• Carl Ortman's, Dream Team
  • Sedona Plein Air Festival
  • Sedona Plein Air Festival
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  • Carl Ortman's, Dream Team

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

About The Festival

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

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

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Festival Artists

Landscape Artists:

Joshua Been (Colorado)
Betty Carr (Arizona)
Bill Cramer (Arizona)
Tracey Frugoli (Illinois)
Bruce Gomez (Colorado)
J. Brad Holt (Utah)
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)

Figurative Artists:

Michele Byrne (Pennsylvania)
Libby Caldwell
Robert Lemler (California)
Gretchen Lopez
Carl Ortman
Randall Sexton
Dawn Whitelaw






Additional Info and Schedule of Events

Saturday, October 17, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Main St. Paint Out 
All Artists Paint Uptown Sedona
Join artists all along Main Street as they paint out in the open air (en plein air) Sponsored by Sedona Main Street, Gamblin Oils and Guerrilla Painter (Judging at 4:30 p.m. sharp in front of the Sedona Arts Center)

Saturday, October 17, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Reception in Plein Air Galleries
Opening Reception Sponsored by Sedona Arts Center Board of Directors - New works added throughout the week!
Gallery is open daily 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Monday, October 19
Casino Night in the Speakeasy Salon
Big Cheese Guest Preview – 4:00–– 5:00 p.m.
Casino Night – 5:00––8:00 p.m.

Say, don’t miss the fun at the Sedona Arts Center Speakeasy, see? It’s gonna be the bee's knees so all you sheiks and shebas get a wiggle on to the Speakeasy Casino Night! Your Big Cheese Guest Entry will get you into the fray early that will be hittin' on all sixes. You can even come in costume if you like, all dolled up in your favorite flapper regalia or gangster glad rags.

It only costs $100 clams, and look at what you get:

* Early entry and exclusive preview from 4:00 – 5:00 to rub elbows with Speakeasy Artists and Models. You will be the first to be able to buy original artwork created during the Plein Air Festival Speakeasy Salon.
* A chance to win cool prizes in the Casino Raffle.
* Casino Night gets rollin' at 5:00 with $500 in chip-vouchers to play casino games where you can win more chances for prizes.
* Free wine and specialty "giggle water" cocktails made just for the Speakeasy and some "deluxe" canapes.

Don’t miss this one! It’s gonna be the cat’s meow!!

Registration Fee: $100.00

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Tuesday, October 20, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Paint Out at Jerome
Artists paint throughout scenic Jerome and Gold King Mine with lunch sponsored by Jerome Chamber of Commerce and Jerome Art Walk. Learn where your favorite artist is painting at the Sponsor Tent (setup at 8:00 a.m.) in the main parking area.


Wednesday, October 21, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Final Reception for Speakeasy Salon
This event is open to the public and will feature awards for the Speakeasy Salon. Jazz music in the Theatre Studio.


Thursday, October 22, 10:00 a.m.–Noon (Quick Draw)
“Water in the Desert” Creekside Paint Out!
Sponsored by L’Auberge resort. Artists will be able to paint anywhere along the creek near the resort. A final gathering of work will be available for sale and judged for awards from Gamblin and Guerrilla Painter.


Thursday Evening, October 22, 7:00 p.m.
Keynote – Randall Sexton – “Painting in the Moment”
Sedona Arts Center – Theatre Studio
Short reception following in Plein Air Galleries.


Friday, October 23 Noon - 2 p.m.
Awards Night!
Special award for art work on the theme of “Water in the Desert”
Exclusive Patrons Preview 4:00–5:00 p.m.   
Final Reception! Open to the Public 5:00–8:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 24

Final Public Sale 10:00 a.m.–Noon


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Plein Air Workshops


Creating Beautiful Pastel Landscapes
Bruce Gomez | October 14-16, 2015 | Tuition: $ 450

Bold Brush Plein Air
Shelby Keefe | October 14-16, 2015 | Tuition: $ 475

The Figurative Quick Study
Gretchen Lopez | October 15–16, 2015 | Tuition: $250

Contemporary Oil Materials
Scott Gellatly | October 18, 2015 | 10:00 a.m.–noon | FREE

The Plein Air Palette
Scott Gellatly | October 18, 2015 | 1:00–6:00 p.m. | Tuition: $60

Painting Jerome, Sedona and a fabulous Junkyard
Randall Sexton | October 21-23, 2015 | Tuition: $ 500

Plein Air Painting Crash Course
Jim Wodark | October 25-26, 2015 | Tuition: $ 325

Composition and Technique with Water-Mixable Oils
Charlie Hunter | October 25-27, 2015 | Tuition: $ 475

Sedona Fall Colors - Watercolor or Oil
Betty Carr | October 26-30, 2015 | Tuition: $ 600

Artist Retreat: Abstract/Figurative Workshop
Robert Burridge | October 26-30, 2015 | Tuition: $ 600

Contact Us

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Sedona Arts Center
15 Art Barn Road, Sedona, Arizona 86336
Office: 928-282-3809 | Toll Free: 888-954-4442 | Gallery: 928-282-3865 | sac@sedonaartscenter.org

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