Mountain Trails Gallery presents The Spark of Life as Art for the first Friday


My Best Friend by Sarah Phippen, 24 x 36 Oil

The Mountain Trails Gallery at Tlaquepaque in Sedona presents The Spark of Life as Art exhibition, which opens the first Friday, July 1 with a reception from 4pm to 7pm

The gallery celebrates this special weekend and July by honoring those who recognize that creating beauty through art is a special gift. Whether it’s storytelling work about history, ranch life, Native American culture, western wildlife, a single rose, or the breathtaking beauty of a Grand Canyon or Sedona landscape, these creators of beauty get our attention .


Susan Kliewer’s love of the American West began with drawing horses and painting landscapes she saw in magazines she found on her grandmother’s table. Susan was also inspired by her talented father, a park ranger who raised awareness of fire safety with his mascot, Smokey Bear. But it wasn’t until later in life, working in an art foundry for other famous sculptors, that this award-winning artist found her own voice and began creating her own sculptures from her experiences with the Native American cultures she had come to know and love.

Western realist Vicki Catapano is no stranger to drawing, having been schooled in horsemanship and customs in the buckaroo tradition. She also met Native American dancers from various tribes, whom she later honored in many of her paintings.

And third-generation sculptor Dustin Payne dabbled in ranching, “played” with clay and read Western action stories that came to life in his hands. He sold his first sculpture at the age of eight and was recently honored as one of the youngest members of the Cowboy Artists of America.

The daughter of a professional artist, Susanne Nyberg has been making art all her life and her uninterrupted passion for extraordinary landscapes of the southwestern desert has brought her into the limelight with her plein air oil and palette knife paintings.


Award-winning landscape painter Bill Cramer has always had an interest in exploring nature and creating art.

Contemporary Western landscape and animal painter Tamara Rymer has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember. Her father brought home paper, pencils, paints and art books while recounting family history stories straight from her Native American and Wild West roots that continue to inspire this fascinating artist to this day.

For painter Marcia Molnar, her natural talent was nurtured by her artist father/gallery owner, where this budding artist spent her time.

Driven by a passion to tell the righteous story of a working Arizona ranch, multi-generation rancher Shawn Cameron began painting the truth of what she saw and experienced. Life’s honest gift shines through in each of Shawn’s paintings, poetically capturing the animals and ranchers who till the land, while continuing to receive recognition from numerous prestigious organizations.

Animal artist and rancher Sarah Phippen was inspired by her grandfather, George Phippen, a prominent western artist and one of the original founders of the Cowboy Artists of American organization. Surrounded by inspiration, Sarah couldn’t help but forge her own journey in search of a creative life.

Self-taught still life artist Sue Krzyston found a way to share the beauty of creation while studying history and collecting Native American historical objects.

Natural artists Jeremy Bradshaw, Raymond Gibby, Mark Edward Adams and Bryce Pettit found their way into sculpture with fascinating backgrounds in other fields such as science, biology and falconry. Contemporary Expressionist painter Greg Dye sums it up: “Every day is a new day, with new possibilities waiting to be formed in my imagination as the emotional energy of a day pours onto the canvas.”

Many of the artists at Mountain Trails Gallery have fascinating stories that have paved the way for them to create unforgettable works of art for the whole world to enjoy. Discover more by visiting our website. Mountain Trails Gallery Sedona, 336 SR 179, Suite A201, upstairs in Tlaquepaque, is proud to display the work of its more than 50 exceptional artists active in the fields of painting, sculpture and mixed media art, as they all contribute to contribute to making this gallery a destination for collectors, enthusiasts and visitors from all over the world.

For more information contact the gallery at 928-282-3225, [email protected],


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