Ruth Smith Palmisano 1926-2002
Artist Guild was founded by Ruth Palmisano in 1984 with the help of Pat
Gellenbeck and Addye Kozel, (our first President). Once Ruth started
the Arizona Artists Guild in l984, it was soon up to 150 members. Ruth
also founded the Arizona Pastel Artists Association in l996 and also the
Paradise Valley Art League.
was a professional artist, who taught for 20 years in classrooms and seminars, as
well as teaching art on two cruise lines from Alaska to Hawaii.
shows and gave critiques throughout the country.
She had several one and two person gallery shows, and
judged many exhibits including the Arizona State Fair. She gained community recognition for her work with Arizona State University and
was awarded a number from the Library of Congress for her artwork and
written articles on art.
Ruth’s paintings have hung in many juried exhibitions and she received
of shows, Best of Class, and the Arizona State Governor’s Award.
was an expert in so many mediums. Ruth has been not only a mentor but
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also a bright, guiding light to many of today’s artists.
is terribly missed by many students as well as many others whose lives she
has enriched In the year
1999, The Phoenix Artists Guild wanted to recognize her by bestowing
“The Ruth Palmisano Best of Show” Award. Thank you, Ruth for
making us all art enthusiasts.
We lost Pat Gellenbeck March 25, 2015.
Pat, one of the founders of the PAG, struggled with health issues for
several years, but we will always remember her smile and her and her
Husband Dan's endless efforts to make PAG a fun and popular art
league . She was active in PAG since its inception – 1984.
We will dearly miss you, Pat.
The PAG Board recognized Pat
Gellenbeck with the First Place Watercolor award in her honor; (29 years
of service on the board). This is a lifetime award.
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Phoenix Artists Guild
The Guild meets on the
4th Monday of
each month, from August through May.
The meetings are now being held at the
Arizona Artist Guild (AAG) Building;
18411 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ; (see
directions and photos on the
6:00-6:45 pm. -
pre-meeting Member Critique (see
Meetings for details)
6:45 pm. - Business Meeting
7:30-8:30 pm - Guest Artist Demonstration Program.
Mission of The Phoenix Artists Guild shall be:
encourage the appreciation of fine art by offering exhibits by the
members to the public.
promote ethical principles and practices of ORIGINAL ART in all its
promote educational programs in all areas of fine arts.
promote camaraderie, cooperation and encouragement among artists.
PAG's Community Outreach:
Artists Guild , endeavors
to promote artistic activity and art appreciation, and to offer
instructional aid to interested art students through seminars,
workshops, and art exhibits.
Most of the members are
juried members of
Arizona Art Alliance.
The members produce and display their art in art
show and sale events and exhibits, displaying juried fine art, including
two and three-dimensional pieces. They share their knowledge and
experiences through exhibits, workshops and art classes.
Many of the members also participate in community outreach projects.
Funding for the Guild projects is generated through membership
dues, art shows, sponsors and donations. Any funds thus obtained are only
expended on Guild projects. Any services performed by Guild
members shall be on a volunteer basis without compensation.
Each month, The Guild identifies a
primary outreach program, collecting
food items at every meeting, with two
major drives per year - its Christmas Party, & Spring Show - consistent with
our designated recipients' needs. Art
enriches cultural development -providing for foundational contributions
to communities’ well-being. Supporting and developing
innovative community arts programs helps to create communities capable
of positive, diversified and equitable public dialogue and action.
Fine art provides a tool to help build community leadership and growth.
Christopher J. Messana
Christopher Messana was a friend and student of
art. He always enjoyed trying out new media, but his favorite
was watercolor. His family, knowing his love for art students, has
graciously started the Christopher Messana Fund to benefit art
students in Phoenix. Phoenix Artists Guild will manage
this Scholarship Fund. Art students at Washington
Activity Center and Washington High School, as well as Phoenix
Artists Guild member art students, will benefit from this Fund.
"I started painting in second grade. Since then, have studied and
worked in all media, including a lot of industrial art and work in
every graphic art field. I was accepted at the Art Institute of
Chicago, but came to Arizona instead and studied art in Tempe. I
appreciate all art media, but watercolor is an especially beautiful
and complex painting method. It allows you to be open to
experimenting with different tools until you find the ones that work
for you. I love the way that by accident I find the image I
want to paint. There is a mystery in watercolor that has
always kept me challenged and intrigued."