A DESK IN THE BARN
Pam Frazier, Executive Director
As we say, “anything can happen in Sedona.” Well, don’t be alarmed if you see “beings” in white suits and respirators working on the roof of the Theatre Studio at the Arts Center in early February. They are just licensed contractors engaged in removing and responsibly disposing of asbestos-laden roofing material to ready the roof for repairs to rotted sheathing, a new pitch to improve drainage, and an all-new roofing material.
If you’ve been to an exhibit, lecture, members’ co-op or a meeting in the SAC Theatre in the recent past, you could tell from the buckets catching drips and even a gutter and downspout on the inside of the room, that a new roof was overdue. Donations from the Margaret T. Morris Foundation and Holli Ploog and Bert Campbell, are significantly reducing our draw from reserves, we are finally taking care of this chronic issue.
And that’s not all! Thanks to generous donations from the Kling Family Foundation and Mary Fisher, we will also have a new heating and cooling system in this space! No longer will we see condensation inside picture glass or story boards curling and delaminating as a result of the moisture introduced by the old swamp coolers, especially during the monsoons. Our conditioned space will be much more comfortable for people and safer for artwork.
Bit by bit, we continue to chip away at the long wish list of maintenance and improvements to these buildings that have served us for so long.
Following up on last month’s newsletter, the SAC Art Tank team brought home $6,000 as a result of their presentation at the Coconino Center for the Arts last month—a $5,000 award from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and a $1,000 “Audience Choice” award, sponsored by APS. Thanks to all of you who came to support us . . . and vote! We’ll tell you more in the future about the project this award will enable.
THE BUSINESS OF ART SERIES
Learn the essentials of presenting your work to the public!
Your Portfolio / Monday, Feb 9, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
$10.00 (FREE to MEMBERS)
Shirley Eichten Albrecht, Sedona Arts Center’s Gallery Director, knows that the portfolio of your artwork is often the first impression that a gallery or collector will have of you. She will present best practices for formatting and presentation as well as narrative content and supplemental material to include. Deadline for submitting your portfolio to the gallery is Feb 28!
Writing Bios and Artists’ Statements / Monday, Feb 16, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
$10.00 (FREE to MEMBERS)
Kelli Klymenko will help you put your best foot forward so that what you want to be seen will be seen at a glance. Creating a professional biography and artists' statement is a tool for presenting yourself and your work to the marketplace. Artists' Statements are used to introduce yourself or a body of work to your audience on your own terms. They can be playful, philosophical or formal, depending on the situation.
Finding Your Art Market / Monday, Feb 23, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
$10.00 (FREE to MEMBERS)
Zachary Jernigan is a published author and feature writer for the Red Rock News. He will talk about how to strategically navigate in the world of selling creative output. Start by clarifying who you are as an artist. Learn as much as you can about any potential venue for exhibition, then we can discuss the proper approach. We will also discuss creating a realistic time frame for success. Zachary will be offering a “Writing Crash Course” in March.
Pre-registration is strongly advised. Members will automatically receive free enrollment when they register online at www.sedonaartscenter.org or call 928.282.3809. There is a fee for non-members. Membership is $50 for an individual and $75 for a Household. Call the Sedona Arts Center to start your membership today and enjoy the many benefits associated with joining, including discounts on year-round classes, free “Art Experiences” like the “Business of Art Series” and a 10% discount in the Fine Art Gallery.
Vince Fazio, Director, School of the Arts
Implement an Artistic Practice
Everyone is busy these days. Art schools and art teachers have become more efficient and more productive just like everyone else. This seems to be working for our art students.
When I first started here at the Arts Center in 1999, we offered a 16-session drawing class that filled every time it was offered. We now offer a condensed drawing “crash course” that also fills but takes place over just two weeks and meets for just four sessions. Workshop programs have clearly moved more toward three-day and weekend intensives from what used to be a standard of five days.
As teachers, we have all become experts at distilling our lessons to essential packets of information and process. What this means for the student is that, more than ever before, they have to do some of the most crucial work—the implementation of the lessons—completely on their own. The content of the workshop or class has to be “unfolded” by the student through practice since that implementation time or practice time is not part of the program.
To really get the most out of the experience as a student you should schedule that practice time with yourself in advance so that you can instill new skills directly after an intensive workshop or class.
All of that said, you’ll find a lot of different Crash Courses on our website under Weekly Classes [click here] and in our new catalog you’ll find a lot of intensive workshops as we continue to explore with our evolving faculty—new formats, new themes and new programming.
Here is a sample list of new programming in the spring that also explores interesting new formats.
Kurt Wenner presents a series of four workshops that create a grounding in the language of classical art.
Elaine Hultgren adds a four-day workshop in drybrush watercolor technique to her very successful two-day nature journaling workshop. [+LEARN MORE]
Lori Putnam will do a five-day residency in our South Studio for her own exploration of the landscape, then teach a three-day workshop and be our keynote speaker and exhibitor for the “Spirit of Sedona” event in June. [+LEARN MORE]
Mitch Lyons offers a two-day workshop in hand-building forms with colored clay. But just before the workshop on Mitch will demonstrate a very unique clay monoprint process on paper. [+LEARN MORE]
Each of our Field Expeditions is a carefully constructed experience with a format that intimately relates place with specific instructional/artistic content. Two new ones are especially note-worthy in this way.
Ken Rowe takes his Sculpting from Life workshop to a new dimension by holding the workshop in West Yellowstone at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. [+LEARN MORE]
Stuart Shils offers a unique guided tour of Rome, Sienna, and Assisi involving drawing and an extensive investigation of form as the Classical and Renaissance worlds are explored with a modern eye. [+LEARN MORE]
Sedona PhotoFest adopts a new format with a full day of four two-hour seminars with master photographers on May 3. [+LEARN MORE]
Shirley Eichten Albrecht, Gallery Director
February’s show in the North Gallery features our newest artists and their “Diversity in Art.” The Opening Reception is February 6 and the show will run through March 1. The artists who are being featured are Joanne Agostinelli (Pastels), Suzy Allan (Ceramics), Melanie Gold (Monotypes, Oil), Richard Gandolfo (Oil), Jim Schroeder (Oil), G. Eric Slayton (Oil), Diane Sepanski (Jewelry), Lanie Widmar (Watercolor), Rhonda Davis (Ceramics), Mike Turner (Digital Art), Jack Jackson (Photography), Elaine Belvin (Photography), Nori Thorne (Pastel), Barbara Mallek (Mixed Media), Julie Gilbert Pollard (Oil), and Katie Love (Photography). We invite everyone to check out this diverse and beautiful work.
Some of you may have noticed a new addition in front of the gallery. We have installed Joyce Killebrew’s “Enchanted.” Click on the picture below to watch the installation!
We want to thank Richard Barnwell for assisting us with some retrofitting and welding for the base. It will make a wonderful garden piece for any home. Come on by and see this as well as all of the artwork the gallery has to offer.
As I write this article, I am thinking about having just prepared the juror’s packets for the 35th Juried Members’ Show. This show is a large undertaking that started more than 6 months ago with the development of the prospectus. This year Margo Mitchell stepped into the position that Janet Collins has filled for many years (huge thanks to you, Janet!), which is receiving the submissions, checking for accuracy, correcting and contacting artists if something is missing or not usable as formatted. This is a huge job and Margo has done a great job. Mike Turner assisted by checking images and making corrections. This being said, we will be looking at some of the issues that we found and addressing them with the artists. Our goal is to have the best show each year and we need everyone’s help to make it happen. We are looking forward to presenting a great show in March.
Visit: http://www.sedonaartscenter.org/Gallery and click on the 'see inside' feature to check out our current show!
Sharon Manzke, Membership Coordinator
Looking for the Librarian?
Did you know that we have a small but art-filled library for you to enjoy? Late last summer we moved the assortment of books from the Theater Studio into the Green Room just down the hall from the offices. The library holds an assortment of art reference books, biographies of the Masters, art magazines, and a vast array of guidance books on different art techniques. Library hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and any student or member is welcome. Next time you are at the Arts Center stop in and take a look, there is a comfy chair and the coffee is always on.
From the Heart Exhibit Open - February 6–16 Special Exhibition Gallery
Looking for something sweet with no calories? Join us First Friday, February 6, 5 – 8 for the opening reception of From the Heart. A combination of art and poetry. Local poets have have created a collection of new poetry and prose that will be read opening night and on Valentine’s Day along with an exhibit of three dimensional poetry and artwork. Bring your Valentine!
We welcome our new members: Jeanette Cassin, Annalisa Croft, Jean Dixon, Maryanne Driscoll, Tom Fish, Paul E. Foster, Ken and Kim Girard, Robert and Carol Gunn, Marilyn Himmel, Jen I. Farnsworth and Joe Zani, Pilisa U’e Rainbow Lady, Michelle Lombino, and Norma Redish. Welcome to the Sedona Arts Center family!
Look for much more in our upcoming newsletters! Past issues are archived on our website: click here.