A DESK IN THE BARN
Pam Frazier, Executive Director
I’ve been looking forward to this month for a very long time. During July the Sedona Arts Center is focusing on the history and traditions of the West.
Growing up in rural Southern California surrounded by horses, sheep, chickens and the rest of my family’s menagerie, I’ve always felt at home around the smell of a barn and the wide-open vistas of rangeland. I admit that country music is my favorite genre and art reflecting the life of ranch folk has always spoken to me in that indescribable way that artwork tugs at one. So July in Sedona excites me! Here’s why.
Our gallery artists kick off the month on a western theme with “Looking West” (see more about this under Gallery News), at our First Friday receptions on July 3. The evening begins with Poet’s Corner at 4:00 p.m. when Red Earth Theatre and Sedona Arts Center introduce two real cowboys who are also poets—Gail Steiger and Amy Hale Auker. Gail comes from a ranching background and has spent his life making music and films while managing the Spider Ranch in Yavapai County, Arizona. He has also traveled the world extensively with the Western Folklife Center and as a guest of the U.S. State Department doing exchanges with other horse and herding cultures. Amy has been on ranches most of her life. From the time she was 19 years old, she's cooked for cowboys, mopped up floors after cowboys, given birth to a cowboy, homeschooled a cowboy and his sister, and she writes about the culture and its people.
On July 15, “Looking West” moves to the Special Exhibition Gallery to make room for “Cowboy Artists of America: The 50-Year Roundup,” which opens in the main gallery on July 18 with a special reception, 7:00–9:00 p.m. Cowboy Artists of America was founded right here in Sedona by four local cowboy artists who met at the Cowboy Club (then called the Oak Creek Tavern) over cold beers to give birth to an idea. The organization has grown to be recognized around the world as an exclusive group representing the very finest of the western genre. You’ll meet some of CAA’s artists at this reception. (see more about this under Gallery News).
On the following weekend, July 24–26, Sedona celebrates National Day of the Cowboy, with activities in Uptown beginning at “high noon.” This great annual event is sponsored by Main Street Sedona and Red Rock Posse, and the Sedona Arts Center will have a second reception in the gallery that Friday, July 24, 5:00–7:00 p.m. We will have hors d’ouevres prepared and served by Cowboy Club staff as their contribution to the event, and performances by Ken and Lyn Mikell and members of the Red Rock Posse. (NOTE that road work in Uptown will be suspended for this three-day weekend.)
Join us for this month-long celebration of the finest in our western heritage!
Vince Fazio, Director, School of the Arts
Summer Camps begin July 13. Sign up now!
Summer camps in Filmmaking and Visual Arts at the Sedona Arts Center are designed to be a rich experience for kids ages 8 to 13. Morning sessions will explore filmmaking and afternoons are devoted to a variety of visual arts. Students may sign up for half days or full days. Lead instructors are Bryan Reinhart (filmmaking), Kate Hawkes (painting and collage) and Dennis Ott (ceramics). All materials are included in the price of tuition. Students should wear appropriate clothing for painting and ceramics. Tuition is $500 for full-day attendance and $300 for half-day attendance. Priority will be given to students registering for the full day. Half-tuition scholarships are available.
Check the Summer Camps web page for details and to register. Or call 928-282-3809 for more information.
Watch for the Fall Catalog of Courses to be available online and/or in your mailbox in mid-August.
Shirley Eichten Albrecht, Gallery Director
What an exciting month we have ahead of us! Our show for this month is “Looking West,” which will open in the Fine Art Gallery on July 3. It will feature some of our gallery artists whose work not only celebrates but embraces the spirit of the West—both old and new. It will complement the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) show that will open later in the month as well as National Day of the Cowboy. On July 15 “Looking West” moves to the Special Exhibition Gallery through July 28, making way for the monumental CAA Exhibition upstairs in the Lobby and North Gallery.
“Cowboy Artists of America: The 50-Year Roundup” is a very special exhibition made possible by the generous loan of artwork from prominent collections in Arizona. More than half of the artworks are coming from the Eddie Basha Collection, while the others are coming from five private collectors. Paintings and sculptures by 29 CAA members will create a dazzling presentation of the genre as represented by artists of the highest caliber. This show continues in the main gallery through August 2. For more information, click here. To learn more about CAA, click here.
During the National Day of the Cowboy (Saturday, July 25), gallery artists will be demonstrating throughout the day. We will have Margo Mitchell (Oil) and Mary Lois Brown (Oil) in the morning from 11 to 1 p.m. For the afternoon, we have Julie Talbot (Watercolor) from 1 to 3 p.m. We are hoping to add a few more demonstrating artists so stay tuned.
Visit: http://www.sedonaartscenter.org/Gallery and click on the 'see inside' feature to check out our current show!
Sharon Manzke, Membership Coordinator
According to our most recent member survey, 61% of the Arts Center’s 800+ members identify themselves as “artist” or “art student.” One of SAC’s primary goals is to give our member artists educational opportunities that further their skills as well as chances to join their peers in exhibiting their work.
July is the time for member artists who would like to show and sell their work through our Fine Art Gallery to bring in their portfolios for the jurying process. The guidelines for submitting can be found on our website or picked up in the gallery. Portfolios are due on or before July 31. Questions? Call or stop in to talk to any of our gallery directors. They will gladly assist you. NOTE: In the future this process will take place only once each year in the month of July. So now is the time to take that step! Not currently a member? You may join when you submit your portfolio.
The next Members’ Co-op takes place September 4–27, 2015, a prime time to put your work in front of buyers. This show is open to any member of the Sedona Arts Center. A $60 entry fee provides space to show and sell a body of your work. Participants must be available to assist in staffing the exhibition. Applications are due August 18, 2015. Follow this link to find the application or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information at 928-282-3809 Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Hummingbirds As Art
The deadline has been extended to Friday, June 3 for submission of entries to this special exhibition in partnership with the Hummingbird Society and their annual festival. The exhibit opens on July 31 and runs through August 9 in Sedona Arts Center’s Special Exhibition Gallery. The exhibit is open to any member of either Sedona Arts Center or the Hummingbird Society. There is a $10 fee for each piece submitted. Participating artists must assist in staffing the show. The application is available by clicking here.
Save the Dates—July 31 – August 2 for the Sedona Hummingbird Festival at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, at the Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona. Go to hummingbirdsociety.org to review the Festival program and to purchase tickets to the Festival and the Gala.
There are now more than 750 N.A.R.M. member organizations for you to enjoy! The North American Reciprocal Museum Association continues to grow with more museums, historical societies, gardens, planetariums, and discovery centers for you to visit. To explore the options for your next vacation destination, go to www.narmassociation.org and click on “Maps & Lists.” NARM benefits begin at SAC’s $100 membership level and will pay for itself with just a few visits to member organizations. Have a great summer!
We welcome our new members: Jehangir F. and Anita G. Pestonjee, Glenn Adams, Paula Ney, Elden Stires, Curtis and Victoria Hinsley, Lon and Margi Walters, Jude Samuel, Rachel Tucker, Jeffery and Debra Fleeger, Terry Cervantes, and Christine Bradley. We look forward to a long friendship!
Look for much more in our upcoming newsletters! Past issues are archived on our website: click here.