Open Studios

Open Studios

Open Studios


SVAC Open Studio Tour Spring 2020

The April 24-26 Spring Open Studio Tour


due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Quarantine

Upcoming Meeting Reminders

The SVAC meeting schedule for the rest of the year is:

Saturday March 28th at 1 PM- Field Trip to the Waddell Studio in Cornville  - More information to follow the week before the visit.  The Waddell Studio is a wonderful, artistic treat to experience.  Please plan on joining us and RSVP to Mike Upp at so that we can gather an approximate headcount of the number of people who are going to attend.

Monday May 11th - Fall Open Studio Kick-off and Spring De-brief (Note the different day of the week for this meeting)
Wednesday July 15th - Annual Member Meeting and Board Election
Wednesday September 16th - Annual Show Kick-off Meeting
Wednesday November 18th - Spring OS Kick-Off and Fall OS De-Brief

Upcoming AZ ART Events

In this section, SVAC Members can submit notices of art exhibits, workshops or performances to the newsletter by emailing Mike Upp ( or Patty Hoisch ( by the 25th of the previous month. Please include applicable web links.

Michael Sherrill Retrospective - at the Arizona State University Art Museum from February 29th to June 27th, 2020.  In this exhibit of his delicately rendered sculptures, Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers and to make them see things afresh. Working with clay, glass and metal, his exquisite floral forms have the allure of Martin Johnson Heade’s passionflower and orchid paintings and the botanical engravings of John James Audubon.  This is an exhibit well worth seeing!

David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry at the Heard Museum in Phoenix On display through April 5, 2020 David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry highlights the impact that Yosemite has had over time and space on artistic production, from the valley’s original Indigenous inhabitants to one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, David Hockney, with a presentation of his digital images of Yosemite.  Expand your horizons at this exhibit.

Artist Opportunity

The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival (VVBNF) is an annual festival held each April in Cottonwood, AZ presented by Friends of the Verde River. Each year, artists are invited to submit images of original artwork reflecting the festival bird for consideration as the featured artist. The 2021 theme is Carrion Birds, specifically, the Turkey Vulture. 

The selected featured image will be used to promote the festival through print and online advertising as well as in promotional fundraising products that benefit Friends of the Verde River. The winning artist will receive a $100 award, promotional products that include their image, and a free 10x10 space in the vendor tent at the festival to exhibit and sell their artwork in 2021. 

Deadline to apply: March 27, 2020 
Selection notifications: April 10, 2020 
Go to to learn more! 


Special Off to SVAC Members

Sedona Giclee Callery and Printer
2055 W. SR 89A STE. B
Sedona, (928) 282-4708
Sedona Giclee is offering 15% off all giclee and metal printing services to SVAC members. This is a wonderful opportunity and speaks volumes to Justin and Jodi's commitment to art and our community.
You can join their Art Marketing co-op webiste at:

How to Put Announcements in the SVAC Newsletter

We are happy to put member announcements in the Newsletter about upcoming exhibitions, meetings, equipment for sale - basically anything in good tast that our members might be interested in. Here are the guidelines:
  • Two paragraphs or less(preferably on) in WORD format
  • One photo if desired in JPG format. We don't always have room for photos.
  • Please email it to Mike Upp or Patty Hoisch by the 25th of the month prior to when you want it to appear.
  • We try to get the newsletter out by the 1st week of every month.

We Want to Hear From You!

At the recent annual meeting we also discussed ideas for field trips and two rose to the top of the list - The Waddell's Studio and the Melting Point Glass Studio.  We are working on putting the Waddell's studio on the schedule for late fall.

If you have art related announcements, or opportunities for the Newsletter; ideas for meeting programs, or field trips, contact Mike Upp at