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Hello to members and friends of WHAM

Even though we have all been challenged by the pandemic, WHAM is proof that life and art do go on. With safe practices such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing, WHAM has successfully had our gallery open with a new exhibit every month since August. Visitors have been happy to have a safe place to view art and even purchase beautiful art pieces. It is our pleasure to report that the gallery is booked up through December of 2021 except for the summer months of June, July and August. January 2021 will start off with a juried show that is now open for entries. Visit Call To Artist. The theme for the show is “Secret Garden” which allows you a broad horizon to envision your favorite garden spot. Deadline for entries is November 29th. If you have any questions about the gallery or future exhibits or open calls, contact Diane Freeman.

Current Exhibit

Sun Valley Artists


WHAM is proud to present the Sun Valley Artist, a talented group from Sun City Festival, in Finding Beauty in Unordinary Times. This gallery exhibition for your viewing pleasure for the month of November!

The open house and reception is November 7, 2020. 1pm-3pm. Please join us!

Don't miss this exciting exhibit! All are welcome - free admission!

WHAM Community Art Center - West Gallery 16560 North Dysart Road, Surprise, AZ 85378

WHAM Nights:


Friday, Nov. 6th


Come enjoy a fun, family evening of painting, art trivia, raffle prizes, beverages and snacks.

Our theme will be

"Fall In Love"

Friday, November 6th

6pm to 8pm

Cost: $25 each

All supplies provided and all proceeds will benefit our WHAM Kids Art Programs

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

Created by WHAM artist & Member, CARree

Click the button below to learn more!

Teen Art Club :


1st & 2nd Wed.


Meet other Teen Artist & Create!

TeenWHAM Art Classes meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month.

4:30pm - 6:30pm

Join the Nov. 11th - Guest Artist

Creating Cigar Boxes

TeenWHAM Art Club Fundraisers Events! Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in addition to the event.

Window Mural Contest, Daily Art Challenge, Birthday Recognition!

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.


WHAM Benefit Tournament:


Sunday, Nov. 15th


A tournament to benefit WHAM, Fore the Arts! Put a Turkey in your pot and help WHAM's programs!

Sign up as a team of 6 ($600), or sign up as an individual ($100), and be placed into a team.

Each team of 6 will receive Food, Drink Tickets, Raffle Tickets to Win a Turkey for Each Player and 3 Hours of Golf!

Complete the registration form and submit to Connie Whitlock or call 623-640-5229.

Don't miss a great day of fun while helping a good cause!

TopGolf Glendale
6101 N. 99th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85305
November 15th, 2020
2:00pm - 6:00pm

WHAM Kids:


Apples for Art Program


Apples for Art is in its 2nd year! The program helps pay for ALL the WHAM Kids classes. The Apples for art annual fundraiser event allows donors, and sponsors and YOU to provide for all the WHAM Kids classes throughout the year such as the First Saturday of the Month WHAM Kids Arts & Crafts Workshop, School Break Arts & Crafts Camps, and other kids classes and events throughout the year. Contact CARree for more information.

Apples For Art "Apple" Drive we are currently seeking donors and sponsors to reach our goal of $5,000 for 2021.

Our Apples for Art Program received a $500 VISA Gift Certificate from Toyota Dealership in the Valley.


WHAM Mini-Workshops:


First Saturday of each Month


Enjoy the arts with WHAM Half-Day Workshops for Adults. (Suitable for ages 16+)

Held on the first Saturday of each month from 9:00am to 12:00pm. 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 medium and skill level to the classroom. Workshop will range from $25 to $55 per class depending on medium and subject matter.

Clay Vase (2-part class)

Nov. 7th & 14th

Holiday Art Class:


All Ages Welcome!


Adults and Kids are welcome. Christmas themed painting holiday party. This class is geared for beginner and new painters, come have fun with friends and listen to Christmas Music, and enjoy your time out.

Nov. 27th
6:00pm - 8:30pm

Member Discount Pricing Available:

please email discount code request to CARree.

Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to learn a new skill and enjoy playing the painting.

Click the button below to book your spot in the class!


Gift Shop

NEW online Gallery SHOP for your viewing pleasure!!! The Gallery Gift Shop is Open for in person shopping as well! Bring in your new gift items to the shop at Member exchange November 1 and 2 from 10am-1pm. Check with Gaylia to ensure your volunteer hours update to participate.


Sidewalk Chalk Contest

Proud to Announce the Sidewalk Chalk Contest! Join us in creating for a good cause! 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 for the Sidewalk Chalk Event Contest December 5!

December 5th 9am-3pm

Mark your calendar for Wham’s annual charity event!! Make bowls, buy bowls, and support this fundraiser for area food banks, shelters and more. The event will take place December 5, 9am-3pm. Music by Soco Duo 11am-1pm and a sidewalk Chalk competition put on by our Wham Teens!

This year more than ever our West Valley Charities are in need of support, and your contribution of handmade bowls for our Bowls of Hope is appreciated so much.

Please contact Connie Whitlock with a pledge of any amount of bowls. Please have bowls ready by November 29th.

If need of earning volunteer hours, you can work the event. Additionally you  gain 2 hours of volunteer time by bringing 3 dozen cookies to fill the bowls 2 days prior to the event.


Cards for Seniors

To date WHAM, along with residents, have made and delivered 3800 cards to Surprise and Peoria senior facilities, uplifting many senior’s spirits during this pandemic season.  Help us make cards to deliver to those who cannot see their loved ones. This is a perfect thing to get your kids, youth and scout groups together for holiday activities so we all understand how important it is to give to their communities, care about others around them, and have fun doing something constructive.  Please help and make someone’s day a little brighter.

You can drop off your cards at WHAM’s back Patio in a Box that says “CARDS FOR SENIORS. Deliver your cards in an envelope or box and mail to WHAM at 16560 N. Dysart Rd.,Surprise, AZ 85378.



First Saturday of the month

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

Limited seating to only 12 students (each student will have their own table be 6ft apart from the other tables) All health and safety guidelines will be in practice to keep your children safe and healthy during this time.

Date: Nov. 7th - Pine cone wreaths

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Cost: $5 per child

Instructor: Professional WHAM Artist (Volunteers)

All supplies will be provided. Must register online to be sure art instructor has adequate supplies. Help! We need your corks! Please donate by class time your collection!! We appreciate our members help in all we do. Thank you.



New Self-Care

Program for Kids!

If you want successful kids, help them cultivate their sense of self-worth. Art is a form of communication and expression, which makes it an ideal outlet for young children to use their imagination and develop

their Creativity, self-worth boosts confidence.

Date: All Monday's In November

Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Cost: $15 per child

Instructor: CARree, Certified Art Therapy Coach



The Art of Creative Writing

Fiction Writing Series

Monday Evenings:

November 9, 16, 23rd

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join other artists, writers, poets and writing enthusiasts during this 3 part series designed to introduce students to the building blocks of creative writing. Taught by Bern Mulvey, PhD, Author, ASU Professor. 

The classes are designed as a 3-part series, you can take one or take them all.



Members Only

“An open opportunity for WHAM Artist to gather in an artist's setting, reading and learning the teachings of the many great Artists & Authors in print. This will be a year-round book club focusing on a different book every 2 months. Prepare to learn and be inspired by great artists from around the world from every era in time.

Each artist is encouraged to have both the book and workbook for the study group to get the most out of the group gathering and studies.

The Art Book Club meets on the 1st Monday of each month.

Dates: Nov 2nd & Dec 7th, 2020

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cost: FREE WHAM Members Only

Instructor: CARree

Now Reading/Studying: The Letters of Paul Cezanne - Paul Cezanne was a Post impressionist French Artist, in the 19th Century Each artist is encouraged to have both the book and workbook for the study group to get the most out of the group gathering and studies.

Get Social Online

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 member to join the group.

Join our LinkedIn page for WHAM Art Association. Connect with other artists and share art in community with local businesses and organizations.

Members-only bulleting board! Come see! We have a section for Buy/Sell/Trade (all those art-related items you bought on a whim - trade with other artist!), a section for classes and

events so everyone will know what's happening, and a wonderful inspiration area, which right now features the color of the year. This is YOUR bulletin board so make the most of it! If you have poetry you want to share, a picture of inspirational artwork, and item to sell - pretty much anything you want the other members to know about, get it to Mary in the Finance office, or leave it at the front desk with the docent to give to me and I will get it up on the board!

Connie Whitlock & Lori Favara demonstration

Wham reaches out to bring art to area communities. You pick up your art kit at the Residence’s community office and do art at home along with the video. Great success! How is it created? Click the video above of Connie Whitlock and Lori Favara demonstrating Sugar Skulls and Mariposa creating.


Exhibiting Work

· Member Debra Goley is exhibiting a body of her work  just a few blocks away from Wham. Make a day of art out it! Visit WHAM and then check out the local exhibit through November 13, 2020. Exhibition is titled Expressions Of the West Valley. She is one

of four artist exhibiting work. Arts HQ Gallery, 16126 N Civic Center Plaza, Surprise AZ. Must RSVP for an hour time slot for your viewing pleasure.

Artist Exchange! November 1 and 2, 2020, 10am to 1pm, members may bring in their art up to three (3) to exhibit through January 10 and 11, 2021, in Wham hallway gallery. Members must be current. Please contact Linda for details and Heather for gift shop exchange.

Mark your calendars for November 18 at 5pm  for the WHAM General Members Meeting . It will be virtual via zoom. Please visit the website for updates.


Members Only

We will be meeting the first Thursday of each month.

A great opportunity for WHAM Artists to work

together for a couple hours sharing techniques and giving each other encouragement while working in your own personal sketch book or portfolio.

After working in our sketch books, visiting, and sharing newfound secrets, techniques, and ideas, we will meet for lunch in the dining room to enjoy sack lunches continuing socializing over the lunch hour.

This is a great opportunity to be creative, learn new techniques, work on your personal art pieces, especially sketchbooks to hone in your skill, to share and get to know your fellow WHAM Artists.

Dates: Nov 5th, Dec 3rd
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm (12pm to 1pm lunch hour)
Cost: FREE WHAM Members Only
Instructor: CARree

Adaptive Art:

In Full Swing!


WHAM has reopened. We are following CDC guidelines in the building.

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 and mental health disorders. Wham believes ART is for everyone, so, through a sponsorship we can offer some scholarships to individuals. Classes are offered three (3) different ways.

Click below for more info.

Veterans Program:

Art, A Path To Healing


Both Peoria and Surprise monthly days are being held currently at WHAM Art Center.

Join in the second Monday of the month on November 9 and November 24. You will be working on Stain Glass for the classroom window!  Any questions, Call Marty Wolfe at 623-606-1649.


WHAM’s mission is to provide innovative, multidisciplinary, arts-inclusive programming, exhibits, and project to the diverse West Valley communities we serve.  Between the gallery exhibits, festivals, and educational programming, WHAM impacts 50,000 people annually.  Come to our facilities on 16560 N. Dysart Rd., Surprise, AZ to stroll through our current Gallery  exhibit, visit the open artist’s studios, take one of our many art classes and get to know about the ARTS in the West Valley. 


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