About Us


SAWG Mission Statement

The Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild’s mission is to advance and develop watercolor as an important painting medium and to provide educational and cultural benefits for our members and interested supporters of our community.

SAWG Vision Statement

The Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild is a community of watermedia artists recognized for excellence in their work, promotion of art education, and the advancement of watermedia in southern Arizona.

SAWG Gallery Location

SAWG General Meetings

General meetings (unless noted) are held at St. Francis in the Foothills Celebration Center at 4625 E. River Road (near the corner of River and Swan) Tucson, AZ. MONDAY NIGHTS. Next meeting September 9th. Starts with 6:30 pm Social Hour, then 7:00 pm Meeting.

Description of Our Organization

The Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild got its start in 1967, when a group of ten charter members met weekly each spring to paint after classes with the late Gerry Peirce. Under his tutelage, the group formed a chapter of the Southwestern Watercolor Society, withdrawing after five years to become a separate organization, the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild (SAWG). From an initial membership of 80 artists, the organization has grown to over 400 active members! The desire to participate in exhibitions in cities outside Arizona prompted SAWG to be a leader in establishing the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, now comprised of 12 art organizations in the western United States.



Karyn Vampotic, President 

Janine “Goldie” Aguilar, VP of Shows

Monica Hart, Gallery Manager

Anna Don, Treasurer

Eledel Giddings, Secretary

Karen Brungardt, DVD Library

Marty Plevel, Scholarship Committee

Nancy Huber, Image Archivist

Loisanne Keller, Gallery Schedule Advisor

Donna Lam, Board Member at Large

Paula Weech, Board Member at Large

Dennis Garrison, Board Member at Large

Sue Ritz, Board Member at Large

Richard Butler, Board Member at Large

Nancy Holmberg – Past President

General Information

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  • Bins & Cards: Pat Jordan
  • Certificates (Membership Committee): Renee Pearson
  • Corresponding Secretary: Kathy McLean
  • Website/Data Base: Eledel Giddings
  • Docent Coordinator/Assistant: Shannon Russell/Karen Reichert
  • DVD Library: Karen Brungardt  
  • Email/Eblasts: Susan Hildreth
    • Content Editor: Jenny Clark
  • Gallery Manager:  Monica Hart
    • Assistant: Donna Lam
    • Gallery Orientation Advisor: Fran Dorr
    •  Gallery/Docent Instructors: Karen Brungardt, Judy Constantine, Monica Hart, Kat Manton-Jones, Sue Rumsey, Marti White
    • Reception Advisor: Kathi Sanders
  • Gallery Committee Assistants/Special Projects: Christine Hines, Donna Lam 
  • Gallery Schedule Advisor: Loisanne Keller
    • Assistant: Dru HIll
  • Another Pair of Eyes: Bob Jennette and Helen Jennette
  • Program Chair for Mini workshops: Joanne Lustre
  • Open Studio: Cara Smith
  • Historian: Cheryl Herring
  • Hospitality: Helen Jennette
  • Image Archivist: Nancy Huber
  • Intern Committee: Karyn Vampotic, Elaine Brown, Dennis Garrison, Nancy Huber, Eledel Giddings
  • Facebook support: tbd              
  • Instagram support: tbd
  • MailChimp: tbd
  • Member to Member newsletter (formerly Seat Announcements): Joanne Lustre
  • Membership/Data Input: Del Marinello
  • New Member Contact: Eledel Giddings
  • New Member Events: Karyn Vampotic
  • Newsletter Designer: Sandy Walker
  • Newsletter Editor: Nancy Cole
  • Paint outs: Martha Pankratz
  • Permanent Collection Coordinator: Richard Butler
  • Property Lead(s) – AV equipment: Helen Baldridge, Susan Ritz
  • Publicity/Promotion: Sandra Montgomery and Risa Waldt
  • Committee: Edlynne Sillman, Sue Hildreth, Lisa Bagshaw, Nancy Holmberg, Carol Bjelland, Cara Smith
  • Rare book sales: Karen Guss
  • SAWG Video Club Captain: Kim Fernandez
  • Scholarship: Richard Butler
  • Western Fed Delegate: Kay Sullivan
  • Workshop Chair: Nancy Holmberg
    • Committee: Robbie Summers, Renee Pearson, Joyce Becker, Rosemary Carmody, Carolyn Streed, Paula Weech, Victoria Wills, Sherry Matlack, Janet Johnson, Laurie Levo 
  • Workshop Registrar: Kay Sullivan