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4/2/2012 9:01:00 AM
Sedona Treasures features artist Steve Simon
Sedona Treasures is located in the Hillside Shops at 671 SR 179, across from the Javelina Cantina Restaurant. For more information on Steve Simon's reception or Sedona Treasures please call (928) 282-8163

Steve Simon will be the featured artist at Sedona Treasures Art Gallery in Hillside Plaza for the month of April.  On the evening of Friday, April 6 the artist will be signing copies of his book "The Spirit of Sedona" and giving a multi-media presentation featuring videos of his new collection-in-progress entitled "The Great Peacemakers."  The presentation will be held outside, opposite the gallery entrance and will begin at 6 p.m. as part of the gallery's First Friday participation.

"The Spirit of Sedona" is Simon's seventh coffee table book.  It features reproductions of 32 of his Sedona landscape oil paintings with verse written by the artist to complement each piece.

In his current collection, Simon is focusing on history's great peacemakers. The artist's late father is the inspiration behind the collection.  Steve Sr. was born into a poor subsistence farming family in the tiny European country of Luxembourg.  After the Nazis occupied Luxembourg, Steve was imprisoned as part of organized reprisals against an underground movement that Steve did not participate in.  He was sent to a concentration camp, enduring months of slave labor, starvation, and unspeakable conditions.  He would eventually escape, get nursed back to health from several life-threatening ailments, and somehow return home to his family across the war-torn German and Luxembourg countrysides.

When the younger Simon was in sixth grade, his father recounted all he could remember of those dark times.  The motivation for Simon's Great Peacemaker collection finds its kernel of inspiration in this story and is more broadly motivated by the conflict and injustice still so prevalent in the world two generations after the atrocities of World War II.  The collection is intended to honor those who have committed themselves to the advancement of peace.

Simon's presentation will feature videos of four of his Great Peacemaker paintings, including behind the scenes footage of the creative painting process and narration by the artist of the peacemaker biographies.  

Artwork from Simon's "The Spirit of Sedona" and "The Great Peacemakers" will be featured throughout the month of April.

Steve Simon was raised outside Chicago by immigrant parents from Luxembourg.  As a youth, Simon enjoyed drawing but eventually pursued more technical interests.  After receiving his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Simon practiced engineering in Germany.  He later returned to Chicago to work as a management consultant.

While in Chicago, Simon participated in oil painting workshops in the evenings but still did not consider an art career.  Still searching for his calling, Simon chose to pursue an MBA in international business during which he studied in Paris, New York, Tokyo, and nine other cities throughout Eastern Europe and Asia.  At this point, his travels had brought him to over thirty countries as the cultural exposure continued to fuel the latent artist.

After receiving his MBA, Simon accepted a consulting assignment in Paris.  Here he could explore the art world that so intrigued him.  In his free time, he visited art museums and painted in his studio apartment in the famous artist's quarter of Montmartre.  Upon completing the Paris assignment, it became clear to him that the artist within must be acknowledged.

It was then Simon made the decision to pursue his real passion.  In 1994, at age twenty-nine, he moved to California to start his art career.  He has since produced over 300 oil paintings, published seven art books of his art and poetry, created a broad selection of limited edition, canvas giclée prints, and owned an operated his own gallery on scenic Balboa Island, California for eight years.

In 2007, Simon moved to the beautiful Red Rock Country of Arizona.  In 2011, he published "The Spirit of Sedona," a collection of his paintings and poetry of the area's dramatic landscapes.   He resides in Sedona, Arizona with his wife, stepson, and daughter.                                             

Sedona Treasures is located in the Hillside Shops at 671 SR 179, across from the Javelina Cantina Restaurant.  For more information on Steve Simon's reception or Sedona Treasures please call (928) 282-8163

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