Sedona’s Premiere Outdoor Painting Event!
October 15–22, 2016
 
Our community’s iconic creative event—Sedona Plein Air Festival—returns for a week-long celebration of extraordinary landscapes, world-renowned artists, unique workshops, and wonderful free events from October 15 to 22. Sedona Arts Center invites you along to get creative and experience over two dozen master painters in action—making their art on location from L’Auberge to Uptown to Seven Canyons. Celebrate creativity with us and enjoy receptions, exhibitions, lectures, and opportunities to collect your next masterpiece at Sedona Plein Air Festival! 
 

Saturday, October 8 from 9 am to 3 pm

Have you upgraded to the latest iPhone? Are you looking to improve your iPhoneography? Well, it’s that time again! I’m teaching another iPhoneography Workshop at Sedona Arts Center on Saturday, October 8th from 9 am to 3pm. Join me at the arts center for a fun day, learning tips and tricks to help you take your photography to the next level! Haven't upgrade, but still own an iPhone? No Problem! I cover it all...

Why settle for a snapshot, when you can create a masterpiece? In my one-day workshop, you will learn how to take amazing photos using only your iPhone, iPad or iPad Mini. You’ll learn how to shoot, edit and share remarkable landscapes, portraits and the macro world around you all from your iPhone. Explore amazing new tools of the trade such as an external zoom, macro, wide-angle, fish-eye lenses (currently for iPhone 6–6s/Plus), explore using mini-tripods (that you will get free by taking this class) and so much more. Learn to use basic framing techniques and editing tools to move beyond the ‘snapshot’ and into the realm of stunning photography.

 

New Exhibition “Blowin’ In The Wind” showcases over 30 Local Artists

It’s the monsoon season in Arizona, and Sedona Arts Center’s upcoming exhibition pays tribute to this special time of year. The public is invited to the latest exhibition, Blowin’ in the Wind, on view in the Center’s Uptown gallery from August 5 to 30. The group show begins with a public reception on August 5 from 5 to 8pm, as part of the First Friday program, where works by over 30 artists will be featured and celebrated. 

Of all the visiting artists at the Sedona Summer Colony, Thomas Crouch has been the most obsessive about painting local landscapes. The artist arrived from Columbia, South Carolina, set up a studio in Brady Hall at Verde Valley School, and hasn’t stopped creating since. Crouch studied figurative oil painting, figurative drawing, and art theory at the Lorenzo De Medici School of Art in Florence Italy and obtained a BA in Art Studio from the University of South Carolina. He’s been exhibiting professionally since 2008 and his paintings in private collections span five continents. This summer, while in residence at the Summer Colony, he is adding Sedona to his influences and inspirations. 

Young artist Payton Hurley is a paper-maker and emerging cultural manager with huge aspirations. She will graduate from Florida State University this summer and is spending her July at the Sedona Summer Colony working as an artist-intern for the Peace Paper Project.  She is working closely with director Drew Matott and using the papermaking process as a form of social engagement, advocacy, therapy, and community building. Matott—who has shared his art form wiht communities in India, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Turkey, Spain, Kosovo, Ukraine, and Poland—has returned to Sedona and set up a studio as part of Sedona Summer Colony.

“The projects I work on build appreciation between artists, businesses and the community,” says Payton, “through events and creative experiences that encourage social interaction and new connections.”

Adam Lehl, a type designer from Wisconsin, has been spending the past few weeks as artist-in-residence at Sedona Summer Colony. He began collecting hand-written alphabets, A through Z, about 15 years ago while in college. It began as a project put forth by his professor to collect styles in magazines to understand typefaces while he studied graphic design. Instead, Adam purchased a sketchbook and wrote his own alphabet down.

That same day he attended a party with friends, and people at the get-together began writing their own alphabets into his book. By the end of the night, Adam had collected over 40 hand-written alphabets—and the Alphabet Collector Project began. While on the Verde Valley School campus, and exploring Northern Arizona, he has continue this project with our community.