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8/29/2014 12:43:00 PM
Pet portraits and collaborative art at Village Gallery Art Walk
Lester Sarmiento will present an informal, informative mini-shoot on Pet Portraiture. With the aid of a very cute model from the 2015 Sedona Humane Society calendar, he will demonstrate the fine art of photographing your favorite furry friend. The session will include lessons in lighting, exposure, posing and equipment.
Lester Sarmiento will present an informal, informative mini-shoot on Pet Portraiture. With the aid of a very cute model from the 2015 Sedona Humane Society calendar, he will demonstrate the fine art of photographing your favorite furry friend. The session will include lessons in lighting, exposure, posing and equipment.

The local artists of the Village Gallery at 500 Hwy 179 in the Village of Oak Creek are accustomed to treating First Friday Art Walk attendees to gourmet snacks, wine, lively conversation and, of course more than 40 unique art displays.

The Sept. 5 Art Walk will also showcase something new: the collaborative works of six artists. Also on Sept. 5, photographer Lester Sarmiento will enlist the aid of a cute 2015 calendar model to give professional tips on how to photograph your favorite furry friend.

In continuing the "spirit of cooperation: theme, six gallery artists have put their heads and their specialized artistic talents together to create several stunning pieces of art for Friday's Art Walk. Gourd artist, Pat Priolo, copper artist (and resident French chef) Andre Renard and glass artist, Lenore Hemmingway will showcase two works which combine a large gourd, wound with delicately wrought copper braiding and highlighted with small glass hummers. Both pieces are showstoppers for any home or office.

On the spiritual side, Rima Thundercloud has combined her native art Dream Catcher designs, handed down from her native ancestry, with Phaedra's Spirited Feathers which bring messages of healing to sacred ceremonies.

Rima has also teamed up with Suzan, the gallery's founding member artist and seamstress whose line of Comfortable and Sexy clothing remains a fashion favorite- to create two wedding veils. The especially beautiful Celestial Wedding Head dress veil combines flowing white veil with Sterling silver, crystal and pearls for a truly 'heavenly' effect.

A highlight of the evening will be provided by gallery photography extraordinaire Lester Sarmiento. Highly admired for his southwest photography and vintage photos on metal, Lester will present an 'informal, informative mini-shoot' on Pet Portraiture. With the aid of a very cute model from the 2015 Sedona Humane Society calendar, he will demonstrate the fine art of photographing your favorite furry friend. The session will include lessons in lighting, exposure, posing and equipment.

Also on hand to share their unusual artistic talents and work will be three of the gallery's newer artists, Carla Zimmerman, Kathy O'Connell and Suzan Hatch.

Carla traded in a career in health care when she moved to Sedona in 1986 and, inspired by the colors and 'signatures of native cultures left behind in petroglyphs and ancient pottery,' created a line of extremely popular batiked tee shirts, using cold water dyes and a traditional Indonesian-style batik process. Her shirts reflect the 'earthy, primitive effect' which results when wax hardens and crackles, allowing colors to penetrate the design.

Kathy O'Connell is a quilt artist in every sense of the word. Her gallery display provides an explosion of color, shapes and texture in the form of exquisite quilts, eye-catching wall hangings, whimsical eyeglass cases and gift sets of richly colored potholders, among many other functional items. She is known as the Quilt Angel because of a personal pledge to create and donate 1,000 quilts for charity and gifts.

Suzan Hatch took her first art class in her 1950s, following a long career in Computer Science which eventually led her to work as Computer Systems Engineer with IBM.

She moved to Sedona in 1999, ready for a change in lifestyle; after sampling several art fields, she chose to pursue a new life in glass creation. The many wonders of color and light as seen through glass became her new passion. She displays dazzling window, wall and table glass art at the Gallery.

The Village Gallery 1st Friday Art Walk will be Sept., 5, 5-8 p.m.

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