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Year End Message from Connie

Will things ever go back to normal? The short answer? No. Our lives will probably never return to what was before the biggest public health crisis of our lives. Change is the only constant, and our lives will never be the same. So, if it is not an option to return to what was, where do we find hope?

If you are a dreamer like me, you may be struggling to find hope in the overall picture. Hope is lost by hanging onto unrealistic expectations. When I am overwhelmed and falling into pessimism, I bring my thoughts closer to home. As I walk around my community, I extend loving kindness to my fellow residents with a smile and greeting. I recognize my own fears and uncertainties in their eyes. I remind myself all those I meet are struggling currently and that it is our job – our duty – to extend them kindness.  

When you have lost hope and do not know where to find it, you may have an inspiration to create it for others.  Hope is sometimes as simple as being present for others. For me, there is no higher calling than to see others – really see them – and recognize their pain without trying to fix it or diminish it.    Hope is making someone else feel less alone in this world.  

Alternatively, hope is a sign of resiliency. It can be found in the belief that we can build something new, something better, and come out of this with more empathy for our neighbors and loved ones. Perhaps we should not hang our hope on a specific event or outcome in the future. Our hope must come from a deeper place.  

We have many more projects lined up next year and I am sure with your dedication and determination we will be able to complete those with conviction and a happy heart. I thank you ALL for your support and hope this relationship continues as we achieve success together. My best wishes to you and your families for a safe, Happy Holiday Season and prosperous New Year.  

Connie Whitlock WHAM Executive Director End of Year Message 2020

This Month's Exhibit

My Secret Garden

WHAM is proud to present an open call juried art exhibit titled “Secret Garden”. This gallery exhibition is for your viewing pleasure for the month of January!

Exhibition Dates: Jan 5th thru Jan 30th, 2021

The artist reception is a Garden Party out of doors January 23, 2-4pm. Music by Suco Duo. Check WHAM Website for details. Please join us!

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

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

Gallery Holiday Hours

Reopens Tuesday January 5,2020.
10 am to 4 pm

Gift Shop - Grand Reopening

GIFT SHOP Grand Reopening event: Friday, Jan 15, 10am-4pm and Saturday, Jan 16, 10am-4pm. We will be giving out a free T- shirt, necklace or scarf with any purchase while supplies last. You will be surrounded by the work of local artists to enjoy! We look 

forward to seeing you! Give the gift created by members and local artists. We have the Gift SHOP at WHAM Art Center and the NEW online Gift Shop for your shopping pleasure!!!  FYI: We had 10 sales in November totaling over $700. Thank you patrons for your purchase and shopping local!

Bowls of Hope Continues!

With so many people in need, Bowls of Hope is a way to give back to those who are hurting. We have many bowls left for purchase through January to support our Local charities. Your support by purchase of a $12 bowl goes along way to assist our neighboring shelters. There are six shelters in fact! Visit the gallery to pick out your one-of-a-kind handmade bowl made by our ceramic artists; they donated their time and material and your purchase is in kind donated back to the community.

Come pick out your bowl!!!

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

WHAM Adult Painting Class:

WHAM Half-Day Workshops for Adults

Thursday, Jan. 21st

January 21, February 18 & March 18

1:30pm to 3:30pm

Enjoy the arts with WHAM Half-Day Workshops for Adults. (suitable for ages 16+) Enjoy a loose acrylic painting class in a comfortable atmosphere. Perfect for beginners, and challenging enough for experienced acrylic painters who want to have fun. This class focuses on a specific style of "Loose" Acrylic Painting on canvas. Helping develop the artistic eye and create a style of your own. Each class you will be able to complete a piece of art on canvas to take home with you along with a few more learned techniques.

Classes held on the 3rd Thursday every month            

Instructor: CARree           

Course fee: $25 

Class size minimum 4 maximum 10

All supplies provided

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 fun Jan. 6th - Drawing,

Contest, Daily Art Challenge, Birthday Recognition. 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 year!

TeenWHAM Art Club!

Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in addition to the event.

Jan. 13th - Air Brush/Spray Painting Murals with Professional Airbrush Artist, Elias. 

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

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.


Underground Poetry Night:


Friday, Feb. 19th


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

February 19 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.

February 19th

Love & Hearts Theme

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cost: FREE

Hosted by: Margaret Lieu & WHAM Art Center

MC'd by: Dustin Garvey & Bern Mulvey, PhD.

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.

For $25 minimum donation you'll get your name on the wall and an apple filled with goodies!


WHAM The Tribe Acrylic:


Last Saturday of each Month

January 30, February 27 & March 27
10:00am - 1:00pm

Learn a unique style of art using a simple credit card in a technique called"paint pulling".  Colene Clark will show a style of painting you'll sure to love using common every day items, painting with acrylics on canvas and style. $35

To register click the button below!

Class size minimum 6/ maximum 12
Supply list provided when registering

WHAM Adult Drawing Class:


All Ages Welcome!

January 14, February 11 & March 11
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Enjoy the arts with WHAM Half-Day Workshops for Adults. (suitable for ages 16+) Learn drawing/sketching basics, understanding values, study the many techniques of drawing. Come enjoy the beginning stages of the art of drawing.

Each class we willfocus on drawing basics, techniques, and tools, using a different subjectmatter each class.            

Instructor: CARree           
Course fee: $25 each date
Class size minimum 4 maximum 10
Allsupplies provided

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


The Butterflies are coming!


Did you hear? The butterflies are coming!! Well, "it" is coming! Exciting NEW news! Follow the flight and see where it lands! For information on how to assist in flight, contact Linda Stahl.

WHAM loves our artists and this month we will host artist Mary Wolke on January 9th in our  "Artist the Corner". She will demonstrate her work from 10 am to 2 pm and on the 16th and 23rd, Barry Farmer will show us his craft.



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 which will  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: Feb. 6th - Hope Necklace and Bracelets

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 that the 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.



Paul Cézanne

“An open opportunity for WHAM Artists to gather in an artist's setting, reading and learning the teachings of the many great Artists & Authors in print. This is 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: Jan 4th, 2021

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cost: FREE to WHAM Members / $10 non-members

Instructor: CARee

Now Reading/Studying: The Letters of Paul Cézanne - Paul Cézanne 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.

WHAM Member Happenings!
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.

Artist Exchange



  • ART EXCHANGE (Takes place in the front Gallery)

  • GIFT SHOP EXCHANGE (Takes place in the Gift Shop behind the docent area)

2nd Sunday and Monday every other month from 10am-1pm

(We are closed to the public on those days)


January 10th & 11th                      10am-1pm

March 14th & 15th                         10am-1pm

May 9th & 10th                              10am-1pm

July 11th & 12th                             10am-1pm

September 12th & 13th                  10am-1pm

November 14th & 15th                   10am-1pm


*Volunteer hours start over in January so will not need to be accumulated to submit art pieces, following sessions will require volunteer hours to be documented with Gaylia Young @ 

* GIFT SHOP: 10 art pieces and/or 10 greeting cards are allowed in the Gift Shop each session per artist member. 20% donation will be expected when an item sells. Artists are paid on the 15th of the month following their sale. 

*ART EXCHANGE: Items must be clean and wired for hanging. Each artist member is allowed to bring in 3 pieces in the 3-D room and 3 pieces of wall art. 5 Prints are allowed to be displayed in the hallway for a 6 month period.

City of Avondale

Heather Young, our Wham on Wheels coordinator, along with her daughter, Marty Wolf, Mary Humme and Lind Stahl put 300 bags of art supplies together for the City of Avondale that were delivered to the City library in time for the Christmas break!

WHAM General Members Meeting

Mark your calendars for January 20 at 5pm  for the WHAM General Members Meeting . It will be virtual via zoom. Please visit the website for updates a couple of days before the meeting.


Art Club

We will be meeting the first Thursday of each month from 10 am to Noon.

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: Jan 7th, 2021
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm (12pm to 1pm lunch hour)
Cost: FREE to WHAM Members / $10 non-members
Instructor: CARee

Adaptive Art:

          Memory Care

WHAM is open and 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 scholarships to individuals. Adaptive art is held every third Thursday of the month. Contact Cindy Chambers  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 on the 3rd Thursday and/or Friday for Memory Care, from 10am-12pm- $20 per person. Call WHAM@ 623-584-8311 or visit the website to reserve your spot! 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

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

Our Veterans have been busy in art creating this stain glass window for the WHAM art classroom! Join us in the New Year, January 11,2021 at WHAM for a holiday party and special gifts! Thank you for your service! And thank you Sun City Festival for your gifts and support. Participants have all but completed the Stain Glass for the classroom window and ready for install!  Any questions, Call Marty Wolfe at 623-606-1649.


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