Cornville AZ (October 12, 2019) – Saturday, October 26, experience a rare opportunity to soak in the rugged beauty and magical inspiration of a working studio burnished with years of art, sculpture and performance. Down a backroad into a quiet valley in the Verde Valley, you are invited to participate in Engaging the Muse, a unique afternoon event in the Waddell Studio in Cornville. Beginning with a new presentation by local performance artist, dancer, and artists’ model, Pash Galbavy, using archetypal masks, movement, and storytelling to offer an insider’s view of how she got into modeling for artists and what it’s really like.
If You Go …
- What: Life Drawing, masks, music, poetry & dance at the Waddell’s Studio & Sculpture Garden
- When: October 26, 1:30pm-4:00
- Where: Cornville, RSVP for directions
- Cost: $20/session or $30/both in advance through ShowTix4u.com or $25/
session or $40/both, includes Chocolatree chocolates
Dancer/model Mark Stevens from Flagstaff will offer a unigue solo dance, and also contact dance improvisations in duet with Pash. Vocalist, sound and visual artist Frederica Hall (www.fredericahallarts.com) will offer her poetry and vocal song intermingling with musician, sound and visual artist Rodrigo de Toledo’s original improvisation music on the guitar and keyboard. Both artists are also from Flagstaff. Sedona actor and chocolatier Sarah Ann Lesslie will MC. And life drawing demonstrations will be offered by artists Hope Ricciardi (http://www.hopemricciardi.com
Regularly attending artists from the Sedona Arts Center’s Monday life drawing group (which meets weekly from 10am-1pm,) will provide a panel to answer questions about their experience of life drawing.
Offered in two parts, tickets are available for either or both at $25each or $40 for both (at the door) or online in advance $20 each/$30 both at showtix4u.com. Both parts are recommended for adults only as they contain nudity.
During the intermission, chocolates will be provided by Chocolatree. Attendees are invited to walk around the Waddell’s studio and sculpture garden.
The second half of the afternoon will offer the opportunity to participate in or witness a one hour classical figure drawing session with Pash and Mark as the muses, modeling short poses together.
You may bring your own art supplies—including paper and easel if you want one— and sketch or draw the live models or simply observe.
Engaging the Muse will incorporate themes associated with Master sculptor John Waddell’s sculptures and artist Ruth Waddell’s artwork, which include finding beauty, individuality, diversity, and emotional resonance in the human figure.
This is also an entree to the new evening life drawing group, beginning November 6th, at the Waddell’s on Wednesday nights from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. (Attendees must RSVP in advance to ensure there are enough participants for the group to meet.) The special kickstart event will raise awareness about life drawing in a unique and entertaining way, and it will help support the Waddell’s important ongoing arts legacy.
Master sculptor, John Waddell, has sculpted over 150 life-size and over-life-size bronze figurative sculptures, many small figures, as well as paintings and drawings. His work has been exhibited worldwide. Earlier in his career, Waddell was a social significance painter representing the ills of society, and eventually his interest turned to the beauty of individuals and their potential for positive interaction. (www.artbyjohnwaddel.com)
Ruth Waddell’s painting, pastel, drawing and sculpture work is inspired by people and nature. Her wish is to deliver the emotional impact that her subjects have on her. (www.artbyruthwaddel.com)
“We are lucky to have the honor and opportunity to offer this event in the Waddell studio among the sculptures and John and Ruth’s artwork,” says performance artist and model, Pash, who has been conducting Sedona Arts Center’s Monday life drawing group since 2012. “There couldn’t be a much more appropos or inspiring venue to work and play in.”
Beginning with ancient cave drawings, early Greek sculptures, through the Renaissance, Middle-Ages, eighteenth through twentieth centuries, and into the present, drawing the unclothed human form, or “life drawing,” has a long history of being key to the development of artists. It requires intense focus of artists’ skills in analysis and execution, while inviting intuitive insights into collective humanity. It develops an ability to interpret emotional and physical aspects of the subject and combines those with creative expression.
Treat yourself and participate in the wonder of the creative experience of life drawing, masks, voice, original, poetry, music, and dance, along with organic chocolates at the Waddell’s magnificent property in Cornville on October 26, from 1:30pm-4:00pm. Call for more detailed information or to RSVP, (928) 284-4021 or see www.artofpash.com.