Birds have always had a unique meaning throughout time. Birds have symbolized: higher knowledge, freedom, strength as well as harmony with fellow creatures. There is something about the bird that attracts our mind and soul, whether that bird is the popular raven, the crane or the owl and hummingbird.
There are also birds that we don’t quite associate with the bird family upon first thought, such as the penguin or peacock. These unique birds are celebrated via sculpture at Vue Gallery: A Renee Taylor Gallery, located in Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village of Sedona. Artist Loet Vanderveen has a series of sculptures that include both the peacock and the penguin. When in the gallery ask to see the following works if birds appeal to your visual art sense:
King Penguin and Baby
Peacock #1 and Peacock #2
Penguin Group x 20
Penguin Small Group
To view birds within jewelry, walk over to Renee Taylor Gallery also in Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, and ask to see the jewelry series by Evocateur. Pieces such as A Perch of Birds Cuff, Birds of a Feather Bangle, Birds of a Feather Gold Teardrop Earrings and Japanese Bird Cuff are sure to appeal to any bird-loving set of eyes.
Designer, Belle Etoile, is known for including Flamingos within their jewelry designs. Ask to see Flamingo Black, Migration Blue & Grey Bangle and Flamingo Black and Multi Pendant.
Also while in Tlaquepaque, make your way upstairs to The Ascending Spirit Gallery: A Honshin Fine Gallery. Artist Nicolas Kirsten-Honshin integrates the crane and raven into many of his paintings. Honshin, an artist who has studied ancient Eastern spiritual practices and Tibetan Buddhism, reflects his practices within his works. Most paintings are reflective of: mythic amalgamation of ancient healing practices and the present trends in spirituality, science, and nature, resulting in a true fusion of East and West.
The Zen-like feel of Honshin’s work can be felt upon first glance. When in this gallery ask to see Cranes – Mystic Moon Flight, Harbingers of Dawn and Zen Cat Meditating on the Wings of Enlightenment.
There is also a Raven Series that is not to be missed within this art gallery, including:
Brother Raven Journeys Into the Golden Dawn
Brother Raven Sings Song to the Clear Light
Brother Raven at the Shrine of the Rainmaker Serpent
According to spiritualists, the meaning of a bird can apply to different areas of one’s life. Most of the time, the meaning of the bird signifies one’s ability to remain in control of emotions, and the ability to bear hardships as time goes by. One would call on their Bird Spirit Animal when they need a fresh perspective.
Sedona is known for its art scene. This includes wearable/functional art such as jewelry. However, don’t expect to see only traditional types of jewelry when in Sedona. Sedona is after all a spiritual mecca - so it only makes sense that some art will have a deeper meaning.
Sedona artist Kevin Petrilli puts great attention into his jewelry and considers it something beyond its visual beauty.
“Esoteric knowledge, harmonies of the heavens and earth linked through sacred geometry and other sacred ways guide my craft and brings many different arts together with purpose, so I create to eco creation in an Amulet.”
Petrilli’s amulets are sold at The Gallery of Wholeness, Harmony and Radiance located in Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village – Sedona, Arizona. Petrilli has been living in Sedona, Arizona for many years, but as a child he studied and watched how the energy on earth could impact and affect another object. Petrilli worked and traveled around the planet studying a number of natural wonders. He states that he also has met many people with different traditions that understood energy currents.
Today, Petrilli states, “The Red Rock cliffs, caves, canyons, forest, rivers and wild life of Sedona are powerful teachers. The Way of Stillness is sensitivity to the currents, cycles and rhythms of the nature world around us. This understanding allows me to create energetic and purposeful amulets in service to others. “
To learn more about Petrilli’s work and to view pieces currently available, stop into Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village to visit The Gallery of Wholeness, Harmony and Radiance.
For functional/wearable contemporary art, you won’t find a wider variety of jewelry representation than within the walls of Renee Taylor Gallery. This art gallery is also located within Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village of Sedona.
The number of artists and designers at Renee Taylor Gallery are too many to mention. RTG carries several famous designs and designer works including the ‘Hearts on Fire’ collection and the powerful, dramatic & inspiring handmade pieces from John Hardy. Local artists are also represented within Renee Taylor Gallery, including fine Australian opal and 14k yellow and white gold designs by Christopher Corbett, from Scottsdale, Arizona.
If you love gold, try on a piece of MARIKA gold jewelry. This designer is known for sourcing high quality diamonds and stones that are matched with precious metals for a distinctive brand image.
Having the opportunity to try on and wear some of these beautiful collections of jewelry is a must when in Sedona, Arizona. Stop in to these creative spaces and talk to the knowledgeable and friendly staff about what you are looking for.
If you love wearable and functional art, it’s time to explore the jewelry works of Adriana Walker. With her jewelry exhibited locally in Sedona, Arizona’s James Ratliff Gallery, Adriana Walker’s love of designing jewelry comes from utilizing semiprecious gems, pearls, silver and copper with her fused glass creations.
Fusing glass into jewelry is something that has continually been an inspiration. Walker’s techniques are unusual, which makes them recognizable to art collectors. The composition of Walker’s work makes each piece a one of a kind. Walker has now become nationally recognized for her fused glass creations.
Adriana Walker originally came to the United States from Argentina. At a young age, she moved to California and developed interests in the arts. Walker studied Wild Animal Training at a young age, and while she carried on her career, she also became an accomplished water color artist.
Now, Walker’s jewelry and paintings both exhibit a unique combination of texture, color and composition that she says are inspired by the intricacies of nature and cultural themes. Walker said she is one “who is fascinated by the endless possibilities of combining organic, sinuous shapes with patterns which results in taking her work in unusual and unpredictable directions.”
To see Adriana Walker’s artwork, visit the James Ratliff Gallery located in the Hillside at 671 Hwy 179, Suites A1 & A2, Sedona, Arizona.
Within the Goldenstein Gallery (also in Sedona, Arizona), you will find more popular jewelry artists. Artist Dee Winklestern started her life in the arts as a commercial artist. The work gave Winklestern a foundation to become an artist who walks inside and outside the box. After moving to Sedona nearly 16 years ago, she states that her inspiration in life comes directly from her art.
“It was not until moving to Sedona, Arizona that my boundaries collapsed and a new spectrum of artistic endeavors were built. Spiritual ideas and pathways into healing art and connectivity energies of gemstones were exciting.” Winklestern said.
Dee loves to handpick the gemstones or crystals that she utilizes in her necklaces, earrings and wearable art. She also chooses the highest quality materials to integrate with the stones. Winklestern states that many of her designs come to her in her sleep, and when she wakes, she is inspired to create them.
To see more of Dee Winklestern’s wearable art, be sure to visit the Goldenstein Gallery located at 150 SR 179 Suite 5, Sedona, AZ.
Gallery of Modern Masters – Sedona, Arizona
Fifty years ago, Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Today, much of the technology used for space travel is still being used in main-stream products - or even in art. For example, di-chroic glass was a type of glass perfected by NASA in the 1960s for satellite mirrors. Creating the glass requires layering of a di-chroic finish that must be conducted in a vacuum chamber where an electro-beam deposits many tiny layers of metallic oxides. These oxides include titanium, magnesium and optically pure glass. The metal absorbs different colors of light at different angles create a multi-hue effect.
Sedona artist, Harold Lustig uses this very scientific glass in creating gorgeous pieces of art and sculpture. Lustig’s work can be seen in the Gallery of Modern Masters in the Hillside, Sedona
Lustig notes that he had spent many years playing with different types of glass and became very fascinated with the effects of dichroic glass.
“Dichroic comes from Greek “Di” meaning two and “Chroic meaning color”, Lustig states.
ALT Gallery – Sedona, Arizona
Looking for some throwback Space Age Pop music? How about albums like Spaced Out from Enough Light or The Sound of Tomorrow Today by Soundproof or Tamboo from Les Baxter. Space Age Bachelor Pad Music – the genre of music that became so popular in the late 60s and 70s can be found at Sedona’s ALT Gallery. The ALT Gallery has more record albums than one could ever look through in a day.
Google ‘Space Age Pop’ music and discover for yourself this wild genre. But in the meantime, if you have a turn-table and love collecting great albums, check out ALT Gallery located at: 301 AZ-89A Suite 102, Sedona, AZ 86336
There is no better place to stroll around in Sedona during the summer than within the festive and beautiful walls at Tlaquepaque’s Arts and Crafts Village. With the large Sycamore trees shading the property, the numerous porticos, and the sound of Oak Creek running by, it’s an enjoyable experience.
This beautiful Mexican-style village also provides live Flamenco music in the Courtyard from March until October, Sunday through Tuesday evenings from 5:30 PM-7:30 PM.
While listening to music and weaving in and out of shops, enjoy the gorgeous water fountain, small staircases to hidden places, bridges and other secrets within this beautifully architected space. Flowers of every type grow year around, trellises of vines sweep over adobe walls and twist up into the Sycamore Trees.
In addition to the beauty of the Tlaquepaque space, there are a few summer events that are not to be missed:
Gaetano and friends in Patio de las Campanas – El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano Spirited performances inspired from Spain and Mexico take place while Gaetano and friends treat visitors to Spanish guitar in the courtyard in front of the restaurant. Enjoy tapas and your favorite beverage from the outside bar. Free Admission and all are welcome.
Sedona Community Farmers Market
If you happen to be in town on Fridays, every morning starting at 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. is the Sedona Community Farmers Market. Here, within Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, you will find: farm fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, grass fed beef, goat products, tamales, breads and pastries, chocolates, live music and much more.
‘Birds Of A Feather’
There is a lot of beautiful art to enjoy while in Tlaquepaque but if you really love nature and especially birds, make sure to experience the “Birds of a Feather” event taking place Friday, August 2, 5-8 pm at Mountain Trails Gallery.
Mountain Trails will be featuring artists who are captivated by the curious nature and beauty of birds. Artists include, but are not limited to: Joe Garcia, Raymond Gibby, Jennifer O’Cualain, Vic Payne, Bryce Pettit and Michael Trcic. Mountain Trails Gallery is located in Tlaquepaque’s Suite A201.
‘Out of the Furnace – Into the Fire’
On August 2, Rowe Gallery is hosting “Out of the Furnace – Into the Fire”, and all are invited. The event demonstrates the sculpting process from sketch to bronze sculpture. If you have ever wondered how artists are able to create life-size editions of their work, be sure to attend this event. It begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. There will be drinks and appetizers at the gallery, and sculptors Ken Rowe, Erik Petersen, Liam Herbert, Kim Kori, Alvin Marshall, Jason Scull and Joshua Tobey will all be present.
One of the longest days of the year has just passed, and what better way to usher in summer than to celebrate nature and summer solstice.
Since prehistory, the summer solstice has been seen as a significant time of year in many cultures, and has been marked by festivals and rituals, typically with themes of religion or fertility.
What are some ways you can celebrate summer solstice?
Stop by the Vue Gallery in Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, Sedona, Arizona. Vue Gallery has some of the most unique and outstanding outdoor art sculptures that you will ever encounter. Celebrate nature’s elements with one of Lyman Whitaker’s famous outdoor wind sculptures. Sculptures are typically made of copper but also include steel and stainless steel. Sculptures range from five feet to twenty-eight feet in height. These beautiful pieces are titled with nature-loving names like: Agave, Bean Pole, Counterpoint and Desert Flame.
If you would prefer something that represents nature in the form of animals, artist Loet Vanderveen has a series of beautiful indoor bronze pieces such as “Affectionate Elephants”, “African Giraffe”, “Bear & Cub” and many more wonderful creatures of the wild.
Loet integrates his knowledge of Chinese glaze techniques and applies fine glazes to correct forms - which eventually lead to the creation of bronze animal forms.
Within the James Ratliff Gallery, honor fertility with imagery of the female. Artists Sylvia Ziontz’s work: “Nineofus”, “This is my Mood”, “Harlequin9” and “Three Maidens” emphasizes the fullness of the female figure and the female figure’s complex emotions. Sylvia Ziontz has earned praise for her varied body of work, ranging from expressionism, to bold abstracts, to pastel portraits, and lastly, sensuality and mischievous inventiveness. The James Ratliff Gallery is located at Hillside Sedona - 671 , Sedona, Arizona. How will you celebrate Summer Solstice?
Father’s Day is near and many are honoring their fathers with gifts or moments together. In Sedona, some artists remember and honor their fathers as an influence in their work. This is the case for Nicholas Kirsten-Honshin of Sedona’s Acending Spirit Gallery: A Honshin Fine Art Gallery.
Honshin started painting in his father’s studio at the age of five. His father, Daiensai Bonseki Dojin is a renowned artist and ordained Buddhist monk.
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Honshin not only took an interest in art, but also in Buddhism. He studied Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, art and language. With his skill and knowledge, Honshin moved to a secluded wilderness area in New Mexico where he could continue painting, studying and meditating. One of his first series of paintings celebrates math through geometry and the ancient way of the mandala.
Today, Honshin’s work is still highly influenced by his father and his own ancient Eastern spiritual practices of Tibetan Buddhism and Zen Buddhism. Honshin believes his work is a mythic amalgamation of ancient healing practices and the present trends in spirituality, science, and nature - resulting in a true fusion of East and West.
Honshin’s artwork is also viewable at The Gallery of Wholeness, Harmony and Radiance within Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, Sedona.
Navajo Artist David K. John who currently shows his work within the James Ratliff Gallery, was also influenced by a male figure in his family – his great grandfather. John, who grew up in Keams Canyon had the honor of having a grandfather who was a medicine man. John said his grandfather used to tell him,”Paint from your heart; don't just go along with the latest fad. Your art will last longer then."
Having spent many hours listening to the stories of his grandfather and their homeland, both have influenced John’s view on art and his work. After his grandfather passed away, John began his formal education by attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He also earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts from Southern Utah University.
John’s work today comes from his own inspiration and Navajo mythology. Living back in Keams Canyon, John uses the landscape and the stories to combine symbols and sacred information as a guide into his creations. John has won many awards for his paintings and masks.
David K. John’s work is viewable at the James Ratliff Gallery, located at 671 AZ-179, Sedona, Arizona.
When it comes to the art scene in Sedona, things are always changing. Genres, artists, mediums, concepts – coming and going. To find the newest artist or even your favorite artists’ latest works, be sure to take part in Sedona’s 1st Friday in the Galleries events. Here are just a few galleries that have a new influx of unique works.
ALT Gallery is owned by Mark Schrader, a professional purveyor of estate art who is always seeking out the latest, coolest pieces of art from around the world. If you are in need of a work that is unique and original, there is no better place to patronize than the ALT Gallery. Located at 2301 W. State Route 89A, Suite 102, Sedona, Arizona 86336, discover: pawn jewelry, vintage books that you probably never even knew existed, and one of the largest LP record collections in Northern Arizona. One can spend hours in this gallery looking through all of the latest treasures.
The Object of Desire Gallery at A Spa For You may also surprise you with the new pieces they are bringing into their space. Works of art change and expand during every 1st Friday in the Galleries event. The gallery, a natural extension of A Spa for You, focuses on interweaving concepts of “Art of the Body” and “The Body of Art”. Along with enjoying wonderful spa experiences, guests now also can take home a work of art as part of their remembrance.
During 1st Friday in the Galleries, A Spa for You totally metamorphosizes itself into The Object of Desire (PopUp) Art Gallery. The Spa and Gallery are located at 30 Kayenta Ct, Sedona, AZ 86336.
Near uptown, at the round-about, stop into the Goldenstein Gallery and discover their newest pieces to the gallery. Fresh experiences include Ben Wright’s piece ‘Rainbow Woman’, a mixed media work sized at 36” x 40”. If you love wildlife, Patricia A. Griffin just completed ‘Prescott’, an oil on Aluminum piece of work sized at 20” x 16”.
New and wonderful pieces of art can be found in almost all Sedona Gallery Association art galleries. Find a complete list of these galleries on the website at http://sedonagalleryassociation.com
Figurative art has been represented in many ways over time. Figurative art in abstract is that of when the figure is derived from or another natural source. Sources focused on are line, shape, color, light and dark, mass, volume, texture and perspective. Even when using abstract elements, the focus of creating an impression or illusion of form and space necessary to emphasize the creative narrative is portrayed.
Two specific figurative artists in Sedona who use sculpture as their medium, include James Moore with the Gallery of Modern Masters, and Shray, showing at the Renee Taylor Gallery.
Moore’s work is recognizable, as his figures stand tall and are somewhat boxy. Moore welds his sculptures from car metal and each character represents its own display of emotion. For example, in Balancing Act III, the stainless-steel character is holding three sequentially larger balls, high over his head. The sculpture is welded with structural aluminum base, coated in automotive paint and UV resistant protective clear coat. The figure stands over seven feet tall (91 inches) and makes a great presence.
Moore has been sculpting for over thirty years. He grew up in a rural agricultural town in central California. Moore states that his exposure in working the land gave him a strong worth ethic and endless fascination with the idea of human possibility. Starting with wood carving, Moore eventually changed to work with metals and stainless steel. Moore likes to utilize the rules of figurative proportion and balance while working in the essence of gesture and movement.
Moore’s work can be found within the Gallery of Modern Masters, located at Hillside Sedona (671 State Route 179, Sedona, Arizona).
Another notable figurative sculptor is Renee Taylor Gallery’s Shray. Shray was introduced to figurative sculpting at age fifteen after visiting the Louvre Museum in Paris. So moved by the Greek work “Winged Victory” she decided to dedicate her life to sculpting. With formal training at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Shray had the opportunity to mentor with the likes of Italy’s Piero Mussi, founder of the international renowned Mussi Artworks Foundry of Berkley, CA. Shray intensively studied the work of Rodin in Paris and her simplicity of form has been compared to that of Henry Moore, Rodin and Brancusi.
Shray’s bronze sculptures employ the rare art of subtractionism. Subtractionists find the form in the clay as opposed to placing clay over armature. Shray states, “I see the emotion in the form, the hard lines, the curves, and allow them to carry the human condition through and around the negative and positive spaces. I am concerned with the fine line between the individual and humanity and how to achieve this without succumbing to sentimentality. This is one of the great puzzles figurative sculptors face. My approach is to let the form carry the emotion.”
An intuitive artist, Shray’s sculptures never appear labored or forced. “While I work, I am able to see geometrically while recognizing a sense of humanity while pushing towards abstraction.”
In Shray’s bronze sculpture ‘Balance’, the bodies of two people embrace, melding into one. The work appears as if it naturally formed from the earth’s elements into the figures. This piece is 28" x 8" x 8" in size, and is a must see when in Sedona.
For more information about galleries and artists within the Sedona Gallery Association, visit our Gallery page.
It’s the perfect time of the year to stroll around Sedona and experience art. The flowers are all blooming, fruit trees are blossoming and the Spring breeze cools the desert air down just a bit. While there are a number of galleries in Sedona, many are within a short walking distance or car ride away from each other.
Rowe Gallery – “Mother Nature” This event will be taking place at the Rowe Gallery Space located in the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, Suite A102, May 3, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gallery owner Ken Rowe credits the event to his mom who was an amateur painter and lover of art. The “Mother Nature Event” will offer a variety of mediums including beautiful jewelry in a range of prices.
Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village – Tlaquepaque will be hosting a number of events throughout May and you can view these events on their Facebook page. One popular annual event is Cinco de Mayo. This event takes place on Sunday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free and you can enjoy music, dancing and all the festive colors Tlaquepaque has to offer.
Mountain Trails Gallery – Also located within Tlaquepaque, A201, an event titled “The Grand Canyon and Beyond” will be celebrated May 3, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Discover artists who continue to explore many deserts and canyons throughout the West.
Aurora Dora Gallery – Located in Uptown Sedona at 320 N State Route 89A, this gallery will be hosting the event, “Enlightened Art”. Photographer and artist Dora Redman will be displaying work with three stunning uses of backlit technology. Images are printed on three unique layers, bringing each image to its best quality.
Other galleries in Sedona, Arizona continue to list events as the month of May approaches. Be sure to visit the Sedona Gallery Association website and each gallery’s Facebook page for more May 2019 information.
Sedona Gallery Association