Fine art photographers celebrate the power and beauty of surrounding world at Goldenstein Gallery

The Burnett Family Band of the Sedona Bluegrass Festival performing at 7 p.m. during the opening reception.

The Burnett Family Band of the Sedona Bluegrass Festival performing at 7 p.m. during the opening reception.

On June 1, Goldenstein Gallery in Uptown Sedona kicks off its dazzling new show "Location, Location, Location."

This spectacular show features an extraordinary view of the world as seen though eyes of a camera lens. Stirring, remarkable, nostalgic: All words to describe the work of these photography artists who are captivated by the world around them and masterfully share that vision.

Fine art photographers Shane McDermott, Larry Lindahl, Susie Reed, Judy Feldman and Mal Cooper are featured.

Fine art photographer Shane McDermott's evocative images pull the viewer into the world of his subject. He first discovered nature photography while on safari in Africa during the summer of 2004. 

It was these first experiences behind the camera that captured his heart and imagination, igniting a deep passion and desire to learn and master the craft of photography.  

With his discovery of photography, it seemed to be the perfect creative opportunity to rekindle and re-imagine his lifelong love and relationship to the natural world. McDermott has worked as an artist his whole life, and with the camera found a medium that captures the dance between life & light.

Many have said McDermott's images are compelling beyond words. He has been featured in Arizona Highways several times and in December 2012 his stunning photo "Heaven and Earth" was selected by the prestigious magazine for their ground-breaking "50 Best Photo's issue.

Renowned photographer Larry Lindahl will be exhibiting photos from his new book on Route 66. As a complimentary event this month, he is giving a free talk "Stories of Route 66" and a book signing on Wednesday June 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the gallery. Lindahl's work is also frequently published by Arizona Highways, including feature articles in which he photographs and writes about backcountry explorations in Sedona and Grand Canyon.

His photography is in Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography, a Smithsonian traveling exhibit and award-winning book and his own Secret Sedona: Sacred Moments in the Landscapes, published by Arizona Highways.

His work also appears in magazines such as Outdoor Photographer who featured his Sedona photography with an interview and six-page portfolio titled "Capturing Southwest Light".

Susie Reed draws upon over 30 years experience behind the camera, her keen eye, good instincts and digital technology to create her vivid images. No matter what she's photographing, her intention is always to show the beauty and essence of her subjects. Much like a painter, she works with colors and contrast until her subjects come alive.

Her work has been exhibited in major museums including the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the De Young Museum, the International Museum of Photography and the Library of Congress. She's taught at California College of Arts and Crafts and the San Francisco Art Institute, where she earned her degree with honors in photography. She's currently on the faculty of the Sedona Arts Center and will give free talks/photo shoots through PhotoFest on June 7th and 11th.

For two and a half decades Judy Feldman created stunning black and white images. Now, she works with color and black and white, using the digital format. Because of her love of the natural world and unfamiliar places, she has traveled extensively - photographing on four continents.

Her vibrant images draw the viewer deeply into the world around them. Her sensitive pieces are collected for their artistic qualities. She has taken part in many photography shows at the Cultural Center on Staten Island and at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York. In September of 2002, her work was included in the Life of the City Exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Mal Cooper wishes to create images that have a mysterious or haunting quality and evoke emotion from the viewer. Her goal is to create images that are "non traditional." One of her techniques is to use spotlights at night or dusk to illuminate her subject matter, a technique known as "light painting."

Cooper believes in the power of a photograph to tell a story because of the cameras ability to translate reality. She has worked as the photojournalist and won several awards from the Arizona Newspapers Association. Cooper currently works as a photography instructor at Sedona Red Rock High School. Some of her freelance clients have included the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, 944 Magazine, and Mary Fisher Productions.

The public is invited to meet these engaging artists and more local artists at the opening reception on Friday, June 1, from 5-8 p.m. during the 1st Friday Gallery Tour.

The gallery is honored for the 8th year running to host Chamber Music Sedona in the gallery with The Burnett Family Band of the Sedona Bluegrass Festival performing at 7 p.m. during the opening reception.

This concert is free and fun for all. Local favorites Frost & Frost will perform from 5-7 p.m. Refreshing beverages will be served.

Goldenstein Gallery is located at 390 N. Hwy. 89A in uptown Sedona and open daily. Parking available behind the gallery. Visit their website www.GoldensteinArt.com to sign up for their informative monthly E-zine, find them on Facebook or call 928-204-1765 for additional information.

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