A DESK IN THE BARN
Pam Frazier, Executive Director
We are grieving. There has been a pall over the Arts Center for weeks. The pall was literal—smoke-filled air penetrated by eerie light—and emotional, mourning the devastation of our treasured landscape. Memorial Day, always meaningful to me, took on new significance this year. Surely the Slide Fire will have lasting impacts on all of us.
In the midst of this, our Spirit of Sedona events on Memorial Day weekend provided an opportunity both to grieve and to celebrate together. A dozen plein air painters captured the smoke-filled atmosphere in oils and watercolor, writers expressed it in words, and photographer Larry Lindahl brought the audience to tears with his beautiful images of what will be known as the "before" pictures.
At this writing, the Canyon is still closed to all but residents and business owners. Most of us don’t know yet what “after” looks like. Future Memorial Days will evoke my memories of the world-class vistas and intimate alcoves found in Oak Creek Canyon, as we celebrate its slow recovery.
And we will create new beauty. That’s what artists do.
Poet Tanya Collins came to the Spirit of Sedona weekend to participate in the writing workshops. The following poem is shared here with her permission.
Why I Came to Sedona this Weekend
I am drawn to creative people like the clichéd
bear to honey
moth to the flame
bee to the blossoming flower.
I feed off their energy,
absorb their enthusiasm
soak up their instructions
weep at the depth of their emotions.
These are people who are
not afraid to expose themselves
not frightened by others’ judgment
not stymied by their own mistakes.
They reach out passionately for beauty
for focus in a world of generalities
for truth in a world of lies
They sing Their collective song with singular voices
here a paintbrush dipped in oils,
there a stick of pastel chalk;
perhaps a graphite pencil, or a micron pen.
here a closeup camera lens,
there a tattered leather journal;
perhaps a handmade bamboo flute.
The best thing about creativity and the people who practice it
is that there is no end to it
No matter how hard the harsh realities of life press down on me, I can always
It is always worth the trip.
Tanya Collins—Mesa, AZ
May 26 ▪ 2014
Join us on First Friday at 4 p.m. when Poet’s Corner founder Mary Heyborne graces the sculpture garden at SAC, organized in cooperation with Red Earth Theatre.
Mary Heyborne was the inspiration for establishing the Poet’s Corner in the sculpture garden at Sedona Arts Center. With the Arts Center’s approval, she worked with her dear friend and fellow poet Christopher Lane, then Executive Director of NORAZ Poets, to begin a series of poetry readings in this intimate outdoor spot. Noted local sculptor John Soderberg created and donated the plaque that marks the spot: “Poet’s Corner . . . and here the poet meets his favoring muse.”
On Friday, June 6, Mary will help us remember the founding of Poets Corner as she reads her poetry commemorating this occasion along with works from her three published books and new words scrambling to be heard.
SEDONA PHOTOFEST JUNE 5–6
Join us for two days of education and inspiration for and by photographers of all levels.
June 5 – PhotoFest FREE Day
9:00–10:20 a.m. – Larry Lindahl – The Beauty and Magic of Sedona
Take a visual tour of red rock country as Larry Lindahl guides us through the process of photography and journal entries that culminated in his award-winning book Secret Sedona: Sacred Moments in the Landscape now in its 8th edition.
10:30–12:30 Adobe Keynote: "Through the Eyes of Julieanne Kost"
As Principal Evangelist for Photoshop and Lightroom, Julieanne Kost combines a passion for photography, a mastery of digital imaging techniques, and her degree in psychology, to find within herself the raw components of visual emotion.
12:30–2:00 p.m. Lunch Break
2:00–4:00 p.m. Canon Keynote – Jennifer Wu : "Nature's Elusive Beauty"
Canon Explorer of Light Jennifer Wu takes us on a two parallel journeys as she presents her photography from around the world while also revealing five underlying compositional principles that make photographs successful artistic images.
4:00–4:30 p.m. Sedona Culture Collaborative & Sedona Camera Club present: "Photographing Motion"
NAU Instructor Amy Horn discusses a workshop she led for the Sedona Camera Club "Photographing Motion" in which camera club members learned to capture motion during a dress rehersal of the Sedona Chamber Ballet Company's performance of "Restless Elements," which will be performed live during the ticket day of Sedona PhotoFest, June 6, 2014 at 2:15 p.m.
4:30–5:00 p.m. Meet the Artists!
Artists from both days of PhotoFest will be available in the Sedona Performing Arts Center lobby. Booksignings, Q&A, and casual conversation.
Enrollment for the above listed day of free activities is for the entire day and takes place at the Sedona Performing Arts Center located at 995 Upper Red Rock Loop, Sedona, AZ.
June 6 – PhotoFest Day 2
9:00–10:20 a.m. Smartphoneography – Tony Sweet
The immediacy of the mobile phone provides incredible possibilities for serious work. All apple apps are available on the iPad, so even if you do not have a iPhone, you can import the photos and have use of all of the incredible apple apps to optimize your images.
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Afterglow: Shooting After Dark – Scott Stulberg
From dusk till dawn, the darkness can reveal a world filled with mystery and wonder. Photographic possibilities become endless when imagination and knowledge collide after dark.
12:00–1:30 p.m. Lunch Break
1:30–2:30 p.m. Mike Olbinski – Storm Chaser!
Mike Olbinski’s time lapse photography of storms has gone viral catapulting him from obscurity to the center stage of Sedona PhotoFest 2014, CNN, and the Weather Channel.
2:30–3:00 p.m. Sedona Culture Collaborative presents Arts of a New Dimension: "Connecting EARTH and Spirit" with "Restless Elements"
Sedona Chamber Ballet Company's production of "Restless Elements," is an innovative ballet interpretive dance accompanied by theincredible time-lapse photography of Michael Olbinski. Choreographed by world renowned ballet choreographers - Brandon Ragland, principle dancer of the Louisville Ballet .
3:00–4:30 p.m. Sedona Culture Collaborative presents Arts of a New Dimension: "Connecting EARTH and Spirit" with Yorgo Alexopoulos
Yorgo’s current work integrates original photography, film and graphic elements into permanent architectural installations in public settings using a grid of large LCD screens. The result is dynamic, large-scale, visual narrative creating mood and a unique sense of place.
All events take place at the Sedona Performing Arts Center located at Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop, Sedona, AZ. We’ll see you there!
Vince Fazio, Director School of the Arts
The nationally known photographers who have come to Sedona for PhotoFest 2014 are also teaching workshops. Two of the four workshops are SOLD OUT, but space is still available on a limited basis in the following:
The Landscape Transformed
Tony Sweet| June 7–8, 2014
Morning and evening shoots at prime locations in the Sedona landscape will be followed by a full day of working in the digital lab, transforming our images with textures and layers. $500
LightPainting and HDR at Gold King Mine
With models, landscapes & more!
Scott Stulberg| June 7–8, 2014
Day 1 will be a shoot at historic Gold King Mine, capturing this unique junkyard in daylight and after dark. Day 2 is a full lab day working on Photoshop techniques, HDR and more. $475
Want more? Give us a call at 928-282-3809 to explore further, or email the School of the Arts Director at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shirley Eichten Albrecht, Gallery Director
It doesn’t seem possible that we are now approaching the summer months. Time flies way too fast. The best part is that each month we see changes in the gallery with new featured artists. We just recently installed Susan Kliewer’s bronze Sedona in front of the Gallery. It is great to have this wonderful sculpture. It is like it has come home.
June is a great month. “Through the Lens” will feature 8 of our photographers in conjunction with PhotoFest: Robert Albrecht, Al Brown, Janet Collins, David Griggs, Rick Goldwasser, Janet Noll Naumer and Harvey Stearn. Each photographer has his or her unique perspective on any subject they choose. This becomes their trademark and an interesting look into how they see our world. Come see the world through their eyes in this brilliant and colorful exhibit. Meet the artists at the First Friday Opening Reception on June 6, and enjoy live blue grass music performed by Blue Grass Festival musicians from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m.! The show will continue through July 1. We also have ongoing artist demonstrations in the gallery. Click here for a full schedule of demonstrations.
CALL TO ARTISTS
You want to get your work juried into the gallery. Remember that July is the month to bring in your portfolio if you are hoping to get your work juried into the gallery to sell. You have the full month to do this. We are looking at all mediums. For more information on how to submit, click here to download the Gallery Submission Guidelines or stop by the gallery or office and pick up a copy. If you are planning to submit, we encourage you to take advantage of two brief workshops in our Business of Art series. Both are FREE to members, $10 for non-members.
If you have questions or would like to see what the portfolio should look like, stop by the gallery and see some. Be sure you get good photographs and have an updated bio. If you have more questions, contact the gallery at 928-282-3865.
Members’ Summer Co-op
Members still have time to apply for the Members’ Summer Co-Op. The deadline is June 16, 2014. Here any member can purchase a space to display and sell their artwork for a month in our Theatre Studio. The show runs from July 3 through August 3, 2014. The application is available at the gallery, in the office or click here to download.
Hummingbirds as Art
Celebrating the 2014 Hummingbird Festival, the Hummingbird Society, Goldenstein Gallery and the Sedona Arts Center are collaborating to present an art exhibition devoted to hummingbirds.
The Arts Center would like to invite current members of the Hummingbird Society and/or the Sedona Arts Center to enter their original artworks capturing these amazing birds. This will be a juried exhibition. The exhibition will be open to the public August 1–10 in the Art Center’s Special Exhibition Gallery, with a First Friday opening reception on August 1. Entry deadline is June 30. The application is available at the gallery, in the office or click here to download.
Open Members’ Show
Another great way to show your work. This show is open to all members of the Sedona Arts Center, meaning there is no jury process. Each member can submit one original artwork. The show is held in September in our Special Exhibition Gallery. Deadline for applying is August 25, 2014. The prospectus is available at the gallery and click here to download. Start preparing now and don’t let this creep up on you.
35th Annual Juried Members’ Show
It is not too early to be thinking about what you are going to submit for this show, which takes place in March, 2015. You can submit up to six pieces. All the work is reviewed and selected by a jury of professional artists. There are two groups—Professional and Emerging—and eight categories. A prospectus is available in the gallery or click here to download.
Stay tuned to more exciting opportunities!
Sharon Manzke, Membership Coordinator
NARM-LEVEL members, have you used your NARM benefits? Here are a few things you may want to put on your calendar. Your NARM-level membership at Sedona Arts Center qualifies you for free admission to these museums!
The Museum of Northern Arizona: Opening June 22, the Museum of Northern Arizona will feature “Map of My Heart,” paintings by Navajo artist Shonto Begay.
Tucson Museum of Art: “Rose Cabat at 100: A Retrospective Exhibition of Ceramics” Centenarian Rose Cabat (b. 1914) is considered one of the most important ceramic artists of the mid-19th century Modernist Movement.
Photo courtesy of Arizona Daily Star
Verde Valley Archaeology Center: VVAC Explorations is a series of excursions with a focus on the diverse traditions of fine arts, natural sciences and Native American cultures of Arizona. At this time these trips are being offered to VVAC members only. If seats are available as of July 1, SAC’s NARM-level members will be invited to join the trip to the Heard Museum on July 23, for their “Native People in the Southwest” tour.
Member Artists: As a member of the Sedona Arts Center, you are eligible to show and sell your artwork on many occasions and in many formats. See opportunities above under "Call to Artists"
May 28 was the first in a series of volunteer workshops I am putting together. That workshop was focused on gallery basic. Future workshops will cover several topics that will be informative to any gallery volunteer. These workshops are open to any SAC volunteer, not just gallery volunteers. At this time I am scheduling them on the fourth Wednesday of the month; this avoids a Gallery re-hang and first Friday week for several months.
June 25, 2:30 – 3:30 Volunteer workshop II – How to Sell Art
Welcome New Members!
We welcome the following new members who joined in April and May: Jean Allemeir Boot, Sally Rypkema, Lillian Shiao, Beth Coutright-Detewiler, Kathy McMullen, Robert Stottile, Barbara Dibble, Kat Kirby, Connie Plasecki, Harley Todd, Lee Dimmit, Holly Messick, Barbara Fenne, Carolyn Decker, Helen McLuckie, Jeremiah and Carolyn Cogan, Philip Sagnelli, Steve and Jamie Klayman, Heidi Howard, Ruby Butterweck, James Welch, Susan Salit, Arnelle Wollner, Jon and Terri Petrescu, Diane Lukich, Haley Backus, Zach Kline, Gabriela Guerrero, Dean and Gloria Taraborelli, Kelly Alexander, and Carmen Smith. We are so glad you have joined us!
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