Sun, April 05

Sedona Gallery Assn. hosts 1st Friday Tour

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 Aug. 1, 5-8 p.m. Enjoy a feast of festivities capturing the American Spirit in Art.

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 events include:

• AZADI Navajo Rugs will be highlighting stunning pieces from many designs within the Navajo tradition capturing the legacy of the Native American Spirit.

• Gallery of Modern Masters will be featuring Doug Gillis who creates Kiln-worked sculptural glass wall art with the goal of creating a modern vision of an ancient art form. His resulting creations demonstrate a contemporary glass form based on the aesthetic styling of the European Bauhaus designs. Hosted by Artisan Pizza.

• Goldenstein Gallery presents Hummingbirds as Art. This stunning exhibition created in collaboration with the Sedona Hummingbird Festival and Sedona Arts Center celebrates the magnificence of these inspiring creatures. Works by Patricia Griffin, Ben Wright, Jourdan Dern, LauRha Frankfort, Cheston Trammel, Upton Ethelbah and Jacqueline Jackson are among the artists who have created pieces for this engaging and delightful show.

• The Great Southwest Gallery features, Capture a Southwest Hummingbird Messenger.  This show contains a variety of different southwest hummingbird artforms including: Zuni and Hopi Jewelry; Pueblo Pottery; Zuni Fetishes and Hopi Katsinas.  There are even a few older pieces and a small Navajo Tree-of-Life weaving with all hummingbirds.  Hummingbirds are considered as messengers between the natural and spiritual worlds according to NativeAmerican beliefs, and are often called upon in times of need. 

• Greg Lawson Galleries welcome hummingbird season and the Sedona Hummingbird Festival with images celebrating the small birds embodying love, beauty, and lightness of being.  Visitors will also see new international releases portraying naturalist/photographer Greg Lawson's "passion for place" in a spacious gallery setting featuring an extensive collection of natural world and global destination images.

• James Ratliff Gallery presents North and South of the Border featuring art and artifacts from Mexico and the Southwest U.S. Pieces range from pottery by Fannie Nampeyo and Edna Leki, to beautifully carved & painted Mexican wooden masks, wall art by Fritz Scholder, Paul Dyke, Carlos Merida, Beth Ames Schwartz and much more.

• Lanning Gallery opens Fine Art: Travel Size with a summer reception to showcase artwork that can travel home in a suitcase! Gallery artists who work in diminutive sizes offer pieces that work beautifully alone or grouped. Paintings such as Judith Monroe's 6-inch square mixed media scenes or Cynthia Reid's similarly sized bird nests in oils are popular, as are small found wire bird nest sculptures by Phil Lichtenhan, Bill Colligen's award-winning gourd sculptures and bronze figures by Howard Hitchcock. Exquisite jewelry from Michael Grant, Valerie Ostenak and Jennifer Defoe is always easy to carry home.

• Lark Art celebrates Man's Best Friend . . . The Endearing Dog Paintings of Ally Sulpy.  Ally's talent as a painter converges with her love of dogs to create dog paintings sure to make you smile.  With over 60 breeds represented, you just might find the dog painting you'd treasure forever.

• Mountain Trails Galleries in Tlaquepaque celebrates its annual Summer Group Show which opens with a reception on First Friday, Aug. 1, 5-8 p.m., and features artwork by more than 40 artists on display.  Along with story-telling bronze sculpture highlighting the history and culture of the American West, the gallery will light up with colorful and compelling paintings that include a range of contemporary and historical Western subject matter, landscapes of Sedona and the Grand Canyon, domestic animals and wildlife, Native American artifacts and cowboy memorabilia, as well as portraits of children, horses, cattle, and buffalo. 

• Rowe Gallery will celebrate landscape painters with Painters in the Field. Meet Sedona painters Vince Fazio and Lynn Heil, and see the latest work from Tucson artist Gabor Svagrik.

• Sedona Arts Center showcases experience the charismatic attitude and wild creativity of member artists Born to Be Wild. In the music world, the song Born to Be Wild evokes a biker's appearance or attitude. In the Art world, it represents creative freedom.

• Turquoise Tortoise Gallery opens "Vessels," a showcase for the ancient form of humble container now celebrated as art in many mediums and styles. From Santa Clara Pueblo (NM) the gallery offers a new collection of miniature pots by various skilled artists including Tammy Garcia. These small gems range in size from 1.25 inches high by 1.5 inches diameter to 2.5 inches high by 4 inches diameter. Also featured are award-winning segmented wood turned vessels by Larry Witt, Rainforest Baskets, Hopi pottery by Raynard Navasie and Nona Naha, Contemporary Navajo pottery by Ida Sahmie and Zuni wedding pots by Tony Lorenzo.

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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