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Art Matters - Sedona Arts Center Newsletter
Issue No. 16- December 2013

In This Issue
A Desk in the Barn
School News

Gallery News

Member's Corner


Dec. 2: “Your Portfolio” with Shirley Eichten Albrecht 

Dec. 6: First Friday Events

Dec. 9: “Social Media: You and the Web” with Mindy Mendelsohn 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 

Dec. 13:  Deadline for entries to Portrait Exhibition. Click here for the application.

Dec. 14:  Loving Bowls

Dec. 16: “2-D Art Critique Session”

Dec. 16:  Deadline for entries to Members’ Winter Co-op. Click here for the application.

Dec. 16–19: "Pigment Sticks"workshop with Lisa Pressman

Dec. 17:  “3-D Art Critique Session” 

Dec. 20–21:  Live performances of “Painting Churches

Dec. 23–27:  SAC offices will be closed but the Gallery will be open every day EXCEPT Christmas Day. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Jan. 10:   Deadline for entries to 34th Annual Members’ Juried Show. Click here for the prospectus & entry form 

Jan. 15:   New Members’ Reception

Jan. 31:   Portfolios due for jurying into the Fine Art Gallery. Click here for the application

For a full listing of our weekly classes: [click here]

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Pam Frazier, Executive Director

There’s a myth out there that tells of some slow months in Sedona during which we can all catch up. Hmmm. That hasn’t been my experience. November has been wild:

Early in November we were able to calculate the results of our 9th Plein Air Festival. In short, it was successful by all measures: quality of programming, attendance, new audiences reached, gorgeous artwork produced and sale of paintings! Thank you to all of the artists, collaborators, speakers, sponsors and patrons who helped make this our best Plein Air Festival ever!

Together with the Sedona International Film Festival, we sponsored the third in a series of art exhibitions on film. This one, “Vermeer and Music” from the National Gallery of London packed the Mary D. Fisher Theatre and turned away more than 70 disappointed people. We hope to expand this great series of armchair visits to exhibitions around the world, but there aren’t many such films available yet. Stay tuned for more opportunities. And when they come up, consider buying your tickets in advance!

A few days later we had a wonderful crew of volunteers here for Mitzvah Day (Good Deed Day) who helped freshen up our gallery pedestals with a new coat of paint. Many thanks to Rob Bonner, Dave Young, Jerome Thailing, Oouida Dorr, Joan Friedlander, John Frazier, Joseph Schibler and Marcia and Larry Swearingen for participating and to Elaine Belvin for documenting the activity with photographs!

Photo by Elaine Belvin

Our School of the Arts conducted a week of curriculum-related art experiences in the middle-school classrooms at West Sedona School and Big Park Community School. Read more about this below under School News.

December promises to be another busy month. Check the Datebook in the column at left and read more about the activities below.


Don’t miss this fantastic fundraiser on Saturday, December 14 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. You’ll find a beautiful selection of Loving Bowls for your purchasing pleasure, plus food and loads of fun! Over 1,000 bowls have been made by local potters and lovingly glazed in a variety of beautiful finishes. Bowls are $10 each and entitle you to a bowl of wonderful chili, bread and dessert. Proceeds benefit the Sedona Food Bank, the Sedona Community Center and the educational programs of the Sedona Arts Center.

Sedona Arts Center is excited to present Red Earth Theatre’s production of Painting Churches on Friday December 20 at 7.30 p.m., and Saturday December 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the Art Barn.
Written by Tina Howe in 1984 and shortlisted for the Pulitzer prize, this play is as relevant as ever. About parents and children, how we don’t see what we don’t want to see, responsibility and ultimately the enduring power of love, each member of this family is a complicated being in their own right.

"Beautifully written. . . . A theatrical family portrait that has the shimmer and depth of Renoir portraits." N.Y. Times

Gardener Church is an eminent New England poet with early signs of dementia. The household is held together by the formidable Fanny Church, an eccentric Bostonian from a fine old family with a unique turn of phrase. Margaret, their estranged daughter in her 30s, is a bohemian painter in the ‘modern’ mode on the cusp of fame. She has returned for the weekend to help her parents move out of their long-time home to Cape Cod and with intentions to paint their portrait.  

JOIN US for a special Portraiture Exhibition in the Special Exhibition Gallery, with a reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. prior to the Friday night performances.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.
Friday Dec. 20, 7.30 p.m.
Saturday Dec. 21, 2.00 p.m.

Tickets are Available (Cash and check only)

In Cottonwood:
Jerona Café and Mt. Hope Foods

In Sedona:
Sedona Art Center, Chrystal Magic, Webers IGA (In VOC)

For more information please contact Kate Hawkes at Red Earth Theatre, 928-399-0997 or by email at

Vince Fazio, Director School of the Arts

Photo by David Simmer

For many years the Sedona Arts Center has brought a cultural outreach program to middle-school students at West Sedona School. These curriculum-related programs are designed to give students a direct experience of another time, place or culture through art and the engagement of all the senses. Over the years, various grants have funded immersions focused on the experience of the 1960s, the 1920s, Pre-Columbian culture and The 6 Pillars of Character, last spring’s theme at West Sedona School.

Last month the Sedona Arts Center’s School of the Arts coordinated a Native American Immersion with special presenters from the Navajo and Yavapai tribes who taught weaving, traditional food preparation, storytelling and dancing, and each child made his or her own medicine bundle.

Navajo Station: During the immersion, students worked with Navajo weaver Mae Peshlakai, a renowned artist whose work is in a permanent collection at the Smithsonian. In addition to mathematics required for their design, the students learned first-hand the time and patience required to create even a small weaving. Elder James Peshlakai taught the Navajo Butterfly Dance and Eagle Dance as part of the Navajo creation story. Both Mae and James are experienced presenters to all ages. Char Kruger related the importance of corn in the Navajo culture, then led students in the hands-on production of corn mush using a traditional stone grinder, accompanied by traditional stories and ultimately a tasting of their creation. Char is a curator at the Navajo Culture Museum in Window Rock.

Yavapai Station: On day one of the Immersion, Frieda Eswonia guided students through “Naming and Stories,” in which they learned the Yavapai names and pronunciations for various rock formations in the area, including Montezuma Well, which is the birthplace of the Yavapai Tribe. On day two, Gertrude Smith and Reba Franco guided each student through the process of creating a medicine pouch. Gertie is the Culture Director of the local Yavapai Tribe. Students also learned to make cactus juice during this event!

At a reception for parents, students and teachers at the Arts Center’s Special Exhibition Gallery on Friday, the six presenters from the Navajo and Yavapai Tribes discussed their process and what they taught the students during the week.

The Arts Center wishes to thank the City of Sedona, the Sedona Community Foundation, Target and Arizona Kids Tax Credit for supporting this program.

Be sure to check the DATEBOOK for December workshops and “The Business of Art” series.

Shirley Eichten Albrecht, Gallery Director

December is always a joyful but labor-intensive time. The transformation of the gallery always makes it worthwhile. We began decorating the gallery for “Season of Wonder” the week before Thanksgiving by putting up garlands and lights to reflect the holiday theme and decorating trees with unique, handmade ornaments. You’ll also find nativity scenes and cards as well as wonderful artworks that make great gifts for you or your friends and family. This show continues through the holidays until January 2.

And that’s not all! We also have the Small Works Show where paintings and wall art are no larger than 12" x 14”, many much smaller.  All 3-dimensional artworks are no larger than 6" x 6". So, if you are looking for a little something for the special people on your list, this is where you want to be!

And in the Special Exhibition Gallery you’ll find the current work of four artists. Michael and Sharon Upp from Earth & Fire Ceramic Design will show their collection of distinctive dinnerware. Wendy Bialek, master weaver, will display luxurious wall hangings. Her textile art enhances interior design. Stephen Moody, extraordinary photographer, brings to light the natural beauty of Sedona in large format prints. The evening will be celebrated with local wines courtesy of Yavapai Apache–owned Fire Mountain Winery whose tasting room is located on Main Street in Old Town Cottonwood. Appetizers will complement the premium wines. This exhibit will remain open until December 8. 

The Opening receptions for all of these shows will be December 6, 5 to 8 p.m. We hope you will join us to welcome in the holidays!

Buy it Now

If Walls Could Talk is now at the foundry! This means that the price of Ken Rowe’s generous gift to the Arts Center is going up. Those of you who ordered it at the special pre-cast price of $2,800 can expect yours to be ready in a few weeks (the first 11 before the holidays!) and your piece has already appreciated in value. As of January 1, 2014, the price will be $3,600. But if you order yours by December 31, 2013, your price will be only $3,250.

You can order it today by calling the Gallery (928-284-3865).
Thanks to Ken, all proceeds benefit the Sedona Arts Center! 

If Walls Could Talk by Ken Rowe
Wall Mount Bronze, H 21” x W 8” x D 6”
Limited edition of 55

Online Gallery Visit our Online Gallery to shop online!

Sharon Manzke, Membership Coordinator

We welcome the following new members: Fred Shinn, Patricia Barthe, Robert Hoffman, Sue Jones, Steve Clark, Stephen Gebo, Mark Van Hise, Mike and Nancy McKinnon, Eric Amarescu and Grover Lloyd, Malinda Anderson, Debe and Rick Hauschild, Linda Hinckley, Monique Bizet, Kathy Allingham, Kathy Levin, Jenny Grigg, Dave and Chris Bushwood, Guy Knoller and Chari Jagelka, Dick Dezendorf, Dana Hayes, and Julie Sheppard. Save the date – January 15th for the New Members’ Reception. Thanks, too, to all of our renewing members, including those who have upgraded to higher levels. Member support is vital to this fine organization!

Members’ Events:
Here we are in the middle of the holiday season and there is so much to do. Please check your calendar for the following exhibits. All of the applications can be found online on the Members’ Events page, or you may pick one up at the Gallery or office.  I am looking forward to seeing you and your artwork.

Portrait Exhibition
December 20–22
Applications due by December 13 (Click here for the application)

34th Annual Juried Members Show
March 4–April 1
Applications due by January 10 (Click here for the prospectus & entry form)

Members Winter Co-op
January 10–February 9 
Applications due by December 16 (Click here for the application)

Fine Art Gallery Submission
Portfolios due by January 31 (Click here for the application)

This year has flown by so quickly, I want to take a moment to say Thank You to all of the volunteers that have taken such an active role in assisting with all of the events as well as the day-to-day functions of the gallery, school and office.  We deeply appreciate all of you and the dedication you have to the Arts Center. We could not bring the events and programs to the community without your help. I am looking forward to the New Year and meeting new volunteers as well as working with all of you who have strengthened the backbone of SAC. Thank you for all of your time and energy!

Look for much more in our upcoming newsletters! Past issues are archived on our website: [click here]








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