The Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild is a community of artists who:

  • enjoy the exploration of a wide range of water media,

  • value continued learning and practice,

  • exhibit and sell their art, and

  • support young artists through scholarships.

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 10 art organizations in the western United States.

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 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 14th. Starts with 6:30 pm Social Hour, then 7:00 pm Meeting.

General Information  president@southernazwatercolorguild.com 




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BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2020-2021 Officers

Kay Sullivan, President 

Jenny Clark, VP of Programs

Marti White, Acting VP of Shows 

Lora Wright, Treasurer

Anne Leonard, Secretary

Beverly Heasley & Tad Lamb, Member at Large (shared position)

Paula Weech, Member at Large

Karyn Vampotic, Past President

Committee Members, Chairs and Important Roles 2020-2021

  • Bins & Cards: Pat Jordan
  • Bookkeeper: Sue Emer
  • Certificates (Membership Committee): Renee Pearson
  • Corresponding Secretary: Kathy McLean
  • DVD Library: Karen Brungardt
  • Acting Email/Eblasts: Sue Emer
  • Email/Eblasts Content Editor: Jenny Clark
  • Gallery Manager & Assistant: TBD
    • Gallery Orientation Advisor: Fran Dorr
    • Gallery/Docent Instructors: Karen Brungardt, Judy Constantine, Kat Manton-Jones, Sue Rumsey, Chris Hines
    • Gallery Reception Advisor: TBD
    • Gallery Docent Coordinator: Kathy McLean
    • Gallery Committee Assistants/Special Projects: Chris Hines
    • Gallery Schedule Advisor/Assistant: Jean Pascek/Willa Barksdale
  • Another Pair of Eyes: Bob Jennette and Helen Jennette
  • Gallery Classes Registrar: PJ Cathey
  • Open Studio: Cara Smith
  • Historian: Sue Mahon
  • Hospitality @ General Meeting: Judith Billings
  • Image Archivist: Tad Lamb
  • Intern Committee: Karyn Vampotic, Sue Ritz, Eledel Giddings
  • Fundraising Committee Interim Chair: Bev Heasley
    • Committee: PJ Cathey, Kathi Sanders
  • Marketing Publicity/Promotion Committee: Risa Waldt, Sue Hildreth, Lisa Bagshaw, Kathy McLean
    • Facebook/Instagram support: Jaquelee Chau
    • Gallery News: Del Marinello
  • Masterpiece (MP) Manager System: Sue Emer
    • MP Gallery Finance: Judy Constantine
    • MP Show-Website Uploads: Judy Constantine
    • MP Website: Eledel Giddings
  • Acting Member to Member newsletter: Sue Emer
  • Member to Member Content Editor: Jenny Clark
  • Membership Administrator: Sue Ritz
  • New Member Events: Karyn Vampotic
  • Paint Outs: Martha Pankratz
  • Policy/Procedures Committee: Monica Hart, Marti White, Nancy Huber
  • Property Lead(s) – AV equipment: Susan Ritz
  • Rare Book Sales: Karen Guss
  • SAWG Bookclub Captain: Monica Hart
  • SAWG Collection Coordinator: Michael Dutton
  • SAWG Video Club Captain: Kim Fernandez
  • Scholarship Chair: Donna Lam
    • Committee: Marty Plevel, Dick Butler, Helen Jennette, Bob Jennette,Tracy Lynn Ross
  • Sketchbook Designer: Sandy Walker
  • Sketchbook Editor: Nancy Cole
  • Western Fed Delegate/Alternate: Dennis Garrison/Kay Sullivan
  • Workshop Registrar: PJ Cathey
  • Workshop Chair: Jenny Clark
    • Committee: Robbie Summers, Renee Pearson, Joyce Becker, Rosemary Carmody, Carolyn Streed, Victoria Wills, Sherry Matlack