I hope this email finds you safe and well in these challenging times.
My life-long dream of being able to showcase my art in a gallery setting came true a year ago, when I opened Stan Rose Images at the Hillside Shopping Center in Sedona. After a busy fall season, the slow winter season in Sedona arrived and it was tough, but I had hope for a big spring and put a lot of effort into ensuring it would be successful, including some significant changes to the gallery and new material. I was pleased to see that one of my photos was chosen to be the cover image of the Official Visitor Guide to Sedona, which came out in March. I was optimistic in early spring, and then the COVID-19 shutdown hit at just about the worst time, so along with other small businesses in Sedona I have been closed since mid May. Now the future is quite uncertain! I know many people are in similar or worse positions that I am, and I’m grateful for my health and well-being along with my family, but it has been frustrating and stressful as the bills continue to roll in.
I plan on reopening next Wednesday, May 13, a couple days after the Hudson restaurant reopens its doors for dine-in customers. I’ve put some additional safety precautions in place. Instead of small bins for people to flip through to view all my small prints, I printed a couple large contact sheets that display all of my prints that are available in 8X10, 8X12, and 10X10 size.
During the shutdown, I tried to increased my online presence in social media and the internet In general. I did some new local photography, including the showcased images in this newsletter. The highlight was a special place in Sedona that took me weeks of research and off-trail scouting to find and photograph.
This new piece “The Tree of Life” (bottom left corner) is symbolic of life’s persistence and hope in adverse conditions. Because it is so unique and took so much time and effort to capture, I am offering this new work as limited editions in sizes from 36X24 (100 prints) on up to it’s full size of 4 feet wide by 6 feet high (only 10 limited edition prints). So if you are looking for the quintessential image of Sedona--a true collectors item--let me know! A traditionally framed version will be on display at the gallery within a couple weeks.
Other places I visited during the closure were the Watson Lake and woods in Prescott, and the Kofa Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, in the midst of a 105 degree early heatwave in the desert. I blogged about that experience and the fun of finding and photographing the Sedona tree in my blog at:
Starting Wednesday, I’ll be back to spending 6 days a week at my gallery—I hope to see some of you there this summer and fall!
Stay safe and healthy, Stan