Sedona's finest art galleries invite you to enjoy a special evening of openings, special guests, artist receptions and celebrations at their monthly 1st Friday in the Galleries Tour on Friday, Oct. 2, 5-8 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.
Highlights of this month's events include:
Andrea Smith Gallery features Joshua Frager who was inspired to create Art to Awaken the Soul while meditating in a temple in Thailand. His spiritual creations, adorned in 80,000-plus glass beads, take over 600 hours to complete.
Gallery of Modern Masters presents the stunning "Unisons" of renowned husband and wife team Marlys Mallet and Michael Redhawk. These paintings combine abstraction with realism so that they co-exist harmoniously to create a sense of a lush, vibrant, idyllic natural world. There will be an artist's presentation at 6:30.
Goldenstein Gallery kicks off its 11th Annual Cowboys and Indians Show. This highly anticipated celebration of the American West features David DeVary, Upton Ethelbah 1st place winner in sculpture at 2015 Santa Fe Indian Market, Charles Decker, SJ Shaffer Ben Wright, Carla Romero, Kevin McCarthy and James Muir. There will be a special dedication of Muir's Holy Grail in the sculpture Garden at 6pm.
View 350 framed images during the annual "OctoberPHest" global photography event at Greg Lawson's "Passion for Place" gallery in West Sedona. Classic and new releases of nature, wildlife, weather, people and captivating destinations will be presented.
Honshin Fine Art presents October's Dance. Featuring work that celebrates our ancestors. Join them for special treats and their 100th Poetry on the Porch event at 7:30.
James Ratliff Gallery, welcomes popular innovative artist Cary Henrie who will offer Nature's beautiful butterflies and other gems of nature presented in sculptured and embellished "Life Vessels." There will be an artist presentation at 6pm.
Lanning Gallery opens Marshall Noice & Robert Cherry: Landscape & Wood and welcomes Noice who speaks at 6pm. Contemporary Expressionist scenes in brilliant color and elegant hand-turned pine vessels with turquoise inlay are featured. Exhibition through October 11th.
Mountain Trails Galleries in Tlaquepaque presents The Colors of Autumn featuring vibrant, colorful paintings by the gallery's award-winning landscape and still-life painters.
Rowe Fine Art Gallery features oil painter, teacher, Phoenix resident and child prodigy Larisa Aukon will be the focus of Painting the Pulse. She returns to the gallery on Oct. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. when she will demonstrate her painting techniques.
Sedona Arts Center opens Hardscapes featuring artists Evelyn Gholson (mixed media), Joanne Hiscox (mixed media, glass), Byron McKeown (fine crafts, sculpture), Deanne McKeown (sculpture, jewelry) and Mike Turner (digital art).
Turquoise Tortoise Gallery opens Master and Son: The Sculpture of Larry Yazzie and Cody Yazzie showcasing award-winning stone and bronze works of the acclaimed Navajo sculptor and his son. Larry Yazzzie speaks at 6:30 p.m. Exhibition through Oct. 11.
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.