NEWS & EVENTS

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

Demos at the April General Meeting 

At the April General Meeting, SAWG members, Sandy Walker and Kay Sullivan, demonstrated some of their painting techniques. Sandy showed us how to make carrot people to put in our landscapes and city scapes to give them interest, and Kay demonstrated her new style. She painted very loose flowers using gloss black acrylic from a hair color bottle on Yupo. She added color with her watercolor paints resulting in a Van Goghish style painting. 

 

 
 
     
 
     
 
     

 

 


 

The reception for the Signature Show was held in SAWG’s gallery on Thursday April 11, 2024!

Our judge, Chuck Albanese, selected NINE great paintings (3 additional Judge Awards) from the set of submissions.  The winning images are posted on our Signature Show Page.  The Signature Show is open to Signature and Saguaro Fellow members and there are truly outstanding paintings. These paintings will be displayed in the gallery until May 4th, 2024. Many thanks to the artists and the many volunteers who make our shows possible. 

 

Show Chairs: Nancy Johnson & Marti Hubbard

 

 

 


 

The reception for the 56th Annual Show was held in SAWG’s gallery on Thursday March 14, 2024!

Our judge, David Smith, selected 7 great paintings (including the Past President's Award) from the set of submissions.  The winning images are posted on our 56th Annual Show Page.  Of course, all the paintings look even better in person and will be displayed in the gallery until March 30th, 2024. Many thanks to the artists and the many volunteers who make our shows possible. 

 

Show Chairs: Tracy Lynn Ross and Joy Ellsworth

 

 


 

 

 


 

The reception for the Fiesta Sonora Point Show was held in SAWG’s gallery on February 15, 2024!

Our judge, Lynn Ferris, selected 6 great paintings from the outstanding set of submissions.  The winning images are posted on our Fiesta Sonora Show Page.  Of course, all the paintings look even better in person and will be displayed in the gallery until March 2nd, 2024. Many thanks to the artists and the many volunteers who make our shows possible. 

 

Show Chairs: Montie Slavin and Kat Manton Jones

 

 


 

 

The reception for the Lasting Impressions Point Show was held in SAWG’s gallery on January 11, 2024!

Our judge, Dylan Scott Pierce, selected 6 great paintings from the outstanding set of submissions.  The winning images are posted on our Lasting Impressions Show Page.  Of course, all the paintings look even better in person and will be displayed in the gallery until February 3rd. Many thanks to the artists and the many volunteers who make our shows possible. 

 

Show Chairs: Jean Pascek and Willa Barksdale

 

 


 

The reception for the Color My World Point Show was held in SAWG’s gallery on November16th, 2023!

Our judge, Julie Gilbert Pollard, selected 6 great paintings from the 42 submissions.  The winning images are posted on our Color My World Show Page.  Of course, all the paintings look even better in person and will be displayed in the gallery until December 2nd. Many thanks to the artists and the many volunteers who make our shows possible. 

 

Show Chairs: Carolyn Streed and Dru Hill

 

 


 

 

The reception for P3: People, Places & Pets was held in SAWG’s gallery on October 12, 2023!

Our judge, Carolyn Robles, selected 6 great paintings from the 39 submissions.  A tough job indeed!  Carolyn's thoughtful comments are posted along with the winning images on our P3: People, Places & Pets show page.  It was a fun evening for everyone.  Many thanks to the artists and the many volunteers who make our shows possible. 

Show Chairs: Michael Dutton and Susan Anderson

 

 


 

 

Great Escapes reception was held in SAWG’s gallery on August 17, 2023!

The show’s reception was welcoming with wonderful assistants greeting our many visitors. Our judge, Susan Morris, had a tough time choosing only six paintings to award from among 56 terrific submissions. She talked about each painting she chose explaining why the artists were receiving the award. It was a fun and inspiring night. Susans comments are posted on our websites show page.

Show Chairs, Karen Brungardt, Renee Pearson and Mary Bubla

 

 

 


 

Encores & Debuts Reception - June 29th, 2023

It was a huge success! All of the winners were there to accept their awards and the accolades from our judge, Barry Sapp.  He applauded all who participated, saying this was one of the best summer shows that he has seen, and commented that it was a challenging task to pick only six winners.  Enjoy the art and the smiles in the photos below. 

Co-show chairs, Carla Massee and Kay Sullivan

 

 


 

State of the Guild Message – May 22, 2023

Kay Sullivan as our Past President presented via Zoom the State of the Guild message. She was happy to let us know that the guild is in good shape. Kay recognized the new board members and key positions members and thanked all our members/volunteers that help keep the guild running. It takes a village to run SAWG! She covered what important things happened this past year in the guild and the forward-looking ideas that the board is working on. If you were not able to attend the Zoom meeting below is a recording of it.

 

 


 

SAWG celebrated the Southern Arizona art community through the annual Scholarship Award ceremony on Monday May 8th at the SAWG Gallery.

Chairperson Perianne Grignon and SAWG members Leslie Grignon and Tracy Lynn Ross presented a program that celebrated the accomplishments of student artists from around Southern Arizona and presented them with scholarships awards to continue their art education.

Art education is at the heart of SAWG’s mission 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.

In addition to the SAWG Scholarships, awards were presented for Hollander and Schwartz awards along with the Jennette award.  Robert and Helen Jennette attended the ceremony and were recognized for their contributions.

An evening with these very deserving students, their families, and their teachers was a heart warming and fun event filled with some good food, mingling among the wonderful artwork at the Gallery, and congratulations to the scholarship awardees. 

 

 


 

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!