NAWS Bulletin Board Blog

The purpose of this blog is to act as a Bulletin Board for NAWS Members. Posts should be submitted to reference "Blog Request" in the subject and they must meet the following criteria: 
  • Must be submitted by a member.  
  • Must be in complete sentences with <Return> only after paragraphs.
  • Be art related, this includes announcements about upcoming art classes, exhibitions, gallery openings, awards received, venues for classes or exhibitions, and special offers for NAWS Members.
  • In addition, members can sell items if they are art supplies, used in creating art or are instructional, i.e. cameras, easels, paper, paint, books, videos, etc. We ask that a 15% donation be given to NAWS if the item is sold because of this posting.
  • The members name will appear at the bottom of the post.
  • If the post request meets the above criteria, it will be posted as soon as possible and you will be notified. 

The Blog Administrator reserves the right to edit the post for content, length and readability.

NAWS Bulletin Board Blog


by Blog Administrator on 12/29/17

The Good News:  
• Broad water media accepted                                         
• Our helpful staff can help you with your entry. Sandy Beck will  photograph your painting for $5.00!!!!
• Lots of surfaces to paint on                                           
• Versatile framing choices
• Very cool juror (Sterling Edwards)

The Bad News:
• Tight Deadline: Feb. 3rd !!                                                

Have a joyous holiday season.............and then get painting!                                             

NAWS Sedona Library Exhibition Information

by Blog Administrator on 12/18/17

The NAWS Library Exhibition Committee is asking for your participation in our annual exhibition. The exhibition is a non-juried show and is a great opportunity for those who want to show their work but are hesitant to enter a juried show. 

This year it will be a SMALL WORKS exhibition. Making this change we hope more NAWS members will participate as we will be able to hang 35 paintings. Also, we are hoping to increase sales by doing this. Each artist is allowed to show one painting. 

DATES: February 2 through February 26, 2018. 
TAKE-IN: February 2nd, 9:30am to 11:00am in the Quiet Study Room at the Sedona Library.
TAKE-DOWN: February 26th, 9:30am to 11:00am in the Quiet Study Room at the Sedona Library. 

ELIGIBILITY: All NAWS members whose dues are current. All paintings must be original and have not been shown in a previous Library Exhibit. 

SALES: All sales are between the artist and buyer. It is a commission free exhibit. Your piece of art should be priced for insurance purposes. Your piece does not have to be for sale. 

SIZE: 12” x 12” Maximum or Smaller including Frame 

MATERIALS AND PRESENTATION: Watercolors, acrylics, inks, gouache, watercolor crayons and pencils are acceptable. Supports can be watercolor papers, watercolor boards and canvas. Collage materials are acceptable. There are no restrictions on mat color or size of matting. All paintings must be appropriately prepared with a wire hanger. All work must be protected with plexiglas, polymer sealer or glass. Note that glass is acceptable. 

Wayne St. John 928-300-8520
Mary Jane Cook 928-284-4740

Save the Date -- NAWS 2018 Spring Show

by Blog Administrator on 11/30/17

Good News!  NAWS has secured the Exhibition Gallery at the Sedona Arts Center for our spring show in March.  Sterling Edwards will be the juror for the show.  Go to his website for a list of all his accomplishments and awards.   Show dates are:

February 3 digital entries are due.
February 4 digital images are sent to the juror
February 19 Juror's selections returned and notices of acceptance sent out
March 15 Take in at the Exhibition Gallery 10 am to Noon 
March 15 Show opens 1PM!
March 15-27 Show is up
March 19-22 Sterling Edwards workshop
March 22 Reception and Awards, 5:00-8:00 pm
March 27 Take down 3:00-5:00 pm

New NAWS Juried Member

by Blog Administrator on 11/17/17

Congratulations to new NAWS Juried Member Jill Jepson!

New NAWS Juried Member

by Blog Administrator on 11/17/17

Congratulations to new NAWS Juried Member Mary Ann Cooke!

Trip to Italy to sketch and paint with artist, Claudia Hartley

by Blog Administrator on 10/08/17

Please spread the word to any of your art interested friends! I am in the process of planning a trip to Italy to teach sketching and painting. It is not set yet, so I am just sending you this note to see if you might be interested. A Phoenix friend is making the plans, Marna McKlendon. Her husband Keith might help organize time for spouses.  I am thinking of September, 2018 ( or possibly May-  Please tell me your preference). We would use sketch books, gessoed watercolor paper, acrylics and watercolor, sketch pencil and marker, foam core for “lap-desk”. I want to keep the supplies as light as possible that will fit easily into a suitcase for ease of traveling. 

Sept.  (or possibly May) 2018

7-10 day trip to Italy 
staying at Villa Schiatti just outside Cortona (Under the Tuscan Sun). 
Trip will include classroom instruction and trips to several towns for sketching and tours to include Cortona, Siena, and San Gimignano. Cost is being determined now but expected to be approx $3500 excluding airfare. Arrangements will be made for spouses.
Thanks, and I look forward to your feedback.        


Phoenix Magazine Artist of the Month

by Blog Administrator on 09/23/17

Phoenix Magazine selected NAWS member Claudia Hartley for their October 2017  Artist of the Month!

New NAWS Juried Member

by Blog Administrator on 09/23/17

Congratulations to Anita Belonger, the newest NAWS Juried Member!
Photo shows NAWS President Wayne St. John with newest Juried Member Anita Belonger.

Artwork needed for the 2018 Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival

by Blog Administrator on 05/28/17

The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival is sending out a call to all artists for submission of their artwork for the 2018 festival.  The 2018 featured bird is the Crissal Thrasher. 

Deadline is August 1, 2017!

Visit Call for Art for more info.

2017 New Juried Members Announced in March

by Blog Administrator on 05/27/17

NAWS announced two new juried members in March, 2017: Barbara Hagerman and Pamela Mangelsdorf.