SAAG April 2021 Newsletter ~ Members Print

President's Report

Greetings everyone.  Welcome to Spring and better weather.  

This month's meeting was presented by Phillip Garrett with Golden Paints.  If you missed it you missed a wonderful presentation (and free samples).  Due to the format of this meeting we were not able to hold the business meeting portion we usually have during our monthly meetings.  

One of the main things we need to do this month is vote for our Officers for the upcoming year.  See the article in this newsletter that contains the slate and voting instructions.  Please respond to this by April 16th.  Also, if you are interested in helping or chairing any SAAG committee please drop me an email and let me know what yours interest is. ([email protected]

This coming weekend (April 10-11) SAACA will be having their art show in the La Encantada downstairs area.  SAAG is taking advantage of this by offering art demonstrations and live music both days in the gallery.  Our artists have been busy making sure we have lots of inventory to choose from.  Please stop by and see us and tell your friends.  It should be a festive fun day.

I am so proud of all our artists in the way they have perservered through this last year dealing with COVID.  Hopefully you have started or completed your vaccination process.  I know we are all looking forward to the day when the world can go back to normal (whatever that is).

Please be sure to read this entire newsletter as there is much information that will help you.

Stay safe,

Jeanie Merideth
SAAG President
[email protected]

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SAAG Elections

2021-2022 SAAG Officer Elections

The slate of Officers for the upcoming year are as listed:

President-Jeanie Merideth

Vice-President-Casonti McClure

Secretary-Julie Newcome

Treasurer-Melissa Rogers

Other Officers that don't need a vote:

Founding Member-Diane Loving
Bookeeper-LaVonne McCord

To vote for this slate or to write in a vote please click on the link below.

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Special Event

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Gallery classes have been suspended until further notice due to increased concerns about COVID-19.

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Share Your Big Moment

"Our Members in the Art Community"

We can help get the word out!

One of the great things about being a part of the Southern Arizona Arts Guild is talking to other artists! We want to extend the invitation to communicate a bit further. Share your big moments with your fellow SAAG members in the next newsletter. Whether it’s a grant or an exhibition, a new patron or a residency invitation, it is always thrilling to see SAAG artists succeed. And what’s more, it is wonderful to witness how their successes help to bolster our community at large.

Send your news items to [email protected] for submission in the next SAAG newsletter.


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Arizona Cancer Center ~ Artist Opportunity

The University of Arizona Cancer Center's Office of Community Outreach and Engagement needs a logo for our new program, ROSA. We invite artists in Arizona to submit entries until April 15, 2021 at 5 PM PST. The selected artist will be compensated $500.
Research Outreach for Southern Arizona (ROSA) aims to facilitate equitable, collaborative, and sustainable relationships between community members and scientists, enhancing efforts to decrease cancer disparities in Arizona.
More details:
  • The logo should include a rose, dark pink, and the acronym (ROSA) along with the full program name. It should be simple to print on various types of media.
  • Submissions must be original art. Please do not include the University of Arizona logo.
  • The artist cannot be a University of Arizona employee. Preference given to artists from Southern Arizona.
  • Limit of two entries. All ages welcome.
  • Submit your high-resolution logo in the following formats: ai, .jpg, .pdf, .psd, .esp, .tiff

Submit entries here: 

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Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show

April 7 - 18, 2021

Dear JOGS Tucson Gem and Jewelry Show Attendees!

After careful thought and consideration, monitoring the recent increase of Covid-19 infection rate in AZ and consulting with the local health department and City officials JOGS has decided to postpone the Tucson Gem and Jewelry Show to April 7th - 18th, 2021.

They felt that postponing the show 10 weeks from the original January 2021 show dates will be in the best interest of all Tucson Gem Market industry attendees to have safer and stronger Tucson event. 

The health and safety of attendees, employees, and partners continues to be the show’s highest priority.  JOGS Tucson Show is coordinating plans for a safe show in April 2021 based on health and safety guidelines published by the CDC, WHO, and relevant state and local governments and public health authorities to bring buyers and industry exhibitors together safely.

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Artist Opportunities

Successful artists don’t give up. They don’t let the word no get in their way. To build an art career, one must expect and accept that there will be plenty of bumps in the road, plenty of opportunities that just weren’t the right ones for you – and when that happens it is imperative that you pick yourself up and keep going. The only opportunity you will never get is the one you don’t apply for.
Call to CLAY Artists
International Juried Exhibition

In a time of unprecedented global events, contemplation and consideration are needed. Artists observe the world around them and create artwork that communicates individual perspectives and experiences.

Ruminations calls for ceramic artwork representative of this past year. All types of ceramic artwork are welcome. The exhibition will be juried anonymously through the submission of digital images.

To register visit

Deadline to Apply: May 31st, 2021 11:59pm MST

Artist-in-Residence (Virtual and In-Person available) – Institute of American Indian Arts

Deadline: Spring 2021, until filled

The IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) Program hosts artists for variable-length residencies taking place either on the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico, or virtually during the Academic year. Applicants whose work engages with cultural traditions through materials, techniques and subject matter are particularly encouraged to apply. In-Person: Each A-i-R program provides opportunities for Native and First Nations artists to travel to the IAIA campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for a meaningful period of art-making and interaction with IAIA students, staff and faculty, and the Santa Fe arts community. Virtual: The IAIA Artist-in-Residence Program is adapting to COVID-19 by offering virtual residency sessions. All residency activities will be conducted via ZOOM and include weekly “Visiting Hours,” three ZOOM interactions with IAIA college classes, and two public events, which may take the form of a panel discussion with other artists or an artist talk with Q&A. Hands-on workshops via ZOOM are encouraged and IAIA personnel will assist in developing the workshop and provide materials for workshop participants.

Project Creosote: Rebuilding Grant for Those Organizing in the Arts!
Deadline: April 29, 2021
Grant size: $2,000-$10,000
Eligible Expenses: Salaries, fees for artists and other contracted personnel, and facilities costs
Funded in part by The National Endowment for the Arts CARES, City of Tucson, and Pima County

Apply Here. (
The 2021 Project Creosote: Rebuilding Grant for those Organizing in the Arts is a relief effort to support arts organizations that demonstrate a commitment to enriching the community through Arts and Culture. The Arts Foundation (AFTSA) will distribute up to $10,000 to organizations operating within Southern Arizona and the Native Sovereign Nations of Ak-Chin Indian Community, Sovereign Nation of the Cocopahs, Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation, Gila River Indian Community, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Tohono O’Odham Nation, and San Carlos Apache Nation. Southern Arizona encompasses all communities between the Gila River and the US-Mexico International Border. Collectives and cooperatives are encouraged to apply with 501(c)3 Fiscal Sponsors.

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Tips for Posting on Facebook

Here are 10 Tips for posting your photos onSAAG's Facebook:
1) Start with a photo which is in focus.
2) Make sure your photo is right-side-up.
3) Go to the Southern Arizona Arts Guild Facebook page,
4) Use “Create Post” or "Write a Post" and click on the white space. 
5) Click on the "photo/video" button. Load the photo from your computer.
6) Add your name.
7) Click on "post." The photo will not show up immediately as it has to be allowed by the Administrator. This doesn't take long. The approval process ensures that the page isn't overrun with photos from other groups.
8) Only post the photo once, or it will show up as duplicates or triplicates.
9) Do not use Facebook’s Messenger tool.   
10) Once your art is up, share it on your personal page. Spread the word to friends, family, and neighbors. 

Each photo reaches between 60 and 200 viewers; the average is more than 100 people. Posting a photo of your artwork is good advertising for your business.  

Those of you who do not use Facebook, you can send a jpeg of your work to me and I will post it for you. E-mail your photo to [email protected]

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Instagram Campaign

SAAG would like to put together an Instagram Campaign that will post daily, but we need your help. If you have a photo of recent work, please email it to Theresa Poalucci. You do not need to be in the Gallery to do this! One day we will run a picture of a SAAG members piece of art and talk about becoming a member of SAAG. The next day we will run a photo of something from the Gallery and talk about the Gallery. We will continue this cycle.

To submit a photo, please email it to [email protected]com

Please give me your name, a small description of your piece, and your website address if you have one, or an email where you can be reached if the piece is for sale.

Finally, if you are going to be in a show, let me know and I will advertise it.

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Update Your Member Information

Help update your information in the Member Directory

Please go into your listing in the Member Directory and make sure that the link to your website, Etsy page, or other destination is correct. While looking to create a Gallery Instagram page, I found that a number of the website links were not working properly. Also, I would encourage members to include website, Etsy page, or another link and a contact phone number. The information in the Member Directory can only be accessed by the membership.

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