Sedona Arts Center Presents Large Works by Master Artists
January 5 to February 27, 2018
Sedona Arts Center celebrates the New Year and their 60th Anniversary presenting oil paintings by four nationally known landscape artists in their January exhibition. For this unique installation, Curt Walters, Alan Wolton, Gregory Hull, and Gregory Stocks were invited to present a single major work to open the 2018 gallery season with ceramic artist and renowned poet Mary Heyborne exhibiting her elegant ceramic vessels. An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 5 from 5 to 8 pm in the Arts Center’s Uptown Fine Art Gallery.
Internationally known for his paintings of the Grand Canyon, Curt Walters was raised in the four corners region of New Mexico and has resided in Sedona since 1979. Walters’ unique style blends realism and a detailed impressionistic panache unlike any other. In his large-scale—highly detailed work, "Road to Tohatchi," Walters states, "This painting features a road on the Navajo Indian Reservation as the clouds of a dramatic, August monsoon begin to build and roll over the desert. The small village of Tohatchi lies on the edge of the Navajo Reservation. This location was originally a spiritual meeting place of both young and old in ancient times. As I was raised in New Mexico, at the edge of the Navajo Reservation, I have always had a special spot in my heart for the expansive landscape in this part of the world."
Alan Wolton, born in England and raised in South Africa, settled in the American Southwest in 1982. A self-described man of the outdoors, Wolton spends hours "stalking his landscapes and cityscapes" on the US coast, on adventures to new exotic locations, and on return trips to Europe. He will be presenting "Sleepy Gondolas," a painting of Venice depicting the delight of a 5 am visit to the waterfront.
He writes, "Ever since I was a boy I didn’t think twice about choosing a study of water to put on my canvas. Water is quite unique; one can see through it to the life beneath and yet if one steps back, a water surface will always reflect what lies above it. If those objects are bathed in sunlight then a wonderful upside down scintillating reflection bounces and dances before you. Unlike the stationary object the water surface has chosen to copy, the pattern is never still. It does a ballet of every value, wiggling from left to right and following the angles of the wavelets which act like a million little mirrors. One can be entertained for hours if one chooses to watch such a projection of nature. It requires concentration of vision to follow the speed and fun of the circus of color kaleidoscoping before you. Some may consider you crazy to indulge in a game which few people even notice. Sleepy Gondolas painting of Venice is no exception as it depicts the delight of a 5AM visit to one of God’s finest creations on this planet."
Wolton is known for his Venice Paintings especially but his work encompasses many of the great cities of the world and the landscape around Sedona and the Grand Canyon. He was recently featured in the Sedona Plein Air Festival as one of Sedona’s Legacy Artists.
Gregory Stocks is a featured in the exhibition in a partnership relationship with Mountain Trails Gallery at Tlaquepaque. His inspiration for his piece, "Warm Light on the Water" comes out of his basic studio practice. "My work is an effort to create images that serve as emotional detours from the noise and confusion of the surrounding world. I find the process of painting to be similar to that of writing a song. There is a basic structure or rhythm to the work. The melody comes into play in the form of color, brushwork and the expressive possibilities of process." Stocks was one of the artists participating in the most recent Sedona Plein Air Festival in October of 2017. He is recognized for his stark style, which has a clean and contemporary feel to it. The imagery he creates is intended to represent a place in one’s heart: the internal landscape.
Gregory Hull depicts "Cathedral Rock," on a long horizontal canvas for this exhibition. "I was inspired by this view of the powerful icon of Sedona. I had painted it many times before but on a smaller scale. I wanted to memorialize my hike up to the narrow saddle at age 62."
Hull's relentless pursuit of scenic locations has taken him from the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada range in California and the Rocky Mountains of the Western United States to the depths of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Hull earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Utah where he met Alvin Gittins, an Academy-trained portraitist whose approach to art deeply influenced him. This philosophy of drawing and painting from life, and the study of human anatomy, gave him a solid foundation upon which he has achieved widespread acclaim.
When Mary Heyborne was introduced to ceramics over forty years ago, she knew there would be clay under her fingernails from then on. Sculpture classes, as well as classes in Raku, salt, and primitive firing followed immediately after that first introduction.
"Wherever I live I tune in to my surroundings and seek the influence of its uniqueness in my art."
Heyborne is a well-known local ceramist and poet, she comments on one of her works in the exhibition titled "Inner Eye" by saying, "I believe art is meant to be seen by more than the cursory outer eye—that to invoke its power, it must be felt and lingered over by the "inner eye" as well. This belief prompted my creation of "Inner Eye," hoping the viewer would be drawn into its center and linger.
The exhibition is free and open to the public and will continue through February 27, 2018 in Sedona Arts Center’s Uptown Fine Art Gallery at 15 Art Barn Rd.
Sedona Arts Center is one of Northern Arizona’s most well-established cultural organizations and serves as the creative heart of Sedona. Founded in 1958, the nonprofit organization is based at the Art Barn in Uptown and offers year-round classes, exhibitions, festivals, and cultural events that enhance the creative life of the Verde Valley. The Center’s Fine Art Gallery, open daily from 10am to 5pm, promotes the original works of over 100 local artists and regularly offers special assistance for collectors and art buyers, offers private studio visits, and fosters hundreds of arts education opportunities each year. For more information, call the Gallery at 928-282-3865.