Sedona Gallery Assn. hosts 1st Friday Tour

Sedona's finest art galleries invite you to enjoy an evening of openings, special guests, artist receptions and celebrations at their 1st Friday Gallery Tour on April 5, 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 April's highlights include: 

• ALT Gallery is featuring new works including a spectacular oil on canvas by Jim C. Norton, a large oil on board by Ron Stewart, and an acrylic work by Darren Vigil Gray.  Also featuring works by Joe Beeler, Gene Kloss, Ken Rowe, Harvey Dunn, and Hollis Williford.  

• Andrea Smith Gallery invites the public to meet Andrea Smith who is referred to as the world peace artist, spreading the message that peace on earth begins with finding peace within. Her art, like her words, expresses the endless process of humankind in search of purpose and harmony.

• AZADI Fine Rugs presents their newest show "Through the Eyes of the Mystic. This stunning exhibition showcases rugs from several traditions demonstrating how the design elements reflect different cultural and spiritual beliefs. Carrie Konyha and the White Lotus Belly Dance Troupe will perform tribal fusion belly dance and there be a reading of the works of mystical poets Rumi and Hafiz at 6:15.

• Gallery of Modern Masters features Jamie Barthel who is recognized worldwide for her skill & artistry in producing unique, reverse hand-painted, chandeliers, lamps, lanterns and sconces. A 32-inch Chandelier will be auctioned during the month of April as a charity benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters. There will be an artist presentation at 6:30. The reception is hosted by India Palace.

• Garland's Collector's Room will be featuring the work of Curt Walters, Tom Johnson, Susan Kleiwer, Galen Carpenter, Gregory Hall and Sheldon Harvey.

• Goldenstein Gallery in uptown Sedona host visiting acclaimed artists Jerry Gorman and Lucius Upshaw the opening reception for "100th 1st Friday" commemorating their 100th 1st Friday Tour with the SGA. Live music with local favorites Frost and Frost and refreshing beverages will be served.

• James Ratliff Gallery features new work of one of Sedona's favorite returning artists, Cary Henrie. He says of his work "I take the landscape I love...with no people or structures...and give it a feeling of texture and age, almost like a tinted or cracked old photo on top of weathered sandstone or wood." Mr. Henrie will present a short talk at 6 p.m. 

• JN Muir Gallery shares Muir's latest patriotic piece, a female soldier entitled "Athena's Prayer", which he began last year. Visit this haven for sculpture collectors and enjoy a behind-the-scenes look "from starting of the clay, to the finished bronze."

• Lanning Gallery features "Anna Pales: Tranquility" and welcomes the artist to town to meet collectors and visitors during its 1st Friday reception. Pales creates Contemporary landscapes and still lifes which perfectly blend reality and impression; she then adds masterfully applied coats of clear resin which heightens the manifestation of the artist's unique vision.

• Lark Art delights in presenting  "From Bits of Paper and Stardust .... The Magical Collages of Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson." Whether it is a vibrant cardinal or an endearing hare, Elizabeth combines paper and paint to bring her birds and animals to life.  Drop by to meet Elizabeth and raise a toast to her enchanting world.

• Mountain Trails presents Inspired by Tradition: The Best of the West show features more than 30 paintings and sculptures highlighting the cowboy way of life as well as the Native American culture. Guest artists-in-residence Deon Duncan and Kraig Varner, both from Utah, will be in the gallery giving sculpting demonstrations as they work on new Western figurative sculptures.

• Rowe Fine Art Gallery celebrates Sedona artists with a new show titled "Local Color." Represented artists include sculptors, painters and jewelers. Come meet these talented locals face to face and learn more about the creative process. Wine and appetizers will be served.

• Turquoise Tortoise Gallery welcomes acclaimed Navajo jeweler Vernon Begaye who will be on-hand to meet visitors and answer questions about his distinctive "cobble" technique that he uses to create his award-winning inlay jewelry. Begaye's many awards for his Contemporary jewelry pieces include both 2nd and 3rd place ribbons at last summer's famous Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial (in New Mexico).

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 Seven Small Town Art Destination" by American Style Magazine. Sedona has been in the top 10 small town destinations for the past 6 years.

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 or you can also find them on facebook.

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