Maleita Wise

811 E June Court

Cottonwood, AZ 86326



Maleita has spent most of her life in the arts. Excellent teachers fueled her exposure to a variety of images. Much travel around the world early in her life also added to many of her ideas.

She began the Art Enrichment Program in Louisville, Kentucky in the early 1980’s and continued that work in Arizona in the late 1990’s. This program for children to attend after school included some city wide programs sponsored by the YMCA,  Louisville Visual Arts Association, and the Girl Scouts of America. Several therapists used her ideas in their workshops that revolved around addictions and wellness.

Her work in Arizona has invited work at a treatment center, where she taught art as a tool for wellness and self-expression. Her background includes a BA degree in fine arts as well as a variety of studies in Psychology, Theology, and the Expressive Arts. Her visual concentration in college was in the area of Printmaking, and the influence of this can be seen in many of her works.

After living in Sedona for awhile she took up study with Eugenia Everett and has been in several sculpture shows at the Sedona Art Center as well as the 2002 Sedona Sculpture Walk. Her interest in painting has been mentored by a master teacher in Phoenix—Dick Phillips, as well as a group of artists that she meets with monthly for inspiration and refinement of current art that she is completing.

The Sedona Artists Coalition has been an important part of her art development in pushing the boundaries of her own work. She has taken part in all of their shows and finds this group a rich source of inspiration and learning because of the wide variety of artists who make up this gathering. She is a juried member of the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society, and has been a speaker at their monthly meetings.

Her paintings have won awards in Kentucky as well as Arizona where she frequently has her work on display in galleries, restaurants, doctor offices, and a variety of exhibitions throughout the city and in Flagstaff. She has designed a set of stain glass windows for a church in Pittsburgh, and did a yearly Artist in Residency program in this area to promote the ideas of journaling and art combined to encourage health and clarity. She has served as an art resource person for grade school children in several states and frequently offers summer workshops for this age group as well as some work with teens and seniors in beginning journals. She has given lectures for Elder Hostel and currently is involved in the Artist in the Classroom project, which offers children more hands on art than their regular schedule allows.


She presently lives near Sedona, AZ where she lives with her husband, Joe, a writer, artist, and friend for over 44 years.


Artist Statement:

My art-life is a mirror to me of all the rest of my life. I see this as dialogue and participation, with the goal of always being open to surprise and new ways to approach my own life canvas.

The gifts of color, shape, and composition that flow from the inside to inform us about ourselves have the power to transform and inspire if we are willing to risk what they may reveal.  Living in this mystery of knowing and not knowing is, I believe, the greatest challenge as well as the deepest reward.

I accept the invitation to be part of this dance.                                                                                                                           



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