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October Newsletter

What's Happen'n Art Movement

This Month's Event

Prolific Perspectives

WHAM is proud to present the exhibit,

Prolific Perspectives, with the opening

Reception October 9th at 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

Exhibition Dates: October 2 through October 31, 2021 from 10am-4pm

Please join us! All are welcome - free admission!

The show is at WHAM West Gallery – 16560 N. Dysart Rd., Surprise 85378

For more information call the gallery at (623)-584-8311.

WHAM Gallery Gift Shop!

The Gift Shop has new items  from the recent artists gift shop exchange. Come in to check out all the gift items for a friend or find something for yourself this season. Members selling art bring in new items every 2 months

after accruing volunteer hours. We look forward to seeing you! If you would like to sell your items contact, Heather Young at WHAM for more information.

About the Gift Shop Featured Artist:

Who can participate? WHAM Members in good standing who have paid all dues and have their volunteer hours in. You may contact Gaylia Young by email at to find out what volunteer opportunities there are.

What is the benefit of being a Featured Artist? The Featured Artist may bring in more than the 10 artistic pieces and/or 10 greeting cards.

Where should you expect your work to be displayed? This will most likely be determined by what items you are bringing in as well as what has been submitted by others. The Featured Artist and their items promoted on WHAM's social media accounts.

When will this take place? Beginning NOW, sign up at the Front desk at WHAM. Other Questions regarding the Gift Shop Featured Artist? Contact Heather Young by phone at 480-815-2421 or email at


WHAM's annual event

Bowls of Hope

announces the event for

November 20th from 9am-2pm!!

Mark your calendar!

The event will take place in the WHAM parking lot. All are welcome to attend, shop, sell and participate by volunteering for the event. You can make bowls prior to the event! Please contact Connie Whitlock at WHAM.

Artists wanting to sell their art can rent a table for $10.00 outside under the overhang of the WHAM building. To rent a space in the parking lot with a tent, the cost is $35.00.

Want to sell and have you your own tent? The cost for a space is $20.00. 

Set up begins at 6:30 am. Artists will be responsible for their own sales, cash & credit cards. All requests for a space MUST be made by October 31 to Linda Stahl by phone or email.


Bowls of Hope is a fundraiser event for over six local charities for women, area shelters, and homeless. In addition, we are asking all creatives out there to make a “Find It, Flip It ” project & donate the item with its sell helping for more quality WHAM programs and events.


There will also be an art raffle to benefit the WHAM art gallery. 

Members please donate a piece of wonderful art along with your business card with artist information. Any Paintings, jewelry or 3-D artwork for WHAM is acceptable for the raffle.


Any questions please contact 

Linda Stahl      623-505-8605

 Poetry Night:


Friday, Oct. 15th


Open mic night for poetry, free verse and storytelling. 6pm to 8pm.

October 15 and held every other month on the third Friday in our main gallery here at WHAM. Event is BOTH virtual and live with LIMITED SEATING in gallery.

October 15th

Theme: Halloween

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cost: FREE

Hosted by: Margaret Lieu & WHAM Art Center

MC'd by: Dustin Garvey

Contact Margaret and leave email if interested in attending virtually. Limited seating in person, reservations required. or (623-777-9116)

WHAM Kids:


Apples for Art Program

Campaign truly supports our Fall and Summer Camp by giving the gift of art to our community kids.

Apples for Art Campaign is growing!

Apples for Art "Apple" Drive we are currently seeking donors and sponsors to reach our goal of $5,000 for 2021. For $25 minimum donation you will get your name on the wall and an apple filled with goodies! Your support helps fund the spring and summer art camps for kids! Thank you!

Contact CARree for more information.


WHAM is partnering with Women4Women

WHAM (What’s Happen’n Art Movement) is a non-profit art organization committed to giving back to the community. Women4Women of Surprise, is managed by Jo Grant, provides feminine hygiene products for homeless and low-income women.  Their mission is

to help women maintain their dignity and health by distributing bags of feminine hygiene products. Since the pandemic has hit, the West Valley-area giving to the Homeless has been a challenge. Many have lost jobs and are not able to give as they did in the past. Women 4 Women is determined to provide as much hygiene products as they can, but they are in a very difficult situation right now because of the pandemic.

On September 13th WHAM held a group bagging day to put together 136 bags for Women 4 Women. City Council member Alyson Cline of Surprise and Councilwoman Vicki Hunt of Peoria were among 12 city residents and WHAM members who participated. These bags will be distributed to many shelters, schools, and other non-profits upon request. Two such charities we are currently distributing to is Homeless Youth Connection and Streetlight USA. Each bag contains pads or tampons, pantie liners, hand wipes and feminine wipes. WHAM will host a bagging day every quarter. 

The next community participation day is to be held December 13th at 3:00 p.m. The date will be announced on FB and Instagram as well as on WHAM’s Website 

If you’d like to provide supplies or participate contact Jo Grant at 520-401-2878. Women 4 Women is a non-profit 501(c)3 that gives the Arizona Tax credit for donations. WHAM is dedicated to the advancement of the arts for educational and cultural enrichment with an emphasis on encouraging the creative process in our West Valley’s diverse population. More information may be found at


Check out the classes we have in store for you!


Date: Fri Oct 22nd, Sat Oct 23rd & Sat Oct 24th (3 days)

Time: Fri 9am to 4pm, Sat 9am to 4pm, Sun 9am to 1pm

Subject: Oils -  Snow Barn

Instructor: Ron Souza, Professional Artist

Course fee: $200 non-member|$180 members

Dates: Sat Oct 16th & Sat Oct 30th (2 part class)

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Subject: Clay Coffee Mugs (students will make 4 mugs)

Cost: $75 non-member | $60 member

Instructor: Connie Whitlock



Didn’t find the class you were looking for?! We have classes added each month to our schedule, all mediums, and different dates, for updates and specific questions or class requests call

CARree Tolle, Art Education & Class Manager 

@ (602) 614-9446 or email


Adaptive Art:

          Memory Care

Our adaptive classes made bird houses last month! See our artists at work.

Did you know WHAM offers a program called “Finding the Artist Within”? It is a special needs

program for those with physical disabilities, cognitive, developmental, or mental health disorders. Wham believes ART is for everyone. Through a sponsorship we offer scholarships to individuals.

Adaptive art is held every third Thursday of the month. Contact Cindy Chambers 623-584-8311 for more information.

Memory Care takes place the third Friday of the month. Please contact Mary Hamilton for more information.

DROP-IN class at the WHAM Art Center are on the 3rd Thursday and/or the 3rd Friday for Memory Care, from 10am-12pm- $20 per person. Call WHAM at 623-584-8311 or visit the website to reserve your spot! Volunteers are needed!

Special thank you to Mike and Carol Woodard for their generous gift to support this program!. Click below for more info.


Veterans Program:

Art: A path to healing

Surprise and Peoria veteran groups meet monthly at the WHAM Art Center.

WHAM Art Association offers a FREE art program for veterans of all ages. The program includes a 4-hour session in which participants  learn from professional artists, held the second Monday and fourth Thursday of every month from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm. Classes will range from drawing to painting, and other mediums. No experience necessary!

During each session, supplies are provided for each participant and each class will be taught by a professional artist. A light lunch will also be provided. Want to join the fun! Call Marty Wolfe at 623-606-1649


WHAM Nights:

Family Painting Party

Friday, October 1st

6:00-8:00 pm

“WHAM NIGHTS” Family Paint Party - Paint Night With A Twist!

Come enjoy a fun, family evening of painting, art trivia, raffle prizes, beverages, and snacks. Snacks and drinks are welcome!

Held on the first Friday of every month at WHAM Community Art Center. Time: 6-8:00 pm.

Theme is Midnight Raven led
by Deb Dahlin, WHAM Artist.

Our event is a perfect date night, girls night out or fun family evening! Fun for the entire family!

All proceeds will benefit our WHAM Kids Art Programs

THIS IS AN EVENING CLASS- PLEASE ENTER SOUTH SIDE CLASSROOM ENTRANCE (as the front gallery will be closed) See you in class.

Instructor: Deb Dahlin           

Course fee: $25  per Non-Member

$15 per Member

Class size minimum 4 maximum 10

All supplies provided.

Click the button below to learn more!

WHAM Mini Workshops:

Half-Day Workshops

Saturday, October 2nd

10:00am-12:00 pm


Enjoy the arts with WHAM Mini Workshops for Adults.(suitable for ages 16+)

WHAM Half-Day Workshops will be held the first Saturday of each month. Each workshop you will come away with tips, ideas, and additional skills to advance your personal artworks or simply gain the experience of enjoying the arts in a fun and relaxing environment you are sure to enjoy.

Each workshop is taught by a professional artist bringing a variety of mediums and skill level to the classroom. Workshops will range from $25 to $55 per class depending on medium and subject matter. Class size minimum 4 maximum 20

Subject: Watercolor
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Instructor: Nancy Gunn
Course Fee: $35 non-members|
$25 members

*All supplies provided.
*Member Discount Pricing Available (members get a $10 discount) email discount code request to:

Digital Art Class

Bring 2 pieces of your original artworks with you and you will learn how to photograph your art work! 


Adult Photography Class, suitable for ages 16+


David Fudge will present two ways to photograph your artwork to use for publishing, websites and flyers and other reproductions.


Students will learn how to use natural light and understand how to use studio lights and set up for professional results.


Students will be shown how to obtain proper color, temperature and exposure to create professional photo results.


Professional photos will be taken of your artwork the day of class by instructor David Fudge (up to 2 pieces of artworks, max size 24x36)  Professional images will then be emailed to each student within 3 days of class with corrected electronic files suitable for printing and other.

Date: Sat Oct 16th

Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Cost: $30 non-member | $20 member

Instructor: David Fudge, Photographer

Bring your Camera and your artwork (2 pieces, max size 24x36)



Every 2nd Thursday of the month

Adult Drawing Class (age 16+) - Beginners welcome!

Learn drawing/sketching basics, understanding values, and study the many techniques of drawing. Come

enjoy the beginning stages of the art of drawing. You will get you comfortable with the pencil and soon your pencil will be your best friend! Each class we will focus on drawing basics, techniques, and tools, using a different subject matter each class. Classes held on the 2nd Thursday every month.


Oct 14th - Intro to Drawing

Nov 4th - Intro to Drawing - Still Life

Dec 9th - Intro to Drawing

Time: 1:30-3:30pm

Cost:  $35.00 non-member | $25 for members

Instructor: CARree

Max. 10 students per class

All supplies will be provided.



1st Wed. of the Month

Teen WHAM art club meetings are created for open art projects in preparation for contests, events, community art project pieces, celebrating and welcoming new Teen WHAM members, recognizing teen participatory assignments and art projects,volunteer recognition and preparedness.

Teen WHAM art club announcements and fundraiser events, city projects and local events.

Oct 6th  - Daily Art Challenge, Birthday Recognition, Event Announcements
Nov 3rd  - Daily Art Challenge, Birthday Recognition, Art Project
Dec 1st  - Teen Christmas Party (Register under the SPECIAL EVENTS tab)
Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Cost: $10 per Non-Member | FREE per Member
Instructor: CARree

NOTE: Please enter South side of Art Center using Class entrance for all classes scheduled 4pm and later as the front Gallery will be closed for the day.


2nd Wed. of the Month

October 13th 4:30pm to 6:30pm!  Join the fun! –Creating and making Art.

Teen WHAM art classes are geared specifically for teens ages 13 to 19; where teens gather in an art club

atmosphere for inspiration, art instruction, and a place to belong. Each month we will be studying different aspects of art. Drawing, painting, creating, and developing long lasting creative, critical thinking skills, and building stronger social skills while adding art to their way of life. 

Teen WHAM is led by art instructor CARree with occasional visits from guest Artists educating and sharing their artistic talents and techniques with the teens. 

ASK about ‘Teen WHAM’ club membership program (additional teen member perks, extra events, activities, and community art events, exclusively for teen WHAM members).

Date: Second Wednesday of each month

Oct 13th - Fall Art

Nov 10th - Art Lesson

Dec 8th - Art Lesson

Time: 4:30pm -6:30pm

Cost: $20 per Non-Member | $10 per Member

Instructor: CARree (Teen WHAM Manager)

All supplies provided

NOTE: Please enter South side of Art Center using Class entrance for all classes scheduled 4pm and later as the front Gallery will be closed for the day.


1st Sat. of the Month

WHAM Kids First Saturday of the month Arts & Crafts (ages 8 to 12) This is an Apples for Art Program. We will be participating in small arts & crafts projects, with a different medium each month, consisting of either watercolor, mixed media, painting, crafts and small projects.

All supplies are provided. Each Arts & Craft Workshop your child will have an arts & craft project to bring home. Only a small $5 registration fee is required per child, thanks to Sponsorships, Donations and Volunteers for the WHAM Kids Art Programs.

Dates:  1st Saturday of each month

Oct 2nd - Tie Dye T-shirt Tote Bags

Nov 6th - TBD

Dec 4th - TBD

Jan 1st - TBD

Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Cost: $10 non-member| $5 member

Instructor: Professional WHAM Artist (Volunteers)

Maximum 16 students

All supplies will be provided


1st & 3rd Thursday of the Month

Kid’s art classes are designed to help create art in children’s development across many domains, physical, social, cognitive, emotional, imagination and experimentation development. Art will help your child develop these skills and CARree is

here to help each child develop and grow. Each class we will be concentrating on drawing techniques, most drawings will be able to be completed.

These classes are designed specifically for children ages 5 to 7 years old.

Dates:  1st & 3rd Thursday of each month

Oct 7th - Flowers in a Vase, drawing & watercolor painting

Oct 21st - Koi Fish drawing and coloring fun

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Cost: $15 non-member | $10 member

Instructor: CARree

Minimum 4 students/Max 8
All supplies will be provided.
Please enter on south side classroom entrance, as front gallery will be closed.


Art Curriculum

This art class has been specifically created to help Home school Parents fulfill there commended studies in art. Blended learning studies have become beneficial for students on many levels in diverse educational foundations such as home school, alternative and charter schooling.

This Home school Art Session has a COMPLETE ART CURRICULUM. Students will experience hands-on arts, art studies, art history, assignments, which include reading, writing and valuable art lessons, painting, drawing, mixed media arts and pastels. 

Classes are designed to be small with individual students to have hands on and one-on-one art education. Students will perform up to 6 complete artworks during the duration of each course and have homework assignments.

Fall Session:

Oct 13th, 20th, 27th - Nov 3rd, 10th & 17th

Winter Session:

Jan 12th, 19, 26th, Feb 2nd, 9th & 16th

Time:  10am-12pm for 6th-10th graders & 2pm-4pm 1st -5th graders

Course fee:  $200 for entire course

Instructor:  CARree (Certified Art Therapy Coach & Home school Master Class Certification, with Color Yourself Purple)

Maximum 6 students - must pre-register, limited seating

All supplies provided.



Kids Arts & Crafts

Our WHAM Kids Arts & Crafts classes are designed for children 8 to 12 years old. Classes are 10am-12pm.and 1pm-3pm. See Wham website under classes to book your day and time and class!

Our Apples for Art Program, providing little ones with an opportunity to enjoy the arts during school breaks.

Kids can stay all day for camp! Take both the morning and afternoon class, and stay through the lunch period, PLEASE BRING A SACK LUNCH IF YOUR CHILD IS STAYING FOR BOTH AM & PM CLASSES. Students are supervised during lunch break between classes and attend both am & pm arts & crafts classes.

Date: Tuesday October 19th - Thursday October 21st

Time:  10:30am to 12:00pm, 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Cost:  $10 non-members | $5 members per class 

Instructor:  WHAM Artist (Volunteer)

All supplies will be provided.


WHAM Member Happenings!

WHAM MEMBERS MEET and EAT! October 20, 5pm!

• You're invited! Monthly WHAM member meetings take place  on second Wednesday of the month. This month we will have a Chili Cook off at 5pm! For more details contact Diane Freeman at WHAM. 

(623)-584-8311. Please visit the website for updates. It will be a fun time! A chili cookoff at the General Members meeting is sure to be a whole lot of fun and good eats!

• Next Member Artist Exchange is November 14 and 15th, 2021 for a two-month hall exhibition rotation. Bring in your art 10am-1pm. Please bring your artwork clean and ready to hang.

Every artist can have a bio to be hung near their artwork on the walls I'll have the information for you at the art exchange for to get one done and if you have one and want to update it that would be good. Any questions contact Linda Stahl (623-505-8605) or
• Want to Volunteer? We have areas that need your help! Wham on Wheels monthly events, gallery and classes love our WHM  member support. Please contact Gaylia by email or call (623)

  • Join our members only Facebook  WHAM Art-Members page to share what is on your easel, inspirations, and happenings in the art community! You must be a current WHAM member to join the group. Check out our Instagram site as well! Wham Art Association is on Instagram. We are in Linked In as well!

October is National Arts

and Humanities Month!

You can assist the arts in your community in so many ways such as your support for WHAM and its programs and artists. The hot weather in August has us dreaming of all things fall—especially the month of October, which is National Arts & Humanities Month! It’s the perfect time to start planning celebrations that advocate and raise

public awareness of the role the arts and humanities play in our daily lives. As always, there are countless ways to celebrate, and we’ve got inspiration and resources to spark your creativity and help bring National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM) to your community.

Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

    • Local proclamations are a wonderful way for local government to show support for the arts—and anyone can do the task! Let the community around you know what WHAM and other arts programs are doing to celebrate art!

    • Share WHAM and other arts programs through your social media. For October, Download and share the theme graphic posted on WHAM’s FB and Instagram sites to challenge friends and followers to join the fun!

    • Work with your local media to get the word out about WHAM and other art organizations as to how your community is taking part in an event! If you have a connection in the news, radio or other events in your area that can benefit the arts, let the media know well in advance!

Thank you for your patronage of the Arts! It's for you to create!


Volunteer Opportunity!

Downtown Teen Art Nights

Sponsored by the Peoria Commission of the Arts

Heather Young will be teaching the class, but will need one assistant to help!


3rd Monday of the month at Sunrise-Mountain Library, Peoria

21109 N 98th Ave, Peoria, AZ ·

1. Monday, September 20 4:30pm-6:30pm Acrylic Pour

2. Monday, October 18 4:30pm-6:30pm Painted Record in Acrylic

3. Monday, November 15 4:30pm-6:30pm Recycled Rain Stick

4. Monday, December 20 4:30pm-6:30pm Tie Dye


4th Monday of the month at Peoria Main Library

8463 W Monroe St, Peoria, AZ ·

1. Monday, February 28 5pm-7pm Picasso Portrait

2. Monday, March 28, 5pm- 7pm Lighted Paper Lantern

3. Monday, April 25, 5pm-7pm Painted Rock Picture Holder

4. Monday, May 23, 5pm-7pm Recycled Flower

If Interested, please contact:

Heather Young 480-815-2421 or


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