Enjoy 1st Friday in the Galleries Tour

Sedona's finest art galleries invite evereyone to enjoy a special evening of openings, special guests, artist receptions and celebrations at their monthly 1st Friday in the Galleries Tour on Friday, March 4, from 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:

At Andrea Smith Gallery Sedona artist Gala Kraftsow, a Renaissance painter, sculptor, and mosaic master will be unveiling her latest mosaic murals.

These stunning pieces capture the essence of her travels and experiences in glass, gems, beads, stone, shells, and any other object that inspires imagination and beauty.

Goldenstein Gallery is celebrating will kick off Decades in the Making, a two month show celebrating over thirty of their artists who have been creating work quite literally for decades.

Their life long commitment has honed a profound artistic vision and their stunning distinctive pieces are the result. Among the many renowned featured artists are Adele Seronde, James Muir, Rafe Terry's, the ceramic work of Sandy Terry and SJ Shaffer.

Gallery of Modern Masters features Tucson artist Cynthia Miller whose unique installations have been featured at SOFA and Palm Beach Fine Art Show.

Her medium, vitreous enamel glass, is kiln fused onto burnished copper. There will be an artist's presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Greg Lawson's Passion for Place gallery continues to explore mankind's creative genius in art and architecture with new releases added to their "Human Nature" exhibition. 

Arizona sites featured in the image showcase include evidences of ancestral pueblo communities as well as the oldest extant European architecture in the state.

Honshin Fine Art presents "The Arousing Energy of Spring" which explores the interconnectedness of all things as expressed through art.

Join them for special treats and their celebrated Poetry on the Porch event at 7:30 p.m.

James Ratliff Gallery will present new paintings by John Dawson. Nationally known for his provocative portraits, Dawson debuts a new emphasis in his exploration of the human psyche in this exhibition.

A master experimenter in his attempts to merge the past with the present, Dawson sometimes paints on wooden panels.  Viewers note figures underneath his over paintings peek through. There will be an artist's presentation at 6 p.m. Lanning Gallery opens its new exhibition "Nesting Together" to showcase the found wire bird nests of artist Phil Lichtenhan, complete with hand-crafted, ceramic eggs inside, and the fiery Raku ceramics of artist Bob Smith, in the rich warm palette of Sedona's geology.

Nature is the dynamic influence for both artists as each presents a variety of sizes and styles to select from.

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's amazing "Birds on Branches" to charming handmade birdhouses for your backyard visitors, the joys of Spring abound.  

Mountain Trails Gallery presents "Westward Ho" an exhibition of painting and sculpture that pays tribute to the settling of the American West as artists team up to share stories of the adventures of the great explorers, the mountain men, the ranchers and cowboys, as well as the Native American tribes who forged ahead continuing to keep their cultures alive. 

At Rowe Gallery join acrylic painter Kim Diment and bronze sculptor Ken Rowe for "Brush and Bronze." Kim will unveil new wildlife paintings while Ken debuts an eagle sculpture titled "Fly Fishing."

The show continues tomorrow with artist demonstrations from 1 to 4 p.m. Rowe Fine Art Gallery is located under the historic bell tower at Tlaquepaque. Sedona Arts Center invites the public to stop by its Uptown gallery and experience their featured exhibition "Something New," unique new works by February's featured artists Adryanna Ciera, Sandra Meisner, Jean O' Neil, AO Tucker, and Mark Zillman. Turquoise Tortoise Gallery opens "Weaving in the Clouds" to showcase its newly expanded collection of top-quality hand-woven rugs from Zapotec weavers of the Oaxaca Valley in the foothills of Mexico's Sierra Madres. Through March 13. 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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