Sun, Jan. 19

Sedona Gallery Assn. hosts first 1st Friday celebration of 2015

Raku pot at Lanning Gallery

Raku pot at Lanning Gallery

Sedona's finest art galleries invite you to enjoy a special evening of openings, special guests, artist receptions and celebrations at their 1st Friday Gallery Tour on Friday, Jan. 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:

Stop in ALT Gallery to see a stunning new glass sculpture by Cody Nicely, new sculpted aluminum panels by Mark Eastridge, and Sedona's finest consignment collection of paintings, bronze, and glass.

At Andrea Smith Gallery Sedona artist, Gala Kraftsow, a Renaissance painter, sculptor, and mosaic master, will be unveiling her latest collection of mosaics.  Kraftsow's mosaic murals incorporate tile, glass, gems, beads, stone, shells and other unique materials that inspire imagination and beauty, to create exquisite works of art.

AZADI Fine Rugs opens Woven Blessings. Rugs are one of the original art forms. Inspired by world around them sacred symbols and images of nature were woven brought into home.

AZADI Navajo Rugs, will kick off their month long show "From the Looms of the Master Weavers." This month they are featuring the work of Navajo Master Weaver Marjorie "Maggie" Mannie.

Goldenstein Gallery kicks off their 2nd Annual Wisdom Show. This show looks at the power of looks at the power of art to inspire insight and shift the way we perceive the world around us. The artists featured are Sherab Khandro, James Muir, Gregg Payne, Cheston Trammel and Zen Calligrapher Alok Hsu Kwang-han, all of whom create healing art in a variety of mediums and styles.

Greg Lawson's Passion for Place Gallery presents White Light ─ When Snow and Ice Predominate. In much of the world winter light is reflected off snow and ice resulting in the capacity to brighten even the darkest days. Nature's frosty transformations are the focus.

Honshin Fine Art invites you to celebrate The Joy of Winter's Heart. This exhibition features the work of Nicholas Kirsten Honshin, who will give an inspiring free talk on the poetic relationship between art, science and nature at 7:30 p.m.

James Ratliff welcomes artist Marlene Rye to the gallery with Miracle Journey. A nationally recognized painter who has been juried into shows by curators from the Guggenheim and Whitney Museum of American Art among others Rye is a young artist "on the rise."

Lanning Gallery opens Bob Smith: Raku Master showcasing the artist's impeccable talent with this challenging art form. Raku pottery is removed from firing and, while still yellow-hot, set into combustibles which ignite leaving unpredictable patterns. Smith has been creating Raku vessels for decades and offers a variety of forms with finishes that capture the earthy reds of Sedona's iconic rocks.

Lark Art invites you to their New Year's exhibit:  An Artistic Celebration of New Beginnings.  Start 2015 with a toast to possibilities and enjoy the inspiring art several of their most popular artists have created to welcome in the New Year.  From an ostrich mom admiring her new chick to a baby rabbit exploring his new world, new beginnings abound.  

Mountain Trails Gallery in Tlaquepaque celebrates the New Year with an Arizona State of Mind showcasing the in-depth talent in and around the beautiful state

featuring figurative realist paintings by Marcia Molnar and George Molnar,

landscapes and still life paintings by Betty Carr and Howard Carr, Grand Canyon landscapes by Bill Cramer and Cody DeLong, and Native American artifacts and Old West memorabilia still life paintings by Lisa Danielle.

Take a deep breath and "Renew" at Rowe Fine Art Gallery. With the hectic holiday season behind us, it's time to look forward to the New Year. Enjoy fresh art from the gallery's traditional and contemporary southwestern artists. Also, meet gallery owner and bronze wildlife sculptor Ken Rowe.

Sedona Arts Center presents This month's exceptional Small Works Exhibition features a selection of paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, colored pencil, digital art, drawing, fiber, fine crafts, glass, jewelry, mixed media, and pastels.

Turquoise Tortoise Gallery opens Stan Natchez: Icons Upended welcoming the artist to its opening reception where he gives a short talk with a Q&A session at 6 pm. Natchez, increasingly, is exhibiting in museum shows so this is an excellent opportunity to meet him and learn more about his thought-provoking art which presents the Native American experience purged of sentimentality.

 For more information on the Sedona Gallery Association please visit 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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