SAAG September 2020 Newsletter ~ Members Print

Monthly Meeting


Southern Arizona Arts Guild Gallery
2905 E. Skyline Drive; Suite 262
Tucson, AZ 85718

Due to COVID-19, our meetings have been postponed.
Please check back for updates. 

We look forward to seeing you at a future event. 

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President's Report

As you all may know SAAG is still following CDC Covid 19 rules.  We still are not holding monthly meetings and are just starting to hold a few "in person" classes at the gallery.  This situation is hard on all of us and we are doing our best to keep things running without putting anyone in danger.

Take a few minutes to read this entire newsletter as it has some great information about upcoming envents that might interest you.

Thank you for your continued support of the Guild and the Gallery. 


Jeanie Merideth, SAAG President
[email protected] 



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COVID 19 Update

The SAAG Gallery of Gifts has re-opened with CDC guidelines in place.  The following sign is posted on our front door and inside the Gallery.

COVID-19 Precautions:

*Everyone is required to wear a mask
*Practice Social Distancing
*NO more than 10 customers at a time inside the Gallery

Hours as of September 1:
Mon - Wed:  10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thurs - Sat:  10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday:        11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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CLICK HERE to visit our upcoming classes on our website.


We believe that everyone has a creative side and some of us are just waiting to discover it! The SAAG galley at La Encantada has classroom space in the back of the store. Several of our artists teach classes in this space. There are lots of workshops to choose from and with most of them the student leaves with a finished project and a new skill.


It’s a great way to have fun with friends and spend time at La Encantada with all its restaurants and shops.


You must register online, but it is easy. Just go to and then click on “Classes” in the top menu.


ALL classes held at:
Southern Arizona Arts Guild Gallery
2905 E. Skyline Drive; Suite 262
Tucson, AZ 85718

Here is a list of current classes that are taking students . . .
ALL classes are limited to 6 participants to enforce the COVID guidelines.

Digital Single Lens Reflex Workshop

Bring Your DSLR Camera

September 8, 2020
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Class:  6 Student Maximum
Register Now

Acrylic Pours

Create 2 Acrylic Pours on 2  8 x 10 Canvasas
Pick Your Own Color Combinations

September 12, 2020
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Class:  6 Student Maximum
Register Now

Smartphone Photography

Amazing Ways to Maximize Your Smartphone

September 18, 2020
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Class:  6 Student Maximum
Register Now

Smartphone Photography

Amazing Ways to Maximize Your Smartphone

September 22, 2020
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Class:  6 Student Maximum
Register Now

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Exhibitions Update

The Exhibitions Committee has announced that there will be a Fall Overlook Show. 

The theme will be Joy!  

Applications will be accepted starting September 21st with the deadline to apply being October 13th.

Installation for this show will be on October 19th and the Artists Reception will be Wednesday, October 21, 4 to 6 pm.

Watch your email for more information and registration information around mid-September.

We welcome Casonti McClure as the new Overlook Chair.  Any questions please contact her at (520)405-9392 or by email [email protected] 

The Overlook show is held in the Overlook restaurant at the La Canada recreation center in Oro Valley.

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Art Festival

The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) will be hosting the La Encantada Fine Art Festival on Saturday and Sunday, October 24-25, 2020. Last January when they had the festival, SAAG had a sponsorship position with this event and there were opportunities for SAAG Gallery Artists to give demonstrations that weekend. Thanks to our President Jeanie Meredith and her connections, we also presented live music for all the festival attendees to enjoy.

We will once again be a sponsor of this event and there will be activities and demonstrations at the gallery the weekend of the Fine Art Festival, although due to COVID we will not have an outside tent. Gallery artists, please watch for more information about what opportunities will be available mid-September. If you have any questions, call Theresa Poalucci at 206-255-4483.

Last year our demonstrating artist were:
10 AM to 12 PM  |  Roni Bader-Tables - Jewelery design with metalsmithing
12 PM to 2 PM  |  Bonnie Pisik - Contemporary reverse-painting under acrylic glass
2 PM to 5 PM  |  Tom Bacon - How to meld stones with cane for a beautiful artistic organic look

10 AM to 12 PM  |  Lawrence Peters -  The magic of floor loom weavers 

12 PM to 2 PM  |  Vivian Paric - Using art and felting to create 3-D sculptures and 2-D art
2 PM to 4 PM  | ​ Theresa Poalucci - Exploring alcohol inks on nonporous surfaces

If you are interested in participating as a vendor at the festival, visit At the time of sending this newsletter to press, SAACA had still not put up the artist’s registration form.

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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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Website Update

SAAG Website gets an update!
At the end of August received a bit of a facelift, as 5 new slides were uploaded onto the site, replacing what had been originally used when the new website was designed. The artist were chosen by a gallery committee based on their sales, or volunteer performance at the shop. They all represent current gallery artists.
As a member of SAAG the website is a great tool for finding other members in our directory, checking out classes (or signing up to teach one yourself), learn about show opportunities, or sign up to be in the gallery. You can also pay for your membership online or check out the calendar of events. 
If you haven’t visited lately, take a look!

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Teaching Classes

Teaching Classes through SAAG

Did you know that all guild members are eligible to teach classes at the SAAG Gallery? You can apply directly on the guild web site (www.sourthernarizonaartsguild.comunder the classes tab (Application for Teaching Classes Through SAAG), or call Marnie Ehlers at (520) 390-6627 for more information. We are planning our class calendar for October and November now.

We have a glass shelf at the back of the gallery that artists use to display what they are going to teach. We also have a monthly ad in the Desert Leaf about our classes. Our PR committee puts together a flyer for each class which is also displayed and these flyers are sent out once a month to SAAG’s email list.

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Social Media


Just a reminder to participate in SAAG’s create-a-bration, ART FULL, on the Guild’s Facebook page. Make sure to invite your Facebook friends to join in. ART FULL is a no-cost way to keep your work and the Gallery in the forefront of our fans’ minds. 

Keep making art and take its picture. Then go to, write your post and upload your picture. Use the hashtag #SAAGTucsonARTFULL. The post is subject to approval so it won't show up right away. You only need to upload the photo once. Amplify your share. Go back to SAAG’s Facebook page, and share your post - and those of others - to your personal and business pages.

Skittish about Social Media?
Here are some articles that may ease you mind about jumping in.

Social Media Basics You Need to Know (But Are Too Afraid To Ask) 

5 Ways to Use Social Media to Generate a Buzz About Your Artwork  

4 Artists Share Tips for Using Instagram to Grow Your Art Practice  

Artists, You Are a Business. Embrace 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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Artist Opportunities

Call to Artists - Opportunities

Art of Covid (Virtual Exhibition)
DEADLINE: December 31, 2020
Contact [email protected]
Casa de la Luz Foundation
The Art of COVID is a community education project of Casa de la Luz Foundation. Inspired by the kindness and creativity that led people to create masks for healthcare workers during the shortages caused by corona virus, we created The Art of COVID project to serve as a collective in capturing the images, stories, and art of our global community experiencing this pandemic. In addition, we think art is a great way to engage people in thinking about their one precious life and how they want to live it. Although our inspiration came from homemade masks, we are in awe of all works of art that have been created in response to the pandemic. We invite you to share your art, images and stories with us.

Sculpture-on-the-Street Program
[email protected]
Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, Tucson, Arizona
DEADLINE 10/1/2020
SculptureTucson has launched a program to turn the entire City of Tucson into a public sculpture gallery. We work to place large-scale sculpture in front of businesses on heavily traveled roadways. Your work of art is either purchased outright or leased to the business. If purchased, you get paid at the time of sale. If leased, you receive a quarterly payment and it remains for sale while on display. It costs nothing to join the program. If your piece is sold or leased, SculptureTucson does all the bookkeeping and pays you 70% of the sale or lease price. SculptureTucson retains 30% to keep the program going. The business is responsible for site preparation and construction of an appropriate base (if needed) as well as insuring the piece while it is on their property. You're responsible for delivering and installing the work of art. Once you apply, if a sculpture is selected it may be exhibited at the Post House sculpture garden.

Fill out the online application here 

If a piece is selected, we will include the image in our physical and digital book of available sculpture

Herberger Theater Center Human Spirit Exhibit 
The Human Spirit - 2D Juried Art Exhibit  Phoenix, AZ
DEADLINE 9/30/2020
The Human Spirit exhibit will spotlight artwork that has an uplifting message, whether it comes from inner resiliency, inspiration, serving others, or nature's beauty. The exhibit is open to Arizona artists 18 and older. Work will be selected using a blind jury process. Criteria include: adequacy to the theme, originality and quality of execution.
Apply online or by mail.
For instructions, go to: 

Mommy and Me for Tea (Artist Collaboration)
DEADLINE 9/30/20
Contact [email protected]
A local Tucson author is looking for collaborative watercolor artist to work together to create a special cookbook for children and young adults about hosting and having tea parties through the ages. The cookbook will have specialized recipes, activities and illustrations to create an inviting and creative atmosphere for parents and children. This is a great project for an artist who wants to try something new and is willing to try a creative project.

CSAV – Artist Research Laboratory is currently accepting submissions to an open call for the upcoming Casual Loops and Squiggles. This event brings together artists and curators and seeks to observe how this pairing influences the workshop. “CSAV – Artists’ Research Laboratory is an experimental platform designed to provoke formal and informal discussions and exchanges between artists of different generations and nationalities. It aims to explore different forms of artistic creation through non-institutional teaching methods.” For more details and to apply, visit the website. Deadline is January 30.

Tides Institute and Museum of Art (TIMA) invites artists to apply for their StudioWorks Artist-in-Residency program. Located in beautiful, coastal Eastport, Maine – a small fishing village situated in Washington County overlooking the New Brunswick, Canada border – this residency is open to any artists who will not be enrolled in an undergraduate or masters program during the time of residency. In their own words, “A StudioWorks residency provides an artist with a unique experience to play an active role in our creative community through socially engaged projects, educational outreach or public programming.” For full details and to apply, visit the website. Deadline is February 1.

Luminous Bodies is a two-week residency to create artworks that shed new light on the human body. The residency includes shared studios, critiques, gallery visits, guest artist talks and a closing exhibition. Facilities include a shared kitchen and ample common room space as well as studios, dark room, woodwork shop, library and more. This residency is located on an island where there is no grocery store, however there is a corner store with some food options. Be sure to see full details before applying. Deadline is February 1.

Non Critque
In this Covid situation many are turning to video chat for meetings like non-critique events. I would be happy to train anyone in need on how to operate Zoom. If that would be helpful please announce my availability for that training so that interested individuals can ask. Feel free to put my email address in the announcement ([email protected]). That way folks can reach out directly to me.  Regards.

Teaching Opportunity
SaddleBrooke One is seeking a teacher to do workshops on Oil Painting. If you are interested email Robbie at
 [email protected].

If you know of opportunities you are willing to share with fellow Guild members please send the information to the Web administrator at [email protected]



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