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Art Matters - Sedona Arts Center Newsletter
Issue No. 15- November 2013

In This Issue
A Desk in the Barn
Performances Reprised
School News

Gallery News

Member's Corner

Poet's Corner

Paw Signing


Oct 31–Nov 4: Forty Fabulous Years of Fiber [link to text in newsletter]

Nov 1 First Friday Openings: 4 p.m. Poet’s Corner

5–8 p.m. Moments in Time Exhibition; 40 Fabulous Years of Fiber

Nov 1–3: Paper Painting workshop with Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson

Nov 2–3: Lucy signs calendars

Nov 4–7: Watercolor Dynamics workshop with Carl Dalio

Nov 7–20: Ink & Stone

Nov 11: ART ON SCREEN: Vermeer Exhibition

Nov 25: Annual Small Works Show [click here for prospectus]

Nov 26 –Dec 17:  Small Works Exhibition [click here for prospectus]

For a full listing of our weekly classes: [click here]

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Pam Frazier, Executive Director

I hope you were able to experience first-hand at least some of the Sedona Plein Air Festival events last week. It was an amazing ride! Click here for pictures and captions from some of the events.

It was inspiring just having 30 artists here from across the country interpreting the richness of Sedona through their artworks; even more fun to get to know these sometimes-quirky, always-creative people. Especially notable were the Native American Legacy programs designed and implemented collaboratively with the Sedona Culture Collaborative. These interdisciplinary learning experiences were designed to broaden and deepen the educational value for participants and in the process, to enhance knowledge and appreciation of the Native cultures among which we live.

The following events served as pilots for programs to come in the future:

Earth and Fire [click here]
Creation Stories at Montezuma Well [click here]
Native American Legacy Exhibition [click here]
An Evening with Tony Abeyta [click here]

These special programs added a new dimension to the Arts Center’s ninth annual Plein Air Festival. You’ll definitely be hearing more about collaborations in the future.


Mark your calendars for a return of the performing arts at the Sedona Arts Center on December 20 and 21. For two performances only, Red Earth Theatre will present Painting Churches: A Play in Two Acts, written by Tina Howe and directed by Kate Hawkes. The Churches are a family (not a house of worship); the story revolves around daughter Meg’s desire to paint a portrait of her parents.

Enter stage right: All portrait artists!

You are invited to participate in a companion exhibition in the Special Exhibition Gallery on the days of the performances. This exhibition is open to SAC members and non-members who make portraits of people or animals—your subject must have a pulse. All mediums qualify and must be ready for display. They may be for sale or not for sale. If for sale the selling price will split will be 70% artist: 30% SAC. One submission per artist. Find the application form here.

Vince Fazio, Director School of the Arts

One of the joys of working with all the artists that I encounter at the Sedona Arts Center is the diversity and quality of the workshops and classes that result. Check it out below. However that is not all...this is just a selection! Take some time to explore all our diversity of Art Retreats, Specialized Workshops, Field Expeditions and Weekly Classes HERE.

The Business of Art Series

Learn the essentials of presenting your work to the public! Pre-registration is strongly advised. FREE to members; $10.00 for non-members. Register online at or call 928-282-3809.

Monday, Nov. 11, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.    “Step 1:  The Creative Mindset
Jayne Caryl’s presentation will focus on cultivating the "Creative Mindset." We will explore the value of "an inside job": the blending of logic, intuition and the absolute necessity of continually developing one's self confidence. Use of this ultimate combo leads to the fun and fulfillment of creating an effective presentation of yourself and your work. 

Monday, Nov. 18, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  “The Business of Bronze”                         
Susan Kliewer  If you have ever considered creating a bronze sculpture then you will want to attend this informative talk that will cover the economics and strategies of creating in bronze. Susan will cover pre-casting, getting bids for casting, approaching and choosing galleries as well as photographing, advertising and telling the story of your work.

Thursday, Nov. 21, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  “Protecting What You Own
Bill Gilliam and Ron Draxler  Join the conversation with attorney Bill Gilliam and insurance professional Ron Draxler to learn about artists’ rights, copyright, and how to protect what you have created. Each will make a presentation and then allow time for Q & A.

Monday, Dec. 2, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.     “Your Portfolio”
Shirley Eichten Albrecht, Sedona Arts Center Gallery Director, knows that the portfolio of your artwork is often the first impression that a gallery or collector will have of you. She will present best practices for formatting and presentation as well as narrative content and supplemental material to include.

Monday, Dec. 9, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  “Social Media: You and the Web”
Kelli Klymenko will guide us through the web of social media as a marketing tool for artists. Best practices and strategies for achieving different types of goals. What is best for you? Facebook, a blog, a website, twitter? Learn to use social media and the Web to your best advantage in this primer of the essentials.

Monday, Dec. 16, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.   “2-D Art Critique Session”
Norma Gibson, Michael Coleman, and Scott Stulberg.  Artists often find themselves working in solitude. Attending a group critique allows for a fresh perspective on your work; new ideas and perceptions can kick-start fresh creativity. In this critique a panel of experts in 2-dimensional design will lead the group in identifying weaknesses and strengths and steer students toward new resources and possibilities. Participants are invited to bring two 2-dimensional works, each of any size and medium, to the session.

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.   “3-D Art Critique Session”                           
Dennis Ott, Jim Romberg, and John Soderberg comprise a panel of 3-dimensional artists who will provide an instructive, meaningful critique of your work. Students can bring one to three works in ceramics, sculpture, fiber, jewelry or any three-dimensional work of any size for presentation.

The line-up of workshops is coming together for the Spring 2014 catalog, which will be published in mid-January.

Shirley Eichten Albrecht, Gallery Director

This month in the gallery we start out with our new show “Moments in Time.” It is always exciting to see how each artist interprets the theme through their unique visions and mediums. Artist Robert Albrecht takes his photography and digital art to a new level while Richard Drayton brings detail and a brilliant sense of color to his colored pencil drawings. Jane Defoe does with fabric what painters do with paint and Komala Rohde creates one-of-a-kind jewelry. Luna Patterson’s pit-fired ceramics are elegant and the colors unique. Join us for their opening reception on First Friday, November 1, 58 p.m. The show runs through November 24.

Later in the month the gallery prepares for the holidays with the 2013 Holiday Show “Season of Wonder” and the “Annual Small Works Show.” [click here for prospectus] Final take-in for these shows is Monday, November 25, in order to be on display for the Thanksgiving Holidays! This is a great time for our patrons and visitors to find that special gift, whether it is blown or stained glass, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture or wall art.

We continue to have our artist demonstrations throughout the month [link to schedule]. It is a great time not only to meet the artists but also to get a better understanding of what goes into creating their work.


October 31–November 4: The month starts out with the Verde Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild’s 40th Anniversary Exhibit/Sale “Forty Fabulous Years of Fiber.” The opening reception will be on First Friday, November 1, 5-8 p.m. The members of the guild (which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to education in the art of hand weaving, spinning and related crafts) will be displaying hand-woven garments, baskets, hand-spun yarn, felted work and so much more. Demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the show.

November 7–20: Larry Green will present “Ink and Stone.” The show opens with a reception at 5 p.m. on November 7. On display will be computer-generated art and many red-rock assemblage sculptures, which have been called “whimsical, disarming, and shrewdly expressive of the human condition.” Green invites you to “stop in and get your aesthetic challenged.”

Online Gallery Visit our Online Gallery to shop online!

Sharon Manzke, Membership Coordinator

We welcome the following new members: Marian Buccafurni, Kathryn Butera, Natalie Timmons, Elena Miras and Donald Singer, Sol Price, Diane Eide, Corey King, Thomas and Terry Dougherty, Sharon Loy, Ann Orminski, Judith Beals, Peggy Sands, and Chris Weid. Your membership means so much to the growth of the Art Center.

Small Works Exhibition is November 26–December 17. This exhibition is open to all members. Take-in is Monday November 25, with First Friday opening reception December 6. This exhibit is in the main Gallery and is set with the Holiday show. Detailed information is on the website on the member’s events page. [click here for prospectus]

We want to hear from our members. Please let us know when your work is being featured in exhibitions or when you have received awards or other honors. We would like to toot your horn in our newsletter! The deadline for submissions is the 15th of each month for publication on the 1st of the following month.

For starters, here are three great achievements:

Betty Carr has been honored with Master status in the prestigious American Impressionist Society, now added to a very short list of nationally and internationally known Impressionist painters! This entitles her to include “AISM” (American Impressionist Society Master) when she signs her paintings, which will no doubt increase their value. Betty is a longtime member of the Sedona Arts Center, an instructor for our School of the Arts and has participated in many of our Plein Air Festivals, including the one that concluded last week. Betty would never toot her own horn, so we’re doing it for her. To learn more about AIS, visit:



Joanie Wolter has been commissioned to do a large sculpture for Feliz Navidad in Tlaquepaque. It will be permanently located in the patio area in front of the store. If you aren’t familiar with Joanie’s work, she is known for her whimsical figures with long legs, and this piece is no different, just a lot bigger than she’s ever done before—about 6 feet tall. It’s a figure of a roadrunner with his ever-present lizard pal at his side. Joanie admits that she never would have been able to complete this very large piece without the help of her husband Charlie and friends who pitched in as well, like Jeff Arden and Steve Ash. Not to mention her artist friends whose critiques and suggestions made it just what she hoped it would be. The unveiling of the piece will be on First Friday, November 1, 5 p.m. at Tlaquepaque. Joanie would love for all of you to stop by either before or after your visit to the Sedona Arts Center’s gallery to see her latest creation and to share in her excitement! A maquette of the piece will be available for sale at Feliz Navidad.  


Julie Ronning Talbot won the People’s Choice Award and $250 prize in the recent Open Members Show for her watercolor Built Ford Tough. This award-winning watercolor is available in the Fine Art Gallery so be sure to stop in to see it—maybe even give it a new home!




Nicole Walker will present a reading on First Friday, November 1, at 4 p.m. in the Arts Center’s Sculpture Garden. Walker is a graduate of the University of Utah’s doctoral program, and is currently Assistant Professor of Poetry and Creative Nonfiction at Northern Arizona University. She is also the nonfiction editor of Diagram and editor of the artist/writer collaborative project “7 Rings” on the Huffington Post. Walker is the author of Quench Your Thirst with Salt (2013) which won the Zone 3 creative nonfiction prize, and a collection of poems, This Noisy Egg, from Barrow Street (2010). She edited, along with Margot Singer, Bending Genre: Essays on Nonfiction, published by Bloomsbury in 2013. She has performed readings and lectures at The Center for Book Arts in New York City, at Associated Writing Programs in Chicago, New York, and Denver, at NonfictionNow, in Iowa City, as a guest speaker for the Environmental Humanities Conference in Salt Lake City, as an Emerging Writer and at the University of Wyoming. In 2007, she received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Walker’s performance is sponsored by Literary Arts for Rural Communities.




ART ON SCREEN: Vermeer Exhibition

The Sedona Arts Center is proud to partner with the Sedona International Film Festival to present an exhibition on the big screen when it hosts the premiere of the work of renowned artist Johannes Vermeer. This theatrical event features “Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure,” a tour of the exhibition at the National Gallery in London. There will be one show only, Monday, November 11, at 4:00 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

[click here for more info]

Lucy’s Calendar Signing

You likely know from an earlier entry in Lucy’s blog [click here] that she is featured on the back cover of the 2014 Woof&Purr Cat Calendar published by the Humane Society of Sedona. Well, that calendar is now available at the Sedona Arts Center gallery. If you would like an autographed copy, Lucy will be “signing” calendars on Saturday and Sunday, November 2 and 3. Stop by anytime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to stock up with gifts for all the animal lovers in your life. This creative project has raised over $50,000 for the Humane Society’s spay and neuter program.


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