Sedona Arts Center Presents the 13th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival

The air is crisp, evenings are cool, and the leaves are beginning to change color in Sedona—which can mean only one thing—the Sedona Plein Air Festival is about to begin!

This Saturday marks the beginning of the 13th annual Sedona Plein Air Festival presented by Sedona Arts Center. Our community’s iconic creative event, the Sedona Plein Air Festival is a weeklong celebration of extraordinary landscapes, world-renowned artists, unique workshops, and wonderful free events from Oct. 14 to 21. You’ll get to experience over two-dozen master painters in action—making their art on location in beautiful Sedona, Arizona. Celebrate creativity with and enjoy receptions, exhibitions, lectures, and opportunities to collect your next masterpiece!

Sunday September 24, 2017Noon–2pm 

Judges: Mayor Sandy Moriarity and Al Comello, founders of the Sedona Winefest

The Sedona Arts Center Board of Directors has announced that after two and a half years at the helm, Executive Director Eric Holowacz will be stepping down in October to take a leadership role in his adopted country of New Zealand. Current Deputy Director, Vince Fazio, will continue the momentum and take over as executive director in mid-October. 

Holowacz, who has led a vibrant renewal of creative programs and services, will become Museum Director and Cultural Affairs Manager in Whakatane, a coastal town in the Bay of Plenty. His tenure in Sedona saw the rejuvenation of the 60-year old organization, including diverse new initiatives, creative partnerships, and cultural awareness projects. 

Join us for First Friday, July 7th from 5 to 8pm and help us welcome new featured artists into the Fine Art Gallery for July, August and September. Christie Palmer presents her beautiful acrylic landscapes that reside on the border of abstraction contrasted with the illusionistic magic of Janet Weaver's oils that often set still live objects into dialogue with landscape. John Stebila's assemblage work combines the unlikely with the outrageous to create steam punk sculptural scenarios and Chikako Myers Fused Glass jewelry sparkles with color and detail. Also Bill Belvin shows his carefully composed landscape photography.

About the artists:

Christie Palmer
Christie’s bold and atypical acrylic paintings are a cross between landscape and abstraction.  Both fleeting and studied images realign in her studio, evolving through dynamic interpretation, fluidity and freedom.  Her exceptional eye for color and use of enigmatic shapes emphasize the mood of a moment. Speaking to the senses, her works are vital and alive yet harmonious and controlled. Each painting represents a layering process employing innumerable variegated washes to achieve the drama of light and color in nature and the characteristic “glow” of her work.

Janet Weaver
Janet is a self-taught artist who relies on observation, experimentation and practice to compose and create her amazing still life paintings done in a Trompe l’oeil style. Trompe l’oeil, French for “Fool the Eye”, is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.

Bill Belvin
Bill is a Sedona based fine arts photographer specializing in creating richly detailed images of the American Southwest wilderness. He loves capturing the patterns and symmetries present in sandstone and sharing the results with others. Bill has traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad, and has backpacked in the northwest and Alaska. He is a graduate of both Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School and is comfortable hiking both on and off-trail and at night. This comfort level allows him to photograph subjects in difficult to reach places.

John Stebila
Creating harmony out of chaos. This is John's destination when he is assembling his pieces--making art that suggests subtle relationships and themes from items not normally seen together. In this unique art form that some call "steampunk", the possibilities are endless. John has been a wood carver for 20 years and segued into assemblage art after being inspired by the desire to collect odd objects and turn them into art.

Chikako Myers
While growing up in Kanagawa, Japan, Chikako Myers always admired artistic talent. She has only recently started discovering and exploring her own artistic abilities. After finishing college, she received a degree in Elementary School Education and later became the manager of an English language school. A year after meeting her husband, they moved from the Yokohama area to Sedona, Arizona, where since 1996 they have owned a fine art bronze foundry, Sedona Bronze. Chikako makes the molds of other artist’s sculptures and prepares the wax patterns for the lost wax process. She has been working in her own studio since 2009 creating fused dichroic glass jewelry and metalwork.

Sedona Arts Center is one of Northern Arizona’s most well established cultural organizations and serves as the creative heart of Sedona. Founded in1958, the nonprofit organization is based at the Art Barn in Uptown and offers year-round classes, exhibitions, festivals, and cultural events that enhance the creative life of the Verde Valley. The Center’s Fine Art Gallery, open daily from 10am to 5pm, promotes the original works of over 100 local artists and regularly offers special assistance for collectors and art buyers, offers private studio visits, and fosters hundreds of arts education opportunities each year. For more information about Confluence of Color, or any other opportunities at Sedona Arts Center, contact 928-282-3809 or visit SedonaArtsCenter.org

 

As Sedona Arts Center looks to its 60th Anniversary year in 2018, the nonprofit cultural organization is planning a series of exhibitions and events that celebrate our creative community and diverse artistic heritage. To warm up the Diamond Anniversary, the Arts Center will present Sedona’s Legacy Artists: A Retrospective Exhibition in two parts beginning in June.   

Experience the beauty, culture and heritage of the Navajo people with Sedona Arts Center and Western National Parks Association (WNPA). Hundreds of handcrafted Navajo rugs and fine silver and turquoise jewelry will come to Sedona straight from Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, the oldest continuously operated trading post in the Southwest.