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“New Art for a New Year....Celebrate!” opens with a public reception Friday, January 6th, at James Ratliff Gallery, Hillside Sedona, 671 State Route 179, Suites A1 & A2, Sedona, AZ 86336 from 5-8 PM.

This exhibit will continue through the end of January. Featured artists include: Judy Choate, William Crook, Greg Heil, Cary Henrie, and Kay Stratman.

Judy Choate’s rich, dramatic landscapes fire the imagination while exploring, through brilliant color, vibrant, and expressive palettes, creative interpretations of the magnificence of the Sonoran desert and high desert country of Arizona.

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Color Cloud Totem 36x12

Young artist Greg Heil continues to amaze us with the lovely oil on canvas landscapes bridging the gap between abstraction, expressionism and traditional plein-air work. His “magical” color sense is always in play within these landscapes. Red Rocks Slot 68x40

Red Rocks Slot 68x40

James Ratliff Gallery invites you to enjoy a glass of wine and some of Jim’s brownies as you peruse the new array of first class paintings in oil, acrylics and watercolor at this opening of this show.

Charming, whimsical and quirky often describe the brightly colored houses painted by William Crook who’s basically a self taught artist! Crook is also an award winning poet.

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Frankley Scarlett

Cary Henrie continues to push his creative envelope which began about 20 years ago with paintings exuding Old World charm. Henrie, even then, created a unique way to make the canvases seem to be very some of the crumbling houses and walls Cary noted in his world travels. More recently he has created Nature Frames for glorious butterflies and most recently dimensional art pieces.

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Cloud Circlet 48x48

And last, but not least, is watercolor artist Kay Stratman. Her work is often delicate, sometimes painted on Shikishi which creates an entirely different look....and always exquisitely beautiful. The delicate beauty of her watercolors was duly noted by jurists who awarded Ms. Stratman the Best Wyoming Artist award at the 30th Annual Watercolor Wyoming National Exhibition.

Time For Reflection

Time For Reflection


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