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Back to the Dog & Pony Show
Goldenstein hosts annual favorite

New Age Aristocrats, by John Geryak

New Age Aristocrats, by John Geryak

On Friday, Sept. 4, join Goldenstein Gallery in uptown Sedona for "The Dog and Pony Show," an annual exhibition featuring artists who capture the splendor and personalities of these beautiful, playful and lovable animals.

Among the accomplished painters are Jane Darrow, John Geryak and Lee Mitchelson, whose paintings capture the inner essence of these radiant creatures, and award wining sculpture by Jan Van Ek, Star York, and Liz Wolf.  All of these artists have spent years developing an intimate relationship with their subjects resulting in incredibly moving and sensitive images.

"We are excited about this show," Gallery owner Linda Goldenstein says. "Its beautiful, it's fun and sensitive and there is something for everyone as we have two exhibitions running this month. The stunning The Color of the Land continues and renowned painter Peter Myerson will be at the reception."

Lee Mitchelson is a member of the prestigious Oil Painters of America, the Arizona Committee for the National Museum for Women in the Arts and the founder of Artists United for Animal Rescue. She has a well-earned reputation among collectors for her ability to capture emotion in her work.

"I have always been attracted to people that are living their true emotion in life, and it is the quality of being true to self that is so appealing about animals. I love the relationship between animals and the people who love them," say Mitchelson.

Her beautiful realistic paintings are owned by many notables including Barack Obama, Ellen DeGeneres, and the Wrigley and Dupont families to name a few. Lee accepts commissions.

Jane Darrow's award-winning paintings are prized by collectors throughout the world. Both in private and corporate collections in Europe, the United States and the Orient, she is included in "Who's Who in America" and also "Who's Who of American Woman." She has done extensive commission work both privately and for the Marriott Hotels.

Horses have played an important role in Jane's life. Her paintings may be accurate images or simply printings of movement and color. Whether realistic or more abstract the dancing forms capture the grace, beauty, strength and mystery of the animals.

John Geryak, a former creative director with a New York marketing agency, has enjoyed a successful art career after moving to Arizona. His paintings offer new dimensions in how we see our one-of-a-kind landscape having a modern southwestern feel yet evoking a sense of timelessness, focusing on highly personalized, contemporary interpretations of animals and nature. His extraordinary renderings of the wondrous effects of a moonrise and sunrise on a herd of horses or buffaloes captures light in color and form and a sense of freedom and majesty.

Peter Myerson, originally from South Africa, started painting professionally in 1970 and is collected internationally. Peter is an amazing colorist but it is really about the texture in his work. His landscape paintings have an impressionist quality painted from scenes around the world.

The public is invited to meet these artists and other local artists at the opening night reception for "The Dog and Pony Show" and "The Color of the Land" on Sept. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. during the First Friday Sedona Gallery Association Gallery Tour. There will be live music and a wine tasting.

Sept. 5 country and western artist Austin Ladd Roberts III will perform at the gallery from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. His music has been described as 'rootsy Americana": Lyle Lovett meets Paul Simon. Ladd is part of the Sedona Main Street's Moonlight Madness.

Goldenstein Gallery is located at 390 N. 89A in uptown Sedona and open daily. Parking available behind the gallery. Visit their Web site to sign up for their informative monthly E-zine or call (928) 204-1765 for additional information.

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