As an artist working in fused glass, Pilisa embraces the spontaneous and the unexpected as the process and materials are inherently unpredictable. Creative Gateways deepens that commitment to openness and innovation with further opportunities for new ideas, inspiration and ways of working. Pilisa loves to share her process with those who are drawn to her work and to welcome new visitors to the studio. Her long term vision is to create a permanent, sustainable Artist’s colony on land just outside Sedona, and Creative Gateways is a step towards growing that creative community.
Michael Colpitts is a painter and ceramic artist whose inspiration includes the natural world, flight, and his experiences living, working and travelling in India, North Africa, Europe (including Ibiza, Spain, where he lived for six years) and Southeast Asia. A trained pilot, Michael’s current work includes a series of soaring abstract paintings inspired by flight, as well as his ongoing ceramic work and explorations in working with porcelain. A long-term meditator, Michael is nourished by silence, stillness and soaking up the quiet beauty of the spectacular Sedona landscape.
Ever since she was a child, Sumati Colpitts has loved working with her hands. Having studied at the Chicago Art Institute and Kansas City Art Institute, she traveled widely, first working with Michael in an ashram in India in 1989, before reuniting in Sedona almost a decade later. Sumati is a ceramic artist whose hugely popular figurative animal sculptures inspire and delight those who take them home. A licensed massage therapist and gourmet cook, Sumati’s gift for tactile creativity results in personality-filled work capturing and amplifying the essence of the animal.
After thirty three years living and working in Mexico, Meg Munro relocated to Sedona in 2016, bringing her vivid watercolor paintings to the Creative Gateways studios. Her signature glowing images use an underpainting technique to create an almost ‘stained glass’ effect, lighting up the bright colors and unique subjects of her work. Meg is currently working on a series inspired by ‘virgins and mothers’, incorporating religious iconography into lush natural scenes. Spirituality, healing and the connection of art with the divine intertwine in her richly intricate work.
Gerry is a member of the Bear Strap Clan from the Second Mesa Village of Shungopavi. His Hopi name, Lomahongva, means “reed standing tall and healthy.” Almost every medium of Hopi art incorporates many symbols to represent clouds and rain. Gerry’s attention to detail and unique interpretation of traditional Hopi symbolism reflects his rich and expressive heritage.