Wednesday, March 5, 2008

March 15th Studio Visit with Kerry Vesper & Julius Forzano

Saturday, March 15th at 10:00am
Take a trip to Scottsdale to visit the studios of:
Kerry Vesper & Julius Forzano
Infuse your day with Wood and Clay!

3030 Civic Center Plaza #4
Scottsdale, AZ
Just south of Earll Dr. -3/4 of a block North of Thomas on the East side of the street.

Kerry Vesper
Kerry Vesper approaches every wood piece he makes as a piece of sculpture. Inspiration comes from his home in the landscapes of the southwest desert. He equates his methods of layering and then shaping wood to the way nature builds up layers of earth and then shapes it with wind and water. "I am intrigued by forms that are asymmetrical and flowing. In each piece I strive to capture the flow and movement of nature that I find in flowing water, desert canyons and mountains."

Vesper cuts out layers of plywood and solid woods. He stacks and glues them together to approximate the shape he intends to create. His work is not turned on a lathe. He shapes each piece by hand with carving, grinding and sanding tools and finishes them with a clear tung oil varnish. The color, texture and feel of wood appeals to the artist as does no other medium.

Julius Forzano
Julius works in stoneware and porcelain, high fire, Cone 10 reduction, both wood and salt fire. The vessel is used as a means of presenting sculpture and also as a canvas for two dimensional drawings.

His sculpture is primitive in form, yet sophisticated in concept. It represents various human conditions and relations, many of them between man and woman. Peacefulness, playfulness, discord, spirituality and even bondage are evident in the work. Often the vessel-on-vessel is used to take the figures, and thus the concept of the piece, through time and space.

The artist believes it is an important challenge to express many of life's influences and emotions in a thoughtful, playful, and visually attractive manner.

Lucy Lippard Slide Lecture: ART, TOURISM and PLACE

DATE: April 6th, 2008
TIME: 4:30 – 6:00PM
TICKETS: $10.00 at or
Nancy 928-282-0776 or Dee 928-203-7502
PLACE: Sedona Creative Life Center,
333 Schnebly hill Rd. 928-282-9300

Sponsored by the Sedona Visual Artists' Coalition. For more information: Nancy Robb Dunst 928-282-0776 or Dee Durkee or

Ms. Lippard is an internationally known writer, activist and art curator from the United States. Lippard was among the first writers to recognize the de-materialization at work in conceptual art. She is the author of eighteen books on contemporary art, and the recipient of a 1968 Guggenheim Fellowship, the Frank Mather Award for Criticism and two National Endowment for the Arts grants in criticism. She has written art criticism for Art in America, The Village Voice, In These Times, and Z Magazine, and has curated more than 50 art exhibitions. Don't miss this inspiring speaker, she will transform your
concept of art and throttle your imagination..

. "In New York's art circles and on hundreds of Web sites, Lucy Lippard is regarded as a popular art critic, theorist, author and political activist, but she prefers to be regarded as a "cultural critic." Andover Bookshelf

"It's Lippard's long experience seeing-- that is, looking at art-- that enables her with such keen acuity, to expose how we create what we see, and how what we see creates us…", San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Lippard overwhelms us with the breadth of her reading and the comprehensiveness with which she considers the things ( art) that define place. Its intent is to explore the many things that those who make art or who make judgments about art should think about when they consider art that is…...'place making'. Lucy Lippard weaves together art, cultural criticism, anthropology and community involvement for an in depth look at how art in tourist sites is conceived and represented, and how they affect the places they transform. ." New York Times Book Review