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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Hot Spot

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

Billy Harvey of Runnin’ W Wildlife Center

UPDATE: “Hot Spot” GETS HOTTER! Many thanks to bronze sculptor Kim Kori for creating “Moonlight,”  and to Billy Harvey, owner of Runnin’ W Wildlife Center, located in Cornville, Arizona, for lending Kim the model, Moonlight, a rescued screech owl to sculpt. We are honored to have all three of them here, sharing in  this special evening.  Come Join the fun as we pay tribute to International Owl Awareness Day, on Friday, August 4th at Rowe Gallery.

“The owl is an unsung animal that people don’t see as they are out at night. They provide a service to us by being a natural rodent control. This day helps to bring awareness to the owl and its impact and helps people become aware of how some of their actions can affect them.”
–Billy Harvey

“Moonlight” – Bronze sculpture by Kim Kori

The dog days of summer are upon us, but sweltering days also mean balmy nights under the stars and in the moonlight. On August 4 from 5 to 8 p.m., during the Sedona Gallery Association’s 1st Friday Gallery Tour, visit Rowe Fine Art Gallery for Hot Spot, a special summer reception. Step inside the cool gallery for refreshments and to see the latest sculptures, paintings and jewelry from the gallery’s renowned artists. Award-winning Sedona wildlife sculptor Kim Kori has a new piece to share just in time for the sultry summer nights. Moonlight pays tribute to a small screech owl that lives in Cornville. Kim unveiled the clay sculpture last fall, and now the finished bronze is ready for its close up.

“I had the privilege of using a beautiful little Western screech owl from Runnin’ W Wildlife Center as inspiration for this sculpture,” says Kim. “I was supposed to release the owl but Billy Harvey, the owner of Runnin’ W, discovered he was blind in one eye. Since he couldn’t be released, Billy allowed me to name him and study him in my studio. I named him – as well as the sculpture – Moonlight. He was a perfect model and this is how I pictured him at night by the light of the moon.”

See the finished bronze sculpture along with other new works of art when you take a break from the summer heat and visit Rowe Fine Art Gallery on August 4.

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Freedom of Expression

A Patriotic Celebration of Art at Rowe Fine Art Gallery

Friday, July 7,  5 to 8 p.m.

“Cock of the Walk” by Jen Farnsworth

As our country celebrates its 241st birthday in July, Rowe Fine Art Gallery salutes one of our most cherished freedoms on July 7 with a new show, Freedom of Expression. From 5 to 8 p.m., step into the gallery for a patriotic celebration featuring local artists and new artworks. And while you’re marveling at the art, keep in mind your personal freedom of expression. Take home a painting, sculpture or piece of jewelry that honors your own uniqueness, self-expression and exquisite taste.

Sedona artist Jen Farnsworth will be at the show, and she’s passionate about expressing herself through her vibrant wildlife and landscape paintings. “I express my emotions through color,” says Jen, who is originally from northern Maine. “Whether I’m capturing the feeling of a landscape or the spirit of an animal, I do so by using bold, bright colors. It brings me great joy.”

Express yourself and support local artists on July 7 at Rowe Fine Art Gallery.

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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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Run Wild

Friday, April 21, 4 – 7 p.m.

“Updraft” by Kim Diment

“Updraft” by Kim Diment

Kim Diment has always had an affinity for art and animals, which is why she chose to major in zoology and fine art at Michigan State University. Kim still lives along the banks of the Au Sable River, which is where she grew up, and she relishes the opportunity to visit the Southwest where the flora and fauna are so different from what she finds in her own backyard. Kim will travel to Sedona for her one-woman show, Run Wild, on Friday, April 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Rowe Fine Art Gallery. In the gallery’s adjacent courtyard, Kim will be doing a quick draw of Kashmoo, a rescued great horned owl from the nonprofit Running’ W Wildlife Center in Cornville. The quick draw takes place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Kim will also debut new acrylic paintings during the show. She says an adept wildlife artist has the ability to convey an animal’s unique narrative to viewers.

“Animals have always had a story to tell,” says Kim. “One must know and understand them to comprehend these stories. Ancient man did and produced beautiful works of art on the cave walls of Lascaux millions of years ago. I choose to portray animals because I find them more beautiful, more fascinating and more symbolic than any other subject matter. I cannot comprehend a world without animals.”

Kim is involved in numerous animal conservation projects in Michigan and Africa. Her long list of accolades includes winner of the 2014 Wyoming Game & Fish Department stamp, Society of Animal Artists’ Award of Excellence in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016, second place in the Animal/Wildlife category in The Artist’s Magazine Years Best Art competition in 2007, the Chairman’s Choice Award at the Art Renewal Center Salon in 2013, and first place in Richeson 75 International Art Competition in 2013 in the International Birds, Animals and Wildlife category.


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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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