Celebrate the Holidays with the “Treasure Hunt” at the Mountain Trails Gallery
Pedro Ramos’ “Invitation”, Bronze, 42 “H x 43” W x 7 “D (Photo courtesy of Mountain Trails Gallery)
During the month of December, the Mountain Trails Gallery at Tlaquepaque in Sedona celebrates the new season with âTreasure Hunt: Gems of Sculpture, Painting and Other Delicious Thingsâ featuring special works of art by painters, award-winning gallery sculptors, jewelers, and mixed media artists. Included are treasures of colorful contemporary sculptures of wildlife, intricate beaded possible bags, steel and glass celebration bells, unique metal and semi-precious stone jewelry, oil, and avian and animal paintings in colored pencil, as well as a wide choice of small figurative bronzes and small paintings of landscapes, still lifes, portraits and wild animals.
The gallery is also proud to welcome Pedro Ramos, a native of the Basque region of northern Spain, who creates lifelike figurative paintings, drawings and sculptures that underscore his fascination with indigenous warrior cultures, primarily historic Native American tribes. from the 1700s and 1800s. From colorful bronze figures to striking charcoal portraits, Ramos creates striking images that seem to capture the depth of spirit as he explores the insignia and determination of a proud warrior culture. Notable charcoals and oils inspired by his love for creating a bold contrast between light and shadow include his ‘chiaroscuro’ which illuminates the drama of an Eastern Woodland Cayuga warrior emerging from the sky. shadow dressed in red. Additionally, the surprising warrior figure in the bronze colored “The Invitation” is an intriguing look at the 1750s war clubs that were sometimes used as the personal identification of its wearer, as the figure points in the direction of its territory. opponent. The artist is fascinated by the significance of these war clubs which indicate the deeds, merits and tattoos of the individual. Ramos spoke about what is most important to him as an artist: âMy intention is to evoke stillness in the viewer as my art moves with movement and emotional depth. I pay tribute to the indigenous peoples of the world, with the greatest respect and admiration in creating what I visualize.
The month of December is a radiant celebration of new works from several of our contemporary artists such as Marcia Molnar, Gregory Stocks and Michelle Condrat that shine a light on objects and landscapes in similar ways and in their own way. The breathtaking landscapes of the White Rose, the Sweet Pear and the Grand Canyon of Marcia fascinate when the viewer is invited to stop and be with these objects and places. Gregory’s broad features, colorful fields and red rock landscapes warm the mood of any onlooker. Michelle’s enchanting panorama offers hope and optimism as the warm sun sets over the vastness of the marvelous Grand Canyon.
Ravishing new outdoor paintings by Betty Carr, Susie Hyer, Bill Cramer and Cody DeLong fill the gallery with explorations of colorful and bright scenes featuring their beloved Sedona, the Verde Valley, the Grand Canyon and beyond. across the remarkable west. From Betty’s passionate secret hideaway to Susie’s sunny mesa, to the magical moments of Bill’s Canyon, to Cody’s spectacular vertical perspective, these performers all express their fearless spirit and passion for the place in all they do. create.
In addition to all the opportunities to view and choose gems from paintings, the sculptor artists of the gallery bring their fascinating ideas and expressions to enjoy. Sedona sculptor Susan Kliewer communicates a heartfelt story with her new bronze “Love Song” which is a tribute to the flute as a court instrument, important to Native American culture. The recipient of the song leans over the notes of the melodic player, as she responds with her certain interest in her message. Raymond Gibby’s sculpture continues to bring an exciting mix of action from his wild animals. Her new âOne of These Daysâ delights as the bear gives in to gravity with its slumped, chin-to-the-ground pose that reveals how a day of these days can be felt for all of us. Notable jewelry from Susan Adams, Nancy Newmann and Sandra Byland brings sparkle to the available gift idea offerings, as do the intricately beaded bags by Cheri Capello, the perfectly toned celebration bells by Michael Beals, as well as check them out. wildlife paintings titled by Jennifer O’Cualain.
Mountain Trails Gallery is located at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, 336 SR 179, Suite A201 upstairs, overlooking the Patio de las Campanas, last entrance by the stream. Contact the gallery at 928-282-225, fineart @ mountaintrailssedona, .com, or www.mountaintrailssedona.com.
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