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Written under the name: Beverly Dennis in February of 2001

Navarro Gallery Hosts Day and Escobedo

On Saturday, February 17 from 4 to 7 p.m., the Navarro Gallery, located in Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, will host a reception and special exhibit for two prominent and successful plein air painters. The exhibit, titled Color and Light, will feature the most recent works by Stephen Day and Louis Escobedo.

Plein air artists paint out-of-doors and their work is a spontaneous interpretation of the subject matter before them. Day paints what he sees in realistic detail while Escobedo’s interpretations are more impressionistic. These two particular artists often work together yet their painting styles differ greatly.

Born in Sheridan, Wyo., Day was raised in New Mexico and Colorado. With a BA from McMurry College in Abilene, TX, he went on to receive a master’s degree in theology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. A Methodist Church minister in Casper, Wyo., for three years after graduating, it wasn’t until he became an artist that Day learned how to fully respond to his appreciation of the southwest’s unique beauty. According to Taos Magazine, Day feels a strong connection between his previous avocation and that of an artist. “The painting process itself is like a prayer, a meditation. And, this is where God is,” Day said as he waved his hand at the scenery before him.

Stephen Day painting in the Navarro Gallery.

Stephen Day painting in the Navarro Gallery.

Now a full-time artist living in Douglas County, Col., Day works primarily in oils. He paints a variety of subjects but the landscape remains his first love. He says, “I paint almost exclusively from life trying to capture the feeling and the mood of the subject before me. This working philosophy forces me to paint quickly to get a spontaneous and fresh response, because everything around us (including ourselves) is in a constant state of change.”

Louis Escobedo, a native of Texas, received his BFA from Sam Houston University and currently lives in Denver, Col. He is known as a ‘master colorist’ and uses a wide range of high intensity colors and dramatic lighting effects. A freelance illustrator for several years, Escobedo began a full time painting career in 1985.

According to The Artist’s Magazine, Escobedo creates paintings by thinking abstractly, finding a catalyst, and painting ‘relationships’ instead of ‘things.’ Of this technique, he says, “Whenever I approach a painting, I’m looking for design. As a result, getting started can be kind of hard until I see something. I look at the positive shapes—the objects in a still life, for example—but, at the same time, I give equal or greater attention to the shapes of the ‘negative’ spaces that surround them.”

Basically self taught, Escobedo studied art through books, art shows, museums and workshops with leading artists such as Ramon Kelly. He believes that “…all of these influences have been helpful, but in the long run, my canvas is still my best and most demanding teacher.”

Escobedo has received numerous awards, including the ‘Best of Show’ award from the National Oil Painters of America in Chicago and the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York. His work has been shown in various museums and galleries throughout the West and as far east as Ohio. His paintings are included in many corporate and private collections.

The Day/Escobedo reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, Navarro Gallery, Tlaquepaque; light refreshments will be served. The Light and Color exhibit will continue throughout the month of March. For more information on the upcoming reception, exhibit and featured artists, contact the Navarro Gallery at 204-1144.


Written under the name: Beverly Dennis in May of 2000

Spannagel Donates Artwork to Sedona Taste

"Englemanns Bounty" by John Spannagel.

“Englemanns Bounty” by John Spannagel.

John Spannagel, local artist and musician, is donating a beautifully framed 20” x 24” print entitled Englemann’s Bounty to the silent auction to be held at the upcoming 5th annual Sedona Taste on Sunday, June 11. This stunning piece of artwork depicts the Southwest prickly pear cactus brimming with fruit, detailed in rich designer tones of forest green and deep red wines. Custom framed in rich mahogany, this finished print’s outside dimensions measure approximately 30” x 35” and would be a welcome addition to any art lover’s collection.

The Southwest has always played a big part in Spannagel’s work. He grew up in Colorado and moved to Sedona six years ago from Breckenridge. Enchanted with nature and the beauty of his surroundings, Spannagel says he enjoys “…capture(ing) the power in every detail of mountains, plants and the colorful intensity of nature.” He recreates nature’s beauty with mixed media including metallic acrylics, bringing out rich luminous touches of light and color. His signature style includes a unique method of creating dramatic ‘trails’ of blended hues that become the foundation for a meticulously detailed image.

Spannagel can be seen from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays now throughout the summer painting ‘works in progress’ at the New West Galleries’ entrance. Sedona residents and tourists alike are invited to stop in and talk to the artist himself.

In addition, the public is invited to view his donated piece, Englemann’s Bounty, at two area locations prior to the Sedona Taste. New West Galleries, 211 N. Hwy 89A next to The Worm Book & Music Store in uptown Sedona and National Bank of Arizona, 50 Bell Rock Plaza in the Village of Oak Creek will both have this handsome print on display now through June 11.

This year will be Spannagel’s fourth Sedona Taste and the event holds special meaning for him, including the fact that the Boys and Girls Club offers kids opportunities to explore the arts. With the recent opening of the VOC branch of the Boys and Girls Club, he feels the timing is perfect to commit his support. As a VOC resident and kid at heart, Spannagel is interested in supporting arts programs for children and is thrilled that he is now in a position to be able to donate something as substantial as Englemann’s Bounty to the popular silent auction.

Spannagel believes that by supporting the Sedona Taste, a major fund-raiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Sedona, he “…can help provide opportunities for kids to be exposed to art and music and perhaps contribute in some way to a youngster’s budding artistic passion.”


Written under the name: Beverly Dennis in  February of 2001

Singles Dance a Valentine’s Day Success

Simply Singles, the newest Verde Valley singles group, held their first social event in February at Cliff Castle Lodge in Camp Verde. Over 90 area singles attended the Valentine’s Day gala and danced to a variety of tunes by DJ Jeannie Carroll.

People from Camp Verde, Sedona, Prescott, Cornville, Cottonwood and Flagstaff enjoyed the clusters of red, pink and white balloons that festooned each table while a snack buffet and cash bar eased appetites created by dancing and socializing. The many raffle prizes given away throughout the evening ranged from a massage to theatre tickets to Oak Creek Theatre Company’s Love Letters to dinner for two at DoubleTree’s Grill at Shadowrock.

Joanne Jacquette, founder of Simply Singles and organizer of the event, exclaimed, “It was a great turn-out and everyone had a wonderful time. We plan to have many more events with another dance in March to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!”

Simply Singles has a wide variety of activities and events planned for March including another dance, bowling, barbecue, camping trip, two-stepping at Rainbow’s End every Friday and Saturday night and a bus trip to the Renaissance Fair in Phoenix. The next activity-planning meeting will be held at Cliff Castle Lodge on Friday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. followed by a social hour. These regular monthly meetings offer all area singles a chance to voice their ideas, suggest activities and volunteer for the activity committee of their choice.

Cliff Castle Lodge was so impressed by attendance at the Valentine’s Day gala that they invited the group back for its upcoming St. Patrick’s Day dance. With March 17 just around the corner, call Joanne at 646-5836 for more information or to purchase your ticket. It just might be your lucky day!


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