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Issue No. 14- October 2013

In This Issue
A Desk in the Barn
Plein Air Festival
School News

En Plein Air: A Brief History

Gallery News

Poet's Corner
Members' Corner


October 4: First Friday

October 4: Poet’s Corner

October 19–26: 9th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival []

October 23: New Members’ Reception 5:30–7:00 p.m.

October 31–November 5: Verde Valley Weavers & Spinners Guild exhibition and sale at Special Exhibition Gallery. [Learn more]


Lori Putnam
October 16–19

Joshua Been
October 16–19

Jim Wodark
October 27–29

Betty Carr
October 28–Nov 1

Scott Prior
November 1–3

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Pam Frazier, Executive Director

Mid-August 2013 marked my first year as Executive Director of the Sedona Arts Center, and it’s been quite a ride! Three years on the Board of Directors and a year as Staff have given me an interesting perspective. I have more respect than ever for the many points of view among our constituents as well as gratitude for the people who work diligently (with or without compensation) to help this organization thrive. I’ve also come to understand the vital role that our many volunteers play. An organization of this size couldn’t possibly accomplish what it does without all hands pitching in and pulling in a common direction.
Speaking of accomplishments, let’s touch on some highlights from the past year:

  • We developed a new Strategic Plan with input from staff, board, and members; that plan is currently being implemented.
  • Conducted the 2012 Plein Air Festival, Loving Bowls and the 2013 PhotoFest, which are three of our primary contributions to the community and artists from across the country. We sincerely thank all of the sponsors, donors and volunteers who made it possible.
  • Replacement of the weathered wood and windows on the east wall of the Art Barn with improved infrastructure.
  • A reunion of many of our past board members in February, many of whom hadn’t seen each other in many, many years. It was great to have them back on this campus; 75 people attended.
  • The Fine Art Gallery represented more than 100 member artists and featured new themed exhibitions every month.
  • Twelve new member artists were juried into the Fine Art Gallery in two jurying processes.
  • The School of the Arts conducted more than 140 classes, workshops and expeditions for 1,350+ students, approximately one-third of whom took more than one class.
  • Expanded the “The Business of Art” series, which is free to members and affordable for non-members, and introduced a new “Art Retreat” series.
  • Added two new Members’ Co-ops to increase opportunities for member artists to show and sell their work; we currently offer a total of five such opportunities each year in addition to those artists juried into the Fine Art Gallery.
  • Hosted ten exhibitions in the Special Exhibition Gallery conducted by other community arts organizations, as well as First Friday Poet’s Corner readings and workshops organized by Literary Arts in Rural Communities.
  • Meeting our financial needs is always a struggle, even though 80% of our income is earned revenue. The board is placing more emphasis on fund raising to help meet our needs and fund our future goals. We are very grateful to all of you who have contributed much needed support.
  • Organized and conducted a four-day Art Immersion for 120+ middle-school students at West Sedona School.
  • Ended the fiscal year in the black—nothing outrageous, mind you, but a modest $6,500 to the good! This will come as a surprise to those of you who attended the Annual Members’ Meeting last month and heard our preliminary (unaudited) financial report. But when the audit was completed we were delighted with the results. We worked hard to keep our expenses down, but this was really made possible by donors who helped us exceed our Contributed Income goal. We couldn’t have done it without your generous support.

All of this and more was accomplished by a staff of five full-time and six part-time staff members, eight board members, and dozens of volunteers. Thank you to all who made these accomplishments possible!

Three new directors were elected to the Arts Center’s Board of Directors. Please welcome Lewis Guthrie, Kathy Levin, and Ed Wade—all of whom bring energy, skill and experience to the organization. Dennis Ott was also appointed to fill a vacancy, bringing the Board to a well-rounded dozen.


All eyes are focused on October 19–26, when the Arts Center brings 30 award-winning artists to town for the 9th Annual Plein Air Festival. In addition to paint-outs and other events [link], this year’s program features a special Native American Legacy series developed in association with the Sedona Culture Collaborative. The series consists of five events designed to connect artists of today with Sedona’s rich indigenous heritage:

  • Oct. 20, 4–7 p.m.: Dr. Edwin L. Wade will host “Earth and Fire,” a ceramic pit-firing and tour of his collection of historic Native pottery. This event will include wine, fine dining and fascinating conversation. Twenty pit-fired vessels will be raffled to attending guests. $50/person SOLD OUT
  • Oct. 24, 9 a.m.–noon: “Creation Stories,” a tour originating at the Sedona Arts Center, will journey to Montezuma’s Well National Monument where participants will meet a representative from the Yavapai-Apache Nation and four artists with Native American heritage participating in the Festival. The theme of creation will be explored as the Yavapai speaker tells the story of this sacred site from the tribe’s perspective and artists talk about how they composed their paintings at the Well. The artists are Tony Abeyta, Will Tapia, Gretchen Lopez and Shonto Begay. $30/person Filling Fast
  • Oct. 24, 4–5 p.m.: In the “Native American Legacy Courtyard Sale,” all thirty Festival artists will present work they have painted at select Native American legacy sites in the Courtyard at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Tony Abeyta will present awards from the Legacy work and offer his painting from Montezuma’s Well up for silent auction, the auction will close after his talk in the Fisher Theatre.
  • Oct. 24, 5:00 - 7 p.m.: Navajo artist Tony Abeyta will present awards and give a talk on his work “Ancient Questions and the New Face of Native American Paint­ing.” A special painting that Tony creates in Sedona will be presented for Silent Auction. $12.50 for SAC and SIFF members; $15 for non-members.
  • Oct. 26, 4–7 p.m.: After-Party Reception at Lanning Gallery and the Turquoise Tortoise in Hozho Plaza are sponsoring an after party and reception for Artists Tony Abeyta and Marshall Noice. Wine and hors d’oeuvre. Lanning Gallery represents Marshall Noice, one of the festival painters this year, and Hozho represents the work of Tony Abeyta the keynote speaker for the Native American Legacy Series.

Click here for the full schedule of events during this amazing week-long celebration!

Vince Fazio, Director School of the Arts

A number of artists who have been invited to participate in the Plein Air Festival have agreed to teach workshops either before or after the Festival. Several of the workshops are SOLD OUT, but there is still room for additional students in the following workshops:

Lori Putnam – October 16–19

Joshua Been – October 16–19

Jim Wodark – October 27–29
Betty Carr – October 28–Nov 1
Scott Prior – November 1–3

Follow the links to learn more and register online or by telephone for these rare opportunities to learn from some of the finest Plein Air artists in the country.

Louise MacDonald, Contributing Writer

How often we use the term “plein-air” in painting! Do we know where it originated? The French term en plein air means “in open air.” Today we use it to describe painting outdoors, but when did the practice begin?      Direct observation of nature was first tried by mid-19th-century Barbizon painters like Millet, Theodore Rousseau and Diaz, who desired an exact and unprettified rendering of peasant life and scenery.

box easel

At that time each painter ground dry pigment powders with linseed oil to create his own paints. With the introduction of paints in tubes in 1870, the popularity of painting en plain air increased. During this period the portable “box easel,” also known as the “field easel,” was invented by French painters.

Rebelling equally against the romantic and academic schools, painters Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Pierre-Auguste Renoir became known as Impressionists because of their principal concern with the study of light and its refractions. They did much of their work outdoors. Monet made series of studies, observing the effects of light at different times of day and under varying conditions.  Much of his work was done in the diffuse light provided by a large white umbrella.

"Claude Monet painting by the Edge of the Wood" by John Singer Sargent

Shirley Eichten Albrecht, Gallery Director

Beauty of the West

Don’t miss First Friday, October 4, 4–8 p.m.

  • Poet’s Corner welcomes Bisbee poet August Schaefer. Sculpture Garden [more info]
  • Capture the Moment opens representing the artwork of Mike Koopsen, Deanne McKeown, Mary Flaisig, and Christine Debrosky. Fine Art Gallery 
  • Student Ceramic Sale: Each year students of the ceramic studio make their work available for sale to the public. It is a great time to get some great pottery for wonderful prices. Come check out and join in the fun! Student Clay Gallery
  • NAWS Fall Experimental Show: The annual Experimental Show gives members an opportunity to explore water-media and subject matter. Special Exhibition Gallery

Verde Valley Weavers & Spinners Guild and Sedona Arts Center Intertwined 

It was 40 years ago that Mary Pendleton and Betty Gaudy formed the Verde Valley Weavers & Spinners Guild. Its mission “to promote interest and education in the art of handweaving and spinning and related crafts; to bring practical knowledge and technical help to interested persons; to give volunteer service to any school or organization that may have need of such services” very much mirrors the Sedona Arts Center’s mission of “nurturing creative discovery, learning and sharing through arts education and artistic development.”

Throughout its 40-year history, guild members have sponsored programs, workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions to inspire Guild members as well as the public.
Mary Pendleton was an active member at the Sedona Arts Center. She and her husband moved to Sedona in 1960 where Mary became involved at the Arts Center, and in 1962 she offered a class on weaving stoles, pillows and draperies. Her studio/shop off Jordan Road was also the gathering spot for the Third Annual Arts & Crafts Show. Betty Gaudy also taught weaving classes at the Sedona Arts Center through Yavapai College. In 1980, a cotton-spinning workshop was offered on the upper level of the Art Barn where the office is now. The initial meetings of the Weavers Guild were held in what is now the Ceramics Studio.

Because of this closely woven history, the Weavers Guild is pleased to celebrate its 40th Anniversary in the Special Exhibition Gallery at the Sedona Arts Center from October 31–November 5. Demonstrations in loom weaving, tapestry, spinning, basket weaving, felting and much more will be happening daily. Hand-woven work of many of our artists will be available to view and a select number will be for sale. A portion of any sale will be donated back to the guild. Everyone is invited to check out all that the members of the Verde Valley Weavers & Spinners Guild has to offer.

The holidays are fast approaching! It is not too soon to be thinking of those holiday gifts whether you are looking for paintings, jewelry, hand-blown glass or so much more. The Sedona Arts Center offers the best from Sedona and Verde Valley artists. We now offer online shopping. (click here: Online Gallery) Although we do not have our entire inventory online, we continue to add new items regularly. Also, we invite you to visit the gallery in Uptown. Art is changing regularly!

Artist Demonstrations in the Fine Art Gallery

October 2013

Komala Rohde (Jewelry)
Judy Classen (Jewelry)
Joan Roberts (Jewelry)
Nancy Bihler (Jewelry)
Julie Ronning Talbot (Watercolor)
Helen Parker-Lande (Drawing)
Margo Mitchell (Oil)
Mary Flaisig (Fiber)
Christine Debrosky (Pastel)

April 2013

Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22
Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23
Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23
Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28
Oct. 10
Oct. 11, 12, 18, 26
Oct. 12

April 2013

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Online Gallery Visit our Online Gallery to shop online!


Poets Corner welcomes August Schaefer to the Sedona Arts Center for a poetry reading on October 4, First Friday, 4–5 p.m. in the sculpture garden.

August Schaefer lives in Bisbee, Arizona, where she has taught English at Cochise College and at the state prison, and co-directed the Bisbee Poetry Festival for 10 years. She co-edited the literary journal Fennel Stalk. Her poems have been published in numerous American literary journals over the past 30 years and she has served on the Poetry in the Schools selection panel for Arizona Commission on the Arts. She was a founding member of the Bisbee Press Collective. 

Sharon Manzke, Membership Coordinator

We welcome the following new members, Steven Segner, Gary and Pat Balke, Jill Dubisch, Gene Garrison, Gisela Rogowitz, Katherine Lehman, Cecilla Duncan, Bruce and Ann Peek, Katalin Ehling, Barry and Susan Pasco, Debra Weible, Neil Hunt and Tori Heide, Angela Greco, Sheryl Katzenberger, Suzanne Owens, Robert Tyburski, and Liz Gregg. Join us on Wednesday, October 23, 5:30 p.m. for our next new members’ reception in the Special Exhibition Gallery followed by an evening with Jill Carver, keynote speaker for our Plein Air Festival.

Tuesday Open Studio: This summer a Tuesday open studio started as an afternoon for artists to get together to share their experience and learn from each other. The group has been having a great time. Each week the studio has several repeat artist as well as new artists stopping in to see what is going on. The good news is with so many people participating the open studio has been extended into December. Pick up your brushes and a canvas and join the fun. This is an informal group with artists of varying levels of experience working in different mediums. Sheron Foster is hosting the afternoon; a big Thank You to her for setting up the studio and being available to answer questions. The Open Studio is free to members and a $5.00 fee for non members. This is a great way to come in and experiment, try something new, and work in a creative, supporting environment. Drop in Tuesdays 1–4 p.m. in the North Classroom.

Call to experienced ceramic artists! Join Dennis Ott, John Foster and the dedicated ceramists volunteering their time and talent in the ceramic studio on Thursdays 1–4 p.m. to throw or hand build bowls for the Loving Bowls event. The bowls are a collaboration of many artists participating in the studio. All of their efforts go to support Loving Bowls, a benefit for local nonprofits and the Arts and Education programs at the Sedona Arts Center.  Our goal is to make over 1,000 bowls for this year’s event. Thanks to a generous donor, the Ceramic Department is able to provide all of the clay, glazing and firing. This year the Ceramic Department was able to provide clay to Verde Valley School for a special student project directed by Jeff Perkins. The students' work will be for sale in the Loving Bowls event. In addition to food and fun artists will create items for a silent auction. All of this work comes together in a great one-day event; many volunteers are needed to bring it together on Saturday, December 14, 2013.

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