the land of the Hopi where culture and tradition are rooted in the land.

All along the way we will enjoy the company of Southwest scholar and second-generation Indian art dealer Mark Bahti. With his lifelong connections, Mark will introduce us to silversmiths, potters, basket weavers and katsinam carvers working in both historical and contemporary ways who will share with us their art, their lives and their rich cultural heritage — jeweler, Weaver Selina and his wife, Alberta, maker of coiled baskets; glass artist, silversmith and poet, Ramson Lomatewama and his basket weaver (plaited) wife, Jessica; potter, Dolly Joe Navasie, known as White Swann; katsina-carver, Loren Honyouti; and, sand cast artist Gerald Lomaventema.

And, we’ve planned this departure over the Mother’s Day weekend to improve our chances of witnessing the very special celebrations that may be taking place in many of the villages. As with any cultural immersion experience, itineraries may change while unexpected and serendipitous opportunities arise.

Mother’s Day itself will end with dinner in the Turquoise Room at La Posada, the perfect ending to a perfect travel ed-venture.

The cost for this all-inclusive tour; transportation by motorcoach, accommodations, meals, guide services and all tour costs. Hosted by South of the Border Tours, is $1575 per person/double occupancy; $300 single supplement. Single availability limited.

Contact Shelley Mowry: Heardguild.org/travel

Heard Happenings

Veterans Day Tribute Nov. 12 9:30am-5pm

Heard Museum Campus, American Indian Veterans National Memorial, Freeport-McMoRan Plaza, Steele Auditorium

In observance of Veterans Day, on Monday, Nov. 12, all U.S. military veterans, active-duty service members and a guest will receive free general admission to the museum.*

Join veterans groups, color guards, traditional performers and speakers at the American Indian Veterans National Memorial on the grounds of the Heard Museum for a special tribute to veterans of the U.S. armed forces, followed by a dinner reception inside the museum’s Steele Auditorium.

American Indian Art & Artifacts Appraisal Day

Saturday, November 17
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Learn more about those items tucked away in your closet or collecting dust on your display shelves! Bring them to the Steele Auditorium at the Heard Museum during our semi-annual American Indian Art & Artifacts Appraisal Day, presented by the Heard Museum Council. Leading Native art traders will examine your treasures, including baskets, textiles, pottery, jewelry, carvings, paintings, sculptures and other Native art forms and offer information about materials, dates, artists and traditions.
Details HERE.

Jacob Meders

Yua Pop-Up Studio! with Jacob Meders – November 17, 10-1pm

Join us for a continuation of our Pop-Up Studio! program with professor and artist Jacob Meders (Mechoopda/Maidu).

Pop-Up Studio! Is a unique program where attendees engage with art through a specially guided walk-through of exhibition Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit with Mederst to learn about the exhibition and themes through the lens of an artist.

Following the walk-through the class will be lead through a guided art activity that dives deeper into the themes presented in the show. Each participant leaves with a meaningful piece of collaborative artwork!

Register HERE.

Matisse Member Monday

See Matisse without the crowds! We’re staying open late exclusively for members on the 3rd Monday of each month between November and January.

Monday, November 19
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

December 17, 2018
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

January 21, 2019
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost: Free for Members

Not a member? Join today

No RSVP necessary. Please check in at the Membership Desk upon arrival.

Museum Shop Artist of the Month: Alvin Marshall

Alvin Marshall, was born April 6, 1959.  As a young boy Alvin Marshall was taken from his home on a Navajo reservation and placed in boarding schools where he was not permitted to speak the Navajo language or practice its traditions. Sadly, by the age of ten he had lost both of his parents.  It was his grandparents that taught him his Navajo culture which in turn Alvin hopes to pass on in his symbolic sculptures.

He served in the U.S. Army and did some illustration work.  He was exposed to Artists in Italy and Germany which influenced his creative expression in his paintings and sculptures. He carves in Alabaster and our Museum Shop has fine examples of his detailed work.

In 1987 Alvin’s sculpture “Last Act of Forgiveness” was selected by the Heard to be viewed by Pope John Paul at the Coliseum when he visited Phoenix in September.  He won Best of Show and Best in Sculpture at the 2013 Cherokee Indian Art show in Tulsa, OK.


Las Guias Happenings

Here’s the schedule for the curator walk-throughs:

Home: Native People in the Southwest

The staff has been working on updating and refreshing Home
Ann Marshall will discuss the changes with Las Guais on
**Thursday, November 15

9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Monte Vista

Here’s the schedule for the Matisse Makeup/Supplemental Walk-Throughs…Please register in advance.
With Pat Kilburn: kilburnguild@cox.net – 623-546-0764
Nov. 13, Tuesday, 11 a.m.
With Marlene Scholsohn: mscholsohn@aol.com – 480-488-8530.
Nov. 12, Monday, 10:30 a.m.
YouTube Video Lecture: To listen to lecture by Sean Mooney and Chuna McIntyre about Yupik masks click on this YouTube link — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av4HWdXRgSM— it is a hour long but well worth the time.
~ Linda Hefter:  hefteraz@cox.net

Docent Exchange,Tuesday December 4 , 2018 beginning at 9:30 am

Registration is Now Open!  You can register now for the upcoming Docent Exchange which will be held at Phoenix Art Museum on Tuesday December 4 , 2018 beginning at 9:30 am.  The theme this year is Reaching New Audiences.  We will learn new ideas, enjoy wonderful hospitality, and meet fellow docents.  To register, email Phyllis Manning at: pemanning@hotmail.com.  This event brings docents together from the Musical Instrument Museum, the Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix Art Museum and the Heard Museum and is a great way to gain information about what other docents are doing in our area.
As always, if you think anything should be added, just let me know.  The Exchange is early this year so I would like for this to be in the next two Happening Nows if possible.
Thank you,

Maryann Fast

Around Town

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.