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Art Matters - Sedona Arts Center Newsletter
Issue No. 19–March 2014

In This Issue
A Desk in the Barn

Upcoming Events

Gallery News

School News
Member's Corner
Book Review


March 7:  Gallery Opening Receptions 5-8 p.m.

March 7-17:  Raku Exhibit: Origins, Impact and Contemporary Expression

March 8-9:  New Forms, New Surfaces workshop

March 12:  Gallery Talk with Jim Romberg 5:30 p.m.

March 16:  Raku Firing & Tea Ceremony 1-5 p.m.




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Pam Frazier, Executive Director

There is no way the Sedona Arts Center could operate at its current level without the support of its roster of loyal volunteers! That’s why we call them our VIPs—Vitally Important People. You’ll see them working and demonstrating in the gallery, directing people and vehicles at special events, hosting visiting artists, providing and serving food and beverages for receptions, painting pedestals or installing exhibitions . . . even pulling weeds, trimming shrubs and dividing irises . . . or you won’t see them working in the offices on data management, mailings and myriad other tasks.

It takes 2,541 hours of volunteer time to keep the Gallery open 363 days a year. That’s more than one full-time equivalent working 40 hours a week for a year. It takes 95 volunteers to facilitate the annual Plein Air Festival. Every month we set up and take down a new exhibit in the Fine Art Gallery. This requires 64 volunteer hours a month or 768 hours a year to re-hang the Gallery.

The 13 members of our Board of Directors invest uncounted hours in the Arts Center’s governance. They meet monthly as a group, and most meet far more often than that to do committee work. There is no way we could pay for their high-level experience and dedication to our success.

These are just a few examples of how valuable Sedona Arts Center’s volunteers are. We could not accomplish any of this without our VIPs! Their time and talent is essential to us.
On Wednesday February 19, we fired up the grill on a splendid day to honor our volunteers with a special luncheon. This is a small but important way for us to say Thank You! Forty-seven volunteers shared a “kabob lunch” while we acknowledged their many contributions to SAC.
Sincere thanks to all volunteers. Awards were given to these who have contributed 100 hours or more since we began accumulating data in 2009:

  • 100 Hours: April Ludy, Komala Rohde, Ron Schneider
  • 250 Hours: Angie Schmid
  • 500 Hours: Linda Kaufman, Helen Parker-Lande, Nick Warner
  • 750 Hours: Carol Dreyfuss, Jan Naumer, Julie Ronning Talbot
  • 1000 Hours: Joanie Wolter
  • 1250 Hours: Janet Collins

We also thank the following artists who donated original artworks to be given as door prizes: Mike Koopsen, Deanne McKeown, Karl Williams, Joan Roberts, Komala Rohde, Ron Schneider, Christie Palmer, Al Brown, Dennis Ott, Mary Heyborne, Luna Patterson, Ken and Lyn Mikell, Joanne and Art Hiscox. You are generous souls.

We always need more volunteers willing to share their time and talent. If you are interested in becoming one of our Vitally Important People, please fill out the application found at this link. Turn it in and we’ll be in touch!


March 7–17
Exhibition in Special Exhibition Gallery: Raku Ceramics: Origins, Impact and Contemporary Expression is an international exhibition of historic and contemporary raku works by some of the early pioneers of modern raku. Also work from invited contemporary raku artists will be on display, many of which will be for sale. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. [click here for more info]

March 12, 5:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk by Jim Romberg, internationally known raku artist. Free and open to the public.
Workshops: Spaces are still available in both raku workshops.
Eventbrite - Gallery Talk with Jim Romberg, Curator

March 21, 22, 23
Performance returns to the Sedona Arts Center with
The Wild Party

by Joseph Moncure March.

This play was banned when first published in 1928, but became a “scandalous” success. This full length narrative poem tells the story of one night’s wild party is packed with outrageous characters and a live Jazz combo playing music of the era. Audience members find themselves in the midst of the action as the drama unfolds, tapping their toes to the beat of music and driving rhythm of the story. This risqué production is “rated R.”

Performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets are available at the Arts Center Gallery. $15 in advance; $18 at the door. Limited capacity.

Shirley Eichten Albrecht, Gallery Director

The much anticipated 34th Annual Juried Members Show will be on display in the Fine Art Gallery March 4–31, with an opening reception on Friday, March 7, 5–8 p.m. Award winners will be announced at 6 p.m. In all 228 artworks were submitted in both the Professional and Emerging categories resulting in a very diverse selection; 141 pieces were juried in, representing 75 artists.

We want to thank our jurors for lending their expertise and talent in helping us make this a great show: John Warren Oakes for oils and acrylics; David Fischel for watercolor for mixed media; Elliott Everson for drawing, colored pencil and pastel; Erin and Michael McMillen for glass and jewelry; Carma Koester for wood, fiber and 3-D mixed media; Bob Coates for photography; Jim Romberg for ceramics; and Kim Kori for sculpture.

February 2014

Twice each year, in January and July, member artists have the opportunity to be juried into the Fine Art Gallery. During February our jury committee composed of Michael Chelsey Johnson (oil and pastel artist), Robert Michaels (photographer) and Sherab Khandro (acrylic, sculpture and jewelry artist) met to jury-in a group of new artists to the gallery. Eighteen portfolios were submitted and 6 new artists were juried in. They are John Foster (ceramics), Alicia Short (watercolor), Chrisanne Finefrock (acrylic), Elena Miras Garcia (photography), Viki Norris (jewelry) and Evelyn Gholson (mosaics). Their work will be on display in the gallery in April. We are looking forward to welcoming them and helping them have a great start in the gallery!

Be sure to stop by the gallery to connect with artists who are demonstrating throughout each month. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet the artist, watch the process and a chance to purchase art that you saw being created. All demonstrations are open to the public so come on in! Click here for the complete demo schedule.

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Vince Fazio, Director School of the Arts

Welcome to the 2014 Spring Semester at the Sedona Arts Center’s School of the Arts. Our programming in the arts is expanding in ways that create new interaction and connection between our students and art lovers, with accomplished artists and with the creative process itself.

  • Coming up March 7–17: Raku Revolution is an immersive experience focusing on the spontaneous beauty of raku ceramics. The week-long event features a special exhibition of internationally known raku artists, a raku firing and a traditional tea ceremony. Delve deeper with a two-day intensive raku workshop with Jim Romberg and Patrick Shia Crabb. Click here for details.
  • Coming Memorial Day Weekend: The Spirit of Sedona is a new kind of educational event—a three-day interactive exhibition with presentations, poetry readings and demonstrations in a full spectrum of media and all FREE to the public! Just walking through this event will be educational and inspiring. Click here for details.
  • PhotoFest 2014 represents an expanded program of seminars over two days with top national talent delivering educational and inspiring state-of-the-art content. One day of this programming is FREE to the public thanks to support from Canon, Adobe and the City of Sedona. Delve deeper with a one- or two-day intensive workshop. Click here for details.
  • Sedona Art Retreats are an example of creative programming that is deeply participatory. The nature of the retreats assures that each participant has a unique, creative and personal experience of their own even while being guided in an intimate group situation. Click here to explore options or to customize art retreats for groups or individuals.

Check out the online catalog for a complete listing of workshops and expeditions. You are bound to find experiences that will excite you! Click here for details.

Dennis Ott instructs a student

The Ceramics Studio is bulging at the seams with the highest enrollment ever in the four 6-week sessions. Of the 40 students enrolled, 8 are brand new to the ceramic experience. The ceramic department will be hosting the week-long Raku Experience described above. At "press time" space is still available in the exciting workshops that open and close the week [click here]. The ceramic department also welcomes Susan Klewier, who will be teaching a 6-week sculpting class on Tuesday evenings [click here]. Our ceramic department is run by a very dedicated and talented group of ceramic teachers, Dennis Ott and Ricard Bayles, and studio assistants John Foster and Suzy Allan.  Please stop by and visit the Student Ceramic Gallery in the Ceramics Studio anytime the open sign is out in front of studio. Starting the first Thursday in March, from 1-4 p.m., and going forward indefinitely, we will be opening the studio to experienced ceramic artist to come and create bowls for Loving Bowls 2014.  For more information contact the Arts Center at 282-3809, Dennis Ott at 284-0007 or John Foster at 301-2282.

Sharon Manzke, Membership Coordinator

The Members’ Winter Co-op  Twenty-five artists participated in the Members’ Winter Co-op last month,  bringing a great variety of art work. The show drew more than 1,100 visitors and overall sales topped $6,000. The Arts Center hosts two Member Co-ops each year, with the Members’ Summer Co-op tentatively scheduled for July 10 through August 9. Member co-ops are open to any Art Center member that would like to show and sell their work in a gallery setting.  Watch for more information to come in May and June newsletters.

Are you a Jazz fan? If the answer is Yes, you won’t want to miss The Wild Party, a play produced by Red Earth Theatre to be performed in the Theatre Studio at Sedona Arts Center March 21, 22, and 23. [link to paragraph about play] An exhibition on a Jazz theme will be open in the Special Exhibition Gallery March 21–23. The opening reception on March 21 will feature live music and poetry readings beginning at 5 p.m. SAC members and non-members are invited to submit artworks on the jazz theme for exhibition. Applications are online [click here] or can be picked up in the Gallery or office. Applications are due by March 10. Questions? Contact Sharon Manzke at 928-282-3809 or

Welcome to the following new members: Mary Pallais, Laura and Carvel Cole, Nicole Barry, Sherri and Paul Steffy, Mike Turner, Carolyn Niblick, Katie Love, Jim Romberg and Lynette Jennings, Pamela Antwerp, Arvilla Hicks, Pat Hennessy, Catherine Depasquale, Gregory and Rebekah Griffin, Sharrie Wadsack, Barbara Ballis and Michael Carrigg.

Louise Sheldon MacDonald

Sedona Fall by Alan Wolton
private collection

The Art of Alan Wolton—just out last month—is a sumptuous retrospective of the work of an internationally acclaimed oil painter who has spent the last 30 years living and painting in Sedona. Alan Wolton is one of Sedona’s well-kept secrets!

Twenty pages of this splendid tome are devoted to colorful depictions in vivid yellows, greens and blues of Oak Creek. Of one brightly hued study of rippling waters among sun-struck rocks, Wolton writes, "An artist should always remember the heart of his skill is in portraying the power of light."

I was honored to write the foreword to the book. In it I comment that "Alan Wolton's commentary takes us through the various stages of his development as a painter from Realism to Impressionism, leaning toward abstraction but never arriving at dissolution of content. The story of his life (in South Africa, in Europe and in the U.S.) and the magnificent evolution of his art unfold here, both in his own words—candid and revelatory—and in a generous panoply of large-scale and luscious imagery."

The Art of Alan Wolton is available on

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








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