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671 State Route 179, Ste. A1 & Ste. A2, Hillside Sedona
“Look, But Ask Before Touching….Texture in Art”
James Ratliff Gallery will be presenting “Look, But Ask Before Touching….Texture in Art” with the opening public reception on Friday, August 5th. The time is 5-8 P.M. and the location is James Ratliff Gallery located in Hillside, Sedona, 671 State Route 179, Suites A1 and A2, lower level. The textured paintings of artists Lelija Roy, Bruce Marion and Francine Markoe will be featured.

When an artist chooses to create a textural effect in his/her work, it just seems to invite “touching”. Some artists are fine with that and even encourage it….others….not so much! So it’s always a good idea to ask gallery personnel if it’s permitted.

Roy, Markoe and Marion's works are great examples of how layered art media, adhered objects from various other sources such as marble dust to actual rock slabs are used to enhance a painting and varies enormously from artist to artist. In some paintings the amount of paint, implements used and the way it’s applied creates interesting texture as well.

The results are quite interesting because a deeper sense of depth, a sense of motion and in Marion’s work, a special diffused sense of the light is created. Stop in and see for yourself!

Francine Markoe

Blue Green Lanscape by Francine Markoe

Lelija Roy

Forest Ballet by Lelija Roy

Lelija Roy

Vanishing into Winter by Lelija Roy

Bruce Marion

Vista Shadow Dance by Bruce Marion

Bruce Marion

Vista Vivid by Bruce Marion

“Brighten Up Your Walls – An Exhibition of Color ”

Brighten Up Your Walls – An Exhibition of Color will be the focus of James Ratliff Gallery beginning with a public reception on Friday, July 1 from 5-8 P.M and continuing through the month of July.

Fall River

"Fall River" - Greg Heil

The other day I was talking with a gallery visitor who, without any prompting, mentioned how if someone put a painting such as Heil’s “Fall River” (to which she pointed) in a dark part of a room, it would serve to brighten it up immediately! She was so right about that!

There are many types of paintings which either actually use very bright colors such as a brilliant red, pink, orange or yellow. But the word “bright” doesn’t necessarily mean red, orange, pink or yellow. Sometimes the object or scenery painted has been given a special “glow” by the artist which isn’t necessarily the same as using a bright color. Also a lightened version of any color, such as Heil’s sky, creates a brighter feeling. And when a dark room or space has a painting such as Heil’s “Fall River” hanging in it….it automatically becomes more alive. The painting called “Flyin’ Home” by Cary Henrie, , really demonstrats what more muted colors in the hand of a painting master can create in the way of aliveness in a painting.

Flying Home

"Flying Home" - Cary Henrie

Radiant Afternoon

"Radiant Afternoon" - Judy Choate

The very vivid use of color in Judy Choate’s painting called “Radiant Afternoon” really seems to appeal to many people who relate to these stirring colors. This type of color usage can bring any darkened space to life and when the light of the day changes, her colors really also do a remarkable journey through the range of colors with which she endows her work.

Joseph Bellacera whose paintings are often very abstract still creates a magnificent glow with his understanding and use of color. In the painting called “Genesis #1”, even though much of the coloration is fairly dark, what is light in color really serves to bring a glow to the entire artwork and serves the painting title very well.

Genesis #1

"Genesis #1" - Joseph Bellacera

So these 4 paintings show how any of a variety in painting styles can bring life and light to a dark part of a room. And this is just a small sample of a huge range of artwork.

So when a room needs some brightening or livening up, color can definitely make a huge difference in how we feel emotionally as well as set the general tone for the day!!