Sedona Arts Center Features Five Local Artists in July Exhibition
July 6–September 4
Sedona Arts Center will be featuring five local artists this July and August in their Uptown, Sedona Fine Art Gallery. The exhibition opens with an artist reception on First Friday, July 6 from 5 to 8pm and will continue through September 4, 2018. Highlighted in this show are landscape paintings by Tom Fish, Wildlife, florals and landscapes by Cyndi Thau, colorful abstract mixed media works by local favorite Jan Sitts, functional and Raku ceramics by John Foster, and creative metal-work by April Bower.
About the Artists
April Brower is a 2nd generation Arizonian who can’t help being influenced by the vast Southwest. She enjoys working with copper that is predominantly produced locally while adding native stones to create a unique contemporary style. Her jewelry has evolved over time, away from commercial fine jewelry to contemporary, wearable, one-of-a-kind limited editions. Bower works mostly in silver, bi-metals and copper using color and texture as the accents.
Tom Fish has been drawing for as long as he can remember. His love for nature, wildlife and the outdoors stemmed from stories of his mother raising a red fox and raccoons when she was younger. Tom strives to create works of art with strong fundamentals for believability combined with creativity, imagination and story to connect with the viewer. This connection and overwhelming appreciation for his artistic abilities coupled with the way his art touches people and the resulting relationships are the greatest gifts for Tom as an artist.
“I’m most inspired not just by painting a landscape, but creating an image that tells a story,” he said.
John Foster began his career in pottery at the Sedona Arts Center’s pottery studio under the tutelage of Dennis Ott. After a long career in boat building, John discovered his true artistic love in the power of clay. Whether he is creating functional mugs, cups and bowls or decorative His work creates a counter-point between elegant form and sleek glazes with raw clay and the surprise of the Raku firing process.
Jan Sitts is an experimental painter and mixed media artist. It is her natural inclination to express an exploratory, intuitive approach, the tangible and intangible; the emotional and spiritual. The issues she explores along with imagery are painted in a loose contemporary style—letting the painting show her the way. Color and texture are important aspects in her work. Sitts also teaches an art workshop Texture, Color Feeling at the Arts Center from November 5 to 7.
Cyndi Thau uses a glazing technique with oil paint to create her paintings featuring flowers as the representative of nature. The flower paintings she has become known for were born in the tranquil and beautiful country of Costa Rica. “I believe that all things in nature have many layers. As the light passes through creating highlights or falls into the shadows, the forms take shape. Most of my paintings are close up, detailed compositions rather than a more overall view. I use thin layer upon layer of oil paint to achieve the translucency that I associate with light and nature.”
Sedona Arts Center is one of Northern Arizona’s most well-established cultural organizations and serves as the creative heart of Sedona. Founded in 1958, the nonprofit organization is based at the Art Barn in Uptown and offers year-round classes, exhibitions, festivals, and cultural events that enhance the creative life of the Verde Valley. The Center’s Fine Art Gallery, open daily from 10am to 5pm, promotes the original works of over 100 local artists and regularly offers special assistance for collectors and art buyers, offers private studio visits, and fosters hundreds of arts education opportunities each year. For more information, call the Gallery at 928-282-3865, the Administrative offices at 928-282-3809 or visit us online at SedonaArtsCenter.org.