Sedona AZ (February 25, 2013) – So far, 2013 has been full of new beginnings and excitement for everyone, including Rowe Fine Art Gallery. The gallery is proud to welcome contemporary wildlife sculptor Joshua Tobey into its ever-expanding family of esteemed southwestern artists. Joshua, who resides in Colorado, will be the gallery’s honored guest on Friday, March 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 16 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. during two not-to-be-missed artist receptions. And Joshua says he’ll debut seven new sculptures during the show including a moose, bears, a fox and, for the first time ever, a cat.
“I am an animal lover,” says Joshua. “As I’ve grown as an artist, it’s become important to me to tell the human story through wildlife. People look at my sculptures, and they can identify human emotions and the human experience through the animal’s expression and body language. And I love studying the audience when they are studying the sculptures. The other half of being an artist is sharing your work with people, and art collectors are usually the best people in the world.”
Joshua comes from a family of sculptors. His late father, Gene Tobey, and his stepmother, Rebecca Tobey, are acclaimed for their abstract animal forms. Joshua received his formal education at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo. (Two of Joshua’s sculptures, a bronze bear and a bull, grace the campus of his alma matter.) Joshua’s work can also be found at the Booth Western Art Museum in Georgia and the Na’Aina Kai Botanical Garden in Hawaii. Joshua also develops his own patinas, which add depth and a sense of spirit to his sculptures. “Patinas are the second half of my creative process,” he says.
Rowe Fine Art Gallery represents traditional and contemporary southwestern sculptors, painters and jewelers. The gallery is located under the bell tower in Patio de las Campanas at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village (336 SR 179, Suite A-102 in Sedona). It is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 928-282-8877 or visit www.rowegallery.com