January 2016 Artifacts

Guild President Greetings

This month we welcome our new Museum Director/CEO, David Roche who begins his tenure on January 2. I was fortunate to represent the Guild on the search committee and found David to be warm and personable, open to discussing multiple viewpoints, and extremely knowledgeable about American Indian art. The Guild Board was fortunate to meet with David briefly at our November Board meeting. In addition to working together on many future initiatives, we look forward to having David’s input and insights regarding building audience and marketing art to buyers as we plan the future of our Indian Fair and Market.

Speaking of Indian Fair and Market, it will be here before we know it!  Our January Guild meeting speaker, Alan Dart, will present the first in the series of upcoming Prepare for the Fair lectures with his talk focused on early pottery. We will also feature Fair updates to keep us all informed about the exciting events and activities planned for Fair weekend, March 5 & 6. You won’t want to miss it!!

If you haven’t done so already, please sign up for volunteer shifts of your choice. You may have a favorite Fair activity or choose something you haven’t done in the past. This is a fabulous opportunity to get to know our artists, learn more about their art, and to enjoy working with other Guild members. You can sign up by contacting Lucille Shanahan fairvolunteers@heardguild.org; check our website; or sign up at our January meeting.

See you January 20th!!

Best, Susan

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Guild January 20th Meeting

Allen-Dart-April-24-2015Featured speaker archaeologist Allen Dart. He will discuss how American Indian ceramic styles characterized specific areas in the U.S. Southwest before the year 1300. He will also talk about how archaeologists use pottery to date archaeological sites and interpret ancient lifeways.

Allen Dart’s appearance kicks off the 2016 “Prepare for the Fair” series of lectures and artist demonstrations leading up to the 58th annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market.


  • 9:30 – Socializing
  • 10:00 – Speaker
  • 11:00 – Business meeting

Join the Food Drop with Adopt A Native Elder

We had an opportunity to learn more about this organization at our December holiday brunch and many Guild members have expressed interest in learning more and contributing to this important project. Bryan McCay, Adopt A Native Elder Board member, who spoke to us in December has invited us to attend the May 11th food drop in Big Mountain, AZ. This is open to any Guild member who would like to participate. We will meet the Adopt A Native Elder group in Winslow the night before and travel to Big Mountain early the next morning following an orientation meeting. We will spend the day in Big Mountain and return to Phoenix later that evening.

If you are interested in participating, please mark your calendar for May 10-11, 2016. We do not have a limit on attendance. Please let me know if you want to join us so that I can share all future plans, president@heardguild.org .

If you missed Bryan’s talk or want to contribute or learn more, please visit their website, http://www.anelder.org

Susan Kolman

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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.

Record Your Hours Today HERE.

Rod Passmore
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Looking for a Guild Historian

We are in need of someone who enjoys taking photos and knows their way around digital photos.  We are looking to replace the Guild’s photo album in the Guild room with a photo gallery accessible from the Guild website.  The Historian volunteer would be responsible for taking photos of members while they are participating in Guild events.
Please contact Diane Leonte at: communciation@heardguild.org.

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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

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: travel@heardguild.org.

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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: travel@heardguild.org

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

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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: PrepareforFair@heardguild.org

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, January 26, at the home of Linda Hefter in Rio Verde.  The book for discussion is Into the Beautiful North: A Novel by Luis Alberta Urrea.

For more information contact Linda Hefter: BookClubEast@heardguild.org.

Not a Book Club Member Yet?
Northeast Valley Guild Book Club. Contact Linda Hefter: BookClubEast@heardguild.org
Central Phoenix Guild Book Club. Contact Jackie Kemmer: BookClubCentral@heardguild.org
West Valley Guild Book Club. Contact Winona Passmore: BookClubWest@heardguild.org

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Members News

Get Well wishes go out to Barbara Johnson’s husband Jim “Buck” for a speedy recovery from recent surgery.

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Heard Happenings

Happy Birthday!! The Heard Museum celebrated it’s 86th Birthday on December 26th, 2015. Here’s what the Arizona Replublic published on Opening Day.


Heard Museum Awarded Grant To Restore Sculptures

The Heard Museum plans to restore eight sculptures by notable American Indian artists, thanks to a grant from Bank of America.   Details HERE.

Jan. 9-10: Watch ‘Confluence’ mentor, mentee artists create art! Watch three mentor artists — Kristen Dorsey (Chickasaw), Warren Montoya (Santa Ana/Santa Clara) and Dwayne Michael (Tohono O’odham) — and their mentees create their projects on site here at the Heard Museum. Details HERE.

Jan. 31: Panel discussion: ‘Espiritu de la Frida,’ Trailblazers, Pioneers and Innovators of Latin American Art. Frida Kahlo’s work has left a lasting impression on the work of many women in Latin American art. Join the Heard as we discuss the espiritu de la Frida (spirit of Frida) with moderator Betsy Fahlman, an Arizona State University art history professor, and local scholars in the field. Details HERE.

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Las Guias Happenings

From the New Exhibit Training Committee….

Supplemental Walk-thru:Gifted: Recent Additions to the Heard Collection 

With Linda Hefter:
11 a.m. Saturday, June 9
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13
1:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28

Looking Ahead:

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.

Thursday, January 21, 2016 for the Docent Exchange.

If you have not already signed up, please do so today. 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: docentexchange@heardguild.org

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

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