A Desk in the Barn
Pam Frazier, Executive Director
In May I wrote to you about the exhilaration of experiencing a high level of activity at the Arts Center—workshops going on in all classrooms, exhibitions going up and coming down, wonderful people generating great energy.
Guess what? I’m ready for things to slow down.
Sedona PhotoFest 2013 was a great success and is behind us. Workshops are tapering off for the summer. It’s a little easier to navigate Uptown these days, to find a parking place, to get seated in a restaurant without a long wait. The upping, downing, and shuffling of equipment from one place to another (we aim to have enough space for dedicated classrooms some day) gives us time to mend and reflect and plan.
That doesn’t mean that nothing is going on at the Sedona Arts Center this summer! There is lots happening, just at a slower pace.
With less pressure on our facilities, we have space to host the Members’ Summer Co-op (see Members’ Corner) and an open studio experience for 2-dimensional artists as well as ceramists. The “open studio” isn’t a new idea, but it’s something we haven’t done for 2-D artists in a while. Sheron Foster has stepped up to organize and monitor a weekly get together. Here’s what she is offering:
Free Air Conditioned Studio!
New - Open Studio for 2-Dimensional Artists
Free to members $5.00/session for non-members.
Tuesdays from 1–4 p.m. in the North Studio.
There have been quite a few members, students and neighboring artists who have expressed an interest in creating an opportunity for us 2-D artists to gather and play! Members and non-members alike are therefore cordially invited to come to the North Studio on any and/or every Tuesday starting July 9. In this weekly informal gathering we will create our own art, build community, and just inspire each other to continue to grow and have delightful camaraderie with our fellow artists. The sessions will evolve according to the group’s dynamic and will be monitored by Sheron Foster.
Sheron is a Sedona Arts Center student and member with an interest in providing space for everyone to gather and draw, sketch, paint or do whatever your 2-D medium is. She will be your connection to the school and gallery, as well as your go to source for information about the sessions.
At the first week of the sessions, July 9, we will see what everyone would like to see develop in the 12 weeks. Some ideas are: do we want to be a group to gather and simply paint; maybe offer critiques; hire an occasional model; etc. This is a brand new event, so all ideas are welcome!
Some basic information:
• The sessions will run from July 9, thru and including September 24, 2013.
• Open free to members.
• $5 per drop-in session or $50 for all 12 sessions for non-members, paid at first session.
• The group will meet every Tuesday, 1–4 p.m.
• Meetings will be held in the North Studio, with plenty of air conditioning! Easels and tables will be provided. Please bring art supplies you will be needing for your creation.
Questions? You can contact Sheron at her home: 928-284-2536 or Vince Fazio, Director, School of the Arts: 928-282-3809. Hope to see you there!
Be sure to check the Datebook in the left column of Art Matters for more dates and activities.
Why Art Criticism?
Louise MacDonald, Contributing Writer
Art criticism has been around since the time of Plato. And since then critics have been lauded or derided as monkeys for favoring lesser, momentarily fashionable artists.
In 1846 Charles Baudelaire declared criticism should be “partisan, passionate and political,” scandalously championing the realistic art of Edouard Manet. In the 1950s Trotskyite Clement Greenberg shattered the current art world's convictions by proclaiming Jackson Pollock's abstractions “the epitome of art.”
Critique of art carries a wallop!
Should art criticism be negative? The question is debated continually. My opinion is that we are not in the classroom. The art that appears in galleries and exhibits has been selected and evaluated. But not every work is going to be interesting to a particular critic or satisfy his or her criteria and sensitivity.
Why should the critic give publicity to art he doesn't like? Good point! Hopefully, the critic will select art that, in his opinion is not only well conceived and well executed, but will have that spark of brilliance, that screaming energy that makes a work—in his view—too important to pass by.
When I enter a gallery, I am propelled toward certain works. I want to probe them, know how they came into being, discover the source of that dynamism. Then comes the job of explaining that reaction, after years of cumulative study into countless forms of art. That's the game, that's the fun of it; to pick up something new, created with spontaneity and vision!
Frequently in the Sedona area I find art that is riveting, needs to be talked about. I just can't wait to take up a pen and go at it! I guess I'm just not looking at the mediocre and the mundane.
Louise Sheldon MacDonald, is a journalist and foreign correspondent who was an art critic for more than 20 years in Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. The cartoon is by her Bryn Mawr classmate Bernice Robinson.
Shirley Eichten Albrecht, Gallery Director
June was an exciting month in the Fine Art Gallery with the opening of Joella Jean Mahoney’s show. Some very beautiful paintings—large, colorful, I hope all of you had a chance to see them. If not, check our online gallery where some of them are posted and available for purchase. Joella is a longtime supporter of the Sedona Arts Center. She has donated a new original painting "Storm Rollin' In" (below) for us to use as a fundraiser. 100% of proceeds from the sale will benefit SAC! If you missed Joella's presentation on June 20 at the gallery, you can catch it on YouTube by following this LINK.
In July, join the “The New Wave” of juried gallery artists. Come see the creative sculpture of Richard Barnwell, the bold, desert paintings of Robert Kwait, creative ceramics by Luke Metz, the brilliant shaman jewelry by April Bower, the unique expressive paintings of Cheryl Waale and Franco Valentini’s stunning photographic landscapes. The Opening Reception is Friday, July 5, 5–8 p.m. The show continues through July 30.
In addition to our gallery exhibits, we are once again participating in Sedona Main Street’s National Day of the Cowboy on Saturday, July 27. This event was established in 2005 to honor and celebrate the character and values of the American Cowboy—honesty, integrity, courage, compassion, respect, patriotism and a strong work ethic. There will be “a whole lot of cowboy goin’s on” along State Route 89A in Uptown Sedona. We will have live music from noon to 3 p.m. by Ken & Lyn Mikell with Ballads of the West. Artist’s demonstrations will take place throughout the day with Sue Horine (Beaded jewelry), Shermane Frei (Wood Carving), Mary Lois Brown (Oil Painting), Justine Mantor-Waldie (Mixed Media Painting), Joanie Wolter (Sculpture) and Julie Ronning Talbot (Watercolor Painting). Harvey Stearn will be signing his book In Search of the West and discussing his photography. And of course we have our ongoing display of Joe Beeler’s paintings and bronze sculpture in addition to his three books. This will be a fun-packed day!
August will provide some peace in our lives as we “Give Peace a Chance.” There has been far too much violence in the world and it is time to shift the paradigm! We need to be able to savor the moment, find balance and simplify our lives. Our art is one way to achieve this goal and thirty-five of our gallery artists will be participating. We anticipate a great deal of variety and means of expressions. The Opening Reception is Friday, August 2, 5–8 p.m., and will continue through September 3.
A heads up to all our artists! We will be having the Small Works Show in November, so start thinking about what you will be submitting. The show is from November 26 through December 18. The prospectus is not out yet but if you want some preliminary information feel free to call the gallery. It is a great show with such wonderful works of art from sculpture to paintings and everything in between. And just in time for the holidays!
Sharon Manzke, Membership Coordinator
Mark your calendars!
Members’ Summer Co-op This month the Members’ Summer Co-op takes place July 25 through August 25. You still have a few days to submit your application before the July 8 deadline! Space is limited, so get your application in as soon as possible! Click here for the application.
Open Members’ Exhibition The 7th Annual Open Members’ Exhibition is scheduled for September 6 through 22 in the Special Exhibition Gallery. Any active member may submit one piece for the exhibit. The prospectus is available online [click here], in the Gallery or at the Arts Center office.
Art Appreciation Series The Sedona Arts Center and the Sedona International Film Festival are collaborating to present a series of art appreciation films and lectures. The first film in the series was Manet: Portraying Life, shown to a sold-out audience at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre in May. This was followed by lectures at SAC on “Debunking Art Hierarchies” by Jim Romberg, and on June 3 “The Influence of Manet” by art historian Heather Dies on June 27. If you missed these, you missed some great stuff! But you have more chances.
Showtime! Munch 150 will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Sunday, July 21 at 2:00 p.m. This is the 150th anniversary of Edvard Munch’s birth; the National Museum and the Munch Museum are co-hosting an exhibition honoring his work. The film goes behind the scenes to show the process of putting the exhibition together and takes us on a tour of Norway providing a detailed biography of a man who is considered one of the greatest artists ever to have lived.
The Manet film SOLD OUT, so get your tickets early by calling the Mary D. Fisher Theater box office at 282-1177 or purchase tickets online at sedonafilmfestival.org. SAC members receive a discount! Bring your membership card. Sedona Arts Center Members $12.50 General public $15.00
More films and lectures will follow. Check our website periodically for specifics. Go to “school / weekly classes /samplers” and scroll down.
We Welcome Our New Members Jessica DeLeonard, Firuse Stalcup, the David Polcyn family, James and Connie Vinton, David and Mary Hoye, Helga Hussel, Carol Mueller, Burt and Patrick Montenegro, Elaine and William Belvin, Patricia Hoisch, Diane Hendler, Del Freedline and Julie Stuczynsky, Robert Dalegowski, Cindy Carrillo, Jacquelyn Powers and Jourdan Dern, Annie Sullivan, Sharon Saxon, and Lavada Watson. Special thanks to those of you who upgraded to a higher level when you renewed!
All new members are invited to an informal gathering on Wednesday, July 24, 5:30–7:00 p.m. in the Special Exhibition Gallery to meet one another, learn more about Sedona Arts Center, and help us understand how we can best serve you. You will also get a sneak peak at the newest Members’ Co-op, which opens to the public the following day. Please RSVP to Sharon@SedonaArtsCenter.org or call 928-282-3809.
July’s First Friday poetry readings exemplify how similar desires and training can manifest solely unique creative expression.
Beth Borrus has spent much of her life trying to live elsewhere. I can’t wait to hear her poem stories about extensive travel in the U.S., Paris and Brazil, and about some of the well-known bards who mentored her along the way. Her published poetry collection Fast Divorce Bankruptcy materialized in 1994 and led to her pursuit of international education and teaching English as a second language in Brazil. She is currently working on a memoir of her first year there entitled Eating Water.
Lisa Campbell’s travel exploits have centered more around the cerebral journeys of the Surrealist dreamer. A graduate of the MFA Writing Program at Naropa University in Colorado, she co-founded the literary journal Big Rain while in Oregon. Lisa focuses on the therapeutic aspects of writing and she has taught poetry and journaling to young women seeking mental health treatment. Her work has been published by American small presses since the 1980s. She has lived a spiritual life in the woods in Sedona for over 20 years.
Please join us in welcoming Beth and Lisa to Poet’s Corner on July 5 at 4 p.m. in the Sculpture Garden. Poet’s Corner is sponsored by LARC (Literary Arts in Rural Communities), and is hosted by the Sedona Arts Center.
Look for much more in our upcoming newsletters! Past issues are archived on our website: [click here]