PALET – Plein Air Legacy Event at Tlaquepaque in Sedona
There is a buzz in the “air” in Sedona – “plein air” that is. In collaboration with the Sedona Arts Center, Tlaquepaque will be the key sponsor and host of PALET – Plein Air Legacy Event at Tlaquepaque taking place June 3rd through 5th, 2016 within the beautiful landscape of vine covered walls, cobbled walkways, arched entries, fountains and gardens of Tlaquepaque. Originally conceived as an artist community, Tlaquepaque is the perfect setting for 10 gifted and invited artists to experience the legacy concept of plein air painting without the use of any camera or imaging technologies to record the light. Invited artists participating in PALET include Laurisa Aukon, Shonto Begay, Betty Carr, Robert Dalegowski, Carl Dalio, Vince Fazio, Lynn Heil, Mark Hemleben, Gretchen Lopez, and Susan Pitcairn.
Plein air is a style of painting refined in France in the mid-19th century that is characterized by the luminous effects of natural light and atmosphere often referred to as painting “in the open air.” The Plein Air Legacy Event at Tlaquepaque is a new concept for an outdoor painting competition based upon a model of “Legacy.” For this event, Legacy is defined as “ﬁrst example” as applied exclusively to the two essential aspects of plein-air painting - the artist and subject matter intertwined in an inspirational and compositional embrace from start-to-ﬁnish.
This event is the dream of Sedona’s Williamson Tapia, a self-described “direct-observation painter” who creates all of his work without the use of a camera. According to Tapia, “someone once said that 'creating a machine to do a man's job, carries with it, the expense of taking something away from the man.' … for the same reason we still climb mountains on foot, perform music live or prepare our own meals, there should at some point be a recognition of what artists can achieve through natural means in outdoor ﬁgurative and landscape art. This is what PALET represents”. While not in the competition, Tapia will have work available for sale in the Main Exhibition Tent.
PALET is a new event and collaboration with the Sedona Arts Center that will showcase its own well-known annual Sedona Plein Air Festival October 15th - 22nd, 2016 with 30 of the finest painters in the country.
Tlaquepaque will officially open PALET with a First-Friday reception on June 3rd from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Main Exhibition Tent located along the Calle Independencia, a main thoroughfare in Tlaquepaque. Mayor Sandy Moriarty will officially open PALET at this reception providing visitors with a first opportunity to view the artwork for this event. The Exhibition Tent will feature non-camera outdoor paintings from the PALET Invited Artists' 2016 Winter/Spring Season. These works are available for sale and will be juried by esteemed landscape artist, Curt Walters for the Best of Seasonal Legacy Award. Walters has been heralded as the “greatest living Grand Canyon artist” by Art of the West magazine and is best known for his landscape art that stunningly captures the magnificent vistas of the west.
Located in the courtyards of Tlaquepaque, PALET will include 3 live staged models for the artists to do portraiture work as well as the landscape work that will be done within the grounds as an integral part of the event. Visitors will be allowed to observe the painters creating artwork in live-time as they paint in the open air at Tlaquepaque capturing on canvas the essence of this charming arts village from 10am to 5pm daily. They can also choose their favorite painting by participating in the People’s Choice awards – ballots will be available at the Welcome Tent. A daily docent lead tour will be available at 1pm beginning at the Welcome Booth led by Williamson Tapia.
On June 5th, PALET will close with a public reception including a juried exhibition of all works created throughout the event. Professor Gray Sweeney PhD, School of Art from ASU will jury the Best of Weekend Legacy Award. Throughout PALET, visitors will vote for the People’s Choice Award which will also be announced at this reception taking place at the Main Exhibition Tent from 5:30pm-7:30pm. This reception offers art lovers their last opportunity to purchase the artwork created during the PALET event.