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February Newsletter

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This Month's Event


WHAM is proud to present the opening exhibition and reception this month. Featuring artist Margie Castle, Marty Wolfe & Colene Clark. This gallery exhibition for your viewing pleasure for the month of February!

Exhibition Dates: February 1-28, 2021

The open house and reception is February 13,2021, 10am -4pm. Please join us! All are welcome - free admission!

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

Gift Shop - Success

Mike Verhoeks is a clay artist who does all his work on the potter's wheel. He primarily works with crystalline glaze, which is the art of growing crystals on pottery during the firing process. It is a special effects glaze made primarily of particles of zinc oxide and

silica. Mike is a master of using this technique, which resembles frosted glass on windows in round circles covering the stoneware. Costs of his beautiful art begin at $38. Smaller prices items, such as mugs are $12 and spoon holders are $4. Mike is a valuable member of WHAM as he earns his volunteer hours making many of the bowls that we use for the Bowls of Hope Event each year. He has a studio at WHAM Art Association where he is often found working at the wheel creating the most breathtaking pieces! Bowls, bowls with lids, plates, mugs, vases, urns all come to brilliant radiance with his crystalline glaze technique. Please make an effort to come to the WHAM Gift Shop to see his work!

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 Calls to Art!

Annual Recycle Art Show:

WHAM Art Association is hosting a Juried art exhibit for Arizona Artists. Two dimensional wall art and three dimensional art will be juried on the visual appeal of the piece and the creativity demonstrated in portraying a piece of art that has been created by using cast off items. Show Dates: April 2nd through 30th, 2021

Entry Deadline: March 17th
Artists can enter the call to Art on the WHAM Website under Gallery 

  Arizona in Bloom:

WHAM Art Association is hosting a Juried art exhibit for Arizona Artists only, May 4, 2021 through May 29, 2021. Two dimensional wall art and three dimensional art will be juried on the visual appeal of the piece and the creativity demonstrated in portraying a piece of art that depicts the beauty of the Sonoran Desert.

To enter the Call to Artists go to Questions can be directed to Diane Freeman

 Submissions are now open for Interpretations VI
Reply-To: Arizona Art Alliance <>

WHAM Nights:

Family Painting Party

Friday, Feb. 5th

“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.

Our theme will be "Love Locks" By CARree, 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 SOUTHSIDE CLASSROOM ENTRANCE (as the front gallery will be closed) See you in class

Instructor: CARree           

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!

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 Feb. 3rd - 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!

Cost: $15 per Non-Member | $5 per Member

TeenWHAM Art Club!

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

Feb. 10th - Pop Art Lesson.

Cost: $25 per Non-Member | $15 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

Spring Break is up on us and Summer to follow. We need your help! 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

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!

Drawing Classes:
February 11, March 11 & April 8
Painting Classes:
February 18, March 18 & April 15
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 will focus on drawing basics, techniques, and tools, using a different subject matter 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!

 For information on how to assist in flight, contact Linda Stahl




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.


Kids Art Classes

Art classes are designed to help create art in children’s development across many domains, physical, social, cognitive, emotional, imagination and experimentation development.

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. 9, 23 - Valentine Painting/ Abstract Art (ages 8 to 12)

Time: 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Cost: $20 per child

Date: Feb. 4, 18 – Ladybug Love/Sunset Hill (ages 5 to 7)

Time: 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Cost: $10 per child

Self Care/Therapeutic:

Adults and Kids

Art is a form of communication and expression, which makes it an ideal outlet for anyone to use their imagination and develop their creativity, self-worth and boost confidence and so much more of ourselves

re-imagined in how strong and capable we really are. Helping boost self-confidence and self-awareness through these healing art activities.

Date: Feb. 11, 25 - Adults

Time: 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Cost: $25 per session



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: Feb 4th, 2021
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm (12pm to 1pm lunch hour)
Cost: FREE to WHAM Members / $10 non-members
Instructor: CARee


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: Feb 1st, 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.



The Art of Creative Writing

Join other artists, writers, and upcoming writers during this 3 part series designed to introduce students to the building blocks of creative fictional writing. Taught by Bern Mulvey, an author, and professor currently

teaching writing at ASU. The classes are designed as a 3 parts series, you can take one or take them all.

Feb 8th - Fiction series I
Feb 15th - Fiction series II
Feb 22nd - Fiction III

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Cost: $10.00 per Non-Member | FREE per MEMBER

Instructor: Bern Mulvey, PhD

Min. 4 students per class Please bring notebook and writing material


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 had their annual holiday party January 11,2021 where loads of fun and celebration of year well live d creating art and connecting with others. Our others include the handmade quilts gifted to your veterans that day by our friends at Sun City Festival. Thank you for your gifts and support. 

Want to join the fun?! Call Marty Wolfe at 623-606-1649.



Clay Classes

Students will create a functional or purely decorative vase using design skills, slabs, textures, sprigs, and will learn to create and decorate with sprigs. This lesson integrates the history of many cultures and art.

Create these vases from scratch. Students individually design their vase shape on paper, cut out templates from their design and then start hand building in clay. So many textures to choose from for this project including: texture rollers, texture molds, handmade stamps, found object textures, etc.This lesson is suitable for teens to adult.

This is a 2-part class both held on Wednesday morning.

February 17, 24

10:00am - 12:30pm

Instructor: Connie Whitlock

Course fee: $55

All supplies provided.


Mixed Media Art Class

Students will be creating a style of their own while learning valuable techniques using simple tools such as masking tape, watercolors, and acrylics.

Learn all this and more, from Artist Colene Clark in one of her painting classes offered this year. Cost $35

Class size minimum 6/ maximum 12 Supplies available for $5 a kit, students are welcome to bring own supplies, supply list located on the "What to bring" tab when registering.


WHAM Mini Workshops:

Glass Fused Plate

Glass Fused Plate, Glass Fusing -$55/$25 members.


Enjoy the arts with WHAM Mini Workshops for Adults. (suitable for ages 16+)


WHAM Member Happenings!

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

Artist Exchange is is complete. Halls are filled with new art! Check it out! Next exchange is March 14 and 15, 2021 for two month hall exhibition. Bring in your art 10am-1pm if you are a member! If you are promoting your art through the online gift shop, there will be a $10 fee for a 2-month listing duration.

*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 at

* 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. 

*Mark your calendars for February 17 at 5:30pm for the WHAM General Members Meeting. It will be virtual via zoom. Please visit the website for updates.


Member Spotlight


Kleidon Has Virtual Art Show in NYC

Dennis Kleidon, Professor of Art Emeritus of the University of Akron and CEO of Kleidon & Associates, a marketing communications firm in Bath, will show recent abstract paintings in a virtual solo exhibit at the Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York City. The show can be viewed online at the gallery website,  It will include twenty paintings and runs January 2  - February 8.  As a virtual show, it can be seen by everyone without travel required and will have international circulation. 

Kleidon’s work has been reviewed by Edward Lucie-Smith, the world’s most legendary and prolific art critic. Lucie-Smith says “Kleidon’s paintings are not Minimalist. They are deeply personal. You see the motion of the creator’s hand. They are in no way blank – on the contrary, they are bursting with life…. This exhibition is not simply the work of someone who likes making paintings and is good at that. It is the product of someone who is obsessed with the idea of communication – with using paint on a surface to transfer ideas-plus-sensations…from his mind, his sensibility to yours.” The full review, as well as Kleidon’s artwork, can be seen at

This exhibit includes select abstract paintings done in the past few years, including the Unleashed, Taliesin and Transformation series. Inspired by the boulders at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona, the backgrounds of Kleidon’s paintings reveal the magnificent colors and textures of these natural forms. Each painting has an almost sculptural or architectural presence, a reflection of Kleidon’s background in design, architecture and sculpture. These powerful, elegant images are inspired by petroglyphs found in the Arizona desert and created by ancient Native Americans. His work is also influenced by the graceful strokes of Asian calligraphy. 

Unleashing Your Imagination is a theme in Kleidon’s artwork and of his soon-to-be-published book of the same title. 

Dennis Kleidon is a Professor of Art Emeritus at the University of Akron, co-founder of Kleidon & Associates, and author of Unleash Your Imagination. He maintains studios in Akron, Ohio, and Surprise, Arizona. 

To see the show, visit Kleidon’s work can also be viewed at For more information, contact Dennis Kleidon at 330-329-7408.


  Artist Jim Rumpelts, former City Manager of Surprise and current member of the WHAM Association in Surprise is new on the scene of cartooning and recently published in the Surprise Independent. Check out his latest work in the next Surprise Independent Publication. Jim is also a part of the Sketchbook Art Club held at WHAM. Stop by our next Sketchbook Art Club meeting held the 1st Thursday of the month at the WHAM Art Center from 10am to 12noon each month, keep an eye for each publication as Jim continues his new cartoon series in the Surprise Independent.



What classes would you like to see offered?

Do you have a favorite medium? Check out our list of classes this month or on our website. For instance, we will be offering a Glass fusing class with FRIT in the spring

(March or April) and more clay classes. Email us if you have a wish for a class and we will see if we cannot get this up and running!

Getting out of your comfort zone and trying a skill, developing your creative side of your brain does wonders to your soul. Moreover, creating art and increasing knowledge is a good stress relief. WHAM has made every effort to be Covid-19 compliant from the moment you enter the gallery to the classroom space provided. Seating is limited in the classes and cleanliness and comfort is what we strive for to make your experience as enjoyable as possible.

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