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Sedona AZ (September 16, 2014) – The Sedona Arts Festival celebrates its 24th anniversary with 125 juried artists from across the country Saturday, October 11 (9 am – 5 pm) and Sunday, October 12 (9 am – 4 pm) at Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road. 

Returning this year are 2013 Best of Show artist Kim Chavez (sculpture) and honorees Donna and Jeff Tousley (ceramics), Karen Clarkson (drawing), Lisa Gastelum (jewelry), Ed Kolle (metal) and Jeff Davison (wood). 

Rounding out the categories of fiber art, glass, mixed media, painting and photography will be artists both familiar and new selected from a pool of nearly 300 applicants each year by a jury of esteemed Sedona artists and gallery owners.  While the largest percentage of artists call Arizona home, the Sedona Arts Festival is well known nationwide and this year will include artists from California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, New Mexico, New York, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Joining them will be Lila Silveira, a second-generation Mata Ortiz artist who learned her pottery style from self-taught artist Juan Quezada. 

Quezada is credited with reviving an ancient art form creating thin-walled Mata Ortiz pottery from natural materials with different color clays dug in the mountains and river valleys near the remote village on the high plains of Northern Mexico about 150 miles south of the Arizona border. 

20140916_Porfirio-Weaving2The Guest Gallery also welcomes Newcomer Porfirio Gutierrez from the Mexican village of Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, the center of Zapotec culture and weaving traditions where many of the hand-loomed wool goods commonly associated with Mexican exports are produced.  Gutierrez takes that tradition to the next level by blending Zapotec-inspired patterns with his own eco-conscious sensibility, producing striking tapestries and other fine weavings.

The 2-day event also offers live music, food, raffle prizes, and a KidZone for the younger guests and adults.  This year, SAF has partnered with Sedona Recycles to create fun make-and-take art projects made exclusively from recycled materials.

The Gourmet Gallery features locally produced and packaged food items from throughout the state.  The 2013 Guest Gallery will feature Oaxacan carvings.  Local musicians will entertain throughout the weekend.

Festival proceeds benefit the Sedona Arts Festival Scholarship Fund for scholarships and grants to local artists and students.  Nearly $300,000 has been distributed since the Festival began.

Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors 60 and older and students with ID.  Discount tickets are available online.  Children 12 and under are free.

The Sedona Arts Festival is supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, City of Sedona, Sedona Events Alliance, Sedona Chamber of Commerce and the Sedona Community Foundation.

Due to the Festival location on public school property, the Sedona Arts Festival is a smoke-free event and pets, other than service animals, are not allowed on the property.

For information, visit www.sedonaartsfestival.org or call 928-204-9456.