Friday, Feb. 4, Goldenstein Gallery in uptown Sedona will kick off "Reinventing Your Self" a special group exhibition featuring art that is unexpected-yet-sophisticated during the Sedona Gallery Association Tour from 5-8 p.m.
Artists Keith Schall, Shane McDermott, Larry Lindahl, Cheston Trammel and Jake Young are featured in this compelling show.
An artist, connoisseur and retired professor of 19th century British literature, the subjects for Keith Schall's abstract paintings are inspired by poetry, mythology and jazz music.
His works illustrate the soul of his subject directly speaking into the heart of the viewer. Schall is known for his mixed-media style that literally goes beyond the canvas adding different structure and shape to his work. He has always felt that abstract art came screeching to a halt at the edge of the canvas so he creatively carries out the artistic expression ... beyond the canvas.
Fine art photographer Shane McDermott evocative images almost magnetically pull the viewer into the world of his subject. He first discovered nature photography while on safari in Africa during the summer of 2004. It was these first experiences behind the camera that captured his heart and imagination, igniting a deep passion and desire to learn and master the craft of photography.
With his discovery of photography, it seemed to be the perfect creative opportunity to rekindle and re-imagine his lifelong love and relationship to the natural world.
McDermott has worked as an artist his whole life, and with the camera found a medium that captures the dance between life and light. Many have said McDermott's images are compelling beyond words.
Photographer Larry Lindahl's work is frequently published by Arizona Highways, including feature articles he photographs and writes about backcountry explorations in Sedona and Grand Canyon.
Two of his landscape images appear in Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography, the Smithsonian traveling exhibit and award-winning book. His own book, Secret Sedona: Sacred Moments in the Landscapes, was published by Arizona Highways, and showcases his impressions of the natural world collected over a twelve-year period with camera and field journal. With his experiences in Red Rock Country he was asked to write the chapter on photographing Sedona in the Arizona Highways Photography Guide. His work also appears in magazines such as Outdoor Photographer who featured his Sedona photography with an interview and six-page portfolio titled "Capturing Southwest Light"
Cheston Trammel's handcrafted "Arizona Spirit Bundles" are adorned with turquoise, silver beads, Zuni fetishes and Anasazi pottery. Prayers and blessing are woven into each of these pieces. His distinctive and comfortable work is prized and worn by both men and women.
In the spirit of reinventing himself he, with collaborator Jake Young, has also just debuted a line of Alligator Juniper tables that are beautifully inlaid with turquoise.
Jacob Young, a Utah native, moved to the Verde Valley eleven years ago. Through the past years Jacob has developed a love for the beauty of Sedona and its surrounding areas. Although not a traditional artist, Jacob along with Cheston Trammel has developed a unique method to portray the natural beauty of local woods. They create functional art through custom furniture, using old growth woods such as Alligator Juniper. Alligator Juniper is one of Arizona's treasures. It is an old growth wood that is unmatched in beauty, wood grain and color.
The public is invited to meet these and other local artists at the opening night reception for "Reinventing Your Self" Feb. 4, 5-8 p.m., during the 1st Friday Gallery Tour. There will be a delicious wine tasting with the new "Sedona Woman" wine and live music by Frost & Frost.
Goldenstein Gallery is located at 390 N. SR 89A in uptown Sedona and is open daily.
Parking available behind the gallery. Visit their website www.GoldensteinArt.com to sign up for their informative E-zine released monthly or call 928-204-1765 for additional information.