SAAG February 2020 Newsletter Print

Monthly Meeting

February 01, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Southern Arizona Arts Guild Gallery
2905 E. Skyline Drive; Suite 262
Tucson, AZ 85718
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Please join us for our monthly meeting. 

Doors open at 9:30 am with the meeting starting at 10:00 am
This month ~ Critique ~ All Forms of Art 
We have two wonderful artists from the gallery helping us.

Beth Giachett (BIO)
Lynn Rae Lowe (BIO)
Any type of Art will be critiqued so don't hesitate to bring in something you might like to share or that you would
need some help with.
We hope to see a great crowd! 

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President's Report

2020 is already well underway with things happening at SAAG.  Our Exhibitions are on track, the Gallery is getting ready for the next session and a new board is getting ready to continue the good work.

Please see all the annoucements in this newsletter as to what's been happening and what's coming up.  We are busier than ever and welcome participation by all.

Jeanie Merideth
SAAG President 2019-2020



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Call from the SAAG Nominating Committee

The SAAG Nominating committee is officially sending out it's call for volunteers to run for the SAAG Board.  The following positions will be voted on at our March 7, 2020 meeting will take office April 1, 2020. Deadline to submit nominations is February 1, 2020.


All current officers holding these positions are eligible to run for another term.

If you are interested in running for one of these positions please contact the Nominations Committee Chair Diana Wolfe at  Diana Wolfe

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Special Event

Southern Arizona Arts Guild Gallery Celebrates 1st Anniversay at La Encantada

The Southern Arizona Arts Guild (SAAG) will be celebrating one year at their new location at La Encantada on Friday, February 7 from 5 pm to 8. The celebration features live music, chocolates and champagne, and plenty of art. The public is invited.

The move from their former gallery location increased their space some three-fold, allowing for more artist and larger pieces of art to be displayed. It also allowed for permanent space for the Guild.

“It has been an amazing year for all of us,” said Jeanie Merideth, the current president of the guild. “We now represent more than 90 artists at the gallery, all from the 350 members of the SAAG. It has been so gratifying to see how the community has embraced the artists and their work. Our sales have been more than we could imagine.”

The gallery shows all types of art including, paintings (contemporary, traditional and abstract); ceramics (functional, mosaics and sculpture); glass art (fused, flame work and hand-blown); Textiles (apparel and accessories); handcrafted jewelry; photograpy; metal art; wood art; furniture; patio art and more. All of the pieces are original and created by local artists who belong to SAAG.

“The inventory is always changing in the gallery, so it is always a fresh experience when patrons revisit us,” said Melissa Rogers, one of the gallery management team. “All the artists in the gallery volunteer their time to keep things running smoothly. This means that customers are getting the how-to on what they are viewing, and often will meet the artist whose art they are purchasing.”

The gallery offers free gift-wrapping, and can arrange delivery where it is needed within the Tucson area. For those on a budget, many of the artists offer prints or cards that copy their work and are of a quality that makes them ready for framing.

In the back of the gallery is additional space where SAAG members meet once a month.  This extra room is also used by SAAG members to teach art classes. In most cases the artist teaches a one-time class where the students will leave with a finished piece. There are choices for beginners all the way to advanced. All classes are listed on SAAG’s website.

“The gallery has been a great opportunity for the Guild to fulfill some of its goals,” said Merideth . “We are able to assist emerging artists, provide a gallery space for our many seasoned artists, and advance art education.”

“Our first year anniversary celebration is open to the public, so if you have not been in we invite you to visit,” said Rogers. “It is also our chance to thank the many patrons of the arts who have been so supportive of our artists.”

If you go:  The SAAG Gallery is located at La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Drive in Tucson. It is near Frost and next to Tommy Bahama on the east side, upper level. Their 1-Year Anniversary takes place on Friday, February 7, from 5 pm to 8 pm. There will be live music, chocolates and champagne, plus a chance to meet many of the artists that show at the gallery.

About Southern Arizona Arts Guild: The Guild provides a forum for the appreciation and advancement of the arts. Members meet and socialize to facilitate the practice, improvement, and display of member talents. SAAG welcomes artist seasoned, emerging, as well as individuals interested in supporting the arts in the community. For more information visit Visit

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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 . . .

Smartphone Photography

January 28, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Class:  6 Student Maximum

Amazing Ways to Maximize Your Smartphone
Register Now

 Alcohol Ink Hearts

January 29, 2020
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Class:  10 Students Maximum

Make 6 mini paintings
Register Now

Introduction to Paper Quilling

January 31, 2020
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Class:  12 Students Maximum

Curious about paper quilling and how to roll paper?
Register Now

Smartphone Photography

February 4, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Class:  8 Student Maximum

Amazing Ways to Maximize Your Smartphone
Register Now

Alcohol Ink Hearts

February 12, 2020
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Class:  10 Students Maximum

Make 6 mini paintings
Register Now

Smartphone Photography

February 18, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Class:  8 Student Maximum

Amazing Ways to Maximize Your Smartphone
Register Now

Teaching Art at the SAAG Gallery

It is a great opportunity to share your passion with others, by teaching a class in the back room of the SAAG Gallery at La Encantada! Recently the SAAG Board has agreed to some new shelving in the Gallery which will showcase examples of the art that will be taught. This will go up with the November line up of classes. Further we have new signage at the front door of the gallery listing all the classes for the month.
The SAAG website now has a new application for prospective teachers to fill out as well. Teachers no longer have to make their own flyer. This is being done by our PR committee so that we have a consistent and branded look.
Here are the deadline dates for signing up to teach:
• Deadline for March Classes is February 14
Deadline for Delivering Class Sample(s) to Gallery February 24
• Deadline for April Classes is March 13
Deadline for Delivering Class Sample(s) to Gallery March 23
Please check out all the guidelines online!
Marnie Ehlers
Workshop/Classes Chair

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Photography Award (Fabric) ~ First Place
Jimmy Daboul 
“Desert Spirit”

First Place (Acrylic) 
Casonti McClure
“Back Alley”

Second Place (Watercolor)
Nancy Bautzmann
"Running Hot and Cold"

Third Place (Mixed Media)
Patrice Lange
"The Birds and The Bees"

Honorable Mentions:
Leticia Schmidt for "South Agave"
Camille Sensale for "Lady of the Mists"
Harrie Handler for "Hawaiian Breeze"

We have 25 artists showing 57 pieces of art. The show, Inspired by Love, runs until May 18, 2020.

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Teaching Classes

Teaching Classes through SAAG
Did you know that all SAAG members have an opportunity to teach classes at the SAAG Gallery. We have a backroom that has been utilized for this purpose already. The space can accommodate up to 12 students.Various artists have given classes on acrylic painting, alcohol inks, felting, jewelry making, ceramics, paper quilling, photography and more.
We now 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. 
If you are interested in teaching a class, you need to apply online at Click on classes and then under Quick Links, choose “Application for Teaching Classes Through SAAG.”
For more information, please email Marnie Ehlers our class director at [email protected].

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Artist Opportunities

February 19, 2020
10:00 AM 
Do you want to show your work to others?  Are you looking for non-judgmental feedback on your art?  Do you think the experience of other artists could be helpful?  Or perhaps you would just like to discuss art in an open unstructured evnironment.

You will also get to know other members of the Guild in this nurturing setting like never before.

You are welcome at the Non-Critique on the third Wednesday of each month beginning at 10:00 a.m. and concluding no later thank 12:00 Noon.  We will be gathering at the SAAG Gallery of Gifts in the La Encantada Mall (2905 E. Skyline Drive, Suite 262 - Next to Tommy Bahama).  Bring one to three examples of your work or just come to talk about art.  New or old, 2D or 3D work is welcome.

Hope to see you at the Non-Critique.

Call Jim Morris (520) 262-8584 for more information or email:  [email protected]

Starting this Fall season Jewell's Fine Art Festivals is hoping to increase awareness and participation at their shows and is reaching out to SAAG with the idea of developing an ongoing relationship between the two organizations.  Jewell’s has been doing art fairs in Tucson for 22 years and is interested in promoting local and visiting artists, as well as emerging or returning artists.

Jewell’s is offering a large 10x30 space to the guild with no commitment, hoping that SAAG members can come together and fill this space as a group to show and sell their work.  The cost for this space would only be $450 and up to 9 (or more?) artists could conceivably share and show in this space, which could bring the cost down to as little as $50 per artist for a weekend show.

Should there not be enough interest to fill the entire space, smaller spaces could still be considered at steep discounts as well – a 10x20 for $300, or a 10x10 for $150.  These rates are for the Guild as a group to have multiple artists take advantage of the reserved space.  Individual artists who want their own booths will receive a 10% discount on their spaces.  If there isn’t a lot of interest around a particular show it wouldn't cost SAAG a thing and the 3 spaces that JFAF reserves for SAAG would be made available to other artists.

I'm hoping to work out a win-win for all - where JFAF draws more artists and vendors to develop larger shows, which will hopefully draw larger crowds, and SAAG members get opportunities to do shows as a group for a small amount of money.  

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact [email protected] 

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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