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January 18, 2021

January Guild Meeting Date Change

Please note that this week’s Guild Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 19th, not on Wednesday, January 20th as originally planned. Our original date conflicts with the Presidential Inauguration. The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM.

Our guest speaker will be Teri Greeves.  Teri Greeves is a renowned beadwork artist who lives in Santa Fe, NM.  She is enrolled in the Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma. Teri will be showcasing her work from the MIA exhibit of art by Native American Women which she co-curated in 2019. She will also share images from four of her other installations, including an installation at Philbrook Museum of Art.

If you would like to learn more about Teri, view this video from the PBS series Craft in America, in which she is the featured artist.

Learn more about Teri Greeves:

Student Art Pop-Up Sale

Student Art is going to have another Pop-up sale of our new merchandise on Sat Jan 23rd from 11-2 in the Courtyard.  Student Art Note Cards will be available as well.

Auto Sun Screen

Postit Note Pads

Cell Phone Pouch






Heard Museum Staff Member Change

Sharah Nieto, Heard Museum Director of Education, has resigned from her position.  While this is a loss for all of us, happily, Sharah will move on to a new position at the Desert Botanical Garden, tasked with building their children’s education programs.

Sharah has asked that I share her sincere gratitude to all of you for welcoming her to the Heard community over four years ago.  We thank Sharah for her contributions to the Las Guias program, Student Art program, and many other Guild activities that she touched.  Also, we thank Sharah for sharing her sparkle and vibrancy with us and with the many children who experienced the Heard Museum with her guidance and behind the scenes work.

If you would like to contact Sharah, you may do so at sharnieto@gmail.com.

All Things Fair
Anna Flynn

Exclusive, Early, Online Discounted Fair T-shirt Sale
Monday, January 18 – Friday, February 5

In appreciation and recognition of your tremendous support, Guild members are invited to an exclusive early online sale of Fair t-shirts with discounted pricing from January 18 – February 5. Click here to view and purchase shirts. Shirts are $22.95 plus tax and shipping. Prices will go up once the public t-shirt campaign goes live on February 15. This year all sales are online which allows us to market to a wider audience and, best of all, avoid investing in inventory. Bonfire, the online platform, takes orders, collects payments, prints shirts and ships orders for a low shipping fee. Because we are a non-profit, Bonfire retains only a small percentage and the rest of the proceeds are returned to the Guild.

The shirts feature the image, Corollary, by Damian Jim (Navajo/Diné). Winner of the 2020 Innovation Award-2-Dimensional Art, Damian creates in ink pens, acrylics, aerosol and oil paints and digital arts. His Diné roots are reflected in each of his works.

“I created the background, but I didn’t have anything beyond that, until a few more months passed and the anxiety and feelings of helplessness with friends and family passing away led me to more drawing and sketching. This was when Corollary emerged from those dark times. I had a vision of Mother Earth carrying the burden of the living and the dead, and offering compassion and hope.” – Damian Jim

Virtual Art Market
Friday, March 5 – Sunday, March 7

As usual, artists were either invited (e.g., 2020 award winners) or juried-in the Fair. More than 300 artists from 75 tribal affiliations will be participating in the virtual art market. On the Fair website, buyers will browse the Artist Gallery which will feature one art image along with the artist’s name, tribal affiliation and art classification(s). One click will take you to either the individual artist’s online site (website, Instagram, Facebook or Etsy) where you may buy directly from the artists or to a landing page also on the Fair website. The main challenge of participating in a virtual market, for some artists, is the lack of an online presence. This is due to a variety of reasons, including poor or no Internet access, lack of technology knowledge to setup, maintain and populate a site and limited financial resources for monthly fees. For these artists, we will setup a landing page for each one on the Fair website with several images of their art and contact information (phone or email).

Juried Competition Show & Sale
Friday, March 5 – Sunday, March 7
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Steele Auditorium
(All museum health and safety protocols will be followed.)
Online Show & Sale – Details will be in a later issue.

While the art market portion of the Fair will be virtual, the juried competition will be live. Artists may hand-deliver entries to the Shop (during regular business hours) or ship them for arrival between Feb. 1 – 21. A single slate of judges will judge the entries. On Thursday evening, March 4 we will announce the winners of major awards in a virtual event and all the award winners will be posted on the new Fair website. Friday – Sunday we will have the onsite and online Show & Sale. VOLUNTEERS are needed. Contact John Nesbitt at mrrifleman@aol.com or 858.229.8081 if you are interested in volunteering at the onsite event. Contact Anna Flynn at fairchair@heardguild.org or 928.899.6073 if you are interested in helping with the online event, either advance setup work from home or during the weekend.

During the Summer, when we had to make decisions about how to run the 2021 Fair, we decided that judging art solely from images was not a viable option for juried competition. While we, like everyone, hoped the coronavirus would be in the rearview mirror by now, we knew we had to plan for the possibility that the risk would still exist. Sadly, Arizona is now leading the world, not just the nation, in confirmed cases per 100,000. No one knows what the situation will be in 7 weeks. Clearly, we do not know what impact the current situation will have on the artists’ ability to get art to us, the number of volunteers who will be willing to assist at the Show & Sale or how many visitors will attend. We are proceeding as planned and will make adjustments as required by the situation on the ground.

Thanks to our generous donors, including many Guild members, we have been successful in raising funds for the awards. There are still ribbon sponsorships available, including two $1,500 Best of Classification awards as well as a number of $250 2nd Place Division awards. Contact Gail “Beth” Koch-Huston, Chair, Juried Competition Awards Fundraising at g.elizabeth.koch@gmail.com or 480.433.6077 if you would like to sponsor an award or donate any amount to the Friends of the Fair campaign.

Native American Art Magazine, Feb/Mar Issue—hot off the press! Available at Museum admissions for those who are not subscribers.
For the third year, Native is the official Fair media sponsor and publisher of the Fair Guide which is included in the Feb/Mar issue. While planning and producing the Guide is always a monumental undertaking, this was definitely the most challenging year yet. The issue must be completed by the end of December—copy written and edited, layout and design completed, everything proofed, which means we have to have all details of every Fair activity in place if it is going to be included in the issue. This is difficult in the best of years. Hats off to the wonderful team at Native!

2020/2021 Guild Board Members