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September 6–October 30, 2018

Sedona Arts Center Features New Artists Highlighting Fall Colors

Sedona Arts Center is celebrating the beginning of fall by featuring six fine artists in their Uptown, Sedona Fine Art Gallery this September. The exhibition opens with an artist reception and a live demonstration with renowned artist Gretchen Lopez on First Friday, September 7 from 5 to 8 pm and will continue through October 30, 2018. The exhibit will feature landscape paintings by Susan Pitcairn, photography by AO Tucker, copper mat and raku works by Jeff Perkins, hand-painted ceramics by Mariann Leahy, jewelry by Sue Horine and portraits and more by Gretchen Lopez.

About the Artists

Gretchen Lopez, a tenth generation Native of California, is a descendant of the first Spanish settlers and the California Rancheros, with roots stemming from Chumash and Apache. Her works are inspired by her rich ethnic heritage, which is clearly visible in the gentle beauty of the Native and Hispanic people she portrays. Gretchen is a long-time faculty member and a participating artist in the 14th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival taking place October 13-20, 2018. She is beloved by her students, art collectors, and the Arts Center volunteers and staff. Her work is vibrant, emotive, and full of immense life.

From thrown clay to large form, thin-walled vessels—to hand-built figures, Jeff Perkins has been a master of ceramics for most of his life. Jeff studied under Arts Center founder and sculptor Nassan Gobran, who encouraged him to pursue art in clay form. He went on to teaching at Verde Valley School for over 30 years. Influenced by ancient and primitive art, Jeff takes ordinary clay and brilliantly produces large, thin-walled vessels in organic copper mat and his signature black and white naked raku. His style is spontaneous and intuitive, letting the thrown work develop into large cylinder forms that defy the imagination.

Artist Mariann Leahy’s inspiration comes from ancient myths and symbols. Using clay that contains a mica-rich surface, she carefully paints stories with glazes on fired clay. Each piece is painted with multiple coats of glaze to create vivid colors during her second firing process. Mariann combines human and animal motifs in her highly-symbolic works.

As a self-taught artist, AO Tucker believes that fine art photography must both be inspiring and technically excellent. Born and raised in Arizona on farm land, he learned to be self-sufficient in all things, including his art. His independence is evident within the stories he tells through his photography.

Local artist, Susan Pitcairn fuse inspiring poems with her vibrant landscapes in oils, acrylics, and pastels. Her poetic images hold symbolic meaning, revealing her own universal truths. Raised in Phoenix, Susan began painting the beauty of the Southwest in her teens. She majored in fine art at the University of Arizona where she trained in oils as well as pastels. Her style is described as impressionistic renditions of the beautiful landscape she is inspired by. She is particularly passionate about the spiritual purpose of art: to inspire and uplift.

Sue Horine has been creating bead embroidered art jewelry since 2005. She was born in California and much of her inspiration comes from her childhood family vacations to the Southwest and Sierra Nevada Mountains. Primarily self-taught, her beaded jewelry has become easily recognizable as her style has developed from her love of nature and the scenic stone cabochons she incorporates in her work.

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.

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Photo by Sedona 360 Photo