Sutherland’s depictions of Sedona’s breathtaking scenery will be on display at El Portal for the October First Friday Art Walk.
On October 4, 2019, El Portal Sedona Hotel will present local landscape painter Dawn Sutherland, along with two other artists, as part of the Sedona Gallery Association’s First Friday in the Galleries Art Walk. The First Friday event, which is free and open to the public, is designed to help Sedona residents and visitors explore the city’s thriving arts scene, described by the New York Times as a “New West enclave” of artists and galleries. Held from 5-8 pm on the first Friday of each month, the Art Walk showcases both established and emerging artists representing a wide variety of mediums. Attendees of the October 4 event will enjoy Sutherland’s enchanting Southwestern landscape paintings amidst the charming setting of El Portal, an adobe-style architectural masterpiece located in the heart of the Sedona arts district.
A former teacher and counselor, Dawn Sutherland has been a painter since 2001. After moving from Wisconsin to Arizona in 2004, Sutherland became captivated by the state’s striking blue skies, intricate canyons, and distant horizons. Inspired by the raw beauty of nature, she prefers painting outdoors — or “en plain air” — as a way to capture the depth, definition, and feeling of the landscape. Many of Sutherland’s works depict the majestic red rock formations of Sedona, as well as scenes of the Grand Canyon. For the past five years, she has been invited to participate in the annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, which features selected artists painting en Plein air on location at the Canyon for a week. Sutherland is a founding member of Arizona Plein Air Painters and is also a member of The Nature Conservancy, Grand Canyon Conservancy, Best Friends Animal Society and Morris Animal Foundation.
El Portal Sedona Hotel has been displaying a selection of Sutherland paintings since 2007. Located steps from the famed Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Shopping Center, El Portal is a AAA Four Diamond Hotel, a 12-suite boutique inn offering unpretentious luxury and personalized concierge services. Recognized as one of the most pet-friendly hotels in the country by Dogster Magazine and USA Today, El Portal never charges pet fees and greets all four-legged guests with a welcome basket. Upon entering El Portal, visitors — and art lovers in particular — will instantly notice the inn’s unique architecture and décor, which include building materials sourced from nature, handcrafted furniture, and an amazing art collection on the walls. As a champion of the local arts scene, owner Steve Segner has worked with the Sedona Chamber of Commerce to develop a walking tour guide of the city’s galleries in an effort to help residents and visitors alike discover what makes Sedona a world-class art destination.