Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Dinner - 2010

From all reports received, this was another wonderful Vanguard Holiday Dinner. Held at the Collonade, once again the food was said to be excellent and especially nice was the entertainment.

Thanks to Bill Siebert and his committee for their hard work pulling this together. Great job!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Goodbye to a friend...

It is with great sadness that I report that Vanguard has lost another of its members. Patty Potter passed away Monday night after a long illness. She fought her illness valiantly and courageously and remained a positive force in the lives of those she touched. She was a wonderful woman and artist and will be missed.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Judy Lawson

Judy sends along the following note:

I have 3 paintings in the Peoria Fine Arts Exhibition: Mamas at MoMA, Paradise2 (Squared) & Jazzy Night. This show runs from September 8-28, 2010 at the Peoria Unified District Office at 6330 W. Thunderbird Rd. The exhibition can be viewed 7:30 - 5:00 M-F. The artist reception and Awards is September 16 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

"Into the Woods"

Judy Lawson sent the following:

I am among the artists chosen to exhibit at Theatre Works in Peoria for the run of their play "Into the Woods".

I have four paintings on display: Mistletoe Forest, Noel Bluffs #1, Noel Bluffs #2 and At the Circus with Keith & Henri. PFAA is trying to get paintings that go along with "Into the Woods." I'll update this post if I find there is an artist exhibition.

The play runs from today through September 12. Theatre Works is located at 8355 West Peoria Avenue, Peoria, AZ. (623) 815-7930. The Gallery is open regular box office hours Mon - Fri 10-4. Sat 4- 7:30, Sun 11:30-7:30; performace days 10 - Curtain (7:30).

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Photos Continued

There was a limit to the number of photos that could be uploaded at once, so these two will be shown here.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church Display

The paintings of Vanguard Artists Ross Snodgrass, Woodie Mackie and Susan Roper are currently on display at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West on Meeker and R.H. Johnson Boulevard. Pat Knorr sent these photos of the show, stop in and take a look during the week at the church Social Hall.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Norma Cox Miller

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of long time Vanguard artist, Norma Cox Miller. We will miss her wonderful contemporary art, but more importantly we will miss having her within our art community.

Norma was a true southern lady, with a gentle spirit and kind soul. For those of us who pray, we thank God for her presence in our lives and are thankful her passing was a gentle one.

We wish her husband, Glen, the very best and send healing thoughts his way.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Kristi Herring and Mary Lou Harvey are currently displaying their lovely and fun paintings at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West, at the northeast corner of Meeker and R.H. Johnson. Do stop by and have a look.

Kristi reports that they were present during last Sunday's after-services social hours and enjoyed very much visiting with the congregation members.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Spring Potluck

It seems a good time was had by all attending the Spring Potluck. To view a slideshow of photos of this event, please click here.

The food looks great, guys! Good job.

Thanks to Walt Wieder and the Unitarian Universalist Church for hosting this event.

Monday, April 5, 2010

CWA Motivational Show

As explained by Judy Lawson at the Vanguard Meeting last Friday, this is the show where her Contrasts painting will be showing. The invitation for this show, including details of time, place, etc. can be viewed by clicking here.

She also announced that the AWA Show at the Guild Building is on now until 4/20,
Reception May 14, 5:30-7:30. The AAG building is at 18411 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ, 85023. This is just south of the intersection of West Union Hills and 7th Avenue.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Arizona Artists Guild Opportunity

As explained by Judy Lawson at yesterday's Vanguard meeting, AAG is hosting a sale day where artists can clean out their studios of art-related items to sell or donate with proceeds going to AAG. Below is an explanation of what the day is all about and details. An interesting note is that one doesn't have to be a member of AAG to participate.

Your participation is invited . . . fun, food and fantastic bargains ! Brunch & Bargain Sale Sunday, May 2.

We invite you and your fellow artists to help AAG and yourself on Sunday, May 2.
BRUNCH & BARGAIN studio clean-out sale 10 AM to 5 PM in the AAG Building. Open to ALL art organizations.

Three ways to participate: DONATE , SELL YOUR OWN, or VOLUNTEER

Bring your DONATIONS of art work, art books, supplies, and/or equipment to the building March 31, 2:30 to 4:30 PM, Tuesday, April 20, before the meeting, and on Saturday, May 1 from 9 AM- 3 PM. Donated items will be auctioned at various times throughout Sunday by our volunteers.

SELL YOUR OWN items during the day on Sunday. Sign up and pay by April 20. Pay AAG $50 for each table rental, $10 for each pedestal; $20 for each Pegboard panel; $5 each for wall hooks; $3.50 per sq. ft. for floor space. You get to keep whatever you make in sales, much like an art fair. (Sales agreement available on request.)

Enjoy Brunch including quiche by the slice, muffins, sweet rolls, fruit, coffee, juice, water, each for just a $1 ticket.

VOLUNTEER on Saturday and Sunday to help set up and sell. Contact Maureen McGuire 602-277-0167 or

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Judy's been busy!

Judy Lawson just sent this announcement to us:

WOW!! Carl Dalio is the juror who selected "Summer '08" for the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society Member's Spring Exhibition. The show is from May 14 - 29th with a reception May 14, 5:30 - 7:30. The exhibition is in the Sedona Art Center (SAC) Community Gallery on 15 Art Barn Road, Sedona, AZ. I'm thinking a trip to my favorite place - SEDONA - is in order!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Judy's Shows

I have received the following from Vanguard member, Judy Lawson:

I am pleased to announce that my painting' Sedona Rocks
Abstract #3' was juried into the 2010 Spring AWA Exhibition and that
"At the Circus with Keith and Henri" was juried into the
Northwest Watercolor Society's 70th National Exhibition!!! Wow!!
I just updated my BLOG (3/16/10) check out my artwork!!!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Julie Gilbert Pollard

At the March meeting of Vanguard Artists, we were honored to have Julie Gilbert Pollard share her techniques for painting both oils and watercolors. She begins both of these projects by blocking in the darkest shapes to anchor them and then continues on painting either in oil or watercolor over the underpainting. Very interesting! The results she shared with us were a testament for that approach working well for her!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Sun City West Art Club Annual Juried Art Show

Pat Knorr sent photos and the following news to share with all. This is such great news and we are so proud of our artists.

The top winners who also belong to the Vanguard Artists are :

Ross Snodgrass - People's Choice Award and 2nd Place in the Advanced Category
Pam Bleakney - Best of Show
Pat Knorr - 1st Place in the Advanced Category
Karen Walsh - 1st Place in the Mixed Media Category

Additional photos of this happy event are found below. Congratulations to all!

Additional Photos

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sorry Folks!

As your Blog Administrator, one of my responsibilities is to create the slideshows of our work for easy access to them. To do this, I utilize a Pro Account through Flickr, which is paid for by Vanguard Artists. I haven't checked my mail through Flickr for awhile, which means I didn't read the notice that our Pro Account was due to expire in February, so it didn't get paid. This is why some of our painting photos have disappeared, Flickr downgraded us to the free account, which limits the number of photos we can have on their site. Mea culpa!

I have paid the fee for the Pro Account and I will hope to have our photos all restored shortly. If not, I will re-create the slideshows as I have most of the photos I have been sent stored on my computer.

Pardon me for my lapse!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Congratulations Judy

We just received this announcement from Judy Lawson...congrats Judy!

I'm excited to announce that not only do I have three paintings in the Peoria Fine Arts Association show, but Kula Korn Dancers received a very nice Merchant Award from juror Marilyn Schutzky.
The reception was Feb 7th - the show will be at the Glendale Adult Center till March 6, 2010.
Hope you can find time to enjoy visiting this show.

Address Hours of Operation
5970 W. Brown St., 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Monday - Friday;
Glendale, Arizona 85302 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 7 - 9:30 p.m., Saturday

A note from Judy Lawson...

AAG Call for Entries
March 11, 2010 until March 31, 2010
Arizona Artists Guild Building
18411 N. 7th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85023
Juror: Sebastiao Pereira
Open to all AAG members, both two and three-dimensional artists, with current dues paid.
Entry Day is Sunday March 7, between 9 AM and Noon at the Guild Building (7th Ave & just South of Union Hills)
Exhibition will be selected from the actual artwork.
Pick up of declined work is the same day (March 7) between 4 and 5:30 PM.
Awards reception is Friday, March 19, 6 PM until 8 PM.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

From New Member, Anne Breza

Anne announced that she recently sold this painting to the Coyote Alley Sports Bar in Surprise. These recent sales should be encouraging to us all. Congratulations, Anne.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Judy Lawson’s Paradise2 (Squared) selected for Glendale's 47th Annual!

Judy Lawson submitted the following announcement:

My watercolor Paradise2 (Squared) was accepted into the Glendale Fine Arts Council's 47th Fine Arts Competition!!! This is the show at the Sahuaro Ranch Park. Entrance west off 59th on Mountain view Road - South of Peoria Ave. Just south of Brown. The Juried Show is Jan 27-Feb 21 in the Fruit Packing House. Wed - Sunday Only. Gallery Hours Wed - Fri 10 - 2, Sat 10-4, Sunday 12-4. The Glendale Exhibition is unique in that they provide three preview opportunities during which you can see ALL the art submitted. Yes, my rejected piece Mamas at MoMA will also be there - it will have the opportunity to be purchased! The preview party is this Friday, the 22nd 7 pm-9 pm. $25 per person with wine, hors de oeuvres, and instrumental music. You may also preview all the art on the 23rd & 24th. Monday the non selected art is picked up by the artist and the Juried show is rehung for the duration of the exhibition.

All paintings are for sale. Make checks out to Glendale Arts Council. 20% of art purchases is tax deductable as that portion is donated to students in Glendale for enrichment and scholarships.
Many well known artists in the valley are represented in this exhibition. Please share this info with others. I hope to see you at the preview party.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Passing Along Good News!

As your blog administrator, it is with great pride that I announce that Kristi Herring sold three paintings based on paintings she has shown here, on our blog! She added some paintings to her member slideshow and then sent e-mails to her contacts, friends and family announcing her slideshow gallery was available for viewing; along with the link to get there on the blog. This is a perfect example of how I would like this blog to work for all of us!

Just send your painting photos to me as you complete them, I will add them to the blog and then let your contacts know they are there.

Also, another painting was sold from the Vanguard display at the Professional Building, this time by Pat Knorr. Congratulations to both Pat and Kristi and to those who purchased their paintings and will enjoy them in their homes!

Let's all make a resolve to display our work at these successful venues, they are working for us!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

From Judy Lawson via Susan

Dear All,

Guess what? You never have to feel guilty about not forwarding an email again!! Please read the info below from You will be glad you did! It isn't long,

The man that sent this information is a computer tech. He spends a lot of time clearing the junk off computers for people and listens to complaints about speed. All forwards are not bad, just some. Be sure you read the very last paragraph.

Please read :

By now, I suspect everyone is familiar with and/or for determining whether information received via email is just that: true/false or fact/fiction. Both are excellent sites.

Advice from Very important!

1) Any time you see an E-Mail that says forward this on to ' 10 ' (or however many) of your friends, sign this petition, or you'll get bad luck, good luck, you'll see something funny on your screen after you send it, or whatever, it almost always has an E-Mail tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and E-Mails of those folks you forward to.

The host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of 'active ' E-Mail addresses to use in SPAM E-Mails, or sell to other spammers. Even when you get emails that demand you send the email on if you' re not ashamed of God/Jesus .....that's E-mail tracking and they' re playing on our conscience. These people don' t care how they get your email addresses - just as long as they get them. Also, emails that talk about a missing child or a child with an incurable disease "how would you feel if that was your child".... Email Tracking!!! Ignore them and don't participate!

2) Almost all E-Mails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business cards to the little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards. All it was, and all any of this type of E-Mail is, is a way to get names and cookie ' tracking information for telemarketers and spammers - - to validate active E-Mail accounts for their own profitable purposes.

You can do your Friends and Family members a GREAT favor by sending this information to them; you will be providing a service to your Friends, and will be rewarded by not getting thousands of spam E-Mails in the future!

Do yourself a favor and STOP adding your name(s) to those types of listings regardless how inviting they might sound!...or make you feel guilty if you

don' t!... it's all about getting email addresses - nothing more!

You may think you are supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT! Instead, you will be getting tons of junk mail later and very possibly a virus attached! Plus, we are helping the spammers get rich! Let's not make it easy for them!

Also: E-Mail petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress or any other organization - i.e. social security, etc.

To be acceptable, petitions must have a signed signature and full address of the person signing the petition, so this is a waste of time and you're just helping the Email trackers.

From Judy Lawson

Judy sends along the following show information:

This is at the Sahuaro Ranch Park. Entrance west off 59th on Mountain view Road - South of Peoria Ave. Just south of Brown.
Juried Show is Jan 27-Feb 21 in the Fruit Packing House.
Wed - Sunday Only. Gallery Hours wed - Fri 10 - 2, Sat 10-4, Sunday 12-4.

The preview party is this Friday, the 22nd 7 pm-9 pm. $25 per person. Checks made out to Glendale Arts Council. 20% of art purchases
is tax deductable as tat portion is donated to students in glendal - enrichment and scholarships.

This event is where you can see all the art submitted.
Also on the 23rd & 24th. Monday the non selected art is picked up by the artist and the Juried show is rehung for the duration of the exhibition.
All paintings are for sale.
Many well known artists in the valley are represented in this exhibition.

Please share this info with others. I hope to attend the preview party - and yes, I have submitted 2 paintings for this - don't know yet if I got in.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Barb's Accepted Paintings

Barbara Lang shared the photos of her paintings that were accepted into the APAA 2010 Winter Show. I think they are just super, especially the hollyhocks painting she started this summer at my motorhome!

Congratulations again, Barb...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

From Barba Lang

I received the following note from Barbara Lang:

I am happy to say that Maggie Price (one of the top pastel teachers in the country) juried two of my paintings in to the Arizona Pastel Artists Assoc. winter show.
The show is the APAA Winter 2009 Juried Member Show at Sundust Gallery, 48 Main St Mesa, AZ Sat Feb 4 - Sat Feb 20.

I wish to add a personal note on this. One of Barb's paintings that was juried into this show was of hollyhocks. These hollyhocks were started from one of my reference photos while she and her husband, Charlie, visited us during our stay at a Chama, NM RV park last August. If you missed that post, click here. The other painting is of an Arroyo.

Way to go, Barb!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A note from Kandyce

Kandyce Olson sent me the following note on a beautiful card with one of her painting prints on the front. I will share her message, but I am keeping the card!

My apologies to Kandyce for not posting this sooner, but I was out of town and the card was waiting in our "hold mail" on our return.

Dear Vanguard,

I am very honored and encouraged to be named Artist of the Year by the Vanguard group.

I want to thank you for the recognition; and the acknowledgment inspires me to keep learning and improving. I appreciate the critiques that we can receive from Vanguard, and I plan to dedicate more time and intention to my work. Again, thank you for this honor.

Kandyce Olson

January Meeting Photos

On the sidebar, please find the photos taken at the January 8, 2010 meeting. Or, you can click here for the slideshow. Enjoy!