A Weekend of Artists and Sedona Landscapes Exhibition, Paint Outs, Panel Discussion and More!
Sedona Arts Center has been planning something special for early April. We've gathered some remarkable artists to focus on our extraordinary local landscapes and growing plein air traditions, and are pleased to announce A Celebration of Landscape Painting from April 6 to 9.
Exploring Sedona's heritage of landscape painting are a diverse group of contemporary artists: Stock Schlueter, Rachel Schlueter, Susan Pitcairn, Williamson Tapia, Larisa Aukon, Betty Carr, Lynn Heil, Gretchen Lopez, Cyndi Thau, Carl Dalio, Vince Fazio, Claudia Hartley, Jerry Pond and Cody DeLong.
Public Paint Out at Marriott Courtyard April 8 from 9am to Noon
The Arts Center invites you to another wonderful setting to watch art and artists in progress. Meet the artists as they complete paintings and explore the environment around the new Marriott Courtyard property at 89A and Upper Red Loop Road. Artists will paint from the morning light, and at noon display their finished works at the fire pit—with paintings ready to purchase and collect at the event.
Panel Discussion: From Source to Studio April 9 at 4pm
Join us back at the Art Barn for a free panel discussion focusing on the differences between studio and plein air work. Artists will engage in dialog about their own approaches and what they get from each strategy. The public is invited to the panel discussion followed by a final reception—food and wine and more creative conversation—to close out this Celebration of Landscape Painting.
Sedona Arts Center's Celebration of Landscape Painting exhibition will be open to the public from April 6 to 9, and will showcase both studio and plein air work—with artists adding new pictures as they complete them throughout the event. In conjunction with the weekend events, we're also offering a handful of studio and plein air workshops taught by leading artists and instructors. Continue reading for details, or click here to contact Sedona Arts Center to request information.
"When I paint from life outdoors I feel as though I am in direct contact with the living spirit of nature—every stroke of my brush guided by thoughts of the infinite, apart from myself, which I undeniably remain a part of.”—Williamson Tapia
Join These Great Instructors for a Diverse Range of Upcoming Spring Landscape Workshops
Painting Sedona Workshop Instructor: Bill Cramer March 25 and 26
This plein air workshop will be an enjoyable and intense weekend involving painting on-site in the Sedona landscape. Emphasis will be placed on how to effectively translate the often complex three dimensional features of nature onto a two dimensional plane—using thumbnail sketches, limited palettes and the thoughtful use of colors, values, shapes, edges and textures. Cramer places a strong emphasis on the creative process, so students make paintings that are more than strict representations of the landscape around us. Learn More...
Direct Observation in the Landscape Workshop Instructor: Williamson Tapia April 28 to 30
Artists will be encouraged to bring with them the tools and equipment they are most familiar with. Williamson Tapia will provide demonstrations and individual attention to help build confidence and reduce frustration when working in the outdoors. If you can develop a way to be comfortable while painting outdoors - you are much more likely to do it and to enjoy it. Learn More...
Plein Air Painting in the Studio Workshop Instructor: Kathryn Stats May 1 to 4
Kathryn Stats is known for her vibrant color, dramatic compositions and subtle brushwork. In this studio workshop students will have the opportunity to choose whether they wish to work on landscape composition from photo-reference or with a still-life/floral situation or both! Students will benefit from demonstrations, slide show and lecture, and one-on-one assistance with their paintings. Learn More...
Nature Sketching and Journaling Workshop Instructor: Elaine Hultgren May 6 and 7
In her signature Nature Sketching & Journaling class, Elaine Hultgrenwill demonstrate a variety of drawing and annotation techniques. Step-by-step instruction will guide you from the first stroke to a finished sketch. A portfolio of information and exercises and a field kit of tools including graphite and watercolor pencils will be explored within a 4"x6" sketchbook all included in the class fee. An artist's sketchbook becomes an encyclopedia of creative thought and images. Priceless! Learn More...
Wet and Wild Painting Workshop Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard May 12 to 14
Learn how to make water look wet, reflective and splashy! With intimate woodsy creeks as your model, study water in motion and glassy reflection. Painting water that looks wet requires some basic knowledge of the dynamics of how water moves and how objects are reflected in its mirror surface. Techniques will be demonstrated to address the various puzzles with which the artist is faced when painting this stunning, fascinating - and yes, confusing - subject! Learn More...
Abstracting the Landscape Workshop Instructor: Claudia Hartley May 20 to 22
The Art of Seeing Workshop Instructor: Ned Meuller May 22 to 25
Plan Now for the 2017 Sedona Plein Air Festival Keynote Speaker: Joshua Been Festival Dates October 14 to 21
Sedona Arts Cetner is planning a wonderful Ocrober 12 to 21 celebration of outdoor painting, and would love for you to join us. Artist and instructor Joshua Been will be our keynote speaker and also offer an intensive October 17 to 20 workshop as part of our 13th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival. Been's workshop will coach students in translating the three dimensional environment to a two dimensional surface. His class demystifies and strengthens knowledge of the process and visual language of painting, from the plein air source to the studio. The final half day of the workshop will include a demonstration of taking a plein air study into the studio and creating a larger work. Learn More...
About Sedona Arts Center
Sedona Arts Center has been bringing artistic people and ideas together—and building creative community—for the past 60 years. In 1956, a group of Arizona artists decided to turn Sedona into a place of artistic learning and creative expression and began offering summer classes in painting, sculpture, and Native American crafts. By 1958, the Verde Valley School art department head, Egyptian sculptor Nassan Gobran, and a dozen other civic leaders had founded the organization that would become Sedona Arts Center.
A few years later, with support form the town’s small Chamber of Commerce, they acquired a former apple orchard warehouse that became known as the Art Barn in what is now Uptown Sedona. The first exhibition featured works by Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning, and the early years included arts education, lectures, exhibitions, film screenings, language and dance classes, and live theatre.
Today, we keep that tradition and operate an expanded campus, a fine art gallery that represents 110 local artists, and a school that offers over 200 classes and workshops each year. Our nonprofit organization knows the power of creative people, unexpected collaborations, togetherness, and efforts that express cultural identity. All of us at Sedona Arts Center are grateful for the past six decades, and excited about all the creative ideas and projects that are yet to come! Thanks for joining us!