New Year begins for 1st Friday Gallery Tour

Above, wood vessel by Larry Witt at the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

Above, wood vessel by Larry Witt at the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

Sedona's finest art galleries invite you to enjoy a special evening of openings, special guests, artist receptions and celebrations at their 1st Friday Gallery Tour on Jan. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.

All guests are welcome to attend free of charge and ride the Sedona Trolley, which does continuous loops to the Gallery Row & Uptown locations.  West Sedona locations, Goldenstein Gallery and Greg Lawson's Passion for Place, are not served by the Trolley.

Some of the evening's highlights include:

ALT Gallery welcomes 2014 with the best selection of secondary market fine art in Northern Arizona.  New arrivals include a pair of original John Gould hand colored hummingbird lithographs from the 1861 monograph.  

At Andrea Smith Gallery Sedona artist, Gala Kraftsow, a Renaissance painter, sculptor, and mosaic master, will be unveiling her latest collection of mosaics.  Kraftsow's mosaic murals incorporate tile, glass, gems, beads, stone, shells and other unique materials that inspire imagination and beauty, to create exquisite works of art.

AZADI Fine Rugs celebrates From Old to New at their new Tlaquepaque location. This stunning exhibition features elegant antiques to the new contemporary Tibetan designs. Join them to toast the New Year!

Gallery of Modern Masters is featuring the handblown glass and beaded jewelry of artist Patricia Tyser Carberry. With multiple colors and styles she is known for blowing her own glass for her jewelry.

Goldenstein Gallery celebrates their inaugural Wisdom Show. This exhibition looks at the power of looks at the power of art to inspire insight and shift the way we perceive the world around us. The artists featured are Cheston Trammel, Sherab Khandro, Zen Calligrapher Alok Hsu Kwang-han, Raylene Abbott, and Mary Fisher all of whom create art in a variety of media and styles.

Greg Lawson Galleries will focus on the frosty theme "Tip of the Iceberg" acknowledging never-before-seen wintry images from three continents while underscoring the fact that although the gallery displays some 200 unique pieces at any time, these are but a whisper of the performance level of one of America's most published original, independent photographers.

Honshin Fine Art at Tlaquepaque is celebrating the Return to the Light from the Heart of Darkness with nature's own festival of lights and color: New Opal Jewelry (Promtheus stone), Gold (tears of the sun), Paintings, and poetry. Join them for sharing with artists and poetry on the porch at 7:30. Hot chocolate, wine and Vlasskas cheese will be served.

James of James Ratliff Gallery is celebrating  his 50th year in the art business beginning with a fabulous exhibit of African art.   African masks have long been inspiration for artists  of the world and this display features masks, sculpture, and other artifacts from several West African countries.  Most of these pieces are ceremonial objects used during festivals, rituals, annual renewal ceremonies and sometimes to protect from or dispel evil. 

The JN Muir Sculpture Studio/Gallery in Hozho Plaza is a haven for sculpture collectors! Meet Allegorical Sculptor, James Muir and see his exiting 25 foot - tall monument for Texas A & M University's Hogan Kyle Stadium now in progress!  Get a behind-the-scenes look "from starting of the clay, to the finished bronze."

Lanning Gallery celebrates the New Year with new art including new artist Judith Monroe. Monroe uses a skillful mixed media technique for her nature-based artwork; stop in to read her fascinating wall bio. Enjoy strawberries and champagne on "1st Friday" and see all that is new at the gallery.

Lark Art invites you to their New Year's exhibit;  An Artistic Celebration of New Beginnings. Start 2014 with a toast to possibilities and enjoy the inspiring art several of their most popular artists have created to welcome in the New Year.  From an ostrich mom admiring her new chick to a baby rabbit exploring his new world, new beginnings abound.  

Mountain Trails Galleries features Fine Art from the West highlights paintings and sculpture by some of the leading artists in Arizona as well as the West: Arturo Chavez, Steven Lang, Lisa Danielle, Betty Carr, Vicki Catapano, George Molnar, Marcia Molnar, Vic Payne, Dustin Payne, Susan Kliewer, Michael Trcic, and Deon Duncan.

Rowe Fine Art Gallery features "Fresh in '14." The show features brand new paintings, sculptures, intarsia boxes and jewelry from the gallery's traditional and contemporary artists.

Sedona Arts Center is offering everyone a second chance. To kick off the new year, Sedona Arts Center has asked the gallery artists to choose a piece of art that they would like to bring back to the gallery for a "Second Chance". Also for two days only is the annual Fired & Wired student sale and exhibition January 3-5.

Turquoise Tortoise Gallery showcases all that is new to begin the New Year. Stop in to see an award-winning collection of intricate wood vessels of segmented turnings by new artist Larry Witt; from small to large his works range from 400 to 3400 pieces of gorgeous wood each.

 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.

Ample parking at the Sedona City Parking lot behind the Wayside Chapel in uptown Sedona where you can catch the trolley across the street on State Route 89A.

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