Happening Now


This is the last issue for this Guild year.  The next issue will be published in early September.

For those members who will be in the Valley this Summer…save these dates & see details in body of Happening Now.

  • May 3rd: First Friday – Josef Albers in Mexico
  • May 7th 6:00-7:00pm: Archaeology Café (Phoenix): The Greater Gila River
  • May 11th 10:00am – 4:00pm: Second Saturday – Books | Beats | Bites
  • May 13th at 10am in Monte Vista: Las Guias – Docent to Docent: “The Wonders of Weaving”
  • July 11th 9:30-12:30pm: Heard Guild Explores: Two  Chapters in the History of the West  

Visit Heard.org to learn about upcoming museum events throughout the Summer.

Heard Museum Shop News

It is an honor to announce that Judie Carpenter is the Shop volunteer of the year.  Judie has been a dedicated Shop volunteer for over 10 years.  She has served on the Shop Board and has served as the Shop Board President. It is also an honor to announce that the Shop volunteers and Book Store volunteers worked 5, 651 hours this year which is the equivalent of three fulltime employees.  Congratulations Judie Carpenter and all the Shop and Book Store volunteers!

Las Guias Promotional Video

Have you seen the new Las Guias Recruitment video on Heardguild.org Home page?  Scroll down to Volunteer Opportunities and take a look, and if you know someone who you think might be interested you can send the video to then to view. Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/luuH4fWIgrw

Guild Happenings

Heard Guild Explores

Two  Chapters in the History of the West  Save the Date

This short course will be held on July 11th from 9:30 to 12:30 in Monte Vista. The cost is 30 dollars.  Please register by July 8th. You can register by emailing Pat Briggs at shortcourse@heardguild.org  or click here to pay by credit card.

Please arrive by 9:15 since the program will start at 9:30.

Jay Roth, a Las Guias docent, leads the first two morning sessions. Over the past 7 years he has taught Presidential and American history in lifelong learning programs at ASU, the Bureau of Jewish Education, Encore University at the Valley Presbyterian Church and Florida International University. 

His sessions address the political decisions of two presidents: Ulysses S. Grant and Andrew Jackson. The tensions, prejudices, stereotypes and attitudes developed in colonial times vis a vis the native populations were deeply held and imbedded in American culture. Mr. Roth explores the very different approaches to Native Americans by these two presidents and how their personal attitudes and the larger environment in which they were functioning impacted their policies towards and their ultimate treatment of the indigenous people.

The third session of the morning is a presentation by Bill Harrison, a popular Arizona historian. His lively comments and slide presentations are always very well received.

“La Posada, Jewel of the Santa Fe” is the story of the last, great Harvey Hotel built by the Fred Harvey Company in 1930.  It’s also the story of Mary Coulter, legendary architect who was totally in charge of the design and construction of the hotel.  This story begins in 1930 and ends in the present.  It covers the heyday of the hotel and its later deterioration and near destruction. It finishes with the restored hotel that’s serving guests today. 

It is time to renew your Guild membership

You may renew your $40. Annual membership
——online on the Guild website
——you may mail a check to the Museum, att: Guild treasurer
——you may pay by credit card or check at the April Guild meeting.

Guild History Book

The Guild history book “The Heard Museum Guild: 60 years With Volunteers”  is now available for  sale in the Heard Book store for $5.00

Fair 2020!

Anna Flynn, Fair Chair

Yes, folks, we are already planning the 62nd Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market scheduled for March 7-8, 2020. Do you want to meet people and get more involved in Guild activities? Taking a lead role in the Indian Fair & Market or serving as a team member is a fun and rewarding way to meet Guild members, artists, staff and visitors. I didn’t know anyone when I joined the Guild. I came to the monthly meetings, but I wasn’t a docent or in the Las Guias class so I didn’t have a an easy avenue for meeting people. Getting involved in the Fair opened the floodgate to new people and new experiences. I regularly learn something new about indigenous arts and cultures, the Guild and the museum. I’ve also acquired some WordPress/website skills, written press releases, learned more about fundraising, worked on magazine issues from planning to distribution, organized live TV spots and lots more! Jump in! Many Guild members have served on multiple committees, so people are available to advise and assist. Someone will always have your back.

Generally, we need people with good organizational skills and the ability to coordinate and collaborate with others. Some tasks require specific computer skills (e.g., word processing, Excel spreadsheets, WordPress for the website, Access for the database) while others are more dependent on strong people skills or logistical planning skills. Some jobs are more time and labor intensive than others. Some require frequent presence at the Heard and some can be done mostly from any location. Opportunities are available for Team Leads (aka Committee Chairs) and Co-Chairs, Shadows (learn from an existing Team Lead) for Fair 2020 with a commitment to Chair for Fair 2021), and team members as well as task-related volunteers (e.g., envelope stuffing parties). Areas where we need Team Leads or Shadows, include: Admissions, ASK ME/Information Booths, Fundraising for Juried Competition Award Ribbons, Food & Beverage vendors and booths, Juried Competition-Recruiting Judges, Artist Hospitality, and Marketing (WordPress/website, social media, materials distribution, writing, planning, designing) and Staging.

Email, call or text me, Anna Flynn, so we can chat about your talents, skills and interests. Email: fairchair@heardguild.org or call or text: 928.899.6073.

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 SOLD OUT – Taking names for Wait List

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

Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde — October 6-11, 2019

We will explore two of the most significant archeological sites in the United States: Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde.

Guided by Fred Nials, world class geologist, Native American historian, and authority in the fields of archaeology and anthropology, we will spend two days at Mesa Verde and a day at Chaco Canyon.

The itinerary is here.    The registration form is here.


Contact Shelley Mowry: Heardguild.org/travel

Heard Museum Happenings

First Friday – May

Friday, May 3
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Cost: Free

Get crafty and see Josef Albers in Mexico on it’s final First Friday!
Come create with Cut+ Paste Phoenix, and the Crafty Chica Kathy Cano-Murillo will also do a hands-on activity.  Plus, hear the Chicano-Reggae Infused band Rastafarmers fill Crossroads Gallery will music. Join us for a crafty and fun evening!

Second Saturdays – Books | Beats | Bites

Saturday, May 13 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Looking for enrichment, creativity, and fun? Join the Heard Museum on May 11 for the continuing 2nd Saturday Series.

This month we will host, Books| Beats | Bites: food, music, and interesting titles. Come and browse the many selections of cookbooks, children’s books, American Indian genre, Southwestern-themed novels, and many other tables throughout the marketplace. We will be joined by artist, Steven Paul Judd (Kiowa/Choctaw.) He will host a maker space to create stickers for your own sticker book. Also, try out a new delicious Native foods dish from our tasting table. Authors, Laura Tohe, and Evangeline Parsons Yazzie will be on-site with their wonderful books. Join Wasted Ink Zine Distro, and make and take your very own zine and express yourself during the open-mic session with authors and poets at 1 p.m.

Catch our continual Scene and Heard Film Series, for a showing of Taqwacore, Recommended for mature audiences, at 11:30 a.m.

Las Guias Happenings

Docent to Docent May 13th at 10am in Monte Vista

Touring the wonderful new exhibit “Color Riot”  has precipitated many questions about the techniques of weaving.  Sharah, Maryanne, and I agreed that this would be a good topic for a Docent to Docent Presentation.

Our Carnegie Fellows, Velma Craig(Dine’), Natalia Miles(Dine’, Akimel O’otham/Apache), and Ninabah Winton (Dine’) have graciously agreed to share their knowledge with us.

As with all Docent to Docent Presentations, attendance is not mandatory.  However, as those who  have attended these presentations in the past will agree, they are a learning experience and an opportunity to interact with  our fellow Las Guias.   So sorry that some of our  winter visitor guides will not be here for this presentation.  As in the past, we will continue to provide Docent to Docent programs over the summer. Guides who are in Phoenix for the summer  welcome the opportunity for events to keep in touch and up to date.

The “Wonders of Weaving” will be presented  on Monday, May 13th, 10:00, in Monte Vista. Please RSVP so we can get an estimation of room  set up needs.   Smehlem1@gmail.com    602-301-0673.

Fee free to forward me any questions you may have for our presenters as well as suggestions for future programs.

Thanks for all you do. For our winter guides, we will miss you. Have a great summer.

Sheila Mehlem
Docent to Docent Committee

Makeup/Supplemental Grand Procession Walk-Throughs:
If you are not able to attend the curator walk-throughs or would like to review the exhibit with a small group of guides, plan to attend one or more of the makeup/supplemental walk-throughs led by Marlene Scholsohn, Pat Kilburn and Linda Hefter.
Here’s the schedule for the Grand Procession Makeup/Supplemental Walk-Throughs…Please register in advance.
With Marlene Scholsohn: 
mscholsohn@aol.com –  480-488-8530
Monday, May 6 – 10:30 a.m.
Monday, May 13 – 10:30 a.m.
With Pat Kilburn: 
kilburnguild@cox.net – 623-546-0764
Thursday, May 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, May 16 – 10:30 a.m.
With Linda Hefter: 
hefteraz@cox.net – 480-471-2190
Saturday, May 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 29 – 1:15 p.m.

Upcoming Exhibits: 

A number of upcoming exhibits are now posted on the Heard Museum website. Here is the link to the Upcoming Exhibits page — https://heard.org/upcomingexhibits/

Exhibit Resources:  Josef Albers in Mexico is a traveling exhibit organized by the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Check out the Guggenheim website at https://www.guggenheim.org/ exhibition/josef-albers-in- mexico for an exhibit overview, a short video, audio guide, press coverage and very interesting blogs.
And don’t forget to check out the resources on the Docent Cart in the Heard Library!

Around Town

Reminder: Archaeology Café (Phoenix): The Greater Gila River
Join us as on Tuesday, May 7, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Rd., Dr. Bill Doelle challenges us to think big with a presentation entitles “The Greater Gila River: Public Lands, Tribal Lands, and Our Connections to These Places.” Now home to nearly six million people, the Greater Gila River basin is tamed by dams and pumped such that stretches of its watercourses are usually dry. But it was not always this way. The river and its tributaries were once lifelines and travel corridors for diverse peoples of the southern Southwest. Tribal and public lands (National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and others) make up much of the river basin today. Dr. Doelle will explore the relationships of modern groups, including today’s tribes, to these lands. The presentation will also be streamed on Facebook Live beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Archaeology Southwest’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ArchaeologySouthwest/http://bit.ly/2ULOFIh – Archaeology Southwest

Janet Cantley, Curator Heard Museum

Contact Diane Leonte, Guild Communications at: communication@heardguild.org if you have a “Happening” that you want to share with Guild members.  We would love to hear from you.