We are still savoring last fall’s Plein Air Festival. You will recall that our theme last October was "Art and Wine: A Confluence of the Senses"—a celebration of art and the Verde Valley’s burgeoning wine industry.
Alcantara Vineyard hosted a day of painting on their beautiful grounds at the confluence of Oak Creek and the Verde River. That fabulous day culminated in the selection of one painting that would become label art for a special edition wine by Alcantara. Betty Carr’s "Autumn Vineyard" won that prize. Last week a small group of us, including Betty and Howard Carr and the collectors who now own the painting, gathered at Alcantara for a barrel tasting of an extraordinarily smooth Syrah. It is now being bottled and will be available by mid-May—but only 50 cases and only through Alcantara Vineyard! Trust me, it’s worth the trip to this beautiful vineyard and tasting room.
JOIN US for a lively event on June 12! Art is always the centerpiece of our events and this one, which we have dubbed our 12x12 Exhibition and Sale, is no exception.
Nearly 100 artists are producing one (or more) 12-inch by 12-inch art works that will be sold at this one-day event, for a set price of $250. It may be a painting, a photograph, or it may be made of fiber, ceramic, metal or wood, or a mixture of mediums. Tickets are available for those who want to preview the show and select their artworks between 4 and 5 p.m. before the public is admitted at 5:00. Wine and hors d’ouevres will be served.
As with all “lively” events, there will be an element of mystery. Buyers will not know for sure who created the art work that appeals to them until after they have purchased it! Because our list of invited artists includes many nationally recognized artisans, collectors are likely to have purchased “for a song” a prize worth far more than the $250 they paid for it. We also like the idea that this modest price makes fine art available to a broad spectrum of collectors, some of whom are just starting out. Let’s help them catch the collecting bug!
Sedona PhotoFest was a wonderful Success! Held on May 2–3 at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, speakers Joyce Tenneson, Seth Casteel, Brad Buckman, Bob Coates and Kelli Klymenko gave compelling presentations. This year had a figurative/portrait photography theme, but next year we will bring back the wonderful world of landscape photography with National Geographic photographers and so much more!
We also created a spectacular outreach program for the Sedona Red Rock High School photography students, blending fashion and nature whcih included a Sedona Monthly prize. Below is a short trailer to give you an idea of what we've accomplished. Look for a short film about the entire experience on our youtube channel in the near future.
SCHOOL NEWS Vince Fazio, Director, School of the Arts
Summer Camps at the Sedona Arts Center provide a rich environment for kids ages 8 - 13 to explore filmmaking and/or visual arts and ceramics for two full weeks facilitated by experienced faculty. Students may sign up for morning filmmaking or afternoon visual arts or both. Priority will be given to students who register for the entire day.
This four-week certificate program provides students who are interested in filmmaking, or even contemplating a commitment to filmmaking as a career, the opportunity to learn the basics of the craft in a short immersive format. The course is designed as a boot-camp/hands-on approach to filmmaking.
GALLERY NEWS Shirley Eichten Albrecht, Gallery Director
Each month I talk about the shows coming up and I realized it is time to discuss something else very important to the running and management of the gallery. Running the gallery takes a lot of people, a lot of stamina and patience, but it would not be much fun without the most important people to me, my Assistant Gallery Directors, Cyndi Thau and Sharon Manzke. Sharon is no longer a regular in the gallery but she is our back up when we want to take a vacation day or if I need to be in a meeting and we need someone else in the gallery. She now is the Membership Coordinator and that also is an important job in relation to the gallery. I have to say, I would not want to run the gallery without them. They are invaluable and I rely on them. It is important that they also be recognized for what they do. Thank you Cyndi and Sharon!
This month all trails lead to the Sedona Arts Center for the “Mane Attraction.” This show features six award-winning artist who bring together their talents to showcase equine-themed art and other creations. Fiber-clay sculptor Joanie Wolter, oil painters Margo Mitchell and Cyndi Thau, acrylic/mixed media artist Cheryl Waale, glass jeweler Karen Puckett and bronze sculptor Adryanna B. Ciera are featured. In addition, we have Cowboy Poet Tom Weathers regaling us on First Friday with poetry about any cowboy’s best friend, the horse. On May 9, 11:00 to Noon, we will have a special presentation by Joe Lee, a member of the Navajo Nation, on “Horse: Keeper of the Wilderness, Navaho Beauty Way.” This presentation is free. The month is also filled with free artist demonstrations so it is a great time to check us out. (Click here for a complete schedule of demos.)
SAVE THE DATE for "Cowboy Artists of America: The 50-Year Roundup" opening July 18. This exhibition of CAA artwork is a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Cowboy Artists of America here in our little town of Sedona. The show will run through August 2. We will not only be featuring the founders, Joe Beeler, John Hampton, George Phippen and Charlie Dye, but also others who have since passed away as well as CAA’s Active and Emeritus artists. A companion exhibition will be “Looking West,” which will be in the Special Exhibition Gallery and will feature our gallery artists who continue the theme of art of the cowboy and the West.
It’s May, and hummers are buzzing feeders and flowers! Capture them in your medium.
To celebrate the 2015 Sedona Hummingbird Festival, the Hummingbird Society and Sedona Arts Center are collaborating to present an art exhibition devoted to hummingbirds. The exhibition will be presented at the Special Exhibition Gallery at the SAC July 31–August 9.
We invite current members of the Hummingbird Society and/or the Sedona Arts Center to enter your original artworks capturing these amazing birds. Hummingbirds should be the focus of the artwork submitted for this exhibition. The exhibit is open to 2-D and 3-D art works. Please complete the application and return it to the Arts Center by June 29. We are looking forward to your entries, and welcoming the Hummingbird Society members to the Arts Center. Click here for the application
ADD THESE DATES TO YOUR CALENDAR:
Members’ Co-op September 4 – 27, 2015 Applications due August 18, 2015(Click here for the application)Open to any member of the Sedona Arts Center, $60 Entry fee. Provides space to show and sell a body of your work. Participants must assist in staffing the exhibition.
Have An Idea?
Members, we want to provide you with quality programs, classes and seminars. It is important to us as a learning institution to support your interests and growth in the arts. I would welcome your ideas and input regarding what you would like to experience at the Arts Center. Drop me a note at email@example.com.
We welcome our New Members: Carole and Christian Williams, Sue and Peter Belluschi, Karen and Sydney Swerman, Kimberly Shilkaitis, Pamela and Bill Klauser, Betsy and Patrick Houlihan, Linnea Pergola and Tomaso Di Tomaso, and Deborah Willson and Tony Caetano.
Look for much more in our upcoming newsletters! Past issues are archived on our website:click here.