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.”

Have you noticed the tides turn within the last couple of weeks?  They have been going topsy-turvy, stirring things up from the deep.  They just turned around again.  Relax now.  They will shift again, and you may be surprised at what shows up. It will have shades of what you have been thinking about for some time now.

I speak of the planet Uranus going retrograde in a week, on July 29th. You may feel or see it before then. Whatever Uranus does, seemingly comes out of the ‘blue,’ in unexpected ways.

How do we handle change?  First, know that there is a path for your life, and it is all in your best interests.  Secondly, our free-will choices Do matter as we ride our conveyor belt through our life journey, as to how things show up and how we run those things through our heart or not.  Do You believe in angels or demons?  Third, judging is not in our best interests.

In esoteric teachings we learn that water represents emotions. Were you ever on a boat that was rocked by unusually high waves? Has it seemed like that in your life lately? Planetary aspects were lined up for that beginning last week, and many of us have been noticing the rocking.

I used to do spiritual Readings on a large luxury cruise liner in the Atlantic Ocean and sometimes people would be bouncing from one hall wall to the other to try to keep their footing as the boat rocked.

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.

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