A DESK IN THE BARN
Pam Frazier, Executive Director
At a recent gathering of family and friends, one of my mentors reminded me that Thanksgiving is not a single day, it is an attitude . . . an attitude that each of us has the power to choose. During this holiday season, I am choosing an attitude of gratitude. I give thanks for all of you who make it possible for the Sedona Arts Center to continue working toward its mission of impacting lives through the arts. When you contribute your time, your talent or your treasure, know that your gifts have impact. Whether you give inspiration, guidance, happiness or the means to carry on our important work, Thank You. And may your generosity come back to you many-fold.
Don’t miss this fantastic fundraiser on December 13! Note the new time: Noon–3 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 finishes, including more than 150 pet bowls! Bowls are $10 each and include tasty chili (in a clean bowl!), bread and dessert. This year’s proceeds will benefit Sedona’s Community Center, Food Bank, Humane Society and the Arts and Education programs at the Sedona Arts Center.
CHRISTMAS WISH LIST
We want to be a hummingbird hot spot! The Sedona Arts Center is enhancing the grounds around the campus with a selection of plantings that are key to attracting hummingbirds. We are looking for large, glazed ceramic pots that can be used in our project. If you have an unused container, 16 inches or larger, that you would like to donate please contact Sharon at 928-282-3809 to arrange for pick up or delivery!
Shirley Eichten Albrecht, Gallery Director
As I write, the Gallery is being transformed for the holidays with decorated trees chock full of ornaments handmade by our gallery artists. The walls and pedestals are laden with beautiful works of art that will make great gifts for your family, friends or YOURSELF! We invite you all to come down and find that treasure you have been looking for. The Opening Reception for Gather 'Round is First Friday, December 5, 5–8 p.m. Come in for hot apple cider and refreshments and to meet and mingle with the artists. For an additional treat, Gene Garrison will be doing a book signing of her recently published Artists of Sedona: 1930–1999.
Visit: http://www.sedonaartscenter.org/Gallery and click on the 'see inside' feature to check out our current show!
We have been very pleased with sales this fall. In November we sold two Joe Beeler bronzes, Love at First Sight and Great Plains Buffalo. We always love to see them find an appreciative new home—this time that new home is in Pennsylvania. Along with these and other sculptures, the variety of work that has sold includes practically all mediums from oil and pastel paintings to ceramics, jewelry, and fiber. Our patrons are from all over the world, with many of them returning time and again to their “favorite gallery.” We appreciate all of them along with the many local patrons who regularly visit and support us in so many ways.
To show our appreciation, we are offering a Special Holiday Discount from December 15 through December 31. During this time we are extending our 10% Member Discount to everyone on all Gallery purchases over $100, including bronze and outdoor sculpture. Our current members will receive an additional 5% discount! Note that the Gallery is closed Christmas Day.
We want to thank all who helped us with the take-in, hanging and decorating for the holidays. This is a true team effort! Happy Holidays to all.
Vince Fazio, Director, School of the Arts
New Kiln Creates New Possibilities
The ceramics department’s new Geil gas kiln is up and running, having gone through multiple bisque and glaze firings and more than a few trial runs. The new kiln was made possible by donations from the Kling Family Foundation with the hope of adding even more creative options for our students. According to Dennis Ott, head of the Ceramics Department, “The results are all we have hoped for! The new kiln adds a new dimension in terms of the palette of colors and finishes to be achieved.”
The glazes used in recent years in the Ceramic Department electric kiln firings yield a glossy, colorful range of finishes that come out of “oxidation” firing in the existing electric kilns. These same glaze recipes create a different set of results in the gas “reduction” firing in the new kiln.
Same glaze: Bowl on the left: Electric Kiln; on the right: Reduction Kiln
Students, faculty and staff are fascinated with the results, describing the new finishes as “more organic,” with a more matte look that has its own kind of sophistication. “The reduction process adds another variable in the firing and so the first firings were experiments,” says Dennis. “But we now have about 10 new glaze finishes available and a whole new learning experience for students.”
Click here to explore workshops.
Thank you to the Kling Family Foundation!
Sharon Manzke, Membership Coordinator
Come December, we think about the past year and how time has escaped us. We start to plan for the coming year and make the proverbial “what do I want to do, need to do, hope to do” list.
Well, pull out your calendar and make a note. Here are some opportunities you won’t want to miss.
December 19, 2014 Applications due for Members’ Small Works Exhibition Jan 2–Feb 3, 2015
January 9, 2015 Applications due for 35th Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition, Mar 6–31, 2015.
January 16, 2015 Applications due for Members’ Winter Co-op Feb 6–Mar 1, 2015
All applications can be found online (click here) on the Member’s page under Members’ events; or you can always stop in the Gallery or office to pick one up.
Volunteer Workshop January 15, 2–4 p.m. and January 20, 6–8 p.m.
This workshop is for new and seasoned volunteers that want to learn more about the Arts Center. The workshop will cover Gallery Basics, and How to Sell Art. It is intended to give you helpful information you can use when assisting in the gallery or helping staff an event. Please RSVP by January 13 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is one more Call to Artists!
The Sedona Arts Center would like to invite its members to enter their original artworks capturing statements “From the Heart.” This exhibition will be open to the public January 29–February 15, 2015 in the Arts Center’s Special Exhibition Gallery, with a First Friday reception February 6. A’ Moure must be the focus of the artwork submitted for this exhibition. The exhibit is open to 2-D and 3-D artwork. Click here for the application. Please complete an application (Click here for application) and return it to the Arts Center by January 19. We are looking forward to your entries. This is one of many opportunities for our members to exhibit and sell their artworks.
We welcome our new members: Robert N. MacGovern, Alice Martin, Ted and Megan Loomis, Gay Chanler, Tammie Quinlan, Sarajane Fellin, Rebecca Bramon, and Sandra and William Chiles.
Look for much more in our upcoming newsletters! Past issues are archived on our website: [click here]