Sedona Plein Air Festival Free Event
“Main Street Paint Out”
October 17th, 2015
Come see twenty-two Plein Air artists in action, all in one area at one time, as they capture the beauty and charm of Uptown Sedona in the “Main Street Paint Out” on Saturday October 17th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. All of the twenty-two nationally and regionally recognized Plein Air artists participating in the Sedona Plein Air Festival, including seven new to the event this year, will have their easels set up on the sidewalks and plazas along “Main Street” (SR 89A) in Uptown. They are challenged to create a painting from start to finish within the three hour “Paint Out”. Observers will see Sedona through the eyes of the artists, expressed in many different styles using a variety of media. The artist’s subject can be the landscape, people, buildings, foliage, vehicles or anything else along the Main Street that captures their imagination.
This free event kicks-off the Sedona Arts Center’s 11th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival, an eight day celebration of outdoor painting. The invited artists must be award-winning plein air artists with regional/national recognition and current representation in a fine art gallery. This year, there are 14 landscape artists and eight figurative artists; seven of the artists are from Arizona and the remaining fifteen are coming from Arkansas, California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC and Wisconsin. Each year approximately thirty percent of the artists are new to the Festival and this year is no exception, with two landscape artists and five figurative artists brand new to this year’s event.
As so aptly described by Sedona Arts Center, ““Sedona Plein Air Festival pays homage to the spirit and innovation of the great French Impressionists whose paintings were based on the belief that “you should trust your eyes” to capture the beauty that surrounds you. As with the old masters, contemporary plein-air artists paint from life in the out-of-doors (en plein air), capturing moments in time that reflect the ever-changing colors, light and shadows, temperature and shifting elements. The art form requires that artists have stamina, focus, and the ability to be completely absorbed in the work regardless of what Mother Nature is throwing at them. There is no setting more perfect than Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon in late October to find vibrant, unexpected scenic beauty. It is truly an artist’s paradise.” Twenty-two “award-winning artists, selected from among the best of the best, have accepted invitations to participate in this showcase. They are coming from all over the United States to spend eight days painting en plein air, and to share with observers their incredible talent and unique experiences with this challenging art form.”
The “Main Street Paint Out” is sponsored by Sedona Main Street Program to bring together these Plein Air artists, so the public can witness all of them during their creative process in one place at the same time. You can watch as the paintings develop plus meet and interact with the artists at work all along the “Main Street”, a fun, unique and accessible place.
Once the Paint Out time limit is reached, the artists quickly frame their works of art and bring them to the Sedona Arts Center front patio, at the north end of Main Street (SR 89A at the corner of Art Barn Road), for the first opportunity to purchase this year’s Plein Air Festival creations. The sale takes place from 4:00 to 5:00 pm that day. It is then that you can see all the completed works, witness the awards presented by Guerrilla Painter and Gamblin Oils, and purchase your favorite painting before the paint is even dry!
The event then rolls into the opening reception in the Sedona Arts Center’s Art Barn Plein Air Galleries from 5:00–7:00 p.m., open to the public and sponsored by the Sedona Arts Center Board of Directors. Each artist brings completed paintings from their own region to display in the Art Barn’s Special Exhibition Gallery and adjoining Theatre Studio, which are transformed into Plein Air Galleries for this event. Their works will be for sale throughout the week. Artists will periodically rehang their space with new work created during their stay, which will be designated with a “Wet Paint” sticker beside it. The exhibition event is thus constantly evolving and open 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. daily throughout the week.
Come early on Saturday, October 17th, to enjoy lunch at one of the wonderful restaurants in Uptown Sedona, browse and shop the many unique stores and galleries, and take in the scenic vistas. Then stay into the evening to enjoy the Festival’s opening reception and a wonderful dinner and drinks in the area. Make it a special celebration of autumn in Sedona with friends and family. Parking is available along N. State Route 89A, in the Sedona Free Public Parking lot at 260 Schnebly Road and Sedona Arts Center parking lot on Art Barn Road.
The 11th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival includes activities open to the public during the entire upcoming week, many of which are free to attend. New this year to the festival is the element of figurative artists and the Speakeasy Salon, which Vince Fazio, the Sedona Arts Center’s Plein Air Festival Chair describes as following “…an aspect of the great Post-Impressionist tradition. 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.”
For a complete schedule, view the event website at www.SedonaPleinAirFestival.com. Details are also available by calling Sedona Arts Center 928.282.3809 or 888. 954.4442.
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Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service
Did you know that the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona offers a Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service? That’s right, if you are a guest of our Sedona hotel we’ll do the driving for you. We’ll take you anywhere within Sedona proper in our 12 passenger air conditioned van, then just call us and we’ll come back and pick you up! This free shuttle service is available to all of our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:45 pm.
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