Each monthly meeting offers a presentation or demonstration by expert artists.
Join us on the third Tuesday of each month from September through May, except for December, for an evening of socializing with artists of all media, informative and entertaining presentations by experts in their fields, critiques of member artworks, and competition for Artist of the Month.
Overview of Meeting Timeline
5:30pm Member critique
Members bring a piece of art they want feedback about, or suggestions for improvement.
6:15 Enjoy a snack, view the exhibit, vote for artist of the month, buy a raffle ticket.
6:30 Business meeting
7:00 Program presentation
8:00pm Meeting adjourned
September 17, 2019: Ann Osgood
Ann Osgood was raised in Southern California and left to finish a BFA in Drawing and Painting at the University of Hawaii. A bit after graduating Ann moved to the base of the Superstition Mountains in Arizona. The desert immediately cast a spell and she has lived here since then. Ann opened The Upstairs Gallery in Apache Junction and taught for Central Arizona College. She attended Arizona State University as a graduate student. Eventually she moved to Deer Valley and taught in the public schools for many years. Now she is a full time painter who enjoys working in a variety of styles. She has a studio at the Artery in downtown Phoenix.
Ann Osgood’s work has been exhibited in solo shows at The Shemer Art Center, ASU Downtown Vault Gallery, Siseo Gallery, (9)the Gallery and will be featured as the opening artist at Serendipity Labs on Camelback. She has been the winning artist in many group shows and competitions, including First Place in the Sonoran Desert Plein Air Event and Purchase Awards in several City of Glendale Plein Air events. Her work is in collections across the country.
ARTIST OF THE MONTH/ARTIST OF THE YEAR EXHIBITION AND RECEPTION
Be sure to join us in a celebration of the winner’s of the 2018-2019 Artist of the Month and Artist of the Year. Congratulations to
October 15, 2019: Trevor Swanson
Trevor V. Swanson is one of the most gifted and promising wildlife artists in the world today. Coming from a long line of talented artists, Trevor is a brilliant example of inspired talent passing from one generation to another. Trevor started painting at a very young age and launched his career by the age of 20.
In his presentation and demonstration Trevor will discuss design, style, and inspiration for the piece and materials used in various examples and the hands on demonstrations. He will bring paintings in their various stages to give a good understanding of what his pieces look like through the stages. He welomes questions and enjoy talking about the process and explaining the why’s and what fors during this. He will demonstrate a painting in the drawing stage and do the initial laydown of the foundational layer. This is a good way to showcase brush and material choice at this point.
Background: By the age of 25, Trevor had won several artistic competitions, including the coveted “Artist of the Year” award from the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep. As a result of his exceptional talent, Trevor’s reputation has soared to an early prominence in the world of fine art.
Trevor has traveled extensively throughout the world to capture rare and beautiful moments. He pursues a much deeper discovery on canvas. His artwork celebrates the majesty of untamed wildlife and beauty of unspoiled environments. “I paint realistically, because the beauty of life is in the little things. The multi-colored moss growing on the rock where a wolf is standing, the light beaming through trees branches onto the fur of a bear; these are the details that breathe life into the painting. I try hard to portray these subtle elements of tone and mood because they complete the story being told.”
“I love to lose myself in the rich color and vivid detail of my own brush strokes and discover only later where it has taken me. It gets more exciting all the time.
November 19, 2019: Arthur Norby
Art Norby is both a painter and a sculptor. He will provide a painting demonstration on November 19 and will lead a scupture workshop in early 2020. Check back for workshop dates.
Here is what you can expect from his painting demonstration – in his words:
“I like to paint clouds…just clouds, which I will demonstrate (although I am not limited to clouds). I like large canvasses. I approach my paintings as abstract works, beginning with a random color application, then building highlights and shadows until I find a balance of color and composition. I do not use “exotic” colors. I use just blue (Ultramarine, cerulean and cobalt), alizarin crimson, cad red medium and cad red light, cad orange, cad yellow med and light, and titanium white. I mix my colors on the canvas, usually picking up two or three colors at a time and overlapping previous colors in layers of apparent random shapes. After my initial color relationships satisfy me I begin glazing, perhaps applying five or more layers of paint. It is this technique that gives depth and sharpness to my painting. When I include landscape or other foreground subjects I still begin with detailed clouds, in the belief that a great sky demands great foreground.”
Background: Arthur’s career has spanned 40 years and has been varied and intense. His first sculptures were created in 1979, with his first collection of bronzes being created in 1980 and 1981. He has created over 600 sculptures in a variety of subjects, including more than 15 large scale/public bronzes.
Arthur’s first monumental public sculptures were created for Trenton, New Jersey in 1991 and Windom, Minnesota in 1993. In 1996 I was chosen through a national call for proposals to design the Minnesota Korean War Veterans Memorial which was dedicated in September of 1998.
From 1996 through 2007 he resided in Arizona, operated The Norby Gallery and through the competitive process was commissioned to create six heroic public bronzes, as well as two sculpture gardens which encompassed eight life-size bronzes, seven life-size portrait busts and numerous other commissions. In 2006 I was awarded a one-person exhibit of paintings and sculpture by the West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, Arizona. In 2008 I presented a retrospective exhibit of sculpture and paintings for the Ravalli County Museum, Hamilton, Montana.
Throughout my career I have attended workshops and taught studio techniques, as well as having taken part in school residencies at several grade levels .
In 2007 I retired from gallery activities to concentrate more intensively on my own artwork.”
January 21, 2020: John Erwin
John is a juried member of the Arizona Artist Guild, the Arizona Watercolor Association and a Signature member of the Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona. He is a co- founder of the Pinnacle Peak Painters critique group and a member of the 22×30 Critique Group. He also coordinates the Open Studio for the AAG. He has taught for over 40 years and now teaches watercolor, sketching and printmaking. He has been an instructor at the Shemer Art Center.
February 18, 2020: Bill Lundquist
Bill Lundquist has been a professional artist for over fifty years. For three decades he has been affiliated with Scottsdale Artists’ School and has been a continuous instructor there for the past twenty-two years teaching students to draw and paint. Using a constructive, straightforward approach augmented by demonstrations and individual help, Bill is there to assist artists on their journey to achieving artistic competence and creative expression. American Artist magazine featured him in their February 2009 issue in an article called, A Journey That Never Ends.
March 17, 2020: Presentation by the 2018 AAG Scholarship Recipients
Meet the recipients of this year’s scholarships, and hear them each describe how they created their artwork. For more information on AAG’s scholarship program, click here. Be sure to visit the exhibition New Art Arizona, featuring the 2018 AAG Scholarship Recipients artwork at Shemer Art Center and Museum, March 8 – April 5, 2018, with a reception for the artists March 8, 6:00 -8:00 PM.
April 21, 2020: Fiona Purdy
Fiona Purdy spends her days doing something she truly loves, creating paintings of beautiful pets & animals for their adoring owners all over the world.
She has been creating custom pet portraits for 25 years, and working full time as a professional pet portrait artist since 2008.
Her family moved from the US to New Zealand when she was eight. It was there that her love for animals and passion for drawing & painting them took hold. New Zealand was a fantastic place to grow up, and she started painting other people’s pets and horses while living there.
Fiona moved to Scottsdale AZ, USA in the mid 1990’s continuing to specialize in custom pet portraiture.
Most days you will find her painting at her easel, with her sweet dog Casey keeping her company.
She gets to meet the most wonderful people and their sweet pets and horses. People that love their animals are the kindest, most caring people and it is so much fun and satisfying to work with them.
As a pet owner herself, she understands completely the deep bond and love that exists between us and our pets. “I am humbled that something I create will keep our pets close to us and become a beautiful reminder of the pure love we have for each other. To see the look of pleasure on a pet owner’s face when they see the portrait is one of my greatest joys.”
May 20, 2020: Outreach Programs Exhibition and Reception
A presentation by Co-Chairs of the AAG Outreach Programs and exhibition of the AAG Outreach Programs
AAG Outreach Programs Chairs include: Karen Weingartner, David L Bradley, Lisa Wayman, and Tess Mosko Scherer.
The Mosaics Program was made possible from a grant from Arizona Commission of the Arts
The Survivors of Suicide Class was made possible through collaboration and a grant from Your Art Your Story.