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September Newsletter

What's Happen'n Art Movement

This Month's Event

The Group of Eight

WHAM is proud to present the exhibit, The Group of Eight, with the opening reception September 4th at 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

Exhibition Dates: September 2 through September 30, 2021

Please join us! All are welcome - free admission!

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

WHAM Gallery News!

WHAM's Juried Exhibition for August titled Visions in Poetry was a huge success. Coupled with the monthly Poetry Slam, a reception was held, and music provided by Sosco Duo. Sosco Duo performed a song they wrote to the reading of Lord Byron's Bride of Abydos. Great evening out! Don’t miss the next poetry Slam in October. A bring one take one box of

poetry books was a huge hit and will be continue as a way for poetry lovers to share these wonderful books for your reading enjoyment. Bring yours to the next Poetry Slam or drop off any time!

Visions in Poetry Ribbon Winners are:

1st place - "Ascending Man" Eugene Strickland
2nd Place -- "Road Trip" Lori Favara
3rd Place -- "William" Anthony Smith Chaigneu
Honorable Mention -- "The Protector" Tanya Lemma
Honorable Mention -- "Slow But Sure" Diane Freeman

WHAM Gallery Gift Shop!

Our Gift Shop has new items every two months after the Artists exchange event happens. You can come visit the shop for that special something and

come again after September 13th to see something different! Members selling art bring in new items every 2 months after accruing volunteer hours. Come in to check out the new items and pick something out for the new school year for teachers, friends, and students! 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!

 Poetry Night:


Friday, Oct. 15th


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

October 15 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.

October 15th

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 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

Women4Women is a non-profit that provides feminine hygiene products for homeless and low-income women. WHAM will be helping to provide bags which will contain Feminine hygiene products, 3 hand wipes and 3 feminine wipes. Come join us at our Packing Party in 

September 13th at 3pm. If you have items to donate or want to come help pack up supplies, contact Connie Whitlock.


Adaptive Art:

          Memory Care

Last month’s adaptive class made wind chimes! Wham member Marty Wolfe made 375 ceramic pieces for the chimes! Great fun for everyone!

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, September 3rd

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 Fun Summer Florals 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

Friday, September 4th

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:Clay/Ceramic Handmade Windchimes
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Instructor: John Mahoney
Course Fee: $55 non-members|
$35 members
This is a 2-part class, and students will come back and paint the wind chimes at a later date.

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


Digital Art Class

Online Digital Art Class on Wednesday September 8, 2021 No prior computer experience is needed for this session. For this course you will only need to have Microsoft Excel installed on your computer. We will explore this software, learn some functions and create an art image.

This is a one-day course from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. This digital class is available for both MAC and Windows.

Date: Wed Sep 8th

Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Cost: $50 per student

Instructor: Cheryl Turner

Classes will be held online



Every 2nd Thursday of the month

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

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

enjoy the beginning stages of the art of drawing. I’ll get you comfortable with the pencil, 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


Sept 9th - Intro to Drawing - Techniques & Lines

Oct 14th - Intro to Drawing

Nov 4th - Intro to Drawing - Still Life

Time: 1:30-3:30pm

Cost:  $25.00

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.

Sep 1st  - Daily Art Challenge, Birthday Recognition, Art Project
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

September 15th 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

Sept 8th Acrylic Impressionism Painting on wood

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) 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

Sept 4th - Acrylic Paint Pour

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

Sep 2nd - Bright Landscapes drawing & painting with watercolors

Sep 16th - Happy Ducks & Chicks, drawing coloring fun!

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Cost: $10

Instructor: CARree

Minimum 4 students/Max 8
All supplies will be provide
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

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



In Glendale!

A Night out Painting with “WHAM Arts” at Memory Lane Trinkets & Treasures in Glendale. Everyone is invited to join us in Old town Glendale for a unique painting experience with WHAM Artists & Memory Lane.

Have Fun Painting with Alcohol Inks and create "Memories of Flowers"

Trinkets & Treasure is located in beautiful Old Town Glendale
Memory Lane Trinkets & Treasures
5836 W. Palmaire Ave. Glendale, AZ 85301
Adult Art Class Come enjoy a fun, family evening of painting, beverages, and snacks. Our event is a perfect date night, girls’ night out or fun family evening! Fun for the entire family.

Date: Thu Sept 16th

Subject: "Memories of Flowers" Alcohol Ink Painting

Time:  6:00-8:00pm

Cost:  $35 per person

Instructor:  TBA


Class minimum 5, maximum 10

All supplies will be provided


WHAM Member Happenings!

Artist Exchange

• Next Member Artist Exchange is September 12 and 13th, 2021 for a two-month hall exhibition rotation. Bring in your art 10am-1pm if you are a member! In the meantime stop in the gallery and walk the halls for wonderful art created by our fellow artists. If you are interested in assisting with the art exchange, please contact Linda Stahl.

•  WHAM general monthly meetings are back! Join usl September 15, 2021 at 6pm in person at WHAM Art Center, large classroom. You can enter through side door. Please visit the website for updates.
• 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.

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!


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