A DESK IN THE BARN
Pam Frazier, Executive Director
October is always a busy month at the Sedona Arts Center, but this October was amazing! Workshops filled all of our classrooms and spilled outdoors to paint “en plein air” all over town. Meanwhile, volunteer potters were spinning the last of the supply of bowls needed for our annual Loving Bowls event coming up on December 13. Watch for more information about this great event.
On top of it all, we had our “best ever” annual Sedona Plein Air Festival! You heard us describe last year’s Festival as our “best ever.” Well, this year was even better, both in terms of attendance and paintings sold. About one-third of the 30 artist were new to the Festival. They came from 13 states as far away as Massachusetts, Vermont and Florida, adding the spice of fresh vision, new mediums and their own distinct styles to the mix. Vince Fazio, who chairs this event, designed some fantastic events at area vineyards to highlight the Festival theme “Art and Wine: A Confluence of the Senses.” We thank Alcantara Vineyards, Page Spring Vineyard and Cellar 433 for welcoming artists and visitors alike. There is no way we could have delivered this event without the generosity of donors and the help of scores of volunteers! You know who you are; we sincerely Thank You for your generosity.
The pace will slow somewhat in November, but not much until after the holidays. Read on to see why. We hope to see many of you around the Arts Center during this festive season.
Vince Fazio, Director, School of the Arts
Mark Your Calendars for Free Presentations with Kurt Wenner!
A series of free one-hour slide lectures by Master Artist Kurt Wenner will reorient us to the legacy of our artistic past and create a new sense of possibility in the present. For artists and those interested in the arts and art history, this will be an inspiring set of presentations.
|Re-Awakening the Renaissance:
November 10, 7–8 p.m.
The European classical tradition in art has been lost in our century, but does it need to stay buried? Artist Kurt Wenner has spent a lifetime pursing artistic ideas that have been thought lost or are no longer considered a valid means of expression for the contemporary artist. In doing so, he has ignited an immensely popular art movement, 3-D Pavement Art, and has traveled the world creating images in a wide variety of media for an incredibly diverse set of clients. In this slide lecture, Wenner will recount his journey and explain the historical and conceptual basis of his artistic motivation.
The Nature of Creativity:
November 11, 7–8 p.m.
In this presentation Kurt Wenner proposes a profound and all-encompassing insight about the source of creativity and its power to transform the world and our relationship to it. He will explain how a clear and incisive understanding of the creative process is essential to understanding our historical misconceptions to make room for a new paradigm. Because creativity is what enables ideas to manifest in the physical world, it is an essential component of both nature and human experience. Only through understanding the essential structure of creativity can we make meaningful and effective changes in contemporary thought.
November 12, 7–8 p.m.
The formal structure of classicism is rooted in ancient principles of sacred geometry and the physical nature of human perception. No other artistic language has surpassed classicism in its ability to communicate form and space to a viewer, or to recount a narrative. Kurt Wenner will demonstrate how a classical drawing is both “abstract” in its formal structure and “pure” in design. He will show that the classical tradition is not a style, but a language of form based on a profound knowledge and appreciation of the physical universe and man’s participation in it.
As part of this presentation Kurt will introduce a series of workshops to be held in spring of 2015 at the Sedona Arts Center.
Master Artist Foundation Program
Perspective and Illusion April 13–15, 2015
Classical Drawing April 17–21, 2015
Materials/Grounds and the Ideal Palette April 23–25, 2015
Old Master/New Master Painting April 27–May 1, 2015
Perspective and Illusion May 2–4, 2015
Shirley Eichten Albrecht, Gallery Director
Things are in full swing for the fall season. October proved to be chock full of so many exciting activities from a book launch for Louise Sheldon MacDonald’s Sedona’s Best Artists and hosting Bob and Mary Flaisig’s 50th Anniversary reception to the many activities before, during and after the 2014 Plein Air Festival. Sales have been very good which makes us and our artists very happy.
As we move into November, it doesn’t look like it is going to slow down much. With our new exhibit “Bold Vision,” you will be able to indulge in the bold creations of artist who exhibit great spirit and courage with their use of color, design and materials. This show includes Gale Craig (Mixed Media), Miro FitzGerald (Oil/Acrylic), Christie Palmer (Acrylic), Judy Classen (Jewelry) and Lyn and Ken Mikell (Ceramics). The Opening Reception is Friday, November 7, 5–8 p.m. Come and help the artists celebrate the opening. The show will continue through November 23.
The week before Thanksgiving is always a flurry of activity as we set up for our Annual Holiday Show, “Gather ‘Round.” Holidays are the time we gather around with family and friends to celebrate the art, stories and traditions that bring us together. Sedona Arts Center has long been the place to see old friends and make new ones. Again this year, more than 50 of our gallery artists will be offering a wide array of artwork perfect for gift giving during the holiday season. If you are looking for something that is one-of-a-kind, this is the place to Gather ‘Round. It is a great time to purchase your holiday gifts!
We have added some new faces to our volunteer staff. They are Patricia Strainic, Melinda Nino, Nadia Lynn, Nori Thorne and Chris Finefrock. We appreciate the time they are taking to assist us.
Again, another reminder that the Small Works Exhibition application is due on December 19. Also, the 35th Annual Juried Members Exhibition submission is due January 9. The full prospectus for both shows is available on our website (click here) and in the Fine Art Gallery or administration office.
We love seeing our many returning patrons and meeting new ones. And sharing the beautiful artwork of our artists.
We are slowly bringing in the 16 artists who were juried into the gallery in our August jury process. We want to congratulate them all and welcome them into the fold. The artists are: Elaine Belvin (Photography), Lanie Widmar (Watercolor), Katie Love (Photography), Joanne Agostinelli (Pastel), Nori Thorne (Pastel), Jack Jackson (Photography), Diane Sepanski (Jewelry), Mike Turner ((Digital Art), Melanie Gold (Monotype), Barbara Mallek (Mixed media), G. Eric Slayton (Oil), Rick Gandolfo (Oil), Julie Gilbert Pollard (Oil and Watercolor), Suzy Allan (Ceramics), Jim Schroeder (Oil) and Rhonda Davis (Ceramic). Come in and check out their work displayed throughout the gallery. Again, a big thank you to our jurors Norma Gibson, Thom Dougherty and Csaba Martonyi! They did a great job.
Sharon Manzke, Membership Coordinator
As I am composing this note the 10th Annual Plein Air Festival is underway and it took off with a bang. Artists are painting, patrons are shopping and there is a lot of energy in the air! There is one group of people that becomes the backbone of this week-long event. Without their time and commitment all could devolve to mayhem. That honorable group is our volunteers.
The Plein Air Gallery in the Art Barn was open 10 to 5 all week. There were evening receptions, lectures, and three special events off site! None of these could have happened without the assistance of our volunteers. The members that opened their doors to host our visiting artists are also key to implementing this festival of art. We “employed” a catering staff of volunteers to bring lunch to the artists on opening day—they know the meaning of starving artists. Like magic the salads, sandwiches and desserts appeared and disappeared! Thank you to our Board members who organized wine and hors d’ouevres for the opening night for 200 guests and patrons. Are you getting the idea that “it takes a village”? A great big open-armed Thank You to all for being there and making this wonderful event a success.
Welcome to our new members: Lorraine and Richard Neuland, Christa Rosenbaum, Debbie Williams, Bryan Vance and Mary Henningsen, Seane Malsada, Alix and Robert Schafer, Clover Earl, Diane Irons, Bert Campbell and Holli Ploog, David Lash, Deb Gauld-Lash and Halle Gauld, Mary Ann Undrill, and Christine Burdette. We’re delighted that you’ve joined the Sedona Arts Center family!
Look for much more in our upcoming newsletters! Past issues are archived on our website: [click here]