Nature has always been a great inspiration for artists. This of course includes birds. The interpretation of the bird has varied across the world and through different artist’s eyes.
If you love animals, you will enjoy stopping into these two galleries to see what artists Lou Adams from The Ascending Spirit Gallery and Jennifer O’Cualain of Mountain Trails Gallery, have been up to.
At The Ascending Spirit Gallery within Sedona, Arizona's Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, Lou Adams practices the ancient tradition of hand folding Japanese papers into cranes. These cranes, a representation of peace, long life and good fortune, can be viewed throughout the gallery. Adams folds over 1000 cranes every year with an offering of a wish to be granted. For her, the folding of the cranes is an act of praying for peace in troubled times.
Lou Adams states, "When I first learned to fold a peace crane, I became obsessed and couldn't stop folding. I thought I could fold enough to prevent war. After the war began, I realized folding was a way of holding peace in the moment. I began praying. I have been folding for 9 years. As time passes, it becomes more important to hold a space for peace."
The cranes represented in The Ascending Spirit Gallery are made of gorgeous bark from the Mulberry tree. The papers are then silk-screened in Japan with beautiful colors, including gold and silver highlights. In addition to the paper birds, elements of: gold, silver, glass beads, bone and semi-precious stones are also worked into the art.
While in Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, also visit Mountain Trails Gallery, to see the work of Jennifer O’Cualain. O’Cualain’s influence from wildlife ranges from birds to bison. Her portraits of animals display each animal’s natural characteristics in the wild.
O’Cualain shares that each creature has its own personality and she looks to develop scenes that exemplify these human emotions.
Jennifer states, “I am also a bit of an anthropomorphist. The feel of fur under your hand is a relatively universal goal, but I want my viewer to get a sense of the individual animal. Traveling has allowed me to get close to animals in the wild in a way like I’d never expected. Last year I stood 10 feet away from a mature Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep while visiting Glacier National Monument. He stood only briefly while I stared in awe. I could see deep into his big dark eyes. This majestic wild animal had no fear of me, in fact, I almost felt as if he were as curious about me as I was about him. I feel an absolutely real sense that there is much more communication between humans and animals than anyone really considers.”
Mountain Trails Gallery is located at 336 AZ-179, Suite A201, in Sedona, Arizona.
With the holidays right around the corner, buying gifts for those people in your life who have everything can be intimidating. Although, a gift from an artist is unique, often one of its kind and a talking piece for years to come.
Many believe galleries sell items above their budget, but in Sedona, Arizona, there are price points for every person on your gift list. Start your shopping search off at Sedona’s ALT Gallery. For the friend or family member with eclectic taste, a love of vintage LPs, hard to find books or other unique estate art – this is the place.
The ALT Gallery, located at 2301 AZ-89A Suite 102, is in West Sedona and tucked in to a row of storefronts. The owner of the ALT Gallery, has been curating vintage books and records for many years and now has over 5000 in his collection. With an understanding of all things vintage, you will also obtain the history of all items within the space.
Next, if you have a family member or friend who loves their garden or outdoor space, then you must visit Vue Gallery in Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. Vue Gallery has one of the largest selections of outdoor and wind sculptures available in Sedona. Each piece was hand-crafted by an artist, and is unique from the next.
The most popular collection of outdoor art includes Lyman Whitaker’s wind sculptures. Whitaker is internationally renowned for his sculptures. Many pieces of his work are installed as public art around the world. Sculptures are made of copper, steel and stainless steel. A patina is applied to each piece to encourage the natural verdigris of weathered copper. Sculptures come with steel ground mounts or deck mounts for patio placement.
Spending time in these two art galleries are guaranteed to please the modern shopper. Be sure to add them to your list when visiting Sedona, Arizona.
Nothing represents the spirit of the west as much as a cowgirl and her horse. See the wonderful representations of each of these focuses while visiting the Goldenstein Gallery and The Object of Desire Gallery at A Spa For You in Sedona, Arizona.
Artist David DeVary is well known for his tall lanky cowgirls wearing a western duster and cowboy hat. DeVary considers many of the symbols in his art to represent universal emotions and themes. His contemporary cowgirls are adorned with silver, gold, copper and metallic leaf. The juxtaposition of gloss, glitter of copper and gold leafing gives each piece of work a timeless quality.
DeVary shares, “I’m not painting history; rather, I’m trying to capture the American west the way we’d like it to be or the way it could be. Like the traditional western artist, I’m fascinated with this romanticized, idealistic west.”
DeVary’s work hangs not only in homes around the world but also museums and Goldenstein Gallery in Sedona, Arizona. Permanent displays can also be found at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning New York; Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA and the Denver Art Museum in Denver Colorado
Also inspiring a western theme, The Object Of Desire Gallery at A Spa For You, features artist Adryanna Ciera’s bronze horse sculptures. Adryanna’s love of creating bronze horses came from her 25 years of raising, training and caring for Arabian horses. Using her hands for both intuitive healing at the spa and artwork, Adryanna believes that art and healing are linked.
“Art is memory,” Adryanna says. “My desire is for my work to bring the observer into the beauty of this particular moment in time, or to inspire the viewer to seek their own unique connection that will evolve into the memory that of the sculpture.”
Adryanna has won a number of awards for her art including 1st place at the Prescott Center for the Arts, 2nd Place at the Sedona Arts Center and 2nd place at the Sedona Winefest Art Show & Exhibit. Stop by The Object of Desire Gallery at A Spa For You on the first Friday of each month, between the hours of 5-8pm, to discover why everyone is talking about Adryanna Ciera’s bronze art work. The Object of Desire Gallery at A Spa For You is located at 30 Kayenta Ct, Sedona, Arizona.
The creation of art comes from many types of inspiration. Add to this a number of art mediums and you end up with a bounty of beautiful pieces to choose from. For those inspired by nature, it’s time to be introduced to two very popular artists.
First, within the Gallery of Modern Masters at Hillside Sedona, 671 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ, you will find Polyte Solet’s wood sculptures. Solet was born in France and is one of the world’s most talented wood sculptors and yacht builders. When traveling through Chile, he was awed by the native wood in the region. All wood selected to use in his works, are only harvested from trees in methods friendly to the environment.
Solet’s work has been so well received that he has become an internationally recognized artist, and is commissioned for galleries, boutiques, corporations and collectors around the world. Stop by the Gallery of Modern Masters to experience the sculpture, “Snowboarder 23” – a penguin sculpture that stands 23 x 23 x 14 inches in size.
For more nature inspired pieces, stop into Rowe Gallery within Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, and ask to see Jen Farnsworth’s colorful works. The bold colors used in Farnsworth’s nature images makes each image pop. The oil painting “Ready to Run” is a 16” x 16” rabbit painted in vibrant reds, purples and yellows.
Farnsworth’s inspiration of using wildlife as her subject stemmed from her childhood in Northern Maine. She loved wildlife as a child and found herself drawing, painting and sketching at a young age. As she grew up, her work expanded to pottery, jewelry, and poetry. Largely self-taught, Farnsworth’s says she was inspired by early masters such as Van Gogh, Picasso and Leger.
Farnsworth lives in Sedona and is now inspired by the wildlife of the region. Be inspired by these beautiful and bright works filled with color and light.
Fall is officially in the air, and folks are out strolling around Sedona. The leaves are changing and the breeze has that nice Fall crispness. If you are being inspired by the weather and feeling like it’s time to add a little character to your home or office, it’s time to visit these two Sedona art galleries:
First, gather at The Object of Desire Gallery at A Spa For You. This wonderful spa has a pop-up art exhibition every first Friday of the month, from 5 to 8 p.m. and/or by appointment. The Object of Desire Gallery at A Spa For You represents a number of artists, although, the bronze Arabian horse sculptures of Adryanna B. Ciera, are a must see.
Adryanna has spent 25 years raising, training, and caring for Arabian horses - so it is no wonder that she has the ability to craft such detailed impressions of these majestic animals, in bronze. With her own hands-on healing and nurturing relationship with horses, Adryanna also offers therapeutic body work to these gorgeous animals. Just as she uses her hands to heal these horses, she has used her intuitive movements to create her art.
The Object of Desire Gallery at A Spa For You is located at 30 Kayenta Court, Sedona, Arizona.
Within Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona, Arizona, Rowe Fine Art Gallery is well known for their bronze sculptures as well. On the first Friday of the Month, the theme of their receiption will be ‘A Festival Of Colors’.
Kim Kori’s whimsical work will be featured at this event. Frogs and mice are colorfully dressed as they play on logs, chili peppers or mushrooms.
The inspiration behind Kim Kori’s work is her childhood experience with the lush farming areas of Pennsylvania. With farmland as the backdrop of many experiences, it is no wonder that each of these endearing creatures captures the heart of the viewer.
Kim states that exploring in the fields and pastures was a frequent pastime. She would then use the inspiration she found to create and illustrate stories. A fond memory is sitting with her grandfather as he admired her drawings and told her that she had a good imagination.
Visit both or either of these Sedona art galleries and find that perfect gift for yourself or a loved one. Or, choose an artful work for yourself, to take home and remember time within the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona.
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.
Sedona Gallery Association