Happening Now

Kudos to Mary Lee Madson, Anita Hicks, and Lea Seago for a great job on THE GREAT HOLIDAY BRUNCH  HOLIDAY GIFT MART!! 

The Guild is seeking to fill the position of Guild Treasurer for 2019 – 2020. Information regarding the duties and responsibilities of the position can be found on the Guild Website heardguild.org under Committees / Guild Board of Directors and Officers / Treasurer. Guild members who wish to be considered for the Treasurer’s position or to nominate another Guild member can do so by contacting the Nominating Committee Chair, Don Montrey at nominating@heardguild.org. All nominations are confidential.

Guild Happenings

A Safety and Security walk-through will be held at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm on  Friday, January 11, 2019 for all Las Guias, shop, Library and Information desk volunteers.  Museum Security will be presenting a mini-tour of the campus safety and security features.  We will meet in Monte Vista. Please mark your calendar to attend this event.

Fair Chair News

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

Ribbon Awards’ Fundraising: 85% of Goal

Goal: $63,800 – Pledges and receipts: $54,512. $9,288 STILL NEEDED

Act fast! Slots are filling up! Remember, your donation goes directly to an artist. Donate at the Guild meeting (see IlgaAnn at a table), by mail (ATTN: Guild Treasurer) or online at heard.org/fair/donate.

We still have 1st Place ($500) and 2nd Place ($250) awards in multiple divisions and one Judges’ Choice Award ($150). As an added enticement, sponsor names will be printed on 1st Place ribbons ($500). Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. Smaller donations will be combined for a Friends of the Fair sponsorship. Individual Friends’ names will be listed on the website and in the Fair Guide.

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 donate 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 —6 Available

Friend of the Fair

$1 to $149 Infinite Number Available

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!

Fair Volunteers 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 and line management, let Richard know.

Volunteers—Entrance Moved

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

Short Course

Away from Home:  American Indian Boarding School Stories

Tuesdays, January 8, January 15 and January 22, 2019, 9:30 am-noon.

This is a three-session course.
All sessions will be held in Steele Auditorium.

There are three instructors: Janet Cantley, Curator, Heard Museum, Project Manager of Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories;  Patty Talahongva, Hopi, Curator, Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center, she also works with Native American Connections, is an advisor for the update of the Heard Boarding School Exhibit and attended Phoenix Indian School;  and James Riding In, Pawnee, Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University, Tempe and Editor, Wicazo Sa Review.

The facilitator is Phyllis Manning (shortcourse@heardguild.org)
Short Course fee: $45.
After almost two decades, the Heard Museum’s unique and important Boarding School Exhibition has been enhanced to allow the visitor an immersive experience into the many stories of those whose lives were impacted by the Federally operated Boarding School System.  New scholarship and inclusion of current material and technology have broadened the scope and effect of this exhibit which opens on January 26, 2019.  This Short Course is designed to give a preview of the many facets of the exhibit, including government policies and personal stories.

How to Register:  Email Phyllis Manning at shortcourse@heardguild.org.

Pay the fee here by credit card.

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

NEW TRIP, Details Coming Soon

Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde, September 8-14, 2019

Come explore Chaco Canyon, an International Dark Sky Park, and the center of an ancient world.  We will visit this mysterious canyon and surrounding areas to explore the architecture, culture, and history of the Ancestral Puebloans who made this home.  We will visit Mesa Verde, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that protects some of the best preserved ancestral Pueblo’s archeological sites in the world.

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

After Lunch Art Bunch – Furry Friends – Saturday, Dec. 15 – 1:00-4:00pm

Come look and create! Join us each third Saturday of the month November through January 2019 for specifically themed hands-on family fun presented in conjunction with the exhibition Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit. All materials will be provided. Activities are perfect for children ages 4 and up.

Henri Matisse LOVED dogs! Especially his Schnauzer named Raoudi. We invite you to meet some special furry guests all the way from the Arctic, listen to a reading of Kamik: An Inuit Puppy Story and make your very own LEGO version of our exhibition mascot, Henri the Husky.

No sign-up required. Free with museum admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call 602.251.0259 if you require special medical accommodations.

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.

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.

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 Wednesday, Dec. 26, and continuing through Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018.

Visitors can experience American Indian music and dance performances including crowd favorites like hoop dancing and fancy dancing.

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: 12:30 and 2 p.m. in Steele Auditorium.
Artist Demonstrations: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Crossroads Gallery
Hands-on activities 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the gallery It’s Your Turn: Arctic Spirit
Book readings: 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Crossroads Gallery
Holidays at the Heard Schedule

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

Save the Dates

  • Dec. 10th 9:30am – Docent to Docent The Kids are ComingAre You Ready?
  • Safety Walk-Through January 11, 2019 9:30 am & 1:30 pm Monte Vista
  • Tune Up January 14, 2019 9:00 am-12:30 pm Steele Auditorium
*** PDF’s of curator walk-through presentations and any other relevant materials for Las Guias will be available on the Heard website.  Link to this material can be found under the Las Guias drop down menu Exhibit Label Copy & Noticias on the Guild Website in the next few days.

Docent to Docent

The Kids are Coming—Are  You Ready? Monday, December 10,2018 —   10-11:30—Encanto

Greetings Las Guias.   We learned from Sharah that the museum is now, and will continue, to offer museum tours  in increasing numbers to children. One especially significant group we will be serving more of is children in kindergarten through second grade.  Many of us are not as comfortable as we would like when touring with children, but the younger ones can present a particular challenge.

To address this issue, we will be hosting a Docent to Docent presentation: Touring with Young Children Our presenters, Reta Severtson and Jane Przeslica, have demonstrated their expertise touring with young children and have had extensive teaching experience with children.

We also want the benefit of your successes so be prepared with ideas that have worked well for you when touring with 5-8 year olds.

Cassie and Sharah have informed us that we really need more guides to help with these tours.  With a little help from our fellow Las Guias, I am sure many of us will learn to enjoy this very unique and fun age group.

As with other Docent to Docent programs, attendance is not mandatory. However, please RSVP to Sheila Mehlem, smehlem1@gmail.com, 602-942-0523, so we can get an approximate number.

Coming Up:

  • Safety Walk-Through January 11, 2019 9:30 am & 1:30 pm Monte Vista
  • Tune Up January 14, 2019 9:00 am-12:30 pm Steele Auditorium

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.