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Phoenix Artists Guild, Phoenix, AZ


President: Julie Frye

Rep to Arizona Art Alliance: Dr. Carl Hoelle, 602-274-1699,


Membership: Grant Washburn


Join one of the fastest, most fun Art Guilds in Arizona!  Membership fees are just $40 a year; $30 for Associate Membership!  


Monthly meeting include artist critiques; entries and voting for Artist of The Month; great presentations by famous artist demonstrators; and of course, food and beverages!  


Membership Application;   go to Forms page; click your choice of the Membership Application Form; complete and submit it.



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Ruth Smith Palmisano   1926-2002


The Phoenix 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.  xthumbnail-orig-image="RUTHMemory.jpg"


Ruth Palmisano 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.


Ruth juried 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 Bestxthumbnail-orig-image="Ruth of shows, Best of Class, and the Arizona State Governor’s Award.

She was an expert in so many mediums.  Ruth has been not only a mentor but


"Frames, Frames & More Frames" 

also a bright, guiding light to many of today’s artists. 


Ruth 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. 

PLEASE NOTE: 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 MEETINGS page).


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 Statement:


The Mission of The Phoenix Artists Guild shall be:

-To encourage the appreciation of fine art by offering exhibits by the members to the public.


-To promote ethical principles and practices of ORIGINAL ART in all its forms.


-To promote educational programs in all areas of fine arts.


-To promote camaraderie, cooperation and encouragement among artists. 

PAG's Community Outreach:

The Phoenix 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. 

Member Acknowledgements:        

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."









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