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Bold Vision exhibit: Sedona Arts Center, 11/7-11/23

novpostSedona Arts Center invites you to explore the work of artists who exhibit great spirit and courage with their use of color, design and materials in this month’s exhibit entitled, “Bold Vision” November 7-23, 2014. Meet the artists and art patrons at the opening exhibition Friday, November 7 from 5-8 pm This month features: Gale Craig (mixed media), Miro FitzGerald (acrylic, oil), Christie Palmer (acrylic), Judy Classen (jewelry) and Lyn & Ken Mikell (ceramics).

This First Friday also marks the annual student ceramics sale! Join Sedona Arts Center for this incredible sale in the Ceramics Studio from 5-8 pm, where you can see and purchase inspiring works from participating student artists. This is a great opportunity to collect that one-of-a-kind work by these emerging and incredibly talented artists.

ALSO! Don’t miss the Dia De Los Muertos & Fabulous Fakes Exhibits in the Special Exhibitions Gallery! Click here for an interactive 360-degree sneak-peek!

Artists Demonstrations This Month:

*Christie Palmer (Acrylic) Nov. 8,12, 21: 1:00-4:00 pm

Nancy Bihler (Jewelry) Nov. 9, 16, 23, 30: 10:00 am-1:30 pm

Julie Ronning Talbot (Watercolor) Nov. 9, 16, 23, 30: 1:30-4:30 pm

Helen Parker-Lande (Drawing) Nov. 10, 17, 24: 10:00 am-1:30 pm

*Miro FitzGerald (Acrylic) Nov. 11, 20: 11:00 am-2:00 pm

*Gale Craig (Mixed media) Nov. 11: 2:00-4:00 pm

Joan Roberts (Jewelry) Nov. 12, 19, 26: 1:30-4:30 pm

*Lyn Mikell (Ceramics) Nov. 18: 11:00 am-2:00 pm

*Judy Classen (Jewelry) Nov. 19, 26: 10:00 am-1:30 pm

*Featured Artist

Visit Sedona Arts Center first, where more than 400 artists teach, study and follow their passion! Sedona Arts Center features a new themed exhibit each month with truly outstanding local artists. The Fine Art Gallery is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm with Opening Receptions every First Friday of the month from 5 to 8 pm. Sedona Arts Center is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit educational institution dedicated to nurturing creative discovery, learning and sharing through arts education and artistic development. For more information call 928.282.3809 or visit

2nd Annual Sedona Fine Art Auction – May 5, 2012

Preview – Wednesday – Saturday, May 2 – 5, 10 am – 5 pm
Silent Auction Ends – Saturday, May 5, 3:30 pm
Live Auction Begins – Saturday, May 5, 4:00 pm

Sedona Arts Center presents the 2nd Annual Sedona Fine Art Auction benefiting educational programs throughout the year at Northern Arizona’s oldest nonprofit Arts institution. This prestigious auction will feature works from Arizona’s finest artists and award-winning Plein Air artists from across the country. All auction items will be on display starting Wednesday, May 2nd – 5th from 10 am – 5 pm prior to the close of the Silent Auction at 3:30 pm on Saturday, May 5th. The exciting Live Auction begins at 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 5th at the Sedona Arts Center, 15 Art Barn Road in Sedona. Who knows what you’ll find to inspire, captivate and delight you when you join in the excitement of the Sedona Arts Center’s Charity Fine Art Auction, part of a fun-filled weekend in Sedona.

Sedona Celebrates the Arts – May 4-6, 2012

Join us for a weekend to Celebrate the Arts when Sedona welcomes visitors with open arms. Hop on the trolley and leave your car behind for the First Friday Gallery Art Walk 5-8 pm. Saturday’s Great Sedona Chili Cook-off hosted by Rotary Club of Sedona and Tlaquepaque’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration is fun for the whole family. Take the Sedona Visual Artists Coalition Open Studio Tour to see artists at work in their environment. Who knows what you’ll find to inspire, captivate and delight when you join the excitement of Sedona Arts Center’s Charity Fine Art Auction or Verde Valley Sanctuary’s Dancing in the Moonlight fundraiser to round out a fun-filled weekend. Indoors or outdoors, Sedona in May is a great getaway. You’ll find special pricing for the weekend and discount offers. Come and enjoy the Arts amidst the beauty of Sedona in Spring!

Classes and workshops are only a part of the palette of activities offered. Outreach programs into Sedona Red Rock High School and West Sedona Middle School supply specialized artists who coordinate and execute projects that use the arts to teach certain areas of the curriculum. Summer camps for youth are also supported each year with Arts Center funding and facilities. Scholarships are available for all the local programming for those that will benefit and have need.

To preview the auction listings, visit our website at to see photos of the work, and be sure to visit often between now and then to see any additions to the lineup.

– What: Sedona Fine Art Auction
– When: Preview May 2 – 3, 10a,m – 5pm; May 4 10am – 8pm; May 5 10am – 3:30 pm
– Silent Auction closes Saturday, May 5, 3:30 pm
– Live Auction starts Saturday, May 5, 4:00 pm
– Where: Sedona Arts Center, corner of 89A & Art Barn Rd in Uptown Sedona
– Admission: Free and open to the public

Hosted by Sedona Arts Center – The Sedona Arts Center is located at State Route 89A & Art Barn Road in uptown Sedona. The Galleries are open daily from 10-5. For more information call 928-282-3809 or visit

More than 80 Silent Auction items – Paintings by award winning plein air artists, 3-d art, ceramics, glass, jewelry, art supplies, vacation packages and more! Visit to preview today.


New Spring Photo Class at Sedona Arts Center

4 Sessions: Saturdays & Sundays
March 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th, 2012 • 1 – 4 pm

flower photo by Susie ReedIf you love taking pictures and want to improve your photography this is the class for you. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there are ways to make pictures better, which award-winning fine art and commercial photographer Susie Reed will explore in this 4-part course. She’ll share what can be done at photo shoots and on the computer to enhance images. She’ll explain the best types and sizes of files to create for print, the Internet and projection, demonstrate effective Photoshop tools, discuss composition, criteria to use for editing, give thought provoking assignments and do individual critiques to help students hone their skills, improve their ability to see and present their work well. Reed will also discuss the role inspiration; instincts and intuition play in the creative process and provide tips for entering photo contests, based on her experience judging several.

Susie Reed has over 30 years experience behind the camera. Her critically acclaimed work has been exhibited in the Cooper Hewitt Museum, the De Young Museum, the International Museum of Photography and elsewhere. Her pictures have been reproduced in many publications and on an array of products including photographic calendars, which have sold in many countries. Susie is a popular, generous teacher who offers clear guidance about many aspects of photography, which can seem complex and overwhelming, especially at the start. She’s helped many beginning and experienced photographers improve. Susie previously taught at California College of the Arts and San Francisco Art Institute. She’s judged numerous photo contests and is the director of Sedona Photofest’s 2012 Red Rock Open Photo Competition. She shows her critically acclaimed photos at Goldenstein Gallery, voted the best gallery in Sedona the last four years by the readers of Kudos.


What  students say about Susie Reed:

“Excellent”  “Interesting”  “Knowledgable, personable and informative.”


Sedona Arts Center • 15 Art Barn Road
South Studio • Gallery Building


Cost: $120



Sedona Arts Center Members Cost: $108


Scholarship funds may be available for those who would benefit and have need.


Space is limited.


Celebration of Life at Sedona Arts Center

Celebrate the end of summer through the joyful creations of the featured artists in the Sedona Arts Center’s August Exhibit, Serendipitous Adventures, which opens with a wine reception from 5 to 8pm on First Friday, August 6th and runs through September 1st.  Open daily from 10am to 5pm.

The playful mix of colors, media, and styles shown in the exhibit will engage your senses and remind you of the joyful, lazy days of childhood summers. Featured artists are: Gale Craig (Mixed-media), Sue Hunter (Pastels), V. Norton (Calligraphy & Ceramics), and Norma Cox Miller (Mixed-Media).

Norma Cox Miller working

The exhibit is lovingly dedicated to Norma Cox Miller who died expectedly on July 22.  Her spirit, her talent, her passion for art, and her love of life will always be part of the Sedona Arts Community.  She will be missed!  The Friday night reception will be a celebration of her life and her art as we showcase her newest and final works together with the works of the other featured artists. Please, join us to bid her farewell in the way that she would have wanted.

Norma Cox Miller grew up on a small farm in Kentucky. Her memories of the sunlight and shadows, the small stream near her home and the changing colors of the leaves, season by season, influenced her paintings throughout her life.  She did not have the opportunity to formally study art until she entered Morehead State University where she learned the basics, which was only the beginning.  An avid life-long art student, with an insatiable appetite for learning and improving her skill, she was always seeking more and studied with many well-known artists such as Edward Betts, Charles Reid, Gerald Brommer and Virginia.

When she was no longer as challenged by landscape painting, she turned to abstraction.  At first she used landscape elements in her work, and slowly began to paint completely non-objective abstractions, reverting occasionally to semi-abstraction. She preferred stretched canvas or watercolor paper using acrylic paint and various collage and texturing materials to add variety and interest to her pieces. She began showing in juried exhibitions in 1970 and has received numerous awards for her work in acrylic and mixed-media.

“NEPTUNE'S DANCE” by Gail Craig

Gale Craig is both a painter and designer of one-of-a-kind jewelry. Gale paints primarily in oils, acrylics and encaustics, a 2,000 year old process which uses heat to fuse layer upon layer of pigmented beeswax and damar resin. The wax delivers color in a way no other medium can, producing magnificent translucent effects.

The first thing that strikes you when you look at Gale’s vibrant, colorful abstract paintings is that she paints from the heart. Her remarkable use of color reflects her passion for the mystical and healing arts. However, what is truly unique about Gale’s style is that you can feel the essence of spiritual energy in everything she paints.

She states, “I see in the Universe a mystical world of flowing energies. My visions are inspired by the colors and movement of the energies I see within and around an object. It is the beauty and vibrancy of this universal energy that I try to capture in my paintings.”

Sue Hunter was born in Arkansas but has lived in Arizona since 1960 and thinks of Arizona as home.  The lovely desert colors, wide open spaces, and diverse landscapes of the southwest provide her with endless subject matter for her paintings. She works in pastel, oils, watercolor and acrylics.  Her subjects include landscapes, still life, figures and animals.  She is known for her paintings of roosters.

Color is an important aspect of Sue’s art which is reflected in her impressionistic style.  “I try to put into my paintings the emotions I feel using color, light and shadow effects to create design.”

Sue graduated from Western International University and has studied art at Scottsdale Artists School, Scottsdale Community College, with local art instructors and has attended numerous workshops locally and in Europe. She is a consistent award winner in juried exhibits and her work is included in many private and public collections.

V. Norton (Victoria) is a dual artist – ceramicist and calligrapher. She has been a resident of Sedona for 25 years, and works in a studio overlooking the beautiful red rocks. Her inspiration comes from the exquisite landscapes, animals, and people around her.

Sue has traveled extensively in North and South America, Europe, and Africa, which has influenced her amazing masks and has impacted the artistic path which she is currently following. She takes the realistic and interprets it in abstract forms and designs, using the clay as her canvas. This occurs both with her sculptural and figurative pieces.

Her calligraphy has been another 30-year adventure.  Sue was a teacher at the Arts Center for fourteen years, dating back to the time when the studio was downstairs in the Art barn. From there, she became an adjunct faculty member at NAU for five years. Now her focus is on original commissions: evolving a series of calligraphy cards, and most recently, getting back into creating one of a kind, hand bound books.

The Sedona Arts Center is located at the corner of 15 Art Barn Rd. and State Rte 89A in Uptown Sedona – on the right just before entering Oak Creek Canyon. For more information about the Poets Corner or the Sedona Arts Center please call 928.282.3865. The evening event is free of charge and open to all who would like to attend.

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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Fantastic Four at Sedona Arts Center

The evening will be cool, the poets will be entertaining and the works of four outstanding artists will be exciting this First Friday September 4th at the Sedona Arts Center. Arrive at 4:00 pm for a delightful hour at Poets Corner in the Sculpture Garden and stay for the wine reception in the Fine Art Gallery. The Sedona Arts Center’s new September Exhibit, Nature’s Spirit, runs through September 30th, and features a wonderful mix of artists depicting the essence of nature through their unique mediums ~ Dorisanne Soyka (Gourd Art), Patricia Steele (Colored Pencils), Dawn Sutherland (Oils), and Shane McDermott (Photography).
Dorisanne Soyka was an executive secretary in Southern California for over 20 years before leaving the corporate world in 1993 to get in touch with her artistic soul. After experimenting in various media, she discovered gourds as an art form, which was an inspirational awakening. She was instantly caught up in a spiritual connection between gourds and nature and herself….a mystical connection that continues to appeal and inspire her today. Each gourd has a story to tell and guides Dorisanne in her choice of techniques to apply, whether it is painting, staining, wood burning, weaving, or all of the above! The results are whispered messages to the viewer from nature’s spirit.
Patricia Steele is a native of Michigan and moved to Arizona in the early 1970s to earn a Fine Arts Degree from Arizona State University. After working for many years as an advertising and commercial photographer, she turned her attention to nature and portrait photography. She began exploring national parks and wildlife refuges with her camera. In recent years, she has developed a passion for creating realistic and compelling likenesses of wildlife, such as bobcat, coyote, and Gambles quail – frequent visitors to her backyard in Scottsdale – always working in her favorite medium, colored pencils. Her drawings definitely have a voice of their own.
Dawn Sutherland grew up on a farm in northern Wisconsin where she developed a deep appreciation of the natural environment at an early age. A teacher and counselor most of her adult life, Dawn first began painting in 2001. Through dedicated study, she learned to communicate her love of the natural environment through oil painting. Dawn moved to Cottonwood in 2003 and has continued to refine her skills by taking classes with noted landscape painters. She particularly enjoys painting “en plein air” and is known for her exceptional ability to capture light within the shadows, providing the viewer with a sense of being in the space, and communicating the warmth and solidity of the rocks and landforms.

Shane is an award-winning nature photographer residing in Flagstaff, Arizona. His fascination with nature and particularly wildlife began at the early age of four – hours were spent drawing animals. His attraction and wonder for nature never diminished, however his means of expressing and sharing his love for it didn’t blossom until he discovered photography. The art of photographic conservation and education are now the primary driving force behind Shane’s creative visions. Through a unique combination of artistry, patience and an astonishing capacity to envision and capture the natural world on film, Shane’s images quickly attract the attention and imagination of all who view them.

Meet the artists one-on-one and enjoy free demonstrations throughout the month as each works in her medium of choice. Dorisanne ~ Sept 11th (1 to 4 pm); Patricia Steele ~ Sept 12th; 18th (11 am to 2pm); Dawn Sutherland ~ Sept 16th, 20th & 30th (1 to 3pm).
The First Friday event starts with poetry from 4:00 to 5:00pm followed by an artist reception from 5:00 to 8:00pm – no admission. Everyone is invited! It is a lovely way to spend the evening.
The Sedona Arts Center is located at the north end of Uptown Sedona, on the left just before entering Oak Creek Canyon. For more information, please call the Gallery at 928-282-3865, the Administrative Office 928-282-3809, or visit our Website at

Joanie Wolter Wins Sedona Arts Center Members Open 2009 People's Choice Award


SEDONA, Ariz. (August 11, 2009 ) Joanie Wolter’s Big Ass Raven Sculpture won the People’s Choice Award during the Sedona Arts Center’s 3rd Annual Members Open Exhibition held July 3rd through July 26th . The award was determined by ballots cast by all visitors to the 3rd Annual Members Open Exhibition which ran July 3rd through July 26th in the Community Gallery. The award was presented by Shirley Eichten Albrecht, the Art Center’s Gallery Director, on August 7th, during the First Friday Reception.

The artist, Joanie Wolter, was born and reared in Southern California. She earned a degree in sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara and a teaching credential in elementary education from Long Beach State. Most of her teaching career, which lasted 37 years, was spent working with “at risk” students in alternative educational settings.

Joanie has always been a crafter, having done knitting, crocheting, sewing, and tole painting as hobbies for years. She fell in love with mosaics after taking classes in Long Beach, where she and Charlie lived. After working with very needy students all day long, she found that going out to her workshop was a welcome respite, and offered her a sense of peace and solitude.

She discovered the Sedona Art Center shortly after their move, and took many classes before finding that ceramics was her favorite medium. As a result, she’s a regular at SAC’s ceramics studio, and has taken additional classes from guest artists, where she learned to work with paper clay. She’s always had an appreciation for the beauty of the outdoors, particularly flowers, and began making them from paper clay to embellish her hand built pieces.

Recently Joanie has taken another artistic turn and has found a new passion – sculpting. The whimsical pieces she creates reflect who she is – a little goofy and fun loving. These sculptures are made from a low-fire fiber clay which she finds gives them durability and sturdiness. Most of her “senior series” pieces are modeled after her – a full figured, middle-aged woman ready to live life to its fullest.


The winning piece was the result of Joanie’s fascination with the ravens in Sedona, which are so much larger than the ones in her native state of California. She loves to watch them soar endlessly in the sky and “make themselves heard” seemingly communicating with fellow ravens while gazing at the world from a chosen perch in trees near her home. She couldn’t resist using that fascination to create the charming winning piece, which has already been purchased. However, for your enjoyment another raven piece is currently being shown the Arts Center’s Fine Art Gallery located at the end of Uptown Sedona – on the right, just before entering Oak Creek Canyon.

She and her husband, Charlie, became full-time residents of Sedona the day after Joanie’s retirement was official in 2007 – and have not looked back. They and their three cats love the serenity and beauty that surrounds them.

This Members Open Exhibition was created in 2007 to afford all Sedona Arts Center Member Artists the opportunity to show a piece of their finest work in a non-juried exhibit. The Annual JURIED Members Exhibition is held in March. For more information on the gallery and upcoming exhibitions, please call 928-282-3865 or visit our Website at