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Sedona artist Alisa Gabrielle doesn't take marble for granite
Earth Family  is part of the Sedona inspired series Ms Gabrielle created since moving to this city. “My newest work is all about honoring the earth and all of humanity on it.”
Earth Family is part of the Sedona inspired series Ms Gabrielle created since moving to this city. “My newest work is all about honoring the earth and all of humanity on it.”
Mother of Humanity: The second in the series of humanity pieces created as a limited edition by Ms. Gabrielle.
Mother of Humanity: The second in the series of humanity pieces created as a limited edition by Ms. Gabrielle.

"Art rocks," declares award-winning sculptor/painter Alisa Gabrielle, one of the featured artists on the Tenth Annual Sedona Artists Open Studio Tour, Friday through Sunday April 26-28. All you have to do is see her voluptuous marble and alabaster stone carvings and you will agree.

"Sculpting is my passion," says Ms. Gabrielle as she runs her hand along a sensuous figure in Pink marble. "I love the skin like quality of this Portuguese marble. It is almost translucent when the light hits it just right."

Alisa claims she lives "la dolce vita." Whether it is for a commission or for the pure love affair with the stone, Alisa makes her nearly annual trips to Pietrasanta, Italy to select the exquisite white Carrara marble she uses to carve her signature feminine pieces. "I love this sparkling, almost flawless white marble mined from the same Carrara quarries that gave Michelangelo the stone for his exquisite masterpieces. To work in this town of international sculptors and to have trained in the Michelangelo method of carving has been a gift and a dream come true for me."

"I use many of the same kinds of hand tools and chisels that the Renaissance master carver used to create his sculptures for the Medici family, but I also use electric tools, diamond blades, pneumatic air hammers and grinders to create the delicious soft curves in this hard medium. So much can be accomplished in marble, and the variety of colors and striations are wonderful.

Ms. Gabrielle cautions, " I don't take marble for granite!" She indicates that while granite is elegant, it is a much harder stone, and an even more demanding carving experience. "I prefer to leave it for the artisans and male sculptors who utilize heavier tools and equipment."

The Southern California born artist, who now resides in and has her studio in the Village of Oak Creek, encourages visitors to touch the stone. "Marble is alive, bronze is dead. You can feel the energy of the stone. It is very powerful."

Gabrielle and 29 other artists including painters, photographers, ceramicists, glass artists will be opening their studios to the public during the weekend of the Sedona Visual Artists Open Studio Tour. Alisa will be offering stone carving demonstrations twice daily, at 12:30 p.m. and at 4 p.m., Friday through Sunday, at her Juniper Street home/studio (off Jacks Canyon and Rosewood in the Village of Oak Creek). She might even let you try your hand at the hammer and chisel.

"Since I moved here (to Sedona) the red earth has had a huge influence on me and my art. Her newest sculptures "Earth Family," "Mothers of the Rocks" and "Mother of Humanity" reflect Ms. Gabrielle's concerns: honoring Mother Earth and the humanity that occupies this very alive planet.

Alisa is a best selling author with Les Brown of "Fight for Your Dreams." My story is about how I ended up going for my dream (to be an artist) in mid life and I have never regretted it for a moment. I love what I do. I am a firm believer in honoring your heart's desire." Ms. Gabrielle coaches young adults and seniors how to discover their dreams and go out and live them.

In addition to her Dream Building Workshops, Gabrielle offers Art Retreats in Sedona throughout the year, and sculpting classes in her Sedona and Woodland Hills, California studios.

In June and September she takes new and early career sculptors to Pietrasanta, Italy to learn the Michelangelo method of carving, and to enjoy the delicious cuisine, gorgeous beaches, and the Italian life style of this medieval Tuscan town.

The Studio Tour will take place April 26 to 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m,. and is open to everyone. Alisa's work includes smaller cast marble limited edition pieces as well as some Mother Earth and Sedona inspired drawings. You may get an early peak at some of her sculptures, paintings and drawings by going to her website

For more information about her art or the tour, you may reach Alisa directly at (818) 419-4272.

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