When it comes to photographers in Sedona, there is no lack of subjects nearby. The area is constantly a delightful compliment to the eye.
Many artistic photographers that exhibit their work in Sedona don’t just photograph the scenery around them. Many gallery artists are known for their talents from photographing subjects abroad.
One of the most well-known Sedona photographers is "Aurora" Dora Redman. Dora, who relocated from Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Alaska in 2001 and has been chasing and photographing Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) ever since.
"I never heard about the Northern Lights before I moved to Alaska. The first time I saw them it was love at first sight. That was it! From here on I knew what I wanted to do, I wanted to share the Auroras with the world and show them to everyone who doesn't have the opportunity to see the Northern lights. That's what I have been doing since."
Her creations can be seen on the Aurora Dora Gallery website, in many Lodges in Alaska and at her gallery, Aurora Dora, in Sedona, Arizona.
Within Goldenstein Gallery, see photographer and artist Betty Hum’s work. Hum has traveled the world extensively, especially Asia and Europe, which inspired her to make photography a creative endeavor. As an attorney, she refocused her lens in 2016 and has been also making room for photographing educational and community events for the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, including: artist residencies and master classes, arts enrichment events for educators, students, and seniors, hands on workshops, museum and other special events. In addition, she has provided photography for other non-profits.
Having been fascinated with the impact of light and movement, Hum finds this interesting juxtaposition worth photographing. In between practicing law, Hum took photography classes and workshops around the world to enable her to capture the feelings and motions of dance, birds, as well as other wildlife. In addition to paying closer attention to the motion of people and wildlife, Hum also said she has spent considerable time photographing birds and capturing their movement. Hums states that she could spend hours waiting and watching nature until her focus landed on a special moment.
Within ALT Gallery, you will also find works of artistic photographers. ALT Gallery is the premier secondary market art gallery in Northern Arizona and an amazing curation of all things artistic. Areas represented in the ALT Gallery collection are endless, and you will find yourself lost in the options of works few may have possibly ever seen.
As the New Year approaches, there is opportunity to express a ‘New You’. With each year, many make new intentions, resolutions or life goals. The chance to start again is present as well as the opportunity to redesign your surroundings. When searching for items that represent the new you, exploring local art galleries is an excellent way to begin.
Sedona’s artists and local galleries offer a variety of made items that you might resonate with. Each gallery will have its own vibe and focus. Stopping into every gallery is a must in order to find one that is equal to your new you.
Alt Gallery – A whole lot of cool stuff lives here, including: estate art, books and other treasures. Eclectic, vintage and modern –enjoy the ever-changing space. The Alt Gallery is located at 2301 AZ-89A Suite 102, Sedona, AZ
Andrea Smith Gallery – Spiritually inclined, this gallery is focused on peace. Books, card decks, sculptures, jewelry and art from representatives around the world and the owners of the gallery are based on the vision here. If this is the direction your life is taking you in 2019, find the Andrea Smith Gallery located in Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, 336 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ.
Creative Gateways Open Studios and Gallery – Creative Gateways is a shared studio space and gallery. If you like the idea of stepping into Santa’s workshop and oohing and ahhing over all the tools and talent used to create art, you will love this gallery. With large tables, multiple kilns, supplies, tools and workspaces, this space is almost interactive in the way it is laid out. Find this gallery at 45 Birch Blvd, Sedona, AZ.
Kuivato, A Creative Gateways Gallery- Also within Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village is the beautiful glass displays of Kuivato. Known for its gorgeous glass sculpture, chandeliers, trinkets and jewelry – all that sparkles and glows is within Kuivato. Kuivato also showcases non-glass items such as locally made silver and gold jewelry. Visit Kuivato at 336 AZ-179 B-125, Sedona, AZ.
Gallery of Modern Masters – Located within Hillside Sedona, this colorful gallery highlights some of the more notable names in art history such as: Picasso, Miro and Dali. Standards are high in this gallery and one should expect to find unique pieces of art that might fall outside of your standard landscapes. Visit this gallery at 671 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ.
Goldenstein Gallery – Near Uptown Sedona, taking a right at the traffic circle, you will find this well-known gallery. Goldenstein Gallery has a family atmosphere that nurtures both its guests and artists. Exhibits and outdoor sculptures are rotated through this gallery making it new with almost each visit. Explore the Goldenstein Gallery at 150 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ.
The Ascending Spirit Gallery: A Honshin Fine Art Gallery & The Gallery of Wholeness, Harmony, and Radiance: A Honshin Fine Art Gallery – Both of these galleries represent the works of Honshin as well as other artists who invite you on a journey from your head to your heart. From works of Zen to Christianity, each piece of art is transcendent and unique. Throughout the month expect to see Honshin working at the Ascending Spirit Gallery as well. Visit both of these galleries within the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, Sedona, AZ.
James Ratliff Gallery – Love the landscape of the Southwest, Arizona, and the Navajo reservation? You will love this gallery. While this isn’t the only focus of the space, expect to find an eclectic mix of original landscapes, abstract art, paintings, figurative, ceramic, pottery, sculpture, jewelry. This gallery is also located within Hillside Sedona at 671 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ
Lanning, a Bryant Nagel Gallery – When in this gallery, you will be dared to feel the unique casual sophistication represented in the works of contemporary artists. The gallery is known for its world-renown artists. Works range in medium from: original oil, acrylic, watercolor, sculpture, blown glass, ceramics and jewelry. Visit Lanning Gallery at 431 AZ-179 A1-2, Sedona, AZ.
Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel Gallery – Seeking some original Native American pieces of art? This is the stop for you. Turquoise Tortoise is known for representing many top Native American artists and jewelers. You will also find paintings, sculpture, ceramics and heirloom quality Zapotec rugs. If you are a new collector, not to worry, the staff will gladly assist you in understanding where to begin. Visit this gallery at 431 SR 179, A3, Sedona, AZ.
Mountain Trails Gallery – This gallery features the great master artists of the Southwest. When in Mountain Trails Gallery, you will feel the spirit of the Southwest all around you. From horse sculptures to bronzes, cowboys, Native American images and symbolism - all are represented in this gallery. For a taste of the west travel to: 336 AZ-179 Suite A201, Sedona, AZ.
Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village – The Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village isn’t to be missed and it is most likely you have seen it if you have entered into Sedona from Hwy 179. This beautifully impressive site sits directly on Oak Creek and consists of a campus that extends across both sides of Hwy 179. Walk through pueblo styled buildings with arches, cobblestone walkways and gorgeous Sycamore Trees all lit up for the holidays. This space is guaranteed to life your spirits and inspire the New You of 2019.
In beautiful Sedona, Arizona it’s not difficult to find the work of an artist. From jewelry to paintings, each piece is unique. Art collectors visit Sedona just to experience the new exhibits, take part in 1st Friday in the Galleries and meet with gallery directors.
Although there is a solid classic southwest theme in most of the art that can be found in Sedona, there is also a local establishment that focuses on bringing the best modern art to light. Lanning, a Bryant Nagel Gallery is located at 431 State Route 179 in Sedona, Arizona. The gallery was founded in the late 80’s and features a wide variety of regional and internationally recognized artists.
Artwork mediums at the Lanning Gallery range from sculpture, to paintings, to pottery. Unique finds are also available; art crafted from wood, tin and bits of nature. Lanning exhibitor and Found Object Sculptor Elizabeth Frank shares, “Whenever I return to the aspen forest to collect wood I am awed by the strength and delicacy of the natural world. I try to incorporate these observations into my work.”
Locals and visitors are encouraged to stop into the Lanning Gallery any time between the hours of 10am and 6pm during the week and weekends. Professionals are eager to assist you in finding the perfect fit for your home, office or collection.
Lanning, a Bryant Nagel Gallery is a member of the Sedona Gallery Association. Learn more at: www.SedonaGalleryAssociation.com.
For any last-minute shoppers, the month is still young and there are a plethora of gift ideas stocked right here in Sedona. Nearly every gallery offers a smaller giftable item that has been hand curated or crafted by an artist. For those difficult-to-buy-for people in your life, such gifts can be the solution to your search.
Ideas? At Creative Gateways Open Studios and Gallery, you will find an assortment of gift items either in person or on the website. Our favorite are the glass ornaments handcrafted within the on-site studios. These beautiful gifts range in price, but start around $20. Either utilized as a gift topper or as a stand-alone gift for that special tree or décor, supporting an artist has never been this easy.
Also consider the purchase of a course at Creative Gateways Open Studios and Gallery. From screen printing glass to crafting your own incense burner, these classes are a fun way to meet other locals and art lovers. For those that are more difficult to buy for, this experience might just be the perfect fit.
Stop by Renee Taylor Gallery in Tlaquepaque and discover the gorgeous handcrafted knives made by William Henry. Prices range from $300 to $2,100, depending on the material and the amount of craftsmanship required.
The William Henry E6-10, which is at the $300 price point is made with an aircraft grade aluminum frame and hard-anodized to military specs for a lifetime of superlative performance. With a one-hand button lock system and stainless-steel pocket clip, this knife is a beautiful and practical gift for anyone.
Lastly, if you are hoping to gift something a bit more nostalgic and curated from the past, then you must stop by the ALT Gallery in West Sedona. Within the ALT Gallery you will find so many vintage items, you may not even know where to start.
Looking for your favorite record album from days gone by or from an artist that you may have only discovered digitally? This store probably has the original record. This goes for artwork, art-of-print books, and other cool and unique collectibles.
The holidays are right around the corner and many have started their shopping with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We all know it’s important to shop locally when possible, but we also encourage shopping artistically.
There are thousands of artists currently represented in the city of Sedona, Arizona. Among those thousands, a few local art galleries feature some fantastic art worth gifting. Here are a few of our picks:
‘Handmade Wine Bottle Stopper’ by Chuck Hanson: Located at Goldenstein Gallery
These wood handled bottle stoppers are individually hand carved and guaranteed to be useful to the wine lover in your family or circle of friends. Each wood grain cut is unique, so have fun choosing the exact piece you wish to gift. Goldenstein Gallery is located at the ‘Y’ immediately before Uptown Sedona.
‘Leaf Pendant’ by Mazet Studios: Located at Kuivato, A Creative Gateways Gallery
This beautiful green leaf pendant was crafted through torch-work techniques by the artist. At only $30, purchasing this piece of art is an easy way to support the arts and to gift a one-of-a-kind piece. Kuivato Gallery is located within the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village near the centrally located Mexican-tile fountain.
‘Forever’ Photography by Ted Grussing: Located at Gallery of Modern Masters
If you and your spouse or partner recently visited Sedona, it’s worth gifting a true memory that can be viewed, always. This stunning photograph of the red rocks will remind you of your adventures in the west, and would make a great, personal gift for any home or office space.
For more information on Sedona’s Premiere Galleries, visit: www.sedonagalleryassociation.com.
For many who visit Sedona, they come for peace, tranquility and time in nature. Some will experience a yoga class or hike a scenic trail, while others take part in meditation or crystal learning. Whatever the time permits, the central theme seems to be around ‘being in the moment’.
While among the galleries in Sedona’s art scene, be sure to stop into those that feature Buddha. As a symbol of one-ness and peace, Buddha is a creative focus for some in Sedona. One gallery favorite among visitors is the Goldenstein Gallery, in Uptown Sedona. Here, travelers will enjoy a colorful array of paintings, sculpture, and even prayer wheels.
For a piece of artwork symbolizing compassion, check out, ‘Our Time Is Now’ – a pointillism piece by artist, Sherab Khandro. This colorful palette of purples and oranges are built around the Medicine Buddha.
Another stop to make on the path to a peaceful home or office would be the Andrea Smith Gallery within Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. Buddha is reflected in art sculptures of wood, jade and even labradorite!
If you seek a smaller expression of peace, be sure to ask about the pocket shrines by Heyoka Merrifield, featured at the Andrea Smith Gallery. Each unique, each petite and detailed - you may just fall in love with one and take it home with you.
For more information on the Goldenstein Gallery, visit: http://www.goldensteinart.com/, and for more information on the Andrea Smith Gallery, visit: https://www.andreasmithgallery.com/.
Have you ever wanted to own a piece of history? Collecting ancient artifacts and famous artists’ work requires a knowledge of the pieces you are looking to collect. At James Ratliff Gallery, within Hillside Sedona, owner, James Ratliff has been buying and selling the art of famous artists such as O’Keefe, Gorman, Calder and Zuniga (just to name a few) for over 30 years.
Due to James Ratliff’s love of the old as well as the new, the gallery does have a Collectors Corner, featuring original pieces from around the world. Some of these pieces are so rare, the artist isn’t known, but the authenticity is vouched for. The ‘BWA Rooster Plank Mask’ is one of those pieces. Another would be a ‘Yoruba Beaded Sword with Encasement’.
James Ratliff Gallery also has collectible works from Fannie Nampeyo, a Hopi female ceramicist, and paintings by San Ildefonso, Paul Dyke and Carlos Merida. When visiting don’t forget to also check out the lithograph by R.C. Gorman.
Investing in works of this nature requires a clear understanding and trust between yourself and the seller. James Ratliff Gallery prides themselves on this trust and their historic recognition of relics and artwork. For Ratliff, the artists represented within the gallery must have talent, show that they can keep that level of accomplishment, and produce one of a kind original artwork.
To be notified of the latest events and artist’s updates within the James Ratliff Gallery, be sure to sign up for the gallery’s newsletter. The James Ratliff Gallery is located at 671 AZ-179 in Sedona, Arizona.
Nicholas Kirsten-Honshin is most well-known in Arizona for his two galleries, owned and operated with his business partner and wife, Krystal Kirsten. These beautiful spaces, ‘The Gallery of Wholeness, Harmony and Radiance’ and The Gallery of the Ascending Spirit’ can both be found within the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona, Arizona.
Honshin received his ‘painter’s name’ in 1984 by his father and his father’s Japanese teachers. He began painting at the age of 5, and was mentored by his father and his father’s teachers from age ten to thirty-eight. The name Honshin, meaning ‘original mind – pure heart’ has been the artists’ signature since the age of thirty-eight. The concept that “our heart knows one-ness and connectivity” has been strung through each piece of artwork by Honshin, as well as the two gallery spaces.
The artwork of Honshin continues to be a reflection of experience with the philosophies and spiritual practices of Tibetan Buddhism, Mesoamerican cultures and Christianity. With a blend of science, nature and spirituality, each piece is a personal journey into the mind and heart of Honshin’s desire to emit the concept of inter-connectivity.
Honshin has crafted award-winning poetry and art, and often recites live poetry during Sedona’s 1st Friday in the Galleries event, each month. Every Saturday, between the hours of 11am and 5pm one can find Honshin creating as resident artist at The Gallery of the Ascending Spirit.
For more information on Honshin, The Gallery of the Ascending Spirit or The Gallery of Wholeness, Harmony and Radiance, visit: www.honshinfineart.com or stop into one of the stated galleries at the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village of Sedona.
The Turquoise Tortoise: a Bryant Nagel Gallery, is nestled within the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. After discovering the Hozho shopping area, you’ll find this space on the first floor. The gallery is one of the most seasoned and delightfully colorful in the Sedona, Arizona area.
Although the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery does offer turquoise jewelry and other turquoise wears, this gallery isn’t just about the turquoise. Gallery owners Thomas and Jennifer Bryant Nagel have carried on an exciting tradition of contemporary works by nationally and internationally recognized artists.
Within the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery expect to also experience sculptures, by artists such as: Larry Yazzie, Al Glann and Dixie Jewett. Also be prepared for colorful paintings by: Sharon Weiser, Tony Abeyta and Redwing Nez.
Some of our favorite corners within the space also include textiles inspired by the southwest and Native American culture. From rugs, to table runners and pillows you won’t be disappointed by the vast array of designs and color that are to be found. You will even find a native headdress by Russ Kruse, crafted from traditional materials!
So, when contemplating the art scene of Sedona and choosing a gallery to visit with a southwest vibe, and a plethora of beauty to discover – be sure to stop into the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.
The Turquoise Tortoise Gallery can be found at: 431 State Route 89A, Suite A3 - Sedona.
Appreciating western art often means appreciating the cowboy and rancher lifestyle. This lifestyle is slowly fading from the American scene, but there are still some real cowboys out there and there are artists depicting their life.
Sedona Galleries that represent the cowboy life include: Mountain Trails Gallery located in Tlaquepaque. According to Mountain Trails Gallery, they are: “A gallery that has been a destination gallery for collectible Western traditional sculpture and painting for more than 30 years. From the legacy of three generations of the Payne Family, whose passion for the Old West breathes life into exquisite bronzes of historical and wildlife subjects, to the landscapes, figurative scenes, still-lifes, and Grand Canyon paintings of award-winning painters such as Joshua Been, Bill Cramer, George Molnar, Marcia Molnar, and others, Mountain Trails continues to lead the West with story-telling bronze sculpture and classic Western paintings.”
Within Mountain Trails Gallery you will find paintings, sculptures and jewelry, all representing the American west.
Sedona’s Goldenstein Gallery also represents Western artists. Specific artists include Ray Tigerman. Born in 1971 in the high desert of Nevada, Ray was influenced at an early age by the works of Georgia O’Keeffe, Lawrence Lee and Ed Mell. This space located at what locals refer to as ‘The Y’ will ignite your western spirit.
Within Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village is also the Rowe Fine Art Gallery. Artist Cowboy sculptor Jason Scull, who is exclusively represented in Sedona by Rowe Fine Art Gallery, was recently accepted into the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America organization. The CAA, which was founded in Sedona in 1965, accepted only three artists for membership this year, bringing its total number of members to a mere 22. Jason was chosen after an extensive process that culminated in a presentation of five of his bronze sculptures at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City in October.
“I am stunned and amazed,” says Jason. “It’s long been a dream of mine to belong to this group. I first became interested in sculpture after taking a Cowboy Artists of America workshop in the 1980s, so it feels like my career has come full circle. Now I have the huge responsibility of living up to the highest standard in cowboy art.”
Jason will participate in the CAA’s annual show and sale, held every October at the Oklahoma museum. He will also take part in the organization’s annual spring trail ride. Jason is no stranger to cowboy culture. His family has been farming and ranching in Texas for 180 years. Jason’s experience working with horses, cattle and cowboys have inspired his bronze sculptures since he began seriously pursuing art in 1987.
To find some of the most quality western art in Sedona, check out these galleries as well as other prestigious Sedona Gallery Association spaces.