Sedona's finest art galleries invite you to enjoy an evening of openings, special guests, artists receptions and celebrations at their 1st Friday Gallery Tour on March 1 from 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 March's highlights include:
ALT Gallery previews the traveling exhibition "Secrets of the Deep: The Lost, Forgotten, and Hidden Works of Theodor Seuss Geisel" Jeff Schuffman, official artist representative for the Art of Dr. Seuss, will be on hand to provide insight into Geisel's artistic life and his significant impact on American culture. Officially opening on March 2nd, Dr.Seuss's birthday, the exhibition will run through March 24.
Andrea Smith Gallery hosts Victoria Coulter, MD who began painting as a way to quiet her mind, expand horizons, and allow a deeper self to inform her through its language of symbols. Coulter's hope is that others will enjoy her art and find the hidden images within light and shadow and discover a fresh experience of seeing the world from an unaccustomed perspective.
AZADI Fine Rugs presents a stunning exhibition "Ancient Traditions" featuring nomadic inspired motifs. Egyptian style belly dancer Aziza Maria will charm the crowd with her unique and spirited grace. Trained in Egypt under the finest teachers in Egyptian Cabaret, she has been performing professionally for more than 10 years, showcasing her art in the U.S.A, Turkey, Arabia and Egypt.
Gallery of Modern Masters is featuring Virginia Gabaldo. Born in Argentina, she creates reverse painted glass reliefs in a multi-layered process of slumping glass over various forms. Color is added by a sedimentation process with powdered semiprecious metals, mica and rare pigments. This evening is hosted by Heartline Café, artist presentation at 6:30
Garland's Collector's Room presents internationally acclaimed plein-aire impressionist Curt Walters. Walters' is recognized for his impeccable interpretation of the Grand Canyon and other worldwide landscapes.
Goldenstein Gallery in uptown Sedona presents "The Current" an exhibition that celebrates a stunning array of art from award winning gallery artists who have captivated and inspired collectors from around the globe. Live music with local favorites Frost and Frost and refreshing beverages will be served.
James Ratliff Gallery presents Fragments, featuring the new paintings of figurative painter John Dawson. A painter of paradox who sees beyond first impressions, delving below the surface is Dawson's specialty and it's there he finds the contradictory nature of the human condition. Meet John Dawson & view his latest paintings. He will present a short talk at 6 P.M.
Lanning Gallery features "Marshall Noice: Brilliant Hues." Known for the bright palette and abstracted imagery of his landscapes Noice brilliantly captures the rich emotion of each scene. Trees become blue or yellow as impression inspires; purple shadows or red hills highlight scenes with fields or rivers that draw viewers directly in to Noice's captivating world.
Lark Art delights in presenting "Taking Flight .... Fresh Impressions of Our Feathered Friends." From Susan Barmore's fabulous "Bluebirds of Happiness" to Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson's amazing "Birds on Branches" to charming handmade birdhouses for your backyard visitors, the joys of Spring abound.
Mountain Trails presents a spring celebration of new paintings by a group of artists dedicated to painting the majesty and splendor of the Grand Canyon. All these award-winning artists bring their latest experiences and visions to light in 30 new oil paintings of their beloved Canyon as well as landscapes and figures from the West.
Passion For Place presents International photographer Greg Lawson who focuses on architectural elements of diverse character and composition in his current show "Man-Made." From ancient to modern, see how 'form follows function' in architecture from Africa, Europe, North America, South America and Asia.
Rowe Fine Art Gallery presents still-life oil painter Sue Krzyston's latest work during her one-woman show, "A New Light on Ancient Traditions." Sue will be on hand to discuss her dramatic lighting techniques and her subject matter, which includes Native American artifacts from her own collection.
Sedona Arts Center presents the 33rd Annual Juried Members' Show, featuring professional and emerging member artists. This show exhibits a wonderful array of styles and media which include: sculpture, ceramics, drawing, colored pencil, pastel, oil, acrylic watercolor, mixed media, painting, glass, wood, fiber, 3D, jewelry and photography that have been juried by a panel of artists.
Turquoise Tortoise Gallery opens "Sharon Weiser: Cactus Colors." The artist will answer questions about her unique approach to composing close-up views of cacti. Each blossom and thorn, fruit and crown is portrayed in bold colors with detail that captures attention.
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.