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Mountain Trails Gallery’s ‘Celebrating Arizona’ part two returns Feb. 2

A View of Inspiration by Michelle Condrat, 12 x 24 oil (Courtesy/ Mountain Trails Gallery)

A View of Inspiration by Michelle Condrat, 12 x 24 oil (Courtesy/ Mountain Trails Gallery)

Originally Published: January 31, 2024 11:38 a.m.

Mountain Trails Gallery in the colorful Village of Tlaquepaque in Sedona continues their two-month celebration of the State of Arizona with an exhibition of artwork presented by gifted and imaginative artists who live in the 48th State as well as by those creatives who are inspired to come here in order to capture its unparalleled beauty and unique qualities. The continuing weekly ‘Celebrating Arizona’ series opens with Part II on First Friday, Feb. 2, with a reception from 4-7 p.m. and spotlights a group of artists who show the wide diversity of Arizona's offerings in their styles and subject matter.

The gallery is proud to welcome the landscapes of Prescott artist Bill Cramer who continues to receive awards from shows and events throughout the state as well as those neighboring ones that continue to jury in this exceptional painter. His strong brushwork and vibrant colors in his Impressionistic Realism express the vitality and beauty of so many of Arizona's wonders. The spotlight is also on ‘Artifacts of Beauty’ with the intricately textured still life paintings of Phoenix realist Sue Krzyston who elevates Native American artifacts to iconic status with exceptionally textured details while continuing to warm the composition’s light with a surface patina that brings attention to their historic significance. Adding delight to February’s first week of celebrating Arizona creatives is jewelry by Sedona artist Susan Adams who merges her love of nostalgia with an eye for contemporary design into a group of intriguing lockets that use Arizona’s gems and minerals as centerpieces for this artist’s unique style. One-of-a-kind wooden keepsake boxes by Arizona wood master Hunter Baskins is also on offer especially for those looking for unique gift ideas for the upcoming Valentine’s season.

Beginning Friday, Feb. 9, ‘Sparkling Landscapes & Sculpted Stories from the Heart’ features local artists Betty Carr and Susan Kliewer whose long-time friendship continues to bring these two artists together, which always seems to spark ideas and elevate techniques in the fine art subjects for which they are beloved. Seeing the ephemeral light of nature and taking that symbolism to heart keeps these creatives in touch with those who continue to admire and collect the traditional works by this award-winning painter and sculptor. Two powerhouses of contemporary style are celebrated the week of Feb. 16 as Marcia Molnar and Michelle Condrat take the Arizona celebration to a new level of intrigue with their passionate Grand Canyon and Sedona masterworks. A focus on the geometry in nature in wide-open spaces is one of the salient features of both their landscape styles, but each result is unique to their focus and technique. Both these artists are colorist and also use light as a dramatic element as well as an uplifting message that makes these artists unforgettable.

The week of Feb. 23 presents an exceptional group of artists that are inspired by Arizona’s history and beauty and are compelled to travel here to best capture a variety of subjects, including landscapes, Western stories, wildlife, and Native American history. Continuing to drawn upon the serenity of the deserts and mountains, the ranching history, the extraordinary light, color, and wide-open spaces, all these artists continue to call Arizona their second home: Joshua Been, Richard Boyer, Vicki Catapano, Cody DeLong, Adele Earnshaw, Joe Garcia, Susie Hyer, Caroline Kwas, Dustin Payne, Sarah Phippen, and more. Mountain Trails Gallery in the always festive Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona invites the public to celebrate inspiring fine art by extraordinary creatives and be uplifted by the transcendent nature of beauty all during the month of February. Celebrating Arizona Series through Feb. 29. Mountain Trails Gallery is located at 336 SR 179, upstairs Suite A201. For more information, email FineArt@MountainTrailsSedona.com, visit MountainTrailsSedona.com, or call 928-282-3225.