Portraits in Wood & Gesture Drawing Demos at The Figure Revealed Exhibit

  • When: Saturday, January 27, 2018, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Sedona Arts Center
  • Cost: Free - $5
  • Website: Visit
  • Age limit: 18+
  • Categories: Art, Lectures, Museum exhibits

Experience wood carving and life drawing demonstrations with a live model at the Sedona Arts Center’s Theater Gallery during The Figure Revealed: Artists and Muse exhibition, Saturday, January 27, 1:30pm-4pm! From 1:30 to 2:30, sculpture artist Charles DeLay will demonstrate how he carves a portrait into wood. Charles DeLay is a sculptor who does large scale commissions in bronze, stone, wood, and resin. His work is primarily figurative and deals with the spiritual nature of humans. He is fascinated by the spirit, strength and frailty of individuals. His works are installed throughout the United States. Six of his commissions reside in Washington DC. Many of his commissions are for churches, government offices, banks, schools, libraries and private homes. From 3:00pm to 4:00pm, artist Jim Menzel-Joseph will demonstrate and instruct how to draw “quick gestures,” which are poses that are typically held from 30 seconds to 20 minutes. Please bring your own supplies and a $5 suggested donation if you wish to draw at this event. Jim Menzel-Joseph is related to both Adolph Menzel, Germany's most prolific artist of the nineteenth century and to the French Symbolist, Henry Fantin-Latour. After returning home from combat duty in the Korean War, he graduated from the American Academy of Art, studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and later studied at the Art Students' League of New York. Menzel-Joseph has won numerous honors and awards. While on the faculty of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, he was commissioned to do a series of paintings on Black History in America exhibited throughout the United States. Drawings of his experiences as a combat artist in the Korean War are also in the National Archives in Washington D. C. He has exhibited in the Art Institute of Chicago, the Salmagundi club of New York, the Ojai Valley Museum, and the Carnegie Museum in Oxnard, CA. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Time- Life Books, Playboy, the Chicago Tribune Magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times Magazine. He is author of Art & Survival in the Twenty-first Century. Demonstrations with these artists are part of The Figure Revealed: Artists and Muse exhibit, open daily from 10am-5pm from January 27 through February 5. The show features a collection of art, started in Sedona Art Center’s Monday life drawing sessions over the past four years by 16 regularly attending artists—including DeLay and Menzel-Joseph. The show highlights a vast array of styles, expressions, imaginative responses, and interpretations of the human form, which have been created by artists with various backgrounds and skill levels. Come treat yourself and participate in the wonder of the creative experience during the portraits in wood and gesture drawing demonstrations, Saturday, January 27, 1:30pm – 4:00pm at The Figure Revealed exhibit at The Art Barn Theatre Gallery at the Sedona Art Center. Call for more information, (928) 284-4021. THE FIGURE REVEALED EVENT SCHEDULE: • OPENING RECEPTION Draw-a-thon & Performance Art, Friday, January 26, 5-8pm • EXHIBITION Daily, Saturday January 27 – Monday, February 5, 10am-5pm • CARVING THE PORTRAIT IN WOOD Demonstration, w/ Charles DeLay, Saturday, January 27, 1:30-2:30 pm • GESTURE DRAWING Demonstration & Instruction, w/ Jim Menzel-Joseph, Saturday, January 27, 3-4pm, $5 to draw • OPEN STUDIO LIFE DRAWING Groups, Monday, January 29 & February 5, 10am-1pm, $15 • 1ST FRIDAY CLOSING RECEPTION Demonstrations & Performance Art, Friday, February 2, 5-8pm *All events will take place in the Art Barn Theater Gallery at Sedona Arts Center