Phoenix Artists Guild, Phoenix,
Rep to Arizona Art Alliance:
Dr. Carl Hoelle,
Join one of the fastest, most fun Art Guilds in
Arizona! Membership fees are just $40 a year; $30 for Associate
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!
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Ruth Smith Palmisano 1926-2002
Artist Guild was founded by Ruth Palmisano in 1984 with the help of Pat
Gellenbeck and Addye Kozel, (our first President). Once Ruth started
the Arizona Artists Guild in l984, it was soon up to 150 members. Ruth
also founded the Arizona Pastel Artists Association in l996 and also the
Paradise Valley Art League.
was a professional artist, who taught for 20 years in classrooms and
well as teaching art on two cruise lines from Alaska to Hawaii.
shows 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.
paintings have hung in many juried exhibitions and she received Best of
shows, Best of Class, 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
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is 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. Also, the board wanted to
recognize Pat Gellenbeck with the First Place Watercolor award, (25
years of service on the board). These are lifetime awards.
Pat is still holding
office with Phoenix Artists Guild. She and her husband Dan are tireless
in their help with the Phoenix Artists Guild as well as the Arizona Art
PHOENIX COLLEGIATE ACADEMY- Community Outreach
PAG membersvGeorge Nelson, Pat and Dan Gellenbeck, and Carmen Timm
delivered several boxes of art supplies to the Phoenix Collegiate Academy
earlier this month and met with the newly installed principal of the
school, Joshua Aragon.
Phoenix Collegiate Academy is a non-profit organization
which nurture students from the South Phoenix community, striving to close
the achievement gap. The PCA prepares 6th to 12th grade students to succeed
in college and be leaders in our community. It is funded by State grants
and donations from community sponsors, and the likes of us, PAG!
donation to the Academy was greatly appreciated and Mr Aragon assures us the
supplies will go to good use. To see and read more about PCA, please visit
their web site http://www.phxca.org
. There is a short video that explains a great deal
about the goals and aspirations of the school. It's quite informative
and very inspirational. It is hoped to continue collecting art supplies
throughout the year for these special children. YEAH PAG!....Let's keep the
spirit of giving on-going.
PAG's Community Outreach:
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 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.
Church of the Beatitudes is our
primary outreach program, collecting
cereal at every meeting, with two
drives per year, Christmas Party, & Spring Show - consistent with the
PAG also collects art supplies, brushes, paper, pencils, pens,
paints, new and gently used,to be used in various community art
82. of Glendale, passed on, December 19, 2012. Georgia was born "
Koharlg Shahinian" on March 28, 1930 In Niagara
Falls, N.V.; the daughter of Khachig and Armine (Harolan) Shahinian.
Georgia graduated from Niagara Falls High School and was a resident
of Glendale/Phoenix for the last 55 years. She Is the wife of AI McCoy,
long-time broadcaster of the Phoenix Suns. The couple met In 1957
when AI was hired to do a radio show In Buffalo, N.Y. and she was
working as a hair stylist in Niagara Falls. Within a year, they married
and moved to Phoenix.
Georgia was an accomplished artist In watercolor and oil paintings,
as well as drawing and mixed media, and served on the Glendale Arts
Commission for several years. Georgia was extremely
proud of her heritage as both of her parents were born In Armenia,
but were forced to flee the country during the Armenian Genocide In
loved to attend the Armenian Picnic, which Is held annually in the
Valley. Georgia also
enjoyed traveling, jazz music and spending time with family and
friends. She will always be
remembered for her charming personality, her loving and caring
"family first" approach to life,
and, of course, for her special smile. She was a member of
Unity of Phoenix Church.
Georgia survived by her husband AI, three sons, 6
grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren as well as nieces and
cousins, and a nephew. She was
preceded In death by her twin sister Arpana and older sister Alice.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations In her name to
Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St. Phoenix, AZ 85014 and Suns
Christopher J. Messana
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, has
graciously started the Christopher Messana Fund to benefit art
students in Phoenix. Phoenix Artists Guild will manage
this Scholarship Fund. Art students at Washington
Activity Center and Washington High School, as well as Phoenix
Artists Guild member art students, will benefit from this Fund.
"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."
I want to tell you about a unique
and talented artist. To know her was a special privilege.
Nancy Searles was a member of the
Phoenix Artists Guild for 20 some years. She
graduated from the Cooper Union
Art and Engineering School in New York. Nancy studied art under the
tutelage of Darlene Goto, and remained in Studio Art at Glendale
Community College for many years, along with many of her life-long
She won Ribbons and Accolades for
her work in any show she was in.
I have never had as much fun as when Nancy and I
took tap dancing lessons and remained in the Golden Girls for 6 years.
To be around her just brightened up anyone's day. Nancy was the "St.
Francis" of our time. Through the years, she took in so many homeless
animals and gave them so much love. She cared for any of God's
Creatures. I'll tell about a moth she saved some
time. She would collect feral cats and
have them neutered and feed them, all at her own
expense. You wouldn't be surprised if I
tell you in her later years, she had worked for a
company called Nutro pet foods. She would meet you in various pet
stores, and talk to you about feeding your pets the right food. And
you'd better listen if you love your pet.
Nancy also was an extraordinary
seamstress. She would talk to any stranger, make them a friend, and sew
drapes or dresses for them. Nancy didn't know how the word "NO" was
spelled. Nancy and her husband Bob came to Phoenix from New York.
They produced five children, four boys and a girl, and had fifteen
grandchildren, and nineteen great-grand children. Both of them had
a hearing aide business for years. Nancy said she was their best
customer. They loved to spend their vacations in
Mexico on the beaches.
Bob and Nancy were
married for 64 years. Bob passed away last March.
Nancy was put on this earth to teach us the Golden Rule, and to smile,
no matter what life deals us. She was much loved by all her