Sedona resident Dennis Knill plans to run for president of the United States of America.

Sedona resident Dennis Knill announced his plans to run for president of the United States earlier this month. Knill, who has lived in the Village of Oak Creek for 20 years, attended college in Cleveland, where he obtained a degree in law enforcement. Knill, 56, announced his plans to run for the White House earlier this month. As part of his platform, Knill said he wants to create jobs, eliminate income tax, secure the nation’s borders, cut frivolous government spending and bring the military back home.

While he’s running for the nation’s highest office, Knill made it clear that he is not a politician. Many in Congress, he said, are born with a “silver spoon” and have no concept of working families.

“I had enough. I’m a businessman myself and, every time you turn around, you’re taxed on something else,” he said. “Only 8 percent of the people in Congress have ever really lived the American life. With them in there, they are just spending. You need somebody that’s average. I’m not a politician and I didn’t even want to vote in years past. Whether Republican or Democrat, they were all crooks.”

He accused politicians, on both sides of the political fence, of working for special interests in order to fill their own pockets. Knill said he would cut the government by a third, or possibly in half, should he be elected to the Oval Office.

“We have to create jobs. That’s the No. 1 priority,” Knill said. “I want to get rid of the income tax and have a flat usage tax, like when you go to the grocery store or whatever you buy. That way it’s fair for everybody. That way nobody has to worry about income tax.”

He said he would also like to secure the borders and bring the military “back home.”

“We don’t need to be in those other places. I think we need to get the economy stabilized, where people can trust the government. We definitely need to cut the spending,” Knill said.

According to his website, at, Knill has been divorced and remarried, filed for bankruptcy and earned average grades. He attended college in Cleveland, where he obtained a degree in law enforcement. Knill reports that he carries a copy of his birth certificate with him at all times.

“There will be no doubt that I am an American citizen,” Knill said on his site.

With a year and a half remaining before the primaries, Knill has busied himself with sending press releases to news agencies across the country and speaking to individuals both locally and abroad about his plans. He said he is currently seeking a campaign manager.

“I’m looking for staff. I’d love to have Glenn Beck on my staff. He’s on Fox News. He’s got a great investigative team,” Knill said.

Knill, who currently works in home remodeling and repair, has owned a number of businesses in the past.
“I’ve had businesses where I worked basically alone, and then I have had employees and associates over 600 at a time,” Knill said.

Voters, he said, no longer know what to believe when it comes to politics in America.

“The reason the economy got this way, it’s all our fault,” Knill said. “People throw up their hands and say, ‘What’s the use?’”

Overworked citizens, he added, should get involved in local and national affairs despite their often busy schedules and care for one another as they did following 9/11.

“People need to get involved to know what’s going on,” Knill said.

Thanksgiving is more than a celebration of friends and family.

It’s an opportunity to welcome friends, family and sometimes strangers to share food, time and thankfulness.

While the first English pilgrims offered thanks for surviving their first year in the New World, modern Thanksgiving Day gratitude often isn’t too different.

“First and foremost I’m thankful for my family,” Mayor Rob Adams said. “I’m thankful that I have the privilege to serve the community of Sedona.

“Our tradition is to get together with family. I try to balance that with community service,” Adams said. That includes bringing in people to join his family who don’t have a place to go and making sure they have an enjoyable day.

“This year, we’re going to visit my wife’s sister in Oregon. It’s the first time being up with her family,” Adams said.

When it comes to a meal, Adams said he’s a simple guy.

“I like turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy,” Adams said.

“First and foremost, I’m thankful for my wife and children, and that they’re all healthy and employed,” Sedona City Manager Tim Ernster said. “Even given the state of the economy, they’re doing fine.”

Ernster said his tradition involves making food no one else eats.

“Every Thanksgiving for years I’ve made cranberries. But nobody eats my cranberries, so we wind up throwing them away,” Ernster said.

He keeps the tradition alive because his father used to make cranberries and Ernster still enjoys making them, even adding in things like kiwifruit for a different taste or texture.

“I guess there’s just some people who don’t like cranberries,” he said.

Part of the ritual, Ernster said, is his family makeing fun of his cranberries.

Ernster also makes a Chex Mix with his youngest son, who will be coming up to Sedona from Phoenix on Friday, Nov. 19. They give out the mix to other family members.

“It’s one of the fun things we do together,” he said.

The one dish that Ernster said he particularly likes is a green bean and cream of mushroom soup casserole with onions on top that his wife, Helen, makes for Thanksgiving.

“I am thankful for my supporting family and a very welcoming community,” Sedona Police Department Police Chief Raymond Cota said.

He said his only big Thanksgiving tradition is trying to get as many family members together as possible.
“My wife makes an apple pie that I look forward to every year,” Cota said.

“I’m thankful for my wife, good health, my career and thankful to be here in the Sedona Fire District, leading the fire district and just being a part of this community,” SFD Fire Chief Nazih Hazime said.

“Our tradition? Just being with family and spending time together. It’s a time to reunite,” he said.

Hazime said he doesn’t have any special dishes for the holiday except for turkey sandwiches.
“Really, the turkey is at the top of my list,” Hazime said.

“I’m thankful for my 22 years of sobriety. I’m thankful for my boys, Kyle and Brian, their spouses, Stacy and Rochelle, and especially my grandchildren, William, Adam and Lucas,” said Robert B. Larson, publisher of the Sedona Red Rock News.

“And I’m exceptionally grateful for Vicki, my wife of 37 years,” Larson said.

Larson said he and his family go to Tucson every Thanksgiving to share the holiday with Vicki’s father, who turned 95 this year, and her extended family. In all, about 20 family members get together.

“We’ve been going down there for 25 years,” Larson said.

He said his favorite dishes are Vicki’s homemade stuffing and a pumpkin pie Rochelle makes just like Vicki’s mom did before she passed away.

“I’m most thankful for my beautiful family and friends: my husband, Rick, my mom and dad who spend three months in Sedona each year, my brother, my niece and nephew and my wonderful friends,” said Jennifer Wesselhoff, president and CEO of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce. “I would not be who I am today without their support, encouragement and love. Also, I recently had knee surgery, and it reminded me how thankful I am to be healthy and active — or used to be.

“Growing up, we always sat at one table and each one of us shared what we are most thankful for. Of course, dinner was always scheduled around football,” she said. “As an adult, our Sedona Thanksgivings always include a morning hike.”

“OK, I know this is a little wonky, but growing up we always had Hawaiian salad with our traditional Thanksgiving dinner,” Wesselhoff said.

“Our version of Hawaiian salad is made with maraschino cherries, pineapple, marshmallows and whipped cream. It’s absolutely delicious. My mom also makes the best stuffing, but I might be biased.”

This is the time of year the Elks in Sedona like to talk turkey.

Jim Hutchins of the Sedona Elks Lodge 2291 loads turkeys onto a cart Nov. 12, in preparation of the lodge’s 24th annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner. Elks members will serve close to 1,000 people on Thursday, Nov. 25, from noon to 3 p.m.The members of the Sedona Elks Lodge 2291 are getting ready to cook and serve their 24th annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner at the lodge on Airport Road.

“We love doing this,” said Jim Hutchins, who is organizing this year’s event.

The doors open at the lodge at noon Thursday, Nov. 25. No reservations are needed. Just come in, take a plate and go down the buffet line. There is no charge, but donations will be gladly accepted.

Money to put on the free feast comes from donations and special Elks events throughout the year, plus the members of the lodge pitch in.

“Jake Weber also matches us turkey for turkey on the ones we buy at his store,” Hutchins said.

“Here at the lodge we’ll serve between 700 and 800 people in the three hours. We’ll also deliver meals to shut-ins, and our dinner will be what the people with Meals on Wheels will take to their clients that day,” Dee Hutchins said. “Elks volunteers will take meals to the fire stations, police department, the medical center here in Sedona and the radio station for whoever’s on duty there.”

The Hutchinses anticipate delivering nearly 200 meals.

“We’re going to be feeding almost 1,000 people,” Dee Hutchins said. “We’re also trying to get a few musicians in town to donate an hour or so to play for us. It makes the meal much nicer.”

The dinner has become a tradition of its own over the years. Some people who come have come for several years.

“If it’s not snowing, we get kids from NAU. We’ve had them from Germany, New Zealand, Japan and a lot of other countries. That makes for interesting conversation around the table,” Hutchins said.

Everyone is welcome to come and eat any time between noon and 3 p.m.

“So, instead of spending hours in the kitchen at home, come here and enjoy the best part — eating the meal — and enjoy the company of your neighbors,” Jim Hutchins said. “We’ll do the rest, even the dishes.”

The earth’s energy is constantly changing both above and below the surface.

Sedona resident Marsha Adams sits by her bank of computers at her home Tuesday, Nov. 9. Adams studies geopathic zones near her home and in the field to learn more about their effects on humans.A Sedona scientist is studying the phenomenon of the Earth’s energies and their effects on the humans who live here.

Marsha Adams, president of an educational nonprofit organization, the International Earthlight Alliance, does scientific investigations of interesting ancient lore and anomalies to attract the interest of students and the public to science. IEA seeks the truth, separating science from pseudoscience.

One of IEA’s current projects is investigation of geopathic zones. They are areas thought to be unhealthy for people.

There is speculation the zones form a grid on Earth and emit low-level radiation of various kinds that can cause health problems for people who stay within the zones for long periods of time such as when watching television, sleeping, reading or working on the computer.

“Most people are unaware of geopathic zones, but lore says cats and ants are attracted to them. Why, we don’t know,” Adams said.

In order to investigate the possibility of local geopathic zones, Adams has laid out a grid marked with small construction flags around the many anthills on an undeveloped property in Sedona. Interestingly, she saw the anthills formed a straight line. 

Adams is taking electric field, radiation and magnetic measurements of the 60 foot by 80 foot grid around the ant hills.

Adams and her team of volunteers, Jerry and Judy Kulka, want to find out as much as they can to determine iScientist MarshA Adams kneels in her backyard Tuesday, Nov. 9, near flags that mark geopathic grids. Adams also uses a sensor in the yard to send magnetic activity readings to her computers in her home.f these zones exist and how they work in order to possibly help people avoid or shorten exposure to them.

“Sedona is a mishmash of both intense and weak magnetic fields. It has the potential for many geopathic hot spots and cool spots,” Adams said.

A possibly related phenomenon is the release of energy from in the form of light, called earthlights. Adams and her international colleagues photographed these lights.

Adams belongs to the Society for Scientific Exploration. She is a biologist and worked in computers and research at SRI International. She has also performed medical research at Stanford Medical School and founded the Time Research Institute in the San Francisco Bay Area to do earthquake forecasting using low-frequency electromagnetic signals.

“While doing earthquake forecasting research I found that the human body can be very sensitive to these forces. It acts like an antenna and can be a conduit,” Adams said. “Our body will react in a variety of ways, like a feeling of being unwell, dizziness, irritability, headaches, but mostly fatigue.”

Coincidently, these symptoms share some commonality with symptoms reported to be produced by geopathic zones, she said.

“Of course, these symptoms can be caused by other factors but geopathic zone exposure is a culprit to be considered,” Adams said.

Before anyone panics, Adams said there are steps a person can take. First, to find out where the zones are on a person’s property it is necessary to take measurements to see if the zones can be detected and if and where they cross [thought to be a particularly negative influence].

“I always use instruments to measure hard data. IEA has not investigated dowsing, but it is said that dowsers are adept at finding these zones. A word of caution, there are many talented dowsers, but there are also many who claim to be who aren’t,” Adams said.

“The best solution is get away from the zone’s path — move the furniture or don’t spend much time in the area,” she said.

Reaction to geopathic zones may be aggravated by the man-made electromagnetic and magnetic fields around us, called “electrosmog.” It’s caused by household wiring, cell phone towers, clock radios, and the little black transformer plugs attached to many of our electronics. Adams calls the plugs “vampires” because they are constantly sucking electricity through their plug-in fangs.

“To reduce exposure, keep away from any of the plug-in vampires. If they’re plugged in, even if the appliance is off, they’re operating and sending out signals. Any electric appliance where we spend a lot of time should be at least six feet away from us, particularly the vampires attached to computer equipment.

It is difficult, though, with all of the electronics we have in our homes,” Adams said.

Video courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress and Gosfilmofond.

The Russians just saved a little piece of Sedona’s Western film history.

Vladimir I. Kozhin, head of management and administration of the president of the Russian Federation, right, officially presented digitally preserved copies of 10 previously lost U.S. silent films to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington in a ceremony Oct. 21 in the library’s Thomas Jefferson Building. Per Russian tradition, the gift was toasted with champagne.For decades, “The Call of the Canyon,” the 1923 silent film that kicked off Sedona as a set location for more than 60 movies, was considered lost forever.

However, on Oct. 21, Vladimir Kozhin, head of management and administration of the president of the Russian Federation, presented “The Call of the Canyon” and nine other digitally preserved copies of “lost” silent films to the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

The films are the first installment of an ongoing series of “lost” U.S. films the Russians will give to the Library of Congress.

The films were digitally preserved by Gosfilmofond, the Russian Federation’s state film archive, and donated via the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library in St. Petersburg, Russia.

“This is really exciting stuff,” said Janeen Trevillyan, with the Sedona Heritage Museum. “We heard rumors about this film being somewhere, including Russia. But we just thought it had been lost.”

Before the invention of home movies and television, once a film finished a theatrical run, it was of little profitable use to a studio and seen as a mere storage problem.

Early films were notoriously difficult to safely store because the nitrate reels could become brittle and slowly degrade into a highly flammable powder. Several major Hollywood studios suffered devastating fires in the 1920s and 1930s from improperly stored film reels including the Fox Pictures fire of 1937 that destroyed all the studio’s films made before 1935.

According to Trevillyan, American studios began selling off old silent film reels after the movies screened. Buyers sought out the reels not for the movie’s artistic merit, but to extract minute amounts of silver from the film reels.

According to the Library of Congress, although the films of the silent era from 1893 to about 1930 were created for American audiences, they were distributed in other countries — including Russia — and shown in movie houses with translated intertitles.

More than 80 percent of U.S. movies from the silent era no longer exist in the United States, due to neglect and deterioration over time.

Curators at the Library of Congress have stepped up efforts over the last 20 years to locate and repatriate lost U.S.-produced movies from foreign archives.

“The library is committed to reclaiming America’s cinematic patrimony,” Librarian of Con-gress James H. Billington stated. “I am grateful to the dedicated staff of Gosfilmofond, the state film archive of Russia, for their efforts to save these important artifacts of U.S. film history. I am also thankful for the commitment of professor Alexander Vershinin and the staff of the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library f

or their collaboration and cooperation in making this cultural recovery effort possible.”

According to the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation, as many as 200 silent and sound-era movies produced by U.S. movie studios may survive only in the Gosfilmofond archive.

Located outside Moscow, Gosfilmofond is the Russian Federation’s primary film archive of artistic, feature, documentary and animated films. Established in 1948, its collections includes more than 55,000 motion pictures, and it is the largest such archive in the world. It is administered by the Russian Ministry of Culture’s State Committee for Cinematography.

As Gosfilmofond holds related materials such as scenarios, film posters, photographs, press clippings, set designs and the personal papers of directors, actors and film critics, it is also a center for film research.

What makes the return of “The Call of Canyon” so remarkable, Trevillyan said, is the film survived in a vault through the turbulent years of World War II, the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Trevillyan has already spoken with a Library of Congress loan curator and filed a formal request asking for a copy of the film to be sent to Sedona as soon as possible.

“It’s going to be several months before they can inspect the file that they have been given, check it for accuracy, corruption, make sure it is what it is, completeness, all that kind of stuff,” Trevillyan said.

Once the film is verified and on its way home back to Sedona, Trevillyan said she’d like to partner with the Sedona International Film Festival and the Zane Grey West Society to screen the film for audiences here.

According to Trevillyan, author Zane Grey wrote the novel in Oak Creek Canyon although sources are unclear at which location.

A recent book, “Arizona’s Little Hollywood,” claims journal entries show Grey wrote the book in California and Oregon.

As the author, Grey kept creative control of the film rights, even though that was unusual for films of the era. He had it shot in Oak Creek Canyon.A view of the switchbackson what later became StateRoute 89A is clearly identifiable in a short clip posted online at

During filming, Grey brought with him still photographer Carl Mayhew, who later moved to Sedona and opened Mayhew’s Lodge.

Grey’s secretary, Mildred Johnson, also returned to the area with her husband, Harry Johnson, and moved to a home on Schnebly Hill Road becoming part of the Sedona community, Trevillyan said.

Art is far more than capturing what the eye sees.

It is an expression of the artist and how the artist feels about what he or she is painting.

Alvaro Castagnet talks Friday, Oct. 22, after finishing up his workshop at the Sedona Arts Center in Uptown. The award-winning Uruguayan artist travels around the world painting, demonstrating, lecturing and judging art competitions.“Painting is the amalgamation of elements that communicate an idea, a feeling, a mood — and this has to be done with passion. Painting is an illusion; art is inside,” Alvaro Castagnet said.

Castagnet is a watercolor artist who has won many awards worldwide. He received the prestigious High Winds award and medal from the American Watercolor Society in 2003, making him the first Uruguayan to win it. He was also one of the artists featured in the book “The Watercolor Landscape Techniques of 23 International Artists.”

Castagnet was in Sedona Oct. 18 through Oct. 22 teaching a workshop at the invitation of the Sedona Arts Center. Castagnet travels around the world painting, demonstrating, lecturing and judging art competitions. He is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and English. His studio and home are in Montevideo, Uruguay, where he was born.

Castagnet’s talent blossomed early when he attended the National School of Art in Montevideo. Castagnet continued his studies, and began traveling with his art. He credits his travels throughout the world with expanding his expertise.

Castagnet is considered an expressive painter who uses a strong, colorful style. His ability to interpret light effects has been called “superb.”

During his workshop, Castagnet’s zeal for painting manages to inspire and lift the abilities of all who work with him.

Castagnet’s workshop preceded the annual Sedona Plein Air Festival running from Saturday, Oct. 23, through Saturday, Oct. 30, with dozens of highly talented artists participating.

While the workshop took Castagnet and his students outdoors each day, he also took them inside. In one session he showed how to work on hard and soft edges using charcoal. He smeared certain areas, getting his fingers very black.

“Charcoal sketches are the greatest invention. I love charcoal. You can blend, add or even change the images,” Castagnet said as he worked. A slanted mirror overhead allowed the class to watch as he moved across the cotton paper. Several watercolors created by Castagnet were scattered on the floor next to the table drying. “Once finished in charcoal, you can choose your palette.”

This was Castagnet’s first time in Sedona, and he found it a wonderful place to paint.

“I was very impressed by the topography and the mountains. I love to paint outdoors. It’s real life as you are looking at it,” Castagnet said.

Alvaro Castagnet draws Friday, Oct. 22, while Sedona artist Peggy Sands, center, and San Dee Kinnen watch.Castagnet’s advice for the new painter is to be very patient and only set small goals. More than anything else, paint for the joy of painting. Technique should be entirely subordinate to the demands of the emotions, Castagnet said.

“Watercolor is a beautiful medium. It’s enjoyable and it is relaxing,” he said.

Although most paintings are in color, Castagnet said the power of black is amazing, and the use of grays can create an outstanding mood.

“Like a forest at night — it’s all dark but you can still see the trees and the leaves. That’s why it is important to paint with mood and ambience,” Castagnet said. “It is so much better to see a painting that has a feel of mystery. You get hooked into it.”

When reading a book, the characters come alive in the imagination, but what if the characters came alive in reality?

Principal Rittenrotten, right, played by eight-grader Emily Aitken, reads a story to Sue Ann played by seventh-grader Valerie Luyckx.Several junior high school students and Big Park Community School will show what it would be like when they perform their play, “Miss Book’s Incredible Storybook,” on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in school’s multipurpose room.

The play is adapted from the book “Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook” written by Michael Garland. Students from Big Park’s Junior High Accelerated Learner Program adapted and wrote the play for their peers to perform, the program and drama teacher Sonia Feldtkeller said.

The play begins with Zack, played by Michael Travaglia, certain second grade will be boring, until he meets his interesting new teacher, Miss Book, who has a knack for telling incredible tales.

Miss Book reads to her class from an incredible book from which the characters spring to life. After the story ends, they slip back into the book’s pages.

However, one day the teacher is running late and the children begin reading from the book, snatching it from one another before the story ends.

“The characters keep coming out because the teacher is gone and there’s no one finishing
the stories,” the young thespians’ teacher and director Feldtkeller said.

As more and more characters appear, the stage [classroom] becomes crowded. Attend the play to see how the chaos ends.

As the junior high school students moved to their places across and around the stage reciting lines Tuesday, Oct. 19, Feldtkeller gave them cues and directions, holding a copy of the script.

“There’s about a third of the junior high invested in this play. They either wrote it or they’re in it. Some were involved in the writing and are acting,” Feldtkeller said.

The cast is large with nearly 20 students having parts, and each has his or her own reason for wanting to portray a character.

“I like pretending I’m someone else and do it for others to enjoy,” said Annie Parella, who plays the part of Billie.

Travaglia said he likes to be the center of attention.

“I soak up the spotlight,” he said, and spread his arms and took a low bow.

Big Park Community School students, from right, Kayla Walker, Annie Parrella, Eddie Parrella and Michael Travaglia, listen as the teacher reads a book during rehearsal Tuesday, Oct. 19, for the school’s adaptation of “Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook.” Students will perform the play Thursday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s multipurpose room.Valerie Luyckx, as Sue Ann, likes to perform on stage and have fun with all of her friends. Michaela Cunningham, who plays Captain Kirk, likes to show her silly side, while Lilly Davis, who is the Princess, thinks acting is a “really good stress reliever.”

“I like the part where you can embarrass yourself in front of the whole school,” Eddie Parrella said. He plays the part of Freddie.

Other cast members include Kayla Walker, Jessica Kirkham, Lauren Hoyer, Emily Aitken, Catherine Chapman, Stefan Zielinski, Brooke Drysdale, Jennie Harlan, Daisy Jacobsen, Yeseeiri Guzman, Wendy Dudley, Emily Aitken, Lauren Hoyer, Sophie Gorschboth, Jennie Harlan, Stefan Zielinski and Jon Ackley.

As with most activities in school, the play has educational objectives. It allows the students to distinguish between reality and fantasy, helps them develop verbal expressive and descriptive language skills through analyzing the author’s illustrations, and helps them develop confidence in creative dramatic presentation.

The students will present the play to their peers, and students and teachers in the elementary grades the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 28. The evening performance is for parents and the public.

For more information, call the school at 204-6500.

After a year off, Festival of Wreaths returns this November to the Sedona Public Library.

Sedona resident Jack Morley holds round, red rocks called Moqui marbles on Oct. 7 in his backyard. The rocks are scattered throughout his property in West Sedona. In the past, Morley made a wreath out of the rocks for the Festival of Wreaths.A wreath is one of the most recognizable holiday symbols. While many are a simple circle of holiday greenery, others are elaborately decorated. People in the Sedona area will have a chance to not only see some one-of-a-kind, hand-created wreaths, but to buy one at the 11th Festival of Wreaths.

“This year we are putting the festival on with renewed enthusiasm. The Festival of Wreaths has always been a very popular event,” Friends of the Sedona library event chairwoman San Dee Kinnen said.

The organization funds programs and workshops for children and young adults as well as year-round presentations by the Arizona Humanities Council. It also supports public computer access and the Village of Oak Creek service center.

The Festival of Wreaths is a sale of donated wreaths sponsored by the Friends of the Sedona Library to raise money for the programs. Anyone can make and donate a wreath. The deadline for delivery to the library is Friday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wreaths can also be dropped off at Sedona Winds in the Village Of Oak Creek.

Each person who contributes a wreath will receive one complimentary admission to the Preview Gala and Sale on Sunday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. The wreaths go on sale to the public Monday, Nov. 15, and will be on display throughout the week. During that time, visitors to the library can choose their favorite in The People’s Choice Awards in four categories: Best of Show, Best Creative Use of Materials, Best Christmas and Best Nontraditional.

Winners will be announced Friday, Nov. 19.

“What we’re looking for is wreaths of good quality and durability — nothing perishable,” Kinnen said.
Jack Morley has made a wreath for the festival for several years. One of his creations was made totally from small, round red rocks he said are called Moqui marbles he found near his home.

Morley’s creation for the 2010 Festival of Wreaths is a bit unconventional, he said.

“It starts with a ram’s head in the shape of a heart, and I’m adding beads, stone, feathers and some hair,” Morley said as he wound some beads around a red rock. “I like doing this. It’s one of the things that keeps me occupied.”

Staying occupied is not a problem for Morley. He is a multifaceted artist. He draws in pencil and creates objects he needs around the house, such as tables and shelves. He also landscaped his backyard over the five years he’s lived in Sedona with his wife, Marilyn, following the contours of the land. They like to travel and take photographs. Morley uses many of the photographs in his artwork.

Artist Jack Morley works on a wreath shaped as a ram’s head. Ornaments, right, are also included in this year’s Festival of Wreaths. Morley is an integral part of the event held at the Sedona Public Library.“Jack and Marilyn have been an integral part of the festival. He not only makes a wreath, he helps set up and hang the wreaths,” Kinnen said. “He’ll be 80 next year.”

To add a little flavor to the festival this year, Kinnen has added painted ornaments. She and the Friends invited local artists to create a masterpiece on a 6-inch diameter ornament. They will also be on display, and for sale. Morley chose an orange ornament and painted a smiling face with very large teeth.

“The ornaments give added excitement,” Kinnen said.

The Festival of Wreaths Preview Gala and Sale will be Sunday, Nov. 14.

It will be an evening of wine and appetizers, cake, musical entertainment and raffles. Tickets are $15 each or two for $25.

For further information, call Kinnen at 203-4363 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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