Southern Arizona Arts Guild Gallery
2905 E. Skyline Drive; Suite 262
Tucson, AZ 85718
We continue to endure the COVID crisis, tolerate political ads and phone calls, and look forward to the holidays with new and different traditions. Hopefully you all will be able to connect with your friends and relatives in some way. If this is the new world we live in let's make the best of it.
The Gallery has already started getting really busy and sales are great. If you don't visit regularly please try and come by to see the new art we have. Wear your face mask as it is still required. We feel we have done the best job we can in keeping everyone safe.
Thanks go to Casonti McClure for organizing the Overlook Exhibition Show. We once again, have wonderful artists that have participated. The Overlook is reopening soon and already have a member welcome event planned. By the way, we've already had 2 pieces sell from this show.
I want to thank all the SAAG board members for their patience and understanding this year. I feel like we've been "on hold" since the year began and it doesn't look like it will end soon. We continue to work for you all behind the scenes to keep the Guild and Gallery going.
I hope for all of you this holiday season happiness and health.
Jeanie Merideth, SAAG President
The Southern Arizona Arts Gallery is ready for the holidays. With a display of gifts "$20 and under," Christmas trees with ornaments from our artists, and holiday themed cards in stock. The gallery is ready to help shoppers find the perfect gift. The Gallery also offers Gift Certificates that can be used towards merchandise or art classes given at the gallery.
This year, starting on Black Friday, there will be an artist demonstration happening on the floor of the gallery every Friday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm. Saturdays, that time slot is being reserved for live music. The SAAG Gallery will be featuring in-store shipping services this year, which will be available every Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. And as always there will be free gift wrapping.
The gallery is open 7-days-a-week. Holiday hours start the day after Thanksgiving. Friday, Nov. 27 from 8 am to 9 pm; Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, Nov. 29 from 11 am to 6 pm; Monday thru Wednesday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 from 10 am to 7 pm; Thursday thru Saturday, Dec. 3-5 from 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, Dec. 6 from 11 am to 6 pm; Monday thru Wednesday, Dec. 7-9 from 10 am to 7 pm; Thursday and Friday, Dec. 10-11 from 10 am to 8 pm; Saturday, Dec.12 from 9 am to 9 pm; Sunday, Dec. 13 from 11 am to 8 pm; Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 14-23 from 9 am to 9 pm; Thursday, Dec. 24 from 9 am to 6 pm; Friday, December 25 Closed; Saturday, Dec. 26 from 9 am to 9 pm; Sunday, Dec. 27 from 11 am to 6 pm; Monday thru Wednesday, Dec. 28-30 from 10 am to 7 pm; Thursday, Dec. 31 from 10 am to 6 pm; Closed New Year’s Day.
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.
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.
The first (and only) live art show of the 2020 season opened October 28th and will run through to February 22nd. The Overlook cafe has just reopened under new management at the Oro Valley Community Center. To celebrate this wonderful connection between SAAG and Oro Valley, Town of Oro Valley Town Mayor Joe Winfield attended the opening and selected the first "Mayor's Choice Award” — a painting titled "La Mexicana "by Kristin Harvey. It was such an honor to have Mayor Winfield attend our show and participate in the evening's event. We hope this is just the beginning of a lasting connection.
Overlook Cafe Manager Roxanne Harding and Food and Beverage Manager Zach Olfers were very supportive and especially excited to have SAAG artwork decorating the cafe bringing art and color back to this lovely space. The Overlook staff was so thrilled with this show they selected an Overlook Staff Choice Award, "Splash of Color" by Yvonne Hazelton. We will continue this new award for future shows. Now that this Cafe open at the Community Center and open to the public we are hoping SAAG members will make plans to dine there. Please support this SAAG event by bringing your friends and family to enjoy great food and see beautiful art.
Renee Michele took first place for her large painting "Dance My Soul"
Doug McMasters took a first place for his photograph "Smokey Road"
Honorable Mention pieces
"Spring Flowers+ by Yvonne Hazelton
"Freedom Run" by Yvonne Hazelton
"Plentiful Water" by "Ellie Marshall
“Botanical" by Jeanne Conant
"In the Spring" by Kristin Harvey
“Kaleidoscope" by Berta Keeny
Renee Michele ~ "Dance My Soul"
|Mayor's Choice Award
"La Mexicana" by Kristin Harvey
|Yvonne Hazelton receives an Honorable Mention|
Corrina Thurston is an artist, speaker, and author working out of Vermont, USA. Check out her book, How To Crush Self-Doubt and Gain Real Confidence, and learn more about her, her artwork, or her books on her website.
Self-doubt plagues us all
Artists are especially prone to self-doubt due to the nature of our work. We pour our hearts and souls into our creations—whether it’s painting or sculpting or writing or crafting—and then have to find the courage to put that work out into the world, which is full of critics and judgment and rejection. We also tend to work alone, crammed in our studios, hovering over our worktables, where the negative thoughts and our own high expectations can whittle away at our creative confidence.
What to do? Those negative thoughts can easily spiral out of control, and suddenly you’re turning down a remarkable opportunity because you’re too nervous or your internal monologue is saying you’re not good enough.
Here are seven techniques to help boost your self-confidence as an artist and creative entrepreneur and crush your self-doubt.
1. Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Artists
Social media is undoubtedly a great tool for artists. It can be inspiring to look at the artwork of other artists, but make sure you don’t fall into the trap of constantly comparing your work to that of someone else. When you have been working in your medium for many years, and then you see other artists seemingly creating masterpieces overnight, it can be disheartening.
Don’t let that happen!
You are your own artist with your own journey, and you can't ever be sure of someone else's journey from behind a screen. Instead of comparing and feeling negative about your own work, use their skill as inspiration to get back to practicing yours.
There will always be people that are more skilled than you and you will always be more skilled than others. Comparison doesn't change that. Only focusing on yourself and your own practice will make you better.
2. Stop Having Such High Expectations of Yourself
Sure, having high expectations for yourself can be a good thing, in the right circumstances. Of course, I expect myself to be a good person, to help people when I can, to be kind and considerate.
But you know what?
I’ve stopped having expectations about things like how many people show up to one of my art events, or how many likes I’m going to get on a social media post, or exactly how a piece of artwork is going to turn out.
Why? Because the more you have expectations about these things, the more likely you’re going to be disappointed.
If only 15 people come to one of my workshops, that’s okay! I’m going to treat that workshop exactly the same as I would with a larger number and those people will get even more one-on-one attention. If a piece of artwork doesn’t turn out exactly the way I had anticipated, that’s okay! Art is meant to surprise you and change and even as the artist you don’t always have as much control over the end product as you might think. There’s nothing wrong with that, you just have to learn to roll with it.
3. Take Breaks and Move Around
There’s nothing worse for your body than being cooped up in the same position for hours. Take breaks!
Stretch and go for a walk and get your blood flowing. If you’re getting frustrated with a piece of work, this is especially important. Walking clears your mind, helps get rid of toxins, helps the muscles in your hands function better because of the blood flow—and you also come back with fresher eyes.
4. Join a Critique Group
This isn’t for everyone, but it works great for some artists. Find a critique group either online or in your area and participate. It’s amazing what you can learn about your own work when you start to see it from someone else’s viewpoint! The things that stand out to you might not be the same that stand out to them.
5. it That Send Button
As a marketing consultant and author of two art marketing books, I want you to be hitting that send button on your email account many times a week!
Write and send gallery exhibit proposals, event proposals, grant applications, collaboration requests, retail requests, and press releases to your local and regional media (newspapers, magazines, podcasts, radio, TV, blogs), etc.
Putting yourself out there is an emotional challenge. It takes guts to push that send button. Do it anyway. The more you do it, the easier it’ll become. You will hear no. Do it anyway. The more you hear no, the less it will bother you and the faster you can get to the yes's.
6. Recognize What Rejection Really Is
In my first book, I suggest that rejection is, “what happens when what you’re offering is not quite what the other person or company is looking for.”
It doesn’t mean your work is bad. It doesn’t mean they don’t like you. It simply means what you’re offering isn’t quite right for them.
Reach out and ask them why in order to learn from it and hopefully improve future proposals, then throw that rejection letter on your mounting pile (more rejections is good because it means you’re putting yourself out there!) and move on! There’s no point in dwelling. FYI, if I were still keeping track of my rejection letters as I did in the beginning, it would take over my whole studio. But the more rejections you get, the more acceptance letters you’re likely to get too.
7. Learn some overall confidence-boosting techniques
In my book, How To Crush Self-Doubt and Gain Real Confidence, I talk about a number of techniques to boost your confidence, not just as an artist, but as a person. Some of the best ones include:
Power poses. Stand like Superman—hands on your hips, back straight, head up, and shoulders back— for at least two minutes. This will actually change the chemistry in your body in such a way that makes you feel calmer and more confident.
Positive “I am” statements. Say or write down some positive statements about yourself every day. This is hugely effective, even if you don’t feel they’re true at the moment. Even reading them helps, so some examples include: “I am strong,” “I am important,” “I am talented,” “I am capable,” and “I am worthy.”
Socialize. Even if you can’t meet in person, try to find ways to socialize. Many artists are solitary types, but it can be detrimental to our mental health and our creative spirit to be alone too much of the time. Socializing is important. Talking is important. Humans—even those of us who identify as introverts—are social creatures and we need that interaction. Get out of your studio if you can, laugh (very important!), eat food, snuggle your loved ones, and envelop yourself in that connection.
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, www.facebook.com/
SAAGTucson.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]
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]
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.
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 www.facebook.com/SAAGTucson, 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.
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.