Looking for something unique to see this month in Sedona? Starting this Friday, Colorado artist, Emilio Lobato kicks off his Career Retrospective Exhibition. Emilio Lobato: Mi Linda Soledad (My Beautiful Solitude), the first retrospective of one of Colorado’s most prominent contemporary artists will open in the Special Exhibition Gallery at Sedona Arts Center in Uptown Sedona. This exhibit begins with an Opening Celebration on Friday, June 3rd from 5 to 8 pm, where everyone is invited to meet Emilio Lobato and curator Tariana Navas-Nieves who will talk about the exhibition. “Mi Linda Soledad” will be open to the public June 3rd – 28th from 11 am to 4 pm.

 

The exhibit surveys Lobato’s nearly twenty-year career and presents more than twenty-five pieces, including mixed media works and monotypes. Mi Linda Soledad (My Beautiful Solitude) explores the aesthetic style and conceptual nature of Lobato’s work, as well as the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural influences that have distinguished his artistic practice. Lobato’s incorporation of diverse cultural and creative elements is represented by a series of objects, many of which the artist has collected over the years, ranging from contemporary art, Asian artifacts, and  African masks to old books with texts in different languages and Rio Grande textiles.

 

Mi Linda Soledad, a title selected by the artist, is an insightful title that alludes to Lobato’s exploration of the themes of solitude and isolation—subjects that have been central to his art from his earliest works to today. Lobato defines solitude as a physical, spiritual, and psychological state of being that can be either a serene personal haven or, at times, a locus of emotional turmoil. Isolation for the artist is what has been imposed on him through his environment, and the effect this has had on his art and sense of self.

 

Lobato’s artistic journey is presented chronologically. A viewer can trace how his works have evolved and matured, beginning with his formative years in his birthplace of San Pablo, Colorado, followed by his university studies at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, and then his subsequent move to Denver and his successful professional career that continues to the present day. Mi Linda Soledad attests to the continued vitality and relevance of Emilio Lobato’s work.

Emilio Lobato: Mi Linda Soledad is sponsored by El Pomar Foundation, the Colorado Springs Independent and WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Remember: grow; learn; conserve; preserve; create; question; educate; change; and free your mind.


About: Kelli Klymenko is an artist, a faculty member and the Marketing & Events Coordinator at Sedona Arts Center: a gathering place where artists can learn, teach, and exhibit their works at the center’s School of the Arts and Fine Art Gallery in uptown Sedona.

This week marks the end of another school year in Sedona. Many of us have children who will find their way out of school doors and once again released into the free world. What havoc will they wreak in the upcoming months? What fun will be had? There are programs across the nation encouraging the arts when school is out and Sedona is no stranger to the arts! Here are a few things happening and some ideas on how to keep those creative souls creating.

 

Summer art camps!

 

Sedona Arts Center in collaboration with Art For Kids is holding two week art camps for kids from July 18-29, 2011. Kids can see how much fun it can be to sculpt, paint, draw art projects using clay, oil pastels, colored pencils, acrylics and more!

 

Camp Bear Wallow is featuring “The Art Kamp For Kids!” where children ages 6-11 can create new art projects such as lego sculptures, mural paintings, balloon sculptures, mechanical puzzles, bubble art, clay sculptures, art journaling and more. The camp is at the Creative Life Center through June and July, 2011.

 

For music, head on over to Sedona Public Library for the Sedona Kiwanis International sponsored music series where teens can learn and record their own music.

 

And don’t forget Film Boot Camp! Write, film and learn to tell a good story this summer at the Sedona Arts Center Film Boot Camp in conjunction with Yavapai Center for Arts and Technology. Kids can tell their story as an Experimental Film, Film Noir, Music Video, Silent film or even a Western! Twelve sessions from July 11-22, 2011.

 

Camps are not the only way to get creative this summer, though. You can most certainly share creative time without sending them off somewhere, too. Check out programs at the Sedona Public Library.

The library is a great source for books and ideas on many creative topics for those whose budget is limited.  Create a summer camp at home, with friends and neighbors, getting together not just for play-dates for the children, but with some creative purpose.  Do searches on the internet for projects and ideas.  Two sites worth looking at: “Creativity Portal’s Summer Crafts” (check out the site for other ideas, including poetry and writing projects and contests) - there’s even tabs for adult crafts and projects; and this “All Free Crafts for Kids” site (“Hundreds of free kid’s crafts for children using inexpensive craft ideas, plus arts and crafts projects using recycled materials.”).

 

I guarantee you will enjoy your summer more when the children are busy creating instead of being bored or telling you…”There’s nothing to do.”  In fact, join the children and do some creating with them.  And if you don’t have children around, form a group of friends and have fun re-creating fun projects just as you did when you were young and free to explore.

 

Remember: grow; learn; conserve; preserve; create; question; educate; change; and free your mind.


About: Kelli Klymenko is an artist, a faculty member and the Marketing & Events Coordinator at Sedona Arts Center: a gathering place where artists can learn, teach, and exhibit their works at the center’s School of the Arts and Fine Art Gallery in uptown Sedona.

This is it! This is the week for art lovers and art collectors in Sedona. The First Annual Sedona Fine Art Auction will be featuring significant works of art by Jean Carbonetti, Maynard Dixon, Alan Wolton, Ken Rowe, Ken Payne, Jennifer McChristian, Tom Lynch, Arturo Chavez, Joella Jean Mahoney, Robert Burridge, and many other nationally known artists on May 21st. There’s something for everyone at this outstanding event and best of all… there’s FREE ADMISSION!

 

The event is hosted by Sedona Arts Center and is a benefit  fundraising event supporting the educational mission and ongoing programming of the Sedona Arts Center. Can't make it Saturday? Place your bid at the public preview and silent auction on Thursday, May 19th or Friday, May 20th from 4 - 7pm at the old Public Library Building at 395 Jordan Rd. in uptown Sedona.

 

On Saturday, May 21st, events will begin at Noon with artist demonstrations featuring well-known Sedona artists working on sculpture and paintings to be completed by 3pm for the live auction. Visitors will be able to stroll the grounds, view artists working, bid on silent auction items and preview the live auction items that will be on display throughout the facility. There will be refreshments available and a special raffle of Sedona's Bounty - by Master Sculptor, Susan Kliewer.

 

Buy them now! Raffle tickets are available for purchase now at Sedona Art Center’s Fine Art Gallery in Uptown Sedona or online at SedonaArtAuction.com.

 

The silent auction and preview will end at 3pm, at which time the drawing for the raffle will be made. At 4:00 pm there will be a gala featuring catered cuisine, Sedona Arts Center’s private label wine by Echo Canyon Vineyards and the final viewing of the artwork before the live auction begins. The live auction itself will begin at 5:00 pm. You can sign up to get your bidder number online at SedonaArtAuction.com or by calling the Sedona Arts Center at 928.282.3809. ADMISSION IS FREE!

 

  • Auction preview and bidding on over 25 silent auction items May 19 & 20th from 4-7

  • Final Silent Auction bidding and Artist Demonstration event May 21 noon to 3pm

  • Live Auction, wine and refreshments 4-7

 

The live auction and preview will take place at the former Public Library Building at 395 Jordan Rd. in uptown Sedona. Remember - Free admission to the public!

 

Remember: grow; learn; conserve; preserve; create; question; educate; change; and free your mind.


About: Kelli Klymenko is an artist, a faculty member and the Marketing & Events Coordinator at Sedona Arts Center: a gathering place where artists can learn, teach, and exhibit their works at the center’s School of the Arts and Fine Art Gallery in uptown Sedona.



Let our voices rise up and travel on the winds to all the people of the world; let us be heard.

 

On Friday, President Obama released a report ("Re-Investing in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools") encouraging the arts in education. Anyone who’s met me knows that I’ve been saying this alongside artists and teachers for quite some time now. In fact, my very first blog here cited the importance of community, culture and arts in education. It seems our collective voice is finally being heard, perhaps in part by celebrity endorsements and reactions to proposed budget cuts which would cripple the art community. But even though the battle isn’t over - there is hope.

 

The report reads: “Arts integration models, the practice of teaching across classroom subjects in tandem with the arts, have been yielding some particularly promising results in school reform and closing the achievement gap. Most recently, cutting-edge studies in neuroscience have been further developing our understanding of how arts strategies support crucial brain development in learning.” But for whatever reason you can imagine, budget cuts are still being made to arts programs in schools everywhere, and arts instruction is on a “downward trend”.

 

However, this doesn’t stop you from making the changes and sharing the wealth of creativity you have at your fingertips to children of all ages. Take for example the Arts Immersion I wrote about last week. The benefit from these culturally saturated programs is unmatched and essential to growing minds. Thanks to everyone who takes part in sharing the arts, our children have a chance to be more creative and bring new innovations and ideas to our world.

 

The arts will always need your voice to help protect and preserve the continuity of our artistic community, and there’s no greater voice in Sedona than the Sedona Arts Center (SAC). Not only does the arts center have a wonderful educational curriculum on campus, SAC supports local artists and programs in schools, creates outreach programs and opens its doors to artists of all ages. Last week SAC gave a tour to the Tuba City Boarding School Gifted and Talented Program’s 3rd and 4th graders. And, if young aspiring artists can’t come to Sedona, we often go to them and share the joy of creativity.

 

Outreach programs, Art Immersions and benefits are needed to continue the growth of our renowned cultural hub here in Sedona. This month on May 21st, Sedona Arts Center is presenting the first annual “Sedona Fine Art Auction” at the old Sedona Public Library on 395 Jordan Road in Uptown Sedona. The SFAA is a benefit fundraising event supporting the educational mission and ongoing programming of the Sedona Arts Center. With free admission, artist demonstrations all afternoon and wine and hors d’oeuvres, this is sure to be a spectacular event for art lovers and collectors and you! This is just one of many programs designed to bring art and culture to our community.

 

So let’s all cheer the fact that the importance of arts education is being recognized - but let us also continue to do our part in donating, volunteering and supporting neighborhood programs and benefits that contribute to the arts in our community. Get smart - support the arts.

 

Remember: grow; learn; conserve; preserve; create; question; educate; change; and free your mind.


About: Kelli Klymenko is an artist, a faculty member and the Marketing & Events Coordinator at Sedona Arts Center: a gathering place where artists can learn, teach, and exhibit their works at the center’s School of the Arts and Fine Art Gallery in uptown Sedona.

I’ve often written about the importance of art in the community and in schools. This past week something wonderful happened. An Aztec Culture-themed Middle School Arts Immersion took place April 26th through 29th. Students learned to play drums in a traditional Aztec style; they learned Aztec dances to Airdancematch those rhythms; they created Aztec murals and made sculptures which reflected the organic nature of a network of relationships (such as those within a cell and those within a tribe); they wrote poetry. The rhythm of four different Aztec beats for the dances permeated each of the classrooms. The symbolism and style of the Aztec stories was carried through the murals, dance, poetry, and the drums. All of this was interwoven into a final performance – but more important was the three day arts immersion itself and the transformation within the students and change made at the school.

 

The program was designed working closely with the West Sedona Middle School faculty and Principal of West Sedona School, Dr. Lisa Hirsch. For this immersion the Sedona Arts Center brought artists in from as far as Chicago and Wisconsin to teach in their area of expertise  - Roberto Ferraya was the expert in Aztec dance. and Sandra Zahn taught drumming and emotional intelligence (in this case recognizing our network of support). Kate Pearlman was the poetry guide for the students.  Jessica Nelson taught an art project on the Mayan Alphabet and the Codex Borbonicus. Libby Caldwell taught the mural component as was the conceptual organizer of the overall project.

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What is an Arts Immersion?

 

“Art Immersions are designed to engage all the senses and create in the students a sense of experiencing another time, place or culture,” says Vince Fazio, Director of the School of the Arts at Sedona Arts Center.

 

Art Immersions were developed by the Sedona Arts Center with former City Arts Education Commissioner, Libby Caldwell and the school district. During the Arts Immersion, rather than attending their regular classes, the students participate only in art classes for three to four days. The art classes are designed to stimulate all the senses, creating a memorable and meaningful experience for the students, while simultaneously delivering a meaningful curriculum.

 

Programs like these not only benefit arts and culture in general, they offer students unique experiences traditionally not offered in schools. The Sedona Arts Center continually creates exceptional opportunities for Airdrumchildren and adults to immerse themselves in all forms of art. For example, an event such as the Sedona Fine Art Auction, (a benefit fundraising event on May 21 this year) supports the educational mission and ongoing programming of the Sedona Arts Center. Supporters and donors understand the importance of these continued programs and their value to the community. For tickets to the Sedona Fine Art Auction and to preview live auction items, visit www.SedonaArtAuction.com.


 

Remember: grow; learn; conserve; preserve; create; question; educate; change; and free your mind.


About: Kelli Klymenko is an artist, a faculty member and the Marketing & Events Coordinator at Sedona Arts Center: a gathering place where artists can learn, teach, and exhibit their works at the center’s School of the Arts and Fine Art Gallery in uptown Sedona.

Close your eyes and imagine this... No wait! Open your eyes and read this. You're an artist. You have unbelievable talent. You're portfolio is unprecedented and your use of colors is unmatched. The words that flow from your pen illuminate unimaginable worlds that future leaders will attempt to construct. Your music inspires woodland creatures to join in chorus. Your art makes hearts stop, children laugh, and elders cry tears of joy.

This is the age of absolute opportunity for artists and creative thinkers to share their work with the world. There has never been a greater time to reach so many people. The doors are wide open and all you have to do is step through them. Creative people have an unfair advantage over everyone else. We have the ability to find unique ways to bring life to our art. All we have to do is dream, create, and share. And here are the top ten reasons why you should be doing exactly that.

1. Dreaming. Everyone loves to dream. I dream all the time. Day and night. Dreaming helps us escape from daily monotony and dreary politics. Dreaming stimulates our creative minds and opens up new possibilities and new thought processes that can change the world. Dreaming is creating.

2. Creating. Since dreaming is creating, I suppose creating is dreaming, right? Possibly. Creating is the ultimate human experience. We create masterpieces, symphonies, societies, cultures, and life. We create some form of art every day of our lives. We just have to open our eyes to recognize it.

3. Sharing. ...is caring, right? Even if we dream for selfish reasons that lead to creating something for ourselves - there is no greater joy than sharing it with someone else. We innately seek out approval, acceptance and compliments. We can't get this if we don't share a little bit of ourselves or our art.

4. Doing. You can't dream, create and share if you don't do anything. You could be the most incredible artist of all times, but if you don't actually "do" then nothing will be "done" and no one will know you existed. So "do" often and with exuberant frequency so that we can all know you are one of action. (and have a pulse)

5. Didn't I just stress the importance of dreaming? Dreams drive us and move us. They flow through us like a river of life-giving inspiration. Our lives are built upon our dreams. Your future relies wholeheartedly upon them. Dream of doing and then make it so.

6. Your art is your life and the manifestation of thoughts and visions and dreams. Flowing from you is an incredible gift not only to you, but to the world around you. Without your art, you would not be you. Without you - there would be no art. How will we know you if you don't share your art?

7. The world's a stage and we are all performers; some good; some bad: but all a part of the same theater company called life. It's our duty as creative individuals to make our work available to the world. We have an opportunity to break through global barriers in this golden age of social networking. Our art can reach people all over the world, so long as we "do" and "share".

8. It's not just a pretty picture or an interesting song. We want to know more about you, more about your process. We want to see inside your brain. The days of the enigmatic, impersonal, eccentric artist are passing. The world wants to know you are just like everyone else, but with a kick. Share your thoughts and dreams with your neighbors.

9. Don't just sell your art. Remember what it's truly about. Give away your art. (But not for free) Don't be afraid to post, tweet and update your world, your work - to everyone. If you hide from everyone, fearing they will steal your work or ideas - they probably will. But if you stand atop a mountain and declare, "This is my art!" - Well, then we will all admire you and say, "Look at their art!"

10. Without your dreaming, creating and sharing - the world would be a truly barren desert. No matter what your level of skill, position or part you take in the world, artist or not; your dreams are important to our life together on this planet. The creations you share (whether thought out or spontaneous) will build our future. Without these three simple things, your voice is simply a whisper.

 

Remember: grow; learn; conserve; preserve; create; question; educate; change; and free your mind.


About: Kelli Klymenko is an artist, a faculty member and the Marketing & Events Coordinator at Sedona Arts Center: a gathering place where artists can learn, teach, and exhibit their works at the center’s School of the Arts and Fine Art Gallery in uptown Sedona.