Attend Art & Wine Reception at SAAG Gallery

Date: September 15, 2017Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location:  Show map Southern Arizona Arts Guild Gallery
7119 N. Oracle Rd.
Oro Valley, AZ 85704
Contact: Theresa PoalucciPhone: 5204377820Website:
The public is invited to visit the Southern Arizona Arts Guild (SAAG) Gallery on Friday, September 15 from 5 to 8 pm, when three artists, new to the gallery will be featured. There will be complimentary treats donated by Gourmet Girls Bakery Bistro (which specializes in gluten free treats) and Frost - A Gelato Shop. Wine has also been donated by Splendido at Rancho Vistoso.
The featured artists for this event are Susan Allen who specializes in Gemstone Jewelry, Robin Chlad who handcrafts Clay Creations, and Becky Zimmerman who uses textiles to make usable art and also develops art using mixed media. She is also a “Cat Artist.”
Allen has developed designs for her jewelry that combine gems of different sizes, texture and color to create visually stunning pieces of wearable art. She also volunteers on the SAAG board, sharing her expertise in marketing to benefit the nonprofit organization.
“I have been a jewelry artist for 5 years,” said Allen. “This was the evolution of my career as a graphic designer/brand marketing consultant for the past 20 plus years. The creative process is always exciting for me and I see designs everywhere — clouds, the mountains, flowers, and all over the desert as I ride my horse in the Catalinas.
At the reception, Allen is debuting her new trademarked line of “Sniffer” essential oil diffusing jewelry.
Artist Robin Chlad describes her work as whimsical. She has been in the ceramic and pottery for 35 years, having started as a hobbyist in Germany and soon after studying to become a professional.
“I will be showing a number of gift items at the reception,” said Chlad. “From cactus spoon rests and ornaments to vases and 3-D ceramic shadow box wall art. I love clay and am continually fascinated by what one can create with it.
Chlad also paints on canvas. She is currently exhibiting at the Dia De Los Muertos show at Tohono Chul showing now through November 5, 2017 and at the Jane Hamilton Gallery with some of her larger works.
Becky Zimmerman delves in mixed media, and considers herself a cat artist. “I will have cat cards, prints, framed giclees, screen-printed pillows with my original cat art. I sew the pillows myself,” she said of what she will display at the reception. “I will also have my round ball pillows and some totes.”
As an interior designer for over 25 years, Zimmerman loves fabrics. She also loves cats and has taken in many strays over the years.
“I always wanted to paint portraits of my cats,” Zimmerman said.  “When we moved to Tucson twelve years ago, I had the perfect opportunity to combine my two loves.”
Visitors will have the opportunity to meet these three artists, and also shop all the many artist items that are on display at the gallery.
SAAG brings artists together to share in their creative endeavors. The organization’s gallery displays change every quarter as the over 200 members come in and out of the gallery. Shoppers can always find something hand-crafted and local.
The SAAG Gallery is in the Casas Adobes Plaza (7119 N. Oracle Rd., just down the walkway between Sauce and Fresh Produce). The Gallery is open during regular hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from 12 pm to 4 pm. For more information visit
Price : Free