Mountain Trails Gallery Presents “The Spark of Life as Art” for First Friday

My Best Friend by Sarah Phippen, Oil 24×36

The Mountain Trails Gallery at Tlaquepaque in Sedona presents “The Spark of Life as Art” exhibit which opens on the first Friday, July 1 with a reception from 4-7pm.

The gallery celebrates this special weekend and month of July by honoring those who recognize that creating beauty through art is a special gift. Whether it’s telling stories about history, ranch life, Native American culture, western wildlife, a single rose, or the stark beauty of a Grand Canyon or Sedona landscape, these beauty creators get us noticed.


Falling in love with the American West for Susan Kliewer began by drawing horses and painting the landscapes she saw in magazines found on her grandmother’s table. Susan was also inspired by her talented father, a park ranger who raised fire prevention awareness with his mascot “Smokey Bear”. But it was later in her life, working in an art foundry for other famous sculptors, that this award-winning artist found her own voice and began to create her own sculptures from her experiences of Native American cultures. she had come to know and love. .

Accustomed to drawing, the Western realist Vicki Catapano was schooled in the tradition of the buckaroo with horse riding and customs. She also encountered Native American dancers from various tribes whom she later honored in several of her paintings.

And third-generation sculptor Dustin Payne was immersed in ranching, “playing” with clay and reading Western action stories that came to life in his hands. He sold his first sculpture when he was eight years old and was recently one of the youngest to be honored as a member of the Cowboy Artists of America.

The daughter of a professional artist, Susanne Nyberg has made art all her life and her relentless passion for the exceptional landscapes of the desert southwest has thrust her into the limelight with her oil and with a knife in the open air.


Award-winning landscape painter Bill Cramer has always had an interest in exploring nature and creating art.

Western contemporary landscape and wildlife painter Tamara Rymer has been drawing and painting since she can remember. His father brought home paper, crayons, paints and art books as he told stories of the family’s history straight from their Native American and Wild West roots, which continue to inspire this intriguing artist.

For painter Marcia Molnar, her natural ability was nurtured by her artist/gallery owner father where this budding artist spent her time.

Driven by a passion to tell the heartfelt story of a working ranch in Arizona, multi-generational rancher Shawn Cameron began painting the truth of what she saw and experienced. The honest giving of life shines through in each of Shawn’s paintings which poetically capture animals and ranchers working the land, as she continues to receive recognition from many prestigious organizations.

Animal artist and rancher Sarah Phippen was inspired by her grandfather George Phippen, a prominent Western artist and one of the original founders of the Cowboy Artists of American organization. Surrounded by inspiration, Sarah couldn’t help but forge her own path in pursuit of a creative life.

Self-taught still life artist Sue Krzyston found a way to share the beauty of creation with others as she studied history and continued collecting Native American historical artifacts.

Animal artists Jeremy Bradshaw, Raymond Gibby, Mark Edward Adams and Bryce Pettit have found their way to sculpture from fascinating backgrounds in other fields including science, biology and falconry. Contemporary expressionist painter Greg Dye sums it all up: “Every day is a new day, with new possibilities waiting to form in my imagination, as the emotional energy of a day pours onto the canvas.

Many of the artists in the Mountain Trails Gallery have compelling stories that have helped them create memorable works of art for the world to enjoy. Find out more by visiting our website. Mountain Trails Gallery Sedona, located at 336 SR 179, Suite A201 in Tlaquepaque, is proud to exhibit the work of over 50 extraordinary artists working in painting, sculpture and fine art, as they all contribute to make this gallery a destination for collectors, enthusiasts and visitors from all over the world.

For more information, contact the gallery at 928-282-3225, [email protected],

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