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This Month's Event

Veterans' Exhibit

WHAM is proud to present the opening of an exhibit by our Veterans’ group of artists! For the month of July, the WHAM Art Gallery will display art created by our talented Veterans from Surprise and Peoria and surrounding areas that meet monthly at our Wham classrooms led by Wham Artist Marty Wolfe. The work will consist of wonderful art pieces they have created during the last year at our WHAM Veterans program of free classes.

Exhibition Dates: July 6 through July 31, 2021

Please join us! All are welcome - free admission!

Gallery Closed
Friday July 2 through Monday July 5, 2021 for the 4th of July Holiday.

The show is at WHAM West Gallery – 16560 N. Dysart Rd., Surprise 85378 (623)-584-8311

WHAM Call For Artists

NEW juried show at WHAM art Gallery for August 2021 is Visions in Poetry. Entries of artwork shall depict a poem. The challenge is to create artwork that fits a particular poem or a line from a poem. Deadline to enter is by July 11, 2021. Visit Wham website for details for Call to artists.

From WHAM Gallery Coordinator, Diane Freeman:  A tip for artists about framing your beautiful, finished paintings- When visitors come in to view artwork, as artists, we want to make sure that our work shines above the frame around it.  Sometimes decorative, colorful frames are what the viewer notices first instead of your painting.  Instead of this happening, make sure that the frame you choose will only be noticed after the viewer has thoroughly enjoyed exploring the beauty of your finished piece of art.

If you have ever thought about entering a gallery show stop by and talk to Diane Freeman or contact her at for information about gallery rental.

WHAM Gallery News!

WHAM's Student Exhibition for the Cimarron Springs Elementary school in Surprise AZ was a huge success! The art teacher had her students display their beautiful art for the month of June. It had been a busy month at the gallery with many visitors taking classes in our Apples to ART Summer ART CAMP and with 18 new visitors taking in the view of all the art from young artists as well as our WHAM member art in the Hallways!  Keep coming by to see new art as the Member Artist exchange happens this month, our Veterans art is on display and review our new classes listed!

WHAM Gallery Gift Shop!

We are honored to have Colene Clark as our Featured Artist in our Gift Shop! She has sold several of her pieces so if you have not had a chance to come up to see her work please do so! We have had several new members and we welcome the new items that they have added to

our inventory this period. Remember our next Gift Shop & Art Exchange takes place Sunday, July 11th and Monday, July 12th from 10am-1pm while the gallery is closed. We look forward to seeing you then! Contact Heather Young at WHAM for more information.

At the art exchange, we will be

asking for help with the teaching of classes or assisting with the classes to get in your volunteer hours in order to sell items in the gift shop. There will be information at the exchange. Also, if anyone is interested in volunteering to help with the hanging every 2 months contact Linda Stahl 623-505-8605 or 

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

Underground Poetry Night:


Friday, Aug. 20th


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

Aug 20 and held every other month of the third Thursday in our main gallery here at WHAM. Event is BOTH virtual and live with LIMITED SEATING in gallery.

August 20th

Theme TBD

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cost: FREE

Hosted by: Margaret Lieu & WHAM Art Center

MC'd by: Dustin Garvey

WHAM Kids:


Apples for Art Program

Campaign truly supports our 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 Wheels LIGHT the SKY!

The evening of July 4th, WHAM on Wheels will be at the City of Avondale Light Up the Sky 4th of July Event at the Phoenix Raceway from 5pm-9pm. We will be offering 4th of July themed Alcohol Ink Tiles for the kids to make at their KidZone!                                      

Visit for more information regarding this exciting event.



began June 1!

Our WHAM Kids Arts & Crafts classes are designed for children 7 to 12 years old. Classes are 10am-12pm. and 1pm-3pm. See Wham website under classes to book your day and time and class!


Adaptive Art:

          Memory Care

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

Each month, both Peoria and Surprise Veteran classes are held  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. Come join the fun!

 Call Marty Wolfe at 623-606-1649


WHAM Nights:

Family Painting Party

Friday, August 6th

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.

Our theme to be determined
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

Friday, August 7th

9:30am-12:30 pm


Project To Be Determined. Fee to be determined  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

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

WHAM Writing Workshops Successful!

Thank You! Bern Mulvey

A big thank you to Bern Mulvey for the years of teaching our Creative writing classes in Poetry, Fiction and Non-Fiction. WHAM

received good feedback from the students.  Bern taught the class to unlock writer’s block and express creativity through writing. We wish Bern much success in his new location! Bern Mulvey is an author, and taught as an ASU professor.


1st & 2nd Wed. of the Month

TeenWHAM Art Club meets First Wednesday of each month 4:30pm-6:30pm.
JULY 7th  - Drawing Contest, Daily Art Challenge, Birthday Recognition, Art project.
Cost: $10 per Non-Member | Free per Member
WHAM Members, if you would like to volunteer with this group, we  can use your enthusiasm as we assist the Teens Promote WHAM Art programs the year!

TeenWHAM Art Classes Second Wednesday of each month. 
July 14th 4:30pm to 6:30pm!  Join the fun!
Cost: $20 per Non-Member | $10 per Member 

We will be participating in small arts & crafts projects, with a different medium each month, consisting of either watercolors, mixed media, painting, crafts and small projects.

Instructor: Professional WHAM Artist (Volunteers) Minimum 4 students/Max 16
All supplies will be provided.

Teen WHAM Art Club is about getting teenagers excited about art, stimulating their creativity, teaching them the value of teamwork and encouraging them to impact their community positively. Contact CARree for more information


Complete Art Curriculum

This art class has been specifically created to help Homeschool Parents fulfill the recommended studies in art. Blended learning studies have become beneficial for students

on many levels in diverse educational foundations such as homeschool, alternative and charter schooling.

This Homeschool 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. 

Students will perform up to 6 complete artworks during the duration of each course and have homework assignments.

Summer Session:July 14th, 21st, 29th - Aug 4th, 11th & 18th

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

Course fee:  $200 entire course OR $35 per class

Instructor:  CARree Maximum 6 students

All supplies provided


WHAM Member Happenings!

Artist Exchange

• Next Artist Exchange is July 11 and 12, 2021 for two-month hall exhibition. Bring in your art 10am-1pm if you are a member!

Please note that WHAM general monthly meetings will be on hold till September 2021. Please visit the

website for updates.

• Look at WHAM's classroom! It has a facelift and ready for July classes! Thank you, member, Marty Wolfe.

Join our NEW Facebook  WHAM Art-Members only 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.


Couriouser & Couriouser Too

currently running at Theater Works in Peoria through July 2021. It’s a dark take on the world of Alice in Wonderland and the Queen. Within the play there is a queen’s game room filled with imaginary Faux

Taxidermy of head mounted characters. Our very own Wham Team Member, Linda Stahl, was commissioned to make a Do Do Bird. She enlisted the help of Wham artists Carree Tolle to paint the face so together they created this unique one of a kind DoDo Bird.All pieces will be on display as part of the immersive experience through October. The bird will have a second life as part of the Alice in Wonderland themed art exhibit at the West Valley Art Museum at Peoria City Hall in 2022.Then it will be auctioned off as a fundraising for the Peoria Theater Works. Stay tuned for dates and times for the auction. Call WHAM and ask for Linda Stahl to be notified of where and when to place your bids!

WHAM is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing art education for the local community with the intent of enhancing artistic talents.

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Our mailing address is: 16560 N. Dysart Road, Surprise, AZ 85378