Rowe Fine Art Gallery Artists Bring Home the Gold

“Nobility” by Ken Rowe

Congratulations to sculptor Ken Rowe and painter Kim Diment for their recent awards at the Society of Animal Artists 56th Annual Exhibition. Ken won the Marilyn Newmark Memorial Award for a Realistic 3D for his bronze sculpture, Nobility. (Marilyn Newmark was one of the top bronze horse sculptors of her time.) The sculpture features the bust of a bull elk. Kim took home her fourth Award of Excellence for her acrylic painting of sandhill cranes titled The Drifters. Kim’s painting also won the Western Art Collector Editor’s Choice Award.

“I am still in disbelief over the awards, but I’m very happy” says Kim, who resides in Michigan. “If, in my lifetime, I receive one more Award of Excellence, I will be considered a Master Artist for the Society of Animal Artists. I received my first award in 2007, which was my first exhibit with the society. Even if I don’t win another award, I will be happy because it’s so hard to win even one. This is a major honor.”

Ken’s sculptures have been juried into nine Society of Animal Artists annual exhibitions since 2006. Nobility is one of Ken’s newer sculptures, and while he says the award is a tremendous honor, he refuses to lose sight of his ultimate purpose: wildlife conservation.

“The Drifters” by Kim Diment

“For me, witnessing the majesty of wildlife is a profound experience,” says Ken, who lives in Sedona. “I am inspired by the glory of nature. Some people don’t realize that I sculpt from real-life references, but it is essential to my work as an artist. While in the presence of the animal or bird that I am sculpting, I feel an obligation to strive to capture the power of its essence with every application of clay and every flick of my palette knife. It is my hope that by sharing my vision with others, it will inspire people to protect and revere our natural world.”

Ken and Kim are represented in Sedona at Rowe Fine Art Gallery.

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An Affair of the Art

February 3, 5 to 8 p.m.

“Love Gone Wild” by Ken Rowe

Go ahead, have an affair…with art! Rowe Fine Art Gallery presents its annual collector appreciation show, An Affair of the Art, on February 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. Ever since gallery owners Ken and Monica Rowe opened their doors seven years ago, they have designated the first Friday in February as the day they show their 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. To top it all off, a decadent chocolate fountain will be flowing all night long. Everyone is invited to choose from an assortment of fruits and snacks, and delight in dipping the treats into the rich dark chocolate.

“Love is in the air in February, and Monica and I are reminded of our love for our artists, our love for the amazing Southwest wildlife and landscape that inspires us every day and our love for our clients, whose generous support allows artists like myself do what we love,” says Ken. “This annual show means so much to us because it allows us to pause our busy schedules and take the time to say thank you to our supporters.”

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New Year, New ARTmosphere

January 6, 5 to 8 p.m.

Ken Rowe hard at work sculpting “Branching Out” bronze

The new year is about new beginnings. It’s a chance to recharge and hit restart. Don’t get bogged down by the winter blues and post-holiday doldrums – surround yourself with art! Rowe Fine Art Gallery will present New Year, New ARTmosphere on Jan. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. as part of the Sedona Gallery Association’s 1st Friday Gallery Tour. Toast 2017 with gallery owners Ken and Monica Rowe, and reacquaint yourself with the gallery’s esteemed painters, sculptors and jewelers.

“We here at Rowe Fine Art Gallery are passionate about the power of enveloping yourself with beauty and objects that make you feel good,” says Monica. “And our artists seem to have been especially inspired in 2016. We are so excited about the art that’s in the gallery right now. With the holiday decorations safely put away, January is the perfect time to refresh your environment. Nothing makes as big of an impact as art, whether it’s something to hang on your wall or wear on your person.”

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Spirit of the Southwest

December 2, 5 to 8 p.m

Spirit of the Southwest

Liam Herbert and Lynn Heil at Rowe Fine Art Gallery

Just in time for holiday gift giving, two of Rowe Fine Art Gallery’s most esteemed artists, Liam Herbert and Lynn Heil, will debut new works during Spirit of the Southwest, which takes place December 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. Liam will showcase his newest creation, Sculpture for Peace, both as a bronze sculpture and as a sterling silver pendant, while Lynn will unveil his newest landscape oil paintings. There’s sure to be something for everyone during this show.

Liam began carving in wood when he was just 7 years old. Over the years, his expressive woodcarvings and bronze sculptures have morphed into a popular line of sterling-silver and 14-karat-gold jewelry featuring semiprecious stones. Liam has lived in Sedona since 1992. He has been working on his Peace Series for more than 20 years. At his show at Rowe Gallery last December, Liam debuted his Pendant for Peace, which quickly became a bestseller. His new Sculpture for Peace takes the symbolism in the pendant a step further.

“I wanted to humanize the ideas behind the pendant,” says Liam. “All of the major religions are helmed by leaders wearing robes. This sculpture features a robed figure holding a peace sign. The robes are adorned with the cross, the star of David and the crescent moon and star.”

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Hidden Worlds

November 4, 5 to 7 p.m.
November 5, 1 to 4 p.m.

Mushroom Hugger

“Mushroom Hugger” by Kim Kori

Sedona artist Kim Kori is renowned for her ability to sculpt Mother Nature’s smallest creatures, but she’s also fascinated by the worlds they inhabit. “Imagine the infinite and unseen worlds within our world: small creatures in burrows, on the ground or in trees,” says Kim. “There are millions of lives that most of us know nothing about. Every rare chance I get, I observe them building their nests, foraging, rearing their young and acting out other behaviors which I find absolutely fascinating.” Kim pays tribute to these miniature realms during her show Hidden Worlds happening at Rowe Fine Art Gallery on Friday, Nov. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. The show continues Saturday, Nov. 5, from 1 to 4 p.m.

At the gallery, Kim will unveil new sculptures including a monumental version of her Amore piece, which depicts a love-struck frog. The 4.5-foot bronze was commissioned by one of Kim’s collectors who now has a total of five of her monumental bronze frogs. In August, Kim traveled to his ranch near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to help install the piece in a beautiful aspen grove. This will be the first time Sedona art lovers have seen the bronze version of the sculpture that took Kim two years to create.

Kim is also excited to share Sheltered, the sculpture she revealed at her 2015 show. Sheltered has since been cast in bronze, and it portrays a mother mouse with her babies wrapped up in a sycamore leaf. The piece is a follow up to Kim’s popular Fall into Sleep sculpture. Art lovers can also look forward to the finished clay version of Moonlight, which pays tribute to a tiny screech owl that lives at a wildlife rescue center in Cornville, along with a new piece Kim has just started.

Join Kim Kori at Rowe Fine Art Gallery for a glimpse into the hidden worlds that can be found in our own backyards.

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The Lively Palette

October 7, 5 to 8 p.m.
October 8, 1 to 4 p.m.

Threshold by Larisa Aukon

“Threshold” by Larisa Aukon

Larisa Aukon has a message she wants to convey with her colorful paintings. “It’s always about beauty,” she says. “The visual language might change, but the message stays the same. To me, the world is beautiful, and this is what I want to share.” Larisa will debut as many as 10 new oil paintings featuring landscapes and horses during her one-woman show, The Lively Palette, at Rowe Fine Art Gallery on Friday, October 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. during the Sedona Gallery Association’s 1st Friday Gallery Tour. On Saturday, October 8, from 1 to 4 p.m., Larisa will be back in the gallery demonstrating her painting techniques.

Larisa, who recently returned from a show in Denver, is used to talking about her art and painting in front of a crowd. When she was 12, she passed extensive exams and was accepted into a prestigious art school for gifted children in her native Latvia. At that time, she says the young students would paint in busy city markets surrounded by spectators. Larisa went on to earn her master’s degree in fine art from Latvian State Academy of Fine Art. She has lived in Arizona for 20 years. Larisa says that gallery shows always give her a new perspective on her paintings.

“I get the chance to see a body of my work all together,” she says. “When a body of work comes together, the paintings support each other, and the message I want to tell becomes more powerful. At a show, I can observe what I have done during a specific period of time, and that allows me to decide where to go next.”

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Ken Rowe Answers the Call of the Wild

September 2, at 5:30 p.m

Ken Rowe

Ken Rowe

A hush fell over the crowd as the figure of a great horned owl began to take shape in clay under sculptor Ken Rowe’s deft fingers. Nearby, the model, an owl from Runnin’ W Wildlife Center in Cornville, blinked and turned his head to get a better view of the audience gathered in a courtyard near Rowe Fine Art Gallery. It was the first time Ken, who owns Rowe Fine Art Gallery, had ever hosted a “quick sculpt.” The experience inspired The Call of the Wild, a 90-minute quick sculpt taking place outside the Tlaquepaque gallery on Friday, September 2, at 5:30 p.m. Once again, Ken will be sculpting from a live model. Will it be a furred or feathered friend? You’ll have to be there to find out.

“The quick sculpt we did in March was for the Western Art Patrons, a group associated with the Tucson Museum of Art,” says Ken. “I received so many notes and letters after the event, telling me what a wonderful experience it had been for art lovers. It was a revelation.”

On September 2, guests will have the opportunity to sit down and watch Ken sculpt an animal from start to finish in just 90 minutes, giving collectors the rare opportunity to see a sculpture created from just a block of clay. During the process, Ken will answer questions and discuss his techniques. In the nearby gallery, Ken’s sculptures will be exhibited, and wine and appetizers will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. The evening is part of the Sedona Gallery Association’s 1st Friday Gallery Tour. Ken says the pressure will be enormous, and he relishes it.

“An exercise like this makes an artist trust his instinct,” says Ken. “It’s akin to signing your name. If you think about every letter as you sign, your signature will look completely different from the signature you have used over and over again all these years. When you do a quick sculpt, you are reverting back to your instincts and trusting your hands and eyes – it’s the equivalent of your reflexive signature. I always strive for a feel of spontaneity in my finished pieces, and there’s no option other than spontaneity in this situation. It’s instinctive accuracy.”

Arrive early to secure the best seats for this interactive and informative evening.


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Monsoon Madness

August 5, 5 to 8 p.m.

"Timeless" by John Rasberry

“Timeless” by John Rasberry

Rowe Fine Art Gallery’s distinguished painters are inspired by the desert Southwest’s landscape and wildlife, both of which rely on the renewing rains of summer’s monsoons. This month, Rowe Gallery celebrates the return of the summer storms with Monsoon Madness, a show that highlights new works by gallery painters. Monsoon Madness takes place August 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. in conjunction with the Sedona Gallery Association’s 1st Friday Gallery Tour.

“As an Arizona native, this is one of my favorite times of the year,” says gallery co-owner Monica Rowe. “There’s nothing quite like the sensory experience of a summer storm – the billowing clouds, a flash of lightning, the sound of a clap of thunder and the smell of wet sage and chaparral. Our painters have a way of capturing all four seasons of the desert Southwest, so this show seemed like the perfect tribute to the drama of art and nature.”

Stop by the gallery to see the bold colors of oil painter Larisa Aukon; Julie T. Chapman’s colorful animals and intricate scratchboard work; works by Prescott-based landscape painter Dane Chinnock; Kim Diment’s true-to-life wildlife paintings; Jen Farnsworth’s wildlife art that is inspired by the colors of the Southwest; Vince Fazio’s monolithic red rocks; Lynn Heil’s love of all things Sedona; Sue Krzyston’s still-lifes; Utah-resident John Poon’s ephemeral landscapes; the fantastical cloud formations captured by John Rasberry; and the desertscapes of Gabor Svagrik. You’re sure to find the paintings just as electrifying as Sedona’s summer weather.



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Red Hot

July 1, 5 to 8 p.m.


"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Erik Petersen

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Erik Petersen

Things are going to get hot, hot, hot at Rowe Fine Art Gallery in July! The gallery will focus on its esteemed sculptors and jewelers during Red Hot, which takes place July 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. And while the art – and the outdoor temperatures – might be sizzling, the gallery will be a cool respite for art lovers to chill out for the evening.

Some of the West’s best traditional and contemporary southwestern sculptors and jewelers are represented by Rowe Fine Art Gallery, and art lovers will have the exciting opportunity to see some brand-new pieces during Red Hot. Prescott resident Erik Petersen owns a business doing finishing work and patinas for prominent western sculptors, but he’s also a sculptor in his own right. During the show, Erik will debut a new piece featuring a screech owl titled TK. Ken Rowe, owner of Rowe Fine Art Gallery, is known for sculpting majestic wildlife, but recently he has branched out to include a very popular series of figurative sculptures that focus on the sport of fly-fishing. He will introduce When Dreams Come True, which features a little boy and his dog along a streambank. Hooked, a depiction of a fly-fisherman in action, will also make its bronze debut at this summer show. [Read more…]

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A Breath of Fresh Air

Plein Air Painters at Rowe Fine Art Gallery

June 3, 5 to 8 p.m.
with Larisa Aukon, Vince Fazio and Lynn Heil

"View Through the Junipers" by Lynn Heil

“View Through the Junipers” by Lynn Heil

There is something infinitely romantic about the image of the painter at his easel, carefully capturing the scene in front of him under the gaze of a brilliant blue sky. Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village recognizes that, which is why it is hosting its Plein Air Legacy Event at Tlaquepaque (PALET) June 3-5. Three of the 11 juried artists participating in the event are represented by Rowe Fine Art Gallery. The gallery will be celebrating the works of Larisa Aukon, Vince Fazio and Lynn Heil on June 3 from 5-8 p.m. during its new show, En Plein Air.

Larisa Aukon has lived in Phoenix for nearly 20 years, but she’s originally from Latvia. She received her initial training from a prestigious art school for gifted children and went on to graduate from Latvian State Academy of Fine Arts with her master’s degree. Larisa’s bold strokes and richly pigmented scenes depict everything from flowers to animals to Arizona’s Native American heritage.

Vince Fazio lives in Sedona and is the director of the School of Arts at the Sedona Arts Center. He began his career as an artist when he spent a year at an arts academy in Bergamo, Italy. Vince’s oil-on-canvas landscapes capture the ethereal majesty of Sedona’s red rocks.

Lynn Heil grew up in a small town in Iowa where he developed a lifelong love of painting and drawing. He worked as a picture framer in Texas before relocating to Sedona in the 1980s to open a business that crates and ships art. Lynn paints Southwest landscapes in oil. [Read more…]

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Forget Me Not

May 6, 4 to 8 p.m.
with Ken Rowe

Fundraiser at Rowe Fine Art Gallery Raises Money for Local Wildlife

Mother Nurture by Ken Rowe

“Mother Nurture” by Ken Rowe

What happens to injured or ill wildlife in Arizona? Many animals wind up at rescue and rehabilitation organizations such as Runnin’ W Wildlife Center in Cornville and Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale. Bronze wildlife sculptor and gallery owner Ken Rowe has worked closely with both nonprofits. Rowe Fine Art Gallery will host Forget Me Not, a fundraiser benefiting the two organizations, on Friday, May 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. Representatives from Runnin’ W and SWCC will be on hand to answer questions. Animal ambassadors from both centers will greet art lovers during the show.

Ken has created a sculpture especially for the occasion, and it will make its debut at the fundraiser. Also titled Forget Me Not, the bronze depicts a bobcat kitten surrounded by delicate forget-me-not flowers. Five of these sculptures will be available for purchase during the event with all proceeds benefiting Runnin’ W and SWCC. Sculptor Kim Kori has also sculpted a screech owl using one of Runnin’ W’s resident birds as her model. Moonlight will be unveiled during the show, and a portion of the proceeds from its sale will be donated to the two nonprofits. Other gallery artists have also donated art for a silent auction that will take place during the fundraiser.

Ken says Rowe Fine Art Gallery and its artists feel strongly about giving back to the land that inspires so much of their work. “It’s our goal as artists to communicate – without the use of words – a reverence for our subject matter, whether that’s the landscape or the animals that call the landscape home,” says Ken. “Wildlife conservation has always played a big roll in my goals as an artist, so it’s only fitting that we call attention to these incredibly worthy organizations. We support them so that they can continue saving the lives of native wildlife.”

Runnin’ W is northern Arizona’s only fully licensed state and federal rehabilitation center for native wildlife, caring for and rehabilitating 250-300 injured birds and mammals each year. Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center has provided lifesaving assistance and sanctuary to thousands of native animals since it opened in 1994.



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Ken Rowe at Phippen Museum

March 5 – July 17
Phippen Museum

Come see Ken Rowe as he participates in the Phippen Museum’s Newest Exhibit. Ken will be participating in the Opening Reception and Preview on Friday, March 4th at 5:30pm and will be debuting his most recent bronze sculpture –a monument of a life-size running pronghorn titled “Express Male.”

More information can be found here.

Inspiration to Creation: The Hidden Life Behind Bronze

Exhibit runs from March 5th – July 17th, 2016
Opening Reception & Members Preview on Friday, March 4th at 5:30PM – $10 per person 

Willie and Erik Petersen

Willie and Erik Petersen

Artist and bronze specialist, Erik Petersen, has spent many years working behind the scenes to help a number of the nation’s top Western sculptors create some of the finest bronze sculptures ever produced. John Coleman, Ken Rowe, Susan Kliewer, Kim Obrzut, Fred Fellows, Deborah Fellows, Evelyn Fredricks and the current president of the Cowboy Artists of America, Bill Nebeker, have all relied on Petersen for his skill with patinas (a finish on bronze produced by oxidation and other chemical processes) and chasing (the reassembly and welding of the cast bronze).

But after all these years immersed in the process of creating sculpture, Petersen found himself reflecting on the inspiration these professional artists draw on and how they work in their studios. So along with Willie Petersen, his professional photographer cousin, Petersen began taking photographs of the artists he works with to capture behind-the-scenes shots and depict them in their natural element. From Ken Rowe fly-fishing in Oak Creek to Bill Nebeker playing guitar in his studio, the Petersen’s have created a record of the hidden life behind the bronze. “There is lots of mystery in the bronze process,” says Erik. “We let people see what’s going on. We put a face to the process.”

So from March 5th through July 17th, 2016, please join us as we present Inspiration to Creation: The Hidden Life Behind Bronze, an amazing collection of Erik and Willie Petersen’s images of Western sculptors, as well as bronzes by the artists. This presentation will also include sculpture created by other foundry artisans, including John Skurja, Kristin Miller McDonald, Andrea Everheart and Erik Petersen himself.

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