Turquoise Tortoise Art Gallery in Sedona Arizona - One of the finest Sedona Art Galleries featuring contemporary Native American and Southwestern art



1st Friday Gallery Tour:
"Mariann Leahy Clay Art:
Ancient Motifs, Contemporary Style"

September 2, 2016   Artist Reception, 5-8 PM

"Galaxy Ponies" by Mariann Leahy,
10"h x 10"w x 3"d, ceramic, $415.
At Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona, AZ.

Ancient myths and symbols provide endless inspiration to artist Mariann Leahy. “As a clay artist, I celebrate symbols combining human and animal motifs,” she explains. “These symbols show the emergence and mystery of life’s energy.”

Leahy, who combines artistic experience with a profound respect for nature and images from the past, shares a poem she wrote, inspired by one of her pieces:

“Ancient Ladders”

I stand in the sun and shadow of the ruined walls.

To feel the Ancient Ones presence.

To enter the doorways.

To set my hands on the warm stone walls.

To climb on the ladders from below.

To see the running deer.


The stories portrayed in Leahy’s art pieces have been researched and influenced from the rich cultural traditions and ruins in the Southwest. Her symbols of horses, ravens and deer or human hands, spirals, and other symbols are drawn with glaze onto fired mica-rich clay that she has formed into wall hangings, platters and bowls. Each piece is then painted with many coats of glazes that come alive in brilliant colors during a second firing process.

"Starry Night" by Mariann Leahy,
13"h x 13"w x 3"d, ceramic, $465.
At Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona, AZ.

“Clay, coming from the earth, provides me with a natural tactile connection with our world,” Leahy says. She works in her studio regularly, designing, drawing, painting or firing for three to four hours at a time. Painting with glaze, which does not show its color until fired, requires an intense and precise inner vision on the part of the artist. Leahy must see all her nuance in her minds’ eye.

Leahy’s talents exhibited themselves early with childhood lessons at the Art Institute of Chicago helping to hone her skills. Early travels through the Southwest provided inspiration that stayed with her as she spent over fifteen years as an art teacher in the multicultural Chicago area. As the southwest claimed its hold on her, and the tactile draw of clay began, Leahy found herself returning to the Art Institute of Chicago, this time with a scholarship for graduate work to study ceramics. By combining her talent for painting with new-found skills in clay, Leahy developed a style distinctly her own. Relocating to the rich red rocks of Sedona, and a second career as an accomplished clay artist, inevitably followed.

Stop by Turquoise Tortoise Gallery to enjoy “Mariann Leahy Clay Art: Ancient Motifs, Contemporary Style.” The exhibition runs through September 11.

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"Raven Sunset" by Mariann Leahy,
12"h x 12"w x 3"d, ceramic, $625.
At Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona, AZ.
"Ancient Ones" by Mariann Leahy,
15"h x 15"w x 5"d, ceramic, $615.
At Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona, AZ.










"Red Pony - right" & "Red Pony - left" by Mariann Leahy,
each: 16"h x 18"w, ceramic, $475 (sold separately).
At Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona, AZ.
"Midnight Run" by Mariann Leahy,
9"h x 17"w, ceramic, $465.
At Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona, AZ.


On the first Friday of each month, from 5 - 8 p.m., 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.

Turquoise Tortoise Gallery is proud to present "Mariann Leahy Clay Art: Ancient Motifs, Contemporary Style" as its featured artist for SGA First Friday in the Galleries event on September 2, 2016    with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. You are invited!


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