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"2020...A Clear Vision"

Application Available Now on the Annual Exhibition Page

Let's build on the success of last February's show and make 2020 the best ever

Show Dates
February 4-18, 2020 in the Sedona Arts Center’s SEG Gallery
Opens to the public on Thursday Feb 6, 2020

Dates to Remember:

Sept 1st:

• Entry form on line at SVAC website

Sept 18th (Wednesday):

• SVAC Meeting @ KSB 6-8 pm  All you need to know about the annual show and SVAC Business
Dec 9th:

• Entries close for the Annual Show 2020 - A Clear Vision

Feb 7th (First Friday):

• OPENING Reception 5-8PM

For further information contact Co-Chairs:
Darleene Nelson 928-254-1914
Laura Pokorny 928-301-2503 call or text 

Election of the New SVAC Board
At our Annual Meeting we elected the following slate of Board Members;
Jackson Pierce -  for a second term
Claudia Ronaldson - as secretary
Patricia Tomlin - Treasurer
Anita Elias - Board Member

Also retiring from the board but certainly not leaving us:

Julee Norton Cohen
Christie Palmer

Valentine 2020 Trip to Cuba

Art, Music, Dance. A different cultural experience in historic Havana. Meet artists in their studios; experience Latin music and dancing; see Cuban culture from behind the scenes most tourists never get to experience. 5 nights and 6 days in Havana. Leave Miami and arrive on February 13, 2020. Stay in First class hotels; fully escorted by English speaking tour guides; Cuban transportation and some meals provided. Then it is your choice to continue on to see more of the country.  Cienfuegos, and Unesco city Trinidad. February 18 -21st. Return to Havana by Bay of Pigs, and then back to Miami and home to Sedona.  Please contact fellow SVAC member Victoria Norton for all the real info and prices, which depends upon number of travelers! Yo hablo Espanol.

Call at 928-282-9742 or email to


The Northern Arizona Student Art Show is a juried art show with nine participating regional high schools and over 350 participating students. Each year cash awards and college scholarships are awarded. In fact, SVAC has sponsored a $500.00 scholarship for this show. Outreach to high school teachers and providing support has also been part of Made In Clarkdale efforts. This show has been hosted by Made In Clarkdale for the past four years after taking it over from the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society. And once again, changes need to be made. Made In Clarkdale is reorganizing under the umbrella of the Clarkdale Foundation, a 501C3 organization based in Clarkdale, AZ. The Northern Arizona Student Art Show will now be its own event under this umbrella.
Under Made In Clarkdale’s guidance the show has grown and has become an important event for northern Arizona’s high schools. However, to sustain the Student Art Show and broaden its base, a new management team is being sought. We are looking for volunteers who would like to work with a wonderful group of teachers and sponsors. Over the years, the Student Art Show has become a viable vehicle to promote student art and their needs. Individuals who can grow and enrich this event are being sought in the effort to keep art education alive and to help students fulfill their creative dreams.

If you are interested or have questions, please contact: 

Deborah Downs 480-510-6303

Techniques of Watercolor and Drawing
by Arizona Artist - Mary Helsaple

Session A - 9/9 - 10/18  This class will explore the basics of watercolor and drawing. With hands-on class exercise’s, you will learn the basics of how to do simple watercolors and drawings.   We will start an on-going art journal for travel or pleasure while building your confidence to explore other art-making methods and experiment with other water media materials.   This class is for anyone who would like to experience watercolor, learn basic drawing, and refine existing skills.  We will experiment with water-based pastels, pencils, pens, markers. The goal of this 6-week class will be to build on your existing skills while learning some new ones. This class requires participation and interaction with others and purchasing some minor art supplies.  

Session B – 10/21 - 12/6 (no classes Thanksgiving) Repeat and or CONTINUATION of Session A class with changes.

Session B will focus on how to use watercolor and drawing and when to combine with other materials such as pencils, ink, markers, pastels and illustrating art journal’s, tinting inkjet photos, collage and card making, framing. In EACH 6-week course you will learn:
·         Techniques used to make art.
·         Discover why good supplies are vital to success.
·         Master basic techniques of watercolor, and dynamic drawing.
·         Learn how to construct, plan and execute a watercolor or drawing.

Register at:  Sedona Yavapai College Campus - Continuing Education
Date / Time 6 wks on Wednesdays 2pm – 4pm
ART Supply Fee:  $15.   each 

Art Education Opportunity
Yavapai College, Clarkdale,AZ (Verde Valley Campus) is offering Plein-Air class Fall of 2019, Art 193: Plein-Air painting. Instructor, Ben Norton.
T/Th, 9:30a-12:15p. Prerequisite: Art 110 or portfolio review.
Class starts August 19.  Register today go to:
It’s a bargain at 17 weeks!

We Want to Hear From You!

At the recent annual meeting we also discussed ideas for field trips and two rose to the top of the list - The Waddell's Studio and the Melting Point Glass Studio.  We are working on putting the Waddell's studio on the schedule for late fall.

If you have art related announcements, or opportunities for the Newsletter; ideas for meeting programs, or field trips, contact Mike Upp at