Romance Is Afoot at Movin’ On Gallery

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(Posted January 22, 2016)  February is the month of love and romance, and no place in Sedona embraces that spirit more enthusiastically than Hillside’s Movin’ On Gallery.  The venue will be highlighting two artists whose works embody the season’s atmosphere of amour and passion.

Featured artist Lorraine Fexas will introduce a dazzling new series of fused glass pendants eminently suited for any romantic moment, and will also be showing many other colorful glass pieces.  Meanwhile, guest artist Shaeri Richards will exhibit her latest collection of serene Zen paintings called Heart Art, created especially for the occasion.

Both artists will be on hand at Movin’ On’s First Friday reception at 5-8PM on the evening February 5, 2016.  The public is cordially invited to stop by to meet the artists and hear about the romantic inspirations behind their latest works.  Many of the venue’s 16 other artists will also be on hand to host the evening and greet the public.

Originally from New York, Lorraine Fexas moved to Sedona in 1999 and

Color Block by Lorraine Fexas
Color Block by Lorraine Fexas

immediately jumped with both feet into the local art scene.  Studying at the Sedona Arts Center, she quickly mastered the essence of glass art and before long became one of the best known and most prolific local practitioners in that medium.

Her works are exhibited in several galleries in Sedona, Flagstaff, and Jerome, and she has been commissioned for a variety of art installations and collections nationwide.  In addition, she was featured on the lifestyle

Fused Glass Pendant 2 by Lorraine Fexas
Fused Glass Pendant 2 by Lorraine Fexas

television show “Your Life A to Z”, demonstrating her glass cutting and fusing techniques.

 

Always seeking to experiment and diversify, Fexas currently designs fused glass plates, bowls, wall pieces, jewelry, and other decorative and functional items, using the full range of art glass.  A wide variety of these pieces will be on display at Movin’ On.

Shaeri Richards is best known locally for her work as a filmmaker, improvisational theater artist, and musician, but her work in those

Love Dance by Shaeri Richards
Love Dance by Shaeri Richards

areas represents only a fraction of her remarkable creative range.

 

As a radio and television journalist, she wrote, directed and produced a PBS documentary that aired nationally; wrote, edited, and narrated several award winning radio documentaries; wrote, directed and edited an award winning short film; and authored an award-winning spiritual self-help book called “Dancing with your Dragon: The Art of Loving your Unlovable Self.” She continues to support people on their spiritual journeys with her

Love Flow by Shaeri Richards
Love Flow by Shaeri Richards

work as a coach and certified hypnotherapist.

And as if that weren’t already enough, Richards has also been developing her skills as a visual artist for the past several years, sparked by the teachings of Alok Hsu Kwang-han, a Chinese Zen Master Painter living in Sedona, who was also the subject of her latest film, produced jointly with her husband.

 

Richards’ Zen paintings are created through a meditative process in which each painting is inspired by an essence or quality.  In honor of Valentine’s Day, the paintings in her Heart Art series are infused with the spirit of love and tenderness.

Movin’ On Gallery is located on the second level of Hillside Sedona Center at 671 State Route 179 (about ½ mile south of the “Y” in Sedona).  It is dedicated to introducing new artists and to showing recent works by

Fused Glass Pendant 1 by Lorraine Fexas
Fused Glass Pendant 1 by Lorraine Fexas

some of the best-known artists working in Sedona and the Verde Valley.

Movin’ On currently features  a wide array of resident artists, including: Lorraine Fexas, glass; Andre Renard, copper & brass sculptures; Pat Priolo, gourds & jewelry; Sharon Hall, clay sculptures; Grace Sky Martinez, spiritual and Native American art; Mary Ratner, photography; Jodie Ball, oils; Patty Miller, pastels and mixed media; Harriet McInnis, oils; Helen McLuckie, oil pastels; Terry Davis, wood carving; David Soto, recycled material sculptures; Teree Settembrino, wind chimes; Rick Gandolofo, acrylics; Carol Gandlofo, photography; Jim Peterson, photography; and Sandee Kinnen, fused glass.

The gallery is open from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM daily.  For more information, call (928) 282-8143 or visit www.MovinOnGallery.com  .