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8/20/2012 9:01:00 AM
Gardens for Humanity Earth Cups event set Aug. 25
David Fischel
David Fischel

Gardens for Humanity invites the public to their second annual Earth Cups fund-raising event on Saturday morning, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sedona Arts Center Special Exhibition Gallery and Theatre Studio in Uptown Sedona, off of Art Barn Road.

At this event handmade and painted coffee mugs; tea cups with saucers and serving platters will be offered for sale starting at $5. Along with the purchase of a cup, complimentary hot and cold teas, coffees and other liquid refreshments will be available, as well as organic and gluten free pastries, and finger foods with locally grown treats of jams and honeys. It really is an old fashion coffee social, and a friendly way to support art and environmental education in the schools.

This Earth Cups fund-raising event will benefit the Gardens for Humanity elementary school program called, "Celebrating the Art in Earth" which enables six artist/teacher teams in six different schools in Sedona and the Verde Valley to provide a multi-media art experience that explores the beauty of nature from different perspectives.

Preparation for the Earth Cups fundraiser began in March of 2012. Artists from all over the Verde Valley became involved creating hand built earth cups and mugs at the Sedona Arts Center Clay Studio. Dennis Ott, the Clay Master, generously donated the studio, clay and glazes for one afternoon a week for four months, so that artists could create these cups. Sharron Porter and Nancy Robb Dunst supervised and taught various artists the techniques of cup making.

Artists who joined in the cup making were Amy Gordon, Jessica Sierra, Lisa Danielle, Carol Hoffman, Mei Wei Wong, Jennifer Zier, Sue Larson, Liz Kenyon, Ellen Brooks, Jan Taylor, Malissa De La Fuente, Janise Witt and many others.

In addition, painting parties were held, and bisc-fired cups of all shapes and varieties were hand painted and signed by local artists. For example Taylor Helman created a whimsical platter, cup and spoon with the theme of Alice In Wonderland; David Fischel created a contemporary spoon and cup, and Mei Wei Wong Created a zen platter, cup and spoon, while Cathy Gazda painted a articulate mosaic scene. Other Painters involved were Joella Jean Mahoney, Maleita Wise, Julie Talbot, Amy Gordon, Sunday Larson, Tory DuCharm, Marc DuCharm, Nancy Ruby, Sharron Porter, Dee Durkee, Deandra Gordon, Carol Hofford,, Myrna Goldstein, Nancy Robb Dunst,, Gayle Taylor, Victoria Norton , and Carolyn Endsley Special thanks to the artists in the Sedona Visual Artists Coalition, the Sedona Area Guild of Artists and Fiber artists Sedona for their creative talents and energy.

"Celebrating the Art in Earth" educational program presents six different 4-½ hour art project in six area schools in the 3rd, 4th or 5th grades. The artists involved in this program are: Martha Edwards teaching "how a seed grows" using dance; Maleita Wise instructing students about the biology of flowers through painting, Firuse Stalcup investigating seeds using clay as a medium; Nancy Robb Dunst examining all the different parts of trees by creating organic tree collages, Amy Gordon demonstrating good nutrition using vegetables and the color wheel with the idea of "eating all your colors"; and Christopher Lane inviting the Students through poetry to write about the earth and good stewardship.

This will be the second year for this program, which has been very successfully accepted in the schools. The schools involved this year are West Sedona School (Linda Crawford), Sedona Charter School (Andrea Maddy) , Big Park School (Diane Walters), Oak Creek Elementary (Linda Moran) , Desert Star Community School (Marc Breuhl) and Camp Verde Elementary School (Brian Lewy).

Sponsors of this program are the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment on the Arts, the Arizona State Legislature, The Yavapai County Community Foundation, the City of Sedona, the Sedona Arts Festival, and the Sedona Visual Artists Coalition.

These programs support the mission of Gardens for Humanity, which "awakens and tends the gardens of the human spirit by teaching and celebrating our connection to nature, local agriculture, art and community while promoting an ecologically sustainable and more humane culture."

Gardens for Humanity was founded by Adele Seronde, and is presently being directed by president Richard Sidy who can be contacted at (928) 284-9055 or You may also contact Nancy Robb Dunst, Arts Education Coordinator at 282-0776, or email for more information.

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