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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 www.SedonaArtsCenter.com.

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:

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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: http://www.sedonafilmfestival.com/.

Award-Winning Documentary "The Cove" Debuts in Sedona 9/1

Film Festival Presents Critically-Acclaimed Oscar Hopeful

Producer to Attend and Host Q&A

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the debut of the award-winning, critically-acclaimed documentary “The Cove” on Tuesday, Sept. 1. There will be two screenings of the film at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Sedona Six Theatres. The film kicks off the festival’s four-week “What’s Up, Doc?” Documentary Series featuring award-winning documentaries from festivals around the world.

“The Cove” is taking the world by storm and quickly becoming one of the best reviewed films of the year. The documentary garnered more than 30 top audience choice awards from prestigious film festivals around the globe, including Sundance. Roger Ebert rates the film four stars and calls it a “certain Oscar contender.” The New York Times says “The Cove” is “an exceptionally well-made documentary that unfolds like a spy thriller – one of the most audacious and perilous operations in the history of the conservation movement.”

Producer Fisher Stevens will be in Sedona to present “The Cove” and host Q&A discussions following both screenings.

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“The Cove” Movie Trailer – CAPTIVATING!


In a sleepy lagoon off the coast of Japan lies a shocking secret that a few desperate men will stop at nothing to keep hidden from the world. At last, the truth of “The Cove” comes to the fore in an act of covert filmmaking that turns a documentary into a gripping action-adventure thriller – and a heart-pounding call for help from the world’s oceans.

“The Cove” begins in Taiji, Japan, where former dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry has come to set things right after a long search for redemption. In the 1960s, it was O’Barry who captured and trained the 5 dolphins who played the title character in the international television sensation “Flipper.” But his close relationship with those dolphins – the very dolphins who sparked a global fascination with trained sea mammals that continues to this day – led O’Barry to a radical change of heart. One fateful day, a heartbroken Barry came to realize that these deeply sensitive, highly intelligent and self-aware creatures so beautifully adapted to life in the open ocean must never be subjected to human captivity again.

This mission has brought him to Taiji, a town that appears to be devoted to the wonders and mysteries of the sleek, playful dolphins and whales that swim off their coast. But in a remote, glistening cove, surrounded by barbed wire and “Keep Out” signs, lies a dark reality. It is here, under cover of night, that the fishermen of Taiji, driven by a multi-billion dollar dolphin entertainment industry and an underhanded market for mercury-tainted dolphin meat, engage in an unseen hunt. The nature of what they do is so chilling – and the consequences are so dangerous to human health – they will go to great lengths to halt anyone from seeing it.

Undeterred, O’Barry joins forces with filmmaker Louie Psihoyos and the Ocean Preservation Society to get to the truth of what’s really going on in the cove and why it matters to everyone in the world. With the local Chief of Police hot on their trail and strong-arm fishermen keeping tabs on them, they will recruit an “Oceans Eleven”- style team of underwater sound and camera experts, special effects artists, marine explorers, adrenaline junkies and world-class free divers who will carry out an undercover operation to photograph the off-limits cove, while playing a cloak-and-dagger game with those who would have them jailed.

The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery that adds up to an urgent plea for hope.

Director Louis Psyihoyos, one of the world’s most sought-after photographers and a co-founder of the Ocean Preservation Society, first encountered – or rather didn’t encounter – Ric O’Barry while attending a marine conference at which O’Barry was supposed to be a keynote speaker. When O’Barry was banned at the last minute by the event’s sponsor, Sea World, Psihoyos’ curiosity was piqued. What he couldn’t have known is that this curiosity would lead him to seek out O’Barry, and eventually compel him to undertake an incredible filmmaking adventure – as he and his crew used high-tech military grade equipment, bold free divers and a fearless sense of urgency to carry out a perilous underwater shoot that was entirely under cover.

He could not have foreseen that his crew would, in the process, expose not only the hidden truth about dolphin hunts but also a major human health hazard, government corruption, the declining state of our oceans and one man’s emotional battle for redemption.

“Hollywood could hardly have contrived a more dynamic scenario,” raves David Edelstein from National Public Radio. Mary Pols from Time Magazine says “The Cove… puts Hollywood capers like Mission: Impossible to shame.” And Kenneth Turan with the Los Angeles Times calls the film “a powerful and effective piece of advocacy filmmaking.”

Producer Fisher Stevens, who will be in Sedona to present “The Cove”, is also an accomplished director. Stevens has appeared in more than 40 stage productions including the Tony award-winning Torch Song Trilogy, as well as more than 50 films and television programs. He will host a Q&A discussion following both screenings.

The title sponsor for the event is Go Electric, Sedona Electric Vehicles; the supporting sponsor is Vora Financial. The series is also made possible by a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Sedona.

“The Cove” will be shown at Harkins Sedona Six Theatres on Tuesday, Sept. 1 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: http://www.sedonafilmfestival.com/.

10-30% Off at Geoffrey Roth Gallery at Tlaquepaque through 8/31

In celebration of 35 years under the belltower at Tlaquepaque, Geoffrey Roth is holding a store wide sale during the months of July and August. Shoppers will receive 10-30% off purchases of fine jewelry, sculpture and handcrafted timepieces.

A few of the world class artists and jewelers represented at the Geoffrey Roth Gallery are Alex Sepkus, Loet Vanderveen, Eddie Sakamoto, Michael Good, Kim Kori, Chris Corbett, Michael Sugarman, Steven Kretchmer and Masriera. Geoffrey Roth can be reached at (928) 282-7756 or toll free at 1800-447-7684.

For more information visit http://www.geoffreyrothgallery.com/.

Where: Geoffrey Roth Gallery, 336 Highway 179, Sedona
Phone: (928) 282-7756
Contact: http://www.geoffreyrothgallery.com/

To learn more about the Geoffrey Roth Gallery, view the video below.

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Buddha Maitreya Soul Therapy Meditation Center Announces Sale on Vajra Etheric Weavers through Aug. 23

H.H. Buddha Maitreya’s Vajra Etheric Weavers Now on Sale
A Pendulum Style Tool with Sacred Geometric Form

* Hold in the hand or use like a pendulum
* Sacred Geometric Frame on one end is added to 3.5″ or 7″ Etheric Weaver Crystal
* Buy a 5-set for additional 15% discount
* Complimentary Soul Therapy CD

Our sale on the Vajra Etheric Weaver begins today and ends on August 23rd. We also have a special offer of a further 15% discount available if you buy a 5-set of 3.5″ Vajra Etheric Weavers (as shown below), so please take advantage of this great pricing!

Also we are offering the complete line of Etheric Weavers on sale, also through August 23rd.

Call in on 1-877 444 7685 (01458 832482 in UK) if you would like to talk to a monk or nun (Ani) of the Church about the different options: the pure ‘siberian quartz’ double-terminated crystal comes in 2 sizes and different colors; there are 9 types of sacred geometric form, and you can upgrade the wire wrap from copper to silver or goldfill.

“There are many different Etheric Weavers – different sizes, and some with geometric frames added. Each serves the needs of healing the Etheric Field. The Etheric Weavers with geometric forms on one end are called Vajra Etheric Weavers. All awaken the Holy Spirit and Higher Mind of Reverence and Sacred realization of divine order in life. Many practitioners have obtained many of the weavers and vajras and have found that each person or client was best served when they were able to spontaneously use whatever weaver or vajra as the healing vibration that best resonates with the need for vitality and attunement in the moment.” – H.H. Buddha Maitreya

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H.H. Buddha Maitreya’s Vajra Etheric Weavers
An Introduction

Vajra = ‘Dorje’, Thunderbolt, Healing Transmission
Etheric = Subtle Energy Plane, Prana, Chi
Weaver = Vibrationally heal etheric rents

These tools are designed to be used either as an etheric weaver, a vajra, or for applying pressure when working with accupressure points or areas of pain or blockage. When used this way or as an etheric weaver the attunement of the sacred geomancy transmits through the healing, aligning the individual to the full relationship of Sacred Form. Meridians have a sacred geometric reality so working with a sacred geometric tool helps to align a person to the etheric reality that bridges the energy body to the physical body which is our meridian field. It is literally a sacred geometric tool aligning to sacred geometric form.

This geometric form is applied in all sacred things, including temples, and it amplifies the divine order of reality in heaven and earth. The Vajra Weaver has a similar effect and thus helps to decrystallize negative patterns such as addiction, wrong spiritual direction, and dependency.

For example the Deva and Earth Vajra Etheric Weavers are based on the tetrahedron-octahedron which aligns the energy of the higher centers to the lower centers. The tetrahedron moves to the energy of the Word and the Truth, resonating with the Holy Spirit and is very good for the solar plexus, helping that area and the relationship of dependency and addiction on many levels, including false expectations, emotional despondency, and self-doubt.

The Vajra Etheric Weaver is used by people in all walks of life because it is very easy to use and non-threatening – it can be used almost anywhere, for any reason. Rita from Omaha writes: “As a massage therapist, using the tools to begin a massage session sets the stage for there to be a much easier time working on the physical level with my clients. Whatever physical/emotional tension they are experiencing when they come in begins to be shifted, almost immediately, working with the tools…the Vajra Weavers are so beautiful that I was drawn to them immediately. The effect that they have is always positive and quick…each time I work with my Vajra Weaver I feel more peaceful. Using them for 7 years now, I have grown to be so much more grounded, peaceful, and compassionate towards myself as well as towards others in my life. If you want to accelerate your healng and be a true blessing to others, I cannot think of a better tool to do this…the Vajra Weavers are so versatile: they are a vajra, a weaver, and an accupressure tool all in one, the best of a vajra and weaver combined. I often use the sky vajra weaver as an accupressure tool as it fits well into the palm of my hand.”

The Vajra Etheric Weaver can be used on oneself or on others whether informally or in a therepeutic or clinical setting, for as long as required. It’s great when combined with other Shambhala Tools such as the Metatron Mat and of course with His Holiness’ Soul Therapy® music of Sacred Invocation & Prayer.

These combinations can be very profound, as Kathy related: “I had been suffering chronic lower back pain for about six months and had tried a number of different treatments, including chiropractic, with no alleviation. Today it was especially bad as I had strained it during exercise, and every way I moved caused pain. A friend offered to give me a treatment with the Shambhala Ascension Vajra Weaver. The treatment lasted about an hour. I lay down on my front and listened to ‘The Great Invocation’ while my friend moved the Vajra Weaver over my back area. Immediately he held it over me I felt a band of heat flow across my upper back. The sensation of heat continued and extended over my whole back until by the end of the treatment it was like someone had laid a warmed blanket over me, it was very comforting. As he moved the vajra weaver from place to place I could feel an intensification of sharp pain in the ‘trouble spots’ and then a strong energetic release followed by a relaxation of the muscles. Gradually as the weaver kept working there were less and less trouble spots where the vajra weaver was moving until finally it was all done. I was intensely relaxed after the treatment and could not move for a while, when I did I found that my back had completely loosened up and there were no focuses of pain whatsover left in the body.”

To learn more about the Buddha Maitreya Soul Therapy Meditation Center in Sedona, AZ located at Hillside Sedona view the video below or visit their website http://www.shambhalahealingtools.com.

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Sedona EVENTS: Celtic Harvest Festival September 18-20 at Hilton Resort & Spa

About the Festival

The first annual Celtic Harvest Festival Sedona “A Celebration of the Changing Light” will be held September 19, 2009 from 10 AM to 5 PM at Tequa Plaza. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and tastes of our Celtic heritage. Let us share with you our rich culture and history. Shop with our merchandise vendors for everything from Celtic souvenirs to the finest products imported from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Eat drink and be merry in our Celtic food court. Enjoy crafts and activities in the area built especially for children.

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Discover the magic that keeps people returning to Celtic festivals year after year. Come and experience the rich traditions that we Celtic folk hold dear to our hearts. Enjoy “Celtic Ways” featuring workshops on Celtic art; artisans demonstrating their craft; music and dance; food and beverage vendors. Celtic tradition always includes good food, music and libation. Enjoy a vast selection of Celtic beers, single malt Scotch, mead and wine. Make new friends and greet old ones.

The Celtic Harvest Festival Sedona 2009 will emphasize our rich Celtic heritage. John Good, Festival Cultural Director, explained, “The Sedona festival will showcase all the Celtic Nations, gathering at the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa.” We will be drawing from the deep Celtic well to provide a full day of beautiful music, spirited dancing, gorgeous poetry, moving stories, crafts, medicinal herbs and delicious foods. Oh yes! There will be activities for young Celts in their own special area. Festival Director Dorothy O’Brien stated, “Our greater Sedona area is host to millions of visitors and our residents have a great desire to provide interesting, cultural activities that enrich and enlighten themselves and our guests. Arizona is home to some of the finest musicians and dancers, poets and storytellers of Celtic origin. What a privilege to showcase this rich heritage right here in Sedona!”

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Entertainment

Oceans Apart, as the name suggests, combines the best music from the British Isles and America. The crossover doesn’t stop there! You will hear a Welsh vocal, Irish Jig, show tune from the 1940’s, Scottish Ballad, favorite pop song from the 50’s, 60’s, novelty songs from every era, or any one of a large number of American or Canadian perennials.

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Other entertainers include Liz Warren, John Good, Steve Colby, the Phoenix Pipe Band, the Phoenix Irish Step Dancers, Shay Veno, Jane Hilton, and James Reid.

Schedule

Friday, September 18
Celtic cultural workshops in area schools
Pub night at Fork in the Road, featuring Oceans Apart and special guests (6 – 9 PM)

Saturday, September 19
Day-long Celtic Harvest Festival at the Hilton / Tequa (10 AM – 5 PM)
Ceilidh dance event at the Hilton Sedona’s Tequa Ballroom (7 PM)

Sunday, September 20
Brunch at the Marketplace Cafe, featuring Oceans Apart (11 AM – 2 PM)

This special Magical Journeys event is brought to you by the Sedona Village Creative Initiative, which was started by 7 residents of the Sedona Village to assist local businesses. Since November 2008, hundreds of residents and visitors have enjoyed vibrant, educational, delicious varieties of Magical Journeys supporting our local business community.

Email: MagicalJourneys@bigparkcouncil.org Web: http://www.bigparkcouncil.org/

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

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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.

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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 http://www.sedonaartscenter.com/.