Artifacts – December 2015

Guild President Greetings

This is a special time of year to share friendship and joy. I hope you will join us for the Guild Holiday Brunch next Wednesday, December 9th. It promises to be a wonderful morning to visit with your Guild friends, meet new members, celebrate and applaud our honored Lifetime Achievement Award winners, and, of course, enjoy a fabulous array of pot-luck dishes prepared by all of us.

Remember too that Fair merchandise and student art note cards make perfect holiday gifts. Is there someone special on your gift list who would be thrilled to become a Guild and Museum member? Memberships, student note cards, Fair T-shirts, posters, and more will be available for purchase. Books and More has a wide array of Frida treasures and the Shop has a great collection of ornaments in addition to their ever-changing displays of jewelry, pots, rugs, Katsinas, and more! Join the fun and shop all morning long!!!

I want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON and to thank you for all that you do as a Guild volunteer to support the Heard Museum.


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Dec. 9 – Annual Guild Holiday Brunch

Join fellow Guild members in celebrating this festive season

  • Wednesday, December 9th, Steele Auditorium
  • Social 9:30am
  • Brunch 10:00am
  • Program: Guild Life Time Volunteer Awards (see below)

Share your favorite dish, dessert or salad with members
If your last name begins with the following initials please bring:

  • A-G – Main Dish
  • H-O – Holiday Dessert
  • P-Z – Fruit or Salad

Food must table ready with serving pieces.

Help Needed with hospitality the day of the Brunch.Contact Barbara D’Alessio,

Guild Life Time Volunteer Awards

The selection committee has finished their work and six Guild members have been selected to receive the Guild Life Time award for year 2014-2015.  The awards will be presented at this years Holiday Brunch on December 9th, Steel Auditorium.  The six honorees for this year are:

  • Beverly Chapman with 18 years of service
  • Linda Hefter with 20 years of service
  • Ken Noone with 18 years of service
  • Elaine Watson with 17 years of service
  • Sandie Straub with 22 years of service
  • Marilyn Holroyd with 23 years of service

Please come and join us to help celebrate with this years recipients who have contributed a total of 118 years of service.  The Guild Life Time Volunteer Award was started four years ago and to date the process has awarded 18 Guild members with this honor.  I would like to thank this years selection committee for their work on this special awards program.  Susan Kolman, John Miller (founder), Shelley Mowry, Sue Snyder, and Judy Pykare.

Rod Passmore
Awards Chair

Adopt A Native Elder Presentation at the Holiday Brunch

In addition to our wonderful brunch and celebration of our Lifetime Achievement Award winners, we will have a brief presentation by guest speaker, Bryan McCay. Bryan works with the well-established charitable organization, Adopt A Native Elder. This is an opportunity for us to learn more about the work of this group and to individually contribute support, if you so choose. The Museum is also providing opportunities for the community to learn more about Adopt A Native Elder by providing them booth space during First Fridays and Hoop Dance weekend.

Here is a quick introduction provided by our speaker, Bryan McCay:

Adopt-A-Native-Elder  is a 25 year old program that focuses on providing food, medical supplies and firewood to Elders on the Navajo Reservation.  Some highlights of the program:

  • We support 550 Elders over age 70
  • We are not a religious organization and our focus is purely on supporting the traditional lifestyle of the Elders
  • Twice a year volunteers visit the Elders in their communities for a traditional “giveaway” where we supply food, weaving supplies, and medicine; many of the Elders in turn donate Navajo Blankets for us to sell.
  • We have a 4 Star rating with Charity Navigator with a perfect 100% score for “Transparency and Accountability.”
  • A fundamental part of the program is the ability for individuals to adopt a specific Elder, helping provide basic food and heating needs, while having the opportunity to write the Elder and visit them during our twice yearly food runs.
  • A large percentage of our Elders reside in Arizona (Leupp, Bird Springs, Tsaile, Pinon, Many Farms, Dilkon) while a majority of our support comes from other states.

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Welcome New Guild Members

Dr.Loni Wattsjohnson
Jesse Robbins
Clifford Cauthen

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Kudos to Volunteers


Kudos to all of those Guild members who volunteered to furnish food dishes and who helped set up, served, and cleaned up and those who gave cash donations for the Annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon held on Friday November 6th.  The Monte Vista Room was transformed into a very colorful FALL FIESTA atmosphere with wonderful Mexican food dishes, salads and deserts enjoyed by all.  It was an opportunity for the Guild to socialize with the various staff members and to express their appreciation and gratitude for their contributions and dedication to the mission of the museum.  My sincere thanks to the committee members, Hank and Cathy Short, Sandie Straub, Gloria Murison, and Winona Passmore.  I would also like to thank staff members who were a great help in promoting and helping make this event successful.  Thanks to Gabriela Rosales, Julie Sullivan, John Smith, and our Guild Liaison Allison Lester.

Rod & Winona Passmore
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Hours, Hours, Volunteer Hours

Thanks to all those Guild Members for recorded their hours in a timely fashion and not waiting until March 31st which is only four and a half months away.  Those four months are the months that volunteers record the most hours due to the heavy work load like Student Art and the Fair.  As of this date 13,677 hours have been recorded since April 1st 2015.  To date the Guild has record 1,158,868.00 hours.  Last year the Guild recorded 61,508.00.  We have a way to go to equal that figure.  If you have not recorded any hours for this year please do so.  If you need any assistance don’t hesitate to contact me.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

Rod Passmore
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Can You Help?

Exciting, Fun Opportunities are Waiting for Guild Volunteers
This is the time of year when the Heard Museum and the Guild get into action, and you can be part of the action. Flexible shifts are available to accommodate busy schedules. If you have not volunteered yet, give it a try and if you have volunteered in the past, try something new. Be a part of the fabulous energy that is the Heard Museum during our Fall season.

Museum Needs Volunteers

2016 Fiesta Bowl Parade

Heard Balloon Walkers Needed Once again, the Heard Museum is participating in the National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade on Saturday, Jan. 2. We need 20 people who are willing and able to walk with our Cradle Baby balloon and our Heard banner down the parade route. You’ll receive a very cool long-sleeved Heard Museum shirt, a parking pass and our thanks for helping out! If you are interested, please contact Deb Krol at 602.251.0218 or email

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Guild Committee Chairs Need Your Help

Museum Shop

There are opportunities available for each day of the week, though we especially need volunteers on Thursdays (morning, swing, and afternoon shifts) and Sundays (swing and afternoon shifts). We provide training on the cash registers and instruction on sales techniques. If you have a love for finely crafted American Indian art and would like to share your knowledge of Indian art techniques and culture with Heard Museum visitors, then please contact Alexis Hill, (602) 578-9780, or email:

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Volunteers Needed for: 2016 Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market

When:  Friday, March 4, 2016, Best of Show Dinner & Reception 5:30-8:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday, March 5 – 6, 2016 Heard Museum Guild IF&M

All day,  both days, rain or shine

Where:Heard Museum Campus

Description:  We have over 700 volunteer slots to fill during Fair.  We need each   and every one of our Guild members to volunteer sometime over the     weekend. Non-Guild members can also volunteer for Fair so grab your honey, or a friend or neighbor and ask them to volunteer with you. Most  volunteer opportunities are two, three or four hour shifts on Friday,   Saturday and Sunday.  Whether you can volunteer for one shift on Friday  night or one or more shifts on Saturday and/or Sunday, the Fair needs you.

Fair Committee Chairs will contact last year’s Fair Volunteers during  November and December.  If you are new to the Guild or you’d like to  volunteer in a new area, we have over 30 committees that need volunteers.

Click here for a list of Committees needing volunteers for the 2016 Fair.

For more information contact: 2016 IF&M Volunteer Placement Chair,
Lucille Shanahan


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Fair Tickets & Best of Show Drawing Prizes

Ticket sales are open for 58th annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market

Admission, Best of Show Reception and prize drawing tickets for the 58th annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market are on sale online, at the museum, by phone or via postal mail.  The Fair is March 5-6, 2016.

Get Your Tickets HERE.

The Best of Show Drawing Prizes will be on display in Heard Museum Admissions shortly after Dec. 4th. Keeping with this years Indian Fair & Market  “Celebrating The Art of Pottery” theme. The Drawing Prizes have been created by these Pottery Artist:

  • Britney Eustace (Zuni)
  • Susan Folwell (Santa Clara)
  • Jaycee Nahohai (Zuni)
  • James Garcia Nampeyo (Hopi)

See Best Of Show Prizes HERE.

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Guild Trips

Haven’t taken a Guild trip yet? Read our Traveler’s Reviews

Tohono O’odham Native Lands – Dec. 4-6

Native cultures specialist Jesús Garcia from the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum will lead a tour exploring the Tohono O’odham native lands from the current reservation land into northern Sonora to study how this amazing culture managed to exist in the harsh environment known as the Hells Highway.Along with specialist Bob Scarborough, we explore the upper Gulf of California where the desert meets the Sea. We’ll spend a day in the amazing volcanic field of the Pinacate as well as a day learning about the intertidal zone of the Gulf of California. All the while enjoying wonderful seafood treats, cocktail parties and spectacular ocean views from our resort property on the beach. For more information or to sign up, email Shelley Mowry:
Space is limited.

Tohono O’odham Native Lands Flyer
Tohono O’odham Native Lands Registration

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Northern Chihuahua Feb 5-8, 2016  (SOLD OUT) Accepting Wait List

Early Feb we’ll travel to northern Chihuahua to spend time with amazingly talented potters in the village of Mata Ortiz.   This visit will enhance your experience of the Heard Guild’s Indian Fair & Market’s   theme of celebrating pottery. You’ll spend an afternoon welcomed into the home of Juan Quezada and his family.  We’ll enjoy a lecture on clay and painting techniques.

Other highlights include: time at the amazing archeological ruins and world class museum of Paquimè.

A visit to Spencer and Emi MacCallums home for a entertaining reception and lecture.  We’ll enjoy lunch at Hacienda San Diego, one of Luis Terrazas many grand properties in Chihuahua. All the while enjoying visits with many of the regions finest artists to acquire fabulous pottery at very reasonable prices.

Northern Chihuahua Flyer
Northern Chihuahua Registration form

For more details, Contact: Shelley Mowry:

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Hopi Mesas May 6-9

We’ll return to the Hopi reservation for an very special, in depth look at this fascinating culture.
Led by Mark Bahti, we’ll spend three full days exploring areas of the three mesas that we’ve not seen before… as well as old favorites such as Joe and Janice Day’s Tsukurshovi Trading post and hopefully, an unforgettable Mothers Day in a few different pueblos.

We’ll also visit with the very best silvers artists, potters, katsina carvers, glass blowers and Hopi weavers. Always set in a very open and enjoyable setting.

We’ll be at the fabulous La Posada hotel for two nights to enjoy all the accoutrements and magical ambiance the La Posada is famous for… And we’ll enjoy multiple experiences at the incredible Turquoise room. We will spend one night at Moenkopi Legacy Inn in Tuba City.

Come treat yourself. All of the Heard Guild tours are designed to offer the very best experience, offer the very finest artists to learn from, in every region we travel.

Hopi Mesas Flyer
Hopi Mesas Registration Form

For more information or to sign up, email:

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Saturday’s January 2016: Native Peoples of the Southwest: An Overview

5_Southwet_tribesNative Peoples of the Southwest is the Heard Museum Guild’s popular and longest-running short course.  Participants will learn about the Southwest and the first Americans from the prehistoric peoples and their historic descendants to the people today who continue to blend their ancient traditions with the challenges of the 21st century. The aim of this three session course is to promote respect and appreciation for the art and culture of Native Peoples. January 23, after a lunch break, participants will be offered an optional, free admission, extended tour of the Heard Museum at 2:00 pm.

Instructor: Lucille Shanahan, Heard Museum Docent,
Location: Encanto Room, Dorrance Education Center, Heard Museum

Time: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

  • Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016
  • Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016
  • Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016

Registration Fees

  • Active Las Guias members Free
  • Heard Guild members $40.00
  • Heard Museum members $50.00
  • Non-members $60.00

To register contact Sidney Wilson,

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Prepare for the Fair Lecture Series

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The 2016 Prepare for the Fair Series brings 11 acclaimed artists, authors, and Heard Museum experts together in a series of talks and demonstrations in anticipation of the Fair. The focus of this series will be The Art of Pottery, which is the theme for the 2016 Fair.

Fees & Registration

$20.00 fee for the pottery series:

  • Dwight Lanmon and Al Qoyawayma
  • Diana Pardue and Nora Naranjo-Morse
  • Robert Tenorio and Bruce McGee

$10.00 fee for the jewelry session: Dexter Cirillos and Gene Waddell

$10.00 for Hands On Pottery Class with Ron Carlos (Register Early! reservations will be limited to 20 people)

FREE for pottery-firing with Ron Carlos

Advance registration is required.
Advance registration closes January 22, 1916.

Email Maryann Fast:

For more detailed information about speakers and schedule CLICK HERE.

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Book Clubs

Northeast Valley Book Club: Our next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the home of Susan Kolman. The book for discussion is Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce by Kent Nerburn.
Here is what one reviewer said about the book:
Cheif_JosephChief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce is far more than the story of a man and a people. It is a grand saga of a pivotal time in our nation’s history. Its pages are alive with the presence of Lewis and Clark, General William Tecumseh Sherman, General George Armstrong Custer, and Sitting Bull. Its events brush against the California Gold Rush, the Civil War, the great western pioneer migration, and the building of the telegraph and the transcontinental railroad. Once you have read this groundbreaking work, you will never look at Chief Joseph, the American Indian, or our nation’s westward journey in the same way again. For more information contact Linda Hefter:

Looking ahead to January…

In January we will go back to meeting on the 4th Thursday of the month. Mark your calendar for Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 22 and April 26.

The Central Phoenix Heard Guild Book Club
Will meet at the home of Marilyn Brooks on Wednesday, Canyon_of_rememberingDecember 16, at 1:30 p.m.  Note:  we have changed to the third Wednesday in December in order to not conflict with the Holiday Gathering on Wednesday, December 9.  Our book for December discussion is Canyon of Remembering by Leslie Poling-Kempes, a wonderful novel of northern New Mexico and the Santa Fe art scene.
Contact Jackie Kemmer:


Not a Book Club Member Yet?
Northeast Valley Guild Book Club. Contact Linda Hefter:
Central Phoenix Guild Book Club. Contact Jackie Kemmer:
West Valley Guild Book Club. Contact Winona Passmore:

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Heard December Happenings

Thursday, Dec. 3rd – Estate and Gift Giving Seminar.  You will hear Harry A. Papp, CFA speak on legacy gifts including gifts of art and monetary bequests. This seminar covers the developments in estate, financial, tax and risk management associated with collecting art. Light breakfast will be provided.  Details HERE.

Friday, Dec. 4th 6-10pm: First Fridays at the Heard: ‘¡Fiesta con Frida!’ Frida’s Holiday Fiesta buffet dinner and celebration.

Frida fiestaHeard Museum members get a special price of $35 per person (tax and gratuity additional) for a savory one-time-only holiday fiesta buffet dinner re-created by the chefs of our Courtyard Café! The dishes are based on recipes from the book Frida’s Fiestas: Recipes and Reminiscences of Life with Frida Kahlo by Marie-Pierre Colle and Guadalupe Rivera.

Purchase tickets

Dec. 12-13 Members Holiday Shopping Weekend.  Members receive an extra 10% off most items in the Shops (consignments and previously-discounted merchandise are not eligible for additional discounts) and at  Details HERE.

Dec. 26-31: Holidays at the Heard. 

A Southwestern tradition, Holidays at the Heard is a great way to spend time with family and friends. Exciting performances and artist demonstrations introduce visitors to traditional and contemporary American Indian music, dance and art throughout the week. Details HERE.

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Donations in Memory of Ron Boster

Ron Boster recently passed away after a serious illness. His Las Guias friends and classmates, as well as, many others of us who got to know him through the Guild book club and other Guild activities will miss him. His wife, MJ, asked that any memorial donations be gifted to the Student Art Note Card Scholarship Fund. If you would like to make a donation, please send it to Mary Bonsall, Guild Treasurer with a note indicating that you are donating funds to the Scholarship Fund in memory of Ron.  Mary’s mailing address is in the Guild roster found in the membership section of our website or envelopes may be addressed to Mary and left in her mail slot in the Guild room.
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Las Guias Happenings

From the New Exhibit Training Committee….

Frida Kahlo–Her Photos
and Las Favoritas de Frida: Selections from the Heard Collection 

Supplemental/Make Up Walk-throughs:
Final  walk-through for the Frida exhibits will be on Monday, Dec. 7.

With Marlene Scholsohn: 
480-488-8530 or
10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7

Looking Ahead:

Gifted: Recent Additions to the Heard Collection
There will be only one curator walk-through for Gifted at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18.
The schedule for supplemental/make up walk-throughs with Linda Hefter and Marlene Scholsohn will be announced in early December.

Opening in 2016:
Feb. 6 – Confluence: Inter-generational Collaborations
Feb. 27 – Personal Journeys – Feb. 27
Apr. 9 – Over the Edge: Fred Harvey at the Grand Canyon & in the Great Southwest

Need More Information:
Check out the Docent Cart in the Heard Museum Library. Also check out the many books related to the new exhibits in the Heard Museum Book Store.

Save the date of Thursday, January 19, 2016 for the Docent Exchange.

This year the event will be at the Desert Botanical Garden from 10-12 and will include guides from the Phoenix Art Museum, Musical Instruments Museum as well as Heard docents. More details to follow.  We had a wonderful turnout last year at PAM and look forward to a great get-together this year.  Contact Phyllis Manning for more details:

Continuing Education Credit

Remember attendance at the Guild meetings and listening to the speakers counts as a continuing education credit.
Enter your Continuing Education Credits HERE.

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UNITY – Giving Tuesday

Mary Kim, last month’s speaker at the Guild meeting wears many hats and one she wears is that of Director of the United National Indian Tribal Youth Organization, UNITY. This is one that is extremely close to her heart. Her office passed on their link for tomorrow’s Giving Tuesday participation. It’s through generous donations that Mary Kim and her team can provide opportunities for Native Youth nationwide.

Read more about UNITY HERE.
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All details for the above; time, location, registration, and contact person can be found on the website Calendar.

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