Festival of Color

October 4, 5-8 p.m.

Sedona’s favorite season has arrived, and Rowe Fine Art Gallery is ready to welcome fall with open arms – and open doors! Let your senses be dazzled during the Festival of Color on Friday, October 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. Just like the leaves along Oak Creek are ablaze with color in October, the gallery is alight with new and vibrant works of art by the likes of painters Jen Farnsworth and Dane Chinnock and sculptor Joshua Tobey. Stop by the gallery for a glass of wine and experience the reflection of the season in art.

Good Morning Sunshine by Jen Farnsworth

“Good Morning Sunshine “by Jen Farnsworth

Good Morning Sunshine is one of Jen’s newest pieces. This wildlife oil painter, who lives in the color capital of Sedona, has long said the hues of her paintings are just as important as the subject matter. Conveniently for Jen, the colors and the wildlife are both seen in her actual backyard. “As a colorist oil painter, I experience the world in vibrant, unexpected and joyful color,” says Jen. “My love of wildlife and nature is expressed in my art with colors as bold and beautiful as the experiences I hope to capture and share with my paintings.”

Prescott-based painter Dane Chinnock was born in Tucson. He recently spent time in his hometown where he wandered the streets of South Tucson, which inspired him to bring even more color into his landscapes. One of the resulting paintings, 19th and 8th, can be seen during the Festival of Color. “I realize some people find the desert colors bland and ordinary,” says Dane. “But I find the desert colors quite fascinating, especially when perpendicular to the bold colors of a south Tucson street scene. It is where natural color and imaginative color coincide. Bold and bland become one, without finagling.”

 

19th-and-8th

“19th and 8th” by Dane Chinnock

"Love Song" by Joshua Tobey

“Love Song” by Joshua Tobey

And finally, impressionistic wildlife sculptor Joshua Tobey, who calls Loveland, Colorado, home, has taken his colorful patinas in a whole new direction with his bronze sculpture, Love Song. This new piece depicts a very green tree frog. “Green is an unusual hue for me, mostly because it’s a challenge,” says Joshua. “But a sculptor needs a challenge, and I do like to create a new patina for every new edition. I went through many batches until I found a green that worked – lots of trial and error. Let’s just say the studio was littered with a plague of tree frogs in various shades of green for many, many days.”

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Creature Comforts

November 1, 5-8 p.m.
November 2, 1-4 p.m.

” by Kim Kori

“Soft-Spot” by Kim Kori

It has been quite the year for Sedona artist Kim Kori, so expect her annual one-woman show at Rowe Fine Art Gallery to be even more poignant than usual.

In June, Kim had a brain hemorrhage. With surgery, downtime and plenty of love from the Sedona community, she has completely recovered, but she still laments that she lost six weeks she would have spent sculpting. Through it all, she says, it was her art that kept her focused on getting better. “Being inspired to create my next piece helped me recover,” says Kim. “I have less fear of sculpting subject matter that may not necessarily be accepted or popular. I want to sculpt whatever inspires me and hope that the love I put into it will be felt by my collectors.”

Kim’s first sculpture since her health scare will be unveiled during Creature Comforts on Friday, November 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Rowe Fine Art Gallery. The precast piece depicts an animal that Kim has never featured as her main subject. What sort of critter is it? Kim says that you’ll have to come to the gallery to find out. Creature Comforts continues on Saturday, November 2, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Kim will reveal a second precast sculpture and formally debut Soft Spot, a bronze that depicts a fox curling up on a cold winter’s day. As Kim describes it, a bird spots the fox’s warm coat and decides to rest a spell. The languid fox accommodates her feathered friend, and the two snooze in peace.

Earlier this fall, Kim’s sculpture Spring was juried into the Society of Animal Artist’s 59th Annual Exhibition and Tour. Spring features a purple iris providing a playground to frogs, ladybugs and a snail. Kim is also in the beginning phases of putting together a book of her art that will include the stories behind the sculptures.

Kim says she always spends the year looking forward to her show at Rowe Fine Art Gallery, but, despite not having as many sculptures to debut as she would have liked, this year feels like even more of a celebration than usual.

“This whole ordeal made me realize how many friends I have and how many people care about me and love my work,” says the soft-spoken artist. “I received calls from all over the country, I had people coming in to take care of my animals…they were all such a blessing. And I’m so thankful.”

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Like a Jewel: Still Life Treasures from Sue Krzyston

November 9, 1-4 p.m.

A Richness of Culture

“A Richness of Culture” by Sue Kryzston

Still-life oil painter Sue Kryzston’s uncanny knack for achieving a three-dimensional quality with her paintings has left many an art lover scratching their head and wondering, How does she do that? If you fall into that category, you’ll want to head to Rowe Fine Art Gallery on Saturday, November 9, between 1 and 4 p.m. when the Phoenix resident gives you a glimpse into her technique during her first-ever gallery presentation.

Sue will give a 30-minute talk at 1:30 p.m. She’ll discuss her interesting background (hint: she started out selling furniture, not creating art), the pros and cons of being self-taught, and how she composes her paintings. Sue will also show images of a painting in its various stages, giving collectors the rare opportunity to see the birth of a still-life painting. The artwork being discussed will be on display during the exhibition.

“I’m excited about sharing how I got to this point in my life,” says Sue, who first began painting in 1981. “Because I’m self-taught, I think I have a unique technique that will interest people, especially collectors and fellow artists. I’m also going to show photos of the first painting I ever made – a landscape – and the first still-life I painted. That’s not something I do very often.”

In addition to the talk, Sue will debut four new works in various sizes during the show, which is titled Like a Jewel: Still Life Treasures. Sue’s paintings depict Native American artifacts such as pottery, moccasins, rugs, blankets and baskets. The artifacts are all from her personal collection. Her newest works showcase these artifacts on lighter, more neutral backgrounds rather than traditional black backgrounds. The result are paintings with a modern, atmospheric quality that have been a hit with collectors.

Always on the go, Sue was invited to give a talk to western art patrons at the Tucson Museum of Art earlier this fall. And last fall, the prestigious Mountain Oyster Club recognized her as a Signature Member during its art show at its headquarters, also in Tucson. One of Sue’s paintings is now part of the private club’s permanent collection. Despite all the attention, Sue admits she’s nervous about talking to Sedona’s savvy art audience.

“I’m used to sitting in my studio, painting at my easel,” she says. “I guess you could say that I’m a little shy. But I’m excited to start a dialogue with the audience about a somewhat mysterious creative process.”

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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 to bronze sculptures.

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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.” [Read more…]

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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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