Sedona Gallery Association & Sedona Arts Festival Partner for Arts Weekend, 10/12-13
This season of perfect weather brings out the best in all of us, and it certainly brings out the vibrancy that the Sedona arts scene has to offer. While many note Sedona scenic red rocks vistas they don't realize that this small town of 12,000 is renown as an arts destination.
Sedona's unique natural beauty has always attracted both internationally renowned artists and those who are just beginning to develop their artistic voice. From 1931 when two well-known sculptors, Robert and Mary Kittredge whose work still graces Arizona Government buildings, moved to Sedona captivated by the town's beauty to surrealist painter and sculptor Max Ernst, a pioneer of the Dada movement, who was drawn to the red canyons and spires Sedona quickly became an artists' hub, where creative people flocked to learn and work together in a naturally inspiring environment. By 1961 Joe Beeler, a pioneer in the field of Contemporary Western Art, made his home in Sedona and 1965 at the Oak Creek Tavern in Uptown Sedona, he, along with Charlie Dye, John Hampton, Frank McCarthy and George Phippen founded the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America.
Today, with an arts scene that has continued to thrive, Sedona has grown into a world class Arts Destination. They have been in American Style Magazine's top 10 small town destinations for the past 6 years and Travelnerd.com just recognized them as a top ten small town arts destination in May.
This October 12 and 13 the Sedona Gallery Association has partnered with the Sedona Arts Festival during their 23rd Anniversary to create an Arts Weekend in Sedona.
The SGA will have a strong presences onsite at the Sedona Arts Festival. The 20 member galleries of the SGA represent the most prestigious galleries in Sedona featuring work in all mediums and styles from internationally renowned artists.
In addition to an onsite presence several member galleries are holding special events. The public is invited to enjoy a galleries filled special artists-in-residence, with landscapes and still life paintings, lively conversation and more. A few of the offerings include:
Acclaimed Sculptor Kevin McCarthy and Pointillist Painter and Sculptor Sherab Khandro will be artists-in-residence on both Saturday and Sunday at Goldenstein Gallery from 1-4pm. The public is invited to meet them and watch them create during this special event. Kevin McCarthy was born in New York in 1955 where he grew up in his father's studio, famed artist and Cowboy Artists of American founder Frank McCarthy, and developed a deep passion for sculpture. Goldenstein Gallery is located at 70 Dry Creek Rd. You can find more information at www.GoldensteinArt.com
Mountain Trails Gallery is hosting artists-in-residence Susan Kliewer and Michael Trcic who will be featured both days as they give sculpture demonstrations while they work on their latest precast for bronze. Both Kliewer and Trcic are skilled in plein air painting but chose sculpture as their medium of choice, and will share their stories with all who visit during this special weekend. Please visit Mountaintrails.com for more information. They are located in Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.
At Lanning Gallery, right in the heart of Sedona's Gallery District in the Hozho Plaza, a special presentation will be given by renowned jewelry artist Valerie Ostenak on Saturday, October 12th from 2:00-3:00 pm. Ostenak will be exhibiting at the prestigious SOFA Art & Design show in Chicago just a couple of weeks later; it is an internationally recognized show of "Masterworks of Contemporary and Modern Art and Design." Visit LanningGallery.com for more information.
In addition to over 125 juried artists, the Sedona Arts Festival also includes an expanded musical schedule this year highlighted by renowned guitarist - an artist in his own right in his skill as a luthier who designs and produces unique guitars - William Eaton performing with friends. The weekend schedule will feature a range of musicians on the Festival stage.