The Arts Center's October exhibition features an intriguing collection of artists who combine Strength, Beauty & Form to create hand-built works of art. Discover how Mary Flaisig manipulates fiber and natural materials, be captivated by the exquisite tables and objects made by Art and Joanne Hiscox, explore the ceramics works of Mariann Leahy and Jeff Perkins, and begin your collection of hand-made wearable objects by Komala Rohde. Meet all our features artists, and explore other beautiful things in our gallery, during the First Friday reception on October 7 from 5 to 8pm.
Mary Flaisig Fiber — A long-time tapestry and basket weaver, Mary weaves on a structure of rattan that she builds on branches, which are often Manzanita wood. For the weft in her weaving she uses yarns in wool, mohair, silk, rayon, and other unique fibers, which are often collected, on her travels abroad.
Joanne Hiscox Mixed Media — “I love to create architectural art that blends nature with style, incorporating man-made mediums with nature’s own art. My goal is to create sculptural art pieces that are new and different, constantly changing in design and material composition. My sculptural fused glass works showcase my strongest point: that I’m a “no-fear artist.”
Art Hiscox Mixed Media — “My architectural art combines man-made materials with nature’s own art (marble, granite, slate, fossils). I frequently use river stone, granite, marble, copper, shell, tree bark, semi-precious stones and fossils in combination with man-made materials to create functional art pieces that convey nature’s peacefulness. Many of my pieces depict rivers, streams, landscape, birds and bright colors.”
Mariann Leahy Ceramic — Ancient myths and symbols provide endless inspiration to this artist. The stories portrayed in Leahy’s art pieces have been researched and influenced from the rich cultural traditions and ruins in the Southwest. Her symbols of horses, ravens and deer or human hands, spirals, and other symbols are drawn with glaze onto fired mica-rich clay that she has formed into wall hangings, platters and bowls.
Jeff Perkins Ceramic — "My work in ceramics is both thrown and hand built. For many years my thrown work has been large round forms. My sculpture is slab constructed. I use lots of texture on the pieces by finding things to imprint on the clay. I am influenced by ancient and primitive art."
Komala Rohde Jewelry — Born in Germany, she has travelled the globe and lived in different countries before settling in Sedona. Komala’s extensive stays in Japan helped her to absorb the essence of “Wabi Sabi," a comprehensive Japanese aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete," derived from Buddhist teaching.
Our October First Friday reception also features Guest Artist Carl Dalio, who has a feature wall in our gallery. Dalio, who lives in Sedona, is known for his bold, saturated color paintings in oil, watercolor and pastel. He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, and Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society. He will be participating in this year's Sedona Plein Air Festival and is teaching an oil painting workshop for all levels on November 14 to 17 at Sedona Arts Center.
Last but not least, check out the Verde Valley Weavers & Spinners Guild in the Arts Center's Special Exhibitions Gallery. The space will feature the guild's Fabulous Fiber Sale from October 6 to 9 from 10am to 5pm.
Sedona Arts Center is one of Northern Arizona’s most well-established cultural organizations. Founded in 1961, the nonprofit organization based in Uptown and offers year-round programs and services to enhance the creative life of Sedona. 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, private studio visits, and hundreds of arts education opportunities each year. For more information about upcoming cultural activities, contact the Sedona Arts Center at 928-282-3809 or visit SedonaArtsCenter.org