Happening Now

President’s Message

Hope to see you all at the February meeting on Weds. 2/19.  We have a great speaker, author and historian Jim Turner.  He will present the powerful images of Arizona from the cameras of Edward Curtis, Barry Goldwater and Ansel Adams.  The program is “Shadow Catchers of 150 Years of Arizona Photography”.

Thank you to Carol Seidberg and Phyliss Manning for facilitating the Docent Exchange this past week at the Desert Botanical Garden.  It was a wonderful presentation showcasing the beautiful garden and was attended by 35-40 Heard guides as well as PAM and MIM people.

We will be selling Fair T-shirts again at the February meeting so be sure to get your colorful shirt to wear Fair weekend.  De Bachmann will be there with the aprons that are helpful to wear as we do our various jobs at the Fair.

Remember:  The March Guild meeting has changed from Weds the 18th to Tuesday, March 17th due to a conflict.  Maybe someone will bring green cupcakes to celebrate St Patrick’s Day!  Sorry for the change but we all know about being flexible and it does affect the Heard’s bottom line.

Sue Snyder


There are still opportunities to volunteer for Friday & Saturday of the Fair, but Sunday is clearly where the need is greatest.  If you have not volunteered yet or are willing to work an additional time, please contact the Fair Chairs below.

  • Food & Beverage:
    • Contact Dave Newark, newarkguild@cox.net
    • Sunday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Sunday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Volunteer Placement Booth:
    • Contact Chuck Starnes, cstarnes33@gmail.com
    • Sunday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Sunday 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Booth Relief:
  • Native Art Raffle:
    • Contact Louise Wakem, lwakem@cox.net
    • Sunday Morning; 2 volunteers
    • Sunday Afternoon; 2 volunteers
  • BOS Security:
    • Contact
    • Judith Pykare jpykare@me.com
    • Friday 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm & 7:15 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Information Desk:
  • The Money Room needs 4 more volunteers able to walk most of the Fairgrounds once or twice per schedule and be okay handling money.  The work periods are Saturday, 8 to 12 and 12 to 5; and Sunday, 9 to 12 and 12 to 4. Contact: Richard Borgmann, rborgmann@cox.net

If you need more information, contact Chuck Starnes, cstarnes33@gmail.com

Slate of Candidates for Guild Year 2020/2021

The Guild Nominating Committee announces the slate of candidates for the Guild Year 2020 / 2021.

  • President: Ms. Jane Przeslica
  • President Elect: Ms. Maryann Fast
  • Secretary: Ms. Dee Dowers
  • Treasurer: Mr. Richard Borgmann
  • Nominating Committee: Mr. John Miller

The nominees will be presented at the March Guild Meeting. (Note: The March meeting will be held on Tuesday March 17th)
In accordance with the the nominating guidelines Nominations may be made from the floor at the March meeting provided consent of the nominee has been obtained.
Such floor nominees must meet the requirements listed in the Guild By-laws Article X, Sec. 3, Para. 2

Don Montrey – Nominating Committee Chair

Service Awards Nominations Are Now Open

In mid- March a committee of the current and past Guild presidents will meet to determine Guild Special Recognition and Special Achievement Awards recipients for 2019-2020, to be presented at the Guild Members’ Appreciation Dinner on April 22, 2020.  A Special Recognition Award recognizes a member’s time and dedication to an existing Guild project or program.  A Special Achievement Award recognizes a member’s contribution to an outstanding original Guild idea or Guild project.

If you wish to nominate a Guild member(s) for a Special Recognition or a Special Achievement Award, please email the name(s) plus a statement of your reasons for the nomination to Mary Endorf, Service Awards Chair maryendorf@comcast.net by 5:00 p.m. March 5.

Thank you for your nominations!

Mary Endorf
Service Awards Chair


Are you looking for a way to support young artists?  Then, please consider volunteering for this year’s STUDENT ART SHOW AND SALE, or SASS.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with SASS, it is an annual event where Native American students throughout the country in grades 7 through 12 submit their art for the opportunity to compete for ribbons and prize money in a juried competition.  This year’s SASS will be held March 27th through 30th.  Volunteers are needed in a variety of capacities throughout the weekend, as well as during the week of the event.  To volunteer, please contact Jane Ross-Stempel at jrossstempel@yahoo.com.

Seeking Volunteers for Information Desk

Looking to help? The Information Desk at the Heard is the perfect place to join.  We need volunteers to greet our visitors and help them map their visit to the Heard.  Shifts are 3 hours, 10-1 and 1-4.  Call Jane Sanford 602.363.8994 or email janephxrealestate@gmail.com for how to join.

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

All Things Fair

Anna Flynn, Fair Chair
928.899.6073 (text or call)

WE DID IT! Thank You!

Jury Competition Awards
Ribbon Fundraising

Goal: $74,050 .   Pledged/Received: $74,050    100% 

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.


In grateful appreciation to B. Van Denburgh for sponsoring the
2020 Juried Competition Awards Program
and for many years of contributions to Indian Fair & Market.
We Could Not Have Done It Without You!


Still Want to Support the Fair?

Become a Friend of the Fair (infinite number available)
or Sponsor an Event

Become a Friend of the Fair. Donate any amount up to $999 (average Friend donation is $91). Contact: IlgaAnn Bunjer, Fundraising Chair, at 602.438.4384 or ilgaann@centurylink.net or mail your donation, made out to the Heard Museum

Guild Fair, to 2301 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix 85004. Benefits: recognition in Earthsong Magazine and the Fair website. Tax deductible portion dependent on donation amount.

Sponsor a specific event, such as Storytelling, the Fashion Show or the

Presentation of Colors/Opening Ceremony. Sponsorship opportunities start at $1,000. Benefits depend on sponsorship level. Contact Anna Flynn, Fair Chair, at 928.899.6073 or fairchair@heardguild.org.

Announcing the People’s Choice Award

We are delighted to introduce the People’s Choice Award to be decided and awarded at the Best of Show Reception on Friday evening, March 6. Each person attending the event will get to vote for their favorite item displayed in Best of Show. Attendees can experience, just a little, of how difficult it is to be a judge in the juried competition. Votes will be tallied and the winner announced at the end of the fashion show. The item with the most votes wins! The winner will receive a ribbon and a $150 check.

You MUST attend Best of Show to vote so buy your ticket now or call 602.252.8840. Information at heard.org/fair. If your membership level or ribbon sponsor level includes Best of Show tickets you will receive them in the mail in early February.

Thank you, Shelley Mowry and Ginny Harris, for organizing and managing the voting process.

The Official Fair Guide










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.

Guild Volunteer Aprons

The Guild provides a free apron to all Guild Members who volunteer during the Indian Fair & Market, Student Art Show and Sale, the sale of Note Cards and helping with the Artist Hospitalities throughout the year.  They are one size fits all with an adjustable neck strap and pockets.  They are yours to keep and use over & over.  They will be available during the January and February Guild Meetings.  They are very good for letting our visitors know you are a member of the volunteer arm of the Heard Museum, willing & able to answer their questions and give directions.  They also let the visitors see how strong our Guild is and might encourage them to join in the fun and become members.

For those Guild Members who have received and signed for their aprons sometime in the past 10 years  whose aprons have grown legs and disappeared, you may purchase a replacement for $10, the Guild’s cost of the aprons.

Remember to come by to pick it up during the February Guild Meetings.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

“De” Bachmann

Fair BOS Fashion Show

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

Cultural Performances Volunteers

Cultural performances are looking for volunteers for a fun assignment during our Indian Market, March 7th  and 8th. Violet Duncan, heads up crafts and storytelling in the South entrance of Steele auditorium.  She needs a volunteer for either a morning or afternoon shift on both Saturday and Sunday.  These shifts are no longer than 2 hours.  This is a very popular activity with lots of participants.  contact Nancy O’Neal 480-812-5278 cell/text. nloneal22@gmail.com. Thank you.

2020 Fair Shirts For Sale To Members

The 2020 Fair shirts featuring the Prism of Emotion design by Venancio Aragon, Navajo. These shirts will 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.

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

Las Guias Happenings

There’s been a change to the location for Ed Council next Wednesday after the Guild meeting.  We will be in Encanto.


From the New Exhibit Training Committee…

Looking Ahead to Larger Than Memory opening May 1:
One of the artists who will be featured in the new exhibit is Kent Monkman.
Two monumental new paintings by Kent are currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Here is a link to the article from the New York Times about his work — https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/19/arts/design/kent-monkman-metropolitan-museum.html.

Heard Museum Happenings

Members Extended Hours


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



Scene and Heard Film Series Presents: Hockney

Feb. 2oth /  6-8pm / Steele Auditorium

David Hockney

Hockney weaves together a portrait of the multifaceted artist from frank interviews with close friends and never before seen footage from his own personal archive. One of the great surviving icons of the 1960s, Hockney’s career may have started with almost instant success but in private he has struggled with his art, relationships, and the tragedy of AIDS, making his optimism and sense of adventure truly uplifting. Hockney is funny, inspiring, bold and visionary.


Details: https://heard.org/event/scene-and-heard-film-series-presents-4/

Marathoner Louis Tewanima and the Continuity of Hopi Running Lecture

Feb. 22nd /  1-2pm / Monte Vista

Matthew Sakiestewa

Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert (Hopi) will present “Marathoner Louis Tewanima and the Continuity of Hopi Running” at the Heard Museum February 22, 2020 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Monte Vista Room. Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert is Professor and Head of the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona. He is an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe from the village of Upper Munqapi. Centering his research and teaching on Native American history and the history of the American West, he examines the history of American Indian education, the Indian boarding school experience, and American Indians and sport.



Janet Cantley
Curator, Heard Museum


Around Town

Scene and Heard Film Series Presents: Hockney

Showtime February 20th, 6:00 p.m. in Steele Auditorium

Hockney weaves together a portrait of the multifaceted artist from frank interviews with close friends and never before seen footage from his own personal archive. One of the great surviving icons of the 1960s, Hockney’s career may have started with almost instant success but in private he has struggled with his art, relationships, and the tragedy of AIDS, making his optimism and sense of adventure truly uplifting. Hockney is funny, inspiring, bold and visionary.


Honoring an Arizona War Hero

The 75ths Iwo Jima Flag Raising Event will be held Saturday February 22, at the Gila River Indian Community in Sacaton.  A WWII airplane flyover at 8:30 a.m. signals the start of the parade.   The parade is an inter-tribal celebration of all Native Americans who have served in the military.  Represented is every branch of the Armed Forces, surviving Code Talkers, Ira Hayes family members, Tribal dignitaries, Native VFW members, Gold Star Parents, Mothers of MIA, Veterans, ROTC youth, motorcyclists who have completed the ‘Ride to the Wall’, Miss Pima and her Court, and more The parade is a visible display of the deep patriotism of Native Americans that inspires them to serve in our military and in war in a number greater than any other demographic.
Google Ira Hayes Parade 2020 for more details.

Following the parade is a program put on by the Ira H. Hayes American Legion Post 84 at the nearby Mathew B. Juan-Ira H. Hayes Veterans Memorial Park.

Following the program is a complimentary lunch provided by the Post and served by members of the Gila River Indian Community.

If you go:

  • This is a family event.  Bring your family.  It’s an experience they won’t soon forget.
  • Park anywhere.  There will be signs and people directing. Follow the flow of cars, then people to the parade route.
  • Come early for the best selection of seating along the parade route.
  • Bring a lawn chair. Best place to sit is near the announcer (at the end of the parade route) across the street from the bleachers.  Sit facing the bleachers.  Coffee is usually available for purchase.  Water is available, but it’s easier if you bring your own.
  • Lunch is served in the Park and it’s easy to find a spot under a shade tree for your lawn chair.  This is a great time to meet some of the parade participants and to thank them for their service.  All are available and eager to share their stories.

As a history refresher:

On February 23, 1945 United States military forces gained control of the Japanese occupied island Iwo Jima. As a result. the American flag was raised on Mount Suribachi, at that time an iconic and historic photograph was taken. This photograph captured 5 United States Marines and 1 United States Navy Corpsman as they raised the American flag. Ira H. Hayes, a Pima Native American, a Marine, and a member of the Gila River Indian Community, was one of the men who raised the flag that day.

Here are directions from Phoenix to Sacaton:

Go east on I-10, take exit 175, turn right onto AZ 587, travel over the freeway and then take an immediate right onto Casa Blanca Road.  Sacaton is about 40 minutes from Phoenix.

There is no cost to attend but please email me at: kurt_dipont@hotmail.com so we know who is attending.

Please arrange any carpooling on your own.

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.