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SPAF Announces New additional Theme for 2015!
In addition to the ongoing theme of the magical Sedona landscape a special theme of figurative painting will be explored at this year’s Sedona Plein Air Festival Oct 17 – 24, 2015. The theme will be a “Speakeasy Salon” with a complete stage/bar/jazz night club environment created in the historical “Theatre Studio” at the Sedona Arts Center. While 14 of the nation’s best plein air painters will be working in the landscape and exhibiting in the Special Exhibition Gallery all week long another group of award winning figurative painters will be working during the day painting from models in the Speakeasy Salon. The figurative painters will start on Saturday and the Speakeasy Salon will culminate in a final reception on Wednesday Oct 21 with a final Happy Hour and awards night from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The “Speakeasy Salon” will not be open during the day but will open for special “Happy Hour” celebrations. Models and artists will mingle with the guests, with live jazz to create an environment of an underground party from the 1920s. Specialty cocktails will be available that have been created just for this occasion. Monday, Oct 19 will be a “Speakeasy Casino Night” with Craps, Roulette and Black Jack being played and with the chance for participants to win a drawing for a Las Vegas Weekend package.
In terms of subject matter the Speakeasy Salon picks up on the “other side” of the great impressionist tradition (beyond the landscape movement) which was a new celebration of the figure in all manner of activity including the most casual. Suddenly bars, performances, circuses, back alleys, bathrooms and horse races were all places where one might find the paintable moment. Stylistically, artists in the speakeasy are challenged to bring together the figure and the patterns, color and fun of Art Deco fashion with the spontaneity of brushwork from influences like Sargent, Toulouse Lautrec, Degas and Manet and update it all into fresh paintings that will be done using the life model.
Confirmed participants in the Salon include eight award winning figurative painters Randall Sexton Libby Caldwell, , Carl Ortman, Michele Byrne, Dawn Whitelaw, Robert Lemler, David Tanner and Gretchen Lopez. The keynote presenter for this year’s Sedona Plein Air Festival Randall Sexton is joining the Speakeasy Salon for 5 days of painting the figure.
“I am looking forward with great anticipation to the events this coming October at the Sedona Art Center. As keynote speaker for the Sedona Plein Air Festival I will be sharing my influences which shaped my development as a painter and will be leading a plein air workshop during the popular event. Sedona is chalk full of subject matter that could appeal to any painter's whims - however - this year a "Speakeasy Salon" being created as a special venue. I will be one of a number of invited guest painters working from life with costumed models staged in various themes. While many people are familiar with my plein air work very few are aware of my focus with the human figure. After teaching figure painting for many years I have recently painted a series of interiors and scenes from parks to barber shops to quite moments of contemplation. I look forward to the vintage quality of the Speakeasy harkening back to the new figurative exploration done during the early days of French Impressionism” - Randall Sexton
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