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671 State Route 179, Ste. A1 & Ste. A2, Hillside Sedona

Poem Adapted from “A Visit from St. Nicholas”

'Twas the time before Christmas, when all through the town
Not a creature was stirring, there wasn’t a sound;
The art works were hung by Jim Ratliff with care,
In hopes that dear customers soon would be there;
The jewelry was nestled all safe in glass cases,
Awaiting new homes in many new places;
And Pat in her 'kerchief, and Jim in his cap,
Had just settled themselves for a long deserved nap,
When out in the driveway arose such a clatter,
Ratliffs rushed from their gallery to see what was the matter.

And then to their wondering eyes did appear,
A miniature sleigh and eight tiny art-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
They knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles these art-deer they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
"Now, Choate!C now, Henrie! now Greg Heil and John!
On, Marion! On Holmes! On Stratman and so on !

To the top of the gallery the art-deer, they flew,
With the sleigh full of art, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, Jim heard on the roof
The painting and sculpting of each art-deer's hoof.
As Jim gathered his thoughts, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of art he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his sack.

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave Jim to know he had nothing to dread.
Without speaking a word, he went straight to his work,
And filled empty spaces; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to art-deer gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle,
Ratliffs heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Miniature Art Groupling

“Marion on Monet – The Siena Cathedral" - Debuts at James Ratliff Gallery

James Ratliff Gallery is extremely pleased to unveil the latest paintings of artist Bruce Marion which were inspired by a recent trip to Italy. The opening public reception is Friday, November 4th from 5 – 8 P.M. at James Ratliff Gallery which is located at 671 State Route 179, Hillside Sedona, Suites, A1 & A2, Sedona, AZ. Mr. Marion will present his insights and discuss his works with patrons at 6 P.M.

In May of this year, artist Bruce Marion and his wife Lee took a group of 10 art students to Italy for two weeks of inspiration and painting instruction. Headquartered in a private 14th century villa near Florence, and another astounding stone villa just outside of Cortona, they toured, sketched, and painted some of the most beautiful locations in the country.  Throughout the journey, Marion was captivated by the regal ancient Italian architecture, and in particular, by the timeless beauty of the Siena Cathedral.

"Turning a street corner in Siena, and coming upon the cathedral for the first time, I literally lost my breath… it was a thing of wonder and awe, reaching to the heavens in glorious detail,” remembers Marion. Continuing to reflect, Marion recalls , “As I stood across from the cathedral, I became transfixed, and couldn’t help but contemplate how many years before me, Jean Claude Monet was also inspired by Europe’s great cathedrals.”

Bruce Marion

"FInding Your Path" 20 x 16

One of the world’s most-revered artists, Monet focused his talents solely on one of these magnificent structures, for a period of three years. Between 1892 and 1894, he created 32 paintings of Normandy’s Rouen Cathedral. Following his heart in exploring the nuances, color, light, and shadow before him, he sought to capture the ethereal qualities of the sacred building in a manner never-before mastered.
  “What led this great innovator to devote so much time to just one building?” mused Marion. “I set my mind to exploring this same subject matter in search of my own answers and discoveries…in search of The Cathedral.”
Marion’s “Siena Cathedral” series will be seen for the first time at his Sedona show, “Marion on Monet- the Sienna Cathedral,” at James Ratliff Gallery. Also on display will be several plein air paintings created during the trip. Bruce Marion’s poetic use of light and shadow and lyrical coloration lend his forms a distinctive glowing quality, as though they’re illuminated from within. Whether interpreting lush landscapes, dynamic cityscapes, the human form, or pure abstracts, his energetic knife work, light and texture come together to ignite his paintings with an energy all their own.