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AWA welcomes new board member Earline Burke! And learn more about our newsletter title contest winner, Shannon Walk Haynes…


 July 2015
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Scottsdale Artists School Workshops Registration
Classes are already filling up for our 25th Anniversary Celebration Workshops at the Scottsdale Artists School, November 9-11
Eight workshops are offered, taught by AWA Master & Signature members; detailed information on dates and times, workshop instructors and descriptions, pricing and registration all at  Scottsdale Artists School.  Space is limited, sign up today!
Some of last year’s National Juried Show Finalists: 
“Bearer of Gifts,” bronze by Jammey Huggins, “Chattahoochee Snow,” oil by Barbara Jaenicke, 
“Sarah,” oil by Aimee Erickson
2015 National Juried Competition selection process underway
“This year’s large group of entries for AWA’s National Juried Competition is such an impressive representation of the overall level of skill, talent and vision of our Associate members,” says Executive Director Diane Swanson. “Good luck to our selection jurors, who have so much amazing work to choose from as we work toward finalizing the show!”

This year’s selection jurors Diana Pardue, Curator of Collections at the Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ; Clark Olson and Christi Manuelito, owners of Bonner David Galleries; Master Signature members Kim Casebeer and Sherry Salari Sander; Signature members Angela de la Vega and Jane Barton are busy sorting through over 900 entries received. 

Stay tuned to find out which of our 360 applicants will be joining the Signature and Master Signature members in the 2015 Annual Member Show at Bonner David Galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona this Fall.  

Earline Burke 
pictured with western artist Teal Blake

American Women Artists’ newest board member knows art by the numbers 

AWA welcomes a new board member this month. Cartersville, Georgia resident Earline Burke is an art lover, a collector and a CPA who served as Chief Financial Officer of Georgia Museums, Inc. and Anverse, Inc. from 2000 until her retirement in 2012. She still works part time for both organizations in a consulting and training role.

From 1983 until 2000, she was a partner in CPA firms in Texas and Georgia specializing in income & estate tax planning and preparation. Her extensive tax background comes from 14 years spent working for the Internal Revenue Service in various positions from Revenue Agent to Assistant Chief of Examination.

Earline also brings significant Board experience to her new position with American Women Artists. She was appointed to the Board of Anverse, Inc. in 2012. Based in Cartersville, Georgia, Anverse is the country’s eighth-largest grant-making operating foundation. Earline is the current Board Chair for the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority and liaison for the DDA to the Bartow Cartersville Cultural Art Alliance.

“We are thrilled to have Ms. Burke join the AWA Board of Directors,” said President Kathrine Lemke Waste. “We’ve spent the last three years painstakingly bringing AWA’s accounting, bookkeeping and overall reporting procedures into alignment with today’s technology and increasingly more rigorous federal standards for nonprofits. To have someone with Earline’s level of expertise look at our mission, our membership and our books – and then decide to join our organization at the board level means we’re entering a whole new and exciting chapter for American Women Artists.”

Get to know Associate Member Shannon Walk Haynes, winner of AWA Newsletter Name Contest

Congratulations go out to California sculptor Shannon Walk Hayneswho won the most votes in our online contest to rename our monthly newsletter with her entry, “Perspectives.” 

Shannon is a new AWA Associate member and has just participated in her first AWA Juried Competition.  “I decided to join AWA because I was so impressed with the members,” Walk Haynes says. “I recognized so many artists whose work I have been watching for a while.” 

Walk Haynes works in clay, bronze and stone. Her work is known for the sense of motion her figures all share and each piece is complimented by a hand-carved stone base. 

“Sometimes I find the stone first, the piece I am working on now was inspired by the stone,” Walk Haynes says. “I love the combination – you have this elevated bronze and the stone brings it back to earth.”

Born and raised in San Diego, Walk Haynes grew up spending a lot of time outdoors and her fascination with horses began at an early age. Her time spent riding and caring for horses has inspired much of her work. She is particularly interested in the way rider and horse communicate with each other. She creates from a romantic and poetic perspective, with a narrative for each piece.

“My piece Courage & Faith is based on the relationship between the naturally timid prey animal, the horse, who draws courage from the rider,” Walk Haynes says.

Courage & Faith, Bronze
In college Walk Haynes studied Animal Health and later, Graphic Design. Her work in veterinary hospitals, and in corporate advertising and design helped her establish herself as a professional artist. 

“Having background in anatomy comes in handy,” says Walk Haynes,  “it is helpful to know where and how all those muscles are supposed to attach and move together.”  

Though she has had no formal fine arts training, Walk Haynes has work-shopped with sculptor Mehl Lawson and stone sculptor Ante Marinovic. She also enjoys watercolor and oil painting, and spent many years working in multimedia and digital art. 

Seee more of Shannon Walk Haynes work or visit her blog at 

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American Women Artists Board of Directors
Kathrine Lemke Waste, Sacramento, CA, President
Ann Larsen, Edinburg, NY, Vice President
Paula Holtzclaw, Waxhaw, NC, Secretary
Ann Self, Hutchinson, KS, Treasurer
Earline Burke, Cartersville, GA
Aleta Carpenter, Redding, CA
Robin Knowlton, Lodi, CA
Leah Lopez, New York, NY
Diane Mason, Berthoud, CO
Laurie Stevens, Cascade, MT