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Welcome to
Grand Art Club



About Our History

Founded in 1997, the club began as a small gathering of like-minded individuals passionate about various forms of visual expression. Over the years, it has grown into a thriving hub for artistic exploration and collaboration. In its early years, the Grand Art Club primarily focused on traditional art forms. Over the years our growth as an established club showcased the talent and creativity of its members through Community Art Fairs. As the Grand Art Club looks to the future, it remains dedicated to its mission of nurturing creativity and promoting the arts for the community. Its rich history serves as a testament to the enduring power of artistic expression and the sense of unity that art can bring to a diverse group of individuals.

"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child." - Pablo Picasso

Our Beginnings

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How it All Started

Jettie North

Shortly after houses were constructed in Sun City Grand (The Grand), Carolyn Harrold, decided to offer a class in "Beginning Oil Painting." On Wednesday, May 7th, 1997, Lynn and Jim Tether were the first students. The following week, Jettie North joined the small group. Jettie, pictured here, became the Art Club's first President. Slowly the group began to expand, but Summer was about to begin, and most of the interested folks headed for cooler ground. Still, Carolyn continued to hold workshops every Wednesday, and gradually it became important for the group to become a club.

The new residents were all glad to have a place to paint, and try out new, as well as, perfected skills. In October, 1997, the initial charter was submitted with a list of ten on the Initial Membership Roster. By November 17th of that year, the roster had expanded to 22 members and the corrected Application for Club Charter was resubmitted. The final approval for the Sun City Grand Art Club was completed on December 17, 1997. We became a formal Chartered Club!

In the beginning the struggling club expanded significantly in the first few years. It took about two years to gain an active membership of 50 residents. Some of the more experienced artists shared their talents with the other budding artists. There were a few classes being taught during the week by these early instructors. Shirley Ewer taught oil painting, Norma Mill instructed residents in Acrylics, and Bob Mosher in watercolors.

New members increased as new homes were sold and Sun City Grand began to grow. Many of the residents painted years earlier, while others just wanted to explore their artistic possibilities.

Building Address: 19745 N. Remington Dr., Surprise, AZ 85374
Mailing Address: 19753 N. Remington Dr., Surprise, AZ 85374
Phone Number: (623) 546-7484