A DESK IN THE BARN
Pam Frazier, Executive Director
At the top of my agenda for the February newsletter is a huge "Thank You" to all of you who made our year-end campaign a success that surpassed our expectations! So many of you gave generously to support the ongoing work of the Sedona Arts Center! We are sincerely grateful. Special thanks go to the anonymous donor who pledged a dollar-for-dollar match up to $7,500, providing a compelling incentive to give by doubling your donations. We will put this money to work right away to create and sustain programming and services that are relevant to our members, our students and our community.
Speaking of which, be sure to dig into the descriptions of workshops and expeditions described in our school’s new spring catalog. Read about the special week-long series of raku events coming up in March. Raku is an exciting ceramic technique that pushes the boundaries of traditional ceramics to open new avenues for expression. Renowned raku artists from across the nation will be sending their works for an exhibition curated by Jim Romberg. Dennis Ott, Vince Fazio and Jim Romberg have organized a week filled with rare opportunities, March 7–17. For those of you who live locally, check our line-up of ongoing weekly classes as well—ceramics, sculpture, painting and drawing [click here].
And check out our new NARM membership level, which opens doors for you at more than 650 arts and culture organizations across North America.
Another Thank You is in order, this time to the City of Sedona Department of Public Works. At our request, they have installed a convex traffic mirror opposite Art Barn Road on Highway 89A. This will give you a view of traffic coming from Oak Creek Canyon, making your egress from the Arts Center much safer!
Call to Artists
In March Sedona Arts Center will host another theatrical performance by Red Earth Theater, “The Wild Party” by Joseph Moncure March. We invite member and non-member artists to participate in a companion exhibition in the Special Exhibition Gallery on the days of the performance. The play centers on a jazz theme. This exhibition is open to Sedona Arts Center members and non-members, all mediums qualify; work must be original and ready to display. If your work is for sale the selling price will split 70 percent to the artist and 30 percent to the Arts Center; one submission per artist. Download an application HERE, at SedonaArtsCenter.org/Members/Events.html or visit the Sedona Arts Center’s Fine Art Gallery at 15 Art Barn Road, Sedona.
The Jury Process
Shirley Eichten Albrecht, Gallery Director
The Sedona Arts Center’s Fine Art Gallery showcases more than 100 artists, all of whom are members who have been juried in through a twice-yearly process. In January and July of each year artists may submit their portfolios for review by an independent panel of qualified jurors. Artists wanting to be juried into the Fine Art Gallery can obtain a copy of the submissions guidelines that define the format we are looking for in a portfolio. This is available at the gallery and online at the Sedona Arts Center’s website [link]. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. on the last day of January or July. The number of artists submitting can vary each time from a dozen to 30 or more.
In February and August, we convene a three-person panel of professional artists who do not currently exhibit in the gallery. We look for male and female jurors with backgrounds in different mediums. Each portfolio submission is coded so that the artist’s name is not known to the jurors. The portfolio is judged on the quality of the images submitted. We suggest that the portfolios be professionally presented with high-quality images of recently completed work that is currently available. The jurors’ comments are recorded by an assistant as they review the work, and they are asked to make constructive comments intended to provide guidance to the artist whether they are juried in or not. Each juror works independently. When all portfolios have been reviewed, jurors come together to discuss their choices and confirm the results by consensus. This keeps the process objective and professional.
After the jurors have made their decisions the results are then given to the Gallery Director for follow up. For artists who are juried in, we will make an appointment to sign the consignment contract and select your work, which will be displayed for a 90-day probationary period to test sales performance. Artists who were not juried in are encouraged to review the information provided by jurors as to how their portfolios can be improved for future submissions. As an educational institution, we want to work with artists to grow in their art form and presentation. To this end, the Gallery Director is available to review and discuss jurors’ comments.
During the course of the year the Sedona Arts Center has many other opportunities for member artists to display their work other than in the Fine Art Gallery. Please take advantage of these shows whether you are juried into the Gallery or not. Information for upcoming exhibits is provided both at the gallery and online at SedonaArtsCenter.org.
Adding new artists to the gallery is an exciting time for us as well as the artists. We showcase a wonderful variety of artistic styles and we look forward to adding new talent to our ever growing selection of work.
Watch for some new and exciting work in the gallery beginning in March!
Speaking of great shows, during the month of February we are "Romancing the Arts" with a talented group of featured artists who will enamor our patrons as they visit the gallery. This show presents: James Latham’s fine turned-wood vessels, Janet Noll Naumer’s landscape photography, Janet Collins’s photography and pencil works, Beth Jaynes’s colorful and whimsical mixed media paintings, and Shirley Clausen’s pen-and-ink landscapes plus her delightful handmade dolls, each in a vibrant costume. The Opening Reception is February 7, 5–8 p.m.
Be sure to stop by the gallery to connect with artists who are demonstrating throughout each month. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet the artist, watch the process and a chance to purchase art that you saw being created. All demonstrations are open to the public so come on in! Click here for the complete demo schedule.
Debbie Winslow, Registrar
The exciting new spring catalog of courses is now available! If you didn’t receive one in the mail you can pick one up at the gallery of Arts Center office, or call to request that one be sent to you. Easier yet, go online to review and sign up for the courses of your choice. Some courses will fill quickly. Don’t wait too long!
Raku Ceramics: A Continuing Revolution
Raku ceramics have been at the center of two artistic revolutions—the birth of the traditional Tea Ceremony in 16th-century Japan and the Clay Revolution in Southern California in the 1950s. In both instances, raku became a liberating technique and philosophy that stimulated new ways of experiencing clay. Constantly evolving, its spectrum of expression has expanded to include political and social statements as well as achieving a balance of simplicity and sophistication.
The school will be exploring Raku Ceramics during the month of March with new workshops, an International Raku Invitational Exhibition [click here] and lecture by curator Jim Romberg. Whether you are interested in learning to create your own raku or enjoy the work of others, the week of March 7–17 offers something for everyone from the origins of raku to contemporary practices and experimentation.
Raku - "New Forms, New Surfaces"
With Patrick Shia Crabb and Jim Romberg
March 8–9, 2014 | TUITION: $275
Patrick Crabb draws from many cultures for his sculptural works in clay while Jim Romberg brings Japanese aesthetics, Abstract Expressionism and the natural environment together in his work. Both will demonstrate forming techniques using the wheel and hand-building... + LEARN MORE
Raku Firing & Tea Ceremony
With Ott, Romberg, Oshima
March 16, 2014, 1–5 p.m. | TUITION: $125
Raku firing and post-firing procedures create unique, one-of-a-kind effects that reflect not
only the vision of the ceramist but also the engagement of a natural process—one that makes heat, fire and smoke part of the artist’s final statement. This immersive experience will begin with a demonstration of raku glazing options, then each participant will... + LEARN MORE
Sharon Manzke, Membership Coordinator
New membership benefit!
We have added a new membership level that we encourage you to consider. The Sedona Arts Center has recently joined the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM). This enables our members at the new Supporting Level ($100) or above to receive member benefits for two at more than 650 arts and culture organizations across North America, and we reciprocate for their members! It’s an exciting network that you will want to be part of. Visit narmassociation.org to find lists of reciprocal institutions by state.
Members who currently subscribe at levels above $100 will automatically receive new cards with NARM stickers. If you belong at the Individual or Household levels, you may upgrade your membership at any time by calling us toll-free 866-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809, or stop by the office or gallery. Our dedicated staff will be happy to assist you.
Save the Date!
On February 19, we honor our many volunteers—our VIPs (Vitally Important People)—for their hours of dedicated service to the Sedona Arts Center. All of our VIPs are invited to join us for lunch in the Theatre Studio at 11:30 a.m. for food and entertainment—but mostly to receive our sincere appreciation.
Members’ Winter Co-op
There is still time to see this wonderful collection of artwork. Join us at the Art Barn on First Friday, February 7, for an artist’s reception 5–8 p.m. The exhibit runs through February 9.
We Welcome Our New Members: Kathleen Wiest, Beverly Pearson, Leila Kirkley, Ellen Perantoni, Mary Ruth Culbert, James Bishop, Dana and J. Miller, Harvey and Dawn Bershader, Dottie Jeske, Lynn Toneri and Robb Hink, Martha Goodrich, Kim Lewis, Cathy Gazda, Linda Lee Suderland, Denise Champion, Danny Seltzer, Fred and Jennie Zimmer, Cynthia Wynn, Sharon Walker, Ken and Kay Beller, Annrae Roberts, Toni Coon, Naomi Ray, and Deborah Stromsdorfer. Welcome to the Sedona Arts Center family!
Look for much more in our upcoming newsletters! Past issues are archived on our website: [click here]