Sedona Gallery Assn. hosts 1st Friday tour

Sedona's finest art galleries invite you to enjoy an evening of openings, special guests, dynamic artists receptions at their monthly 1st Friday Gallery Tour on May 6, from 5-8 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend free of charge and enjoy the Sedona Trolley, which does continuous loops to all locations. Some of May's highlights include:

• Andrea Smith Gallery -- The Mayan Sacred Count of Days: Ian Xel Lungold's Quest to Bring Mayan Calendar Astrology to the World. Meet local author Abby Isadora Haydon, as she signs her new book documenting the accomplishments of the deceased Mayan scholar and Sedona resident.

• El Prado Gallery hosts Jim and Claudette Barker, fine artists in multiple mediums with engaging personalities. Kicking off with artists' demonstrations and reception on Friday. Saturday, they station their easels in Hillside Courtyard to capture the magic of Sedona's springtime.

• Goldenstein Gallery in uptown stunning painters Marilyn Bos and Art Decker. Joel Gilgoff presents new images in 3-D fine-art Photography. Live music by Frost & Frost, and at 7 p.m. The Burnett Family Band of the Sedona Bluegrass Festival .

• James Ratliff presents new paintings of Judy Choate. With acrylics on canvas, Judy shows us earth and sky elements in a magical way. Choate's new work incorporates ever more depth and subtlety of color, lifting the viewer's spirit.

• Lanning Gallery features its special Spring Show. Reception for internationally acclaimed abstract artist Gregory Deane's exhibition "Contemporary Energy". Deane's mixed media paintings combine bold strokes and washes of color, often brilliant and other times subtle, with unexpected textures and near hidden detail.

• Lark Art presents "From the Realm of the Fantastic ... The Fiber Art Characters of Susan Barmore."  Whether it's her hiking rabbit or zombie elephants, Susan brings humor and attitude to her original creations.  Her imaginative designs combined with artistic executions certainly make her art delightfully collectible.

• Gallery of Modern Masters and Manzanita Restaurant host a reception for internationally famed artist Lynn Welker. Her mixed-media, semi-representational landscapes appear in refreshing and unique style. Painting in a spontaneous manner, she combines the familiar with the unexpected.

• Rowe Gallery hosts Hungarian oil painter Gabor Svagrik. He studied at the American Academy of Arts in Chicago. Today, he lives in Tucson and founded the Tucson Art Academy. Gabor is passionate about painting on location, allowing him to capture the balance between mood, light and color.

• Sedona Arts Center presents "Summer Dance Summer." Join the opening reception and see inspiring works by artists, Jane Bradley, Patsy Kimble Brunner, Dorisanne Soyka, Lydia Dillon-Sutton and Jeannette Tuscher.

• Turquoise Tortoise Gallery celebrates its "40th Anniversary Gala featuring Tony Abeyta" - a milestone for the long-lived gallery. Abeyta, a celebrated artist whose work was commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian, has been represented at the gallery since he was seventeen.

For information on the Sedona Gallery Association, call 928-204-1765 or visit www.SedonaGalleryAssociation.com and find a complete gallery listing and a printable map to all locations.

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