SAAG January 2021 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

I am sure you are as anxious as I am for 2020 to be OVER.  What a year we've had.  We started off not too bad but then soon realized we were going to have to battle something none of us ever dreamed of.  A tiny "bug".  Then when we thought there was an end in sight we were facing a fire that threatened to close us down for good.  But we carried on even with another threat of riots in the streets.  So we don our face masks and spray our hands often and keep on going.

SAAG has the best members of any organization I've ever had the pleasure to work with.  I appreciate you and all your hard work.  Hopefully we will be able to resume a schedule in the next 6 months or so.  As I've told you all along we will keep you informed as we become informed.

Stay safe and have a Happy New Year!  2021 has to be better.

Jeanie Merideth, SAAG President
[email protected]

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Call to Artists


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Please 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 8 participants to enforce the COVID guidelines.

Smartphone Photography

Amazing Ways to Maximize Your Smartphone
January 12, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Class:  8 Student Maximum
Register Now

Acrylic Pour

Students pick their own color combinations
January 16, 2021
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Class:  8 Student Maximum
Register Now

Digital Single Lens Reflex Workshop

Bring Your DSLR Camera
January 21, 2021
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Class:  8 Student Maximum
Register Now

"Beyond Rolling" Paper Quilling 

** Purchase supplies PRIOR to class **
January 23, 2021
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Class:  8 Student Maximum
Register Now 

Mixed Media Valentines

Create 3 Valentine's Day Cards
January 30, 2021
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Class:  8 Student Maximum
Register Now 

Income Tax Preparation For New Artists

Bring Notebook and Pen
February 02, 2021
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Class:  3 Minimum / 6 Maximum
Register Now 

Income Tax Preparation For New Artists

Bring Notebook and Pen
February 07, 2021
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Class:  3 Minimum / 6 Maximum
Register Now 

Smartphone Photography

Amazing Ways to Maximize Your Smartphone
February 9, 2021
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Class:  8 Student Maximum
Register Now

Beginning Paper Quilling 

Come Learn to Roll Paper
February 20, 2021
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Class:  8 Student Maximum
Register Now 

Digital Single Lens Reflex Workshop

Bring Your DSLR Camera
February 23, 2021
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Class:  8 Student Maximum
Register Now

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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.

"Our exhibitors and attendees are excited to start conducting business after a long break and to support economy to get back on track!” said organizers.

To register to attend the April 7-18, 2021 upcoming

JOGS Tucson Gem and Jewelry Show at the Tucson Expo Center, click here.

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Art Talks

Announcing 2021 Docent Art Talks at TMA
Join Tucson Museum of Art for the TMALearn! Docent Council’s annual series of lectures examining art and artists that have influenced the world—now delivered online!

Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., January through March
Free for members  |  $5 General Admission

Online delivery through Zoom  |  Registration required

2021 Schedule
JANUARY 13  |  To Infinity and Beyond: Yayoi Kusama
Presented by Patricia Waddell
Yayoi Kusama is the most successful living female artist in the world. Explore her paintings, sculpture, fashion, film, poetry, performance and installation artwork as it relates to concepts like infinity, obliteration, alternate realities and death. Register now 

JANUARY 20  |  The Art of the Hohokam
Presented by Mary Jo McMullen
Fifteen hundred years ago, Hohokam people in the Tucson and Phoenix basins took the time to add beauty to their lives. Explore the ceramics, stone, mineral and shell pieces they created. Register now 

JANUARY 27  |  Ballet Russes: Modern Innovations in Music and Dance
Presented by Harry Hakanson
Discover the revolutionary changes Ballet Russes brought to dance and music at the beginning of the 20th century. This interdisciplinary approach brought together innovative composers, dancers, and artists to create amazing ballets. Register now 

FEBRUARY 3  |  Ukiyo-e: Pictures of the Floating World
Presented by Adrienne O’Hare
Ukiyo-e are “pictures of the floating world.” It is an evanescent world, a world of fleeting beauty, divorced from the responsibilities of the mundane, everyday world; a hedonistic world of Kabuki, courtesans and Geisha. Register now 

FEBRUARY 10  |  The Virgin Mary: Art Through the Ages
Presented by Susan Hill
The Virgin Mary has inspired more people than any other woman who ever lived. A large body of art features different aspects of her life and her roles. This talk samples some of the rarest and most interesting works of art depicting the Virgin Mary. Register now

FEBRUARY 17  |  Warhol and Basquiat: The Art World’s Most Notorious Bromance
Presented by Judy Tracy
Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat were two eccentric personalities, but the most iconic and influential late 20th century artists. A look at their individual careers and their collaboration that intrigued the art world then and now. Register now 

FEBRUARY 24  |  Vermeer: Vision and Illusion
Presented by Chuck Tampio
Largely overlooked for two centuries after his death, Johannes Vermeer is now among the most revered artists of all time. His message is uniquely suited for this pandemic age, as he explores the inner worlds of his singular and isolated women. Register now 

MARCH 3  |  Shadows and Light: Visions of the East
Presented by Martin Randall
In the 19th century artists ventured to North Africa, the Middle East, Persia and India, bringing back images of cultures and traditions unlike any their fascinated audiences had seen. Examine these artist-travelers and their legacy. Register now 

MARCH 10  |  Fritz Scholder: A Walking Paradox
Presented by Jan Weidenhammer
Fritz Scholder revolutionized Indigenous art. Explore his sometimes uncomfortable “Indian paintings” to learn how this master of color and composition turned stereotypes on their heads and gained notoriety as a mainstream artist. Register now 

MARCH 17  |  What in the World is Environmental Art?
Presented by Nancy Jacques
Come explore the interdisciplinary minds and works of artists whose creations are both timeless and ephemeral. See why they are so important for expanding the definition of art itself and joining hearts to science. Register now 

MARCH 24  |  Abstract Expressionism: I don't get it!
Presented by Kit Kimball
Explore what Abstract Expressionism is and why it is so important in art history. Learn about the work of Clyfford Still, Mark Rothko and Joan Michell and the methods and thinking behind their very different works. Register now 

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Interested in Teaching a Class at SAAG?

Please submit your teaching application on the SAAG web site ASAP so we can get your classes on the website!  Also make sure to bring a sample of your project in ASAP for our workshop shelf.

In addition to in gallery classes, I can help you set up a zoom class online! Please call me if you are interested in teaching an online class through the SAAG gallery.

To submit a class: go to the SAAG web site and fill out the application located under the workshop tab at the top of the page. It's an easy system (it takes a little time to fill out, but so worth it...) and, it allows us to forward your class information to our PR person and get your classes some attention and you no longer have to make your own flyers.

*REMEMBER.... If you want students to sign up for your class, the best way to make that happen is with your picture and class sample!

If you have any questions, please email me ([email protected]) or give me a call at (520) 390-6627.

Looking forward to seeing what fabulous new classes you will teach!

~Marnie Ehlers

P.S. If you have an idea for a class but aren't quite ready to submit, please call or email me with dates and times so that we can plan ahead!

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Exhibitions Update

Hello to all~

I have just received news that the Roche Diagnostic team has decided to cancel the Echoes 2020 exhibition Roche still doesn’t know when the campus will open back up for gallery install and visitors. They were very enthusiastic about the exhibition but had concerns about the variety of mediums, organizations, and delivery logistics involved for this particular exhibit. They were very disappointed to have to do this and said that they will continue to work to create new exhibition opportunities as soon as things open up.

I would like to personally thank all artists who submitted work for this exhibition and encourage you to remain optimistic about future participation with Roche when the opportunity arises. Furthermore, I would like to encourage you as individuals to be thinking creatively about ways exhibitions may take place. What exhibition venues may look like in this modified landscape and how presenting art to the viewer can be reinvented as we move into this new arena in 2021. I encourage you to be proactive in thinking about how we develop exhibition alternatives that are modified, non-traditional or unexpected in the midst of what we are experiencing.

Renée Michele
Exhibit Chair  
Southern Arizona Arts Guild

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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.

New National Endowment for the Arts grant program guidelines.
New NEA grant program guidelines are now available in the Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) category, with the first GAP deadline on February 11, 2021. Also new this year: a section explaining Common Application Mistakes. A live GAP guidelines webinar with Q&A will be held by the Arts Endowment on January 6, 2021 at 3pm ET. Register to attend here

Organization Name: Collage Artists of America
Location of Opportunity: On-Line Virtual Show
Deadline for Submission: Jan 17, 2021 12:00 AM

Collage Artists of America (CAA) is accepting entries for “Parallel Dimensions–An Open Virtual On-Line Exhibition”, taking place 1-27 February 2021.

The Juror of Selection and Awards is American printmaker John Greco, who is recognized for his contributions of creating a space for innovative thinkers at his studio, Josephine Press in Santa Monica, California. While exhibiting in galleries all over the world, he has collaborated with artists such as, Raymond Pettibon and John Cage. Early in his career, his ambidextrous approach to drawing and painting unlocked his favored realm of spontaneity. His work revolves around understanding the unconscious human mind and challenges himself to create work that represents, “a mediated moment between time and space.”

Cash awards are $400 for First, $250 for Second, $150 for Third, and two honorary awards of $100 each.

How to Apply: View the Prospectus and all exhibition information at

MRA Associates Community Gallery Call to Artist
January – March 2021
Art in a Time of Pandemic and Quarantine
In hopes of creating a stronger sense of our community as we spend time apart, the MRA Associates’ Community Gallery will feature an exhibition with artwork inspired by life during the COVID-19 pandemic. With an abundance of time on our hands, the quarantine has provided many artists with an opportunity to learn new creative techniques, while digging deeper to their emotional connection to their work and process. Selected artists work will be featured alongside an artist’s statement of purpose and inspiration. Up to three artists will be selected to feature six to ten original, two-dimensional works. Selected artists will receive a $100 honorarium.  
Exhibition Dates: 1/8/20 - 5/07/21 *Tentative Dates / Subject to Change
​MRA Associates' Community Gallery - Phoenix, Arizona

The Magazine of Contemporary Art | Open Call

THE MAGAZINE OF CONTEMPORARY ART is an online publication covering visual arts from around the world. We’re special in many ways, but here is just a sampling of four exceptional features that’s sure to pique your creative side:
1. FREE Submission and FREE Listing
2. ZERO Commission on ALL art sales
3. DIRECT link to prospective buyers
4. INVITATION ONLY selection criteria

The MOCA is currently accepting submissions from visual artists working with any medium. Digital images of paintings, drawings, graphic art, photography, sculpture, and 3D installations of any size will be considered without limitation. The curated artworks will be showcased for free in our rotating exhibitions. Art sales made during this period will not be charged any commission, and inquiries from prospective buyers will be forwarded directly to the artists.

Additionally, a few selected artists will be invited to participate in our permanent exhibition for a small fee. Artists will be able to choose to be represented in various ways, and enjoy substantial exposure, such as:

1. FEATURED as artist of the month
2. INTERVIEWS conducted with select artists
3. BLOGS & ARTICLES published on behalf of select artists
4. SOCIAL MEDIA promotion targeting over 30,000 Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter followers
5. TOP RANKING through SEOs on search engines, such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo!

Our international exposure has given us the tools to connect with serious collectors from North America, Europe, and Asia who’re looking to buy artworks for investment as well as for their own private collection. We’re confident that our gallery will provide you with substantial recognition and sales opportunity.

In these difficult and uncertain times, we stand in solidarity with our fellow artists and wish to give the opportunity to as many artists as we can so they can continue to showcase their work to art galleries, dealers, and connoisseurs around the world within this virtual space in a safe and responsible manner.

Mini Grants and Project Grants – AZ Humanities
Intent to Apply Deadline: May 1, 2021
Application Deadline: June 15, 2021
Arizona Humanities supports innovative, community-based projects that use humanities disciplines to connect Arizonans to the cultures, peoples, and histories of the state and beyond. We welcome proposals from a wide range of nonprofit, educational, and governmental organizations and encourage projects that are innovative in their approach toward the humanities and public programming. Projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective to issues of significance to Arizonans. Our grants program aims to stimulate thoughtful community exchange, build new audiences for the humanities, innovate new methods in the humanities, and advocate for the importance of the humanities for a lively and engaged democratic public.

For instructions go to: to submit your work. 

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.

Looking for an Artist to do an outdoor driveway wall mural - Tucson Highlights (714) 654-7395; Jeffrey Hack

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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SAAG Newsletter

Many of you may not know, but not only do we publish a newsletter monthly for our members, we also publish a newsletter for art patrons. That list numbers something over 1,000 names. Each month as we have our monthly giveaway in the gallery, we add more email addresses to our list.
If you have an item that you think should go into the newsletter, please send it along to our PR Chair Theresa Poalucci at [email protected]com
Here are the deadlines for the next couple of months:
February Newsletter (deadline Wednesday, Jan. 27) emailed Monday, February 1
March Newsletter (deadline Wednesday, February 24) emailed Monday, March 1
April Newsletter (deadline March 31) emailed Monday, April 5

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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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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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