What's Happen'n Art Movement

Upcoming Exhibit

Dennis Kleidon

dennis kleidon

WHAM is proud to present the Dennis Kleidon Exhibit. Stop by and take a look at this month-long art show at WHAM Art Association
November 2nd - November 29th.

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 Rocks!


Friday, Dec. 6th


Come and paint a beautiful "Jingle Bell" Rock, along with creating a cute bell wreath to hang on your door this holiday season!

Our theme will be

"Jingle Bell Rock"

Friday, December 6th

6pm to 8pm

Click the button below to learn more!

Poetry Slam:


Friday, Feb. 21st


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


Teen Art Club:


1st Wed. Every Month


Meet other Teen Artist & Create!

Club meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month.

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.

New manager for TeenWHAM is CARee Tolle. You may reach her at carree.tolle@wham-art.org



Volunteer Today!


WHAM on Wheels has a new trailer that we just had completed and outfitted with lighting using a solar panel to charge the RV battery to power them! We take folding tables and all the art supplies that we need and set up to teach the public how to do a make and take art project. We can seat about 20-25 people at a time and usually serve 200-400 people during an event!

List of events located in the chart at the end of this newsletter. Contact Heather Young to volunteer.



Monthly Art Question

This month’s question comes from Wham member Carree Tolle who asked, “Judith, what is the Wham on Wheels all about?” Good question, Carree, but I knew nothing except seeing a decrepit old tall

wooden box on wheels pull into the Wham parking lot one day in 2014 donated by the engineering department of ASU. “What are you going to do with that?”, I asked Connie Whitlock our executive director. She smiled her broad smile and explained that we could take it to events and offer art projects in parks. Being a former Hippie it was just her cup of tea. She had a vision for a traveling art studio! Fast forward, the Wham On Wheels name is shortened to WOW. It has been remodeled and rebuilt. The Wham Teens painted it once with the help of Margaret Lieu. One of our veterans,Tim Beinfang stripped it, put it on a new trailer with a new box most recently in 2019. The most recent paint-job was done by Heather Young who is now the manager of this program. It looks cute when she wears a matching Wham shirt when she takes it to places in Surprise, Peoria, Glendale, Avondale, Goodyear and Buckeye and gives children an interactive art experience. There are 12 events scheduled at the present time and in the future, the program may possibly expand and include another “Wham On Wheels” proving that Wham is literally a MOVEMENT. Moving to inspire artists wherever they are.  

judy wolf


Judy Wolf

“I love to be outside Plein Air painting enjoying the sounds of the wind, the birds, the beautiful scenery and in the quietness trying to get those feelings and colors down on my canvas.  Paintings don’t always turn out perfect but the experience is perfect! At my home studio, I enjoy painting from my own photos of these

special places. I studied Art at the University of Colorado."

Recycle Arts Award

Linda Stahl and Connie Whitlock received the award for Recycling Excellence - Educator”  from AZRC Recycle Coalition Arizona Recycling Coalition (AZRC) is a nonprofit organization of professionals and citizens pledged to promote recycling efforts in private, public and nonprofit sectors throughout Arizona. AZRC provides leadership on waste reduction through education and membership involvement.



Award Winners

It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there for the public scrutiny of your artwork.  Artists put their entire heart and soul into their work, so the fear of criticism or rejection can keep many talented

artists from answering calls for art and entering competitions.  Entering more shows  will help to build your confidence and your artistic abilities, so keep on being creative and put your work out there for folks to enjoy.

A big thank you to all of the artists who entered the  recent open calls from the WHAM Art Gallery.  The September call was entitled“Tribal Echoes” and was a dual show sharing the gallery with “Africa in my Heart” by Kampala, Ugandan artist, Brian Begumbe.  Several paintings were sold out of both of these shows.  The “Tribal Echoes” exhibit was a juried and judged show.

The award winners were;

• Third Place, “Ra” by WHAM artist Barry Farmer
• Second Place, “Elephant” by WHAM Artist John Bigley
• First Place, “I Wait, I Hope” by California Artist Kathleen Presentati

The October call was entitled “Statewide Color Wheel” which was well-received.  This was a juried and judged show.

The award winners were;

•Honorable Mention, “Sunset Calm” by local artist Judy Pate
•Third Place, “After the Quake” by WHAM Artist Karen Mayfield  Second •Place, “Fish Tale” by WHAM Artist Debra Goley
•First Place, “Bully for You” by local artist Lin Boucher.o at Boulder.” Congratulations to all of these artists.
- By Diane Freeman
2020 Artists Calendar

Each calendar has different artists so a total of 26.$15 each or 2/$25




We are starting our new season of having an Open Free Studio  (newly named "Whameo") in the large classroom. It will run every 1st Thursday for the months of Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, and May from 9-12 AM. Everyone brings what

they want to work on and a bag lunch to continue the camaraderie at 12 in the dining room. Last season was fun and fulfilling as we shared ideas and sometimes a demonstration.

I am hoping for a great turnout this season so studio and non-studio artists become better acquainted as we converse, work, and laugh together!! Join us by going to the website and registering where the drop-down menu says, classes. If you forget, come anyway. We just want to have an idea about tables. See you on Nov. 7th around 9 AM.

Judith Visker (Open Studio Facilitator)




We now offer a service where you can advertise your work, studio or promote being in a show on our TV at the docent desk that will be running every day the gallery is open. A minimal fee will be charged. See Connie Whitlock or ME Odom for details. ME Odom is also offering a service of creating a 30 or 60 sec. video if you want more than just photos running.



Stop in and see Marty Wolfe for more information or click the link below to send her an email.



Upcoming Events

If interested, send me your contact information and the event you are interested in via email to heather.young@wham-art.org or text to 480-815-2421! Thanks in advance!

Avondale Winterfest
Saturday Nov. 7
5pm - 9pm
495 E. Western Ave
Avondale, AZ 85323
Surprise Party
Saturday Dec. 7
11am - 5pm
Surprise Rec. Campus
15960 N. Bullard Ave.
Surprise, AZ 85374
Tres Rios
Nature Fest

Saturday Feb. 29
10am - 4pm
Base & Meridian
Wildlife Rec. Area
7602 S. Avondale Blvd
Tolleson, AZ 85353
Tres Rios
Nature Fest

Saturday Feb. 29
10am - 4pm
Base & Meridian
Wildlife Rec. Area
7602 S. Avondale Blvd
Tolleson, AZ 85353
Culture Pop
Saturday Mar. 21
5pm - 10pm
Thomas Rd. W. of
Dysart, Avondale

Dysart Distric
Art Festival

Saturday Mar. 28
8am - 4pm
Valley Vista H.S.
15550 N. Parkview Pl
Surprise, AZ 85374
Avondale Kidfest
Saturday Apr. 11
10am - 1pm
Friendship Park
12325 W McDowell Rd
Avondale, AZ 85392
Surprise Easter Event
Saturday Apr. 11
7am -
Mark Coronado Park
15850 N. Bullard Ave.
Surprise, AZ 85374
Avondale Fiesta
Saturday May 2
6pm - 10pm
495 E. Western Ave.
Avondale, AZ 85323

WHAM Cares:

Special Needs Community


Classes Coming Up

NEW Class Schedule for November (check out the holiday classes)

• Ukrainian Psyanky Decorated Eggs •

Make Christmas Ornaments using over thousands of year old technique of making Ukrainian Pysanky decorated eggs - a process of applying one color at a time. Shannon uses chicken, goose, and ostrich eggs.

November 14th - Christmas Ornament Decorated Eggs

November 21st - Christmas Ornament Decorated Eggs

TIME: 1:00pm -4:00pm

COST:  $20 Non-Members (Discount Prices available for WHAM Members)

INSTRUCTOR: Shannon Smith-Jefferson

All supplies are provided, additional decorating kits are available

(ask for details)

There are also several clay classes in November.

Check the Classes tab on our website for details.


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