Free Spirits

Friday, July 6, 5 to 8 p.m.

Blaze Buddies by Julie T. Chapman

“Blaze Buddies” – Scratchboard by Julie T. Chapman

It’s a celebration of freedom of expression and freedom of the spirit at Rowe Fine Art Gallery in July. The gallery’s mix of contemporary and traditional southwestern artists all have one thing in common: They are masters at capturing the freedom inherent in wildlife and nature. On July 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. during the Sedona Gallery Association’s 1st Friday Gallery Tour, visit Rowe Gallery to experience its summer show, Free Spirits. Using Independence Day as your lens, view the gallery’s newest paintings, sculptures, and jewelry with an eye toward how each piece captures the concept of freedom. It’s an exercise in understanding the inspiration behind these award-winning artists.

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For the Guys

Friday, June 1, 5 to 8 p.m.

Happy Father’s Day from Rowe Fine Art Gallery! In May, the gallery honored the moms in our lives, and this month it’s all about dear ol’ dad. Rowe Fine Art Gallery celebrates Father’s Day with Our Family of Artists: For the Guys on Friday, June 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. Stop into the gallery for a glass of wine and appetizers, and shop for the man who has everything. Better yet, bring him with you and let him pick out his own treasure. Rowe Fine Art Gallery offers a range of gifts at various price points.

"When Dreams Come True" - Bronze sculpture by Ken Rowe

“When Dreams Come True” – Bronze sculpture by Ken Rowe

Grads are also in the spotlight in June. Forgo the traditional gifts and opt for a piece of fine art for the graduate in your family. Perhaps it will spark a lifelong love affair with collecting art. You might consider the appropriately titled When Dreams Come True, one of the newest bronze sculptures by artist and gallery owner Ken Rowe. The sculpture features a napping boy fishing for an intrepid largemouth bass while the boy’s faithful dog keeps watch over the scene.

Pop by the gallery on June 1 to meet Ken and hear more about the inspiration behind When Dreams Come True. Artists represented by the gallery include Larisa Aukon, Julie T. Chapman, Dane Chinnock, Kim Diment, Jen Farnsworth, Lynn Heil, Liam Herbert, Jennifer Inge, Kim Kori, Sue Krzyston, Alvin Marshall, Erik Petersen, John Poon, John Rasberry, Ken Rowe, Jason Scull, Ken Steigerwalt, Gabor Svagrik and Joshua Tobey.

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Mother May I?

Friday, May 4, 5 to 8 p.m.

Quiet Moment oil painting by Larisa Aukon

“Quiet Moment” – Oil painting by Larisa Aukon

Mom. How can you ever thank her enough? She’s nurtured you, supported you and cheered you on every step of the way. Her influence on your life’s path is immeasurable. Just ask bronze sculptor and gallery owner Ken Rowe, who frequently credits his mom, an amateur oil painter, for his love of art. Standing at her side while she captured the Arizona landscape and created portraits of family members left an indelible mark on Ken, which is why Rowe Fine Art Gallery pays tribute to all moms this May. Join Ken and the rest of the gallery team for Our Family of Artists: In Honor of Mom, which happens May 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. as part of the Sedona Gallery Association’s 1st Friday Gallery Tour.

“Moms can be a tremendous source of inspiration and motivation,” says Ken. “My mom was a working mother, and her art was a release – it nurtured her soul. She was a different person in the studio, and the more she worked outside of the home, the more it meant to her to spend time in her studio. That made a huge impression on me. She passed away in 2003, but she had quite a few of my sculptures – she liked the smaller, humorous pieces. She was very proud.”

Bring the proud mother in your life to the gallery on May 4 or spend the evening shopping for Mom for Mother’s Day. Rowe Fine Art Gallery offers gifts in a variety of price ranges.

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Joshua Tobey: Joy

Friday, April 6, 5 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 7, 1 to 4 p.m.

“The Joy of Life” – Bronze Sculpture by Joshua Tobey

Even though Joshua Tobey has been sculpting since he was 6 years old, he never seems to lack inspiration or enthusiasm for his chosen career. Joshua will make his annual pilgrimage to Sedona when Rowe Fine Art Gallery presents Joshua Tobey: Joy on April 6, 5-8 p.m., and April 7, 1-4 p.m. Since Joshua was last here, he’s participated in 16 shows, and he has completed six new sculptures, including one of his personal favorites, Joy of Life.

“I’m really excited about this sculpture because it has such great movement and shape,” says Joshua. “When you sculpt, you imagine photos of your subject matter in motion, and then you pick your favorite photo to sculpt. Joy of Life depicts a fox in the process of mousing. There’s a sense of happiness in the expression of all foxes, and I think this guy looks excited and thrilled about life.”

Other new sculptures include One Too Many featuring a gluttonous red squirrel (collectors take note: there aren’t many of these left); Love is in the Air, which depicts a love-struck moose; and Cat Nap featuring a bobcat in repose. In the last year, Joshua also fulfilled one of his career goals by sculpting a set of three, 6-foot-tall bears. The Conspirators was commissioned by one of his collectors. “It’s a size of sculpture that I’ve always wanted to make,” says Joshua. “I love the shape of a big, seated bear – that’s something that I learned from my dad.” (Joshua’s father is the late Gene Tobey, a renowned western sculptor.)

Joshua won’t be spending much time in Sedona while he’s in town. He’s too eager to get back to his studio in Colorado where he is currently working on eight sculptures including a herd of life-size bighorn sheep, which gives us something to look forward to for next year’s show.

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Ken Rowe: Raw

Friday, March 2, 4 to 8 p.m.

Sculptor Ken Rowe with one of his favorite subjects, Sage the bobcat. Photo by Willie Petersen.

When was the last time you were part of an artist’s creative process? Never? Then you are in for a treat on March 2 when Rowe Fine Art Gallery presents Ken Rowe: Raw from 4 to 8 p.m. Award-winning wildlife sculptor and gallery owner Ken Rowe will host a quick-sculpt demonstration in the courtyard outside the gallery with a surprise animal ambassador as his model. Art lovers will have the chance to observe the creative process and ask Ken questions along the way in an informal and lively setting. The demonstration begins at 4 p.m.

Inside the gallery, enjoy three new sculptures in progress, all in their raw clay form. The exhibit includes From Here to the Horizon featuring a bison, Cub Scouts depicting three bears and Vanishing Act, which captures the flight of two northern bobwhite quail.  Ken will also unveil a finished bronze featuring a bald eagle titled Glory.

For Ken, sculpting in front of an audience has become an integral part of his artistic process. “Working on a sculpture in public makes the art experiential for the viewer,” says Ken. “And for me, it’s a very inspiring environment. As I visit with collectors while I work, my sculpture becomes more instinctive and less contrived than if I spent the entire process alone in my studio. It also gives me direct input from the audience, and that often leads to a better sculpture.”

After the demonstration, Ken will meet art lovers and answer questions. Arrive early for the best seats.

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The XO Show

Friday, February 2, 5 to 8 p.m.

Two Hearts Together Forever by Liam Herbert

“Two Hearts Together Forever” by Liam Herbert

Rowe Fine Art Gallery is sending hugs and kisses to art lovers in February with its annual collector appreciation show. The XO Show happens February 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. Ever since gallery owners Ken and Monica Rowe opened their doors eight years ago, they have designated the first Friday in February as the day they show appreciation to their clients. If you have ever purchased a Ken Rowe sculpture or a piece of art from Rowe Fine Art Gallery, you are invited to stop by for a special sweet treat. And if you’ve never purchased art from the gallery, this is the perfect time to browse the gallery’s selection of sculptures, paintings and jewelry, like the latest addition to Sedona artist Liam Herbert’s Soul Mates collection. His new pendant, Two Hearts Together Forever, is available in sterling silver or gold (by special order) and would be a thoughtful gift for your sweetheart. Don’t forget, Valentine’s Day is February 14!

To top it all off, a decadent chocolate fountain will be flowing all night long during The XO Show. Everyone is invited to choose from an assortment of fruits and snacks, and delight in dipping the treats into the rich dark chocolate. After all, what’s love without chocolate?

“Our hearts are so full in February,” says Monica. “Ken and I feel a deep appreciation for the art collectors who have supported us for the past 30 years. The other 11 months of the year are about our award-winning artists, but we dedicate February to the art lovers who have given us and our artists a great life.”

 

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New Year, New ARTmosphere

Friday, January 5, 5 to 8 p.m.

"Blue Curve" - Oil on Canvas by Julie T. Chapman

“Blue Curve” – Oil on Canvas by Julie T. Chapman

January is all about new beginnings and renewed intentions, a sort of springtime for the soul. Refresh your surroundings with new artwork during Rowe Fine Art Gallery’s annual New Year, New ARTmosphere show, happening January 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. as part of the Sedona Gallery Association’s 1st Friday Gallery Tour. Toast 2018 with a stunning sculpture, piece of jewelry or painting like those by Montana-based artist Julie T. Chapman. Julie believes in embracing fresh beginnings: She recently began exploring an oil-painting technique that utilizes a palette knife to convey emotion and energy.

“Lately, I’ve been exploring color and texture and my emotional response to the beauty of the subject matter,” says Julie. “I think the new pieces are less constrained and less representational. I will always paint realistically, but I’m now approaching it in a more emotional fashion.”

The response to Julie’s new style has been tremendous. Of her three most recent horse paintings, one sold for well above the list price at the 5th Annual Sporting Art Auction in Keeneland, Kentucky, last November. The good news for art lovers? The other two paintings, Blue Curve and Inspection, Dark Bay, are available at Rowe Fine Art Gallery. Stop by on January 5 to see these paintings from this in-demand artist (Julie travels to Tucson and South Carolina for shows in February) and other inspiring works of art that will set the tone for 2018.

 

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In the Spirit

Friday, December 1, 5 to 8 p.m.

Two Hearts Together Forever by Liam Herbert

“Two Hearts Together Forever” by Liam Herbert

There’s one thing most people have at the forefront of their minds this month and that’s shopping. We are all looking for the perfect gift that will convey to our loved ones how much they mean to us. Instead of spending hours browsing online, come to Rowe Fine Art Gallery on Friday, December 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. for In the Spirit, the gallery’s annual holiday show. Sedona artists Jen Farnsworth and Liam Herbert will be in the spotlight, and both offer unique, handmade gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

Jen, whose oil paintings colorfully depict the wildlife and landscapes of the Southwest, will debut several new works featuring a jackrabbit, coyotes, a javelina family, and a mule deer buck. In addition, Jen offers art cards printed on 100-percent cotton vellum art paper, which makes them perfect for framing and gifting. In the Spirit will be the New England native’s first art show. “I’m thrilled to be participating in my first gallery show,” says Jen. “I am very encouraged by the response I’ve received to my art – it’s more than I could have ever hoped for. And I’m deeply grateful to Ken and Monica Rowe for their support and for inviting me to exhibit my work at Rowe Fine Art Gallery. This is truly the opportunity of a lifetime for me.” [Read more…]

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Colors of Life

Saturday, November 11, 1 to 4 p.m.

“Respecting Tradition” – Oil on canvas by Sue Krzyston

It’s been more than two years since renowned still-life painter Sue Krzyston has been part of a show at Rowe Fine Art Gallery, and she couldn’t be more excited to get reacquainted with Sedona art lovers. Sue will be in the spotlight during Colors of Life on Saturday, November 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. The Phoenix-based artist will unveil at least six new paintings with ethereal titles like Continuing a Heritage, A Special Light and Voices from the Ancients.

Sue’s oil paintings depict Native American artifacts from her own collection. Her new paintings feature pottery, moccasins, drums, baskets, sashes, rugs and, of course, her famous beadwork. Sue’s mastery of light and shadow give her paintings a three-dimensional effect. “People often ask how I glue the beads onto the painting,” says Sue, laughing. “I definitely get a lot of questions about the three-dimensional quality of my work.” [Read more…]

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Color Outside the Box

Friday, November 3, 5 to 8 p.m.

Larisa Aukon doesn’t believe in following the rules. She believes in breaking them.

“Untamed” – Oil on canvas by Larisa Aukon

Born in Latvia, Larisa was accepted into an art school for gifted children when she was 12. For the next six years, she took as many as 20 art lessons per week. She went on to earn her master’s degree from the Art Academy of Latvia where she received classical training as a painter. But when Larisa traveled to the Southwest for the first time, everything changed. The colors and landscape deeply resonated with her. She moved to Arizona 20 years ago and spends her time traveling the Four Corners region, capturing the colors and textures of the landscape with oil paints. Larisa will debut 10 new paintings inspired by Sedona during Color Outside the Box on Friday, November 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Rowe Fine Art Gallery. The show continues on Saturday, November 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. when Larisa returns to the gallery to give a live demonstration of her painting techniques. [Read more…]

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Animal Grace

Friday, October 6, 5 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 7, 1 to 4 p.m.

“A Moment’s Rest” by Kim Kori

Sedona artist Kim Kori’s newest bronze sculpture is titled A Moment’s Rest, something Kim hasn’t had much of this year. Kim has had one of the busiest years of her career. Her 4.5-foot monumental bronze, Amore, depicting a love-struck frog was installed in Benson Sculpture Garden in Loveland, Colorado, in June. Kim spent time in Loveland at the dedication ceremony in July and then again at the 34th annual Sculpture in the Park invitational show in August. Amore is one of 154 sculptures in the 10-acre park.

As for A Moment’s Rest, Kim will debut the sculpture during Animal Grace, her annual one-woman show happening at Rowe Fine Art Gallery on October 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. during the Sedona Gallery Association’s 1st Friday Gallery Tour and October 7, 1-4 p.m. The sculpture features a hummingbird relaxing on a pear. Kim also has several works in progress including one depicting her very first fox, one featuring a garden mouse and another one showcasing an iris with a frog. At least one of these clay sculptures will be unveiled at the show. Kim says the summer monsoon storms brought out flowers and creatures in her backyard that she had never seen before. It was the rainy season that inspired the as-yet-unnamed iris and frog sculpture. [Read more…]

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Art Attack

Friday, September 1, 5 to 8 p.m.

“Edge of the Day” by Dane Chinnock

When you live in an area as beautiful as Sedona, you are bound to find endless inspiration in its landscape. For Prescott resident Dane Chinnock and Sedona residents Vince Fazio and Lynn Heil, that inspiration translates into ethereal landscape paintings. The three artists will debut new work at Rowe Fine Art Gallery on Sept. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. during Art Attack, a celebration of the red rocks in oil on canvas.

Dane has spent the last year gathering new material for his Southwest paintings. The business owner and father of three says it isn’t always easy to find the time to travel to Sedona for inspiration, but that has largely been his focus lately. “When I do have time, it’s important that I hit the right spot at the right time of day and in the right weather conditions,” says Dane. “I usually photograph a landscape that I want to paint, but this year I’ve also painted in plein air in Sedona.”

Vince, who is the director of programming and operations at the Sedona Arts Center, says he’s also in the process of discovery and exploration of the landscape. “I work small to explore variations on compositional themes and ideas,” says Vince. “Small works do not always translate directly to large works. The act of painting is a dance that requires freshness and freedom on the surface, and so the larger studio works often go through dramatic changes of their own to arrive in their final state.”

Unlike Dane and Vince, Lynn Heil recently retired from his day job and is now a full-time landscape painter. Lynn owned a business crating and shipping artwork in Sedona. Unfortunately, that meant his painting sometimes took a backseat to his day job, but that’s not the case anymore. “In effect, I got rid of all of my excuses not to paint,” says Lynn. “So, I am now happily scouring the area for new compositions. For Art Attack, I will be showing outdoor studies along with some larger studio pieces of two of my favorite haunts, the Dry Creek area, and Schnebly Hill.”

Stop by Rowe Fine Art Gallery on Sept. 1 to meet this dynamic trio and add a little piece of their red rock inspiration to your home.

 

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