The Heart of Art

February 7, 5-8 p.m.

Someone to Watch Over Me by Jen Farnsworth

“Someone to Watch Over Me” by Jen Farnsworth

It’s like Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day rolled into one.

Rowe Fine Art Gallery sends gratitude and love to art collectors this month with its annual collector appreciation show. The Heart of Art happens Friday, February 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. during the Sedona Gallery Association’s 1st Friday Gallery Tour.

Ever since gallery owners Ken and Monica Rowe opened the space 10 years ago, they have designated the first Friday in February as the day they show appreciation to their clients. If you have ever purchased a Ken Rowe sculpture or a piece of art from Rowe Fine Art Gallery, you are invited to stop by for a special sweet treat. Never made a purchase? That’s fine, too! Now is the perfect time to browse the gallery’s selection of sculptures, paintings and jewelry. (Psst: Don’t  forget, Valentine’s Day is February 14!)

If your sweet tooth needs a little something extra, a decadent chocolate fountain will be flowing all night long. Whether or not you’ve purchased from the gallery, you are invited to choose from an assortment of fruits and snacks, and delight in dipping the treats into the rich dark chocolate. After all, what’s the most romantic month of the year without chocolate?

“This is a big year for Rowe Fine Art Gallery as we celebrate 10 years in business,” says Monica. “Ken and I are grateful for the art collectors who have supported us not only at the gallery but also for the past 30-plus years that Ken has been sculpting. Our February show is a favorite of mine because it gives me the chance to personally thank the art lovers who have given us and our artists a great life.”

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A Decade of Art

March 6, 5-8 p.m.

Meanwhile…Back at the Den by Ken Rowe

“Meanwhile…Back at the Den” by Ken Rowe

The year was 2010, and bronze wildlife sculptor Ken Rowe was eager for a new project. He had been sculpting since 1987 and living in Sedona since 1995, and he had a feeling there was another adventure on the horizon. When a small space in Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village became available, Ken and his wife, Monica, decided that new adventure was opening their first art gallery. Rowe Fine Art Gallery made its debut in March of that year.

It wasn’t Ken and Monica’s first foray into business ownership. The Arizona natives owned and operated a taxidermy studio in Phoenix for 14 years. With the gallery, their biggest mission was to represent a wide array of traditional and contemporary southwestern artists without any overlap. They wanted art collectors to step into the gallery and see artwork that reflected not only the landscape and culture of the Southwest but also the collector’s personal design aesthetic, whether it be modern or traditional, bright and bold or neutral and natural. At the time, Ken said, “Each artist has their distinctive style, and each was chosen because they complement each other in the same way the gallery space complements their work. Monica and I strive to give our artists a really good venue for exhibiting their art.”

A lot has changed at Rowe Fine Art Gallery in the past 10 years, including the location (the gallery moved into a larger space in Tlaquepaque less than two years later), but the philosophy has remained the same. That’s one of the reasons why the gallery has represented many of the same artists since it opened its doors and continues to be an art destination for patrons from around the world.

On Friday, March 6, Ken and Monica invite you to join them and several of their artists for A Decade of Art, the gallery’s 10th anniversary celebration, from 5 to 8 p.m. Ken says he’s proud of how the gallery has evolved and looks forward to toasting this milestone.

“Monica and I knew we were taking a leap of faith when we decided to open our own gallery 10 years ago,” says Ken. “Little did we know that it would be one of the most rewarding experiences of our lives. We’ve made lifelong friendships with artists and collectors, and I feel like we’ve become an integral part of Sedona’s art community. I’m not one to spend much time looking backward, but when we reflect on those who’ve come through our door – yes, even the bobcat who was our guest of honor one night – my heart swells with pride and emotion.”

Cheers to 10 more years of making memories with art!

Rowe Fine Art Gallery represents traditional and contemporary southwestern artists including 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, Amy Ringholz, Ken Rowe, Jason Scull, Gabor Svagrik and Joshua Tobey.

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Wild Antics

April 3, 5-8 p.m.
April 4, 1-4 p.m.

Stepping Stone by Joshua Tobey

“Stepping Stone” by Joshua Tobey

Impressionistic award-winning wildlife sculptor Joshua Tobey returns to Rowe Gallery for his annual one-man show. The Colorado-based artist always looks forward to making the journey to Sedona to meet his collectors and talk about his techniques. He will debut new works and answer questions about the inspiration behind his sculptures.

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Freestyle

May 1, 4-8 p.m.

Meanwhile by Ken Rowe

“Meanwhile … Back at the Den” by Ken Rowe

Award-winning bronze wildlife sculptor Ken Rowe will conduct a live sculpt of a surprise animal ambassador (4:30-6 p.m. in the gallery’s courtyard) during this very popular show. Arrive early for a front-row seat and learn what it takes to create a masterpiece. After the demonstration, Ken and his guest of honor will meet art collectors.

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Here Comes Summer!

June 5, 5-8 p.m

Sun-Chasers

“Sun Chasers” by Jen Farnsworth

Ready or not, summer has arrived in Arizona. If you are shopping for brides, dads, or grads, pop into the gallery and ask our knowledgeable art associates for suggestions. The gift of art makes a lasting impression – and it’s more affordable than you might think.

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Free Spirits

July 3, 5-8 p.m.

Julie Chapman - “The Red Baron”

“The Red Baron” by Julie Chapman

Celebrate our country’s birthday with Ken and Monica Rowe, owners of Rowe Fine Art Gallery. Not only will the gallery commemorate Independence Day, but it will also honor its world-renowned artists whose independent nature has led them to express themselves through painting, sculpture and jewelry. Take a break from the summer heat and raise a glass to the freedom of self-expression.

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Bring It On

January 3, 5-8 p.m.

When you mention the New Year, it seems like everyone has the same response: “Can you BELIEVE it’s [insert year here]?!”

Cheep Talk bronze sculpture by Ken Rowe

“Cheap Talk” by Ken Rowe

At Rowe Fine Art Gallery, we’re taking a different approach. 2020? Bring it on! That’s the title of our first show of the year, which happens Friday, January 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. Bring It On ushers in 2020 with a collection of new art from our award-winning painters, sculptors and jewelers. With the gift-giving season behind us and the holiday decorations stored away, it’s the perfect time to refresh your surroundings with a new piece of art.

Some of the gallery’s Sedona-based artists will be at the show, including sculptor and gallery owner Ken Rowe. This year, we’re excited to announce Ken’s new series of bronze sculptures featuring baby Gambel’s quail. These pint-sized bronzes fit into any space, whether you’re an art lover with a large collection, an apartment-dweller just starting out, or a professional looking to add a touch of sophistication (and a taste of the outdoors) to your office. The first of these sculptures, Cheep Talk, is available now. The sculpture, only 3.75 inches tall and 4.5 inches wide, features two chicks having a thoughtful exchange on a piece of barbed wire.

Aside from Ken’s new series, 2020 is going to be an exciting year for Rowe Fine Art Gallery. In March, we will celebrate our 10th anniversary. Stay tuned for an announcement about our March 6 show, which will feature an appearance by one of our very “wild” friends.

Happy New Year!

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It’s All About Love

December 6, 5-8 p.m.

Sedona artist Liam Herbert makes it his daily habit to sketch. On April 14, he found himself suddenly drawn to the Chinese yin-and-yang symbol. For the next four months, he continued this exploration, using human figures in place of the black-and-white shapes. While flying home from a family reunion in Martha’s Vineyard in August, just as his plane was making its descent into Phoenix, Liam created a sketch that embodied exactly what he’d been trying to achieve.

Art lovers will have the opportunity to see Liam’s obsession on Friday, December 6, at Rowe Fine Art Gallery during It’s All About Love. The one-man show, which takes place from 5 to 8 p.m., will feature Liam’s latest pendant, Yin and Yang. The pendant depicts intertwined male and female figures, each with a heart at its base. The piece is available in sterling silver as well as 14-karat gold-plated (the female figure is gold) and sterling silver. Liam, who also sculpts in bronze and paints, has created this one very special piece of jewelry in 2019. You won’t want to miss its debut.

“My hands are led by my heart and soul, and I believe my mission as an artist is to spread the word of peace, love and harmony with my art,” says Liam.

In 2018, the artist, who’s originally from New York and received formal training at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, released Balance, a pendant that symbolizes the tug of war within our beings. “By loving ourselves, we become aligned and are in balance,” he says. Yin and Yang is a complementary piece to Balance, so collectors might want to take note. The new pendant is about connecting with others and connecting with oneself to find inner peace.

Liam, who was honored by the Sedona Arts Center as one of its Legacy Artists in 2018, will be at the December show, discussing his mission as an artist. Come meet Liam, see his latest work and finish up your holiday shopping at Rowe Fine Art Gallery.

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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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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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