SAAG March 2019 Newsletter Print

Gallery Information

The SAAG Gallery is hosting a Friends and Family night receptiion at the new Gallery in La Encantada.  This is a small event, artists will be there and there will be a 10% off that night.
March 2nd from 6-8!  
The SAAG Gallery at La Encatada has had a fantastic first week.  We had not gotten the work out and arranged when customers were asking to come in and purchase.  We are more than double our sales expectations. As we find the space and get settled, we will be adding artists.  We appreciate the support of everyone in the guild and the patience of those on the waiting list.  It is taking more time than expected.  

SAAG New Gallery Open House - Soft Opening

March 02, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Southern Arizona Arts Guild Gallery
2905 E Skyline Dr (La Encantada shopping center, upper level, next to Tommy Bahamas)
Tucson, AZ 85704
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Invite your family And friends for a tour of the new gallery and refreshments and entertainment.  We now have over 70 artists displaying.  You will be amazed at the quality of art work we have added.

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President's Report


What a busy, busy month we have had.  Closing the Casas Adobes Gallery and moving to our new gallery at La Encantada.  I want to thank all the volunteers who helped make this happen with a special thank you to the Gallery Management team, Melissa Rogers, Wendy Baldwin, Marnie Ehlers, Linda Heidingsfelder and Lavonne McCord.  There are too many other volunteers that helped to list here but you know who you are and consider this a BIG Thank You!!!

See other articles in this newsletter regarding updates of what has happened and what will happen in the next month. 

One item of note is we will be doing a split the pot drawing starting at our March 2nd meeting.  Tickets will be $5 each or 5 for $20.  The proceeds will go toward purchasing chairs and other items for the new gallery.  We will draw the winning ticket on March 16th, 8:00 pm at our Grand Opening event.  

I want to take this opportunity to thank all the SAAG artists who donated items to the Silent Auction for the Catalina Foothills marching band to go the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York this year.  I received over 35 beautiful pieces of art for this endeavor.  I will be setting up the auction tables with our items and will have plenty of SAAG signage and rack cards available.  The CFHS Band Boosters wanted me to convey to you all the overwhelming generosity of our artists is greatly appreciated.  The Gala event is on March 1st and I will update you next month with how much the band was able to raise.  

Have an artful month and I hope to see you at our upcoming events.

Jeanie Merideth
SAAG President 2018-19


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Monthly Meeting

Karen Owsowitz Speaking

March 02, 2019
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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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 8:30 am with the meeting starting at 9:00 am

This month featuring:  Karen Owsowitz...

Karen Owsowitz is an active docent at the Tucson Museum of Art. She is the director of the popular “TMA Art Talks”. These talks are presented at various venues around southern Arizona. Art talks are in depth talks about famous artist, art movements or other art topics. Art Talks are often accompanied by visual media or PowerPoint Presentations.

Karen’s talk this month will be on the abstract artist Richard Diebenkorn

ARTIST OF THE MONTH CONTEST for March is Fiber and Glass Art

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In The News

Gallery makes big move to more space with more local artists
     By Theresa Poalucci

The Southern Arizona Arts Guild (SAAG) has opened at a new location, moving from Casa Adobes Plaza to La Encantada. The move included increasing the size of their floor space by three fold. In the prior space some 35 local artists sold their work. This new space allows for more than 80.

“In the past couple of years, we have been blessed with increased sales in our gallery,” said SAAG President Jeanie Merideth. “With only 1,000 sq. ft. we were not able to accommodate many member artists that were requesting to sell in our space. This is a huge move for us and we are all very excited.”

SAAG provides a forum for the appreciation and advancement of the arts and has more than 300 current members. During the Guild’s 17-plus years the group evolved to include a public gallery to provide opportunities for both professional and emerging art members to display and sell their work. The latest manifestation of this effort was a 1,000 sq. ft. gallery and gift shop housed at Casa Adobes Plaza for the past three years.

“Our gallery has grown more and more popular and our sales show this,” said one of the four Gallery Managers and Artist Melissa Rogers. “We realized we did not have enough space for all the talented artists we would like to display, hence the move to a 3,200 sq. ft. showroom at La Encantada. It is a much-needed development for the organization as we continue to expand our programs.”

Long time SAAG member who shows at the gallery, Larry Orinovsky added, “I am extremely optimistic about the new opportunities the SAAG Gallery at La Encantada is going to provide in both showing work to a new part of the city and also to a new clientele. For our loyal regular clients, we will be offering more artists.” 

The new location not only features new talent at the Guild, but a new concept in how art will be displayed. “We are going to have departments within the store,” said Artist and Gallery Merchandising Manager Wendy Baldwin. “This is a departure from the usual gallery design.”   Baldwin shared that now the space is one in which customers will discover something new at every turn, while at the same time look for something specific easily. That is because the gallery will include spaces for home decor, items for the patio, clothing and accessories, novelty items, contemporary art, traditional art, emerging artists, gift items and more.

“The variety and the fact that everything is created locally makes our gallery unique,” continued Baldwin. “We also offer all price ranges, as the gallery is operated by the artists themselves keeping overhead low ­— plus customers get a chance to speak with the artists!” 

“The Guild is providing an amazing opportunity, which matches my own philosophy about art,” said Gabriel Ayala, world famous musician and Native American artist. “My art is in several galleries and museums across the country, but I wanted to collaborate with a group of local artists here at home ­­– where we can share our artwork and what we believe in. The new space at La Encantada allows me to do this.”

Ayala’s art speaks to the “variety” that was mentioned earlier. He creates Native Ledger Art, which originally evolved from Plains hide painting. As supplies to the Native Americans increased to include ledger books and other paper from traders, government agents and missionaries in the 1800s, native artists used these new materials to depict events of valor without detailed backgrounds. 

“I have always had an affinity for this type of art,” said Ayala. The SAAG at La Encantada will be the first time he has been in a gallery setting here in Tucson.  From historical in its perspective to contemporary, Artist Ava Young said it was a stroke of genius to move to La Encantada. “I love abstract art.  It makes sense to me. I see abstract as a different language where you have to think out of the box, she said.” Young’s latest collection is now on display at the larger SAAG Gallery that can accommodate a collection that includes large canvases.  

The gallery management team thought out of the box as well when inviting creatives to join the group.  “Not everyone is looking for a work of art for their home,” said Rogers, adding that they wanted to be sure that their customers could also count on the gallery for a source of unique and personalized gifts.  One such offering is a line of creams hand-crafted by Paula Morris.  “I create the art that is on my labeling,” she laughed about selling in a gallery for the first time. Morris makes all her products right here in Tucson.  “Some of the ingredients are wild-crafted. For instance, I harvest prickly pear juice and incorporate it into my skin care line. I get a lot of ingredients from the desert. Everything is organic and all have therapeutic effects,” said Morris of her Sweet P’s line.

It is important to note that the SAAG Gallery will continue its tradition of having their artists offer classes for the public, as the space has a private workroom at the back of the gallery perfect for teaching.

Nationally known artist, Lynn Rae Lowe started her career some 30 years ago when she won a couple of big time awards that landed her in more than 200 galleries around the world. Now she makes her home in Tucson where she is well known for her Aluminations Illuminations, metal dancers and mono-prints. She is also one of the co-founders of the Metal Arts Village.  “I believe everybody is an artist,” she said about folks who haven’t discovered their creativity. “What we need is more imagination in this world.”

Lowe will be scheduling classes at the SAAG Gallery, along with artists that teach jewelry making, mixed media, new mediums and more.

The space at La Encantada will also provide a gathering space for the members of the guild, for monthly meetings, and special events. The gallery will also feature artist demonstrations and lectures.

The gallery is open now at La Encantada, however the group is planning a Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, March 16. The Oro Valley Chamber will be on hand to cut the ribbon and  looks like they can’t do it that day, according to Jeanie there will be a free afternoon concert featuring Gabriel Ayala, who performs regularly throughout the United States and has appeared at the Poway Center for Performing Arts, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Museum for the American Indian, and was honored to perform at the Musical Instrument Museum in a series called “Guitar Masters.”

“When the guild first formed, I never imagined that it would lead to such wonderful opportunities for our members,” said founder Diane Loving. “I hope visitors enjoy the new gallery as much as our artists take pleasure in creating their art.”

If you go: The Southern Arizona Arts Guild Gallery and Gifts is now located at 2905 E. Skyline Drive, at La Encantada in Tucson, 85718. The gallery is located near Frost and Tommy Bahamas on the second level of the shopping center. To learn about class opportunities visit their website at Gallery hours are Monday through Wednesday 10 am to 7 pm, Thursday through Saturday 10 am to 8 pm and Sundays 11 am to 6 pm.

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CLICK HERE to visit our upcoming classes on our website.

Camera Phone Photography

March 19, 2019
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Join local photographer, Nancy Schroeder

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Color Therapy

March 21, 2019
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Instructor: Kate Cocuzza

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Mixed Media

March 22, 2019
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Instructor: Leticia Schmidt

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Creative Mosaic Stepping Stones

March 23, 2019 10:30 AM to March 24, 2019 12:30 PM

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

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E-Z Metal Clay Jewelry

March 23, 2019
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Instructor: Marnie Ehlers

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Selenite Wands

March 24, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Instructor: Karreen Martin

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Hummingbird Feeders

March 24, 2019
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Instructor: Karreen Martin

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Twizzled Finger Cards

March 28, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Create 2 or more 5 x 7

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Camera Phone Photography

March 30, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Join Local Photographer, Nancy Schroeder

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1st Place
Camille Sensale "Repose"

 2nd Place
Linda Levine "The Flirt"

3rd Place
Bert Stamper "Fall Leaves"

Outlook Winners ~ January 2019

I also want to thank all the artists that entered their artwork in this show. Thanks again to Jim Morris for judging this show. A special thanks to: Lisa Haas, Marty Plevel, Jeanie Merideth, Cindy Engquist, Luann and Lavonne, Camille and the volunteers who helped hang up the art. This show would not have happened without your help.

I also do not want to forget to thank Tom, the manager of the Overlook. His support of this show is truly great and he is looking for more great shows for The Overlook to support for years to come. 

Congratulations have been extended to Donna Cox and Mary Plavel who recently sold some of their art at Overlook!  Just goes to show what a difference a dinner at the restaurant can make. 

Please support your fellow SAAG artists and the Overlook restaurant by going to check out the show!

Barb Truman, Chair

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