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Oak Creek Canyon, Slide Fire Photo Submissions Wanted for Juried Exhibit

Garland's Oak Creek Lodge

Photo courtesy of Mary Garland

The Sedona Arts Center is joining forces with the two Rotary Clubs of Sedona to host a juried photo exhibit called The Slide Fire Story: A Tribute to Oak Creek Canyon. Submissions are being sought, and anyone can participate. Photographs can be from Oak Creek before or after the fire, or of the fire itself. Video submissions are welcome, too. The deadline is Friday, June 20.

Images should be sent as jpegs and should not exceed 5 megabytes. Send them to slidefirephotography@gmail.com.

Below, David Simmer, professional photographer in Sedona and president of both the Sedona Arts Center and one of the participating rotary clubs, talks about the upcoming show, which opens July 10.

How did this exhibit come to be?
During the fire, the smoke that settled into Sedona was a constant reminder of the battle that was going on to contain the blaze and preserve Oak Creek Canyon. I’m a professional photographer, and I happen to be the incoming president of one of the local rotary clubs. I am also the president of the Sedona Arts Center. So, all of these pieces started fitting together for me. Rotarians are experienced to fundraise for local causes. And the arts center is always looking for opportunities to exhibit relevant art, and few places have more photographers than Sedona. The pieces all seemed to come together to have the local rotary clubs put together an exhibit of photography to be shown on the edge of the canyon at the arts center. I ended up floating the idea by a couple of trusted friends, and it just took off from there.

Can anyone contribute photos? What are you looking for in terms of submissions?
Yes, we welcome photos from anyone who has an image that relates to the impact of the fire. It could be an image showing residents of the canyon who were displaced from their homes, or animals that were likewise forced to flee, or a firefighter on break, or images that show the outpouring of appreciation of locals for the work of the firefighters to minimize the damage. We are looking for any images that reflect the impact of the fire. Amateur or professional, we don’t care. Actually, in this day and age, some of the best images are taken on cellphones because of the immediacy of the photograph. The images should be sent to slidefirephotography@gmail.com. That will allow us to easily communicate with the photographers and let them know what is going on. I should mention that we will be doing all the printing for the exhibit and will not be selling the images. We are only going to exhibit them, and we will be acknowledging the photographers whose images are selected.

Why are videos part of the project?
As we were working with our art director, Lynette Jennings, for the exhibit, she mentioned that she has seen some video of the plume of smoke rising over the canyon, and it made her wonder what other video might be out there. And when you think about it, we live in a world in which people commonly carry not only a camera, but also a video camera on them at all times in their smartphones. Lynette suggested that we ask not only for still images, but also for video. Who knows what people might have — that could be compelling footage of the early stages of the fire, or of the evacuation, or of locals bringing supplies to support the firefighters. That might really bring home the story of the fire and its impact.

What do you and your colleagues hope to accomplish with the exhibit?
There are a lot of intangible benefits from this event. We think it will be an opportunity for our community to come together to focus on what an important part of Sedona that Oak Creek Canyon is. We think it will also help us all to focus on the risk of fire and the need to be diligent and responsible when it comes to our actions and those of others. Beyond raising awareness, we would like to raise funds that will be used to mitigate the impact and that will help train firefighters who will be working across our state on these disasters. We will be splitting the proceeds from the event between the Slide Fire Disaster Response Fund of the Arizona Community Foundation and the Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy, where all the firefighters train for these types of fires.

What has the mood been like in Sedona after the fire?
From my conversations, there is, of course, a general mood of relief and incredible appreciation that the Slide Fire has been extinguished. But there is also an undercurrent that this isn’t the last of it. This is a reminder that we are still at high risk for fires because of the drought. And there are concerns about what the fire might mean for potential flooding during the monsoon season.

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Because Art is Cool

Canyon Mountain Lion, oil on canvas by Sally Hall
Image courtesy of Sedona Arts Center

This summer experience a spectacular showcase of works by member artists at the Sedona Arts Center’s Special Exhibition Gallery and Theater from July 28 – August 22, 2012. This much anticipated event’s Opening Reception will be held on First Friday August 3, 2012 from 5 to 8 pm. You’ll find a variety of styles and mediums from exquisite jewelry, fine art paintings, sculptures, ceramics and more! Come mingle with the artists on this exciting evening.

Students, members and patrons alike will be showing their work – 43 artists in all. Faculty member Joanie Wolter says, “Several of my former students who are showing their work in the co-op. Meg Friemarck, Tracy Elliot, Deb Lovejoy, and Lucele Coutts. It is so exciting to see their progress!” As with any teacher, she’s thrilled to see her students blossom and the creativity evident in each of their works. “As a teacher, it’s very exciting to witness your students falling in love with the medium you’ve presented to them. And to see them excel is awesome!”

This show is a direct result of requests from members for more opportunities to show their work – some of whom will be exhibiting in a gallery setting for the first time.

Other co-op artists who frequent the Arts Center classrooms include Jan Oden, who has experienced the joy of working with Barbara Brown in her sculpting classes. Katherine Stewart, Pat Swanason and Sel Wasson have also been regulars in the Ceramics classes. Plus, we can never forget Gretchen Lopez, our prize teacher who can be proud of her students Pat Reed, Joan Bankert and Helen Lane-Parker.

The Exhibiting Artists are: Tracy Elliott, Randy Elliott, Sally Hall, Oceana-Lori Kraus, Pat Reed, Christie Palmer, Carolyn Sommers, Linda Coleman, Jan Oden, Barbara Brown, Phil Goldblatt, Jack Jackson, Greg Evans, Joanie Wolter, Lucele Coutts, Deb Lovejoy, Richard Barnwell, Bruce Newman, Adryanna Ciera, Lorraine Fexas, Sharron Porter, Harold Ullery, Bev Jenai-Myers, Helen Lande, Julie Ronning-Talbot, Stephanie Brand, Janet Bass, Judy Wolf, Joan Bankert, Cynde Polenick, Norma Holden, Patricia Swanson, Katharine Stewart, Patricia Lee, Meg Freimarck, Des Matthews, Mary Ratner, Selden Wasson, Jean Jorgensen, Jim Peterson, Holly Stedman, Robin Mason, and David Simmer.

Don’t miss this exciting evening at Sedona Arts Center!

The Sedona Arts Center is located at State Route 89A & Art Barn Road in uptown Sedona. The Galleries are open daily from 10-5.  For more information call 928-282-3809 or visit SedonaArtsCenter.com.

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