Father Knows Best

Friday, June 2, 5 to 8 p.m

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

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

Happy Father’s Day from Rowe Fine Art Gallery! To celebrate dear ol’ dad, the gallery will be hosting Father Knows Best on Friday, June 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. during the Sedona Gallery Association’s 1st Friday Gallery Tour. The show will also commemorate a new bronze sculpture from wildlife artist and gallery owner Ken Rowe. When Dreams Come True features a napping boy fishing for an intrepid largemouth bass while the boy’s faithful dog keeps watch over the scene. Though Ken is renowned as a wildlife artist, he has been sculpting figurative pieces since he began exhibiting in his first gallery in 1992. This year marks Ken’s 30th anniversary as a sculptor.

“When you work on the human figure, you’re under the microscope,” says Ken. “I’m lucky my figurative pieces have been so well received. This latest sculpture came right from my imagination. I fished a lot as a kid – I still do – and I can see a spirited scene such as this one playing out along the banks of Oak Creek.”

Pop in to the gallery on June 2 to meet Ken and see his newest artwork. Shopping for a gift for Dad or Grad? Rowe Fine Art Gallery offers a range of gifts at various price points. The gallery represents artists including Larisa Aukon, Julie T. Chapman, Dane Chinnock, Kim Diment, Jen Farnsworth, Vince Fazio, Lynn Heil, Liam Herbert, Jennifer Inge, Kim Kori, Sue Krzyston, Alvin Marshall, Erik Petersen, John Poon, John Rasberry, Geoffrey Roth, Ken Rowe, Jason Scull, Ken Steigerwalt, Gabor Svagrik and Joshua Tobey.



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Mother Nature

May 5, 5-8 p.m.


“Sheltered” – Bronze sculpture by Kim Kori

In May, we celebrate Mom, the woman who brought us into this crazy world. Ken Rowe, sculptor and owner of Rowe Fine Art Gallery, credits his mom, an amateur painter, for his love of art. He has fond memories of standing by her side while she captured the Arizona landscape on canvas. As a gallery of wildlife and landscape artists, Rowe Fine Art Gallery wants to pay tribute to Mom and Mother Nature this month. Join Rowe Fine Art Gallery for Mother Nature, a special evening dedicated to art inspired by nature and our magnificent environment. The show takes place May 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. Ken and his wife, Monica, invite everyone to stop by to pay homage to our natural world by enjoying new artwork from gallery artists. Let the gallery’s knowledgeable staff help you choose a piece of nature-inspired art to give to your favorite mom on Mother’s Day.

“Ken and I have both been fortunate to have extraordinary relationships with our mothers,” says Monica. “Perhaps that’s part of the reason why we have always felt a close relationship to Mother Nature. Ken has been sculpting Mother Nature’s most precious gift, wildlife, for 30 years, and when we opened the gallery seven years ago, we knew we wanted to represent artists that are also inspired by our magnificent environment. Though our artists are world renowned, nothing comes close to the art created by Mother Nature.”

Artists represented at Rowe Fine Art Gallery include Larisa Aukon, Julie T. Chapman, Dane Chinnock, Kim Diment, Jen Farnsworth, Vince Fazio, Lynn Heil, Liam Herbert, Jennifer Inge, Kim Kori, Sue Krzyston, Alvin Marshall, Erik Petersen, John Poon, John Rasberry, Geoffrey Roth, Ken Rowe, Jason Scull, Ken Steigerwalt, Gabor Svagrik and Joshua Tobey.

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Humor Me: Joshua’s Tobey’s Art with Attitude

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

“Screech Owl” (left) and “Night Owl” (right) limited edition bronze sculptures by Joshua Tobey; photographer: Jafe Parsons.

“Sculpture, first and foremost, is about shape and form.” This mantra was Joshua Tobey’s first lesson in art education. He learned it at a very young age from his father and mentor, renowned western sculptor Gene Tobey, who instilled in Joshua an innate desire to pursue a career as an artist. Joshua will discuss his father’s influence and debut his newest impressionistic wildlife sculptures on April 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Rowe Fine Art Gallery during Humor Me: Joshua’s Tobey’s Art with Attitude. He will be back in the gallery on April 8 from 1 to 4 p.m.

During his Sedona appearance, Joshua will debut his first-ever sculpture featuring a skunk. Titled Make a Stink, Joshua says the skunk was fun to sculpt. “Skunks are really cool – they have a great paint job,” he says, laughing. “They are one of the creatures that get overlooked most, which is kind of incredible given that they are wandering around with such incredible armament.”

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How Time Flies

March 3, 4 to 8 p.m.

In the blink of an eye, 30 years passes by.

Ken Rowe sculpts “Branching Out”.
Photo by Shirley Eichten Albrecht

In 1987, Ken and Monica Rowe lived in Phoenix where they owned a successful taxidermy business. But Ken knew it wasn’t his life’s calling, so he took a class on sculpting at a local community college, and it changed the course of his life. On Friday, March 3, join Ken and Monica as they celebrate Ken’s 30th anniversary sculpting wildlife and figurative bronzes. The artist’s reception takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. at Rowe Fine Art Gallery in Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. During the show, Ken will exhibit his very first bronze sculpture, which depicts a white-tailed buck chasing a doe. A surprise animal ambassador will also make an appearance, and Ken will host a quick sculpt from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m.

Over the course of 30 years, Ken was accepted into his first art gallery (Troy’s Western Heritage Gallery in Scottsdale), closed the taxidermy business, developed a close friendship with Sedona-based sculptor Ken Payne, relocated to Sedona and, in 2010, opened his own gallery. He has been a working artist in Tlaquepaque since November 1995. Ken estimates that he has sculpted more than 200 pieces that have been cast in bronze and hundreds more that remained in clay.
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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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