Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour

Sedona’s First Friday Evening in the Galleries

September 1st, 2017

This coming weekend is a great time to visit Sedona, Arizona, especially if you love exploring the arts! The Galleries of the red rocks will be kicking off September with an exploration of art at Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour on September 1st, 2017. Then on Saturday head up Cleopatra Hill for the Jerome Art Walk. High on our list of must see exhibits this Friday would be the “Peterson Yazzie: Beauty and Balance”  at the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery!

Below you will find a few of the exhibits and receptions taking place during the First Friday Gallery Tour, to see a full listing of participating galleries please visit the Sedona Gallery Association on Facebook. For your convenience, the Sedona Trolley provides free transportation to venture from art gallery to art gallery.

If you are staying at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona, we also offer our guest free shuttle service to uptown Sedona and the Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village. All of the exhibits and artist receptions for 1st Friday run from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries Exhibits

Rowe Fine Art Gallery
“Art Attack” Featuring Dane Chinnock,
Vince Fazio and Lynn Heil
First Friday Reception 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
September 1st, 2017
When you live in an area as beautiful as Sedona, you are bound to find endless inspiration in its landscape. For Prescott resident Dane Chinnock and Sedona residents Vince Fazio and Lynn Heil, that inspiration translates into ethereal landscape paintings. The three artists will debut new work at Rowe Fine Art Gallery during First Friday Evening in the Galleries. Dane has spent the last year gathering new material for his Southwest paintings. The business owner and father of three says it isn’t always easy to find the time to travel to Sedona for inspiration, but that has largely been his focus lately. Vince, who is the director of programming and operations at the Sedona Arts Center, says he’s also in the process of discovery and exploration of the landscape. Unlike Dane and Vince, Lynn Heil recently retired from his day job and is now a full-time landscape painter. For more information please visit Rowe Fine Art Gallery!

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Sedona Arts Center
Fine Art Gallery Exhibition and Student Ceramics Sale
September 1st, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Join the Sedona Arts Center in celebration their Fine Art Gallery featured artists for September and take home your favorite ceramics piece at the Annual Student Ceramics Sale. In the Arts Center’s Fine Art Gallery, Christie Palmer presents her beautiful acrylic landscapes that reside on the border of abstraction contrasted with the illusionistic magic of Janet Weaver’s oils that often set still live objects into dialogue with the landscape. John Stebila’s assemblage work combines the unlikely with the outrageous to create steam punk sculptural scenarios and Chikako Myers Fused Glass jewelry sparkles with color and detail. Also Bill Belvin shows his carefully composed landscape photography. Plus, in the Historic Art Barn, 15 of the Ceramics Department’s most talented clay students will be displaying and selling their work from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Andrea Smith Gallery
Exhibition & Book Signing

September 1st, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Meet world peace artist, philosopher, peace activist and local gallery owner, Andrea Smith, as she signs copies of her very popular coloring book this First Friday weekend. Often referred to as a painter of the spirit, Andrea creates her colorful paintings in an unusual outdoor studio where the natural sunlight illuminates everything she paints. She works with a myriad of mediums, including acrylics, pastels, and watercolors. Collectors of Andrea’s work range from presidents to dignitaries to everyday art enthusiasts. For more information please visit the Andrea Smith Gallery on Facebook.

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Sedona Mountain Trails Gallery
Nature of the West”
First Friday Reception 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
September 1st, 2017
Mountain Trails Gallery presents”Nature of the West”. Mountain Trails Gallery presents paintings and sculpture of eagles, owls, song birds, quail, falcons, hawks, ravens, water birds, cardinals, blue birds, hummingbirds, roadrunners, as well as elk, mustangs, bobcats, mountain lions, bears, and more by 40 leading artists from the West. For more information please visit the Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“Peterson Yazzie: Beauty and Balance”
First Friday Reception 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
September 1st, 2017
Turquoise Tortoise Gallery welcomes Peterson Yazzie whose mixed media paintings and carved wood wall sculptures bring contemporary interpretations to the creation mythology, ceremonies and day-to-day life of his Navajo people. Peterson Yazzie was the first in his immediate clan to be a painter and to earn a Master’s Degree. His strong education in fine arts and his commitment to represent all aspects of his people has led to honors, awards and repeated acclaim. Peterson Yazzie embraces the Navajo idea that life is based on beauty and balance. Certain motifs appear and reappear on his canvasses: Hummingbirds, symbols of the four directions, the moon, stars and images of the two adjoining buttes that tower over his ancestral homeland are often featured.  For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Lanning Gallery
Russ Vogt & Johnathan Harris: The Structure of Color
September 1st, 2017
First Friday Reception 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Exciting new indoor/outdoor ceramic sculptures from Russ Vogt will be unveiled with the opening of “Russ Vogt & Johnathan Harris: The Structure of Color” including a three-foot high mosaic dog, a contemporary art totem of stacked circular ceramic elements entitled “Big Giant Marble” and additional tall reed sculptures that are always favorites with collectors, whether placing them in a foyer or along a garden path. The landscape paintings by Johnathan Harris that are featured capture, in unrestrained color, the emotions of each of Harris’s compelling scenes from autumn aspens to purple skies to Sonoran cacti. Linking these two artists together is their artistic absorption into the world of color. Not merely a tool for literal depiction, color brings with it a symbolic vocabulary, a visual translation of emotions. Color, in skilled artistic hands, becomes not only an element but an idea. For more information please visit www.lanninggallery.com.

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Jerome Art Walk
September 2nd, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Once again, expect a wonderful night in Jerome. Have dinner, stroll the streets and visit the galleries, sip some wine, sample some treats, savor the art!  Twenty-five galleries and studios will be open with art, music and refreshments. This free event has become a Verde Valley favorite with a shuttle that will transport you from the artist filled Old Jerome High School, up to the center of town with The Lincoln Gallery and Made in Jerome Pottery and everything in-between. For more information please visit the Jerome Art Walk.

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