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

 

TURQUOISE TORTOISE GALLERY CELEBRATES 45 YEARS

1st Friday Gallery Tour featuring
SW SILHOUETTE: MANNY VALENZUELA

March 2, 2018, 5-8 PM; Artist Talk, 6 PM 

"Girls of Summer" by Manny Valenzuela, acrylic on canvas, 12" x 6". At Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel Gallery, in Sedona, AZ.

 

Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel Gallery, welcomes artist Manny Valenzuela to the gallery for an opening artist reception and also offers an Artist Talk by Valenzuela at which he provides a glimpse into the inspirations that drive his unique contemporary interpretations of iconic western silhouettes.

Western abstract figures define the unique contemporary artwork of Manny Valenzuela. Whether he is working in three dimensions or two, these singular and iconic figures present visual metaphors that hold both personal and global meaning. "I mainly work with western figures because of the poetic lifestyle they [represent]. It appears simple yet contains a complexity that goes beyond what seems obvious,” Valenzuela explains.

He draws on historical influences as well as life experiences to inform his paintings and sculpture. When he paints it is in acrylic paint on canvas; his sculptures are of welded steel. The forms captured in both follow his penchant for elongated figures presented in a minimalist style which convey his intent with very little distraction. Bright colors and textures are characteristics of much of his work with the textures in his acrylic paintings often mirroring his sculptural work.

"Blue Skies Ahead" by Manny Valenzuela, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 12". At Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel Gallery, in Sedona, AZ.

"Many of my paintings are metaphors of personal relationships that convey a message using western influences,” Valenzuela notes. “I love using my artwork to express that special bond between a parent and his/her kids.” Valenzuela’s canvases often capture lone figures as well - a most western of western icons: Often the form of aman in a wide-brimmed hat and the slim trouser legs of that bygone era or the suggested shape of a long duster caught in the wind. A row of “pistoleros” figure in one painting, a mother and child in another, a couple in love in yet another.


Collectors have been known to purchase not only a painting but a steel sculpture of similar form to stand beside it; the painted figures appearing then to come right off the canvas. Valenzuela’s work lends itself uniquely well to a decorator’s inspiration.

Mark your calendars and stop by Turquoise Tortoise on 1st Friday evening, March 2nd, to meet Manny Valenzuela and see the latest works from this singular artist. AND, a special bonus: Visitors will be among the first to see the wonderful new renovations just completed at Turquoise Tortoise!

In Sedona, Arizona, “SW Silhouette: Manny Valenzuela” runs through March 11th.


Visit www.Facebook.com/TurquoiseTortoiseGallerySedona; or follow Instagram.com/TurquoiseTortoiseGallery. Turquoise Tortoise Gallery, 928/282-2262, www.TurquoiseTortoiseGallery.com, located at Hozho, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona, AZ. Open daily: 10-6 Mon-Sat; 11-5 Sun.

 

"Leading the Way" by Manny Valenzuela, acrylic on canvas, 12" x 12". At Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel Gallery, in Sedona, AZ. "Siempre" by Manny Valenzuela, acrylic on canvas, 12" x 6". At Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel Gallery, in Sedona, AZ. "Summer" by Manny Valenzuela, acrylic on canvas, 12" x 6". At Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel Gallery, in Sedona, AZ.
"Southern Charm" by Manny Valenzuela, acrylic on canvas, 60" x 48". At Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel Gallery, in Sedona, AZ. "Stardust Memory" by Manny Valenzuela, acrylic on canvas, 16" x 8". At Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel Gallery, in Sedona, AZ. "Spring in Fall" by Manny Valenzuela, acrylic on canvas, 12" x 6". At Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel Gallery, in Sedona, AZ.
"Six Guns" by Manny Valenzuela, acrylic on canvas, 12" x 48". At Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel Gallery, in Sedona, AZ. "The Cowboy Way" by Manny Valenzuela, acrylic on canvas, 8" x 24". At Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel Gallery, in Sedona, AZ.
"Uptown Kid" by Manny Valenzuela, acrylic on canvas, 72" x 14". At Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel 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 "SW SILHOUETTE: MANNY VALENZUELA" as its featured artist for SGA First Friday in the Galleries event on March 2, 2018    with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. You are invited!

 

 
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