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.

  • SAWG web video


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. Meetings are on the second Monday of the month from September through May. Starts with 6:00 pm social, then 6:30 pm meeting, and 7:00 demo.

General Information  president@southernazwatercolorguild.com 




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BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2022-2023 Officers

VACANT, President 

Karen Brungardt, VP of Programs

Tracy Lynn Ross, VP of Shows 

Ray Goodrow, Treasurer

Perianne Grignon, Secretary

Carla Massee, Member at Large

Sue Mahon, Member at Large

Sandy Walker, Member at Large

Vacant, Past President

Committee Members, Chairs, and Important Roles 2023-2024

  • Assistant to VP of Shows: Joy Ellsworth
  • Assistant to VP of Programs: Perianne Grignon
  • Bins & Cards: Summer Celeste
  • Bookkeeper: Peter McCray
  • Certificates Membership Coordinator: Renee Pearson
  • Corresponding Secretary: Bess Woodworth
  • DVD Library: Maureen Houlahan
  • Email/Eblasts: Pat Jordon
  • Framers Corner: Michael Dutton, Scott Adams
  • Gallery Manager: VACANT
    • Docent Orientation Chair: VACANT
      • Docent Instructors: Sue Emer, Karen Brungardt, Kat Manton-Jones, Summer Celeste
    • Gallery Docent Coordinator: Jean Pascek
    • Gallery Finance Manager: VACANT, acting Ray Goodrow
    • Gallery Name Tags: Connie Price-Johnson
    • Gallery Scheduler: Charlotte Landis
    • Wall Rental Scheduler: Charlotte Landis
  • Another Pair of Eyes: Bob Jennette and Helen Jennette
  • Gallery Classes RegistrarVACANT
  • Open Studio: Sally Inman, Carolyn Streed
  • Grant Coordinator: Sue Mahon
  • Greeter Coordinator: Renne Pearson
    • Team: Charlotte Landis, Lauve Metcalfe
  • Historian: Sue Mahon
  • Hospitality at General Meeting: Risa Waldt
  • Image Archivist: Sandy Walker
  • Intern Committee: Eledel Giddings
  • Fundraising Chair: VACANT
    • Jim Click Fundraising : Perianne Grignon
  • Marketing Publicity/Promotion Chair: Montie Slavin
    • Committee:  Risa Waldt, Sue Hildreth, Lisa Bagshaw
    • Facebook/Instagram: VACANT, acting Sandy Walker
    • Gallery News: Del Marinello
  • Masterpiece (MP) and Website Administrator: Sue Emer
    • MP Finance: VACANT, acting Sue Emer
    • MP Show-Website Uploads: Pat Inman
    • MP Website Rental Coordinator: Del Marinello
    • MP Bin & Website Rental Loader: Eledel Giddings
    • MP Website: Sue Emer, Eledel Giddings
  • Member to Member Newsletter: Pat Jordon
  • Membership Administrator:  Connie Price-Johnson
  • New Member Events: VACANT
  • Policy/Procedures: President
  • Property Lead(s) – AV equipment: VACANT
  • SAWG Collection Coordinator: Michael Dutton
  • Scholarship Chair: Perianne Grignon 
    • Committee:  Leslie Grignon, Helen Jennette, Bob Jennette, Marty Plevel, Tracy Lynn Ross
  • Show Chairs: VACANT
  • Western Fed Delegate/Alternate: Marty Plevel / VACANT
  • Workshop Registrar: Beverly Taylor
  • Workshop Chair: VACANT, acting Sherry Matlack
    • Committee: Robbie Summers, Renee Pearson, Joyce Becker, Rosemary Carmody, Carolyn Streed, Victoria Wills, Joan Considine, Maureen Henson-Brunke