Native American artwork is and has always been an important part of the West. Celebrating Native American art and artists is something that the City of Sedona is not a stranger to. Many art galleries feature bronze work and paintings with Native American focus. Here are two of our favorite art galleries to stop into, if you’re looking for a stunning piece of Native American artwork:
Location: 150 AZ-179, Sedona, Arizona
Although Goldenstein Gallery features many Native American works, one of the favorite artists within the gallery is Ben Wright. With a focus on balance, spirituality and connectivity, Wright uses bold colors to craft show-stopping works.
Beyond that of the Native figure, Wright also features symbols and shapes from Native American ceremony. Some of those symbols include the medicine wheel and the four directions of the wind. Wright’s work will surely grab your attention when stopping into Sedona’s Goldenstein Gallery, among other beautiful Native American focused works.
James Ratliff Gallery
Location: 671 AZ-179, Sedona, Arizona
James Ratliff Gallery features some fantastic paintings, but those created by David K. John are remarkable. John crafts paintings that come from the realm of Navajo mythology, and his respect for nature, learned from his Medicine Man great grandfather.
David K. John shares: “My paintings are my own vision. And because so much is being lost with the passing of the older generations, I believe it is the role of the artist to communicate and teach the next generation.”
The colorful and dreamlike works of David K. John are now widely recognized throughout the United States. These paintings are the perfect reflection of color, history and nature for any Southwest living space.
For more information on these two galleries or more art gallery members of the Sedona Gallery Association, visit: http://www.sedonagalleryassociation.com/. Find information about 1st Friday in the Galleries as well as individual art gallery receptions for this monthly event.
If you are looking for a date night idea for your Valentine’s Day or even just a night to explore the arts with someone special; consider strolling around Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village of Sedona, Arizona, on Friday night, February 7th between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
A number of art galleries and stores within Tlaquepaque will be hosting something special in regards to love and the heart. Many of the stores will also offer wine, chocolate and will feature a special artist.
To begin, stop into the well-known Rowe Fine Art Gallery. Rowe Gallery will be celebrating “The Heart of Art” with artist Jen Farnsworth. With a focus on gratitude and love to art collectors, the show will be hosted by the owners of the gallery - Ken and Monica Rowe.
To add a little something extra, a chocolate fountain will be flowing at Rowe Fine Art Gallery, all night! Rowe Gallery can be easily found just beneath the iconic bell tower within Tlaquepaque.
Also within Tlaquepaque, The Gallery of Wholeness, Harmony and Radiance: A Honshin Fine Art Gallery, will be celebrating “The Original Valentine, from Natures Heart to You”.
Enjoy the “dance of life through art, science and nature and the oneness that is shared through our connections of the heart”, shares artist, Honshin.
Artwork in the form of jewelry, paintings, ceramics and paper will be on display and ready for art lovers to take home if they wish. Drinks and small bites will be served.
For more events taking place the night of February 7th, visit http://www.sedonagalleryassociation.com/1st-friday-in-the-galleries.html. Here you will find a listing of all Sedona Gallery Association member galleries and their reception information for 1st Friday in the Galleries.
Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village is not only a Sedona local favorite and visitor favorite, but people visiting the entire state of Arizona travel just to stop into this magical space. Full of shops, places to snack and eat – Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village is most well-known for its art galleries.
Although there are many exquisite art galleries within the Tlaquepaque walls, two of our favorites are: the Ascending Spirit Gallery: A Honshin Fine Gallery and Renee Taylor Gallery.
As the Ascending Spirit Gallery name suggests, to visit this space, you must ascend an adobe and tiled staircase to a beautiful studio overlooking the grounds of Tlaquepaque. With the belief that nature inspires art and art inspires science, artwork is portrayed through light, composition and color.
Gallery Co-Owner and artist, Honshin shares:
“Art tells a story and that changes our state of being to a higher state of health. Physically the immune system gets stronger, psychologically the feelings of peace and connection to others increases and this improves our health.”
The Ascending Spirit Gallery is located at: 336 State Route 179, Suite C-205 – within the beautiful walls of Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.
Also while in Tlaquepaque, you will probably catch sight of the Renee Taylor Gallery. Owners Mike and Renee Taylor have curated 40+ artist’s work within this colorful space. With a large selection of jewelry, there is no end to the amount of time you could spend perusing and exploring all of the works.
The staff members at Renee Taylor Gallery are very informative in helping you understand the art within the gallery, the jewelry stones in each piece and history on each artist. During Sedona’s 1st Friday in the Galleries event, Renee Taylor Gallery greets visitors and locals alike, during the hours of 5pm-8pm for a closer look at contemporary art, while enjoying cookies! Renee Taylor Gallery is located at: 336 State Route 179, Suite B124.
If you’ve visited Sedona or even reside in Sedona you know that the Art Scene is alive and booming. In this article we’ll share a few of our favorite Sedona, Arizona art galleries – maybe you’ve even stopped into one or more.
James Ratliff Gallery
The James Ratliff Gallery has been in business for over thirty years, and the owner, James Ratliff, has been working in the art industry for over fifty years. The James Ratliff Gallery is located within Hillside Sedona, a bustling shopping and art area great for exploring. James Ratliff Gallery’s owner has sold artwork crafted by some of art’s greats, including: Georgia O’Keefe and Zuniga.
Currently the James Ratliff Gallery features art in several mediums, including but not limited to: ceramics, paintings, watercolor and metal sculptures. The space is bright and colorful and the staff is always inviting and helpful. Stop in to find your next piece of great artwork.
The Gallery of Wholeness, Harmony and Radiance: A Honshin Fine Art Gallery
The Gallery of Wholeness, Harmony and Radiance is located within Sedona, Arizona’s Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. Full of artwork featuring ravens, cranes, cats and snakes, you will be inspired by the interconnectivity between all things nature. Artist, Honshin, began creating at the young age of five. Today, one can explore his paintings, jewelry, prints, sculptures and ceramics exhibited throughout the gallery.
The gallery also shows the artwork of a select network of other inspiring artists that also share the same interest in nature’s interconnectivity. The gallery itself is ever-changing. Whether you are in the area for Sedona’s 1st Friday in the Galleries event, or an average day during the week, we encourage you to stop in and explore this inspiring and colorful space.
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.
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