Voted 2022 Best Art Gallery

WE WON! WE WON! Cindy Engquist and Judy Constantine attended the Tucson Daily Star Readers’ Choice award ceremony. Imagine their delight and surprise when the Best Art Gallery Award came up and SAWG was announced as the winner!

SAWG sends a great, big THANK YOU to our members, families, friends and supporters who voted us one of the top three art galleries in Tucson! We are honored! This is a public validation of how great our gallery and guild are. Thank you everyone!


KGUN9 Morning Blend Interview!

Watch Tracy Lynn Ross and Kay Sullivan who gave SAWG's second interview on the KGUN9 Morning Blend program July 11, 2022.  SAWG's first interview, last year on June 24th, talked about how SAWG survived the pandemic and announced our post-pandemic-shutdown grand reopening. During this new interview, Tracy Lynn and Kay update viewers about our non-profit's ambitious and dedicated efforts to build momentum and thrive since our reopening and to share news about our exciting recent Encore & Debuts Show Reception.


State of the Guild Message

Watch President Kay Sullivan give her State of the Guild Message on the last night of the fiscal year. Text is available here.


2022 Scholarship Awards Reception

The Scholarship Committee of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild presented the 2022 Scholarship winners with their awards at our General Meeting, on May 9, 2022. Each winner received a scholarship in the amount of $1,000. The scholarship funds were forwarded to the college/university these talented artists will be attending. 




Fiesta Sonora Awards Reception

Our Fiesta Sonora awards reception was held on March 17, 2022. Steve Griggs, visiting premier artist, was our juror/judge for this beautiful show. To all who make our gallery shows successful and so much fun, THANK YOU!  A special thanks to Steve's wife Sue who put together this awards video for us. Visit our Tucson art gallery exhibition which runs until April 3rd.



54th Annual Awards Reception

Our 54th Annual Awards reception was held on February 17, 2022. Randy Hale, visiting premier artist was our judge for this beautiful show. To all who make our gallery shows successful and so much fun THANK YOU! 

Visit our Tucson art gallery exhibition which runs until March 6th. Shop locally for your wall art from our assortment of fine art, watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media. 

KGUN Morning Blend Interview!

Watch Kathy McLean and Kay Sullivan who gave an interview on the KGUN9 Morning Blend program on June 24, 2021. They talked about how our non-profit survived the pandemic and enthusiastically announce our grand re-opening.


It is SAWG’s unique privilege to recommend artists for consideration by the Tifft Heritage Fund to honor and preserve the artwork of the late Janet Tifft and ongoing scientific work of Dr. William Grant Tifft.  Eligible artists who have developed advanced water-based skills may receive a grant to expand their creative horizons by reviewing Janet Tifft’s artwork and honoring her contribution to the art community.  As you will see, grant recipients are required to generate a creative response to Janet’s approaches to art.

Kathy McLean, one of two Tifft Grant recipients in 2020, has chosen to commemorate the artistic life of Janet Tifft by producing an instructional art class for the SAWG membership.  We celebrate Kathy’s selection for the grant and encourage you to share in her interpretation of Janet’s artistic approach to art.



"Inspiration in Watercolor from the Janet Tifft Heritage Fund"

Kathy McLean - Instructor

Level: Beginner 

Explore painting flowers and milk glass on a contemporary background.  This online watercolor class will be  a painting inspired by the works of Janet Tifft.  It is open to all levels of skill but is especially designed for beginners and timid painters.  Janet was an artist and a teacher, and the Tifft Heritage Fund purpose is to honor and share her artistic life and works.  With a little investment in quality paper and paints, you can paint this in a 2-hour web class.





"Inspiration in Watercolor from the Janet Tifft Heritage Fund" Video by Kathy McLean 


The SAWG Collection


In a climate-controlled storage unit here in Tucson, there are nearly forty very special paintings that rarely get to see the light of day.

Over the years, our founding members and Premier Workshop instructors have donated paintings to SAWG.  On occasion, a few have been displayed in the gallery on a rotating basis.  We are pleased to tell you that now, for the first time, you are able to view the entire collection on this six-minute video.

We hope you enjoy it!