Sedona Celebrates Fur and Fiber Art Exhibit
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The City of Sedona invites the public to attend its upcoming Artist Reception to view the “Fur & Fiber” exhibit on Thursday, June 2, 2022, from 4-6 p.m. in City Council Chambers and the Vultee Conference Room at the ‘city Hall. This exhibition celebrates the work of digital painter Robert Albrecht and textile artist Shirley Eichten Albrecht. Special musical guest will be critically acclaimed New Age guitarist and luthier William Eaton.
Digital painter Robert Albrecht
Albrecht spent many years as a professional photographer in the commercial and fashion industry. He has always had a passion for creating the beautiful, the creative and the memorable with his special love for animals. “After finding my expression in digital painting, it was wonderful to be able to demonstrate my love for animals and wildlife in this exciting new medium and to still use my love for photography,” said Albrecht.
He hand paints his subject using this new technology, carrying this technique into his classic pet portraits. His rich, classic style exemplifies his belief that all animals have hearts, souls and feelings, which he projects in his paintings.
Fiber Artist Shirley Eichten Albrecht
Eichten Albrecht started his craft in 1987 creating traditional baskets. When the couple moved to Sedona in 2001, Native American designs began to influence their work. Currently, she specializes in figurative pieces, which incorporate raku pottery, antlers, beads, geodes, needle weaving and semi-precious stones. Her calabash pieces take on a life of their own during the creative process.
“The gourds speak to me and the sculptures are very organic. I don’t plan every design. It’s intuitive and meditative. Sometimes a gourd stays in my studio for a year before I decide what to do with it,” said Eichten Albrecht. She is a member of the Missouri Basketweavers Guild and the National Basketry Organization and past president of the Sedona Gallery Association, as well as the Verde Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild. His work is represented at the Rowe Gallery. The couple are members of the Sedona Visual Artists Coalition.
“I am delighted to exhibit Robert and Shirley’s work together at City Hall. Robert’s talent for capturing the essence of the animals he paints is palpable. Her generously donated digital painting of Max, the city’s police dog, will also be on display. Shirley’s seasoned basket weaving skills are evident in the detail she puts into all of her naturally woven pieces. I recommend coming on June 2 to meet and greet the artists and see all of Shirley’s work since her most delicate pieces will only be on display at the reception,” said the Arts and Culture Coordinator , Nancy Lattanzi.
Exhibits from City Hall’s Art Rotation Program are located in the Council Chamber, as well as the Vultee Conference Room Gallery on the City Campus at 102 Roadrunner Dr. Tours outside of reception are available by appointment only. This exhibition runs until September 7, 2022. To book an appointment or for more information on the City Hall Art Rotation Program, please contact Lattanzi at 928-203-5078 or [email protected].