Artist of the Month
The Sonoran Arts League “Artist of the Month” submissions and voting are both held
during the monthly General Meetings. Participating artists submit during the general meeting and must be a League member.
2017 Artist of the Month
Anytime my art receives an award from my peers, I am especially thrilled and honored, because art is something I NEVER expected to do. I was a public-school teacher for 37 years, teaching Elementary School through High School, focusing on Math and working with “at risk” kids most of those years. When we retired to Sedona in 2007, I gravitated to the Sedona Arts Center where I took several classes until I discovered sculpting with fiber clay at a workshop there. The rest is history. My whimsical style represents who I am – a bit crazy and fun-loving. Life is serious these days, so the purpose of my art is to make you smile. If my pieces give you a sense of joy, I feel I’ve done my job. My business name, Cuvee art, is a wine term meaning blend. In this sense, my work is a blend of whimsy, creativity and imagination!!! Enjoy!- Joanie Wolter, Fiber Clay Artist
My art is both deeply personal yet global, drawing on my experiences as a cultural anthropologist. Throughout my life, the natural world, cultural differences in art expression, and a background of artistic experimentation have been my inspirations.- Jan Downey, Gourd and Acrylic Artist
Although many art forms have shaped my artistic development; At the age of 70 I began to pursue more deeply my passion for metalsmithing and metal sculpture.
I am fascinated by how fire can make a hard element pliable, reshapes it and allows a new form to emerge. Working with fire and steel keeps me connected to the
elements – to the earth – to spirit. - Francine L. Kavanaugh, Metal and Fiber Artist
My earliest memories are holding a crayon trying to stay within the lines of my coloring book and camping with my family. These two influences inspired my life-long love of nature and exploring creative media. My college education focused on Fine art degrees in drawing, sculpture and jewelry design/construction from Texas Tech University and the University of Washington. I have been involved with teaching plus creating jewelry art for several stores and galleries in the Northwest and California for the past 35 years. I explore my subject matter in gold and silver with touches of copper and gemstones. The interaction of these materials and a variety of metal working techniques give life to my jewelry art. My current series focuses on the interaction of man, natural elements, and animals. My work has been featured in a variety of publications and exhibitions in the Northwest.
- Pat Lown, Fine Jewelry Artist
My first wood projects were rooted in thrift: staining and varnishing naked furniture, as well as refinishing, refurbishing and/or re-purposing
I have always had a love of wood and woodworking, especially wood with the character in the form of various grain patterns, knots, shapes, and second-hand furniture. - Ken Ryan, Wood Artist