Sunday, February 16, 2014

ACE TOBAK, Photographer--Featured Artist

Ace Tobak is one of the Taylor Artist Guild members who was able to travel to SEDONA and who will have artwork in the SEDONA: A Visual Exploration of a Westbound Adventure exhibit coming up on February 20th.  

Here's what she had to say about how the trip inspired her:

Although we’re calling this TAG retreat the Sedona trip we stayed in three additional cities and covered a lot of highway. I’d never taken a trip through the Southwest and it gave me a taste of what's so addicting to RVers. 

Around every corner I was blown away by art made by humans and Mother Nature. Our 1st stop was Ruidoso, NM, where the terrain is mostly pine trees on mountain-top country.  We took a break in the drive to sketch these monstrous horse statues at The Hubbard Museum of the American West. 

Photo by Ace Tobak

Next stop was Santa Fe. Everywhere there was art and architecture that took my breath away. Further along the highway we stopped at a roadside attraction at the continental divide filled with petrified wood boulders, and then back in the car and onto Sedona. 

Photo by Ace Tobak

We dropped from the canyon-covered mountains green with trees to our destination Angel Valley Vortex. With a river running through the property, totems, wildflowers and critters there were no shortages of photo ops.

The Sedona landscape is really awe inspiring and I took full advantage of alone time to get some beautiful photos. More challenging was my attempt at the block print workshop. I kept telling myself not to be concerned with the results and enjoy the process. I’m nothing if not optimistic. 

Photo by Ace Tobak
 On the way home, we stopped at Arcosanti. It’s an “early eco-city” in the desert of AZ founded by the brilliant architect Paolo Soleri. They make fantastic bells and sell them in the gift shop. Who would think that sitting in the middle of nowhere there could be such beautiful art?

Last stop on the way home was downtown El Paso, and because Judy Blundell is such a great trip planner we stayed at the Historic Camino Real. Beautiful rooms with comfy beds and they have an original stained glass Tiffany dome in the bar. Unbelievable!! Downtown El Paso was rocking at 11pm at night! 

Photo by Ace Tobak
 After that there was nothing left but to drag our dusty travel worn selves home and resume our everyday lives. What a great time I had. 

You can see more of Ace's work at the show, and on the Taylor Artist Guild website. 

Ace Tobak, February 2014

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