PHOENIX ARTISTS GUILD
furthering Art in their Community since 1984
Arizona Art Alliance
Arizona Art Alliance, of which Phoenix Artists Guild is a member league, has combined with the Central Arts Alliance, Phoenix Center for the Arts, to represent all the Arts throughout the state of Arizona.
Arizona Art Alliance’s brand will maintain its identity with all its programs remaining intact. The Alliance’s office will be at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, located at 1202 N. 3rd Street in Phoenix. This will bring a stronger presence to Phoenix Artists Guild, and provide workshop space; access to the city’s art scene; and new markets. All Member Leagues will have new, younger artists’ services and art communities.
The Alliance’s Events and Exhibits will have opportunities to be even bigger and better than ever. Its Outreach Programs will reach a larger audience, merging its present resources with those of the Central Arts Alliance.
The volunteer staff will still be intact, managing its current program, with a potentially bigger volunteer pool of staffing resources, to include all the arts, with a larger, broader array of grantors, sponsors, and donors. The Central Arts Alliance has the large backing of the city of Phoenix, local businesses, and grantors.
Phoenix Artists Guild collects items to be sent to active military personnel overseas. Suggested items are: “pop-top”cans of foods and fruit; toothpaste and brushes; sunscreen, insect repellent (non-aerosol); dry-cell (AA and AAA) batteries; crossword puzzle books, etc. (See a complete list at www.militaryfamilysupportgroup.org.)
Phoenix Artists Guild, Phoenix, AZPresident: Grant Washburn GWashburn2@cox.net Rep to Arizona Art Alliance: Dr. Carl Hoelle, firstname.lastname@example.org 602-274-1699, Membership: Alika Kumar, email@example.com 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. Website: http://www.phoenixartistsguild.com See Our Membership Directory for Complete calendar
Ruth Smith Palmisano 1926-2002
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THE PHOENIX ARTIST GUILD WAS FOUNDED BY RUTH PALMISANO IN 1984 WITH THE HELP OF PAT GELLENBECK AND ADDY KOZELE, (OUR FIRST PRESIDENT). ONCE RUTH STARTED THE ARIZONA ARTISTS GUILD IN 1984, IT WAS SOON UP TO 150 MEMBERS.
RUTH ALSO FOUNDED THE ARIZONA PASTEL ARTISTS ASSOCIATION IN 1996 AND ALSO THE PARADISE VALLEY ART LEAGUE.
RUTH PALMISANO WAS A PROFESSIONAL ARTIST, WHO TAUGHT FOR 20 YEARS IN CLASSROOMS AND RUTH’S SEMINARS, AS WELL AS TEACHING ART ON TWO CRUISE LINES FROM ALASKA TO HAWAII. RUTH JURIED SHOWED 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 BEST OF
SHOWS AND BEST OF CLASS AWARDS, AND THE ARIZONA STATE GOVERNOR’S AWARD.
SHE WAS AN EXPERT IN SO MANY MEDIUMS. RUTH HAS BEEN NOT ONLY A MENTOR BUT ALSO A BRIGHT, GUIDING LIGHT TO MANY OF TODAY’S ARTISTS.
RUTH’S 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 IN HER HONOR. 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 pm – Guest Artist Demonstration Program.
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 cereal and other food items at every meeting, with two major drives per year – its Christmas Party, & Spring Show – consistent with our designated recipients’ needs. hristopher J. Messana Award:
Christopher Messana Award:
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, graciously started the Christopher Messana Fund to benefit art students in Phoenix. Phoenix Artists Guild has managed this Scholarship Fund. Art students at Washington Activity Center and Washington High School, as well as Phoenix Artists Guild member art students, have benefited from this Fund.
Mr. Missana was quoted as saying “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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