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8 Jul 2024 10:33 AM | Katerina Husar Lazarova (Administrator)

June 30, 2024

Dear Members of the Artists Guild:

We held our Annual Membership Meeting via Zoom on June 8.  Many thanks to all of you who took time to join us and vote for the board of directors’ candidates for our upcoming fiscal year (July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025).  Our vice president, Jim Bliesner, has agreed to take over the president position on July 1, and Kevin Inman will step up as vice presidentBarbara Leitzel will continue to serve as treasurer.  John Ohl Webster has volunteered for the board secretary position, and I will continue to serve as membership chair, exhibitions co-chair and monthly Zoom meetings moderator.  Below is a listing of the new board members and their positions:


JIM BLIESNER – President  

KEVIN INMAN – Vice President/Exhibitions Committee


JOHN OHL WEBSTER - Board Secretary


Exhibitions Co-Chair/Zoom Meetings Moderator


JODY ABSSY  - Member-at-Large

Historian/Centennial Book/Exhibitions Committee 

CECILIA ANASTOS - Member-at-Large/Exhibitions Committee

LUNJIA HU - Member-at-Large

SUSAN MAE HULL – Member-at-Large


MARK-ELLIOTT LUGO – Member-at-Large/Centennial BookLESLIE PIERCE – Member-at-Large

Exhibitions Committee/Guild Instagram

 JULIANNE RICKSECKER – Member-at-Large/Technical Assistance

LILY TANZER – Member-at-Large

*Katerina would like to step down as webmaster, but will remain in this position until we find a replacement for her.  If you have technical skills and are interested in serving as Artists Guild webmaster, please contact me. The webmaster is not required to become a board member (and attend monthly meetings).

The following members have volunteered to serve on the Exhibitions Committee:

Jody Abssy, Cecilia Anastos, Beryl Brenner, Holly Huxton (promotion), Kevin Inman, Leslie Pierce, Angelika Villagrana, Julie Weaverling.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

The San Diego Museum of Art has invited the Guild to hold amembership exhibition at MOPA@SDMA, the newMuseum of Photographic Arts at The San Diego Museum of Art.

Highlights from The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild

will be on view from November 9, 2024, through March 9, 2025 - Live and online.Reception:  Thursday November 14, 2024, 5 to 7 p.m.,at MOPA@SDMA.The reception will be shared with the Prix Pictet exhibition.

The Museum gave us an early deadline for submissions.  Therefore, our juror, Hugh M. Davies, Ph.D., Director Emeritus, Museum of Contemporary

Art San Diego, has already selected the artists for this exhibition.

2024 Fall Membership Exhibition

Live at Gallery 21, Spanish Village, and online

November 19 – December 2, 2024

Reception:  Sunday, November 24, 2 to 4 p.m.

Juror:  Alex DeCosta, Gallery Director, Hyde Art Gallery, Grossmont College

Celebrate the Season

Holiday-themed Online Exhibition for Artist Members Only

No Fee. Not Juried.December 5, 2024 – January 31, 2025

During the Spring of 2025 we will host another Online Spring Exhibition

open to members and non-members.

Our Monthly Artists Guild Discussions Meetings on the second Saturday of each month, from10 a.m. to 12 noon Pacific Time, will continue via Zoom. These monthly meetings have attracted members and guests from all around the United States, Canada, and even Germany, France and Italy. Images of attendees’ artworks are always posted on the Guild Face Book page – www.sdmaag.org (and click on FB).  Our next Zoom meeting will take place on Saturday, July 13, at from 10 a.m. to 12 noon PDT.

I would like to invite you to join one or several of our board meetings to understand what issues we are dealing with and decide where you may assist usBoard meetings are held via Zoom on the first Tuesday of each month, from 10:15 a.m. to 12 noon.

Board and monthly Zoom meeting announcements are listed on the Guild website:  www.sdmaag.org 

San Diego County Fair Awards:

The following artists who were juried in the Fair have received membership awards from the Guild:

2024 Fine Art Exhibition

Wanda Honeycutt - Precious Cargo – Mixed Media

Ron Simmons - Skyscraper – Sculpture – Epoxy and Steel

Michele Linden Shaw - Rottenburg 1  - Acrylic

2024 Photography Competitive Exhibition

Ernesto Corte - Primary Colors - Photograph

Congratulations to the award winners. Their works are featured on the Guild website:  www.sdmaag.org.

Please note that membership renewal notices for our new fiscal year (July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025) will be e-mailed to our members tonight.  Please do not renew your membership before tomorrow We very much hope that you will continue your membership with the Guild.

Many thanks to our board members who are willing to continue their service on behalf of the Guild and to the Guild members who have agreed to assist us with our tasks.

It has been my pleasure serving as your interim president for the past six months and I thank you for all your support. I look forward to continue working with you on the membership and exhibitions side, and as moderator of our monthly Zoom meetings. Congratulations to our new president Jim Bliesner. I know that he will do a fantastic job moving the Guild forward. 

With best wishes,


Interim President

The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild


The Artists Guild is the oldest Support Council of The San Diego Museum of Art – www.sdmart.org.

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