Mon, March 30

Sedona Arts Festival puts 150 artists on display

Above, work by Patricia Boyd, mixed-media artist from California. Below, Saith will entertain on Sunday.

Above, work by Patricia Boyd, mixed-media artist from California. Below, Saith will entertain on Sunday.

The Sedona Arts Festival celebrates its 19th annual event at the Red Rock High School on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11.

Founded in 1989, the Festival has grown into an award-winning showcase featuring incredible fine art and craft work from some of the best artists in the country. The weekend brings together over 150 artisans as well as live musical entertainment, food and fun for everyone. The focal point of the Festival this year will be the Tony Curtis Tent, featuring the artwork of the legendary actor and artist. Mr. Curtis will be at the Festival on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to greet attendees and sign books. The tent will exhibit his artwork spanning a period of 40 years throughout the Festival weekend.

At the heart of the Sedona Arts Festival is the diverse selection of artists and craftspeople exhibiting a variety of media including glass, drawing/graphics/paper, jewelry, metal, photography, mixed-media, ceramics, fiber art, painting, wood and sculpture.

The Arts Festival is a not-for-profit, community-focused organization. A committee of well qualified individuals well versed in the arts studies hundreds of applicants to jury in the best regional and nationally known artists. A selection of popular favorites and award-winners are invited by the Festival to return while the remainder goes through a jury process to vie for a position at the event.

Eight artists were juried into the Glass category. There will be seven artists represented in Drawing/Graphics/Paper. A vast array of 31 jewelry artists will feature a variety of styles, techniques and fabrication methods. The metal category will showcase eight artists.

Photographer Rick Canham will be showing at the Festival for the first time this year. The mixed-media category features several incredible Gourd artists for 2009. There will be 12 artists representing the Ceramics category. Fine woven pieces, clothing, belts, shoes and more will be shown by 31 artists in the Fiber Art category.

Painting will encompass eight artists. Eight craftspeople will be showing this year in the wood category. Eighteen artists will round out the Sculpture medium.

Live musical entertainment for the weekend is presented in association with the Sedona Performers Guild. Look for guitar and flutes with Meadowlark, flamenco guitarist Eric Miller, blues/jazz/rock from the Denise Allen Band, gypsy jazz trio Zazu, Saith and pop artist Slim Man.

A weekend of beautiful art is in store for Sedona. Also enjoy delicious food, live musical performances, an unbelievable raffle, the Tony Curtis Exhibit, the interactive KidZone and more at the 19th annual Sedona Arts Festival, Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for the entire weekend is $10 per Adult (look at the Festival's ad for special coupons for $1 off adults and $2 off for seniors).

There is a no pet policy so please leave your pets in the comfort of your home.

Proceeds from the Festival benefit community art programs and provide scholarships to students pursuing a career in the arts.

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