A DESK IN THE BARN
Pam Frazier, Executive Director
There’s good news and then there’s … more good news!
The first bit of good news is that I am retiring as Executive Director of the Sedona Arts Center! This will be my second try at retiring. I guess you could say that I failed the first time. Nonetheless, I’ve certainly enjoyed my three years as director for SAC and wouldn’t take back a minute of it! It is my intention, if elected by the membership at our annual members’ meeting on September 30, to return to SAC’s board of directors. I don’t want to lose my connection with this amazing organization.
More good news! Beginning Monday, August 3, our new Executive Director Eric Holowacz moves into this office!
In anticipation of my retirement, the Board of Directors appointed a search committee that has been working for many months to find just the right person for this job. They received 60-some applications from all over the country (even one from Italy). The top 11 candidates were then interviewed by Skype, thereby further narrowing the field to 5. All 5 candidates were brought to Sedona for on-site interviews and Eric floated to the top! We are sure he can carry SAC into a very bright future.
Eric has a diverse background in arts management, nonprofit leadership, fundraising and development, and creative community engagement. He comes to Sedona from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he was president and CEO of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. New to the West, Eric has worked in leadership positions in Australia, Florida, South Carolina and Georgia. He brings with him wife Maureen (“Mo”) and three young daughters who are all excited about establishing their family in Sedona.
We will soon let you know the date for a welcoming party! Meanwhile, if you see his smiling face around town, please welcome him to our community!
Vince Fazio, Director, School of the Arts
By mid-August our new Fall Catalog of Courses will be viewable on our home page and arriving in mailboxes across the country. Here’s just a tease. The Sedona Arts Center’s School of the Arts invites you to delve deeper into art!
The highlighted elements of our program below create unique opportunities to immerse oneself in an intensely personal encounter with art, experiencing the full spectrum that art provides. Through this exploration we achieve a greater perspective on both art and life. Expert guidance is a fundamental element of the experience and the faculty and artists involved in our program are stellar examples of engaged teachers bringing students insights from their own life-long explorations.
11th Annual Plein Air Festival & New Speakeasy Salon
In addition to the ongoing theme of the magical Sedona landscape, figurative painting will be part of this year’s plein air festival. The “Speakeasy Salon” will feature a complete stage/bar/jazz night club environment created in the historical Theatre Studio of the Art Barn at the Sedona Arts Center.
The Creative Soul Retreat This unique ‘a la carte’ retreat allows you to choose from 17 different experiences to create your own curriculum or choose one of three pathways that offer you a complete and intense three-day package! This is an opportunity for artists and those who would consider themselves non-artists to engage fully in the experience of art.
New Field Expeditions include a cultural/art tour of Philadelphia that includes in-depth commentary by Michael Cothren (Scheuer Family Professor of Humanities in the Department of Art at Swarthmore College). Another three-day expedition offers a unique painting experience at the edge of the Grand Canyon with the support of the Grand Canyon Association's Grand Canyon Field Institute and coordination through the Sedona Arts Center.
Six-Day Intensives give students a chance to dig deeply into rich subject matter with master artists. Kurt Wenner offers a comprehensive immersion into the power of perspective and the language of classical drawing. Stuart Shils presents the opportunity to explore the fundamental nature of abstract composition historically and then to apply those insights to the live model painting situation.
Shirley Eichten Albrecht, Gallery Director
L to R: CAA Vice President Ron Riddick, John Coleman, David Haldach and CAA President Bill Nebeker
I hope you had a chance to see the beautiful Cowboy Artists of America: The 50-Year Roundup exhibition at the Fine Art Gallery. It wasn’t up for long, but it was a great success. We had people coming in from all over the state just to see it. It was a great tie-in for the National Day of the Cowboy celebration, which is sponsored by Main Street Sedona and Red Rock Posse. We also had the support of Tom Gilomen and his staff at the Cowboy Club, where CAA was born. Tom treated visiting CAA artists, collectors and guests to a wonderful dinner at the Silver Saddle Room. The Cowboy Club also catered the public reception with signature appetizers that made the evening very special.
We sincerely thank the local collectors and the Eddie Basha Collection in Chandler, all of whom generously loaned their artwork for the exhibition. It took help from many of our volunteers to put the whole thing together. First and foremost, we thank Lynn Heil of Arizona Crate and Canvas for helping us to wrap, pack and transport the very valuable artworks. We also want to recognize the many people who volunteered their time to help relocate the art from the gallery, hang the Looking West show in the SEG, assist at the receptions, pack, move and hang the art for the CAA show. They are Gail Woody, Robert Albrecht, John Frazier, Karl Williams, Chris Finefrock, Joan Roberts, Melanie Gold, Brian Gold, Margo Mitchell, Rhonda Davis, Ron Schneider, Adryanna Ciera, Suzy Allan, Nori Thorne, Joanie Wolter, and Dianne Schwilling. The staff members were Assistant Gallery Directors Cyndi Thau and Sharon Manzke and Facilities Manager Joseph Schibler. I apologize if I forgot anyone. Thank you all for all your teamwork.
August already?! It is hard to believe that it is late summer and will soon be fall! This month our newest gallery artists bring a breath of fresh air with “Fresh Ideas.” In this month’s show you will experience abstract work by Julie Bernstein Engelmann and Agata Kijanka, whimsical painted furniture by Adell Shay, jewelry by Leah Donell and Kimball Walker, the brilliantly colored pencil work of Deborah Stromsdorfer and beautiful ceramics by Monte Voepel. The Opening Reception will be Friday Night, August 7, 5-8 p.m. It is a great time to meet the artists and talk to them about their creations and gain greater insight into their creative process.
Be sure to come an hour earlier to enjoy poet Michael Cosentino. From picking apples in the old orchards in Oak Creek Canyon, to teaching high school and college, to an ongoing radio show, Mike has been exploring this area and his life with words for many years. We’ll meet you at 4 p.m. in the peaceful nook of Poet’s Corner at the Sedona Arts Center.
Visit: http://www.sedonaartscenter.org/Gallery and click on the 'see inside' feature to check out our current show!
Sharon Manzke, Membership Coordinator
Don’t miss the Members Juried Hummingbird Exhibition in the Special Exhibition Gallery July 31–August 10, with an opening reception on July 31, 5–7 p.m. We partner with the Hummingbird Society to highlight their Festival.
Migration to Sedona – Mary Helsaple
Hummingbird Vase – Monte Voepel
I don’t think we can ever say Thank You enough to our great group of volunteers. The staff could not possibly implement all of the exhibitions, events and receptions without your help. We depend on your expertise and talent as well as your time to keep activities at the Arts Center open and ready for our visitors as well as members. We are so fortunate to have all of you who take the time out of your schedules to assist in all of the various tasks that arise here to put an exhibition or event together. Pizza and cold drinks do not do justice to your contributions. You are part of what makes the Arts Center a place where we share and laugh and learn. Thank you a thousand times over for all you do.
We welcome our new members: Veena Devi Lefferts, Louis Michalski, Shelly Schmaltz, June Payne Hart, Nancy Windheart and Constance Israel, Rhonda Davis, Carol Rackley, Eliabeth Caris, Julie Hardesty, Donald Burrows, and Judith Robins. Did you know that one-third of our members now belong at the NARM level ($100)!
Look for much more in our upcoming newsletters! Past issues are archived on our website: click here.