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11th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival
October 17–24, 2015

Sedona Plein Air Festival Announces new additional theme for 2015!

In addition to the ongoing theme of the magical Sedona landscape a special addition of figurative painting will be explored at this year’s Sedona Plein Air Festival Oct 17–24, 2015. Experience a “Speakeasy Salon” with a complete stage/bar/jazz night club environment created in the historical “Theatre Studio” of the Art Barn at the Sedona Arts Center. While 15 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 nationally known figurative painters will be working during the day painting from models in the adjacent Speakeasy Salon.

The “Speakeasy Salon” will only be open at “Happy Hour” as figurative artists finish their works from the day and sit back with you for a well-deserve drink. Specialty cocktails will be served at the speakeasy bar that have been created just for this occasion. Models and artists will mingle with the guests each evening with music to create the jazzy environment of an underground party from the 1920s. Tickets for the “Speakeasy Salon” will grant guests entry for the duration of the week. Drinks are free.

About The Festival

Main Street Paint Out

Main Street Paint Out

Artists Paint Out in Uptown Sedona

En Plein Air

En Plein Air Events

Special events held all week long

Sedona, Arizona

Red Rock Country

Nestled in the heart of beautiful Sedona, Arizona

Festival Artists

Joshua Been (Colorado)
Betty Carr (Arizona)
Bill Cramer (Arizona)
Tracey Frugoli (Illinois)
Bruce Gomez (Colorado)
Charlie Hunter (Vermont)
Michael Chesley Johnson (Arizona)
Shelby Keefe (Wisconsin)
John P. Lasater IV (Arkansas)
Jason Sacran (Arkansas)
Loriann Signori (Washington DC)
Williamson Tapia (Arizona)
Jim Wodark (California)

Kim English (Colorado)
Randall Sexton
(California)
Carl Ortman
(Colorado)
Michelle Byrne
(Pennsylvania)
Gretchen Lopez
(Arizona)

Additional Info and Schedule of Events

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 15 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 nationally known 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 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. following Randall Sexton’s Keynote presentation from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

The “Speakeasy Salon” will not be open during the day but will open at “Happy Hour” as figurative artists will be finishing their works from the day and will be ready for a drink. Specialty cocktails that have been created just for this occasion will be served. Models and artists will mingle with the guests each evening with live jazz to create an environment of an underground party from the 1920s. Tickets for the “Speakeasy Salon” will grant guests entry for the duration of the week and can be applied to purchase of any painting in the festival. Drinks are free.

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 and races were all places where one might find the paintable moment. Stylistically, artists in the speakeasy are challenged to bring together 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 the present moment of painting.

Confirmed participants (with a few more to be added) in the Salon include nationally known figurative painters Kim English, Randall Sexton, Carl Ortman, Michelle Byrne 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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