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.

“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 9, 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.

We are honored to have Sue Krzyston with us for this very special show.  For the first time at Rowe Gallery, Sue will present a talk sharing highlights from her career and her techniques and methods of painting.  The Reception for Sue begins at 1 p.m. and the presentation is planned to begin at 1:30 p.m. For Sue’s many fans and collectors, this is the perfect chance to learn more about Sue!

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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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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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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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