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    Trumptopus by Nadia Rawle

    The Sedona Art Prize team recently established the trademark for the catch phrase "Make Art Not War" which will now be used as a brand-following statement in its effort to promote artists in diverse places around the world and assist people who have no access to art supplies or art education so they can use their artistic talents as a path out of poverty.

 Make Art Not War, taken to the next level, represents art as a form of freedom of speech. Creative works are capable of making statements that are understood by all, and cross cultural and political boundaries to express an idea whose ultimate goal is to promote peace. 

Sometimes this takes the form of protest.

    WWI Women Auto Mechanics - Sheet metal painting by artist Pat Benincasa.

    Artist Pat Benincasa has created a breakthrough exhibition of her paintings portraying remarkable women who shattered cultural roadblocks of their day, leaving an indelible mark in history. Entitled “Women at the Wheel,” the women profiled, in Pat’s words, “defied society to make, do and be.  They invented windshield wipers and brake lights, set speed records, profoundly influenced UAW and labor history, invented Kevlar, made auto interior design a key component and suffrage possible.”

    Prolific artist Bruce Bingham has been part of the Sedona Art Prize since October 2016. During that period of time, she has entered fifteen paintings and has been chosen as a finalist for the months of October and December 2016, and January 2017. A professional artist for over 35 years, her work is collected privately and corporately in fourteen countries. Bruce lived abroad for ten years and recently returned to the United States, settling in the Austin area.

    Kenneth Hershenson's series of paintings collectively entitled “I DO Know Jack!” has a fascinating story behind it. He first conceived of this series in the mid-1980s when a vision of a jack sitting on a wheel of cheese popped into his mind. He worked on names and sketches of this concept for 30 years before finally deciding to take a gamble and leave the work world to follow his dream of becoming a full time, working artist.

    In her early days of painting, Deborah was highly influenced by the work of renowned artist Andrew Wyeth. She adds, “But now there are so many wonderful painters whom I admire that it’s difficult to choose. I have a large notice board in my studio that I call my ‘inspiration board’ and it’s covered with images of paintings that I love for one reason or another.”

    This is Petra’s second Artist Spotlight due to her submitting six paintings during the month of November. Petra Ackerman’s unique impressionistic style of painting is a form of impressionism and her paintings convey a mesmerizing, dream-like feeling of the Southwest. But there is more to Petra than just her passion for art and the Southwest.

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