A Desk in the Barn
Pam Frazier, Executive Director
"If Walls Could Talk" by Ken Rowe
21” H x 8” W x 6” D Wall Mount
If the walls of the Art Barn could talk, imagine the stories they would tell. The view of the orchards, the creek and the red rocks beyond. The hustle and bustle of harvest time when up to 300 crates a day were filled with apples still warm from the sun. And in more recent years—55 to be exact—the smells of wet clay and kilns firing, oil paints and tacky canvases. The Art Barn has been a vortex of creative energy since 1940.
Longtime SAC member and instructor Ken Rowe is sculpting a beautiful tribute to those stories titled If Walls Could Talk. Ken is donating 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this magnificent bronze to benefit the Sedona Arts Center as a tribute to our 55-year history and the many stories—some life changing—generated within its walls.
Ken Rowe has emerged as one of America’s leading wildlife sculptors. His works range in scale from small bronze maquettes to outdoor public art of monumental proportions. Widely admired by sculptors and collectors alike, Rowe’s works can be found in museums and private collections as well as fine art galleries.
The story behind the sculpture:
After 73 years of exposure to the intense Arizona sun and extreme climate, its siding needed attention. Before the old wood was replaced with new, Ken cast a section of the original weathered siding to be incorporated into If Walls Could Talk. The wise barn owl is the keeper of the stories.
The edition is limited to 55 casts in honor of Sedona Arts Center’s 55-year history.
21” H x 8” W x 6” D Wall Mount
Pre-cast price of $2,800 for first 12 ordered
Pre-cast price of $2,975 for next 12 ordred
50% due upon ordering; 50% due upon delivery
To order yours, call the Sedona Arts Center’s Fine Art Gallery at 928-282-3865, toll-free 888-954-4442.
Alok Hsu Kwang-han
To know Alok is to know joy. His is an infectious spirit conveying energy and spurring belief in oneself and one's capabilities.
Alok is a Zen painter from China whose work is a synthesis of the beauty of Chinese calligraphy. “While resting in presence, moving from emptiness, I paint with a few spontaneous brushstrokes whatever is placed before me—the essence and evolution of a particular individual, the sayings of enlightened masters, Japanese haiku, tales of the innocence of children and animals.” He teaches, “Zen as Art and Art as Zen.”
It is an inspiration to watch this artist wield his huge Chinese brush with energy and vigor, creating slashes of thick black paint. With quick spontaneous strokes, Alok teaches students to reveal what they deeply wish for, answering an individual's most profound desires. He teaches what he calls “the creativity of non-doing.” Isn't this a sort of release from often-stern Western teaching philosophies and methods of education that may hamper creativity? How often we hear someone say, “I can't draw a straight line.” The spontaneity and simplicity of Zen is infectious; simply executing the strokes takes one out of oneself and into another world of ease and spontaneity. Zen teaches one about oneself, stretches one to new capability and inner happiness.
You can experience Alok’s teaching style along with your own inner happiness in his workshop offered at the Sedona Arts Center April 20–21, 2013 [+learn more]. He is also one of six instructors in the Art Retreat on May 13–15, 2013 [+learn more].
Alok completed his advanced studies in mathematics, theology, sociology and psychology at Yale and UC Berkeley. His art has been exhibited in Sweden, India and China as well as around the United States.
New Artists Juried Into Gallery
Shirley Eichten-Albrecht, Gallery Director
Twice a year, in January and July, the Arts Center’s members have an opportunity to submit portfolios for a jurying process that qualifies them for exhibition in our Fine Arts Gallery. In January, 24 portfolios were submitted for the jurying process. These portfolios represented quite a mix of mediums: jewelry, oils, ceramics, photography, sculpture, pastel, mixed media and glass. We always look forward to seeing what this “new crop” of artists will bring. We truly have a great mix of artists in our community.
Our independent jurors this year were Lucy Paradise, Gayle Taylor and Taylor Hellman. All have proven themselves in their respective areas of expertise. Each juror reviewed the portfolios independently, then they came together to compare notes, defend their choices, and reach consensus as to who would be juried into the gallery. Eight of the 24 artists were chosen: April Bower, jewelry; Franco Valentini, photography; Tom Lever, outdoor sculpture; Luke Metz, ceramics; Junis Olmscheid, pastel and pencil; Robert Kwait, watercolor; Richard Barnwell, metal sculpture and Cheryl Waale, acrylic/mixed media.
We want to congratulate and welcome these new artists to the gallery. Their work to be incorporated into the gallery in April.
Sharon Manzke, Membership Coordinator
Anticipation! That is what I am experiencing. I just can’t wait to meet all of our newest members on Wednesday, April 24 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Special Exhibition Gallery. Mark your calendars! And if you’ve been a member for more than three months, you are welcome too! We are planning to make this a quarterly event in order to introduce new members to all of the great experiences they can have at the Sedona Arts Center. We welcome our new members who have joined between February 15 and March 15: Judy Levine, Sandy Farley, Kevin Harper, Lin Benzel, Donald J. Voss, Jr., Laura Shelton, Donell McCoy, Rex Browning, Alex Rundell, Jeanie Schwetje, and Deborah Downs. We’re glad you’ve joined the SAC family.
In February we had our second Members Co-op in the Special Exhibition Gallery (SEG) and Theatre; on First Friday in March the 33rd Annual Members’ Juried Show was on exhibit in the Fine Arts Gallery, not to mention a special exhibition in the SEG by Susan Pitcairn and Friends! It was a lively evening, to be sure.
On Friday, April 5, the new exhibit“Beauty of the Spirit” opens in the Fine Arts Gallery. Harvey Stearn will be signing his recently published book In Search of the Old West on April 6. The spring classes are underway and we are bringing more opportunities to our members than ever before.
Oscar Wilde said, “Art is not a thing, it is a way.” Creativity emerges in many different aspects of our lives; we want the Arts Center to open doors for you to explore your creative energy. See you soon!
Speaking of Members...
The reunion of former and current SAC board members, held on March 1, was a great event. More than 70 people attended the evening in the festively decorated Theatre (did you recognize it?). While many of these people are still active participants in the Arts Center—either as members, current board members, volunteers or donors (and sometimes all of the above)—there were many who hadn’t seen each other in decades! We want to thank all of you for coming, hope to see more of you more often, and hope that you’ll stay in involved. Special thanks go to John and Gail Heyer for donating copious amounts of wine that even had a label customized for the event, to Carol Haralson for designing the classy invitation, and to Chester Overlock, whose passion for transforming environments with recycled and found objects set the tone for a true celebration!
New student Clay Gallery
What's New in the Barn?
Check out the new Student Clay Gallery in the Ceramic Studio on the ground level of the Art Barn. We will have our "grand opening" on First Friday in April and the gallery will be open whenever classes are in progress in the Ceramics Studio. The primary objective of the gallery is to show what current ceramics students are producing. Work on display will also be for sale, that’s the frosting on the cake. A lot of thought and hard work went into making this gallery a reality, and we would like to thank John Foster for building a beautiful showcase for student work, Mark Finn for the fabulous sign and our "angels" Daryl Kling and Lewis Gutherie for funding the project.
AZ Gives Day!
Kelli Klymenko, Marketing Director
Thanks to people like you, we raised $1275 on Arizona Gives Day!
What is Arizona Gives Day? Arizona Gives Day is a 24-hour online fundraiser that took place on March 20, aimed at bringing together communities across the state to raise awareness and financial support for a variety of nonprofit organizations throughout Arizona.
We are raising money to accommodate our painters and sculptors. We need new studio sets composed of an Artist Easel, an Artist Stool and a Modeling Stand. Make your donation today and help an artist transform their artistic vision into a work of art! Make a donation today to help us raise the final $4000 to update our classrooms!
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