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

Dru Hill, Asst. VP of Shows

VP of Programs

Anna Don, Treasurer

Eledel Giddings, Secretary

Karen Brungardt, DVD Library

Marty Plevel, Scholarship Committee

Nancy Huber, Image Archivist

Joyce Becker, Corresponding Secretary

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

Nancy Holmberg – Past President

General Information

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  • Bins & Cards: Pat Jordan
  • Certificates (Membership Committee): Renee Pearson
  • Corresponding Secretary: TBD
  • Data Base: Elaine Brown
  • Docent Coordinator: TBD
  • DVD Library: Karen Brungardt  
  • Gallery Manager:  Monica Hart
  • Gallery Committee/ Summer Shows: Judy Constantine
  • Gallery Newsletter/ Emails: Del Marinello
  • Historian: Cheryl Herring
  • Hospitality: Helen Jennette
  • Image Archivist: Nancy Huber
  • Life Studies: Alison & Pete McCray
  • Membership/Data Input: Del Marinello
  • New Member Contact: Eledel Giddings
  • Newsletter Designer: Sandy Walker
  • Newsletter Editor: 
  • Paint Outs/Trips: Martha Pankratz
  • Permanent Collection Coordinator: TBA
  • Property Lead:  TBD
  • Publicity & Promotion- Sandra Montgomery
  • SAWG Emails: Sue Hildreth
  • SAWG Eblast Editor: Jenny Clark
  • Scholarships: Sue Rumsey, Nancy Cole, Ellen Fountain
  • Seat Announcements: 
  • Website: Elaine Brown
  • Western Fed Delegate: Susan Morris 
  • Workshop Registrar: Judy Constantine
  • Workshop Coordinator: Nancy Holmberg