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Art Matters - Sedona Arts Center Newsletter
Issue No. 3 - November 2012

Name This Newsletter
Our no-name newsletter now has a name! Thanks to all of you who voted for your favorite newsletter title. The winner is... (drum roll here) ...Art Matters! The double entendre has a nice ring to it. This winning title was submitted by a member who wishes to remain anonymous and is donating the $50 gift certificate as a door prize at the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon scheduled for Friday, December 14. The certificate can be applied to either a purchase in the Gallery or tuition at our School of the Arts. Thanks to the anonymous donor and congratulations to whoever wins it!  And thanks again for your enthusiastic response to our challenge.

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Pam Frazier, Executive Director

Outside my office window Snoopy is resting on his doghouse with Woodstock perched on his nose and Lucy presiding over them from above. Typical of her, no? This amazing view is just beyond the brand-spankin'-new 24-inch monitor on which I see these words take form. It’s an anachronism to find such a modern marvel in a venerable barn.
        Seven beautiful All-In-One Sony VAIO computers with touch-screen technology have replaced our decade-old models, thanks to a generous donation from the Kling Family Foundation. They—both the Family and the computers—have increased our computing capacity and processing speed tenfold. We're adjusting to the large, bright screens and wireless keyboards and mouses (mice?). These beauties are having a profound impact on our productivity—all for the better.
        As a bonus, we found long-lost treasures when we extracted the snarl of wires from under each of our desks. It's a new day in the old barn!
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Description: Centennial Treasure
Lillian Wilhelm Smith 1882–1971

Deborah Fleck
As the 19th century was drawing to a close, the Wilhelm family witnessed their status as privileged members in society take an inevitable downturn. Lillian, the oldest daughter, was almost 11 when the Panic of 1893 hit, taking her father's importing business as an early victim. Within five years, when the family had to leave Manhattan and relocate in New Jersey, she was running the household due to her mother's frequent debilitating headaches and bouts of hysteria. This fate, for a gifted child who'd been accepted into the prestigious Art Students League before even a teenager, seemed to be all she could expect for the rest of her life.
        It wasn't until 1913, when Riders of the Purple Sage lifted a moody dentist from obscurity to acclaim as a novelist, that Lillian’s dream of escape could materialize. Zane Grey, the husband of Lillian's cousin, was going back to the strange wilderness of Arizona and needed an artist to come along to create the illustrations for his next work. Lillian's family was scandalized and thought she was loco, but she went anyway. It would be her first trip to the 48th state, this new frontier near the bottom of the list in population and so different from New York.
        They left Flagstaff in April for the 400-mile trip to the Painted Desert. Lillian learned from their guide how to manage traveling 25 and 30 miles a day on horseback. Supplies were carried on pack animals; they ate meals from the chuck wagon and slept under the stars. She was 31 years old.
        At last she began to realize the hoped-for destiny she'd recorded in her diary as a young girl, ". . . oh I am burning to shake off all the trammels of conventionality and stand—alone—free and for Art!"
        The rest is history, and you can learn more about this remarkable woman at the exhibition in the Special Exhibition Gallery and lecture on November 10.

An exhibition of Ms. Smith’s paintings and other artworks is on display October 30 through November 10 in the Special Exhibition Gallery. This exhibit is an official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project courtesy of Sedona residents Fran and Ed Elliott.

You can learn more about Arizona’s pioneering women artists at a FREE presentation by Dr. Betsy Fahlman on November 10, at 1:30 p.m. in the Arts Center’s theatre studio. This lecture is made possible by funding from the Arizona Humanities Council and Fran Elliott.

Volunteer Corner 
From time to time Art Matters will profile one of the many volunteers who support the Arts Center by contributing their time, talents and experience to supplement our small staff. Without their support we would not be able to sustain our many programs and events. We launch this feature this month with a profile of long-time volunteer Jan Naumer.

Jan and Daisy, one of her beloved greyhounds. Photo by Janise Witt

        Jan Naumer first laid eyes on Sedona in 1980 and vowed that someday she would live here. At the time she was teaching at the University of Denver Graduate School of Librarianship and Information Management, her first position after earning a Ph.D. in Educational Technology and Instructional Design. When Jan wrapped up her 44-year career and retired in 1998 (by then the Dean of Libraries and Learning Resources at Glendale Community College in southern California), she was living in Sedona within a matter of months.
        Shortly after establishing herself here, Jan attended "a coffee" at the Sedona Arts Center where she learned about opportunities for volunteering. When asked what she might like to do, she answered, "I'm pretty handy with computers"—this after shepherding numerous libraries through the transition from card catalogs and print indexes to 24/7 digital online access. Jan still spends three and a half hours a week in the gallery working with data related to art and artists in the gallery’s ConsignPro database and other software programs—a task much appreciated by gallery director Shirley Eichten-Albrecht.
        Since 1998, Jan has contributed more hours than one full-time employee working for an entire year! Jan also represented the gallery during the Arts Center's recent strategic planning process and continues to serve on the Information and Infrastructure Task Force.
        What keeps her interested in volunteering at the Sedona Arts Center? Jan started volunteering here because:

  • She wanted to do something useful, not rote or "babysitting."
  • She had skills that could be put to good use while continuing to stimulate her brain.
  • New to Sedona, she wanted to belong to something positive and creative.
  • She wanted to develop her photography skills and found encouragement and inspiration here.

        Thousands of volunteer hours later, she says, "It's all still true! I've volunteered at SAC longer than I've stayed at any one job!"

To find out what you might like to do, check out the "Volunteer Wish List" on the Members' page at or click here!

And don’t forget Mitzvah (Good Deed) Day on November 11. You might enjoy spending a few hours that Sunday afternoon helping us to remove and replace tanbark in the Arts Center's planter beds. You will find the entire list of volunteer projects for the day at

Give the gift of Art, Education, Membership

Lucy's Blog
Lucy is busy preparing for the coming holidays. She loves to dress for the occasion. Check out her blog here! If you missed any of the Plein Air Festival events last month, see her October entries for a recap of her experiences.

Writing & PublishingThe Business of Art Series
As a member, you probably know that the Sedona Arts Center is one of Sedona's oldest institutions. Established more than 50 years ago, the Arts Center played a major role in shaping the arts-oriented community that Sedona has become. But you may not know that it differs from many other Sedona arts venues in that it is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 educational organization.
        Helping artists reach their goals is part of our mission, whether that means becoming better at their craft, earning a living as an artist, or both. The Business of Art Series begins this month with "Your Story," a FREE one-hour session to explore the importance of your Artist's Statement and the ability to represent yourself to potential collectors and galleries. The series continues with five more targeted sessions (Free to members/$10 for non-members) and critique sessions for both 2-D and 3-D artwork.

Full descriptions are available online at under "School" and "Art Experiences" or by calling 928-282-3809. All sessions meet at 5:30 p.m. in the either the North or South Classrooms of the main gallery building. Mark your calendars!

Nov. 12 "Your Portfolio"
Nov. 19 "Entering Juried Shows"

Small Works Exhibition
Don't miss this holiday shopping opportunity!

November 20 – December 18, 2012
This non-juried show will feature small works by Sedona Arts Center’s members. If you are not already a member you may join when submitting your artwork. Click here for the full Prospectus. Take-in of artwork takes place on Monday, November 19, 9:00 a.m.–noon, in the Fine Art Gallery.


October 30–November 10: Lillian Wilhelm Smith Exhibition, Special Exhibition Gallery, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily
November 12 and 19: The Business of Art sessions, South and North Classrooms, 5:30 p.m.
November 10: Dr. Betsy Fahlman presents “Arizona’s Pioneering Women Artists,” Theatre Studio, 1:30 p.m.
November 15–19: Creative Spirits: The Artworks of Susan Pitcairn, open daily in the Special Exhibition Gallery
November 19: Take-In for Small Works Exhibition, Fine Art Gallery, 9 a.m.–noon


8th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival, a Success!

The 8th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival was a full-out success! The “paint outs” on Main Street, the Sedona Heritage Museum, and the streets of Jerome were all well attended. The opening and keynote receptions, on-going plein air gallery and wine-tasting/auction resulted in record sales from this year’s festival—double the net income of last year’s festival.

2012 Award Winners

Best of Show: Colin Page (Tucked In)
Judge – Kathryn Stats
$1000 sponsored by - BMO Harris Bank + Featured Artist in a full-page ad sponsored by Southwest Art Magazine

Artists' Choice: Colin Page (Tucked In)
Judge – Participating Festival Artists
$500 sponsored by Best Western Arroyo Roble (next door)

Collector's Choice: Bruce Gomez (Brad’s Snoopy)
Judge – Gala Attendees
$500 Sponsored by New Frontiers Marketplace

2012 Poster Award: Bill Cramer (Call of the Canyon)
Judge – Sedona Arts Center Staff
Painting featured all year in marketing and used as Poster + 1/2 Page Ad sponsored by Plein Air Magazine

Merit Awards
Judge – Kathryn Stats

Joshua Been, Tracey Frugoli, Bruce Gomez, Betty Carr
Plaques awarded to 4 artists/works

Best Main St. Paint-Outs
Judge – Carl Judson

1st Place: David Santillanes
$300 Gift Certificate sponsored by Guerrilla Painter

2nd Place: Susan Pitcairn
$250 Gift Certificate sponsored by SourceTek

Best Historic Quick Draws
Judge – Carl Judson

1st Place: Tom Lynch
$300 Gift Certificate sponsored by Guerrilla Painter

2nd Place: Tracey Frugoli
$250 Gift Certificate sponsored by SourceTek

Events of this magnitude would not be possible without support from many sectors. Fifty-eight volunteers (!) and all board members and staff participated to create a great experience for 29 participating artists. Funding from the City of Sedona, Margaret T. Morris Foundation, J.W. Kieckhefer Foundation and local sponsorships made it possible to present awards, feed the artists and the crowds. Thanks go to:

  • More than a dozen homes that hosted artists
  • Barking Frog Grille and Cowboy Club
  • Best Western Arroyo Roble
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Gamblin Artists Colors
  • Guerilla Painter
  • Jerome Art Walk and Jerome Chamber of Commerce
  • New Frontiers Natural Marketplace
  • René at Tlaquepaque
  • Sedona Heritage Museum
  • Sedona Main Street Program
  • Sedona Monthly
  • Sedona Red Rock News

Thanks everyone for your well coordinated efforts! Sedona Arts Center was represented at its best in this year’s festival, thanks to all of YOU.



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