This October the Sedona Arts Center presents a week-long celebration of Sedona’s extraordinary beauty as seen through the eyes and talent of 22 of the finest painters in the country. “En Plein Air”, a French term that translates to “in the open air”, describes paintings that have been created outdoors rather than in a studio. The spectacular red rock scenery and temperate climate of Sedona create the perfect location for plein air painting.
Say, don’t miss the fun at the Sedona Arts Center Speakeasy, see? It’s gonna be the bee's knees so all you sheiks and shebas get a wiggle on to the Speakeasy Casino Night! Your Big Cheese Guest Entry will get you into the fray early that will be hittin' on all sixes. You can even come in costume if you like, all dolled up in your favorite flapper regalia or gangster glad rags. Must be 21 years of age to participate.
It only costs $100 clams, and look at what you get:
Early entry and exclusive preview from 4:00 - 5:00 to rub elbows with Speakeasy Artists and Models. You will be the first to be able to see original artwork created during the Plein Air Festival Speakeasy Salon.
A chance to win 18 cool prizes in the Casino Raffle. Including a Grand Prize vacation package!
Casino Night gets rollin' at 5:00 with $500 in chip-vouchers to play casino games where you can win more chances for prizes.
Free wine and specialty "giggle water" cocktails made just for the Speakeasy and "deluxe" canapes. Don't miss this one! It's gonna be the cat's meow!!
Saturday, October 17, 1–4pm
The Main Street Paint Out FREE
Join artists all along Main Street as they paint out in the open air (en plein air) all along Main Street in Uptown, Sedona. Sponsored by Sedona Main Street, Gamblin Oils and Guerrilla Painter, you’ll be able to watch artists from start to finish during this ‘quick-draw’ from 1 to 4 pm. Then at 4:30, meet in front of the Sedona Arts Center to see which images will win the Gamblin Oils and Guerilla Painter awards! See a painting you love? You’ll be able to buy it and take it home, too!
Saturday, October 17, 5–7pm
Reception in the Plein Air Galleries FREE
Join us for an opening reception sponsored by the Sedona Arts Center Board of Directors from 5 to 7 pm. See works that artists brought with them and then come back all week long to see and purchase new works that they’ll be adding throughout the week! The gallery is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.
Sunday, October 18, 10 am–noon
Contemporary Oil Materials FREE Workshop with Scott Gellatly
Scott Gellatly, Product Manager for Gamblin Artists Colors, teaches this free session. A painter himself, Scott consults with painters worldwide on technical issues and is involved in developing and testing all of Gamblin oil colors and mediums. Registration required (click here)
Sunday, October 18, 7–8 pm
Paint Outside the Box; Personal Style in Plein Air FREE Workshop with Carl Judson
Join Carl Judson the man behind 'Guerrilla Painter' creator of unique pochade boxes and plein air painting paraphernalia. Carl will be giving a digital presentation and talk on the notion of creating a personal style and how many artists have forged their style by also seeking new and interesting subject matter. Registration required (click here)
Monday, October 19
Casino Night in the Speakeasy Salon
Big Cheese Guest Preview 4–5pm
Casino Night 5–8pm
Say, don’t miss the fun at the Sedona Arts Center Speakeasy, see? It’s gonna be the bee's knees so all you sheiks and shebas get a wiggle on to the Speakeasy Casino Night! Your Big Cheese Guest Entry will get you into the fray early that will be hittin' on all sixes. You can even come in costume if you like, all dolled up in your favorite flapper regalia or gangster glad rags.
It only costs $100 clams, and look at what you get:
Don’t miss this one! It’s gonna be the cat’s meow!!
Tuesday, October 20, 9am–1pm
Paint Out at Jerome FREE
Every year, our plein air artists paint throughout scenic Jerome and Gold King Mine with lunch sponsored by Jerome Chamber of Commerce and Jerome Art Walk. Learn where your favorite artist is painting at the Sponsor Tent (setup at 8am) in the main parking area.
Wednesday, October 21, 5pm–7pm
Final Reception for Speakeasy Salon FREE
This event is open to the public and will feature awards for the Speakeasy Salon. Enjoy jazz music in the Theatre Studio. Sedona Arts Center, Fine Art Connoisseur and Ray Mar Art sponsor awards, with Ray Mar Art owner, Catherine Dietrich judging.
Thursday, October 22, 10am–Noon (Quick Draw)
“Water in the Desert” Creekside Paint Out! FREE
Sponsored by L’Auberge resort and Pink Jeep. Artists will be able to paint anywhere along the creek near the resort. A final gathering of work will be available for sale and judged for awards from Gamblin and Guerrilla Painter. Please park at Sedona Arts Center - Pink Jeep will be shuttling the public from the Sedona Arts Center lower parking lot to the beautiful grounds of L’Auberge.
Thursday Evening, October 22, 7pm
Keynote – Randall Sexton – “Painting in the Moment” FREE
Sedona Arts Center – Theatre Studio
Short reception following in Plein Air Galleries.
Friday, October 23
Awards Night! FREE
Special award for art work on the theme of “Water in the Desert”
Exclusive Patrons Preview 4–5pm
Final Reception! Open to the Public 5pm–8pm
Saturday, October 24
Final Public Sale 10:00am–Noon FREE
Don’t miss your last chance to buy original art!
As the 2015 Fall creative season rolls around, the celebrated Sedona Plein Air Festival has clammed up about its rumored plans for a secret Speakeasy Salon, filled with painters, elegant models, fine libations, and charitable games of chance. Sedona Arts Center’s new Executive Director, is hush hush about his organization’s surreptitious plans for a creative destination for thieves, gamblers, portraiture, and local arts patrons.
“Our staff are working hard to add some exciting elements to the Sedona Plein Air Festival, which will take place from October 17 to 24. We’re proud to announce almost two dozen prominent painters will be included, with workshops, excursions, and painting on the streets of Sedona and Jerome. But I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of a Speakeasy Salon with games of chance, flirtatious paramours, and fun and frivolity for all in-the-know arts supporters."
Vince Fazio, the Sedona Arts Center’s Plein Air Festival Chair, was not so secretive. He described a grand plan for an exciting new component to the usually outdoor program. Fazio described plans for a Speakeasy Salon, complete with stage and jazz nightclub environment to be created in the historical Theatre Studio at the Arts Center.
“Try not to tell the authorities, but our Speakeasy Salon will open for special evening “Happy Hour” celebration and live portrait painting sessions, during the Sedona Plein Air Festival,” reveals Fazio. "Models and artists will mingle with the guests, as live jazz fills the Uptown air, and we recreate the feeling of an underground club from the rollicking 1920s.”
Others in the know have described a Speakeasy Casino Night planned for Monday, October 19, as a new fundraising event in support of the Arts Center and its mission. That affair will be accessed through a side door and include Craps, Roulette and Black Jack tables, and the chance for participants to win raffle prizes and wonderful Speakeasy parting gifts. A sleuth-like navigation to the Sedona Plein Air Festival website (www.sedonapleinairfestival.org) does indeed confirm that tickets to Casino Night are now available for discrete and discerning high rollers.
“Those interested in the not-so-secret Speakeasy events should get their tickets now, or contact the Arts Center for more revealing information,” said Fazio.
The odds are also good that the 2015 Sedona Plein Air Festival will be the best ever. Fourteen of the nation’s most acclaimed plein air painters will be in town to depict local landscapes, and then exhibiting the results in the Arts Center’s Special Exhibition Gallery. At the same time, another group of award winning figurative painters will be working during the day inside the Speakeasy Salon, painting portraits and models decked out in period costume. There will be final reception and awards night for the Speakeasy Salon paintings on Wednesday October 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
“The new element of the Speakeasy Salon follows an aspect of the great Post-Impressionist tradition,” describes Fazio. “Beyond their landscape paintings, 19th century artists also found inspiration in Parisian bars, stage performances, circuses, back alleys, and even horse races. Sedona’s Speakeasy Salon will challenge our modern-day masters to tackle this same idea of interior plein air with live models."
Confirmed participants in the 2015 Plein Air Festival’s Speakeasy Salon include eight award winning figurative painters Randall Sexton Libby Caldwell, Carl Ortman, Michele Byrne, Dawn Whitelaw, Robert Lemler, David Tanner and Gretchen Lopez. The keynote presenter for this year’s Sedona Plein Air Festival, Randall Sexton, will be a featured artist in the Speakeasy Salon for 5 days of painting the figure.
"While many people are familiar with my plein air work, very few are aware of my focus with the human figure. After teaching figure painting for many years, I have recently painted a series of interiors and scenes—from parks to barber shops to quiet moments of human contemplation,” explains Sexton. "I look forward to being in Sedona for the vintage quality of the Speakeasy, and a setting that harkens back to the figurative exploration of French Impressionism and names like Manet, Degas, and Lautrec.”
From October 17 to 24, throughout the streets of Sedona, the public will encounter plein air painting and artists addressing local landscapes, vistas, and streetscapes. The 2015 Sedona Plein Air Festival begins with the popular Main Street Paint Out on Saturday, October 17, followed by a reception with all the gathered artists. Workshops taught by leading painters, a Creekside Paint Out at L’Auberge Hotel, Casino Night at the Speakeasy Salon, and a Paint Out in Jerome will follow. Much of the paintings created during the festival will be for sale to the public, with proceeds supporting the mission of Sedona Arts Center. To learn how you can get involved, call us at 928-282-3809.
Sedona’s Annual Celebration of Plein Air Painting is Generously Made Possible by: The City of Sedona, Sedona Chamber of Commerce, L’Auberge de Sedona, Vidanta Resort, Bella Vita Ristorante, Alcantara, Autumn at Colours of Sedona, Desert Flour Bakery, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Gamblin Artist’s Oil Colors, Goldenstein Gallery, Guerrilla Painter, Illuminate Film Festival, Jerome Chamber of Commerce & Art Walk, Karl Samter, The Melting Point, Main Street Sedona, Miley’s Café, Pink Jeep Tours, Plein Air Magazine, RayMar Art, Ray of Sedona, Republic Media, Schoolhouse Restaurant, Sedona NOW, Sedona 360 Photo, Sedona Arts Center Ceramics Department, Sedona International Film Festival, Sedona MediSpa, Sedona Monthly, Sedona Red Rock News, Trailhead Tea, Western Art & Architecture Magazine, Wildflower Bread Company, RB Designs ...and our generous members!