Let Freedom Ring

July 5, 5-8 p.m.

Ain't-No-Mountain-High-Enough

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

Happy 243 birthday, America! On the day after Independence Day, the fireworks will continue at Rowe Fine Art Gallery during Let Freedom Ring. Join gallery owners Ken and Monica Rowe on July 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. as they celebrate their favorite summer holiday. The show isn’t just about our great country and summer fun, though. For the third year, the gallery pays homage to freedom of expression, whether it’s the gallery’s artists expressing themselves in oils, acrylics, watercolors, bronze, stone or metals, or it’s you, the art collector, expressing yourself in your home with art.

“Each of the 18 artists represented at Rowe Fine Art Gallery has a unique way of expressing their thoughts, emotions and, above all, their relationship with the natural world,” says Monica. “We spend a lot of time talking about an artist’s inspiration, but in July, we like to shine a spotlight on these artist’s bravery in choosing to express themselves through fine art. We value their unique voices, and we applaud our art collectors for bringing those voices into their homes.”

Rowe Fine Art Gallery represents painters Larisa Aukon, Julie Chapman, Dane Chinnock, Kim Diment, Jen Farnsworth, Lynn Heil, Sue Krzyston, John Poon, John Rasberry and Gabor Svagrik. You will also find sculptors Kim Kori, Alvin Marshall, Erik Petersen, Ken Rowe, Jason Scull and Joshua Tobey as well as jewelers Liam Herbert and Jennifer Inge. The destination gallery specializes in traditional and contemporary southwestern art.

 

 

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Into the Fire

August 2, 5-8pm

“Lazy Days” by Joshua Tobey

“Lazy Days” by Joshua Tobey

This show shines the spotlight on the gallery’s sculptors: Liam Herbert, Kim Kori, Alvin Marshall, Erik Petersen, Ken Rowe, Jason Scull and Joshua Tobey. Sculpting can be messy work, and foundries are as hot as, well, Arizona in August! See the latest works from these sculptors and learn more about the sculpting process in the gallery’s comfortably air-conditioned space.

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Fruits of Labor

September 6, 5-8 p.m.

“Morning View Mather Point” by Lynn Heil

“Morning View Mather Point” by Lynn Heil

Come see what your favorite gallery artists have been creating all summer during this Labor Day celebration. Everyone will be talking about new works by oil painter Lynn Heil and sculptor Ken Rowe. Both artists took creative “safaris” this summer – Lynn traveled around the Southwest and Ken went to Montana – and we can’t wait to show you the results.

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Festival of Color

October 4, 5-8 p.m.

“The Silent Noise of Fall” by Dane Chinnock

“The Silent Noise of Fall” by Dane Chinnock

Our favorite season is upon us! Celebrate the beauty of fall with this colorful show. Whether it’s the vibrant hues of an oil or acrylic painting, or the unique patinas on a bronze sculpture, color has always been an influence at Rowe Fine Art Gallery. Let your senses be dazzled during this exhibit.

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Creature Comforts

November 1, 5-8 p.m.

“Spring” by Kim Kori

“Spring” by Kim Kori

Meet Sedona-based award-winning wildlife sculptor Kim Kori during her annual one-woman show. It’s always a treat when one of Sedona’s favorite local artists debuts new bronze sculptures, and we are all excited to see what Kim has in store for us this fall. Kim will be in the gallery during both show days.

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Like a Jewel: Still Life Treasures from Sue Krzyston

November 8, 1-4 p.m.

“Traditional Techniques” by Sue Krzyston

“Traditional Techniques” by Sue Krzyston

During the long Veteran’s Day weekend, meet Phoenix-based oil painter Sue Krzyston and take a peek at her newest paintings. Make sure you ask about her inspiration: Many of Sue’s masterpieces feature Native American artifacts from her own extensive collection.

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Let It Shine!

December 6, 5-8 p.m.

“Two Hearts Together” by Liam Herbert

“Two Hearts Together” by Liam Herbert

Just in time for your holiday shopping, meet jeweler and sculptor Liam Herbert during our annual holiday show. Liam will unveil new jewelry at price points that will make it easy to shop for everyone on your list. The show includes everything from sterling-silver pendants and bronze sculptures.

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Dads and Grads

June 7, 5-8 p.m.

“A Moment in Caught Time” Bronze Sculpture by Ken Rowe

Whether you’re a dad or a grad – or you’re shopping for a dad or grad – Rowe Fine Art Gallery presents a show that’s just for you. Hooray for Dads and Grads happens Friday, June 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. as part of the Sedona Gallery Association’s 1st Friday Gallery Tour. Come to Tlaquepaque’s destination gallery for a glass of wine and appetizers, and celebrate the favorite dads and grads in your life with the gift of fine art. Rowe Fine Art Gallery offers a range of items at various price points, making it easy to say “I love you” or “Congratulations” with a gift that can be passed down for generations.

At the show, art lovers will be treated to a sneak peek of a new, still untitled, uncast, sculpture by gallery owner and renowned bronze wildlife sculptor Ken Rowe. Ken will debut the companion piece to his very popular fly-fishing sculpture, A Moment Caught in Time. The new bronze depicts the same fisherman trying to net the fish caught in the predecessor piece. Ken grew up fishing the rivers of Arizona and can still be found fly-fishing in Oak Creek when he’s not in the studio or in the gallery. In recent years, the wildlife sculptor has been branching out to include figurative pieces, much to the delight of his collectors. “When you work on the human figure, you’re under the microscope,” says Ken. “I’m fortunate that my figurative pieces have been so well received.”

At the show, make sure you look for new oil paintings depicting the Grand Canyon from Sedona artist Lynn Heil. Those in the know will remember when the gallery announced Lynn’s “painting safaris” earlier this year. Lynn is back from his Grand Canyon excursion, and the results of his pilgrimages are something you have to experience in person.

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Mother Nurture

May 3, 5-8 p.m.

The Creator, The Lion Hearted scratchboard by Julie T. Chapman

“The Creator, The Lion Hearted” – Scratchboard by Julie T. Chapman

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms in the world from Rowe Fine Art Gallery! May holds a special place in the hearts of gallery owners Ken and Monica Rowe, not only because of Mom but because it’s the month when nature seems to be bursting with beauty: baby animals, wildflowers and abundant sunshine. Award-winning bronze wildlife sculptor Ken Rowe credits his mom, an amateur painter, for his love of art. As a gallery of wildlife and landscape artists, Rowe Fine Art pays tribute to both Mom and Mother Nature this month with Mother Nurture, happening May 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. Ken and 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. (Hint: Jewelry is always a big hit!)

“Ken and I have both been fortunate to have extraordinary relationships with our mothers,” says Monica. “I consider my 91-year-old mother to be my best friend. She is truly an inspiration to all she meets – she has a gentle spirit and heart for both people and nature. Perhaps that’s part of the reason why Ken and I 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 nine years ago, we knew we wanted to represent artists who are also inspired by our magnificent environment.”

Artists exhibited at Rowe Fine Art 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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A Wild Imagination

April 20, 4-8 p.m.

Out and About acrylic by Kim Diment

“Out and About” – Acrylic by Kim Diment

Acrylic painter and charcoal artist Kim Diment doesn’t know the meaning of the phrase “slow down.”

The Michigan-based artist has had one of her busiest years between a trip to Africa where she observed hunting cheetahs, serving as co-vice president for the Society of Animal Artists and having her painting, Out and About, chosen as the Print of the Year by the Ruffed Grouse Society. (The painting depicts a family of woodcocks; the award was a partnership between the Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock societies.) But Kim adores Sedona and its art collectors, which is why she’s excited to return to Rowe Fine Art Gallery on Saturday, April 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. for A Wild Imagination. Not only will Kim debut new works of art, but she will also be sketching a live animal model courtesy of Runnin’ W Wildlife Center, a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center located in Cornville.

“I can’t wait to return to Sedona!” says Kim. “I think it’s the most beautiful place in the world. I plan to head out with my camera and hike as much as possible, though it just never feels like it’s long enough.”

Kim will use charcoal to create the sketches. It’s a medium that has captured her imagination in the past couple of years. Kim illustrated a children’s book, Rascal and the Berry Bandit, two years ago using black-and-white charcoal on gray pages, and she realized it was a dynamic medium. She will debut two new charcoal pieces at Rowe Gallery. One features a young fox while the second depicts a rabbit.

But that isn’t all that Kim has been up to. In the past seven years, she has been awarded four Awards of Excellence by the Society of Animal Artists. One more award and she will be considered a Master Artist by the SAA, a feat that isn’t easy to achieve. And earlier this year, Kim took third place in Richeson75’s International Art Competition in the Animals, Birds & Wildlife category for her painting depicting a doe cautiously crossing a river with three babies in tow. Kim is also in the process of finishing a series of paintings for Upper Peninsula State Parks in Michigan. The paintings will depict the wildlife that depends upon the Au Sable River. Proceeds from the artwork benefit river preservation projects and area anglers.

Come meet Kim and join gallery owners Ken and Monica Rowe in extending a heartfelt congratulations to this talented painter.

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Joshua Tobey: Art with Attitude

April 5, 5-8 p.m., and April 6, 1-4 p.m.

Stepping Stone by Joshua Tobey

“Stepping Stone” by Joshua Tobey

Last year, impressionistic wildlife sculptor Joshua Tobey was excited to make his annual pilgrimage to Rowe Fine Art Gallery, only to have a nasty case of the flu keep him home in Colorado. (His gorgeous wife and business partner, Jojo, came in his place.) So he’s more eager than ever to return to Sedona on Friday, April 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, April 6, from 1 to 4 p.m., for Joshua Tobey: Art with Attitude. (But don’t worry, Jojo will be here, too.)

Joshua will bring with him a new bronze rabbit, Lazy Days, that will be making its worldwide debut during the show. “You know me and rabbits,” says Joshua, laughing. “I love to sculpt them because they are odd in the way that they hold their bodies and in their anatomy. My dad, late sculptor Gene Tobey, taught me that sculpture is first and foremost about shape, and the shape of the rabbit is so appealing. They are also great subjects for big personalities.”

Art lovers will be treated to several precast sculptures including one featuring a fox and another showcasing a sea otter. It’s the first time Joshua has sculpted a sea otter, making it a highly anticipated piece among his collectors. The artist will also reveal his newest precast sculpture, but so far, that subject matter is top secret. And Joshua is excited to talk about three of his newest bronzes. Stepping Stone depicts a crane standing on a turtle and Freeloader features a life-size mouse. As for the third piece, titled My Upside Down World, don’t be surprised if Joshua picks that one up and hands it to you.

In 2018, Joshua sculpted a herd of life-size big horn sheep for a client and attended 17 shows, but that wasn’t enough to satiate his creativity, so he sculpted several elk reliefs, which will also be on exhibit at Rowe Gallery. The sculptures hang on the wall and are suitable for indoors or outdoors. “They are more primitive than my other work,” says Joshua. “I left the built-up texture, the fingerprints and the tool marks that I would normally remove, so they aren’t quite as refined as my table-top and monumental pieces.”

See the reliefs, finished bronzes and precast work for yourself during Joshua Tobey: Art with Attitude.

 

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Ken Rowe: It’s a Wild Life

March 1, 4-8 p.m.

Cub-Scouts

“Cub Scouts” by Ken Rowe

Art and nature will team up on March 1 at Rowe Fine Art Gallery, and you can score a front row seat.

At 4 p.m. that Friday afternoon, award-winning bronze 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. Will our model have four legs, feathers or scales? You have to show up to find out! The demonstration, part of Ken Rowe: It’s a Wild Life, will last until approximately 5:30 p.m. At that point, the party will move inside the gallery where art lovers can meet Ken and see his latest work.

The piece that has everyone talking is Meanwhile…Back at the Den. This work-in-progress features a life-size mountain lion cub that has stolen a feather from an irate scrub jay. The inspiration for the sculpture was a weeks-old cub that was found wandering the streets in Page Springs in 2017. Starving and orphaned, Runnin’ W Wildlife Center in Cornville rescued the cub and nursed him back to health. Ken was able to observe the cat while he was being rehabilitated at Runnin’ W. Today, the mountain lion is living the good life at Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde.

“I didn’t want to give this little guy a sad story because he began life in such dire circumstances,” says Ken. “I wanted to give him a story filled with joy since that’s how he wound up. This sculpture leaves a lot to the viewer’s imagination because you discover the story as you explore the piece. It’s very engaging, and I’m sure scenarios like this have happened: Mom is out hunting, and the cub is keeping himself entertained in the den…and getting reprimanded as a result.”

Speaking of Runnin’ W Wildlife Center, the nonprofit organization will provide this year’s model. Runnin’ W rehabilitates injured wildlife and acts as a sanctuary for animals that are unable to be released back into the wild.

Arrive at the demonstration early for the best seats – Ken has hosted quick sculpts in the past, and they’ve always been a big hit with the community. Plan to make an evening out of the quick sculpt and the exhibit, which continues until 8 p.m. Wine and appetizers will be served.

 

 

 

 

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