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.
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
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