By Joe Murphy
Arizona Community Press | azcommunitypress.org
Alwun House, formerly the Sedler House, is an architecturally and historically significant downtown Phoenix arts venue. The 2-story house, built in 1912 by John Sedler, was originally set on 5 acres overlooking alfalfa fields and used a solar hot water system on the roof. In 1971, Alwun House founders purchased the property to fulfill a vision to create one place where artists of all media could come together. Alwun House grew as the first nonprofit alternative / contemporary art gallery in downtown Phoenix.
Since the 1970’s the Alwun House has “hosted luminaries like Marcel Marceau and Mummenschanz, Baba Don Gong meditations, Latin Peñas with Alberto Rios, first “Performance Art” to be seen in Phoenix and other eclectic events. A popular series of the seventies was “Heartsong,” a heartfelt music and poetry reading series”. A signature fundraising event, The Exotic Art Show, annually features over 60 artists, a mix of media, with uninhibited and provocative art, opens with a Valentine’s “Phantasmagorical Spectacular.
This year, the house turns 100 years old! A Centennial Renovation Project is in the works to provide a facelift to the external structure and to fix some internal issues. Currently, the house is painted in vibrant colors, which attract and amuse patrons attending the following upcoming 2012-2013 season events.
The season begins with the Transformative Art & Trans Cultural Jubilee from September 8th through 22nd. The exhibit includes Visual musings and transcendental fascinations reflect the power of art in transforming community, in painting, photography, batik and mixed media. World traveled artists;John Avedisian, Ja Jure, Hal Hjalmarson, Robert McLeod, Mukee Okan, Luis Salazar, Marilyn Szabo, Peter Votichenko. The exhibit is presented in collaboration with Fusion Foundation. The Transcultural Jubilee will be held on the evening of Saturday, September 15th and Exhilarating performances that are cutting edge contemporary to tribal indigenous roots. A joyful celebration of multi cultural dance, song, rap/poetry and tribal fusion drum beats from the heart; in all one place and will end with a thunderous 100 Drum finale.
Other events and fundraisers throughout the season include Autumn Equinox Celebration, Luna Full Moon Fridays, and The Monsters Ball. To find out the complete schedule of events and to purchase tickets visit Alwun House.
The community can help renovate this gem of history by buying a brick for $100 for 100 years! See the Alwun House website for additional information and to sign up for the newsletter.