Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happy Holidays Vanguard!

Watercolor on Yupo, 11 x 15, by Susan Roper

I wish to thank all of the Vanguard Artists who contributed to this blog in 2009 and wish that everyone will have a happy and healthy 2010! I look forward to receiving more news about exciting art events from our members and building the best blog ever!

Holiday blessings to all....Susan

Friday, December 18, 2009

Operation Warmheart

I wish to announce some exciting news. I belong to the Sun City Grand Art Club, as well as to one of their sub-groups called Grand Artist Jewelry. Carol Kennedy is another Vanguard member who belongs to this jewelry group. This Grand Artist Jewelry group has taken on a holiday service project to raise money for Operation Warmheart. This is a charity sponsored by the Luke Air Force Base First Sergeants, they raise money to assist deployed military and their families. This includes providing food, emergency shelter, airline tickets for the family of a severely injured airman, and many other worthy services.

As artisan jewelers, we have offered many hand-made pieces for sale today, Friday the 18th, at the Concierge desk at Sun City Grand's Sonoran Plaza. This sale will run from 8:00-4:00 today. The Concierge desk is across from Zuni's, where you will find lovely pieces of hand-wrought jewelry. There will be pieces that will be for sale, with 100% going to this worthy charity and others with percentages of the sales going to Opearation Warmheart.

After today's fund drive with jewelry sales, Carol and I will also be involved in an ArtChix sale at the Sun City Grand Art Club. We will carry over our participation in today's sale benefiting Operation Warmheart where we will each have designated pieces available for sale at our tables at the sale. We will also accept donation to the cause.

I offer credit card convenience at my table, so if you would like to leave a donation it would be appreciated by so many!

Your Blog Administrator, Susan Roper

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Arizona Artists Guild Winter Juried Exhibition

Barbara Lang reports that the AAG Winter Juried Exhibition will run from December 12, 2009-January 24, 2010. AAG members who are also Vanguard members and are in this show are Barbara Lang, Norma Cox Miller, Larry Carter and Woodie Mackie. The Juror for this show was George Palovich, who selected 37 paintings from over 200 submitted.

The show will hang at the new AAG building and the reception will be January 15, 2010 from 5:30-8:00 PM.

Arizona Artists Guild
18411 N. 7th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85023

Administrator's note: If I have inadvertently missed any Vanguard members who were accepted into this show, please let me know so they can be included as exhibitors.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Addition to Holiday Party - A Slideshow

I began this slideshow to show some other photos of the party. Some were taken by me, others by Pat Knorr. Click here to view the slideshow. If you have any photos you took of the party that you wish to share in this slideshow, please e-mail them to me: susanroper@cox.net

2009 Vanguard Holiday Dinner

The Vanguard Artists Holiday Dinner was held Friday evening, December 4. I attended and had a grand time. The venue was especially nice and I enjoyed seeing this new facility for the first time. The program was festive, the food wonderful (especially that dessert!) and I feel all had a great time together. I will pass along the following from member, Judy Lawson:


I just know I'm missing someone from the list - so, please pass this along!

The get together was just great - good friends, good entertainment & good food!

What a great place the Colonade was for our party - I hope this will be an annual venue!!
Carolyn, I'm sorry about your boo-boo and that you missed most of the party!

Can't wait to see all the pics on the blog!!
Happy Holidays to you all and a Happy New Year!!!!
Mom (Wilma) had a good time, too!!

One of the tables beginning to fill up as others arrive. The centerpieces were so cute and festive.

Socializing was the key for the first hour of the party, I know there wasn't enough time for me to get around and see everyone as I intended. Note to Bill S....next year more socializing time!

Our Vice President, Pat Knorr, entertaining us with two lovely song renditions. I apologize for the poor quality of this photo, but it was dark where she was performing and I was too far away. Note to self....move closer to the action next year when photographing memories. Note to Bill S...next year a spotlight for Pat!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Newest Paintings

Kristi Herring has added some new paintings to her member slideshow (see sidebar on this page).

A sample of the additions is shown here. Good work, Kristi!