1st Friday Gallery Tour
On the 1st Friday of each month, from 5:00 - 8:00 pm, members of the Sedona Gallery Association offer a unique monthly showcase highlighting artists, special exhibits, and art events. These special art receptions give locals and Sedona visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while beginning their weekends with an exploration of Sedona’s exciting art scene. For your convenience, the Sedona Trolley provides free transportation to venture from art gallery to art gallery with the exception of the West Sedona Galleries - Goldenstein Gallery and Greg Lawson's Passion for Place.
Alt Gallery: ALT Gallery’s new arrivals include original works by western artist Charles Fritz and contemporary painter Hessam Abrishami. Other new items include vintage Kachinas, Storytellers and Native American basketry. Come see Northern Arizona’s finest collection of secondary market artwork.
Gallery of Modern Masters: Gallery of Modern Masters showcases Tucson Artist, Cynthia Miller whose unique installations have been featured at SOFA and Palm Beach Fine Art Show. Her medium, vitreous enamel glass, is kiln fused onto burnished copper. These panels are impervious to rain and temperature change and therefore suitable for outdoor, as well as indoor installation. There will be an artist’s presentation at 6:30 pm.
James Ratliff Gallery: James Ratliff Gallery presents the latest Arizona landscape paintings of Greg Heil who paints so others may have the opportunity to “feel” a real sense of the beauty of these often remote spots without actually being there. Or sometimes the viewer has traveled to the location and Heil’s paintings provide a lovely daily reminder of joy filled moments.
Lanning Gallery: Lanning Gallery opens “Sailing Away: The Encaustic Art of Slava Tch.” The new exhibition showcases the artist’s mythical, rolling landscapes created with the challenging medium of encaustic. Tch, from Russia where he established an award-winning name for himself, immigrated to Canada twenty years ago. It was there that he began working in encaustic. This ancient medium is melted beeswax mixed with pure pigments; an artist’s “easel” becomes a hotplate with bubbling pots of melted wax kept at a precise temperature to stay liquid enough to be “painted” with but not so liquid as to run. The results are depth-filled surfaces of rich color.
Lark Art: Lark Art invites you to join them as they celebrate “Stories and Legends: The Narrative Art of Tim Hitchcock.” Working both as a carver and a painter, Tim merges his talents to create magical pieces which bring beloved stories and legends to life. Visit Lark to see if your favorite literary works are in attendance.
Turquoise Tortoise: Turquoise Tortoise Gallery opens “Synthesis: Leo Feeney Fine Jewelry” and hosts the esteemed local jeweler to the gallery so visitors can meet him and learn more about his work. Feeney’s designs are greatly influenced by Southwest Native American styles but are uniquely interpreted in not only traditional opaque materials such as turquoise, gaspeite and spiny oyster shell but are combined with precious and semi-precious stones such as peridot, garnet, amethyst, citrine and topaz. Each necklace, cuff, pendant or pair of earrings sparkles with elegance while expressing a traditional design.
Andrea Smith Gallery: Meet world peace artist, philosopher and gallery owner, Andrea Smith, at the launch of her new coloring book. 35 years ago, she created this coloring book based on a Course in Miracles, which she studies to this day, reading it daily. The words may be the same but the affect is always relative to your life. Now for the 50th Anniversary of the Course in Miracles, Andrea Smith’s coloring book is being published with help Beyond Words Publishing. The messages and images are reflections of peaceful inner states. Purchase your copy and have it signed at Andrea Smith Gallery.
AZADI Fine Rugs: At their opening reception for this month’s exhibition Ancient Weaves: Contemporary Design. Wine and other refreshments will be served.
AZADI Navajo Rugs: Presents From the Looms of the Master Weavers. Proud women of the Diné, honor the old ways, creating enduring treasures of beauty and desire. The Master Weavers’ pride in their ancestors has kept their culture alive. They are the driving force behind the preservation of language, religion, the tribe’s customs, and the creation of spectacular rugs using traditional design methods.
Great Southwest Gallery: May is the month for southwest art lovers at The Great Southwest Gallery in Talaquepaque! You will love 3 outstanding Navajo pieces. “Dancing with the Stars,” is Al Baje’s beautiful oil painting depicting a contemporary Yei figure being joined by more of them appearing as shadows as well as surrounding star symbols. Jack Black’s single Yei bust emerging from an explosion of acrylic colors gets your attention. And Baatsoslani Joe’s truely incredible sandpainting of a red pottery jar with a basket in the background and encircling Kokopellis begs for closer inspection.
Honshin Fine Art: Gallery of Wholeness Harmony and Radiance: Honshin Fine Art celebrates The Immeasurable Light of Nature’s Heart. This special exhibit, featuring a series of mandalas of luminous light by Nicholas Kirsten Honshin, exploring the path of the heart through meditative images of the sacred inner space of the soul. Work in this series received international acclaim: Honshins’s work in this series was collected by The Grateful Dead.. As one of the highlights of this show the gallery will be unveiling a special selection of early pen and ink pieces and mandala studies by Honshin, many of which have not been seen for forty years. Join them for special treats including cookies from the Cookie Alchemist and their celebrated Poetry on the Porch event at 7:30.
Honshin Fine Art: Gallery of the Ascending Spirit: Also celebrates The Immeasurable Light of Nature’s Heart. This special exhibit, featuring a series of mandalas of luminous light by Nicholas Kirsten Honshin, exploring the path of the heart through meditative images of the sacred inner space of the soul.
Kuivato Glass Gallery: Will be featuring the incredible work of Mary Mullaney throughout the month. Mary creates stunning one-of-a-kind hand blown & carved vessels. Each piece has amazing detail, light, & texture.
Mountain Trails Gallery: Mountain Trails Gallery presents Painting Arizona showcasing paintings of Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Grand Canyon, Sonoran Desert, Wine Country Vineyards, Alpine Vistas, and more. Also featuring plein air paintings in conjunction with “Pallet”, Tlaquepaque’s inaugural Plein Air event in partnership with the Sedona Arts Center.
Renee Taylor Gallery: The Gallery invites you to experience an evening of contemporary artwork by Arizona artists, encompassing a wide variety of mediums including steel, plexiglass, canvas and stone. And browse our diverse collection of international and local jewelry ranging from inexpensive copper and brass to fine 18K gold and diamond collections.
Rowe Fine Art Gallery: Rowe Fine Art Gallery – Three of the 11 artists invited to participate in this weekend’s Plein Air Legacy Event at Tlaquepaque are represented by Rowe Fine Art Gallery. The gallery will be focusing on the paintings of Larisa Aukon, Vince Fazio and Lynn Heil during “En Plein Air,” tonight, 5-8 p.m. Rowe Fine Art Gallery is located under the historic bell tower at Tlaquepaque.
Sedona Arts Center:
Sedona Arts Center: Sedona Arts Center celebrates the seasons with the June gallery exhibition, Summer Solstice. The show features new works by Viki Norris, Chrisanne Finefrock, Julie Ronning Talbot, and Nori Thorne and combines pastels, acrylics, jewelry and watercolor.
The Trolley does not currently run to the West Sedona locations. There is ample parking at both locations.
Goldenstein Gallery: Goldenstein Gallery celebrates summer with It’s Good in the Garden. Stroll through their stunning sculpture garden set against the backdrop of the Red Rocks! Locals and visitors alike are drawn to the ambiance of this West Sedona favorite. You can often find them sitting in Frank Marquette’s stunning Faux Bois chairs or simply taking a deep breath and ringing Cheston Trammel’s reclaimed metal bells as they wander along the garden path. Believing that art is a living, breathing, encounter the gallery welcomes the public and hopes to enhance their lives. Enjoy work by sculptors David Phelps, Sherab Khandro, Glendon Good, Liz Wolf, Upton Ethelbah, and James Muir, the bells of Cheston Trammel and Gregg Payne’s Sky Chimes, Frank Marquette and Christopher Null’s functional fine art furniture, and Dale Reiger’s stained glass houses. You are invited to take a seat or wander among the pieces
Greg Lawson’s Passion for Place: World Tour Exhibitions, a new Greg Lawson production vehicle expressly designed for photographers, celebrates its inception at Greg Lawson’s Passion for Place gallery in West Sedona. Individual photographic artists will be featured with an image in the exhibition mix marking the launch of WorldTour, a promotion service with plans to stop down in Las Vegas, Atlanta and Scottsdale along with other select markets in 2016. 2679 West State Route 89A. 928-202-0340