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: "Women Create"

March 3, 2017   Opening Reception, 5-8 PM

"A Little Patience" by Sharon Brening, 20" x 20",
oil on canvas. At Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona, AZ.

In Sedona, Arizona Turquoise Tortoise Gallery honors Women in History month by putting the spotlight on the gifted women artists the gallery represents.

The paintings of new artist Shari Ubechel will be introduced with an exciting twist: these colorful, loosely executed acrylic views of the Southwest are also three-dimensional. Ubechel, whose personality is as bright and joy-filled as her canvases, has spent close to twenty years developing a proprietary technique that allows her paintings to be enjoyed for their “bold, juicy color” that “express the full richness of life” and that also, when viewers don 3-D glasses, reveal an added, thoroughly mesmerizing, depth. It is as though paintings by Shari Ubechel, when hanging on your wall, can hold their own little secret that you may share if you like.

The exquisite figurative painter Sharon Brening offers several new works to enchant gallery-goers. With stunning detail Brening captures young, traditionally dressed Native American children in precise moments of activity or discovery. Their excitement and innocent joy radiates from the canvas and viewers cannot help but find those very emotions within themselves. In 2011 Sharon Brening became the first woman to win the prestigious gold medal award for oil painting at the Annual Western Artists of America Show and Sale in Texas.

"Ancient Ones" by Mariann Leahy, 15" x 15" x 5", ceramic bowl. At Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona, AZ.

Local artist Mariann Leahy offers her glorious ceramic wall hangings: bowls, plates and unique shapes such as horses, turtles or javelinas. Leahy has been honing her artistic skills since childhood when she enjoyed early lessons at the Art Institute oChicago. Her later focus became drawing and painting as she taught, for over fifteen years, as an art teacher in the multicultural Chicago area. As the Southwest, to which she’d traveled regularly, tightened its hold on her Leahy returned to the Art Institute of Chicago, this time with a scholarship for graduate work to study ceramics. By combining a love of painting with her new-found skills with clay, Mariann Leahy developed a style distinctly her own - and settled in the Southwest so that we may enjoy her talents as well.

Stop by Turquoise Tortoise Gallery on 1st Friday evening, enjoy the works of these and other women artists, and help the gallery honor women in history and women today.

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"Garden Gateway" by Shari Ubechel, 24" x 24", acrylic. At Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona, AZ.   "Desert Gardens #25" by Sharon Weiser, 36" x 48", oil on canvas. 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 "Women Create" as its featured artist for SGA First Friday in the Galleries event on March 3, 2017    with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. You are invited!


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