Sedona City Hall Art Rotation
January through April 2018
January through April 2018
The City Hall Art Rotation program rotates three artists every three months.
The exhibit is displayed in the Council Chambers and Vultee Conference Room.
To make an appointment to view the exhibits in the City Hall Art Rotation Program,
please contact Nancy Lattanzi at 928-203-5078 or via email at NLattanzi@SedonaAz.gov
The next Artist Reception will be
Wednesday, February 21st
4:00 - 6:00 pm
in the Council Chambers & Vultee Conference Room
City Hall is located at 102 Roadrunner Drive
With music by Oman Ken playing harp
Mixed Media Paintings
Michael Colpitts displays the radiant joy and passionate energy of his mixed media paintings at Sedona’s City Hall, now showing through the end of April. Save the date to meet and greet him at his reception on Wednesday, February 21 from 4-6 pm in the Council Chambers.
Originally a pilot for TWA, Colpitt’s decided to pursue an unpredictable adventure, packing up and moving to Ibiza, Spain from 1975 to 1982. His extensive travels continued eventually taking him to India, where he began studying spiritual teachings. It was here that he met his wife Sumati, a ceramics artist. Now a proud Sedona resident, his adventures are reflected in his artwork.
Colpitt’s employs a wide variety of techniques and materials in his mixed media paintings including: the use of gesso, fabrics and papers, light charcoal, modeling paste, grog, sand, thick oil colors, acrylic washes and transparent oil washes. The result are paintings with incredible depth and allure. Guided by instinct, he imbues his pieces with an undeniable sense of ebullience and a strong sense of motion.
He is inspired by a multitude of things from; the freedom of flight he experienced as a pilot, to the natives of the North African deserts, to the beauty of natural structures. More than anything his artistic intention involves a connection with his audience. “There’s a quality of suggestion without definition, which creates feelings and emotions allowing space for the viewer’s own personal and unique interpretation,” Colpitts says.
Nancy Lattanzi, Arts & Culture Coordinator says, “I was thankful to literally stumble upon Michael during Open Studios, where he was painting on the floor and deeply engaged in his creative zone. Fortunately Angela Palmer brought me into his closed studio at Creative Gateways to introduce us. When I walked in and saw his large paintings alive with color and texture, I knew I had to invite him to show his work at the City. Michael’s exuberant paintings match his joyful personality. I hope the public can make time to visit this bright and colorful exhibit.”
Colpitts' work has been shown in Barcelona, Ibiza and Manises, Spain, as well as Sun Valley, Idaho and Marin County, California. To view more of his paintings and see his working studio, visit Creative Gateways at 45 Birch Blvd in West Sedona, where he is a resident artist.
Blue Bayou, Michael Colpitts
El Toro, Michael Colpitts
Flowers III, Michael Colpitts
Allison Rae Nichols
"A Flower for Your Hair"
From now through the end of April, Sedona’s City Hall is showing the exciting and fresh collection of new paintings created by Allison Rae Nichols. Save the date to meet and greet Nichols at her reception at City Hall on Wednesday, February 21st from 4:00-6:00 pm.
Inspired by themes of romantic love and as the vehicle to express the intricacies of partnership, Allison uses two miniature figurines in her collection, which represent Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The characters are emboldened by a surreal journey that offers insight into topics of vulnerability, compromise, joy, loss and desire. Using elements that are familiar and fanciful, the goal of her work is to promote poetic insights into the human psyche and lead to personal discoveries that connect us to each other, as well as to the natural and spiritual world.
Growing up in a house full of artists, the symmetry between art and life has always been part of Allison’s story. From a very young age she recognized the connections and has been exploring them ever since. “I seek to inspire awe and wonder,” says Nichols. “The work in this exhibition was inspired by my move to the Southwest and speaks to ideas of romance, love, loss, and possibilities. It’s a show for lovers and fighters and anyone who’s taken a leap of faith with a person or a place.”
It’s a passionate show, one in which the artist hopes you’ll find meaning, camaraderie, and joy. She hopes to provide a new lens to interpret your memories and push your imagination about the future.
Nichols earned a BFA in painting from Northern Illinois University and has appeared in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the country including: Chicago, New York and New Mexico. She was an artist-in-residence at the Historic Santa Fe Foundation and at The Petrified Forest National Park. After spending two years on the road, travelling and painting throughout America, she now lives in Sedona and loves calling it home.
Nancy Lattanzi, Arts & Culture Coordinator states, “I am excited to begin the new year with Allison’s thought provoking paintings. This show is unconventional from other City Hall exhibits not only in content but in size. The paintings displayed in the Council Chambers are 40” x 48” and even larger with the frames. A couple of frames were creatively refurbished including, such as one created from an old dresser mirror. There are also pieces accompanied with three dimensional art displayed on shelving. I invite the public to take time to view this truly engaging and one of a kind exhibit.”
The Rift, Allison Rae Nichols