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Short Course

American Indian Basketry:  Ancient Art – Fragile Future,  January 11, 18, and 25, 2020

On October 28, 2019, the Heard Museum opened the exhibition “David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry.”  Coinciding with this exhibition, this Short Course will explore the ancient art of basketry, especially by the American Indians who live in northern and central California, near Yosemite.  You will hear from Lucy Parker (Pomo), who is part of a long-established basket-making family; and Jennifer Bates, a master basket weaver, who will talk about weaving in her area. Well-known weaver Terrol Dew Johnson (Tohono O’odham) will talk about basketry from southern Arizona and the different techniques between California and Arizona baskets.  Changing weather, brush fires, pesticides, and other things all affect the materials the weavers use, and we will hear about the effects of these and what this means for the future of American Indian basketry.

For more information on the speakers, click here.

The course runs for three Saturdays, January 11, 18, and 25, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Steele Auditorium.  Cost is $45.

Register with Pat Briggs, shortcourse@heardguild.org. Pay the $45 course fee by credit card here.

Short Courses: “Presenting at” or “Wanting to Help” with Heard Short Courses?

Kurt Kahlenbeck is the chair for short course planning and is in charge of all planning details. If you would like to help or will be a presenter, please communicate with Kurt, who will communicate with Heard staff for planning. It is important that Heard staff hear from one voice regarding planning details to avoid confusion or conflicting information.

You can contact Kurt at 480-622-4297 or at kurt_dipont@hotmail.com

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

A special shout out for the Alamos trip…I have three openings and two just cancelled.


Alamos, Sonora, Mexico – January 25-31, 2020

UPDATE: our seats are filling fast! We now only have rooms for two people with one king-size bed. All rooms with two beds have been filled. The rooms with a king-size bed are for the four night stay at the beautiful Hacienda de Los Santos in Alamos. Rooms with two beds are still available for the first and last nights of the trip.

Hacienda de los Santos

Once the wealthiest silver mine in the Spanish empire, Alamos is now a haven for Ex-Pats who have restored historic haciendas back to their original glory of the 18-19th centuries.

Our first evening will be on the beach at San Carlos. We will then travel to Alamos for four days of all genres of music to choose from — musicians and singers from all over the world will entertain you. We will tour restored haciendas, experience an educational tequila tasting, and there will be many delicious meals to experience.

Our onboard guide will keep us informed and entertained about the history, flora, and politics of the areas we visit. The Heard loves to return to Alamos! Come travel with us! We usually sell out quickly.

Contact Shelley Mowry at travel@heardguild.org.

Revised: The itinerary is here.  The registration form is here.

The Heard Guild Presents The Miracle of Mata Ortiz – February 24-27, 2020

Join the Heard Guild on a journey to visit the high plateau of northern Chihuahua, Mexico on a tour to Mata Ortiz. Our focus of this tour is the Paquimé culture and the amazing pottery produced by very talented artists in the region, highlighting the inspiration born out of the curiosity and diligence of artist, Juan Quezada.

We’ll meet Juan and his charming family with a special invitation to their home to hear Juan share his life’s journey. You’ll get a chance to test your decorating ability and see pots in various parts of the process, culminating with the exciting results of a live firing.    We’ll spend time with Spencer and Emi MacCallum.  It was Spencer that “discovered” Juan’s pots in a New Mexico curio store then journeyed to Mata Ortiz to find the young man.    The rest….is now history.


Contact Shelley Mowry at travel@heardguild.org.

All Things Fair

Anna Flynn, Fair Chair
928.899.6073 (text or call)


Jury Competition Awards
Ribbon Fundraising

Goal: $74,050 .   Pledged/Received: $67,012       94% as of: 11/23/2019

To sponsor a ribbon please contact Ilga Ann Bunjer, Fundraising Chair at 602-438-4384 or ilgaann@centurylink.net, or see her at the Guild meeting on 10/16.

Ribbon Fundraising for Juried Competition Awards
IlgaAnn Bunjer, Chair
Beth Koch-Huston, Shadow

In 1968 the Guild initiated the All-Indian Arts & Crafts Exhibit, its first nationwide, juried competition show and sale which ran until 1984. In 1974, a new $500 top award, the Best of Show Award was announced. From the Guild newsletter: “…toss all spare change (and bills too, of course) into Awards Chairman Mary Guilford’s glass fish bowl. It will appear at all functions and be a permanent figurehead on the Information Desk.”

In 1991, a juried competition was revived as part of the Indian Fair & Market. Our core goals and values have remained the same since that first juried competition. We continue to encourage, support and recognize indigenous artists. Juried competition is open to all participating Fair artists. All prize and sale money goes directly to the artists.

Our goal for 2020 is $74,050 to be distributed across 135 cash prizes. We have come a long way since our first $500 Best of Show Award. In 2018, in honor of the 60th Indian Fair & Market, Howard R. & Joy M. Berlin and Kristine & Leland W. Peterson generously offered to co-sponsor the Best of Show Award at $10,000, thereby doubling the award. In 2020, the Award will be $15,000 thanks to the continuing generosity of the Berlins and Petersons and to our new co-sponsor, Martha Head, a museum member from Minneapolis.

Our fundraising campaign includes a pledge drive to previous ribbon sponsors and a solicitation to 6,000 museum members. For 4 years, IlgaAnn has been our point person, calling, emailing and meeting with potential sponsors and managing sponsorship requests. Guild members continue to strongly support ribbon fundraising.

Ribbons are still available, especially for 2nd Place at $250. And we are always appreciative of Friend of the Fair donations in any amount. Thank you to everyone who has responded!

FAIR Shadows Needed in 2020 to Assume Chair Role in 2021

Visitor Experience (Admissions/ASK ME/Literature Distribution): We are looking for someone to coordinate and schedule volunteers for Fair admissions (line management and working the registers) and for the ASK ME/literature tent/kiosks (distribute Fair literature to guests). The Visitor Experience Chair will line up volunteers, develop the schedule and manage volunteers during the Fair. The Chair will work closely with Allison Lester, Associate Director of Visitor and Member Engagement, and Megan Coleman, Heard Visitor Services. If interested in shadowing Barb Sparman for the 2020 Fair and being the 2021 Chair, please contact Barb Sparman at bsparman@msn.com.


Are You Into Fashion?  Here is an Opportunity for you to Volunteer  

A Friday night Fashion Show is part of the Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market Best of Show Reception and Dinner. The catwalk takes place each year in the Museum Courtyard, running alongside the magnificent water installations which create a unique atmosphere.

A fascinating array of contemporary and traditional jewelry, leather work, and unique clothing and accessories are modeled for a huge audience of members, artists and guests.  Each amazing item is original and designed by artists participating in the Indian Market and Fair. The Fashion Show is a highly anticipated event that helps launch the Fair. Each year, guests eagerly look forward to seeing all the wonderful wearable art.

Volunteers options:

  • Assist with pre-show planning & coordination.
  • Participate in runway show as model.
  • Help supervise artists & models arrival on show night.
  • Assist artists, models, stylists, as needed on show night in Monte Vista.

Contact: MJ Boster, bostermj@gmail.com

2020 Fair Shirts For Sale To Members

The 2020 Fair shirts featuring the Prism of Emotion design by Venancio Aragon, Navajo, will go on sale to members at the Guild Holiday Gathering, December 4. These shirts will also be on sale at the Guild Meetings on January 15 and February 19, 2020. Member’s price for each shirt is $22, which represents a 12 % discount from the Fair price of $25.Shirts will be available in three styles and colors: Unisex, half sleeve, garnet color; Ladies 3/4 sleeve V – neck, color red; Ladies V – neck, color aqua.Sizes: Small through 2X. Sizes 3X and 4X in limited quantities.

Attention All Guild Members, YOU ARE NEEDED!

The 2020 Indian Fair & Market can’t happen without you!

We have over 700 volunteer slots to fill during the Fair. We need each one of our Guild members to volunteer once or even twice over the weekend. We also need you to ask family, friends, and neighbors to put in some volunteer time, too. The benefit for them is that they get to get into the Fair for FREE just for giving a little of their time.

Most volunteer shifts are two, three, or four hours on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

The Fair Committees that always need lots of help are listed here:

Have you enjoyed being a Guild volunteer?  I’ll bet the answer is yes!  Why not step up and chair your favorite activity the easy way.  Shadow your chair to learn the ropes.  We need shadows this year for:  Ask Me, Hospitality, Food & Beverage and Cultural Performances.  Don’t be shy, contact your chair listed above and let them know you are ready to shadow for 2021.

You can see the descriptions of all the Fair Committees on our Guild website by clicking HERE.  If you have questions or need help in contacting a Fair Chair, please contact me, Chuck Starnes, Volunteer Placement Chair, email: cstarnes33@gmail.com

Call For Citrus Donations for Fair Artist Hospitality

Artist Hospitality provides breakfasts, snacks and citrus fruits donated by our Guild members.  Since our “Citrus Greening Disease Quarantine“ three years ago, several of our citrus sources are no longer available.  In an effort to keep this unique tradition alive for Hospitality, I am making a plea to all Guild members to help.  If you or your neighbors are overwhelmed with an abundance of lemons, oranges or grapefruit, here is a chance to share the abundance with our Fair artists and their families.

For more information on how and when to donate your citrus, contact Chuck Starnes via email or phone:  cstarnes33@gmail.com;  623-580-7637 (home);  623-261-8969 (mobile).

Discount Hotel Rates for Fair Weekend

The Heard Museum Guild Fair organizers have secured discounted Hotel accommodation options for our artists, performers, judges and visiting dignitaries during the fair.  All must make and pay for their own reservation. The room blocks are available March 5, 6, 7 & 8, 2020. Rooms are limited so book early.

The deadline for booking these rates is February 7, 2020 or until the room block is filled.

Participating hotels and booking information here: 2020 hotel booking info Fair 2019-09-20

Hotel discounts are available to Guild members
as well as those friends and family members who will be  helping out at the fair


Museum Shop Featured Artist

The shop has acquired several paintings by Karen Clarkson, Choctaw.  Many of her works are of Native Americans and she also creates landscapes and still life.  As a native American artist, she paints culturally inspiring portraits and images.  She is self-taught and lives in Prescott with her husband and two small dogs.  She has won numerous awards and juried competitions.  Stop in and view her colorful paintings.





Las Guias Happenings

Important Announcement for Attendees to the
Connecting to Contemporary Art Presentation on December 19th at 10:00AM.

Due to large response by LG and a request by many SMoCA guides to also attend session we have changed venue to Monte Vista Room.


Connecting to Contemporary Art

Thursday, December 19th in Encanto from 10:00-11:30

Attending the National Docent Symposium provides one with the opportunity to learn from their peers from all over the United States and Canada.  Cozette Matthews attended a breakout session provided by three docents from Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art which she felt would be perfect for Las Guias. They have graciously agreed to present to Las Guias.

Learn effective strategies to meet the challenges for new exhibitions as well as to help our visitors appreciate contemporary art. While originally designed for contemporary art, this technique can help docents prepare for any complex new exhibition with confidence.

As usual  attendance is not mandatory and I understand it is a busy time of year.  Take a break from you holiday prep and learn some new skills.

RSVP to Sheila Mehlem at smehlem1@gmail.com or call or text to  602-301-0673.

The Docent Exchange

The Docent Exchange will be held at the Desert Botanical Gardens on February 13, 2020 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.We will meet in Dorrance Hall at the DBG and the theme will be “A Peak Behind the Scenes at the DBG”! An official invitation will be sent to us after the holidays. Those docents who are interested in attending should mark their calendars. This will be a wonderful experience for our docents.

Carol Seidberg
Phyllis Manning

From the New Exhibit Training Committee…

Makeup/Supplemental Walk-Throughs for…
Maria Hupfield: Nine Years Towards the Sun
Dec. 6, 2019 to May 3, 2020
If you were not able to attend the curator walk-throughs yesterday, Friday, Dec. 6, or would like to review the exhibit with a small group of guides and volunteers, please plan to attend one or more makeup/supplemental walk-throughs with Jerry Cowdrey and Linda Hefter.
Here’s the schedule:
With Linda Hefter: hefteraz@cox.net – 480-471-2190 
Dec. 10, Tuesday 12:30 p.m.
Dec. 26, Thursday, 1 p.m.
Dec. 30, Monday, 1:15 p.m.
With Jerry Cowdrey: jcowdrey10@gmail.com– 623-203-8110
Dec. 14, Saturday, 10 a.m.
Dec. 19, Thursday 1 p.m.
We will schedule more walk-throughs in January if needed…
Celebrate, Goldwater and Hockney/Baskets Exhibits:
If anyone still needs to do a walk-through of Celebrate, Goldwater or Hockney/Baskets let me know.
Don’t forget to check out the Docent Cart in the Library!

Heard Museum Happenings

Members Extended Hours

Thursday, December 19
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

We’re staying open late until 8 p.m. exclusively for Members on the third Thursday of the month beginning this November through April.


Second Saturday at the Heard: Baskets and Indigenous Foods

“Hummingbirds” basket by Sally Black (Navajo)

Saturday, December 14
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location:Central Courtyard

Join us for the Second Saturday of the month in November, December, and January for live music and artist demonstrations in the Central Courtyard. Museum attendees and members have the opportunity to meet indigenous artists in an intimate setting, learning about each artists own technique and approach to their art. Best of all, Second Saturdays are free to attend and open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This month as we continue to celebrate our newest exhibition David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry, this Second Saturday Marketplace will feature basket weavers and indigenous ancestral foods. Come taste some delicious treats, and see the variety of baskets created by these talented and unique basket weavers. Please join Sally Black (Navajo), and many other basket weavers. Stop by and see Shawna S. Sunrise (Diné/Kewa) and create  your own holiday wreath or flower arrangement just in time for the Holidays!

Scene and Heard Film Series Presents Fractured Land and Free Solo

Join us for our monthly Scene and Heard Film Series, this month we will be featuring two films Fractured Land (75 minutes) at 11:30, and Free Solo (100 minutes) at 1:30 PM in Steele Auditorium.

Fractured Land
Stick around after the film for a discussion with Dr. Manny Pino, an Environmental Activist, Professor of Sociology and Director of American Indian Studies at Scottsdale Community College

Free Solo
Following the film, there will be a discussion with climbers about their experiences.

Holidays at the Heard

All programming is included with museum admission. Free for museum members. 

A Phoenix tradition, Holidays at the Heard is a must-see for your family, friends and out-of-town guests, starting Thursday, December 26 and continuing through Sunday, December 29. Visitors can experience American Indian music and dance performances daily, as well as artist demonstrations and hands-on art activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitors can also browse items in the Museum Shop and Books & More. Have lunch at the Courtyard Caféopen 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day or stop by the Coffee Cantina for a grab-and-go lunch, or coffee, tea, and a sweet treat until 5 p.m.

Performances: 12:00 p.m. and 2 p.m. in Steele Auditorium.

Live music, artist demonstrations, and hands-on activities: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Food Medicine for the People: Sana Sana Food Truck – 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

See Daily Holiday Schedule: https://heard.org/event/holidays/


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.