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Arts HQ

Oct. 19 - Dec. 20, 2017
Located at the Arts HQ Gallery
16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ.
Juried art exhibition featuring Arizona artists. Arts HQ Gallery open Tues - Thurs, 10 - 5, Fri 10 - 2 p.m. 

Handcrafted Holiday: Make It and Market
December 8th, 2017
Market hours: 4PM-7PM
Make It hours: 5PM-7PM
Be a part of our event in one of two ways:
Handcrafted Make It:
We are looking for artists to guide hands-on projects for our "Make It" holiday activity.  Creative ideas and examples can be sent to Jessica at  and must be received by November 15th.

Handcrafted Market: 
Submit three images or examples of work you would like to sell at our outdoor holiday market.  Submissions and questions can be sent to Jessica at   and must be received by November 15th.

Lunchtime Theatre Presents: Los Tres Tenores
November 9, 2017
$10.00 / person
2 p.m. show
Reservations are required
Located at the NW Regional Library
Call 623-584-2626 to purchase your tickets. 

We Want YOU!
The West Valley Arts Council is looking for Volunteers to help support our upcoming events! If you are interested in joining our Havana Nights Fundraiser Committee or volunteering at upcoming arts events please email

Upcoming Events

November 3, 2017

The Okee Dokee Brothers
7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $15 Adults; $10 Youth 18 & under
As childhood friends in Denver, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always creating outside adventures. Now the Grammy-winners record and perform family folk music that inspires kids and parents to get out and experience nature.

November 4, 2017

6th Annual Chalk Art in the Park
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Goodyear Community Park 
3151 N. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, AZ 85395
25 professional artist squares. Over 100 family squares, no pre-registration necessary. Music by DJ Joe Mercado. Face Painting, booths & exhibits featuring artwork for sale, Goodyear Mobile Museum, Food Truck and more!

Estrella Mountain Community College Presents the 1st Annual West Valley Noche de Mariachi Festival
7:00 p.m., EMCC Performing Arts Center
Celebrate the rich history of Mariachi at the First Annual West Valley Noche de Mariachi at EMCC! A full night of live musical and dance performances by local, regional and national artists will benefit EMCC student scholarships. General admission tickets are only $10, with additional sponsorships available including a $50 Community Support sponsor ticket that includes a pre-event reception and swag bag!

Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts
11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Join Herberger Theater for the eighth annual Festival of the Arts as we celebrate the arts in our community with performances by 25 arts groups, live music, aerials, activities for kids, pet adoptions, food, craft beer and wine tasting and more than 50 vendor and arts organization booths. Proceeds benefit the Herberger Theater's youth outreach programs.

November 4-5, 2017
Shemer Arizona Arts Festival
10:00 a.m., 5005 E Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018
This two-day event (formerly Sunday @ Shemer) will kick-off holiday shopping with more than 40 artists from all across Arizona showcasing one-of-a-kind works, plus demonstrating glass-blowing, blacksmithing and pottery-throwing)!  There will be children's art activities in an interactive $5 Kids Zone, live music, food & beverage vendors, a silent auction AND an evening "Meet the Artists" wine-tasting reception on Saturday!  A fun, family way to enjoy the art of Arizona AND benefit the non-profit Shemer Art Center!

November 10-12, 2017
38th Annual Bluegrass Festival & Fiddle Championship
$18.00 adults, $15 senior citizens, $10 children
Featured bands entertaining all three days at the festival are Wood & Wire, High Plains Tradition, and Dry Branch Fire Squad.  Additionally, contestants will compete in eight categories for prizes and cash awards. Some of the categories bring Championship designation, such as Fiddle, Mandolin, Flat Pick Guitar, and Banjo.
The festival is held outdoors at the Everett Bowman Rodeo Grounds, 935 Constellation Road, just 1/2 mile east of Highway 60/93 in Wickenburg. Limited reserved   self-contained RV   camping in Constellation Park is arranged through the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce, as well a limited spaces in the tent camping area.

November 17-19, 2017

Hidden in the Hills Studio Tours
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Arizona's largest and longest-running artist studio tour and sale, Hidden In The Hills, will take place during the last two weekends of November, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 17, 18 & 19 and November 24, 25, and 26, 2017. A signature event of the non-profit Sonoran Arts League, Hidden In The Hills features 174 artists in 44 studio locations throughout the scenic Desert Foothills communities of Cave Creek, Carefree, and North Scottsdale.Bring along your friends and family to this once a year Northeast Valley studio tour featuring 174 working artists at 44 studios. 

November 20, 2017

Convening on Arts and Dementia
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Phoenix Art Museum (Singer Hall)
Registraion is Free, Seating is limited
Banner Alzheimer's Institute and Arizona Commission on the Arts are excited to invite you to a Convening on Arts & Dementia. Arizona is a prime center for dementia research and innovative creative aging programming. This convening is meant to bring together practitioners working in the arts and health care sectors to learn more about existing dementia related arts programming Valley-wide. 
We do have limited seating, so RSVP soon!

Upcoming Art Exhibits

West Valley Arts Council
4th Annual Surprise Invitational
Oct. 19 through Dec. 20 
16126 N. Civic Center Plaza 
Surprise, AZ 85374

Desert Caballeros Art Museum
All Over the Map: The Picerne Collection of Arizona Landmark Art
Oct. 21 through Mar. 4, 2018
16126 N. Civic Center Plaza 
Surprise, AZ 85374

Carstens Gallery
Golden Palette Art Walk  "Demonstrate"
Nov. 16, 2017
6 pm Scottsdale - 7077 E. Main St., #5.  
Guest Demonstrating Artist Nancy Christy-Moore 

Upcoming Performances

October 13 - November 11, 2017
Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents Man of La Mancha
The story of one man's quest to dream "The Impossible Dream" of a world where honor and salvation prevail.
  7701 W. Paradise Lane
Peoria, AZ 85382

November 9, 2017
Lunchtime Theatre Series: Los Tres Tenores
$10.00 - Reservations are required.
NW Regional Library
2 p.m.
16089 N Bullard Ave, Surprise, AZ. 
Space is limited so be sure to make reservations at 623.584.2626 before tickets are sold out!

November 19, 2017

West Valley Symphony Opening Concert 
2 Symphonies, 1 concert. 
Beethoven: Corioian Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Major
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Italian
Purchase your tickets through Arizona Broadway Theatre, 623-7070-8844 Option 1 or on Sunday at Valley Vista after 2:00 p.m.

Call to Artists

City of Surprise 2017 Mural Project - City Cashier Area of City Hall. 

The City of Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission is seeking artists or firms to create a mural for the Surprise City Hall cashier's area that represents the artist's interpretation of the White Tank Mountains.

Qualified artists and firms are invited to submit a Statement of Qualifications as part of the Request for Qualifications process, which is detailed on

The deadline to submit is November 3, 2017, and the contract will be awarded December 6, 2017.

For more information, please contact Danielle Osborne at or 623.222.1034.
Call to Artists
Flagstaff Arts Council
Hidden Light Gallery and the Jewel Gallery
Submission deadline: Dec. 31, 2017

The Flagstaff Arts Council is now accepting applications for art exhibitions in the Hidden Light Gallery and the Jewel Gallery of the Coconino Center for the Arts. For more information on criteria and the link to apply, please visit: 

Call to Artists
City of Goodyear
Library Fine Art Show - Spanning the Generations
Dec 12 - Feb 28, 2018
Submission deadline: Dec. 2, 2017

How do we tell our life story through art? For the Spanning the Generations Fine Art Show artist of all ages are asked to visually depict their life through their artwork.    The artwork can show the passing of time or represent a pinnacle defining moment. Artists will interpret the theme however they find it best represents their lifetime.  

-Open to all West Valley artists of any age. 
-Up to two submissions will be accepted. 
-Submittal should include application, waiver form, artist statement and digital images of  artwork. 

Images will be submitted by email to 
Submission materials may be dropped off or mailed to Parks & Rec Administration Office, 14455 W. Van Buren C103 Goodyear AZ 85338. 
Applications and waiver can be download-ed at 
Call to Artists
WHAM Juried Photography Show Prospectus
Jan 3 - Jan 30, 2017
Wham West Gallery, Surprise, AZ 85374

This show is open to all photographers residing in Arizona.   All forms of photographic expression are encouraged:  film and digital capture, both traditional and digital darkroom, along with photo manipulation.  All entries must be the entrant's original work, i.e. the capture of the image as well as dark room and digital processing.  
All entries will be submitted online at
Call to Artists
Approach of Life Juried Invitational Wham West Gallery
December 1-30, 2017
Open to members and non-members
Location:  Wham West Gallery,  16560 N. Dysart Rd., Surprise, AZ 85378

Theme is open for your interpretation. Artists working in the following are invited to enter this juried show. Two dimensional art in oil, watercolor and acrylic, mixed media (including ink) and three dimensional art in clay, metal wood, gourd material, glass, and jewelry. No recycled art or photography for this show as future shows will include these media. Size limitation will be 40". Edges of wrapped canvas need to be clean but not necessarily painted. Canvas less than 1&3/8" deep needs to be framed. Awards will be given for Best of Show, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

All entries will be submitted online at

37th Annual Governor's Arts Awards - Nominations are Now Open!

Nominations for the Governor's Arts Awards are accepted for about six weeks in the fall of each year. Nominees are announced in early winter, followed by a special reception in honor of all nominees; at which three finalists in each category are announced, along with the Philanthropist Award honoree and the Shelley Award honoree. The Governor's Arts Awards dinner is then held in late winter or early spring.

Nomination Deadline for the 2018 Governor's Arts Awards:
November 17, 2017 

Questions about the nomination process?
View the  nomination FAQ along with previous honoree  nomination samples for guidance on submitting an excellent nomination. 

Job Opportunities

Desert Caballeros Western Museum - Visitor Services Manager

The Visitor Services Manager is responsible for ensuring all guests have the educational and entertaining experience DCWM values while helping meet revenue goals through ticket, membership, and retail sales. The VSM is the primary contact for Visitor Services Associates and Museum volunteers and works alongside them during hours the Museum is open to the public. Provides training, direction, coordination, and scheduling for all front-line functions of the Museum including Admissions, Museum stores, Gallery Guides and Cowgirl Up!. Directly supervises Visitor Services Associates. Actively recruits volunteers, matches them with appropriate functions in the Museum and evaluates performance regularly. Works closely with the Retail Operations Manager and Curator of Education to ensure consistent content and procedures across the Museum experience. 

If interested please Please send resumes to

Job Opportunities

StreetLightUSA is looking to contract an Art Therapy Specialist to provide therapeutic services to the girls that we serve. This individual must be experienced in providing art therapy services to youth in a trauma informed environment. 

For any position specifics please feel free to reach out to the StreetLightUSA Human Resources Manager, Stevie Hernandez, at or (623) 435-0900 ext. 8116.