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Colors of the West, Reception Friday, Oct. 6, 4-7 p.m.


Infused With Light by Sue Krzyston 30 x 24 oil

Infused With Light by Sue Krzyston 30 x 24 oil


Originally Published: October 4, 2023 1:58 p.m.

Mountain Trails Gallery at Tlaquepaque in Sedona is proud to present their new exhibition ‘Colors of the West’ which opens on Friday, Oct. 6 with a reception from 4 - 7 p.m. The exhibition will run from Oct. 6-31 at Mountain Trails Gallery at Tlaquepaque. The show celebrates traditional and contemporary paintings, sculpture, and mixed media work by a group of award-winning artists that often make color as much the subject as the prominent pictorial elements within the work. The panorama of subjects in the exhibition includes landscapes from the wondrous Grand Canyon, the sparkling red rocks of Sedona, and the atmospheric light-filled scenes from all over the state. The exhibition also features light-infused still life paintings, commanding portraits, and nature’s colorful wildlife. The choices of styles extend from plein air, to expressionistic, to contemporary geometric, to heightened realistic ways of seeing as each artist brings their own vision of what colorful beauty means to them as they express the compelling visuals found in today’s American West.

The Grand Canyon has never been more alive than under the watchful eyes of painters who devote long stretches of time in order to capture the unpredictable conditions that can occur at a moment’s notice in this awe-inspiring place. The intrepid hikers Joshua Been, Bill Cramer, and Cody DeLong are intent upon presenting a variety of angles and unique spots uncommon to those that stay on the Canyon’s rim. In contrast, Marcia Molnar stays as close to the edge as possible, both night and day, no matter the weather, just to be there when the drama of rain, wind, lightning, clouds, and shadow quickly pass in order to sketch the fleeting beauty and even capture the mysteries that can unfold. The Grand Canyon landscape has revealed its complex geometry to the eye of Michelle Condrat who shares her experiences of the atmosphere and architecture with her own style of shape and color. And, her way of seeing the effects of flickering winds that move through the plants and trees across the land adds intrigue to her unique style.

Painters Susie Hyer, Susanne Nyberg, and Gregory Stocks also find inspiration at the Grand Canyon, but often it is the spectacular colors and shapes found in the ever-changing landscapes of Sedona’s geology and the Sonoran Desert’s nuanced beauty that calls these artists to their muse. In addition, color is alive and well in the landscapes and still life florals by Betty Carr who exudes an uplifting joy that comes out in her oils and watercolor paintings. If clouds are calling, Linda Glover Gooch is there to take up the challenge of capturing their dramatic and colorful movements, as she also gives the viewer a series of complex, atmospheric nuances that bring a color harmony over all the land. And, if peaceful beauty is sought, rural landscape painter Simon Winegar is there to share his fields, pastures, and farm life with layers of tonal color from his bucolic countryside.

Prominent in “Colors of the West” are the intensely detailed and tactile still life paintings of Arizona artist Sue Krzyston whose work brings a heightened sense of realism in the textures of the Native American artifacts from her collection. The raised beadwork found on moccasins and the surfaces of the Pueblo pottery in her paintings reveal the many layers of glazes that add depth and luminosity to her surfaces. Also adding eye-catching visuals to the exhibition are the dramatic, expressionist works of Jerry Salinas with his vibrant Native American portrait paintings, and the colorful brush and palette knife textures in the tipis and landscapes by Jim Hagstrom who also excites the eye with color and technique. In addition to paintings, the three-dimensional form of sculpture is joining the celebration of ‘Colors of the West’ in bronze works by Raymond Gibby, Susan Kliewer, and Jeremy Bradshaw. A delightful addition to the exhibition also includes the keepsake boxes by Hunter Baskins of colorful wood that features a kind of ‘landscape’ in the exotic cameo inlays from the grain’s history; and the one-of-a-kind jewelry by Susan Adams, which all have a story to tell in the featured gemstones themselves.

All these works of art and more add to the remarkable colors that are being celebrated this month at Mountain Trails Gallery in the Tlaquepaque Arts and Shopping Village in Sedona. This month’s activities also include artists’ demos as well as new work being added along the way. Contact the gallery for more details and to see all the remarkable paintings, sculpture, and mixed media work that brings an uplifting beauty to one’s space and world. For more information, contact 928-282-3225, MountainTrailsSedona.com, or FineArt@MountainTrailsSedona.com.