Seasons Greetings: Sedona Giclée Gallery hosts artists' holiday reception

In the spirit of the season, a group of artists will be hosting a cordial holiday reception at Sedona Giclée Gallery on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 3 to 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend, meet the artists, and enjoy seasonal refreshments including egg nog and apple cider.

On exhibit will be a selection of the artists' latest works in a variety of media, including hand-made jewelry and many other items that make great holiday gifts. The participating artists will be showing an extensive range of recent pieces.

Photographer Elias Butler, for example, will be showing dramatic images from Arizona's wondrous natural world. Butler, an Arizona native, creates images that are noted for their originality, quality of light, and striking composition.

Painter Susan Pitcairn also has strong Arizona roots, and this is quite evident in the vibrant landscapes and Western scenes she exhibits. A lifelong student of spiritual philosophies and practices, she believes that the expression of that underlying spirit is the true aim of all the arts.

Monika Hilleary will show mixed media works and photographs that reflect her deep connection to the Southwest's cultures and ecologies. Originally from Colorado, her career has taken her around the globe, and her work is imbued with influences from her extensive travels.

Ted Grussing is, among many other things, an experienced aerial photographer who loves to capture unique Arizona views from above. His work also includes intimate images of local wildlife and flowers, and has been collected and published widely.

Jody Florman studied art at the University of California and Santa Cruz, where she originally focused on mixed media sculpture and painting on fabric and canvas. She will be exhibiting bold macro photographic studies of natural subjects, which she characterizes as "a way to play between the literal and the abstract nature of this world."

Originally from New Mexico, Jim Peterson forges images that reflect his passion for the American Southwest. He has been a photographer for over four decades, and his luminous works reflect both his technical mastery and his spiritual connection to the landscapes and living things he depicts.

In addition to good holiday cheer, the event will feature a variety of door prizes for art works and for printing services. And many of the art works on display can be ordered from Sedona Giclée in custom sizes and finishes to satisfy anyone on your gift list.

Sedona Giclée Gallery is located at 2055 W. 89A, Suite B, near the Harkins Theaters, and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Justin or Jodi Whittaker at (928) 282-4708 or visit http://www.sedonagicleestudios.com .

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