A DESK IN THE BARN
Pam Frazier, Executive Director
March marks the beginning of spring season for the Arts Center. Workshops are ramping up, the Fine Art Gallery is hosting more visitors, the exhibit schedule is full and Poet’s Corner opens its 2015 season with Kayt Pearl and Jim Bishop.
We are particularly excited about partnering with the Goldenstein Gallery to feature the work of Adele Seronde—painter, poet, author, activist and longtime member of Sedona Arts Center.
Opening with a public reception on First Friday, March 6, in the Special Exhibition Gallery, this retrospective exhibition spans the many phases of Adele’s painting career—landscapes, portraits, gardens and flowers. On March 15 the exhibition expands into the Theatre Studio to showcase many of her larger works and an installation by Gardens for Humanity (“Gardens”). There will be book signings, a panel discussion led by former SAC executive director Karen Ely, a film and a children’s workshop sponsored by Gardens, and closing the exhibit with dance music by the Fitzhugh Jenkins band. Click here for the complete schedule.
Adele’s current work as a painter focuses on gardens as both a symbolic and an actual way of changing and healing our selves, our communities and our planet. As an activist who puts her philosophy into action, Adele is co-founder of Gardens for Humanity, a national nonprofit organization, active in the Verde Valley today (GardensForHumanity.org).
March 6–31 at the Goldenstein Gallery Adele’s current work will join that of fellow artists Patricia Griffin, Allen Powell and Marilyn Bos as featured artists in “Impressionist—Expressionist.” GoldensteinArt.com
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As I write, we are being blessed with a prolonged, gentle rain. I am thrilled to report that these much-needed rains are no longer keeping me awake at night! Our new roof on the Theatre Studio is keeping us dry and the new HVAC system is maintaining a comfortable temperature…quietly. Gone are the indoor rain gutter and downspout as well as the many drip buckets! We have many donors to thank for making this possible: The Kling family through their Family Foundation, Mary D. Fisher, the Margaret T. Morris Foundation, Holli Ploog and Bert Campbell. We sincerely thank you for extending the life and usefulness of this busy building!
“Treasure on our roof” Photos by SAC Facilities Manager, Joseph Schibler
Vince Fazio, Director, School of the Arts
5 Free Talks in March
The Sedona Arts Center’s School of the Arts has arranged for five presentations by internationally known artists and art historian Michael Cothren. Join us...
Join artist Catherine Kehoe March 10 at 7:00 p.m. for an evening presentation on the topic of her workshop “The Head Examined.” Primarily known as a still-life painter, Kehoe will show the development of a separate body of work that started with paintings of distant ancestors discovered in a batch of old photographs. REGISTER HERE
Stuart Shils invites us to join his students in the orientation for his workshop "Emphasizing Abstraction." He will present work in different mediums and from different time periods as a way of introducing the theme, that "...abstract composition of color and shape is THE foundation, the great engine behind all painting." REGISTER HERE
Stuart Shils presents two talks that preview his popular workshops. March 15 at 7:00 p.m.
As a preview to his workshop “The Perceptual Moment,” Shils will present selected works from his own artistic journeys—from years of painting urban scenes in his native Philadelphia to atmospheric landscapes on the coast of Ireland, and up to his more current work involving monotypes, collage and abstraction. March 19 at 7:00 p.m. REGISTER HERE
Join us March 24, at 6:00 p.m. for an evening with Michael Cothren, the Scheuer Family professor of Humanities at Swarthmore College. Michael has become fascinated with Mimbres culture, specifically deep bowls that depict paintings of complex scenes of humans and animals. Michael will set these works in context and talk about potential readings of the meanings, uses of these enigmatic artworks and the people that made them. REGISTER HERE
Of interest to both painters and ceramists, Mitch Lyons will provide a free demonstration of his unique clay monoprint process. Mitch uses colored clay and slips to create very painterly monoprints on paper using a clay slab as the original surface. Wednesday March 25, at 2 p.m. in the Ceramics Studio. The demonstration precedes Mitch’s workshop “Hand-building with Colored Clay and Slips” on March 27–28. REGISTER HERE
Shirley Eichten Albrecht, Gallery Director
It is with much anticipation that we await the take-in and Opening Reception for the 35th Annual Juried Members Show. This is the largest and longest running juried exhibition showcasing SAC’s professional and emerging member artists. In preparation for the show, we will be downsizing the artist’s work in the gallery and by March 3 (the day of take-in) the North Gallery will be ready for hanging. We would like to invite everyone to the Opening Reception on Friday, March 6, 5-8 p.m. with awards announced at 6 p.m. by Sedona Mayor Sandy Moriarty. The show will be up for the month of March.
I would like to take this time to thank all of our jurors. They were: Painting-Oil/Acrylic, Cody Delong; Painting-Watercolor/Mixed Media, Raleigh Kinney; Ceramics, Judi Morgenson; Drawing/Colored Pencil/Pastel, Karen Budan; Glass/Jewelry, Wayne B. Light; Photography/Digital Art, Guy Schmickle; Sculpture, Ken Rowe and Wood/Fiber/3D Mixed media, Linda Goldenstein. We so appreciate your time and expertise.
This is the month that we will be jurying the artists’ portfolios that were submitted last month for inclusion in the Fine Art Gallery. We will have a jury of three (3) artists who will be assisting us in this endeavor. We also look forward to seeing who will be juried in and the various mediums and styles they bring to the Gallery. We will keep you posted on this for sure!
Our gallery staff recently had a meeting to evaluate the various Members Shows that we have offered for years and look at ways we could refresh the gallery schedule. We looked at participation, quality of work submitted, effort involved such as resetting the gallery, inventory control, and return on investment. We also acknowledged the increased opportunities we have offered in the last couple of years, including Members’ Co-ops and theme-related pop-up shows. As a result, we decided that we will not be offering the Open Members Show this year, which normally happens in September. Also, in January 2016 we will be hosting a special exhibit in the gallery and as a result we will not be doing the Small Works Show, which normally takes place in January. As a next step, we will be putting together a committee of artists to look at what type of opportunities our members would want or if what we currently offer meets their needs.
Later this month:
March 9–15 “Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning: When Surrealism Met the Red Rocks” will be a week of workshops, lectures, poetry and a one-act play all focusing on Surrealism influences. A collaborative event sponsored by the Sedona Art Museum, participating organizations are Sedona Arts Center, Sedona International Film Festival/Mary D. Fisher Theatre, Verde Valley Sinfonietta, Sedona Heritage Museum, Sedona Chamber Ballet and Red Earth Theatre. This week’s events are bringing the efforts of these organizations together, elevating the awareness of Sedona as a culture center for the arts and bringing the focus of the Sedona Art Museum to the attention of the community. Go to www.sedonaartmuseum.org for tickets and details of daily events.
March 23–April 9 “Sedona Saves: Selected Works from Verde Valley Collections,” an exhibition of artworks by Sedona-area artists past and present, will be on display at the art gallery on the Clarkdale campus of Yavapai Community College. The exhibition will include four pieces from the Sedona Arts Center collection, including two sculptures by our founder Nassan Gobran, a painting by Joella Jean Mahoney, and a Yousuf Karsh photograph of Max Ernst (above). Join us for a reception at the art gallery/student union on Thursday, March 26, 5–8 p.m. with music by William Eaton. The exhibition has been carefully curated by Sharron Vincent Porter, a Trustee of the Sedona Art Museum, Inc., to raise awareness of the quality of art produced over time by area artists and the need to establish a museum that will collect, curate and exhibit these works for the enjoyment of the public and for posterity. The exhibition is open to the public Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Visit: http://www.sedonaartscenter.org/Gallery and click on the 'see inside' feature to check out our current show!
Sharon Manzke, Membership Coordinator
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
On Wednesday, March 18, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., the Sedona Arts Center will honor our volunteers with a volunteer appreciation luncheon in the Theatre Studio at SAC. Our guest speakers will be Adele Seronde and Ellen Kamerling, with live music performed by Dom Giazzon. We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful group of volunteers. We honestly could not maintain our level of services and activities without you! We look forward to seeing our invited guests on the 18th!
We welcome our new Members: Cynthia Baush, Stephen and Vicky Sandell, Marsha Ames, Sarah Oplinger, Kimball Walker, Jean Pierre Chesnel, Gayle S. Taylor, Donald and Ginny Thompson, Kathleen Ritchie, Mary Fuscaldo, Allen and Claire Boyd, Suzanne Poslaiko, Peter Hause and Megan Smith, Elena Drumm, Julie Berstein, and Debra Darvick.
Look for much more in our upcoming newsletters! Past issues are archived on our website: click here.