What's in store at First Friday gallery tour

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.

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.

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 on June 4 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 June's highlights include:

• Andrea Smith Gallery presents Gala Kraftsow, artistic Renaissance painter, sculptor, and mosaic master who will be unveiling a special collection of mosaic murals, using tile and other unique materials to create exquisite works of art. Join us for refreshments, and have a pleasant chat with the artist during First Friday in June.

• El Prado Gallery presents art for your outdoor living spaces. From natural stone fountains and rock furniture to wind, kinetic and life-size bronze sculpture, El Prado's garden is the inspiration and source for creating your own sanctuary. Discover the newest pieces by Lyman Whitaker, R.C. Albin and Ryan Steffens that can boost your garden design to fine art.

• Goldenstein Gallery in uptown Sedona continues their third annual multi-faceted series "The Profound Palette" which explores both the art and artists behind their work with exhibitions and free talks by master artists, giving audiences an in depth look behind the artists and their work, featuring abstract painter Keith Schall and awarding winning Native American stone and bronze sculptor Upton "Greyshoes" Ethelbah. Enjoy live music and delicious wine.

• James Ratliff Gallery features Clay Work of Navajo Artist David K. John, an award winning artist who specializes in portraying the Yei Be Chei, a spiritual messenger to the Dine. "Creations from Mother Earth" will feature John's clay work. John will give an informal talk at 6 p.m.

• Lanning Gallery presents "David Johns: New Works" from the acclaimed abstract artist who gives a special talk at 6 p.m. on the influences his Dineh (Navajo) heritage has on his paintings.

• Lark Art features the narrative paintings of Jay Schmetz in the exhibit "While We're Not Watching. . . The Hidden Lives of Animals." Jay divides his time between running a sanctuary for farm animals and creating his paintings. His unique perspective affords him heartfelt, humorous insights. Drop by to catch a glimpse of Jay's world and join us for a toast.

• 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 invites the public to join them as wildlife bronze sculptor and gallery owner Ken Rowe unveils his latest masterpiece. Show continues June 5, 1 to 6 p.m

• Sedona Arts Center newest exhibit, Summer Potpourri, is a kaleidoscope of shapes, colors, light and movement that beautifully represent the season. Meet and mingle with the talented artists at the First Friday Reception:  Beth Jaynes (Mixed-media), Shirley Clausen (Pen & Ink/Pastel), Janet Collins (Colored Pencil), Mary Lois Brown (Oil), Judy Classen (Jewelry), Janet Noll Naumer (Photography), and Joanie Wolter (Sculpture).

• Turquoise Tortoise Gallery offers "Walk in Beauty" to celebrate acclaimed sculptor Larry Yazzie who speaks at 6:45 p.m. on the influence his Dineh (Navajo) heritage brings to bear on his work.

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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