Fruits of Labor

September 6, 5-8 p.m.

Painter Lynn Heil

Painter Lynn Heil

Ah yes, the romance of the artist in the field, standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon at sunrise, just the painter and the endless vista…but what happens if said artist left his pillow at home?

Rowe Fine Art Gallery explores the process of plein-air painting and sculpting on Friday, September 6, from 5 to 8 p.m., during Fruits of Labor. Meet oil painter Lynn Heil and bronze wildlife sculptor Ken Rowe. Lynn spent a week camping in his Ford Econoline van at the Grand Canyon this spring, only to learn that his romantic vision of plein-air painting was only a partial reality.

“When I got home, I looked at my paintings, and immediately realized that something was off,” says Lynn. “I paint what I experience, and the work that I had done in the middle of the day was very blown out – the light is so different in the Canyon compared to Sedona. So I only wound up with one painting that was up to my standards.”

Lynn won’t make the same mistake when he returns to the Canyon in October for another expedition. He says this time around, he will only paint at sunrise and sunset when the colors are richest. That wasn’t the only thing he learned from his spring experience: On that occasion, he forgot his pillow at home. “That was the worst part,” he says, laughing. “I had to improvise.”

During the September show, Lynn will display the gear he uses when he’s painting in the field, and discuss his trials and errors during a talk at 5:30 p.m. Of course, it wasn’t all blown-out colors and forgotten comforts. Lynn started each morning with a pot of strong coffee and some of the best views in the world without another soul in sight. He also took time to explore the South Rim, and, as a result, he has a list of places he wants to paint when he returns in October.

Sculptor and gallery owner Ken Rowe has had his fair share of adventures in the field in his 30-plus-year career as an artist, too. Ken will also be at the show with the gear he takes into the field, including the wire armature he pre-builds before he spends a week in the wilderness. “It’s helpful to build the basic armature for something like an antlered animal and have that with you,” he says.

Armature isn’t the only thing at the top of Ken’s packing list. What is the No. 1 item he has to have on him in the field? Binoculars, he says.

He also has to take precautions to ensure his clay sketches make it home to Sedona. That includes bringing items such as an umbrella and an ice chest to keep the sketches from melting.

“I’ve had a lot of pieces melt, and I’m not just talking early in my career,” says Ken. “Almost every time I’m in the field, I’m dealing with a sketch that’s melting or drooping or decomposing right before my eyes. There have been plenty of times that I’ve been looking for a creek, desperate to dunk the sketch and cool it down before it’s completely ruined.”

Two of Ken’s favorite places to sculpt wildlife such as bears, bison and elk are Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. “In the Tetons, there is open camping in the national forest just outside the park, so you don’t have to stick to designated campgrounds,” he says. “I sculpt all day, go back to my campsite, cook dinner, and then work until dark. I love it. In fact, I hate breaking the mood to go into town for supplies. Being out on one of these field expeditions – just me, my clay and nature – is one of the things I enjoy most about sculpting.”

Come learn about the realities of creating art in the field during this engaging evening.

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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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Out of the Furnace, Into the Fire

August 2, 5-8pm

Bronze Patina Artist Erik Petersen at work in his studio.

Bronze Patina Artist Erik Petersen at work in his studio.

For many art lovers, even the most seasoned collectors, the sculpting process is a mystery. How does a clay sketch become a bronze sculpture? How do artists sculpt life-size editions? What goes into developing a patina? Just how hot is it in a foundry? These questions and more will be addressed at Out of the Furnace, Into the Fire, a special show focusing on the sculpting process happening at Rowe Fine Art Gallery on August 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. Stop by for drinks and appetizers, and meet some of the gallery’s sculptors, including gallery owner and bronze wildlife sculptor Ken Rowe. And don’t miss an exciting patina demonstration by Erik Petersen, a Prescott-based bronze patina artist.

Rowe Fine Art Gallery represents some of the West’s best traditional and contemporary southwestern sculptors. Ken 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. 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.

Sedona resident Liam Herbert wants to start a dialogue with collectors through his powerful Sculpture for Peace. Bronze sculptor Kim Kori’s work focuses on nature’s smallest creatures while Navajo sculptor Alvin Marshall’s specialty is Native American figures carved out of stone. Traditional western artist Jason Scull is a member of the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America, which was founded in Sedona. And finally, impressionistic wildlife sculptor Joshua Tobey fuses human and animal to express his relationship with the great outdoors.

Come learn more about the sculpting process, and enjoy a casual evening at Rowe Fine Art Gallery in August.

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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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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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