SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Guild – January 2024

Winter Art Classes Help You Stay Healthy

Any Drawing Medium—Your Choice! by Laurie Brussel (photo by Laurie Brussel)

Connie Kotke

Research from the National Institutes of Health shows that participating in the arts may improve the health, well-being, and independence of older adults. Take care of yourself in a fun environment with art classes sponsored by the SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Guild! All classes are located in the Topaz Room at the Arts & Crafts Center adjacent to MountainView Country Club.

Visit the Guild’s website for convenient online registration and payment:

Beginning Drawing, by Laurie Brussel. Thursdays, Jan. 25 through Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. Shift from analytical processing (left brain) to a more creative way of thinking and seeing (right brain). Perfect for beginners and experienced artists who want to deepen their artistic perceptions.

Learn to Draw Realistic Faces in Correct Proportions from All Angles, by Linda Nagy. Tuesdays, Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. Transform a simple oval shape into an interesting and believable facial sketch from different views. For beginners to advanced.

Learn to Draw Expressive Facial Features of Men, Women, and Children, by Linda Nagy. Wednesdays, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. Learn to draw realistic eyes, ears, noses, and mouths for men, women, and children.

Norwegian Rosemaling, by Connie Kotke. Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore this beautiful folk art that uses blended oil paints on wood items to represent scrolls, flowers, and leaves. Follow a guided process to decorate a lidded box.

Step-by-Step Acrylic: Koi, by Tracy Holmes. Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. Perfect for painters of all levels! Learn all the steps of creating an acrylic painting of a colorful fish and take home a finished 9×12-inch painting.

Intermediate Oil Painting with Water-Mixable Oils, by Karen Gille. Feb. 26 and 29 and March 4 and 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. Ideal for painters with fewer than five years of experience or those who attended Karen’s Beginning Oil Painting class. Get individual guidance to work on a painting of your choice.

Any Drawing Medium—Your Choice! by Laurie Brussel. Tuesdays, Feb. 27 through March 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. Choose any drawing medium. Work from a photo or set up a still life. Receive instructor guidance and feedback from fellow artists. Each week includes a lesson on drawing principles.

Create Your Own Papers for Collage, Etc., by Deb Kress. Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Create six different styles of papers using various tools and paints. Express your unique style and come away with pieces that can be used in collage or art projects.

Developing the Painting, Part 2, by Karen Brungardt. Thursdays, March 7 through April 4, from 9 a.m. to noon. Use different techniques each week to develop watercolor paintings. Good for beginners and up (Developing the Painting, Part 1, not required).

Membership in the SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Guild is only $25 per year and includes many benefits and activities. Guild members also enjoy a discount on class fees.

Join Us for January 17 Art Salon Discussion

Art Salon facilitator Terry Flanigan

Connie Kotke

The Art Salon, hosted by the SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Guild, is a place where like-minded artists come together in a friendly environment to bond, network, and learn from one another. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Topaz Room at the Arts & Crafts Center adjacent to the MountainView Country Club. All SaddleBrooke residents are invited to join, whether or not they’re a member of the Guild. Refreshments are provided, no reservations are needed, and there is no charge.

The next Art Salon is on Wednesday, Jan. 17. The topic is “The Golden Age of Illustration,” and the facilitator is SaddleBrooke resident Terry Flanigan. Terry plans an interesting dialogue that will answer questions such as: What are the various definitions of illustration and “fine art”? Where is the line between illustration and fine art drawn, if at all? When was the Golden Age and who were its major participants? What forces contributed to its rise and demise?

Terry is a retired lawyer and lobbyist whose works appeared in legal publications, courthouses, and law offices for more than 45 years. An interest in 17th-century Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock prints led him to create a contemporary style twist on the Japanese print for several sushi restaurants in the Sacramento area. He is presently concentrating his artistic efforts on Southwestern culture and history.

Membership in the SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Guild is only $25 per year and includes monthly meetings, open studio, non-critique sessions, Art Salon discussions, opportunities to exhibit and sell your work, and so much more. Guild members also enjoy a discount on class fees. Visit for details.

Save the Date: Art Guild Spring Show February 9 and 10

The SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Show is set for Feb. 9 and 10 at the MountainView Clubhouse. (Photo by Delys Nast)

Connie Kotke

The SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Guild is pleased to announce the dates of its 2024 Fine Arts Show. Join us at the MountainView Clubhouse from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10. A cash bar and live music will be available during the Friday evening show.

The show is open to the public. “The annual show is an opportunity for SaddleBrooke artists to display and sell their work to people from around the region,” said Becky Easton, show chair. “The variety of fine art available changes from year to year, and there’s always something new to enjoy.”

Approximately 30 talented artists will display work ranging from traditional oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, to other unique forms of fine art, including painted gourds, sculptures, ceramic and glass multimedia creations, and more.

SaddleBrooke residents considering membership in the Fine Arts Guild (only $25 per year!) often ask, “What, exactly, is fine art?” Karen Brungardt, Guild president, explains, “It’s visual art created primarily for aesthetic purposes, as opposed to items created for practical use like those found in craft fairs. Fine art is judged for its beauty and meaningfulness. It can include works in a variety of mediums.”

Delys Nast, Show Committee member, also noted, “Many visitors see art they like at the show and then commission a unique work from our artists. You never know what will catch your eye.”

Watch for more information about the Fine Arts Show in the weeks to come and visit the Guild’s website for our full schedule of art classes held year-round.

‘One Image, No Limits’ Art Challenge Winners

Art Challenge participants had to retain at least one element of this photo by Janet Frost.

Winners in the Intermediate/Advanced category: Terry Flanigan, Linda Nagy, Sue Wilson, and Dawn Price

Winners in the Beginner category: Debbie Christiansen Wicks and Mark Chamberlain; Daphne Cates and Gan Avery are not pictured.

Connie Kotke

The SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Guild encourages art appreciation and art skills throughout the community with several opportunities for members to showcase their talents. One of these opportunities, the annual “One Image, No Limits” Art Challenge, wrapped up in early December. The work of these award winners is on display in the hallway gallery adjacent to the renovated RoadRunner Grill.

Members of the Guild are challenged to produce a piece of artwork inspired by a photo chosen from submissions by member photographers. Anything goes! The only rule is that one identifiable piece of the photo must be present in the artwork (sky and dirt don’t count). Entries are judged in two categories: Beginners and Intermediate/Advanced.

This year’s Art Challenge was based on a photo of a Tucson mural that was painted by Joe Pagac (photo taken by Janet Frost). Results were announced at the Guild’s Dec. 4 holiday meeting and potluck dinner.

Congratulations to the following winners in the Beginners category:

Award of Excellence: Go Your Own Way, by Daphne Cates. This is a striking work that uses unique materials and really draws the viewer in.

Award of Merit: Mountain Joyride, by Debbie Christiansen Wicks. This collage reflects a well-planned composition, unique design, and colorful execution.

Honorable Mention: Untitled, by Gan Avery. A beautiful sea and desert landscape. The judge particularly liked the use of black and white to create an ominous and dramatic mood, with just a touch of color in the cactus.

Most Creative Approach: Payback, by Mark Chamberlain. Look for the roadrunner on a bicycle. It’s whimsical and has a fun “thought bubble”!

Congratulations to the following winners in the Intermediate/Advanced category:

Award of Excellence: A Sign from the Future, by Terry Flanigan. Using just three colors, the artist brings us into the past with a sense of movement from the stagecoach on the Tucson Trail.

Award of Merit: Discovering Arizona’s Scenery, by Linda Nagy. This well-executed, entertaining work combines realistic and abstract elements for a very effective e result.

Honorable Mention: Untitled, by Sue Wilson. Another striking desert landscape where the artist allowed the paint to do its own thing and speak for itself while displaying good composition and perspective.

Most Creative Approach: Untitled, by Dawn Price. A colorful turtle suspended above the desert. It is an ingenious painting approach with lots of excitement. It makes you smile.