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  .

 

Movin’ On Gallery Shows New Works by O’Brien and Soto

American Bald Eagle by Dave Soto

One thing that is obvious to art lovers and critics alike is that the work of the most original and productive artists never stops evolving.  The intense creativity with which these individuals are blessed is incapable of sitting still — it perpetually motivates the artist to explore new techniques, media, and subjects.

To inaugurate the New Year, Hillside Sedona’s Movin’ On Gallery is featuring new works by two artists who very convincingly embody this model.

Featured artist Dave Soto, a Sedona resident known for his work with recycled and unconventional raw materials, will be showing a remarkable new series of pieces created from sheet metal and using novel techniques he has developed to impart color and textures to this medium.

Meanwhile, guest artist Pat O’Brien, a relatively recent transplant to Surprise, Arizona, will be exhibiting her latest collection of oil paintings inspired by the subjects, textures, and hues of her new surroundings.

Javelinas by Dave Soto
Javelinas by Dave Soto

Both artists will be on hand at Movin’ On’s First Friday reception at 5-8PM on the evening of January 1, 2016.  The public is cordially invited to stop by to meet the artists, hear about the inspirations and techniques behind their latest works, and celebrate the start of a new year of groundbreaking exhibits at the gallery.  Many of the venue’s 18 other artists will also be on hand to host the evening and greet the public.

Dave Soto, a retired Firefighter and Fire Station Commander from California who was just appointed to the Board of the Sedona Fire District, is a self-taught artist who has never been constrained by artistic convention.  He has embraced oil painting, metal working, wood carving, and working with recycled materials such as metal rebar, old horse shoes, and used clay roof tiles.

But he hasn’t stopped searching for new materials and methods, and his latest innovation is sheet metal art.  Unique to this art form is the manner in which the shapes and textures of his subjects are created. Using various sanding discs and heat, colors are drawn from the metal to compose the subjects, and textured metal surfaces are layered to provide an iridescent, 3-D effect.

“What I find especially appealing about these works is the way they respond as the viewer moves around them,” he notes.  “The shimmering textures and colors of the metal surfaces really make the piece come alive.”

Buckle Up! by Pat OBrien
Buckle Up! by Pat O’Brien

Originally from Cincinnati, Pat O’Brien grew up in an environment rich in cultural and educational resources, and even as a young child aspired to a career in the arts.  She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati, and then a Master of Arts from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

For many years, her art was focused on intimate details of scenes and colors in the Midwest – porches, doors, courtyards, and windows – and the mysteries that might be lurking within them.  But since moving to Arizona, she has been exploring the colors and character of Southwestern subjects such as horses and abandoned cars.

Fire's Out by Pat OBrien
Fire’s Out by Pat O’Brien

“It has been really fun exploring and creating compositions that define the personalities of these beautiful creatures and relics,” she says.  “It has been an exciting and challenging journey for a Midwesterner.”

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 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; 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  .