Sedona Gallery Association hosts sizzling First Friday Tour

Jack Dykinga

Jack Dykinga

Sedona's finest art galleries invite you to enjoy an evening of openings, special guests, artists receptions and celebrations at their monthly First Friday Gallery Tour on July 2 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:

El Prado Gallery By the Creek hosts Joe McNeill signing his book Arizona's Little Hollywood during the "National Parks" show.  In a celebration of the beauty of America's National Parks and the grandeur of the western landscape, McNeill's book documents the lure of Northern Arizona for Hollywood.  Read the stories and see the splendor of the area captured on canvas by El Prado artists.  

Goldenstein Gallery in uptown Sedona kicks off its dazzling new show "Location, Location, Location." This spectacular show features an extraordinary view of the world as seen though eye of a camera lens. Fine Art Photographers Judy Feldman, Chuck Rolle, Mal Cooper, Susie Reed, and Alba Elena are featured. Enjoy live music and delicious wine.

James Ratliff Gallery hosts emerging artist Marcos Armitaje who presents a World Premier of "The Invisible Crystal" at James Ratliff Gallery, Hozho Center, from 5-8 p.m. Mr. Armitaje will give a short talk at 6 p.m. Armitaje's images have been featured on the covers of 14 national and international journals. Crystal waves of light, in luminous colors, are photographed and committed to canvas in a one of a kind procedure.

Lanning Gallery presents "Jonathan Howard: Urban Footprint" welcoming the artist who captures the human condition with intriguing singular skill; also, as part of Sedona Photo Fest 2010, photographer Ron Draxler's "Reflections."

Lark Art delights in presenting "Once Upon a Time ... The Narrative Art of Adam Maeroff." Both an accomplished painter and a captivating storyteller, Adam combines his talents in  the paintings he creates.  His attention to detail and expression keep his works alive with energy and interest.  

Gallery of Modern Masters is kicking off June with an artist reception for Lynn Welker hosted by Barking Frog Grill.  A life-long artist, Welker makes a difference in the way people view the world of landscape painting.  Using unique styles and incorporating unexpected narratives, she captures the essence of places in time.  Live music by Nick Gioello. Please join us, and catch the trolley at Hillside.

Mountain Trails Gallery presents animal sculptors Sandy Scott, Jim Gilmore, and Bob Guelich. Each creates sculptures ranging from whimsical pigs and mischievous goats to North American wildlife including elk, deer, bears, and fox. Birds in flight such as mallards, quail, herons and eagles also comprise their collections. Visit the gallery to see a collection of animal bronzes from your "backyard and beyond."

Rowe Gallery highlights two of their most accomplished landscape painters: John Poon and Gabor Svagrik. Wine and refreshments will be served.

Sedona Arts Center presents Moments of Transcendence featuring Jack Dykinga, who will be in Sedona to participate in the First Annual Sedona PhotoFest (July 18 - 25) as Master Photographer-in-Residence. The exhibit also includes photographic fine art by six Sedona Masters:  Lou DeSerio, Larry Lindahl, Harvey Stearn, Ian Whitehead, and Derek von Briesen.  

Turquoise Tortoise Gallery offers "Raku Rhapsody" featuring a large new selection by artist Rick Loewenkamp. Also, as part of Sedona Photo Fest 2010, Patti Lee with her exhibition "God Is in the Details."

A whirlwind of mesmerizing talent, intoxicating images and entertainment, the Sedona Gallery Association tour is one of Sedona's "things to see." Recently Sedona was named the "Number Three Small Town Art Destination" by American Style Magazine. Sedona has been in the top three small town destinations for the past three years.

For more information on the Sedona Gallery Association, please call Goldenstein Gallery at 928-204-1765 or visit www.SedonaGalleryAssociation.com where you can find a complete listing of galleries and a printable map to all locations.

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