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Issue No. 7 - March 2013

In This Issue
A Desk in the Barn
If Walls Could Talk
Max Ernst
Art Happens
Volunteer Corner
Members' Corner
Gallery News
Arizona Gives Day


Mar 1–Apr 2
33rd Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition. Don’t miss this great show in our Fine Art Gallery. It is filled with artworks by our members juried into the show by a distinguished panel of jurors.

Congratulations to our 33rd Annual Members' Juried Exhibition winners! Click here to see who won!

Mar 14–27
Arizona Plein Air Painters exhibition in our Special Exhibition Gallery

Mar 20
Arizona Gives Day

Mar 29–Apr 15
Need an exhibit venue? The Arts Center’s Special Exhibition Gallery is available to rent for a short period in April. Click here for our rental application.

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A Desk in the Barn
Pam Frazier, Executive Director

Description: ld Art Barn Logo
Photo by Kelli Klymenko

Description: ld Art Barn Logo

Renovation of the Art Barn's east wall is complete!
Photo by Jim Peterson

“Ahead of schedule and under budget!”

We don’t hear that phrase very often, do we? But that’s what happened with the work being done on the east wall of the Art Barn! Loven Contracting, Inc. and their outstanding subcontractors suited up for the winter weather to do a beautiful job for us in record time.

If you’ve ever worked on an old building you know that it is wise to expect the unexpected . . . and budget for it. You never know what you’ll find when you open an old wall that has been subjected to critters and the elements for 70 years. What we found was confirmation that this barn was built to last and its bones are still strong. We expected to find insect damage and rot. Both were minimal.

Originally the Jordan apple-packing shed, the Art Barn was built as a utilitarian structure with materials readily at hand. We don’t know for sure, but we think it’s a safe guess that the full-dimensional lumber likely came from the Riordan lumber mill in Flagstaff. According to records at the Sedona Historical Society, the windows were salvaged from buildings in Jerome—that’s why they didn’t match. The new double-pane windows do match, but we chose a style that emulated the multi-pane grids of the old ones to help retain the barn’s character. The bonus? The new windows open and have screens!

Our new east wall is not just a pretty face. Beneath the skin it is now insulated to an R-21 rating with EcoBatt Insulation. This Earth-friendly material is made largely of post-consumer recycled glass with a binder that contains no phenol or formaldehyde, and no artificial colors. Better insulation makes for energy savings and more comfort.

This phase of the renovation was accomplished by combining reserve funds and donations. The Sedona Arts Center would like to thank the generous donors who made this work possible: The Kling Family Foundation, J. W.Kieckhefer Foundation, Margaret T. Morris Foundation, and a member who wishes to remain annonymous.

One wall done, two more to go! If you would like to help us achieve the next phase of barn renovation, please give me a call. I would be so very happy to hear from you!

Ken Rowe

If Walls Could Talk by Ken Rowe
Bronze, H 21” x W 8” x D ~6” wall mount
Limited edition of 55
(click image to enlarge)

If Walls Could Talk

Ken Rowe, longtime member and sculptor extraordinaire, has made a magnificent contribution to the Sedona Arts Center! He is transforming his talent into a fund raiser for us by sculpting a barn owl perched on the weathered wood siding of the Art Barn. If Walls Could Talk incorporates a cast of the actual Art Barn siding before it was replaced last month. When finished, this beautiful memento of the barn’s history will be cast in bronze and ready to hang on your wall. All proceeds are being donated to the Sedona Arts Center by the sculptor.

Only 55 casts will be made—this in honor of the Arts Center’s 55-year history. If you order one of the first 12 to be cast, you will receive the special pre-cast price of $2,800. Six have already been sold at the pre-cast price; just 6 more remain before the price goes up to $2,975. To order yours, call the Sedona Arts Center gallery at 928-282-3865 or click here to visit our Virtual Gallery.

Arizona Gives Day, March 20, 2013
Kelli Klymenko, Marketing Director

Imagine participating in a one–day, online giving event allowing you to contribute to any Arizona nonprofit of your choice through one source. Arizona Gives Day is a chance for all Arizonans to be unified in giving much needed resources to the nonprofit community that serves everyone, everyday. On March 20, 2013, from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm, supporters of Arizona nonprofits will go online, connect with causes they care about, and make tax-deductible donations.

The Sedona Arts Center offers creative engagement and personal exploration to our community through master classes taught by our distinguished faculty. Our students and faculty have created art so enthusiastically (for so many years!) on our current equipment that it needs to be replaced. To accommodate our painters and sculptors, we need new studio sets composed of an Artist Easel, an Artist Stool and a Modeling Stand.

We'll remind you again before March 20, but for now, bookmark this link:

Sedona's Inveterate Experimenter – Max Ernst (1891–1976)
Louise MacDonald

Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning in Sedona with Capricorn, 1946
Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning in Sedona with Capricorn, 1946

One of the most riveting figures in modern art, Max Ernst was a pioneer of Dada and a major Surrealist. Today many contemporary American artists, seeking what’s new, relate directly to this inveterate experimenter. Holland Cotter of The New York Times recently referred to him as “one of modernism's mystery men.” Ernst lived and created art in Sedona over a period of eleven years.

Born near Cologne, a major German art center, Max Ernst was deeply influenced by his father, a strict disciplinarian, radical thinker and amateur painter. Drafted into the German army during World War I, he served on both Eastern and Western fronts, a period in his life which he referred to laconically as “being dead.” Several German expressionist painters, including his very gifted friends August Macke and Franz Marc, were killed in the war.

The Dada movement in Zurich had an immediate influence on Ernst. Dubbed nihilistic itself, Dada targeted its enemy: the established values, mores and esthetics of Old Europe now rendered meaningless by mass killings during the war.

Influenced by Juan Miro, Alberto Giacometti, Picasso and Magritt, Ernst’s interests, mediums and foci changed frequently, never resting in one place for long. In 1939 he and his fourth wife, Dorothea Tanning, moved to Sedona and built a home with studio on Brewer Road where they lived on and off from 1946 to 1957. Here he constructed in his backyard a vast metal and cement sculpture, dubbed Capricorn, working with his close friend and fellow-sculptor Nassan Gobran, the Sedona Arts Center’s founder.“A king and a queen in cement and scrap iron—Regal Guardians for our home!” declared Ernst. Meanwhile, his treatise Beyond Painting (1948) brought him fame and considerable financial success.

He and Dorothea returned permanently to Europe in 1957, it is said, “to escape McCarthy era restrictions.” But it is also true that in Paris they found a better market for his art than in New York. Despite his significance and talent Max Ernst remains an eclectic. His brilliant adaptations are haunted by work he admired, yet he was an exceptional individualist. No artist more completely encompasses the whole of Surrealism than he. Ernst was a bright light dancing through the world of art, bringing us joy, mirth and appreciation of his great genius today. How lucky we are that he landed in Sedona for eleven years!

His wife, Dorothea Tanning, a much talented poet, writer and artist, returned to New York after Max's death in 1976. Remembered especially for her paintings, drawings and collages, Dorothea lived to the age of 101. She died in January 2012.   

Information from: H. H. Arnason, History of Modern Art, Harry N. Abrams, New York; H. W. Janson, History of Art,Prentice-Hall and Abrams, New York; Wikipedia and the Sedona Heritage Museum.
Louise MacDonald is a free-lance writer and former board member of the Sedona Arts Center. She has been an art reviewer in Washington,D.C. and Baltimore MD for over 20 years.

Art Happens! In Spite of School Budget Cuts
Vince Fazio, Director of the School of the Arts 

The Sedona Arts Center’s School of the Arts just wrapped a three-day Arts Immersion with middle-school students at West Sedona School. Partnering with the new Sedona YMCA (at Posse Grounds Teen Center) and the City of Sedona’s Artists in the Classroom project, students approached aspects of their curriculum through the arts by engaging in five different art projects designed to be both educational and fun. The projects are built around the Character Counts program originally created by the Josephson Institute and the YMCA. The pillars of character are trustworthiness, responsibility, caring, respect, fairness and citizenship.  The program is used by schools nationwide to reinforce character traits that help enrich individual lives and build a sense of community. 

In one project students made six mosaic tile banners portraying the six character traits. Ultimately, these banners will be mounted on the pillars in the school cafeteria. Students also did a collage project where they identified the character traits in magazine images and collaged the images into their own cast shadow. Each student created a handmade book that included a short story on one of the character traits as the first entry in their book. They also creatively interpreted the character traits through a dance project. The fifth project is a film about the overall immersion project. Students will study the filmmaking process, take raw footage and conduct interviews. This footage will then be edited during the following week in the new Afterschool Film Club sponsored by a grant from the Sedona Community Foundation.

Project Teachers
The Handmade Book: Libby Caldwell 
Mosaic Pillars: Delfina and Franco Valentini
Dance: Eric Aglia
Character Portrait: Sandra Zahn
Filmmaking: Ron Melmon

And It Continues . . . .

The Afterschool Film Club at the YMCA Teen Center will meet to edit versions of the film on the theme of Artmaking the week after the immersion. The sessions will be overseen by YMCA staff and taught by Ron Melmon and they will take place at the West Sedona School Digital Media Lab. The dates for the editing program will be:

Monday March 4, 3:30–6:00 p.m.
Wednesday March 6, 3:30–6:00 p.m.
Friday March 8, 3:30–6:00 p.m.

Participants in the project will learn about using iMovie to edit film, creating a story with imagery, voice, text, graphics and music. The After School Film Club will continue after spring break at the YMCA with at least two other film projects on the themes of Nature and Imagination.

Volunteer Corner
Joanie Wolter, Volunteer Coordinator

As usual, SAC plugs along with the wonderful direction of staff and with the volunteers holding the place together. And believe me when I say there are always needs to be filled if you’re inclined to help out.  The gallery always needs sales people to help out on a daily basis. We have a great group there, but with people taking vacations and getting sick, there is always a need for people to cover shifts. If helping out in the gallery sounds like something you’d like to do, please contact Debbie Winslow in the office to fill out an application (928-282-3809 or You will be called to set up an appointment to get the lay of the land and an introduction.

If you love to do yard work, there is a core group of people who gather every First Friday morning to spruce up the grounds. During the last two months, we have been thinning out the iris on the back side of the barn, and now hope that the remaining plants will have a chance to grow and flower, rather than being crowded out! You don’t need to be an expert landscaper or a master gardener to help. We need weed pullers, sweepers, trimmers and folks who don’t mind getting  their hands dirty. Please contact Joanie Wolter at or 928-204-5518 if you’d like to help out. Beginners are most welcome!!

Members' Corner

If you didn’t see the Member’s Winter Co-op, you missed out! Thirty-one SAC members put their best art forward, and created a wonderful show filled with a diverse and beautiful array of artwork. The expertise of our many fine artists was definitely on display.

Opening night for the Co-op was packed with well-wishers and buyers. Entertainment was provided by Joe and Amy from Piano Haven. Their beautiful piano music was a wonderful background for the fantastic art. All the artists enjoyed themselves as did our visitors. And the Co-op continued to have patrons viewing the art and purchasing their favorite treasures daily.

This show, which ran from January 28 to February 24, was the second Co-op offered by SAC in response to members’ requests for more opportunities to show and sell their work. All of you who are members are eligible to participate. It’s a good opportunity to get exposure, meet some wonderful artists and make new friends, and possibly sell a piece or two. Come join us this summer when we have our next Co-op—July 22 through August 23! We’d love to have you participate!

Remember that our members are eligible to exhibit and sell their work on many occasions—some juried, some open. We recently surveyed our members to determine whether they are satisfied with the opportunities currently available to them. Perhaps you were one of the 84 respondents who consider yourself to be an artist or art student. Here’s what we found out from you:

  • 80% of you say it is your goal to exhibit your artwork in the Arts Center’s Fine Art Gallery, but only 36% of respondents are currently juried into the Fine Art Gallery. The gallery currently represents more than 120 member artists who have been juried in.
  • 87% of you have exhibited your work at one or more of the Center’s galleries or events.
  • Given the option, 57% of you would like to have your work on display up to 52 weeks a year. The other 43% prefer shorter periods.
  • 72% of you are “satisfied or very satisfied” with the opportunities offered; 23% responded that they are neutral on this subject; 5% are either dissatisfied or very dissatisfied.

In addition to answering survey questions, we received many useful comments. Thank you for providing feedback to help us better meet our members’ needs.

New Members

We are delighted to welcome new members who have joined between January 15 and February 15: Christine Benkert, Chikako Myers, Emily Kesling, Bebe Brookfield, Chrisanne Finefrack, Sharon Blank, Thomas and Terry Reiman, Shari Walter, the Chesley Woo family; Robyn Arrington, Pat Hjalmarson, Randy Fehr, Clyde Krause, Louis Getoff, Adrianna Selvaggio MD, Steven Heilbrunn, Betty Dion, Tom Lever, Edwina Hinkle, Rosel Witt, Russell and Lynette Rockas, Skip and Cami Thomas, Robert Kwait, Ron Volkman and Tom Hartman, Sandy Farley and Judy Levine. WELCOME to the Sedona Arts Center family!

Gallery News
Shirley Eichten-Albrecht, Gallery Director

Congratulations to our 33rd Annual Members' Juried Exhibition winners! Click here to see who won!

This year has started out wonderfully! Our traffic has been good and we have seen our sales also increase from last year. At this time of year, we get quite a few visitors from Canada but also from the cold states hoping to get a reprieve from the typical winter cold—only to encounter it here!
Right now we are getting ready for the much anticipated 33rd Annual Juried Members Show.  In preparation, we will be asking the gallery artists to reduce their inventory. On February 25th we cleared the North Gallery so that it was ready for Show Take-In on Tuesday the 26th. The show was hung that afternoon and ready for the Opening Reception.

We have many of our artists demonstrating throughout each month. What a great way to get a better understanding of their work. I would encourage you to stop by and check out the schedule or go to our website or Facebook to check out the demonstration schedule.

Some fabulous news! Our Virtual Gallery goes “Live” on March 1. We will have limited inventory initially but in time you will be able to see and buy much more of what our artists have to offer.  It is an exciting new phase for the gallery. Check it out! We hope you will keep an eye on our progress. 

[Click here to see our Virtual Gallery]

Look for much more in our upcoming newsletters! Past issues are archived on our website: [click here]








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