sedona news – The City is inviting the public to reserve a date for the next artist reception to be held on Thursday, February 15, 2024, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Room and Vultie Conference Room. Masu. There, paintings, paintings and pottery created by Karen Taylor will be on display. The works created by Marian Leahy will be on display until May 2, 2024. The special musical guest at the reception will be Nathan “Sais” Gangadian.
A native of San Francisco, Taylor majored in anthropology at San Francisco State University, which solidified her fascination with the wonder and diversity of a wide range of cultures around the world. She began her paintings 50 years ago, where her studies and her interest in diverse rituals and rituals led to the colorful art she has created over the years. She is interested in the many fascinating ways people decorate and decorate themselves.
After college, Taylor moved to the Duckwater Shoshone Indian Reservation to teach. She was inspired by the light of the high desert and the tranquility of isolated reservations. She also appreciated the beauty, calm, and artistic traditions of her native American culture. In the late '70s, she moved to Sun Valley, Idaho, where she became part of the vibrant and nurturing arts community at Sun Valley Art Center. Using acrylic paint and pastels, she specialized in creating large-format faces of indigenous peoples from around the world.
Taylor describes moving to Sedona in 2010 as coming home. “I've always loved the Southwest. The lights are thrilling. You feel like you're floating on a sea of color,” Taylor said. It also renewed her interest in indigenous cultures and the pre-European peoples of the Americas. Her work can currently be seen at the Sedona Arts Center. Previously, Taylor's work has been exhibited at Turquoise Tortoise Gallery, Great Southwest Galley, Hillside Gallery, and Cynthia Garrett Gallery in Santa Fe.
Leahy studied ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and worked as a high school art teacher in Chicago for over 18 years. A clay artist with a deep respect for nature, his inspiration for Leahy comes from ancient myths and symbols. Her handmade pieces, made from mica-rich clay, recreate these ancient motifs in a contemporary style. Leahy is also an acrylic and oil painter, and she uses similar vibrant colors and flowing concepts in her natural and animal subjects.
Leahy has lived in Sedona since 1997. She has won numerous awards for her own work, and she has taught workshops at her Arts Center in Sedona.For her 60th anniversary at Sedona Art Centerth On Memorial Day 2017, Leahy was named a Sedona Legacy Artist along with other artists. This honor was given to her for having exhibited her work at the gallery for over 20 years. Her work is currently on display at the Sedona Arts Center. She was previously represented by Turquoise Her Tortoise Gallery and Santa Fe Gallery for her 25 years.
“I really enjoy supporting local artists and connecting with people in the community. I have to introduce Karen and Marian, who are like-minded in their passion for other cultures, nature, and the Southwest.” “The colorful, bold works of these renowned artists compliment each other beautifully. We hope the public will take the time to view this interesting exhibit.” said cultural expert Nancy Lattanzi.
For more information
Tours are by reservation only. To make a reservation or for more information about the City Hall Art Rotation Program, contact Lattanzi at 928-203-5078 or NLattanzi@SedonaAZ.gov.