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Art Matters - Sedona Arts Center Newsletter
Issue No. 13- September 2013

In This Issue
A Desk in the Barn
Le Salon Des Refuses

School News

Gallery News

Members' Corner
Volunteer's Corner


Sept. 3  Take-In for Open Members’ Show. Click here for details.

Sept. 6  First Friday gallery openings 5–8 p.m.

Sept. 18 Annual Members' Meeting 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 21  Members’ Art Supply Swap Meet 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Sept. 27–Oct. 14  NAWS’s “Experimental Water Media” exhibition 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily

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Pam Frazier, Executive Director

It’s hard to believe that it is already September! I’m hoping to see lots of you here at the Arts Center on Wednesday, September 18. That’s the date for our Annual Members’ Meeting where we’ll look at the year in review and welcome several new (very interesting) board members. The meeting will take place in the Theatre Studio beginning at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be short—and will include time to visit over wine and hors d’ouevres.

Here's a great idea! One of our members came to me recently with a great proposal relics for putting some of our old barn wood and other relicts to creative use. She suggested that we encourage our members to propose how they might use some of these materials to create something wonderful—one for SAC (possibly to sell) and one for themselves. You provide the creativity and talent to complete the project, and we’ll provide the materials to you at no cost. Think pedestals, picture frames, rustic sculptures, tables, etc.

Here’s what we can offer you to work with:

  • 1x8, 1x10, and 1x12-inch (full dimension) lumber that was used as sheathing under the siding
  • 1x8 lap siding (weathered, some of it brittle and cupped)
  • Miscellaneous 1x4, 2x4, and 2x6-inch lumber
  • Windows, wood-frame with mullions: 2 @ 4x4-ft; 2 with two panels totaling 4x4 ft
  • Corrugated steel roofing panels (nicely weathered)
  • A coffee can full of rusty nails

If you would like to propose a project, simply fill out the proposal found at this link and submit the form. We’ll select as many good projects as we have materials for.


Louise MacDonald, Contributing Writer

As political systems in Europe and America were dramatically changing in the mid-19th century, styles in art were similarly affected. Emperor Napoleon III was not inclined to dislodge artists of the official academic milieu from their comfortable perches; new artists on the scene were prevented from appearing in the official salons. Even the celebrated artists Corot and Delacroix were regarded with suspicion. Meanwhile, lesser painters like Couture and Gleyre were comfortably enthroned at the Academy of Beaux-Arts.

But the young artists were not without their admirers. One critic wrote admiringly of Pissarro and Stendhal, “I love the young painters with fire in their souls, sincerity and spirit.”

Meanwhile, many artists were battling to reestablish a feeling for painting itself by avoiding the merely picturesque and the banality of superficial sentiments. An example was the painting, Romans of Decadence (1847) by Couture, Claude Monet’s former teacher at the Ecoles des Beaux Arts, where new painters on the scene were forced to study with officially acclaimed artists. They dubbed the school “a walking corpse.”

On the other hand, the rebellious new painters did admire certain artists of the Fontainebleau group like Diaz and Daubigny, who devoted themselves to landscape painting. To them nature was an inspiration rather than a fixed element.                    

In 1863, to quiet the uproar after the official salon “refused” to include 3,000 works of art, Napoleon III opened the “Salon des Refusés” to exhibit the works that had been turned away.

In the “refusés” exhibition, Edouard Manet’s Le Dejeuner sur l’Herbe (The Luncheon on the Grass) provoked a critical avalanche that was a mixture of shock and bewilderment and continues to be a subject of debate worthy of our attention.

Manet was undoubtedly surprised by the storm of moral outrage because his professed intention was to create a modern version of a highly respectable painting in the Louvre, Giorgione’s Pastoral Concert (c. 1509, now attributed to Titian). But what Manet actually intended with his radical remake of the work remains unclear and has proved to be the subject of continued debate. One theory sees in the work a portrayal of alienation. The figures are distant in both physical and psychological relationships. The man on the right gestures toward the other two figures, the other man gazes off into the distance while the nude gazes directly at the viewer. She seems to emphasize that we, too, are estranged. One notes that Manet rejects warm colors for cool hues of greens and blues. Furthermore, the figures, unlike Titian’s, are not integrated into the background.

Was Manet intending to create a modern version of the Renaissance theme of sacred and profane love, emphasizing the difference between spiritual love and that of the flesh? Indeed, the man on the right points to the lightly clad woman in the stream with his thumb and to the nude with his index finger. Next to the nude is the frog, a noted emblem of the flesh. Note that “the duality of man,” the conflict between the sacred and the profane, is one of French writer Charles Baudelaire’s central concerns in his compilation of essays, The Painter of Modern Life

Both Manet’s painting and the “Salon des Refusés” remain fascinating topics of thought and discussion for artists today.

Louise Sheldon MacDonald, is a journalist and foreign correspondent who was an art critic for more than 20 years in Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.


Vince Fazio, Director School of the Arts

The Fall schedule of classes is now available online [link] and in the new ArtZine catalog. If you didn’t receive a catalog in the mail, you can pick up one at the gallery or the office or call to have one sent to you. When you find the workshop(s) that appeal to you, give us a call to register or register online. Some classes are filling quickly; for the best selection, make your plans soon.

The following are the NEW workshops we have never offered before!
Click on the date for detials.

After Glow Photography with Scott Stulberg Sept 7 & 14
Sedona Art Retreat The Power of Words Sept 21 & 22
Iphoneography with Kelli Klymenko Sept 22
Sculpting the Head with John Soderberg Sept 30–Oct 4
Sedona Art Retreat Unique Connections Oct 5–7
Zion to Capitol Reef with Kathryn Stats Oct 8–13
Your Blurb Photography Book with Janise Witt Oct 9–13
Releasing the Voice Within with Kate Hawkes Oct 12
Glow with Watercolor with Peggy Sands Oct 12–15
Painting en Plein Air with Lori Putnam Oct 16–18
Capturing Atmosphere with David Santillanes Oct 16–18
Painting the Moment with Jim Wodark Oct 27–29
Alla Prima Plein Air with Scott Prior Nov 1–3
Watercolor Dynamics with Carl Dalio Nov 4–7
Photoshop for Photographers with Scott Stulberg Nov 9 & 10
Portrait Essentials Sculpture with Deon Duncan Nov 16–18
Activating Negative Space with Vince Fazio Dec 2–6
Pigment Sticks with Lisa Pressman Dec 16–19

This is only a partial list of our workshops for the Fall.
Visit: for all our workshops and classes.

Shirley Eichten Albrecht, Gallery Director

First Friday Openings  
The Arts Center’s galleries will be buzzing with new shows opening on the evening of September 6, 5–8 p.m.

“Beauty of the West” opens in the Fine Art Gallery. Experience the interpretation and love of the West captured with camera, paint brush, gems and clay. The show features the photography of Harvey Stearn, oil paintings by Susan Pitcairn, Jennifer Defoe’s beautiful jewelry, unique ceramics by Mariann Leahy and oils by Margo Mitchell.  We will also have book signings by both Harvey Stearn and Susan Pitcairn.

“7th Annual Open Members’ Show” opens in the Special Exhibition Gallery with a fabulous sampler of artwork from our members. This is a non-juried show in which members are invited to submit one example of their work to hang through September 22.

“Student Clay Gallery” in the Ceramic Studio will have a new rotation of finished works by ceramics students. Other than on First Friday, this gallery is open whenever ceramics classes are in session. Feel free to stop by whenever you see activity in the studio.

Northern Arizona Watercolor Society will host its Fall exhibition “Experimental Water Media” in the Special Exhibition Gallery September 27 through October 14, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily.

We have just completed the jurying process for the artists portfolios submitted in July. Fifteen artists submitted in a variety of mediums. Jurors Gregory Hull, Carolyn Ensley and John Warren Oakes brought to the jurying process years of experience and insight into the art world. Three new artists have been juried in: ML (Michael) Coleman (Oil) who has exhibited in museums and gallery shows internationally, and can be found in prestigious private and corporate collections worldwide; Alicia Storey (Jewelry) brings her unique wire wrapped jewelry; and Dean Hueber (photography), whose work has appeared in magazines and calendars, including Arizona Highways and Sierra magazines. We will welcome them into the gallery in September and look forward to representing them in our gallery.

Book Signings this month:

Susan Pitcairn
Spirit of the Earth
Saturday, September 14, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
An inspiring synthesis of Susan Pitcairn’s best paintings and poetry, reveals a deeply spiritual vision of nature. Trees speak to us of the interconnectedness of heaven and earth. Mountains teach the value of strength and endurance. Still waters reflect the inner peace found behind the busy mind.

Harvey Stearn
In Search of the Old West
Saturday, September 21, Noon–4 p.m.
Newly published, In Search of the Old West is more than a collection of well-crafted photographs to satisfy western aficionados. It successfully captures the spirit and traditions of the Old West in images of stunning landscapes and endearing wildlife, bronco riders and powwow dancers, cowboys and ghost towns.

Each month we host a variety of demonstrations by our gallery artists. It is always an informative time and allows the patrons to meet the artist who is creating the work they are purchasing.

Artist Demonstrations in the Fine Art Gallery

Helen Parker-Lande (Drawing) Sept. 2, 9, 23, 30 10:00-1:30 p.m.
Komala Rhonde (Jewelry)  Sept.  3, 10, 17, 24 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Judy Classen (Jewelry)  Sept.  4, 11, 14, 18, 25, 28 10:00-1:30 p.m.
Joan Roberts (Jewelry) Sept.  4, 11, 18, 25 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Mary Flaisig (Fiber) Sept. 5 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Nancy Bihler (Jewelry) Sept. 8, 15 10:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Julie Ronning Talbot (Watercolor) Sept. 22, 29  1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Margo Mitchell (Oil)   Sept. 12 11:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Susan Pitcairn (Oil)       Sept. 10, 26   11:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Harvey Stearn (Photography) Sept. 21     11:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Mariann Leahy (Ceramics) Sept. 13, 21 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.


Online Gallery Visit our Online Gallery to shop online!

Sharon Manzke, Membership Coordinator

7th Annual Open Members’ Exhibition begins First Friday September 6th and continues through September 22nd in the Special Exhibition Gallery in the Art Barn. Take in is September 3. Click here for details about how you can participate.

Art Supply Swap Meet  The Arts Center will host a members’ Art Supply Swap Meet on Saturday, September 21st 8 a.m.–2 p.m. If you are looking for an easel or have one you want to get out of your studio this would be an opportunity to do so. Space is limited, so we are asking members to apply. Click here for details and the application.

I recently had the opportunity to talk to some members about the Arts Center. I wanted to get some background on why they decided to become a member. Our conversations are as follows:

S. M. What brought you to the Sedona Arts Center?
J. H.  My best friend was visiting and wanted to see an exhibit. When we arrived at the Arts Center I saw beautiful bead work and there was an artist demonstrating chainmail jewelry. I have done chainmail before but she was showing me some new things. We had a wonderful conversation and I decided to become a member and took the opportunity to enter the Members Co-op Exhibit.  I enjoy new experiences and have signed up for a class. I’m looking at other opportunities the Arts Center has to offer.

S. M. Are you having fun?
J. H. How many ways can I tell you! I moved here about two and a half months ago. I have been able to meet other artists. My style has even changed since being here. This has been a great experience.

S. M. What would you tell other friends about the Arts Center?
J. H. If you are into any kind of art at all you need to join!

S. M. What brought you to the Arts Center?
S. B. I enjoyed coming to the Arts Center when visiting Sedona before I moved here.  I have been a member for about two and a half years.  It’s a wonderful community of people—the staff, the volunteers as well as the artists. It is a very welcoming place.

S. M. What would you tell friends about the Arts Center?
S. B. Friends visiting Sedona and friends that live here, I would tell them to stop in the Arts Center often! The variety and quality of work is excellent. There is always something new to see. I have purchased several gifts here.

Thank you both for sharing your thoughts and experiences at the Arts Center.

The month of September through October we will be focusing on building our membership roster by bringing new art lovers and artists to the Arts Center. Share the experiences you have had at the Arts Center with your friends and neighbors. Invite them to our events, visit the Gallery; perhaps take a class. Supporting the Arts Center through memberships and donations enables us to bring more to the community. A larger base of members can bring new ideas and expand what we have to offer everyone, patron and artist alike. Your commitment through membership is a key source of operating funds, community outreach, programming and events. Everyone get the word out and join the fun!

We welcome the following new members: Jordon Ross, Myrna Browne, Dean Hueber, Anne and Arielle Abrams, Evelyn Gholson, Geoffrey and Sami Lyn Worssam, Skippy Gronauer, Kelly Patton, Viki Norris, Lori Leachman, Bill Jackson and Susan Mac Lea, Chris Viverata, Sue Thompson, Mary Sue Taylor, Elizabeth Carroll, Lester Sarmiento, June and Rona Hart and Irene Dominguez.

Joanie Wolter, Volunteer Coordinator

Hello Members! As many of you know, my name is Joanie Wolter and I’m the Volunteer Coordinator for the Sedona Arts Center. I want to let you know about some of our volunteer opportunities and invite you to join us in the many roles played by our volunteers. We have on-going jobs like spiffing up the grounds on First Friday mornings and working shifts in the gallery. You can help out at special events as well.

One exciting event that will need plenty of volunteers is the Plein Air Festival, coming up October 19–26.
 There are many opportunities that allow you to meet and get to know the 30 artists who come from all over the country to paint the beautiful Verde Valley landscape. On October 19, help will be needed to greet the artists, stamp their canvases, help serve them lunch, and pass out flyers while the Main Street Paint Out is taking place Uptown. This day is the best one for allowing you the opportunity to schmooze with the artists and watch them paint. 

On Thursday, October 24, you can help out during the Quick Draw at the Heritage Museum. Friday, October 25 is the grand finale with wine tasting and awards! Ticket sellers are needed from 11:30 a.m. on. Last but not least, is the exhibition to be held all week long in the SEG and Theater Studio, where artists will be bringing in new paintings as they finish them—all of which will be for sale. You have the opportunity to get to know the artists’ work firsthand while greeting customers and introducing them to our Plein Air event. 

If you’re interested in helping out in any way, please contact me at or 928-204-5518. You can also check out the member’s page of the website and learn more about other opportunities to participate here at SAC. I look forward to hearing from you!

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