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Issue No. 5 - January 2013

In This Issue
A Desk in the Barn
Volunteer Corner
Appreciation Luncheon
Members' Corner
Strategic Plan Update
Board Reunion
Symbolism in Art
Did You Know?

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January 4: First Friday Gallery opening and reception for “Inner Visions” featuring more than 25 artists, 5–8 p.m.

January 4–6: Student Show “Fired & Wired” featuring Dennis Ott’s ceramic students and Gretchen Lopez’s painting students. Opening reception 5–8 p.m. in the Special Exhibition Gallery

January 11: Deadline for submissions to Juried Members’ Show [Download Prospectus here]

January 17: Deadline to RSVP for the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

January 18: Deadline for applications to the Members’ Winter Co-op [Download Application here]

January 22: Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, 11:30–1:30 at the Theatre Studio

January 28–29: Take-in and hanging for Members’ Winter Co-op Exhibition and Sale

January 30–February 28: Members’ Winter Co-op Exhibition and Sale in the Special Exhibition Gallery and Theatre Classroom

February 1: First Friday Gallery opening and receptions for “Art That Transcends” and the Members’ Winter Co-op Exhibition and Sale.

March 1: Reunion of past and current members of the SAC Board of Directors, 4:00–5:30 p.m.

Did you Know?

Wood siding was added to the cinder block Barn Addition (aka Theatre) in May, 1971.  “When the new wood siding has been kissed by the AZ sun, blasted by the wind, bathed in rain, and frosted by snow, the “addition” will blend in pleasingly with the original barn…”  Taken from SAC archives, this prediction proved to be true.

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A Desk in the Barn
Pam Frazier, Executive Director

Description: ld Art Barn LogoIt won't be long now before the sound of hammers and power tools infiltrate the ceramics studio and offices here at the Art Barn. And what a happy sound that will be! We've all been waiting to see the siding on the east-facing wall of the barn repaired. Its weathered wood is dry and brittle from 73 years of exposure to the intense Sedona sun and extreme weather conditions. It’s way past time to do something about it. So let's do it!

The board of the Sedona Arts Center has signed on with Loven Contracting, Inc. (LCI) to address the east wall siding and windows and to make roofing repairs on several of our many roofs. Mike Loven has a long history with and a deep appreciation for old buildings. I've worked with him on two historic structures at Grand Canyon National Park and I have every confidence that the Art Barn is in good hands.

Description: ld Art Barn LogoNew old-looking siding has been ordered from a mill in Montana that specializes in salvaging standing dead timber. Called "Ghost Wood," it is milled to specification and goes through a six-step process of sealing and finishing that results in a wood that resembles old barn wood—the ultimate in recycling. We've chosen a finish that is close to what we now see, but a few decades younger and better maintained.

Demolition begins in late January. But don't worry! This is demolition of the kindest sort. Any salvageable wood (i.e. wood that doesn’t disintegrate while being handled) will indeed be salvaged for repurposing—including the old oil can lids that cover knot holes! We’ll add insulation, sheathing for sheer strength, then a weather barrier, and finally the Ghost Wood siding and the original oil can lids.

This phase of the barn’s rehabilitation is being accomplished with our reserve funds. Donations totaling $50,000 from the Kling Family Foundation, Margaret T. Morris Foundation and the J. W. Kieckhefer Foundation will help to continue this work into the next phase. But first things first. Step one is that gnarly east-facing wall.

Once construction begins, you'll want to stop by—Yes, to see the progress we're making, but also to enjoy some cowboy poetry. "What?" you say. Tom Weathers, LCI's project manager for this work, is a bona fide cowboy poet and, with a little encouragement, will be happy to perform for you. That's the icing on the cake!

Volunteer Corner
Joanie Wolter

Description: ld Art Barn LogoHello SAC Volunteers!!! First of all I want to wish all of you a wonderful New Year. I hope each of you has your best year ever. Mainly I want to thank you one more time for all you do to make SAC events so successful. I do believe that without the volunteers, there would be no SAC. You all are that important to the organization. I also believe that you can't be told enough times how wonderful you are!!!!

I know there is a volunteer luncheon coming up in January and I truly hope each of you can attend because it is just a little something we, at SAC, can do to show our appreciation. You are all amazing and I thank you personally for always responding to my emails when there is a need for help. You have made my job as volunteer coordinator so much easier!!!!

I look forward to the new year at SAC and hope to see all of you very soon!!! Huge hugs of gratitude!!!

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
Debbie Winslow

Description: ld Art Barn LogoAs Joanie acknowledges above, volunteers are the lifeblood of the Sedona Arts Center. We could not present our diverse programming and events without you, including:

  • Operating the Members’ Fine Art Gallery seven days a week
  • First Friday receptions
  • Special events including the Plein Air Festival, Auctions and PhotoFest
  • Docents for exhibitions including Lillian Wilhelm Smith, Student/Faculty Exhibitions, Loving Bowls and Members’ Shows . . .

. . . not to mention the hundreds of volunteer hours spent on strategic planning, task forces, maintenance of facilities and grounds . . . and the list goes on.

We want to thank you at a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday, January 22 starting at 11:30 a.m. in the Theatre Studio. An interesting program is planned including a buffet lunch, awards presentation, door prizes, and guest speaker Janeen Trevillyan, Sedona Heritage Museum Historian, who will give a presentation and slide show on the history surrounding our beloved Jordan Art Barn.

Janeen will be accompanied by F. Ruth Jordan Van Epps, whose pioneering great-grandparents settled in the Verde Valley in 1875. “Ruthie” was born in Flagstaff and raised in Sedona. Much of her time until high school graduation was spent with her aunt and uncle, Helen and George Jordan. Through the years, Ruthie dedicated her life to education and counseling, teaching and guiding students at all levels. In 1992 she began realizing her dream of writing a book that incorporates the stories as told by the “old timers” and the journal written by her great-grandfather of their trip west in a wagon train. Her dream came true in the publication of Following the Westward Star, a tribute to the early Arizonans and a memorial to her parents, Walter and Ruth, and to her beloved aunt, Helen Jordan, whose paintings illustrate the book.

Whether you have been a long-time volunteer or are new to our volunteer ranks, mark your calendar to save the date and RSVP to or call the office at 928-282-3809 by Thursday, January 17.

We look forward to seeing you! With a little luck, work on refurbishing the exterior wall of the barn will have started by then!

Members' Corner

Member artists will have five—count them!—opportunities to exhibit and sell their work at Sedona Arts Center in 2013. All five of these shows are open to all members. Only one is a “juried” show.

  1. January 30–February 28: Members’ Winter Co-op Exhibition (Entries due January 18)
  2. March 1–April 1: 33rd Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition (Entries due January 11)
  3. July 22–August 23: Members’ Summer Co-op Exhibition (Entries due July 5)
  4. September 3–23: 9th Annual Open Members’ Exhibition (Entries due September 2)
  5. November 26–December 18: Small Works Exhibition (Entries due November 19)

NOTE that January 11 is the deadline for submitting your portfolios for the Juried show. No time to waste! Click here for the Prospectus.

If you wish to enter the jurying process to be accepted into the Fine Art Gallery, your portfolio must be received by January 31. This is one of two opportunities for members to submit for acceptance into the gallery. Your next opportunity will be in July. Click here for submission guidelines.

Description: ld Art Barn LogoArtists, start your engines! The Members’ Winter Co-op is coming up fast—January 28 through February 28! This is a non-juried show created in response to requests from our members for more opportunities to show and sell their work. If you are a current member of the Arts Center, and are willing to comply with all the requirements listed in the application, we'd love to have you participate in the show. Click here for the application. Each wall artist will be given a wall space at least 4' wide (we can accommodate only 38), and pedestal or jewelry artists will be given pedestals or table space (we can accommodate only 12). Each artist will be able to bring as many pieces as will display tastefully and can add new pieces to replace those that sell. 

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate all member artists because of the limited space in the SEG and Theatre Classroom, so artists will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Also, artists who are not already represented in the Fine Art Gallery (upstairs in the gallery building) will have priority over artists presently in the Gallery.  In-gallery artists will be accepted on a space-available basis. We are expecting another landslide response, so get your application in early.

Application deadline is January 18.

Just a warning, if you cannot comply with ALL of the requirements on the application, please don't apply for this show. This event will be treated like a co-op, and all artists must carry their own weight, or this concept won't work.

We hope you will take this opportunity to join us in our Winter Co-op.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Joanie Wolter at, or 928-204-5518.


New Members

We also want to welcome the new members who have joined between November 1 and December 15:
Jamie Conglose, Daryl King, Barbra Barker, Mary Ann Undrill, John Blangiardo, Ronald Baker, Cheryl Herrick, Patty Lamb, LaDona Minerva, Diana Blum, E.M. Short, Nancy Belle Jones, Vanessa Glynn-Linaris, Mary Burnham, Pauline Georgakis, Marjorie Osheroff, Catherine Knox, Ellen Blum, and Angeline Schmidt.
We welcome you to the Sedona Arts Center family and look forward to getting to know you! I’ll be at the Gallery for First Friday, January 4 proudly wearing my name tag. Please introduce yourself!

Pam Frazier

Strategic Plan
Kath Gilliam

The four task forces charged with implementing key components of the Sedona Arts Center’s long-range strategic plan have been very busy over the past two months. Here’s what the Business Development, Fund Development, Gallery & Exhibition and Information & Infrastructure task forces have been up to since my last report: [Click here to read on]

SAC Board Reunion 

We are eager to bring together all of the Arts Center’s former and current members of the Board of Directors to celebrate your many contributions to this organization. If you are either a former or current Director, please mark your calendar for First Friday, March 1, and save the date for this special evening. You will soon receive a formal invitation by mail that will include all the details.

We need your help! We are unable to identify Directors serving between 1986 and 1995. Can you help us fill in the missing decade? If so, please send the name(s) and contact information to me personally at We don’t want to miss anyone.


Symbolism in Art
Louise MacDonald

Lively, expressive and fun, symbols have been used by artists throughout the ages.  Themes that recur in the artwork and crafts of different eras often have a very long history from wall paintings dating from the third century to contemporary artworks of every kind since the invention of printing. Writers from Dante Alighieri in The Divine Comedy to American playwright Tennessee Williams have used symbols. Today they appear frequently in contemporary art, scenic design and architecture. How often we see an ape, a bull or a butterfly in an ancient or contemporary artwork and sense that some special meaning must be involved.

ApeAPE The ape symbolized the devil to early Christians. Heresy and paganism! In the Gothic era an ape with an apple in its mouth signified the fall of man. An ape, worshiped by man, was the worst possible scenario. During the Renaissance an ape admiring itself in a mirror epitomized vanity.

From the Middle Ages on, the ape functioned as a symbol of the arts of painting and sculpture. Why? Because that animal was known for imitating. So much for greatness in art! Flemish painters depicted the artist as an ape painting a woman's portrait. A popular saying was, “Art is the ape of nature” or Ars simia Naturae. The ape was shown playing cards, drinking and dancing—all those bad things!

The monkey is a lovable character among the twelve signs of the Chinese Zodiac, as resourceful, versatile, charming, shrewd—but lacking in persistence, and invariably cunning.


BullBULL  Throughout history no symbol has been more powerful and caused more havoc than the bull. In primitive religions man idolized the bull for its strength and sexual power. In 15,000-year-old cave paintings in Lescaux, France, huge bulls charge across the walls among lesser animals.

In ancient Greece Jupiter appeared as a bull, garlanded with flowers, in order to entrance and abduct young maidens. Hercules famously wrestled with several bulls. It was a white bull that bore a maiden into the sea, epitomizing The Rape of Europa. The Minotaur, half-bull, half-man was confined to a labyrinth and fed human flesh; it was slain by the great Theseus of Athens. Two fire-breathing bulls guarded the Golden Fleece captured by the Greek hero Jason.

No artist exploited the theme of the bull more persistently than Picasso. In 1933 a series of his etchings was printed. At first the scenes were idyllic in nature; the bearded sculptor relaxes in bed with a lovely model. Then the Minotaur appears, leers and plunges into an orgy of rape. (According to Picasso's friend, Marie-Therese, the scene was only too true.)


BubblesBUBBLES  Infants or putti, blowing soap-bubbles, symbolize the brevity life of in “Vanitas” paintings, the inevitability of death. A title might read, “Homo bulla est” or man is a bubble! (Greet the New Year by quaffing “Bubbly!”)


ButterflyBUTTERFLY In antiquity the image of the butterfly emerging from the chrysalis stood for the soul leaving the body at death. In Christian art its life cycle—caterpillar, chrysalis to butterfly—symbolizes life, death, resurrection. The love-prone Greek god Zephyr, winged like a butterfly and aided by cupids, created the flowers we cherish. Today, fluttering butterflies adorn our bodies as the most popular tattoo after the coiled dragon!

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