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

All workshops 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 NIGHT DATES 2018 and 2019: 9/10, 10/8, 11/12,12/10 (Holiday Gala at the Gallery),1/14, 2/11, 3/11, 4/15 (Scholarship at the Gallery) and 5/9. 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.



Blythe Strong, President
520-531-9127; 520-904-5645

Marti White, VP of Shows
whitemarti4@gmail.com 520-760-7223

Karyn Vampotic, VP of Programs
robespierre@comcast.net 520-440-6977

Anna Don, Treasurer
Adondent@gmail.com 520-795-6286

Eledel Giddings, Secretary
eledelportraits@gmail.com 520-465-1097

Donna Lam, Board Member at Large
donnalam@cox.net 520-327-4696

Nancy Holmberg – Past President

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  • Bins & Cards: Pat Jordan
  • Certificates (Membership Committee): Renee Pearson
  • Corresponding Secretary: Anna Don
  • Data Base: Elaine Brown
  • Docent Coordinator: Judith Billings
  • DVD Library: Karen Brungardt  
  • Gallery Manager:  TBA
  • Gallery Committee/ Summer Shows: Judy Constantine
  • Gallery Newsletter/ Emails: Del Marinello
  • Historian: Cheryl Herring
  • Hospitality: Joie Adams’ Cookies & 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:  Michael Dutton
  • Publicity & Promotion- Sandra Montgomery
  • SAWG Emails: Sue Hildreth
  • Scholarships: Sue Rumsey, Nancy Cole, Ellen Fountain
  • Seat Announcements: Joyce Quin
  • Website: Elaine Brown
  • Website Editor: TBA
  • Western Fed Delegate: Susan Morris (alt. Anna Don)
  • Workshop Registrar: Judy Constantine
  • Workshop Coordinator: Robbie Summers