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New Book Study Course: Gaining Artistic Inspiration based on The Artist’s Way

The SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Guild is excited to offer a book study course starting in January for anyone who wants to explore his artistic abilities. If you paint, create pottery, quilt or write, fuse glass (and the list goes on), this course may be for you.

The Artist’s Way is a book focused on discovering and recovering one’s creative self. The book,  written by Julia Cameron, has helped millions of artistic people around the world.

This weekly study group is for anyone who is interested in practicing the art of creative living. Have you ever dreamed of being somehow more creative?  You can learn to create more freely using the tools this book provides. We will go through a chapter a week, doing one of the suggested tasks. This is a non-threatening group where you will meet and discuss your discoveries of the week.  

Deb Kresnicka, a collage and mixed media artist who resides in SaddleBrooke, will lead the course. Deb encourages any artistic person to register and join in the journey of self-discovery.

To register go to on the Classes page.

Location:  Topaz room in the Arts and Crafts Center of HOA #2

Members cost is $12, non-members $22.  There is limited space so register today.

Wednesdays, 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm. 

January 17, 24, 31    

February 7, 21, 28      

March 7, 14, 21

April 4, 11,18



News Update, September 2017

We have suspended the use of the online class registration system and PayPal due to our system being hacked. Instead we will use printable forms mailed in with membership dues or class registration fees.

 We may revisit the online submission if and when another online registration option has been found. We do not have confidence in the current application since it was compromised.

We do not believe that there is any risk to you from the hacking of our system. In the unlikely event that you receive an email from JotForm, do not open it.  Instead, delete such emails immediately. If you open by mistake, do not respond to any messages or click on any links. Delete immediately.

Current membership fees are due. The Membership page has a link for a printable form for your use. Please print the form, complete, and mail with your check to Allen Kienitz. Or, you can bring your check and form to Allen at our first general meeting on October 3, 4:00pm at the Activity Center.

The class registration page has been revised with a printable form that you should complete for each class. The form and fees are mailed to Jim Morris, Registrar.

We are so sorry that our online experiment must end and we thank you for your patience in learning and using the system.


Jeanne Omeara, Web Manager

Jim Morris, Web Manager and Registrar

Allen Kienitz, Treasurer

Eileen Aird, Education Chair





...the brag page

Toot your own horn on the “brag” page. Your content must be submitted in a Word document or email and in copy-ready condition for adding to this page. Please do not forward hard copies cut from publications. We will provide proofing for your content. Also, include a photo image (.jpg format) of the work that received recognition. Include your web site or blog URL and any contact information that you wish to share. Please submit your material via email attachments to Jeanne OMeara.

February 2017 – U of A “The Art of Planetary Science”

 U of A “The Art of Planetary Science” entry
U of A “The Art of Planetary Science” entry

Four paintings by Jim Morris have been accepted by the University of Arizona’s Department of Planetary Science Art exhibition.  This annual exhibition was created from and inspired by the scientific data the university uses to explore our solar system.  There will be a special opening night on Friday, February 10th from 5 to 9 pm with presentations including musical a performance by the UofA Department of Musical Art Student Spencer Miller.  The exhibit will continue Saturday and Sunday, February 11th and 12th from 1 to 5 pm.  It is located in the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory building on the U of A campus.

January 2017 Winners at Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild (SAWG)

2017-all-member-show-award-1Karen Brungardt received the Juror’s Award of Merit at the SAWG gallery All-Members show currently showing at the SAWG gallery on Broadway at Craycroft for her painting, “Does He See Me?”.

Renee Pearson also received a Juror’s Award of Merit and Mary Bubla took Best of Show.


Our first entry...From Mary Bubla, Fran Dorr and Jane Grinonneau

The  SAACA (Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance) partnered with SAWG (Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild) to provide an exhibit at the Waddell & Reed District Office located at 4703 E Camp Lowell Drive, Suite 135.

Pyracantha by Mary Bubla
Pyracantha by Mary Bubla

Looking through the archives of the last two years of juried-in shows at  SAWG, they chose two of Mary Bulba's paintings and one of Jane Grinonneau's to hang in this exhibit that runs from October 2 - February 21, with an open house reception on October 21.

Desert Bloom by Mary Bulba
Desert Bloom by Mary Bubla

Three works of Mary's and two of Fran Dorr's were juried in the "Color My World" SAWG show by Juror Frank Francese. Their work will be on display from November 8 through December 4 at the new SAWG gallery located at the Williams Center at 5420 E Broadway Suite #420. There will be a reception, open to the public, on Thursday November 17 from 5 pm - 7 pm when awards will be presented to a select group, also chosen by the juror.