10/6/2011 1:11:00 PM West Sedona art tour to benefit Rainbow Acres
St. Francis by Sandra Beck is among the art that will be part of the Rainbow Acres fund-raiser in West Sedona on Oct. 15.
With the change of seasons already in progress, a group of local artists is creating a great opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping this year. Eleven artists, working in a rich variety of media, have joined together to host a Holiday Art Tour in West Sedona. The event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The tour is free and open to the public, and is offered in conjunction with Rainbow Acres, a non-profit residential care facility for disabled adults.
A portion of all art sales from the event will be donated to Rainbow Acres, which serves almost 100 disabled residents at a state-of-the-art facility in Camp Verde. By fostering job skills, social standards, and self-help methods, Rainbow Acres encourages and assists its residents in pursuing lives of dignity and purpose.
The participating artists will be showing their work in three vibrant West Sedona locations. Gandolfo Art Studio, at 220 Goodrow Lane, will feature artists Greg Evans, Sandy Tracey, Rick Gandolfo, Heather Molans, Richard Barnwell, Carol Gandolfo, and Jim Peterson.
Joanie Wolter, Sandra Beck, and Pat Priolo will exhibit their work in their studio at 50 Stutz Bearcat Drive, and Julie Ronning Talbot will be on hand in her studio at 75 Valley View Drive.
The range of works on display will reflect a remarkable diversity in backgrounds and approaches among the artists. And to make it easy for shoppers to find unique and tasteful items for everyone on their gift list, the artists will be offering pieces in a wide range of styles, sizes, and prices.
Painter Greg Evans works with a vivid palette to achieve a believable interpretation of his subjects that is infused with a loose, impressionist touch. He holds two degrees in fine arts, and has exhibited in many nationwide shows, competitions, and galleries.
Sandy Tracey has developed her own bold & dynamic painting style, using, bold brush strokes, shadows, and color play to form her compositions. She has committed to creating a small painting every day for a year, and will be working on her daily piece during the show and showing many other recent works.
Originally from Phoenix, oil painter Rick Gandolfo received a scholarship to the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. He paints Native American and plein air landscapes with a contemporary flair.
Heather Molans’ career included teaching, commercial art, painting and jewelry design. She now creates custom jewelry for discriminating clients, and also offers her jewelry through stores and galleries. In addition, she is a prize-winning watercolorist and mixed water media artist.
Originally from California, metal sculptor Richard Barnwell is widely known for the many unique, stylish, and functional pieces that he has created, often on commission, for use or display in homes and public spaces. Among the metal and stone works he has designed are custom chandeliers, sconces, candle holders, fireplace doors, tables, gates, and many other types of pieces.
Carol Gandolfo works with pastels, acrylics, oils, and photography. Her favorite subjects are cats and people. She enjoys drawing the human form and wants to focus on the psychological side of drawing people.
Photographer Jim Peterson specializes in landscapes and natural subjects, and creates stunning and evocative works in sizes ranging from miniature to room-filling. His work has been shown in several Phoenix and Sedona galleries, and has been purchased by collectors worldwide.
Joanie Wolter’s work is a blend of many different materials, including tile, clay, paper clay, antique dishes, silver platters, or any other thing she finds to work on or with. Her latest passion is creating sculptures out of fiber clay, and she has won several awards with these pieces. She shares her passion by teaching and mentoring at the Sedona Arts Center and in her own studio.
Sandra Beck specializes in watercolors and ceramics. Her favorite subjects are pets and people, painted in a style best described as a cross between realism and impressionism. In her ceramic creations, she strives for a fusion of function and beauty. Originally from Maine, her works are owned by collectors in the US, Canada, and England.
For Patricia Priolo, fashion and design are second nature. She has perfected the art of weaving Dream Catchers and fashioning fanciful decorated gourds. She brings a strong mastery of color plus a consummate design sensibility to all of her creations, and enjoys working with a wide array of paints, dyes, and inks. Her works have been exhibited many galleries in California and Arizona.
Watercolorist Julie Ronning Talbot usually chooses to paint flowers, trucks, or “critters”. She applies color boldly with the aim of making the flowers juicy, the trucks rusty and nostalgic, and the critters ready to be your new best friend. She trained at the California College of Arts and Crafts, and has won numerous awards for her work.
All of the participating artists will be on hand to host the tour and meet the public, and they will be happy to discuss their themes and techniques with fans and art lovers. For directions or more information, contact Carol Gandolfo at 284-0918 or visit www.JamesPeterson.name .