It’s been more than two years since renowned still-life painter Sue Krzyston has been part of a show at Rowe Fine Art Gallery, and she couldn’t be more excited to get reacquainted with Sedona art lovers.
Krzyston will be in the spotlight during Colors of Life on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. The Phoenix-based artist will unveil at least six new paintings with ethereal titles like “Continuing a Heritage,” “A Special Light” and “Voices from the Ancients.”
Her oil paintings depict American Indian artifacts from her own collection. Her new paintings feature pottery, moccasins, drums, baskets, sashes, rugs and, of course, her famous beadwork. Krzyston’s mastery of light and shadow give her paintings a three-dimensional effect.
“People often ask how I glue the beads onto the painting,” she said. “I definitely get a lot of questions about the three-dimensional quality of my work.”
She grew up in Wisconsin and took her first painting class in 1982 after she moved to Arizona. Within a year, her teacher told her she was ready to enter a competition at the Phippen Museum in Prescott. She sold seven paintings at the show, and she has never looked back.
This year, she participated in exhibits in Wickenburg and Santa Fe.
“I love showing people my new pieces and meeting new collectors,” she said. “Painting is such a solitary pursuit. It’s nice to get out of the studio and hear the feedback.”
Rowe Fine Art Gallery represents traditional and contemporary Southwestern artists. The gallery, located under the bell tower in Patio de las Campanas at Tlaquepaque arts and crafts village, is open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 282-8877 or visit rowegallery.com for more information.