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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