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Sedona Events: 5th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival 10/24 – 11/1

Betty Carr "Paint Out on Main Street" 2008
Betty Carr "Paint Out on Main Street" 2008

Artistic Magic is in the Air!

 5thAnnual Sedona Plein Air Festival 2009

SEDONA, Ariz. (October 15, 2009):  The cool weather has arrived, the leaves are turning and thirty-two nationally-recognized plein-air artists will soon begin to paint the mystical beauty of Sedona. The spell has been cast and magic abounds.

The 5th Annual Plein Air Festival, hosted by the Sedona Arts Center and the presenting sponsor, L’Auberge de Sedona, will still your hearts and stimulate your imagination for nine full days, beginning Oct 24 through Nov 1.

The festival provides something for everyone!  Visitors and residents alike are invited to watch the artists transfer their vision of the beauty that surrounds them onto canvas or paper ~ capturing magical moments in time right before your eyes. 

Sedona is a plein-air artist’s paradise with its abundance of picturesque scenes and exquisite landscapes. The ever-changing light, shadows and colors in late October, make the setting almost perfect.

The art form is not easy.  Painting out-of-doors, from life, requires stamina and the ability to stay focused and completely absorbed in the work regardless of the shifting elements. The award-winning artists from around the country  will spend six days painting in a variety of media to capture the unique scenes of Sedona, Jerome, Oak Creek, and the surrounding area, followed by weekend events that present the body of work created by the artists earlier in the week.

Join the excitement by watching the artists in the creative process.  Four events have been planned for this purpose: Saturday, Oct 24, enjoy the Paint-out on Main Street from 2:30 – 5:00pm, sponsored by Sedona Main Street Program.  Tuesday morning (7:00am), Oct 27, you will find some of the artists painting the scenes and landscape around the Sedona Heritage Museum.  All day Wednesday, Oct 28, Jerome Chamber of Commerce and Jerome  ArtWalk will host the artists as they paint Historic Jerome.

"Tranquil" by Clark Mitchell - Winner, Collector's Choice 2008
"Tranquil" by Clark Mitchell - Winner, Collector's Choice 2008

Then, begin the weekend on Friday morning Creekside at L’Auberge de Sedona, the Festival’s generous presenting sponsor. The artists will create paintings from start to finish in just two hours. The unique Quick Draw event, starts at exactly 10am and ends at Noon. Trolley service will be available from the Uptown City Parking Lot on Jordan and Schnebly Road. 

For those who want to be more personally involved and actively participate, there are events designed especially for you. Learn about plein-air painting from the artists, or try your hand at “painting from life.”

Monday through Thursday (11am – 1pm) lunchtime lectures/demonstrations by one of the participating festival artist are offered ~ and ~ four free plein-air painting classes (two sessions each/$25 materials fee) are available. Space is limited and reservations are recommended for both the lectures and the classes (call 928-282-3809). For details and a complete schedule visit the Festival Website:

For those who love to rub shoulders with the artists in an informal, social setting, two receptions will be held: Monday evening (6:30 – 8:00), October 26, the Arts Center will host an Opening Reception for the Artists Showcase Exhibit in the Community Gallery, presenting prior works of the 32 participating artists. 

A mid-week highlight, Wednesday evening (7:00 – 8:30pm), there will be a presentation by special guest speaker, Wm Scott Jennings, a national-recognized master plein-air artist, will discuss his process in a lecture titled, Plein Air to Studio. The presentation will be followed by a wine reception in the Theatre Studio at the Arts Center.

"Side Street Surprise" by Betty Carr, 2008 Plein Air Festival
"Side Street Surprise" by Betty Carr, 2008 Plein Air Festival

Friday, Oct 30, at 6pm, an Evening Extravaganza with the Artists will be held at L’Auberge de Sedona in the Monet Ballroom.

Those who attend will be the first to see and have the opportunity to purchase the artwork that has been created throughout the week. The evening filled with fine art, music, delicious hors d’oeuvres and fine wine in one of Sedona’s most luxurious settings is an event not to be missed! Only a few tickets are still available, so make your reservations today. Tickets are only $125.00 and can be purchased Online or by calling: 928-282-3809.

Saturday, Oct 31 (10am – 5pm) and Sunday. Nov 1 (10am – 3pm) a Public Sale and Exhibit will be held in both galleries at the Sedona Arts Center. There is no admission and everyone is invited to view and purchase the amazing, original art by the talented cadre of Festival Artists – all created during Festival Week.

All events and activities, except the Friday night Gala, are open to public and free of charge. The Sedona Arts Center campus is located in Uptown Sedona, corner of State Rte 89A and Art Barn Road.

The week-long event is made possible by an ever-growing list of Festival sponsors:  L’Auberge de Sedona (presenting sponsor), Sedona-Oak Creek Chamber of Commerce, Sedona Magazine, Sedona Monthly, Sedona Red Rock News, Sedona Red Rock TV, Excentric, Sedona Trolley, KNAU Arizona Public Radio, Windrush Gallery, MacPherson, M. Graham & Co, Southwest Art Magazine, Valley Guide, and Connoisseur Art Supplies; plus a generous grant from the City of Sedona.  We also want to thank our community partners whose support expands the boundaries of possibilities: Sedona Main Street Program, Jerome Chamber of Commerce, Jerome Artwalk, and Sedona Historical Society.

Special Festival Workshops are being offered by the Sedona Arts Center’s Art School in conjunction with the Festival – before, during and after.  Before the Festival: Plein Air Painting in Oils, Oct 19 – 23 with Jill Carver,  Artists’ Choice Award 2008. Pastel Painting in the Sedona Landscape, Oct 20 – 23 with Clark Mitchell, 2008 Festival Poster Award (2007) and Collectors’ Choice Award 2008. During the Festival: Plein Air Painting with Oils, Oct 26 – 30 with Wm Scott Jennings, Master Plein-air Artist and 2009 Festival Guest Speaker. Following the Festival: Sedona – Fall Colors (Watercolor or Oil), Nov 2 – 6 with Betty Carr, Festival Artist 2006 – 2009.  Watercolor Secrets, Nov 3 – 5 and  Plein Air Painting ~ One day Workshop, Nov 6 ~ both workshops led by Tom Lynch, Festival Artist 2006 – 2009. To register for a class, or for more information call (928) 282-3809, or visit

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Exposures International Presents Rebecca Tobey, Joshua Tobey & Jd Challenger 10/9-10

Owners of Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art, Marty & Diane Herman
Owners of Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art, Marty & Diane Herman

Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art is celebrating this October with spectacular shows and receptions featuring renowned artists Rebecca Tobey, Joshua Tobey, and Jd Challenger.   Meet the artists and explore Rebecca and Joshua’s new world-class bronze sculptures and Jd’s new and powerful paintings, Friday, October 9, 3pm-8pm and Saturday, October 10, 1pm to 5pm.   

Rebecca Tobey discovered her passion for art over 25 years ago with her husband Gene Tobey.  Today, Rebecca continues to produce the amazing collaborative artwork she and Gene started.  Rebecca will be presenting stunning bronze figures, original watercolors, glimmering jewelry, and exquisite silk scarves. Joyous at heart, Rebecca breathes life into her alluring creations.  

Joshua Tobey infuses his sculptures with spirit and humor.  His sculptures are true to the nature of the subject and reveal many aspects of humanity.  Joshua spent his childhood in the studio with his father, Gene Tobey, which inspired him to pursue his own spectacular career.  Joshua’s work is a breath of fresh air and a product of his passion for nature, wonderful wit and unsurpassed talent.  

Original Mixed Media "Bird Rattle" by J.D. Challenger
Original Mixed Media "Bird Rattle" by J.D. Challenger

Jd Challenger is considered by many experts as America’s top painter with respect to Native American subjects.  A prolific artist, Jd paints live models in mixed media with bold colors and strong lines.  This year, the artist is excited to unveil his fantastic new collection, which celebrates past cultures and traditions from other historic societies.  The stories portrayed in his awe-inspiring portraits are compelling, eternally powerful, and demand to be told.

Joshua Tobey's "Estes", Original Bronze
Joshua Tobey's "Estes", Original Bronze

The gallery owners, Marty and Diane Herman as well as their staff, invite you to explore the wondrous experience that is Exposures International.  As the largest fine art gallery in the southwest, this sensational gallery features bronze, glass, and stone sculpture; original paintings; and fine art jewelry.  Exposures International promises a breathtaking and memorable experience when viewing this remarkable collection of artwork from more than 100 artists. 

Exposures International’s shows are open to the public.  Valet parking, as well as hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments, will be provided during the shows.  Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art is located in Sedona, Arizona at 561 Highway 179, ¼ mile south from the Hwy-89 and Hwy 179 roundabout.  For More information, call (928) 282-1125 or go to

Pink Jeeps October “Tour for the Cure” Breast Cancer Awareness Special

Take a Pink Jeep Tour into Red Rock Country for an unforgettable red rockin' experience!
Pink Jeep Tours is making tracks to beat breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October! Through the “Tour for the Cure” promotion, Pink Jeep Tours will donate a portion of all tour proceeds in October to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and will accept donations in their reservation center at 204 North Highway 89A in Uptown Sedona.
Information on breast health and breast cancer facts, from the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Sedona Cancer Center, will be available free of charge. Also, everyone who takes a tour or donates will receive a pink ribbon sticker.
“Last year we did this promotion and it was so successful that we decided to expand it to the entire month,” said Shawn Wendell, owner of Pink Jeep Tours. “We hope additional employee and community donations double or triple what we are donating from tour proceeds.”

For more information on Pink Jeep Tours call (800) 873-3662 or visit

Touching Documentary "Mine" Makes Arizona Premiere on Sept. 8

Film Festival Presents Award-Winning Film Around the Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Director/Producer Geralyn Pezanoski will be in Sedona to host screenings and Q&A discussions
The multiple award-winning documentary “Mine” makes its Arizona Premiere in Sedona on Tuesday, Sept. 8. The event is scheduled to coincide with the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which sets the backdrop of the powerful, touching and thought-provoking film. There will be two screenings of the film at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Sedona Six Theatres. “Mine” is the second film in the Sedona International Film Festival’s four-week “What’s Up, Doc?” Documentary Series featuring award-winning documentaries from festivals around the world.
Director and producer Geralyn Pezanoski will be in Sedona to host the premiere and conduct Q&A discussions following both screenings.
“This film will resonate with all animal lovers and pet owners, as well as anyone with an interest in humanity,” said festival operations director Debbie Williams. “It is sure to be one of the most moving and touching documentaries you will see, taking you on an emotional roller coaster.”
“Mine” is the powerful story about the essential bond between humans and animals told against the backdrop of one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history. The film explores how tragedy intensifies that bond and is told from the perspective of original guardians, rescuers, and adoptive parents of the voiceless victims of Katrina. These individuals are all connected by two things, the tragic aftermath of Katrina and their love of animals.
In response to an unprecedented crisis, thousands of pets were transported around the country and adopted even when their displaced guardians were still desperately looking for them. Meanwhile, many adoptive guardians had forged strong bonds with their new pets, nurturing them back to health from the traumas they suffered during and after the storm.
When two families love the same pet, conflicts inevitably arise over who is the rightful “owner” and what is right for the animal. At the center of this tension are pets who are loved like family, but by law are considered property. This begs the question, who is looking out for the best interest of the animals? Set in a post-Katrina landscape of poverty, loss and moral uncertainty, “Mine” presents the complexity of an intensely emotional situation that has no simple answers.
A tragedy of this scale reveals the worst and brings out the best in humankind and presents an opportunity for us to bring about meaningful social change. “Mine” is a compelling, character-driven story that challenges us see the way we treat animals in our society as a reflection of how we treat ourselves – and each other.
“Like millions across the country I was profoundly affected by the startling images I witnessed during coverage of Hurricane Katrina: people stranded on rooftops, suffering crowds at the Super Dome, and the decimation of one of America’s most culturally vibrant and diverse cities,” said producer/director Geralyn Pezanoski. “And like millions of others I was devastated as well by images of the thousands of animals in distress – their helplessness bringing into even greater relief the chaos and overwhelming scope of the tragedy. So when I read about a nascent but quickly growing rescue effort being carried out by animal lovers from across the country and the world, I decided to go to New Orleans to document this incredible undertaking.”
During the ensuing six weeks, Pezanoski filmed dozens of intrepid rescue workers, devoted animal rights advocates, and thousands of animals in need of saving – even after they were ‘rescued’. While a few residents trickled back into New Orleans and managed to reclaim their pets, most were displaced and barred from entering the city, so she watched day after day as these unclaimed animals were loaded onto trucks and planes and sent to shelters across the country, their fates uncertain.
Pezanoski herself fostered – and eventually adopted – a pointer mix she named Nola.
“As the months went on, my crew and I began to see an increasing number of residents returning to New Orleans to try to rebuild their lives. It became apparent that legions of them – people who had lost everything – were desperate to find their pets,” said Pezanoski. “We heard about hundreds of other cases across the county: people who were still displaced but on the hunt for their animals. But as broad and deep as the story went, there seemed to be strangely little information about it in mainstream media.”
Pezanoski had many questions: “Why hadn’t people been allowed to evacuate with their animals? Now that these animals were adopted into new homes, who had the authority to decide whether they should be left where they were or returned to their previous owners? Why were original owners running into such resistance in trying to find and reclaim their pets? What would I do if someone came looking for Nola, to whom I had become so attached?”
“I explored these questions and many more during the three years I spent making ‘Mine’. My primary focus was on a handful of extraordinary Katrina victims committed to finding their animals even years after the disaster, but the story extends to rescue workers and new adoptive guardians, who, like me, decided to take in pets left behind and care for them as their own,” said Pezanoski. “We met and interviewed hundreds of people over the years, and what emerged was a profound story of the bond between humans and animals, and the power of that bond to ameliorate human suffering. Equally striking, however, were stories both of the continuing prevalence of racism and classism in America, and the incredible power of compassion in the wake of tragedy.”
Preview the Film Here:


The title sponsor for the event is the Humane Society of Sedona. All audience members attending the screenings of “Mine” are requested to bring a donation of dog or cat food for the Humane Society shelter here in Sedona. The lodging host sponsor is Los Abrigados Resort & Spa.
“Mine” will be shown at Harkins Sedona Six Theatres on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10, or $8 for Film Sedona members, and will be available starting at 3:00 p.m. that day in the Harkins lobby. Cash or checks only. Film Sedona members can purchase tickets in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office, 1785 W. Hwy. 89A, Suite 2B, or by calling 282-1177. For more information, visit:

Sedona Community Farmers Market – Aug. 13 Special Features This Week

When: Weekly on Fridays from 8 am to 1 pm – June 5th through October 9th

Where: The market is located at the Sedona Airport by the Overlook in West Sedona.

What: Local growers, producers and artisans. Offerings include freshly farmed seasonal fruits & vegetables, eggs, goat milk, goat mozzarella, fresh cut flowers, grass-fed, hormone & antibiotic free beef & chicken, artisan foods, pecans, freshly baked breads, tamales, hand-made pasta, French crepes, raw cuisine, freshly pressed apple cider, local honey, hot and iced coffee, espresso, roasted coffee beans, soil regeneration products, plants, seeds, handcrafted body & bath products, fine jewelry. New today: Fruit Pies!! The market is WIC certified.

Vegetables & Fruits at the market this week: broccoli, cauliflower, okra, melons, cucumbers, tomatoes (cherry, green, red and purple), lettuce, onions, scallions, dill, basil, mint, potatoes, garlic, kale, chards, radishes, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, zucchini, squash, arugula, kohlrabi, apricots.

Click to play “Out & About with Megan” at the Sedona Farmer’s Market below:



CHEF DEMONSTRATION starting this week at 8am-9am! Cooking up some tasty treats with market produce and market artisan foods!!

Chef Alan from Fork in the Road Bistro in Tequa Plaza and Chef Kurt from Kurt’s Main Street Cafe in West Sedona will take turns on Fridays to show us creative ways of preparing vegetables.

GARDENS OF HUMANITY BOOTH will host a talk at 9.15am – 9.45am on “Mulching” by Master Gardener Jay Fleishman. Mulching enriches and protects soil, helping provide a better growing environment. Learn about when and how to apply mulch, about organic and inorganic mulches for vegetable and flower gardens and their benefits for YOUR garden! Jay is a retired pathologist, certified master gardener and President of Cottonwood Community Gardens, LLC

Thank you to Gardens of Humanity for sponsoring the documentary FOOD, INC in partnership with Sedona’s International Film Festival which was played to a packed audience at Harkins last night. The enlightening presentation completed with a positive message: Grow your own garden – even if it is just a small one – support food sources that are kind to humans & animals, use sustainable soil practices and green the planet …. we have the power ……

LIVE MUSIC!!! today with accomplished local group DOS GECKOS starting at 10am. The Dos Geckos team is made up of Bill Barns and Larry Perkins. Together they have embraced a diversity of popular and ethnic styles including Jazz, Blues, Classical, Rock, Latin and Celtic. CDs are available. Go to for more information.

FACE PAINTING with Walker Bidwell today!

Recycle your EGG CARTONS and KITCHEN COMPOST at the Information or Gardens of Humanity booths!

ALSO check out nationally acclaimed book on GMOs by local writer Beth Harrison at

“HANDS ACROSS THE GLOBE” – Communities helping Communities – Limited Edition Tote Bags – All proceeds from sales to be donated to local Meals on Wheels and the Food Bank – Made by widows from Zambia to generate income to support their families stricken by AIDS/HIV, the widows crochet these beautiful colorful creations using recycled plastic bags. Generously donated by Sedona’s Mary Fisher Studios. Avaiable at the Market Information Booth.

SLOW FOOD’S “TIME FOR LUNCH CAMPAIGN” – Slow Food needs your help to tell Congress it’s time to invest in children’s health, protect against food that puts children at risk and teach children healthy habits that will last through life. Visit index.php/campaign/time_for_ lunch/ to sign a petition and learn more about Slow Food’s Time For Lunch campaign.


Zucchini / Squash Casserole courtesy of Downey Farms & Associates

3 1/2 cups 1/2″ pieces of squash
1 cup diced sweet onions
1 cup water
1 tsp sea salt
1 cup bread crumbs
3 fresh eggs
1 cup of milk
1 tsp pepper
2 cups shredded jack cheese

Saute onion in water until tender, add squash with 1/2 tsp of salt. Bring to boil, simmer until tender, drain and put in bowl. Beat eggs, milk & rest of salt (1/2 tsp). Fork in cheese & bread crumbs, mix gently, pour into buttered 9×12 baking dish, bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Let stand for 5 min and serve!
Bon Appetit!

Purchases can be made with CASH or also now with VISA / MASTER / DISCOVER cards for your convenience. Pick up your BLUE SLIP at the information booth, do all your shopping, mark your slip as you go and pay for all your purchases at one time at the info booth.

Contact: Please call Katrin Themlitz, Founder/Director, at (928) 821-1133 for more information or email

Your Sedona Concierge Recommendations

Hi, I’m Megan, your Sedona Concierge. Got a burning question about What to See & Do in Sedona? Looking for the best Sedona hotels & motels, restaurants, galleries, shops, spas and more? Post a question! The best ones will be replied to right here on our Blog with videos and customized recommendations to help you make the most out of your time in the Red Rocks!

Hi Megan! Thanks for all the helpful info so far! Lunch on the way up – was thinking the Asylum in Jerome, but then we miss that spectacular drive in to Sedona coming the back way. Any thoughts? Other plans are the Pink Jeep tour (Broken Arrow), dinner at Cafe Elote (love that place!), playing the horses at Stakes and Sticks, and lunch/dinner the day we head out. Maybe L’Auberge for lunch by the creek or Tii Gavo at Enchantment, dinner at Cucina Rustica. ~Rubee
Great choices so far Rubee! If you want a casual, super yummy breakfast or lunch try Secret Garden Cafe at Tlaquepaque…location is beautiful, food is healthy and delicious.

If you want something more formal, I recommend breakfast at L’Auberge over lunch. Cucina Rustica is an excellent restaurant for dinner – try the Grilled Artichoke appetizer – I’ve never had anything like it in my life!

I also like Cowboy Club’s Silver Saddle Room or Redstone Cabin for dinner – you’ll get to try some unique items if you like plus the service is impeccable and the food is unbelievable. TRY THE CACTUS FRIES just so you can say you did! LOL!

Make sure you do the drive up/down Oak Creek Canyon. Oak Creek Canyon was named one of the top 10 most scenic drives in America by Rand McNally.

Jerome is very cool, too! You can never go wrong with a visit to the Asylum – it kind of sits off the side of a cliff overlooking the Verde Valley. I also recommend the Haunted Hamburger for lunch. I’ve never tried it myself but all the locals rave about it.

Broken Arrow Tour with Pink Jeep Tours is one of the best jeep tours in town. You will love it! If you can book it for sunset time, you’ll find it even more breathtaking. Also visit and sign up for their E-Newsletter to get discounts!

Last but not least, just for fun, you might consider trying a pyschic reading – its a true Sedona experience! I’ve had some really amazing readings at the Center for the New Age.

Hope you enjoy your trip here! Please come back and comment on how you liked all of my recommendations!