7/2/2012 8:01:00 AM Sedona Gallery Association hosts dazzling 1st Friday tour
“From A Rocky Place” is part of James Ratliff Gallery’s “A Painting as Lovely as a Tree Show.”
Sedona's finest art galleries invite you to enjoy an evening of openings, special guests, artists receptions and celebrations at their monthly 1st Friday Gallery Tour July 6 from 5-8 p.m.
All guests are welcome to attend free of charge and enjoy the Sedona Trolley, which does continuous loops to all locations. Some of July's highlights include:
Andrea Smith Gallery welcomes local artist V. Norton, who has followed her imagination into the world of clay for the past 30 years. Norton finds that in every country she visits, people create vessels and masks to represent their spirits. She too is a mask maker, creating both miniature size that can fit into your hand, and larger wall hangings. Norton will be exhibiting her work during First Friday in July.
Goldenstein Gallery presents their 5th Annual "Dog and Pony Show." Among the accomplished painters are Jane Darrow and Lee Mitchelson whose paintings capture the inner essence of these radiant creatures, and award-winning sculpture by Star York, Kevin McCarthy and Liz Wolf. All of these artists have spent years developing an intimate relationship with their subjects resulting in incredibly moving and sensitive images. Live music with local favorites Frost and Frost, refreshing beverages will be served.
James Ratliff Gallery is showcasing special ways various gallery artists create "Paintings Lovely as a Tree." From the Art Deco look of Judy Choate trees to the impressionistic inner glow created by Bruce Marion ... each artist creates magic. Cary Henrie creates landscapes evoking memories in which the trees play a subtly integral part which provide counterpoint to the dominant vividly colored trees of Patrice Kirk.
JN Muir Sculpture Studio/Gallery: "Let Freedom Ring" - A haven for sculpture collectors, join us at the working studio/gallery of Allegorical Sculptor, James Muir, to experience his poignant Expressions in Bronze. The focus will be on a tribute to those who have served and sacrificed for our Freedom represented through Muir's patriotic sculptures honoring man's courageous quest for Truth and Freedom. Also highlighting Handcrafted Mexican Furniture by Marco Arana.
Kuivato Glass Gallery showcases the mesmerizing cast glass of George Bucquet. Truly a master of his craft, Bucquet continues his quest to push the limits of artistic glass casting-- accenting each bowl with hand detailed with copper, silver and gold leaf. Featured jewelry artist is local favorite, Christin Burr, whose fine Swarovski crystal necklaces will dazzle your neck!
Lanning Gallery features "The Heat is On," diving right into summer and right into the oven with Raku artist Bob Smith, a true leader in this challenging field of ceramics. The fine, and varied, vessels in the gallery's collection all capture the warm, singular tones of Sedona's red rocks making them some of the classiest "souvenirs" the area has to offer. Lanning Gallery invites everyone to stop in and see Smith's mastery of this unpredictable technique - and pick out a favorite!
Lark Art delights in presenting "Reclaimed, Recycled, Renewed. . . The Fresh Inspirations of Gina Percifull." Whether it is her magical handmade ornaments or her inspiring larger works, Gina seeks to make her art affordable to everyone seeking a bit more joy. Her work brings smiles, hope and encouragement. . . and her collectors often stop in to see her latest creations. Please join us as we toast her enchanting new art. . .
Mountain Trails Gallery - for 25 years, Mountain Trails Galleries and its sculpture artists have had a love affair with the history of the American West. The fascination with the stories and historic details of the Old West continues to inspire the Payne Family (Vic Payne and Dustin Payne), as well as Oreland C. Joe and Sedona artists Michael Trcic and Susan Kliewer who all sculpt the adventures and way of life of the cowboys and cowgirls, mountain men, pioneers, and famous leaders and outlaws.
Rowe Fine Art Gallery - Celebrate the independent spirit of the artist when Ken Rowe unveils "White Buffalo Calf Woman," his first major figurative bronze in 17 years, at Rowe Fine Art Gallery. After sculpting wildlife for most of his professional career, Ken went back to his roots with this sculpture, which has been in the works for more than a year. Come see the final result tonight!
Sedona Arts Center proudly presents a new exhibition entitled, "Freedom" at their Fine Art Gallery in Uptown Sedona. This month's exhibit offers a spectacular variety of styles and mediums, with works by 34 local artists! This is a fabulous opportunity to experience "Freedom" through the eyes of the featured artists. Each piece represents a sense of independence as expressed by the individual artist. The exhibit includes paintings (watercolor and oil), photography, fiber, ceramics, mixed media, glass and jewelry. There's something for everyone at Sedona Arts Center!
Turquoise Tortoise Gallery ushers in the heart of summer by showcasing their wide selection of jewelry in Traditional and Contemporary Southwest styles - these are styles that all look particularly great with summer's light clothing. Whether it's turquoise against white linen or sterling silver with jeans, this is the season to make the most of all the fine natural stones such as the greens and blues of turquoise, purple sugilite, green gaspeite, even red corals and orange or purple spiny oyster shell - all exquisitely set in sterling (or, if you like, gold).
For more information on the Sedona Gallery Association please visit www.SedonaGalleryAssociation.com where you can find a complete listing of galleries and a printable map to all locations.