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.

Montana oil painter and scratchboard artist Julie T. Chapman says that, for her, wildlife is the ideal representation of abandon and liberty. Julie would know: She spends a portion of her days observing her wild subjects including horses and bighorn sheep. “Animals, especially wild ones, show us complete freedom of expression in their behavior, their joy and their ability to live life fully present and in the moment,” says Julie. “Their expressiveness and delight of being are what I seek to capture in my work.”

While you’re marveling at the art, honor your own free spirit. Take home a piece of art that expresses your uniqueness, self-expression, and impeccable taste.

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