Sedona AZ (March 15, 2013) – Sedona has been the home of famous artists like Maxfield Parrish, Max Ernst, Dorothea Tanning, Zoe Mozert, Joe Beeler, and Lillian Wilhelm Smith, to name a few, and Sedona is an art destination town. Nevertheless, there is presently no museum where tourists and art lovers can go to enjoy Sedona’s rich artistic heritage. This oversight is in the process of being remedied.
The Exploratory Committee of the Sedona Art Museum (a 501(c)3 corporation) announces that it has been offered a space for a preview museum. The preview museum, which is located in Old Market Place on Hwy 89A, will provide the location for a kick-off fund- raising event this spring sponsored in part by SAGA (Sedona Area Guild of Artists). This campaign will create an endowment to finance this space and a later more permanent museum, possibly in the same location, and to begin archiving a collection of the rich tradition which made Sedona a famous art colony.
The Sedona Art Museum (SAM) will feature art by artists of Sedona and the Verde Valley. In addition, a series of rotating exhibitions of contemporary artists from the Sedona area will be featured in a “Sedona Artist of the Month Exhibition” series. Videos and other interactive displays will complement the museum installations.
Long range goals include having a cast of “Capricorn,” the world-famous sculpture created by Max Ernst when he lived in Sedona. Having “Capricorn” in Sedona will contribute to the cultural life of Sedona, will increase Sedona’s reputation as an art destination and provide a strong incentive for art lovers to come to Sedona. An international conference devoted to the Ernst Family relationship to the Dada and Surrealist Movements in art is also in the advanced planning.
The Sedona Art Museum (SAM) will also be an educational institution, with classes, workshop, demonstrations, seminars and lectures created for children, students, adults and seniors. We envision Sedona artists volunteering to teach and mentor these. These educational opportunities will help the residents of Sedona and Sedona’s visitors learn about our city’s richly textured artistic and cultural heritage
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