New Exhibition “Blowin’ In The Wind” showcases over 30 Local Artists

It’s the monsoon season in Arizona, and Sedona Arts Center’s upcoming exhibition pays tribute to this special time of year. The public is invited to the latest exhibition, Blowin’ in the Wind, on view in the Center’s Uptown gallery from August 5 to 30. The group show begins with a public reception on August 5 from 5 to 8pm, as part of the First Friday program, where works by over 30 artists will be featured and celebrated. 

Of all the visiting artists at the Sedona Summer Colony, Thomas Crouch has been the most obsessive about painting local landscapes. The artist arrived from Columbia, South Carolina, set up a studio in Brady Hall at Verde Valley School, and hasn’t stopped creating since. Crouch studied figurative oil painting, figurative drawing, and art theory at the Lorenzo De Medici School of Art in Florence Italy and obtained a BA in Art Studio from the University of South Carolina. He’s been exhibiting professionally since 2008 and his paintings in private collections span five continents. This summer, while in residence at the Summer Colony, he is adding Sedona to his influences and inspirations. 

Young artist Payton Hurley is a paper-maker and emerging cultural manager with huge aspirations. She will graduate from Florida State University this summer and is spending her July at the Sedona Summer Colony working as an artist-intern for the Peace Paper Project.  She is working closely with director Drew Matott and using the papermaking process as a form of social engagement, advocacy, therapy, and community building. Matott—who has shared his art form wiht communities in India, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Turkey, Spain, Kosovo, Ukraine, and Poland—has returned to Sedona and set up a studio as part of Sedona Summer Colony.

“The projects I work on build appreciation between artists, businesses and the community,” says Payton, “through events and creative experiences that encourage social interaction and new connections.”

Adam Lehl, a type designer from Wisconsin, has been spending the past few weeks as artist-in-residence at Sedona Summer Colony. He began collecting hand-written alphabets, A through Z, about 15 years ago while in college. It began as a project put forth by his professor to collect styles in magazines to understand typefaces while he studied graphic design. Instead, Adam purchased a sketchbook and wrote his own alphabet down.

That same day he attended a party with friends, and people at the get-together began writing their own alphabets into his book. By the end of the night, Adam had collected over 40 hand-written alphabets—and the Alphabet Collector Project began. While on the Verde Valley School campus, and exploring Northern Arizona, he has continue this project with our community.

Ceramic artist Autumn Higgins grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was raised in Portland, Oregon. She was born into a family of artists with a painter mother and grandparents who spent over 50 years working in ceramics. These strong creative influences helped to mold her into the creative producer she is today. 

Musician and film-industry veteran Rob Chidester grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisianna. He’s got the culture of that state in his blood, but has worked all over the country art directing films, producing music videos, and serving as an impresario for creative people and projects. This week he landed in Sedona as one of the first artists in residence at the Sedona Summer Colony.

Rob grew up across the lake from the Louisiana State University Campus. He was introduced to theater in Ms. Shirley Pourciau’s drama class at Robert E. Lee High School and later he attended LSU Theater School where he founded the comedy troupe, The Humoroids that hosted weekly comedy show.