Artists reception Nov. 30 at City Hall
Artist Reception for Mary Helsaple, Christine Debrosky & Susan Henkels at City Hall
The public is invited to meet three accomplished artists and view their work on Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. -2 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers and Vultee Conference Room. From Helsaple’s remarkably intricate watercolor paintings and Debrosky’s glowing oil and pastel landscapes, to Henkels meticulously detailed colored pencil drawings, this is a reception not to be missed.
Helsaple, a realistic narrative painter and national exhibiting watercolor artist, created “Nature’s Network,” an exhibit that raises questions about humans and our relationship to the environment. Her goal is to tell a story that connects people to nature. Each painting in this collection has a written premise from the artist’s perspective with clues and details to find. Helsaple’s watercolors are large works that contain finely detailed images of plants birds, animals and insects, merging into natural surroundings in familiar and exotic habitats. This collection has traveled across the USA and exhibited at numerous museums since 1996, including the Smithsonian’s Exhibition Tropical Rainforest Exhibition in Denver. Helsaple has been published in American Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Southwest Art, USA Today, Variety and Time Magazine.
Debrosky’s pastel and oil paintings range from the blush of early morning light, to the dazzle of mid-day, to the rich amber tones towards sundown and are a celebration of the Sedona area. She has been traversing the region’s roadways, hiking trails, canyons and streams, working en plein air gathering material for her impressionist paintings. Some of the vistas may be familiar, others are off the beaten path, each rendered in a way that invites the viewer to reflect for a few moments in this hurried world. Her work has been exhibited across the United States and Europe and in numerous books and magazines, such as in SouthwestArt, Plein Air magazine and Pratique des Artes. She has earned signature membership with the American Impressionist Society, Master status with the International Association of Pastel Societies and inclusion in “Who’s Who in American Art.”
Henkels grew up in Lexington, Kentucky amidst some of the most beautiful trees in the country. Her attraction to trees began when she was a child, continually showing up in her early drawings and being a source of inspiration for her drawings and for her work as a psychotherapist. The preciseness that the pencil provides, lends itself to the details she can explore, much the way she works with people. Her focus on trees is similar to discovering the inner spirit of the soul, which when recognized can be nurtured and bloom. A final image emerges through the process of repetition and refinement. Her work has been shown nationally in three International Colored Pencil Exhibitions, earning her Signature status as a colored pencil artist. She also exhibited in the Elegant Earth Exhibition at the Sedona Art Center. Her work can be found in private collections in the United States and Europe.
This exhibit has been extended to run through Jan. 10 and is located in the Council Chambers and Vultee Conference Room at City Hall on 102 Roadrunner Dr. If you’d like to see the exhibit but can’t make the reception, please make an appointment by contacting Nancy Lattanzi, arts and culture coordinator at 928-203-5078 or via email NLattanzi@SedonaAZ.gov.