By: Virginia Volkman
For: Red Rock News
Date: February 8, 2013
- Saturday, February 16 from 6 to 8 pm in the Si Birch Community Room: Latino Services and friends will host the annual Valentine Multicultural Music, Poetry, and Stories Celebration. This year there will be about 15 Sedona performers participating in the event.
Watercolors on Display at the Library
The Northern Arizona Watercolor Society is
displaying a selection of paintings created by its members, now through
February 20. NAWS has a membership of approximately 180 artists
who regularly exhibit their work in the Sedona area as well as around
the state and nationwide. The organization welcomes new members at any
stage of their artistic careers. Information about NAWS can be
found at www.naws-az.org.
Once again a display at the Library is an
opportunity to explore the display's theme. The Library has
many books on the topic of watercolor painting.
Some of the how-to books available at the
Library include: "Watercolor School: A Practical Guide
to Painting with Watercolor" by Hazel Harrison, "Botanical Illustration:
Painting with Watercolours" by Siriol Sherlock, "Painting the Things
You Love in Watercolor" by Adele Earnshaw, "Painting Landscapes
from Your Imagination" by Tony Smibert and "Painting the Seasons
in Watercolor" by Arthur J. Barbour.
Browsing through "A History of Watercolor"
by Bernard Brett takes us on a journey from the limestone caves in the
foothills of the French Pyrenees to museums housing the modern masters
of the 20th century.
The cave art of the hunter gatherers was of
a practical nature, illustrating the animals that Cro-Magnon man hunted.
As we moved through the ages, Egyptian art work created on paper scrolls
and classical Greek fresco paintings continued to describe everyday
Chinese and Japanese artists worked on both
paper and silk. Brett describes their work this way: "In their
technique and brush control, the scholar painters reached breathtaking
perfection; with a single deft stroke, they produced a leaf, a petal,
a whole cluster of bamboo."
The history of watercolor painting continues
through the Islamic and Indian miniatures, the Christian illuminated
manuscript Book of Kells, the botanical and wildlife works of German
Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer, the watercolors of English artist
J. M. W. Turner, and the paintings of the French Impressionists and
the modern artists Kandinsky, Matisse, Picasso and Klee.
American watercolor painting had its roots
with artists such as George Catlin, Alfred Jacob Miller and Seth Eastman.
They endured hazards and hardships as they covered thousands of miles
of prairie in covered wagons or on horseback, canoed unchartered rivers,
and explored mountain trails to document unknown territory.
The second stage of American watercolor began
about 1870 and extended to about 1890. The Library's collection
is well represented by the artists of this period, including Winslow
Homer, John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, and Thomas Eakins.
These artists crossed the line between representational drawing and
expressive painting. Later American watercolorists developed the
medium in still more expressive ways, as demonstrated by Georgia O'Keeffe,
Edward Hopper and Sam Francis.
Stop by the Library this month and enjoy the
NAWS display. While you're here explore the many books we have
about art and artists.
Sedona Public Library is a private, 501(c)(3)
non-profit corporation, supported by donations and grants. Your
tax-deductible donation may be sent to: Sedona Public Library,
3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336.
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Virginia Volkman is Director of the Sedona Public Library.