Happening Now

What’s New in this Issue:

  • October Guild Meeting Speaker
  • All Things Fair Updates
  • Heard Appraisal Day
  • Supplemental Walkthrough Dates for Las Guias

Guild Happenings

Guild October General Meeting – Wednesday, Oct 16 at 9:30 am

The Guild Board would like to invite you to the October Guild meeting on this Wednesday, October 16th.
We continue with the tradition of coffee from 9:00-9:30 with the business meeting from 9:30-10:00.
Our speaker this month will be David Roche the Dickey Family CEO of the Heard.  David will present the events that will be kicking off the 90th Anniversary of the Heard Museum.  He will bring us up to date on the schedule of exhibits for this year and the remodel of the Admissions area and the Courtyard.
Please welcome back old friends and meet some new ones at the same time.
Sue Synder, Guild President


The deadline to pay your overdue dues (they were due May 1, 2019) has been extended until October 16, the next Guild meeting.  Your options are to go to the Guild website and pay online, send a check to the Museum at: Heard Museum 2301 North Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004 Attention: Guild Treasurer, or pay at the Oct 16 Guild meeting.

Any member who has not paid by the deadline will no longer be able to partake in those Guild volunteer activities which make membership in the Guild so rewarding. Non payment of Guild dues will result in removal from Happenings Now email distribution list, partaking in volunteer activities, and will no longer have access to our Heardguild.org website.

Any questions may be directed to Membership Coordinator Jackie Stubbs via email, jackiecstubbs@sbcglobal.net.

Nominating Committee

A new Guild Year is upon us and it’s time to think about all the great events in 2019/20. Hoop Dance, The Fair, Student Art etc. At the same time your Nominating Committee is focusing on the 2020/21 season and who some of our most important Guild leaders will be. Next March and April we will be welcoming a new Guild Board Secretary and a new President Elect. These are key positions that must be filled per the Guild Bylaws.

The Nominating Committee will begin searching for candidates to fill these rolls in September and October of 2019. Qualifications for these positions are as follows:

  • The President Elect shall have served at least 1 year as a member of the Board of Directors.
  • The position of Secretary is open to all Guild members in accordance with the Bylaws.

Any Guild member may apply for these positions or be nominated by a member or members. All applications and nominations remain strictly confidential within the Nominating Committee.

For more information on these and other positions visitheardguild.org and click on “The Guild” then “Guild Bylaws” in the drop down menu.

To volunteer or nominate contact the Nominating Committee Chair via email to nominating@heardguild.org.

Staff Appreciation Luncheon – Mark your calendars for Nov. 1st

This year’s theme for the luncheon is Mother Earth and Father Sky.  I chose this theme because I think it represents how the Guild and the Museum staff work together and collaborate on events and projects seamlessly.  Each year the Guild hosts this event to demonstrate our appreciation for all the assistance and support they provide to the Guild. There are many staff who make contributions everyday behind the scenes and in a relaxed event such as this we can get to know them.  This year the luncheon will be held Friday, November 1 between 11:30 am. and 1:30 pm. The Guild’s Hospitality Committee coordinates this event, and this year I have the privilege to chair this event.

It is an event when Guild members provide a vast array of food from main dishes, salads, sides, bread, and desserts for all participants to enjoy. That said, I am looking for volunteers to assist me with organizing the luncheon, setting up, organizing the food, and of course clean-up.  Last year this event served lunch to approximately 125 to 150 people. This number included both staff and Guild Members.  Additionally, I’d like all of you to start thinking of what you might contribute to the luncheon in terms of either food or cash. We will continue to solicit sign-ups at the Wednesday October 16 Guild Meeting.  I will be at one of the Sip and Sign tables both before and after this month’s Guild Meeting for you to indicate your preference in assisting with the luncheon. Also if you’re interested in assisting me with this event, you can email me prior to the meeting at bsparman@msn.com.


Heard Guild Holiday Brunch   
Join us to celebrate Heard Heroes—Past and Present
When:Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Where:Steele Auditorium

Agenda:Social 9:30 a.m.
Brunch 10:00 a.m.

Share a dish and learn about Heard Heroes

A – H  DESSERT          I – P  SALAD             Q – Z MAIN

Food must be table ready, including serving utensils, please.
Gracious volunteers will be standing by to take your food donations between 9:45 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.For questions, or to make a donation, please contact:

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

 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.

All Things Fair

Anna Flynn, Fair Chair
928.899.6073 (text or call)

Jury Competition Awards
Ribbon Fundraising

Goal: $74,050 .   Pledged/Received: &52,517 .  As of: 10/19/2019 71%

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.

The Indian Fair & Market is the single biggest event managed by the Guild and the largest annual public event at the museum. In 1958 the women’s auxiliary decided that Phoenix needed a family-friendly event that would help keep the museum doors open. A staff member suggested a Fair and the first one was held in 1959. The four goals are: (1) to provide a marketplace for American Indian artists, (2) to provide a unique cultural experience for the public, (3) to provide an enjoyable work environment for the volunteers, and (4) to raise funds for the Museum’s general fund.

The Fair has three events: (1) the Juried Competition (judging on Thursday), (2) the Best of Show (BOS) Awards Reception & Fashion Show (Friday evening), and (3) the Indian Art Market (Saturday and Sunday).

The 2020 combined budget is: Revenue $522,350 – Expenses 425,324 = $97,026 net profit or roughly a 19% profit margin. If we raise the $74,050 for the juried competition awards then we will not have to dip into Fair revenue to fund awards. We achieved our goal in 2019 for the first time in several years. If we meet budget projections, the Fair will net $97,026 for the museum while also giving $74,050 directly to artists.

The Fair has three revenue streams: (1) artist application and booth fees (40% of revenue), (2) ticket sales—admissions and BOS tickets (30%), and (3) fundraising—sponsors for BOS ribbons, corporate sponsorships, in-kind donations, raffle tickets, merchandise and food & beverage (30%). The auction was discontinued for 2020 due to declining net profit, decreasing artist and visitor participation and difficulty finding someone to run it.

The Fair has three expense streams: (1) Juried competition (JC) and BOS expenses (ribbon awards, catering, operating costs to run JC (38% of expenses), (1) Staging costs—tents, tables, equipment, City permits, etc. (35%) and (3) Other operating costs (cultural performances, cost of sales-merchandise and food & beverage, marketing, printing, postage, supplies, etc.)—(27%).

Anna Flynn, 2020 Fair Chair

FAIR Shadows Needed in 2020 to Assume Chair Role in 2021

Food & Beverage: Shadow Dave Newark to learn how to manage food & beverage vendors. There is a process in place and most players are repeats so this job is not as overwhelming as it might seem at first. Contact Dave Newark at (623) 594-2187 (Home), (623) 606-5088 (Cell) or newarkguild@cox.net.

Cultural Performances (Amphitheater Stage): Nancy O’Neal and Connie Thornton are looking for 1 or 2 people to shadow them and learn how to identify, select and schedule performers for the Amphitheatre Stage and manage the performers over Fair weekend. Contact Nancy O’Neal at (480) 837-2050 (Home) or nloneal22@gmail.com.

Hospitality. Shadow Jackie and Dave Stubbs to learn how to run the Artists’ Hospitality Tent. A very rewarding and busy job Fair weekend. Serve breakfast early Saturday and Sunday and then continue all day serving coffee, water and snacks. Many volunteers return every year. Hospitality is the aspect of the Fair most frequently mentioned by the artists. Contact Jackie Stubbs at (707) 337-5796 (Cell) or jackiecstubbs@sbcglobal.net

Hosts for Fair Cultural Performers

Fellow Guild members,

The Cultural Performance team has offered an honorarium to a Zuni group headed up by Fernando Cellicion to perform at our 2020 market. This performing group has traveled the world but, Mr. Cellicion indicated that he has always wanted to come to the Heard. The Zuni will be coming from New Mexico. I know they do not have family or friends to stay with.

I have been informed that in the past Guild members have offered to host members of performance groups to defray the costs of their participation. We are hoping to secure enough individuals to house the ten members of the group for Friday and Saturday, the dates next year will be March 6 and 7.

I hope you will consider this! Please contact Nancy O’Neal if you have any questions, nloneal22@gmail.com or cell 480-812-5278.

Thank you,
Nancy O’Neal

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

Museum Shop Featured Artist

Mark Stevens is a tribal member of the Laguna Pueblo which is one of the 19 Pueblos in New Mexico.  He is half Laguna from his mother and half Italian from his father.  He is a Laguna Pueblo metalsmith who has made Native American jewelry over the past 12 years.  Mark is known for his pottery shard replicas fashioned after the ancient artifacts.  Each one of a kind jewelry piece is painstakingly fabricated by hand using an overlay technique.  All pottery shards used for designs are returned to where they were found.  Mark honors his ancestors by reviving their artwork in a contemporary medium and preserving their precious designs.

Pictured here is a sampling of some of his jewelry located in the shop.  Be sure to stop in and admire the variety and textures.


Las Guias Happenings

Education Council will meet at 12:30 in Encanto after the Guild meeting on Wednesday, October 16.


Invite from Museum Shop

We would like to invite Las Guias and Info Desk Volunteers to our last hour, 11-12 on the 6th of November when we have Ann Marshall and Erin Joyce speak on the California Basketry and David Hockney in Encanto.

Thank you,
Susan Plaza, Shop Committee Chair

Evening Tour Volunteers Needed

The Evening Tour group is looking for guides who are up for a little night time adventure!  The Heard has been very successful at booking Evening Tours and bringing a variety of business groups to the wonders of the Heard Museum. The Events people, Brandon Rogeness and Julie Sullivan have a marvelous ability to showcase the Heard to advantage with lovely tables, lights and food that is very enticing.  Most of the groups take advantage of the tours that are offered. The tours are usually scheduled for a time period of one to two hours and 2-4 guides are needed.  Regular credits are given and added to your tour count.
If you can give an evening a month, the Evening Tour group would be very grateful.  Many people make it extra fun by going to one of the many exceptional restaurants in the area of the Heard. Bring you spouse or a friend, help the Heard and have a good time!
Sue Snyder

Las Guias 2019 Annual Education Exchange (formerly the Fall Tour Tune Up)

When:Monday, Nov. 4, 2019
Where: Steele Auditorium

Note: There will be only one Education Exchange this season and the agenda will be much different. The Nov. 4 event will start with coffee at 8:30 a.m. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. with a 45 minute break for a BYO lunch.

The highlight of the Education Exchange will be a 21/2 hour Cultural Competency Workshop by Christopher Sharp. Christopher is a Project Coordinator at the Office of American Indian Projects within the School of Social Work at ASU and a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes.
Watch your email for details and the agenda.

From the New Exhibit Training Committee…

Through the Lens of Barry Goldwater
Celebrate! 90 Years at the Heard Museum
Makeup/Supplemental Walk-Throughs:
If you were not able to attend the curator walk-throughs for the Goldwater and Celebrate exhibits on Oct. 4 or would like to review the exhibits with a small group of guides, plan to attend one or more of the makeup/supplemental walk-throughs led by Pat Kilburn and Linda Hefter. Note: Marlene Scholsohn is taking a break from doing makeup walk-throughs due to family health issues.
Here is the schedule for the Makeup/Supplemental Walk-Throughs…Please register in advance.
With Linda Hefter: hefteraz@cox.net – 480-471-2190
Oct. 16, Wednesday – Immediately following the Guild meeting
With Pat Kilburn: kilburnguild@cox.net – 623-546-0764
Oct. 22, Tuesday, 11 a.m.
Oct. 25, Friday, 11 a.m.
Following the Curator Hockney/ CA Baskets Walk-Through

Looking forward to an exciting season…See you at the Heard…

Linda Hefter

Heard Museum Happenings

Upcoming Exhibit: Opening October 26, 2019

Signature works from the permanent collection— Hopi katsina dolls, classic Pueblo pottery, Navajo textiles, jewelry and more—will commemorate the milestones, people, and events that have made the Heard Museum the American treasure and must-see destination it is today.

Image: Harry Fonseca ((Nisenan Maidu/Portuguese/Hawaiian), 1946-2006, Rainbow Koshare with Cotton Candy, 1983, acrylic and glitter on canvas, 30” x 24”. Gift of Dr. Rennard Strickland, IAC2333.


Upcoming Exhibit: David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry

October 28, 2019

Exhibit highlights the impact that Yosemite has had over time and space on artistic production, from the valley’s original Indigenous inhabitants to one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The exhibition marks the first showing of Hockney’s work in Arizona and will highlight the influence of the American landscape on his seminal work while illuminating how Indigenous women inspired by the same landscape have made significant contributions to the field of art production.

The objects on view will illustrate ways in which technology can be implemented in artistic creation, from the sophisticated technology of basketry to the innovative use of digital technologies like the iPad. Included are more than 20 spectacular examples of Mono Lake Paiute and Miwok basketry, made by 9 different artists in the early to mid-20th century, as well as 29 of Hockney’s iPad drawings printed on paper, and his rarely shown photographic collages from the 1980s. Situated against the backdrop of the Yosemite Valley’s history—from first contact between Indigenous tribes in the region and Euro-American settlers from the Mariposa Battalion and the Mariposa War, on through the California Gold Rush and Yosemite Indian Field Days—the exhibition illuminates how Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists have and continue to interpret this landscape in visual culture and fine art.

Image:  “Yosemite II, October 16th 2011” iPad drawing printed on four sheets of paper (46 3/8 x 34 7/8″ each), mounted on four sheets of Dibond Edition 1 of 12 92 3/4 x 69 3/4″ overall © David Hockney
Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt Collection The David Hockney Foundation

Guild Members Receive Discounts at Heard Appraisal Day

WHEN:  Saturday, November 16, 2019
TIME: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
WHERE: Heard Museum, Steele Auditorium.
HINT ===>Lines tend to be shorter in the late morning, around 11:30 AM

Appraiser Deborah Neal with a collector.

The next AMERICAN INDIAN ART & ARTIFACTS APPRAISAL DAY is coming up on November 16!  Native Art experts from around the southwest will be on hand to tell you all about those special pieces in your collection that you’ve always wanted to know more about.
You’ll receive a written assessment for each item you bring, including an estimated value.  The first valuation is $30, the second $25, then $20 for each additional item. (10 item maximum, please.)
Guild and all other Heard Museum members receive $5 off each appraisal!   New members can enroll or renew at the event and receive the Appraisal Day discount on the spot!
Be sure to mark  your calendar and attend this fun and informative event.  Whether by phone, email or social media, please help us make this event a success by inviting all the collectors you know, family and friends.  Make a day of it by seeing what’s new in Heard galleries, having a delicious lunch or glass of wine at the Heard Cafe, and of course, checking out the latest at the Heard Shop and Bookstore.
All Appraisal Day proceeds support The Heard’s Curatorial Department, helping to maintain and grow the Heard’s permanent collection. Be part of it!
Please check https://heard.org/event/appraisal-day/ for more information.  See you November 16!

Join us for our monthly Scene and Heard Film Series for a special Indigenous Peoples Day Showing of Warrior Women.

Date:Monday, October 14
Time:11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Where:Steele Auditorium

About the Film

Warrior Women is the story of mothers and daughters fighting for indigenous rights in the American Indian Movement of the 1970s.

The film unveils not only a female perspective of history, but also examines the impact political struggles have on the children who bear witness.

Runtime 64 minutes.


 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.