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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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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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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Full of HeART

February 1, 5-8 p.m.

“Balance”- Pendant by Liam Herbert

Rowe Fine Art Gallery is sending love to art collectors in February with its annual collector appreciation show. Full of HeART happens February 1 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 their doors nine 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. And if you’ve never purchased art from the gallery, this is the perfect time to browse its selection of sculptures, paintings and jewelry, like the latest pendant from Sedona artist Liam Herbert. Balanced is available in sterling silver or gold (by special order) and would be a wonderful gift for your sweetheart. Don’t forget, Valentine’s Day is February 14!

To top it all off, a decadent chocolate fountain will be flowing all night long during Full of HeART. Whether or not you’ve purchased art 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 love without chocolate?

“This is one of my favorite shows of the year,” says Monica. “Ken and I are grateful for the art collectors who have supported us for the past 30-plus years. During the our monthly shows, we shine the spotlight on our award-winning family of artists, but in February, it’s all about you, the art lovers who have given us and our artists a great life.”

 

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Ready…Set…Go!

January 4, 5-8 p.m.

Cub Scouts

“Cub Scouts” – Bronze Sculpture by Ken Rowe

The start of a new year is filled with hope, renewed intentions and the anticipation of new adventures. Are you ready for 2019? Rowe Fine Art Gallery is! On January 4 from 5 to 8 p.m., the gallery presents Ready…Set…Go!, a special show to usher in the new year. Now that the gift-giving season has passed and the holiday decorations are safely 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, who will showcase one of his newest bronzes, Cub Scouts. [Read more…]

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Sparkle and Shine

December 7, 5-8 p.m.

Shadowland painting by Jen Farnsworth

“Shadowland” – Painting by Jen Farnsworth

‘Tis the season for love and laughter, seeing old friends and making new ones, and picking out meaningful gifts for our loved ones. You can do all three on Friday, December 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Rowe Fine Art Gallery during the gallery’s annual holiday show. This year’s event, Sparkle and Shine, will once again feature Sedona artists Jen Farnsworth and Liam Herbert. Both offer unique, handmade gifts for everyone on your list – and they love to talk about their art!

Jen, whose oil paintings colorfully depict the wildlife and landscapes of the Southwest, will debut five new paintings of various sizes. Tree Hugger features a gray fox that visits Jen’s backyard in the evenings, while the deer that live near Jen are the subjects of I Have a Secret and Blue Velvet, Red Rocks. Jen will also unveil a new landscape she has titled Once in a Blue Moon and an as-yet-titled piece depicting one of her favorite subjects, rabbits.

In addition to the original art, Jen offers art cards printed on 100-percent cotton vellum art paper, which makes the cards perfect for framing and gifting. “I’m so excited to see everyone, share my new art and celebrate a great year,” says Jen. “I’m honored when people develop a personal connection with my art and see something in it that resonates with them. It’s such a joy to paint our colorful wildlife and landscape.”

“Balance” – Pendant by Liam Herbert

Jeweler and sculptor Liam Herbert will debut a new pendant that he’s calling Balance. The pendant is available in sterling silver or 18-karat gold. “It’s time for more peace, love, and harmony, especially with oneself,” says Liam. “This year I am unveiling my newly designed pendant titled Balance. The oval face and neck seem to be out of alignment. There is a cutout of a heart that is completely aligned within the pendant. I wanted to demonstrate that we all have a tug of war within our being. By loving ourselves, we become aligned – and are in balance.”

Liam will also be showcasing his Sculpture for Peace. The bronze sculpture, which was inspired by Liam’s popular Pendant for Peace, features a robed figure holding a peace sign. The robe is adorned with the Christian cross, Jewish star of David and the Muslim crescent moon and star.

The gallery will be a lively and festive spot during Sparkle and Shine. Stop by for wine and appetizers and meet these talented artists.

 

 

 

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Timeless Beauty

Saturday, November 10, 1-4 p.m.

"Handed Down From Generations" by Sue Krzyston

“Handed Down From Generations” by Sue Krzyston

You’re forgiven if, upon first glance, you think Sue Krzyston’s oil paintings are three-dimensional. It’s a common misperception, says the Phoenix-based artist. Since 1983, Sue has been creating still-life paintings that feature Native American artifacts from her personal collection. It’s Sue’s mastery of light and shadow that make the paintings appear three-dimensional. And while her artwork traditionally features a dark background, this year, Sue has branched out. Her newest works depict lighter, more neutral backgrounds that give the paintings an atmospheric quality. Come see her new style alongside her traditional works during Timeless Beauty, Sue’s one-woman show happening at Rowe Fine Art Gallery on Saturday, November 10, from 1 to 4 p.m.

“The artifacts take on a different look with the lighter background, and it gives them even more dimension,” says Sue. “My work always has had a 3D effect, but the new technique gives it a whole different feeling that I believe opens up the collector base and fits in with trending contemporary styles.”

Sue will unveil two paintings showcasing her new technique. A Still Moment depicts a Santa Clara pot along with berries and beaded moccasins resting on a blanket while Enduring Heritage features a folded blanket and pair of moccasins. Sue is also open to incorporating her client’s personal artifacts in affordable, commissioned paintings of varying sizes and colors. Lovers of art and Native American culture won’t want to miss the chance to meet Sue.

Expanding her portfolio isn’t the only thing Sue has accomplished this year. On November 17, the prestigious Mountain Oyster Club will recognize her as a Signature Member during its art show at its headquarters in Tucson. One of Sue’s paintings will be part of the private club’s permanent collection. Her work has been juried into shows at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg; the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas; and the National Western Art Foundation in San Antonio, Texas. Come to Sue’s Sedona show to congratulate her on her most recent accolade.

 

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Earthly Dreams

Friday, November 2, 5 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 3, 1 to 4 p.m.

"The Harvesters" by Kim Kori

“The Harvesters” by Kim Kori

Bronze sculptor Kim Kori is a dreamer.

She dreams of what life would be like as one of the small creatures she sculpts. She dreams of ways to push her medium to the limit. And she dreams that anything in life is possible. Rowe Fine Art Gallery celebrates this award-winning artist with Earthly Dreams on Nov. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. during Sedona Gallery Association’s 1st Friday Gallery Tour. Kim returns to the gallery on Nov. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m.

At the show, Kim will debut her newest bronze sculpture, which depicts two gray tree frogs and an iris. Kim’s own adopted tree frogs served as the models for the sculpture, as did the iris garden behind her house. Kim says the town’s namesake, Sedona Schnebly, was known to have a lush iris garden, and many of the iris gardens around town sprang to life after Sedona shared her flowers throughout the community. “I wanted to pay tribute to Sedona Schnebly and her love for our area’s flora with a sculpture,” says Kim. [Read more…]

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Fall in Love with Art

Friday, October 5, 5-8 p.m.

“Branching Out” by Ken Rowe

“Branching Out” by Ken Rowe

Say goodbye to hot summer days and hello to vibrant fall foliage during Fall in Love with Art at Rowe Fine Art Gallery. Fall is a special season for wildlife sculptor and gallery co-owner Ken Rowe. It’s during this all-too-short season that Ken heads to Flagstaff, camping gear in tow, to spot herds of elk. The ethereal albeit enormous creatures have a good chance of winding up in one of Ken’s bronze sculptures such as his latest, Answering the Challenge, which is currently available for pre-order.

“The sound of an elk bugling is this incredible, petite, beautiful, flute-like sound, and it comes from such a majestic animal,” says Ken. “It echoes through the canyons in northern Arizona at night. When the leaves begin changing and the elk start bugling, you know fall has arrived. And even though I’ve seen my fair share of falls, it somehow feels new each year.” [Read more…]

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Labor of Love

Friday, September 7, 5 to 8 p.m.

Hidden Beauty

“Hidden Beauty” by Alvin Marshall

Being an artist isn’t all romance and inspirational strolls through the woods, communing with wildlife and sketching in plein air (though there’s definitely some of that). For the painters, sculptors and jewelers represented at Rowe Fine Art Gallery, art is a labor of love. It’s something you do even when you aren’t feeling inspired, and you do it because it’s your life’s work, your calling. Rowe Fine Art Gallery pays tribute to the beauty of the creative process on Friday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. during the 1st Friday Gallery Tour with Labor of Love.

“I think there are some tricks we artists employ that make us want to work, even when we don’t think the inspiration is there,” says Ken Rowe, bronze wildlife sculptor and gallery owner. “For me, I can be frustrated in the studio, but when I have access to the animal that I’m sculpting, it fixes those frustrations. All of your inhibitions and stress disappears when you are in front of the critter that you are trying to immortalize. At that moment, there’s only one thing in front of you, and it’s what matters most. That’s when the creative process kicks in.”

Meet some of Rowe Fine Art Gallery’s northern Arizona artists, and ask them about their own tricks of the trade during this timely show that commemorates both Labor Day and the creative process.

 

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