Friday, December 30, 2011

Birt's Artist Reception

Vanguard member, Kristi Herring, will be honored with a reception displaying her work on Thursday, January 12th from 5:00-7:00 PM. This reception will be held at Birt's Bistro and Bookstore, 16752 N. Greasewood St; Surprise, AZ. Music will be provided by Kristi's son, Mark Ward, on guitar.

Kristi discovered watercolor painting when she retired from the working world 15 years ago. She loves portraits and enjoys capturing both the likeness and the personality of her subjects. Her current series, "At the Drop of a Hat", features portraits of people wearing their favorite chapeaux.

Earlier works in her diverse portfolio included a collection of paintings that depicted the proud culture of Native Americans, a series of elegant florals and whimsical pictures such as her "Fat Chicks" series. Recent commissioned works include illustrating several children's books.

Kristi is a member of the prestigious Vanguard Artists Group and has also exhibited at Benevilla's Chez Nous Center and Cafe.

Your purchase supports Benevilla's services in the community.

ArtChix Sale

Please plan on attending the upcoming art show and sale by the ArtChix. This is a group of artists who are members of Sun City Grand Art Club as well as Vanguard Artists. The Vanguard members who will be in attendance with their artistic talents will be Barbara Lang, Ruth Malins, Sharon King and Susan Roper.

There will be paintings representing all media and styles, as well as artisan jewelry.

The sale will be held January 7th and 8th, from 9:00-4:00 on Saturday and 9:00-3:00 on Sunday. It will be at the SCG Art Club:
Village Center
19745 N. Remington Road
Surprise, AZ  85374

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thank you all....

....for the condolences and best wishes sent to me following the death of my mother. My brother, sister and I had her as a presence in our lives for longer than most have their mothers, but it is never easy to let them go. Her name was Edith Patterson and she would have been 92 years old in February, 2012.

Thank you for your friendship and support during this difficult time.

Vanguard Holiday Party

On December 5 Vanguard Artists held their annual holiday party, which from all accounts was enjoyed by all. Kristi Herring and Anne Breza shared photos with this blog and the slideshow can be viewed by clicking here.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Vanguard Holiday Party

The following was submitted by Connie Bollard, our Vice President and Chairperson of the Holiday Party.

Date:  December 6, 2011
Place:  The Milano Room at The Colonnade (19116 N. Colonnade Way, Surprise, AZ 85374)
Time:  5:00-9:00 PM  - No host bar (Dinner starts at 6:00 PM)

  • Filet Mignon    $25.00
  • Chicken Almandine    $20.00
  • Vegetarian(Butternut Squash Ravioli)   $20
Served with Spinach Salad, Twice-Baked Potatoes, Green Beans, Dessert and Coffee or Tea

Please make checks payable to Vanguard Artists and return to Connie at 19936 N Palo Brea Crt, Surprise, AZ 85374.

Check it out!

I just added Anne Breza's newest submissions to her slideshow, do check it out. I especially like the water and rocks in the Lone Cypress painting.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Kristi's new slideshow completed.... click your way to her slideshow gallery to see her latest entries. Good work!

Monday, October 3, 2011

New slideshows!

I have had submitted new painting photos from two of our artists, Mardell Driscoll and Anne Breza, and created their slideshows from these photos. Please visit their slideshow links and enjoy.

Kristi Herring has reorganized her old slideshow, paring it down to three new paintings but promises to add more soon. Hurry, Kristi, I miss your long slideshows!

Monday, September 26, 2011


Past Knorr notes that she sold two of her paintings at the Lord of Life Display this display session! Congrats to Pat, we are so happy for you!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Margaret Osburn's Display

Margaret Osburn displayed two paintings this summer at the west Valley Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic; 14877 W Bell Road in Surprise.

She reports that Dr. James Osbourne purchased her 16 x 30 inch watercolor entitled "Sunday Sail".

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Lord of Life Lutheran Church Exhibit

The lovely paintings by Vanguard members Pat Knorr, Val Anderson and Karen Walsh are on display at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West (corner of Meeker and RH Johnson) from August 2 to October 31. 

Do stop by and enjoy this display!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Our Book Illustrator!

Kristi Herring has completed illustrating another children's book. The books aren't quite ready to go yet and Kristi is unsure about how long before they are ready, but they will be for sale on this web site:  www, when ready.

The title is Sunbeams and the author is Jean Holtz. Illustrated by our Kristi Herring, we are so proud of you Kristi!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

From Judy Lawson

No sooner than I brought it home from the AWA Exhibition, ON STAGE is SOLD. 

Thank you Sharon B.Another of my favorites!! I sure hope you enjoy it
as much as I enjoyed creating it!!!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Opening of the WVAM in Peoria

Judy Lawson announces the following:

Thursday - April 28, 2011 4 to 6 pm Opening Reception “Artists of Arizona” Exhibition. Selections from the Museum’s Permanent Collection at:
Peoria City Hall Art Gallery
8401 West Monroe Street
(between 83rd and 85th Avenues)
Peoria, AZ

Invited Guests - Media -
Current and Former Museum Members
* * * * * * *
EXHIBIT ON VIEW April 25 through July 28
FREE to the Public
Gallery Hours
Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm
Thursday 12 Noon - 6 pm
For Additional Information, Contact WVAM
or Visit www.
We Appreciate the Support and Encouragement of
The City of Peoria

Friday, April 22, 2011

April Potluck - Additional Slideshow!

This slideshow was compiled from the Photo Chair, Kathy Rose. Thanks for the great photos!

On Stage

Judy Lawson reports the following...congrats Judy!

My painting On Stage was selected for the AWA Spring Exhibition at the Burton Barr Library.  This show has been on for a while and ends April 29th.  But, you still have time to view the exhibit located on the 2nd floor .  The library is at 1221 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix.  Tom Francesconi was the juror.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

From our "Artist About Town"

Hi All!
Stan Kurth will be the Demo Artist at the May 25th Peoria Fine Art Association Meeting.
He is an outstanding artist and  member of CWA among others.
He does nice abstract & non objective work.  Check him out at the CWA Website: -- click on his name at the left.

PFAA meets in downtown Peoria in the Community Center Between Jefferson & Madison just W of 84th Ave.  critique with Elaine Waters @ 5:30 Gen Meeting & Refreshment at 6:oo See the attached line map.


Monday, April 18, 2011

Spring Potluck

Thanks to Kristi Herring for the photos of the Spring Potluck. thanks also go to Mardelle Driscoll and Walt Wieder for organizing this fun affair. According to our president, Anne, the food was great and all had an enjoyable evening. To see the slideshow from Kristi's photos, please click here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

New Happenings in the Art World of Kristi Herring

Vanguard member, Kristi, has informed me of two recent opportunities in her art world that bear mentioning, to say nothing of Congratulations!

Thirty of her paintings are currently on exhibit at Chez Nous in Sun City West, this is through the Sun City West Art Club. Do stop by and see this grouping of her work.

Kristi is now working on illustrating her third children's book. She has been selected by two different authors to illustrate their books, the latest being a psychologist who is writing a book on child abuse. What a noble cause to be contributing to; we are proud of you Kristi!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Another Show for Marion Wishnefski - Go Marion!

Marion will be showing three of her works of art in this show:

The Public is invited and encouraged to attend the ANNUAL ART SHOW of the PALO VERDE ARTISTS in Sun City  from 9am to 3pm, Friday and Saturday, March 25th and 26th, in the Club's Art Room in the SunDial Recreation Center located at Boswell Blvd. and 103rd Ave.  

The show will include recent works in all types of two-dimensional media, from Watercolors to Oils, from Pencil Drawings to Pastels a
nd a variety of Mixed Media. Attendees of the show will be invited to vote for their favorite and the winner will be given the People's Choice Award on Sunday afternoon.

This year's judge will be  
nationally-known artist, Marilyn Schutzky, whose work has been juried into over 100 group and major exhibits throughout the country.  

Hope to see you there!