Artifacts – May 2015


Artifacts and the weekly Guild “Happening Now” will take a break over the summer and resume September, 2015.

Guild Membership Dues Revisions Approved

The Guild renewal fee is $40.00 and may be paid  by credit card or check at the Guild Spring Luncheon.  The new member fee is $47.00 and includes the badge and a lifetime membership is $350.00

Spring Luncheon: For those of you attending the Spring Luncheon, be sure to bring your checkbook for the Raffle. Tickets will be $10.each or three for $25. An amazing RC Gorman Lithograph,  beautiful basket from our Museum Shop, jewelry and some exciting treasures  just donated by the Museum.

This year there is no Silent Auction, so all the fund raising will occur in the Raffle which starts at 11 am. We will sell tickets throughout the Luncheon with the drawing just at program’s end.

Guild President Greetings

The Guild year has flown by – so much accomplished in such a short time!!! This year we made many important decisions and implemented several successful programs. We have much to be proud of in our efforts to support the Heard Museum.

Just a quick re-cap of highlights 2014-15 Guild year:

  • Passed and implemented necessary changes to Guild By-laws and policies
  • Approved a much needed dues increase
  • Published New Guild Website
  • Completed a highly successful Library Book and Treasure Sale providing $36,000 towards the implementation of the Argus 2.0 online artist database project.
  • Planned and produced a fabulous Indian Fair and Market, including a new haute couture fashion show during the Best of Show evening. We reached our goal of contributing $110,000 in unrestricted funds to the Museum
  • Approved and implemented a new intern scholar program providing American Indian students opportunities to build their networks, resumes and future job skills while completing their academic studies at ASU.
  • Implemented a new member orientation program
  • Planned and organized several new learning opportunities, including a first-time Saturday short course class and several new topics including Pai people, Pueblo tribes, and a Prepare for the Fair basket series.
  • Organized and hosted another great Student Art Show and Sale
  • Contributed in excess of 61,000 hours of volunteer service to the Heard Museum – one of our highest records to date!!!

Your passion for the Heard and commitment to the Guild is AMAZING and appreciated beyond words!!!  THANKS FOR EVERYTHING YOU CONTRIBUTED throughout the year. We look forward to another wonderful year starting next Fall. See you at the Guild Spring Luncheon. Have a wonderful summer.


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Welcome New Guild Members

Rachel Blank
Gretchen Bataille

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Library Book and Treasure Sale Update

Over the 20 year of it’s existence the Heard Museum Guild Library Book sale raised more than $500,000 for the Billie Jane Baguley Library.  These funds enabled the Library to acquire hundreds of books, historical photographs, a color copier, storage equipment and manpower (among other things) that would not have been possible without this support. The proceeds from the most recent sale in 2014 enabled the Library—and Curatorial departments— to update their computer database to Argus 2.0, a much-needed improvement for the Museum.  Additionally, the sale was an exciting Guild activity for the many volunteers who devoted thousands of hours to collecting, sorting, arranging and selling the books, art, jewelry and collectibles that were donated over the years.  The sale itself was an adventure and established a sense of camaraderie and connection between Museum supporters and the public, many of whom came year after year to discover new treasures and join the Heard family.

Times have changed however, e books have gained in popularity, and book sales no longer bring in the revenue that justifies the labor and money required to organize and stage them.  Because of this, the Guild book sale committee has decided to cancel future book sales.  However, while books are not selling at the same pace, there has been an increase in estate donations of art, jewelry, and collectibles to the Heard Museum from members as well as the public.  Many of these items are not suitable for the curatorial department collections but might be of interest to others.  To further investigate this possibility, an exploratory committee of Guild members and Museum staff is meeting to discuss a future event that might help to bring in additional revenues for the museum.  Detailed information about this potential fund-raiser will be forthcoming later in the summer after the exploratory planning committee finishes their deliberations.


Anita Hicks, Guild Book Sale Committee
Susan Kolman, Guild President

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2015-2016 Nominating Committee begins work in May

The members of this year’s nominating committee are:

  • Jack Brock
  • Pat Eckel
  • Sheila Mehlem
  • Louise Wakem
  • Stu Passon, Nominating Chair

The key duties of the committee membership is to screen potential candidates and present the Guild membership with a single slate of candidates for open office positions of President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and Nominating Chair. The goal of the committee is to complete their work by February 2016.

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Heard Museum internship helps ASU Native American students thrive.

An innovative partnership between Arizona State University and the Heard Museum in Phoenix is giving Native American students the opportunity to gain professional experience before they graduate by interning at the museum. Read More.

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Updates to Fair Website

Click here to view the Fair Home page and read the following updates:

  • 2015 Juried Competition Winners
  • 2015 Silent Auction artist contributors
  • 2015 Best of Show Drawing Winners
  • 2015 Fair Drawings artist contributors

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Guild Trips

Northern New Mexico – Led by Mark Bahti, the Southwest’s leading expert on Indian Arts. We’ll spend time with many of Mark’s friends and colleagues who are New Mexico’s leading artists. We’ll visit Acoma Pueblo, Taos for the San Geronimo Feast Day and a day at Ghost Ranch, formerly owned by Mark’s grandfather, Arthur Pack. We’ll spend four nights in Santa Fe at the Inn at Loretto and visit many of different artists in their workshops and studios. And as always,  Guild tours, offer unique and special experiences.
Northern New Mexico Trip Flyer.
Northern New Mexico Registration Form.

For more details, Contact: Shelley Mowry:

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Book Clubs

Northeast Valley Book Club: Next meeting is at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 21, at the home of Claire Warshaw. The book for discussion is American Character: The Curious Life of Charles Fletcher Lummis and the Rediscovery of the Southwest by Mark Thompson. For more information contact Linda Hefter.

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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NPSW Fall Short Course

Looking ahead…everyone is invited to the attend the Fall Native Peoples of the Southwest Short Course scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays Oct. 1, Oct. 8 and Oct. 15 in the Encanto Room of the Dorrance Education Center. The October Short Course will be taught by Heard Museum Docent Linda Hefter. The registration fee is free for Active Las Guias members, $40 for Guild members, $50 for Museum members and $60 for Non-Members. For more information and to register e-mail

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Las Guias – Speakers Bureau Scheduler Volunteer Needed

The purpose of the Speakers’ Bureau is to reach out from the Museum to schools, community groups, service organizations, and business enterprises by offering lectures, PowerPoint presentations, and hands-on programs.

The Speakers Bureau is looking for a Scheduler to help in coordinating the requests for presentations. The volunteer must be a member of Las Guias with 50 hours of completed tours.  Scheduling of talks is also provided by the Speaker’s Bureau Scheduler.

Dorothy Sullivan has held this position for a long time and is looking for a replacement,  and she more than happy to train.

Please contact Sue Snyder at: if you are interested in learning more about this volunteer position.
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Heard Summer Happenings

May 1, 6-10 pm – First Fridays at the Heard: ‘Locavore Bash’ -Native + You

May 2, 1-3pm, Monte Vista – ‘Sport as Art’ Artist Talk

June 1-5, 8-12, 15-21, 22-26 – Super Heroes: Summer Programs for Ages 7-13

Friday, June 3 – First Fridays at the Heard: ‘Cosplay Ball’

June 1-30 – Teacher Appreciation Month

Through Sept. 7 – Blue Star Museums Initiative

Find details for all of the Museum’s Summer Events HERE.

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Shop Amazon and Support the Heard Museum.

Amazon_Smile Shopping on the Internet is even more rewarding now. When you shop on Amazon, you can buy what you want, when you want, AND have Amazon donate a percentage of your purchase to the HEARD MUSEUM!! It’s simple to register and an easy way to support the Heard each time you purchase online. Here’s how:

      • Go online to
      • Create an account or enter your user ID and Amazon password – log-in
      • Select the Heard Museum,Phoenix, AZ as the recipient of AmazonSmile contributions
      • Shop till you drop!!!

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Return to for your online shopping and build Amazon’s contributions to the Heard!!

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Fry’s Community Rewards Program

The Heard Museum has teamed up with Frys Community Rewards Program. Once an individual adds the Heard as their community partner Fry’s will send the Museum a rebate check for no less than $25 every quarter. The more people spend the more we get!!
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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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