Having learned the ancient and little-known system to read the regular deck of 52 cards as it tells our destiny 100% accurately, I knew that in some way there was going to be new love in my life over the year that would begin on my birthday, February 7.

In early March, Richard Gere asked if the seat next to me at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, was taken.  At first glance I heard myself say, Oh my God, this is Richard Gere! And he’s going to sit next to me for the next few hours!

Was it my good karma that magneted him to me?  We chatted and belly laughed through those few hours, during being entertained, and afterward, he waited for me as I took pictures of those on stage for my Sedona New Age Show.  Oh my God, was he really waiting for Me? I could hardly believe it, but he was. I told him I was going to try to get an interview, to which he responded ‘Good Luck with that,’ then turned around and walked away.

It hadn’t occurred to me that that might have hurt his feelings, RG being second fiddle for a woman’s attention. Instead, immediately I realized I had missed what could have been an opportunity to be invited for coffee and getting acquainted better. He was already long separated from his wife, and available. I hadn’t even given him my business card. That’s what I usually did. I let opportunities pass by. I got in my own way. Into the wind he was swept away from me. I sat in my car in the parking lot and had to realize everything happens as it should. Had to accept the truth.

I met the man I am in a relationship with now, 2 ½ months later. He looks like a younger version of Richard Gere, even more handsome, sexy, and maybe is the love of my life. Looks like a handsome leading man in movies. Lives here, sings beautifully which I love, is a great dancer, which I love, is brilliant, keeps me in stitches laughing, and is an astrologer like me, so we speak the same language.

Now I know why I was not supposed to know Richard Gere better. In fact, as I am writing, my boyfriend texted me and asked me to come sit outside with him. My first thought was to reply, ‘after I write my column; but my immediate second thought was, don’t miss the chance be close to Him.Now. I learned not to miss opportunities like I’d had with Richard Gere. I am so drawn to this man in my life, and he is so amazing for my life, I cherish every moment with him.

Before I went to my precious nephew’s wedding in Florida, this past May, I was already exhausted. I had more exciting projects on my plate than Ever, and each carried a great deal of effort and time. I was back and forth in emails, setting up an interview with Gregg Braden and the Heart Math Institute’s CEO, Dr. Deborah Rozman, also arranging to gift others the use of my second ticket through the long weekend of thrilling events.

I was getting ready for my trip to see family in Florida, buying a zillion necessities, clothes and getting alterations. I was asked to call-backs for a reality show, and also prepping and shooting my own Sedona New Age Show. Doing my usual job of Readings, in negotiations with Diamond Resorts to be a Gift for their guests in Sedona, arranging for business insurance for my office and automobile, and handling so very much more.

I set up reservations for about two weeks of 9 different hotel rooms and staying elsewhere, from Phoenix and throughout various cities in Florida, arranging times to visit different people there, get rental cars, take trams, shuttles, be driven, plus get gifts for the wedding, family and friends, and on.  I was thoroughly exhausted upon arrival in Florida. Let alone the inner stress of flying round trip. And the journey itself awaiting me.

After some challenging scenarios on the trip (and heart opening experiences with loved ones, as well), when I returned to Sedona, I knew I needed rest.  I didn’t know how much rest. After about 10 days not working so that I could chill out, I decided to visit the location where I lease my office, touching base with some people I knew, and that is where I met who is now the man in my heart.

It wasn’t until another 20 days out of the office that I felt restored. During that time he and I started to get to know each other. Today I could write a love story. Maybe this is it. The preface of the book. Check back in a few weeks and I’ll update where my heart is; Chapter One.

Love from Rachel Star of Sedona

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I’m a creative type. I’m also an adventurous type. So when I am asked to build both of those elements into a creative project – I’m exactly where I want to be. As an artist, I’ve experimented in hundreds of different mediums, but the one that I am most passionate about is my photography. This doesn’t go unnoticed apparently… as I was asked to help with a wonderful campaign that brings the beauty of Sedona to the rest of the world. I honestly don’t even have the words to express my gratitude for being given the opportunity to share my Sedona with everyone. So over the course of three exciting weeks I gathered friends and family and ventured out into my beautiful neighborhood and captured moments in time.

 

I went biking, hiking, ballooning and climbing to share a glimpse of life in Sedona. I’ll get into more creative details about this amazing adventure of mine in upcoming blogs, but for now I want to share with you some outtakes and behind-the-scene moments from my creative photographic adventure around Sedona. I will say that I was filming and photographing for this project and I used a GoPro Hero3, Canon Mark II 5D, iPhone 5 and iPad air to bring it all together. We can talk tech later, but for now I would simply love to share with you a slice of my life with family and friends in Sedona, Arizona.

 

Thanks to everyone who made this possible! Here’s a window into the adventure we had in our own backyard, complete with one of our favorite songs by David Bowie…

 

Sedona Red Rock High School students stand with four murals they created for the Humane Society of Sedona on May 15, 2014. Pictured from left to right: Marilyn Contreras, Jackie Randall, Asia Brown, Nubia Owens, Rebel Turner, Allexxa Brooks, Jade West, Vince Fazio, Naomi Garcia, Geoffrey Worssam, Helen Mastors, Makenzie Meacham, Emma Keider and Ceci Estrada (not pictured)The Humane Society of Sedona has four new beautiful murals in their dog and cat meeting rooms thanks to the talented painting and drawing students at Sedona Red Rock High School! On May 15, 2014, the completed murals were presented to the Humane Society. I stopped by to take a photo of their masterpieces, for some ice-cream and for some great conversation with the project facilitators. I was happy to hear countless words of praise from everyone who got a sneak peek at the murals before they were taken to the meeting rooms.

 

 

There are many changes at Sedona PhotoFest, the event presented by Sedona Arts Center that takes place at the Sedona Performing Arts Center June 5-6, 2014. This year we’re bringing in high-profile photographers from Canon and Adobe as well as a new online photography contest in partnership with ViewBug.com that can win you a TAMRON lens and LowePro camera bag bundle worth over $700! 

 

About Sedona PhotoFest:

 

Sedona PhotoFest is a series of educational and inspiring presentations on photographic technique, use of digital software and personal artistic perspectives from some of the top photographers in the country. The event takes place over two days, June 5-6, at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. June 5 features Larry Lindahl, Julieanne Kost, Amy Horn and Jennifer Wu and is FREE and open to the public thanks to sponsorships from the City of Sedona, Canon, Adobe, Rollies Camera and our lodging sponsors Amara Resort and Arroyo Roble Hotel (both offering a 10% discount on rooms for PhotoFest attendees). June 6 is an exclusive $50 ticketed event featuring: Tony Sweet, Scott Stulberg, Mike Olbinski & Yorgo Alexopoulos. 


View the complete schedule of events here.

 

About the ViewBug Photography Contest:

 

From dusk till dawn, the darkness can reveal a world filled with mystery and wonder. Photographic possibilities become endless when imagination and knowledge collide after dark. Share your best photo that depicts the many aspects of shooting after the sun goes down including capturing stars and star trails, car trails, lightning, the cobalt blue of twilight or light painting! This contest is being judged by Scott Stulberg, travel photographer and 2014 PhotoFest presenter.

You can enter the contest here: ViewBug After Dark Photo Contest

 

I wish you the best of luck! Submit your best after dark photo for a chance to win! The winners will be announced on June 6, the ticketed PhotoFest Day, where there will be even more raffles and prizes. Remember to be social and spread the word!

 

Good Luck!

 


On March 6, I represented the arts and the Sedona Arts Center for Career Day at Sedona Red Rock high school. I was thrilled to be able to talk to Sedona's future movers and shakers. What was most inspiring to me was the overall general interest in the arts. We often hear that art is a dying breed thanks to lack of funding and continuing budget cuts, but that appears to be far from the whole truth. The students I spoke with had every intention of pursuing careers in art, music, design and more. It was a refreshing change to the diatribe I’ve heard in the past regarding potential careers in arts.

I've often spoken about how the world around you was born from creative thinkers. This simple fact is what drives the next generation of our workforce and leaders. I was able to share my story and travels to many inspired students who at their core were creative and equally motivated. The biggest thrill, however, was hearing their stories and dreams as they shared what their inspirations and goals for the future were. I heard from many young adults who fundamentally understood how the world itself was a "work of art." From the technology we use every day to the buildings we enter - art is all around us.

I left inspired.

This past week when I ventured to NASA to meet the creative and technological geniuses there - I went there knowing that the arts was still alive not only in science, but also in the hearts and minds of our future. So stay inspired and teach art, because it's alive and well in the creative souls of our children.

 

 

Raku means “enjoyment,” or “comport” and is a special type of Japanese pottery that’s traditionally used in tea ceremonies. The bowls are typically hand-shaped, porous and fired with lead glazes at low temperatures and removed red-hot to cool in the open air. Contemporary potters worldwide have modified their firing techniques to bring some incredibly unique new pieces with a ‘raku’ finish.

This month, the Sedona Arts Center is hosting the largest and most diverse raku ceramics exhibition that has been held in the United States in over 15 years. “Raku Ceramics: Origins, Impact and Contemporary Expression” takes place March 7–17, 2014 in the Special Exhibition Gallery at the Sedona Arts Center. Western raku artists developed their own unique processes in the 1950’s, whereby ceramics are removed from the kiln while red hot, treated to a smoke-and-flame reduction with combustible materials in an airtight chamber and then cooled quickly. This process allows nature to take over by simply leaving the pieces in the airtight container with no interruption.

Here at the arts center, I’ve been watching as box after box of shipments from all over the world are coming in for the exhibit that begins on March 7th. The exhibition includes artworks of historical significance from private collections and works from as far away as London and Israel as well as from contemporary raku artists in the continental United States. There’s much ‘buzz’ around the arts center over this unique exhibit and we’re all looking forward to seeing this exhibit take form!

Here’s the schedule:

“Raku Ceramics: Origins, Impact and Contemporary Expression” takes place March 7–17, 2014 in the Special Exhibition Gallery at the Sedona Arts Center.

On Wednesday, March 12, Jim Romberg will give a special gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. This talk is free and open to the public, though advance registration is strongly recommended. To reserve a spot, register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center.

The Arts Center’s ceramics department will also host two workshops in conjunction with the exhibit. Jim Romberg and Patrick Crabb will teach a weekend raku workshop on March 8 and 9. Participation in this “New Forms, New Surfaces” workshop requires some previous ceramic experience. Workshop participants will glaze and fire their own work over the space of two days.

On Sunday, March 16, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Dennis Ott and Jim Romberg will host a “Raku Firing and Japanese Tea Ceremony”; no previous ceramic experience is required. Each participant will choose and glaze a tea bowl, participate in the firing and then use their bowl in the Tea Ceremony conducted by Masumi Oshima. The bowls are theirs to keep.

You can register for these events through the Sedona Arts Center online at www.sedonaartscenter.org, by phone at 928-282-3809, or in person at the Arts Center on the corner of SR 89A and Art Barn Road in Uptown Sedona.”