Art and Wine are both inspired by the rugged high desert landscape of Sedona. Indulge in both during the 10th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival, October 18–25, 2014, presented by the Sedona Arts Center. A complete schedule of events may be found online at SedonaPleinAirFestival.org. Highlights include the following:

 

  •       The Jerome paint-out on Tuesday morning, October 21, is hosted by the Jerome Chamber of Commerce and the Jerome Art Walk. Artists will be painting the compositions created by rustic buildings and steep streets of this historic mining town as well as the old trucks and shacks at nearby Gold King Mine. This year Cellar 433 in Jerome is hosting an exhibition and sale of the artworks painted that morning and free wine tasting for patrons from 2:00–5:00 p.m. at their downstairs salon at 240 Hull Ave, Jerome. To get your free ticket to the afternoon exhibition and wine tasting visit the Sedona Plein Air Festival tent at the main parking area on Hull Street. Paint-out awards will be presented by Gamblin Oils and Guerrilla Painter at this event.

 

  •       On Wednesday, October 22, Page Springs Cellars is conducting special winery and art tours that depart from the Sedona Arts Center starting at 11:00 a.m. Patrons will start with an insider’s tour of the exhibition in the plein air galleries at the Sedona Arts Center in uptown Sedona conducted by Vince Fazio, the Festival chair. Then you will be shuttled to Page Springs Cellars. The tour at the winery includes an intimate educational look at the process and variables of the art of winemaking. The winery tour includes five tastings with one tasting right from the barrel. The onsite winery tour will then allow time to explore paintings in progress by festival artists on the beautiful vineyard grounds along Oak Creek. Return to the Arts Center via shuttle while enjoying a specially prepared snack. Three different tour times are offered on the Sedona Plein Air Festival website, 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The final tour returns to the Arts Center in time for the Keynote Presentation by Jim McVicker at 7:00 p.m.

  •       The art and wine events culminate on Thursday, October 23, when all 30 artists will be painting at Alcantara Vineyards located at the confluence of the Verde River and Oak Creek at 3445 S. Grapevine Way, Cottonwood, Ariz., approximately halfway between Cottonwood and Camp Verde on highway 260.  "A Confluence of the Senses" begins at 4:00 p.m. with the chance to see artists finishing their works from the day of painting and then unfolds into a celebration of Food, Wine and Art. The ticketed event includes a crystal glass, two wine pours of your choice plus special pairings of numerous canapés with wine tastings. Pairings of wine and food will be presented by Mesa Grill, Schoolhouse Restaurant, Abineau Lodge, Xocolatl Confections, and Desirable Desserts with other foods available. Each artist will have two “Wet Paint” works on display at the Alcantara Tasting Room at 5:00 p.m. Awards will be presented by Guerrilla Painter and Randy Higbee Gallery with a special wine label award sponsored by Alcantara and chosen by ballot from all in attendance. The wine label will ultimately be associated with a special blend of wine created after the event. At 6:00 p.m. painter Shelby Keefe will perform “Beats and Brushstrokes, painting to music she has composed. The entire event has been designed to be an unforgettable evening where painting, music, wine, food, atmosphere and camaraderie blend to create a true confluence of the senses.

The Sedona Plein Air Festival is brought to you by Sedona Arts Center. Visit SedonaPleinAirFestival.org or call 928-282-3809 for a complete schedule of events.

“The iPhone is the most popular camera in the world.” – Apple, USA

In today’s technological world, professional photographers and artists are recognizing the iPhone as a useful and practical photographic tool. I have first hand experience with this and that’s exactly why I’ll be teaching another iPhoneography workshop this September. My one-day workshop at Yavapai College, Sedona Center for the Arts and Technology Room 28 on Saturday, September 13, 2014 will help you to go beyond the basics and learn to shoot professional quality photographs with your iPhone.

With the iPhone’s powerful apps and limitless possibilities, it's the perfect on-the-go creative tool. This workshop teaches you how to move beyond shooting “snapshots” and explores the complete artistic process from capture to final image. I’ll introduce some of the best apps available for creating beautiful and artistic images.

You will learn how to shoot, edit and share remarkable landscapes, portraits and the macro world around you in this 1-day workshop using only your iPhone, iPad or iPad Mini. I  will guide you through simple tips and tricks that will take your photography to the next level. Discover how to capture the essence of a place and your subjects rather than just taking a picture. You will also learn basic video capture techniques for use with certain apps such as Vine and Instagram.

The tools are in your pocket!

  • Learn how to get the highest resolution images on your iPhone and apps.
  • Practice creative techniques including HDR (High Dynamic Range)
  • Shoot panoramas
  • Learn about the latest editing, filters and stylizing apps
  • Learn about iPhone equipment: lenses, remotes, tripods and more.
  • Get the latest news on the upcoming iPhone 6 and what that means to iPhoneography.

This class is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 3, 2014 and costs $125 per person at Yavapai College, Sedona Center for the Arts and Technology Room 28. Presented by Sedona Arts Center. The first 10 people to sign up for this workshop will receive a free mini iPhone tripod.

Here’s a little more about me:

“Kelli Klymenko is an artist photographer and the Marketing Director for Sedona Arts Center. Kelli recently filmed and photographed the latest Sedona Chamber of Commerce television commercials and marketing campaign (billboards, print, web) seen on VisitSedona.com. His images, including iPhone photos can be found on Getty Images, in national ads and in creative projects around the world. Kelli lives in Sedona with his wife and three children and embraces all aspects of art. He studied at Parsons School of Design in NYC and proudly boasts being an artist, storyteller, photographer, yogi, husband, father, and science aficionado.“

To sign up and see the required apps and materials for the class, please visit: http://www.sedonaartscenter.org/School/Faculty/kelliklymenko.html or call the Sedona Arts Center at 928-282-3809.

 

Having learned the ancient and little-known system to read the regular deck of 52 cards as it tells our destiny 100% accurately, I knew that in some way there was going to be new love in my life over the year that would begin on my birthday, February 7.

In early March, Richard Gere asked if the seat next to me at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, was taken.  At first glance I heard myself say, Oh my God, this is Richard Gere! And he’s going to sit next to me for the next few hours!

Was it my good karma that magneted him to me?  We chatted and belly laughed through those few hours, during being entertained, and afterward, he waited for me as I took pictures of those on stage for my Sedona New Age Show.  Oh my God, was he really waiting for Me? I could hardly believe it, but he was. I told him I was going to try to get an interview, to which he responded ‘Good Luck with that,’ then turned around and walked away.

It hadn’t occurred to me that that might have hurt his feelings, RG being second fiddle for a woman’s attention. Instead, immediately I realized I had missed what could have been an opportunity to be invited for coffee and getting acquainted better. He was already long separated from his wife, and available. I hadn’t even given him my business card. That’s what I usually did. I let opportunities pass by. I got in my own way. Into the wind he was swept away from me. I sat in my car in the parking lot and had to realize everything happens as it should. Had to accept the truth.

I met the man I am in a relationship with now, 2 ½ months later. He looks like a younger version of Richard Gere, even more handsome, sexy, and maybe is the love of my life. Looks like a handsome leading man in movies. Lives here, sings beautifully which I love, is a great dancer, which I love, is brilliant, keeps me in stitches laughing, and is an astrologer like me, so we speak the same language.

Now I know why I was not supposed to know Richard Gere better. In fact, as I am writing, my boyfriend texted me and asked me to come sit outside with him. My first thought was to reply, ‘after I write my column; but my immediate second thought was, don’t miss the chance be close to Him.Now. I learned not to miss opportunities like I’d had with Richard Gere. I am so drawn to this man in my life, and he is so amazing for my life, I cherish every moment with him.

Before I went to my precious nephew’s wedding in Florida, this past May, I was already exhausted. I had more exciting projects on my plate than Ever, and each carried a great deal of effort and time. I was back and forth in emails, setting up an interview with Gregg Braden and the Heart Math Institute’s CEO, Dr. Deborah Rozman, also arranging to gift others the use of my second ticket through the long weekend of thrilling events.

I was getting ready for my trip to see family in Florida, buying a zillion necessities, clothes and getting alterations. I was asked to call-backs for a reality show, and also prepping and shooting my own Sedona New Age Show. Doing my usual job of Readings, in negotiations with Diamond Resorts to be a Gift for their guests in Sedona, arranging for business insurance for my office and automobile, and handling so very much more.

I set up reservations for about two weeks of 9 different hotel rooms and staying elsewhere, from Phoenix and throughout various cities in Florida, arranging times to visit different people there, get rental cars, take trams, shuttles, be driven, plus get gifts for the wedding, family and friends, and on.  I was thoroughly exhausted upon arrival in Florida. Let alone the inner stress of flying round trip. And the journey itself awaiting me.

After some challenging scenarios on the trip (and heart opening experiences with loved ones, as well), when I returned to Sedona, I knew I needed rest.  I didn’t know how much rest. After about 10 days not working so that I could chill out, I decided to visit the location where I lease my office, touching base with some people I knew, and that is where I met who is now the man in my heart.

It wasn’t until another 20 days out of the office that I felt restored. During that time he and I started to get to know each other. Today I could write a love story. Maybe this is it. The preface of the book. Check back in a few weeks and I’ll update where my heart is; Chapter One.

Love from Rachel Star of Sedona

View Rachel’s website www.goddesstheway.comwhere you can also find her video classes for purchase and more. Reach Rachel at 928-282-3444, 850-566-6698 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. LIKE her Facebook page, Rachel Star of Sedona. Each accurate positive, empowering, healing Reading consultation is insightful with guiding spiritual inspiration via loving Tarot, Cards of Destiny, Astrology, Past Life insight and Numbers.  Phone, Skype and local resident rates are discounted. Feel immediate physical and emotional relief with Reiki or Young Living medicine-grade essential oils.

 

I’m a creative type. I’m also an adventurous type. So when I am asked to build both of those elements into a creative project – I’m exactly where I want to be. As an artist, I’ve experimented in hundreds of different mediums, but the one that I am most passionate about is my photography. This doesn’t go unnoticed apparently… as I was asked to help with a wonderful campaign that brings the beauty of Sedona to the rest of the world. I honestly don’t even have the words to express my gratitude for being given the opportunity to share my Sedona with everyone. So over the course of three exciting weeks I gathered friends and family and ventured out into my beautiful neighborhood and captured moments in time.

 

I went biking, hiking, ballooning and climbing to share a glimpse of life in Sedona. I’ll get into more creative details about this amazing adventure of mine in upcoming blogs, but for now I want to share with you some outtakes and behind-the-scene moments from my creative photographic adventure around Sedona. I will say that I was filming and photographing for this project and I used a GoPro Hero3, Canon Mark II 5D, iPhone 5 and iPad air to bring it all together. We can talk tech later, but for now I would simply love to share with you a slice of my life with family and friends in Sedona, Arizona.

 

Thanks to everyone who made this possible! Here’s a window into the adventure we had in our own backyard, complete with one of our favorite songs by David Bowie…

 

Sedona Red Rock High School students stand with four murals they created for the Humane Society of Sedona on May 15, 2014. Pictured from left to right: Marilyn Contreras, Jackie Randall, Asia Brown, Nubia Owens, Rebel Turner, Allexxa Brooks, Jade West, Vince Fazio, Naomi Garcia, Geoffrey Worssam, Helen Mastors, Makenzie Meacham, Emma Keider and Ceci Estrada (not pictured)The Humane Society of Sedona has four new beautiful murals in their dog and cat meeting rooms thanks to the talented painting and drawing students at Sedona Red Rock High School! On May 15, 2014, the completed murals were presented to the Humane Society. I stopped by to take a photo of their masterpieces, for some ice-cream and for some great conversation with the project facilitators. I was happy to hear countless words of praise from everyone who got a sneak peek at the murals before they were taken to the meeting rooms.

 

 

There are many changes at Sedona PhotoFest, the event presented by Sedona Arts Center that takes place at the Sedona Performing Arts Center June 5-6, 2014. This year we’re bringing in high-profile photographers from Canon and Adobe as well as a new online photography contest in partnership with ViewBug.com that can win you a TAMRON lens and LowePro camera bag bundle worth over $700! 

 

About Sedona PhotoFest:

 

Sedona PhotoFest is a series of educational and inspiring presentations on photographic technique, use of digital software and personal artistic perspectives from some of the top photographers in the country. The event takes place over two days, June 5-6, at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. June 5 features Larry Lindahl, Julieanne Kost, Amy Horn and Jennifer Wu and is FREE and open to the public thanks to sponsorships from the City of Sedona, Canon, Adobe, Rollies Camera and our lodging sponsors Amara Resort and Arroyo Roble Hotel (both offering a 10% discount on rooms for PhotoFest attendees). June 6 is an exclusive $50 ticketed event featuring: Tony Sweet, Scott Stulberg, Mike Olbinski & Yorgo Alexopoulos. 


View the complete schedule of events here.

 

About the ViewBug Photography Contest:

 

From dusk till dawn, the darkness can reveal a world filled with mystery and wonder. Photographic possibilities become endless when imagination and knowledge collide after dark. Share your best photo that depicts the many aspects of shooting after the sun goes down including capturing stars and star trails, car trails, lightning, the cobalt blue of twilight or light painting! This contest is being judged by Scott Stulberg, travel photographer and 2014 PhotoFest presenter.

You can enter the contest here: ViewBug After Dark Photo Contest

 

I wish you the best of luck! Submit your best after dark photo for a chance to win! The winners will be announced on June 6, the ticketed PhotoFest Day, where there will be even more raffles and prizes. Remember to be social and spread the word!

 

Good Luck!