Meet the Artist

Our first Meet the Artist was held on January 18th with Artful Creations (an art club) from Del Webb Rancho del Lago in Vail. A big thank you to Tracy Lynn Ross, Kay Sullivan, Carolyn Streed, and Linda Allen for hosting our Meet the Artist at the gallery. This wonderful group from Vail were treated to a demo by Tracy Lynn, and an introduction to SAWG by Kay Sullivan and then the Vail group had lunch at the Dutch. What a wonderful outing everyone had.


Betsy Dillard Stroud Workshop

Betsy Dillard Stroud workshop was held January 10-13, 2023. Betsy insisted the students use full sheets of 140lb paper, and each day they did something different: exploring colors, using collage papers, painting a large black shape with gesso, layering transparencies, and trying the unique painting style of Matisse. Betsy really had you loosen up your painting techniques the first day by pouring and throwing your paint at your paper then you had to find your story with a painting of a mask and your astrological playing card. It sure looks like the attending student artists had a good time!


Lasting Impressions Show Awards Reception

On January 12, 2023, we held our Lasting Impressions Show Awards Reception. Premier Artist, Betsy Dillard Stroud, was our juror and judge for this beautiful show.

Visit our Tucson art gallery exhibition which runs until February 4th. Shop locally for your wall art from our assortment of fine art, watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media. 


General Meeting, January 9, 2023

This month’s Acting President, Tracy Lynn Ross, led our General Meeting and had the honor to announce our members who reached their new membership status. Ray Goodrow and Beverly Holaday received their Juried Member status.  Marilynn Davis, Nancy Johnson, Judith Kohn, and Madeleine Shulman received their Signature Status. Congratulations! 

Tracy Lynn also mentioned that the board is exploring the possibility of moving the gallery to a new location.  We are still in investigation mode to see if we can do this. We will present to the membership the board’s findings.

Kay Sullivan held a vote with our attending members at the General Meeting to approve the proposed new By-Laws. We unanimously passed the 2023 By-Laws with 57 members as a quorum.

Karen Brungardt, VP of Programs, introduced Betsy Dillard Stroud, our premier artist, who presented a demo for our general meeting.


Sip and Paint - Poinsettia Painting Party

On December 4th fun was had by all 20 member artists who joined SAWG’s Poinsettias painting Party! The Gallery was transformed into a studio with stunning Poinsettia plants from Mayfield Florists to inspire the artist to paint something to Deck the Halls, Holiday cards or place mats for the holiday table! We sipped, shared goodies, and enjoyed our fellow SAWG artists! Thank you to everyone that helped make this event happen. 


 Color My World Show Awards Reception

On November 17, 2022, we held our Color My World Show Awards Reception. Premier Artist, Tony Couch, was our juror and judge for this beautiful show.

Visit our Tucson art gallery exhibition which runs until December 3rd. Shop locally for your wall art from our assortment of fine art, watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media. 


 All Members’ Show Awards

Our All Members’ Show Awards reception was held on October 13, 2022. Ellen Fountain, SAWG Saguaro Fellow 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 November 5th. Shop locally for your wall art from our assortment of fine art, watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media. 



October 10, 2022 General Meeting


October 10, 2022 General Meeting - Kat Manton-Jones, SAWG Saguaro Fellow member gave a wonderful talk and demo on "Travel Journaling." Kat shared with us how she carries everything in her backpack and journals on her adventures. She is an avid hiker and backpacker and has completed the 803 mile Arizona National Scenic Trail.  



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.




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.


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!