Finding beautiful art in Sedona isn’t difficult to do with the amazing galleries located through the city. One location that is worth spending some time in is the Hillside Shopping Center located at 671 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ.
If you have entered Sedona from I17 and via Hwy 179, you have probably noticed the Hillside Shopping Center on the right side of the road, opposite that of Oak Creek. Within Hillside you will find these two treasured galleries, the James Ratliff Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Masters.
The James Ratliff Gallery is a place where you can find arts who have attained reputations nationally and internationally; and who are represented in both corporate and private collections as well as museums throughout the world. The James Ratliff Gallery is known for its extensive selection of original: watercolor, oil, acrylic paintings, bronze and stone sculptures, ceramics, mixed media and one-of-a-kind-jewelry.
James Ratliff has assembled an impressive roster of artists that represent the bold contemporary to eclectic and whimsical.
Owner, James Ratliff has been in the art business for some time. Ratliff owned the first art gallery on Scottsdale’s Main Street back in the 60’s. He then began taking art across the state of Arizona as part of the Arizona Arts and Commission on the Arts education program. Ratliff’s Sedona gallery has been in Sedona for over 30 years and Ratliff has become a trusted source for discovering quality artists. Ratliff is also known for selling popular pieces from that of O’Keefe, Calder, Gorman and Scholder – to name a few.
The James Ratliff Gallery is located at 671 Hwy 179, Suites A1 & A2 in Sedona in the Hillside Sedona.
The Gallery of Modern Masters, also located in the Hillside Shopping Center is owned by Jill and Zach Richardson. The couple have been principles of International Fine Arts, which sold to galleries from the Modern Masters of the 20th Century; such as: Picasso, Miro, Dali and Calder. The Gallery of Modern Masters represents exclusively masters. While more notorious modern masters are represented such as Dali and Picasso, other renowned artists are also represented, including glass artist Christopher Ries.
To appreciate the beauty this gallery offers is to visit it in person. The Gallery of Modern Masters is located at 671 State Route 179, Sedona AZ – Hillside Sedona
To learn about more art galleries located in beautiful Sedona, Arizona, be sure to visit the Sedona Gallery Association online for a complete listing!
In 1956, with a town of less than 400 people, an idea was born. That town was Sedona, and the idea was to make Sedona a place of artistic learning and creative expression. With an eye on Sedona’s potential, an Egyptian sculptor named Nassan Gobran (and other civic leaders) founded the Sedona Arts Center - with the hope of sharing their vision. The local ranchers, orchard workers and merchants that occupied Sedona joined in and a space was acquired in uptown Sedona. The space transformed a former apple orchard warehouse into an Art Barn.
Earning the interest of famous surrealist Max Ernst helped kick Sedona off as an artistic community. Max and his wife Dorthea lived in Sedona during the 40s and 50s where they created art. Pulling a small trailer, the couple would drive to New York with their pieces in the trailer that were destined for galleries. Both created numerous and important paintings while in Sedona including: Vox Angelica and Painting for Young People. Max also started his monumental sculpture Capricorn while in Sedona, which Nassan Gobran helped create molds from on their behalf. Many of Max’s pieces of art were first featured in the newly formed Sedona Arts Center, established by Gobran.
Today, the Sedona Arts Center continues its tradition of artistic learning and creative expression. A variety of courses are offered every year through its School of Arts. Classes encompass Art Workshops, Field Expeditions and Weekly Classes.
Weekly Classes are currently distributed to handful of categories that include: Ceramics & Sculpture, Painting and Drawing, Crash Courses, Summer Kids Camps, Art & Wine, Life Drawing and Private Classes which can range from creative journaling to iPhoneography.
To see finished pieces, the Sedona Art Center offers a gallery that represents over 110 local artists. This gallery can be visited Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If that’s not enough, the Sedona Art Center also has a number of annual events. This year will be the Community Plein Art Event on June 13 and Sedona Summer Colony, an individual residency for participants, that will occur between July 21 and August 11, 2018.
“The main objective for the summer colony continues to be to support the inspiration and creation of new artistic work and cultural content by providing undisturbed time, temporary living space, regular meals, and appropriate studio or work space. Due to the collective nature of a group residency with a shared campus and meals there is ample opportunity to foster new connections and dialogue creating opportunities for cross-disciplinary interaction and thinking.”
For more information about the Sedona Art Center, visit their website at http://sedonaartscenter.org
Perhaps you’ve made a purchase from a gallery in the past; or, perhaps you’re hoping to do so in the near future. Supporting artists and the galleries who display their work is not only a noble cause, but a way to collect and display pieces of art that represent you, a time in your life or your space.
When making a purchase at a gallery, there are a few tips that might make the experience more helpful, and possibly, even more enjoyable than it already would have otherwise been. When buying from a gallery, here are a few ‘tips from the pros’…
1. Shipping. If you’re visiting a gallery from out-of-town or out-of-state, it is most often the case that a gallery can ship your piece right to your home or office. Most buyers don’t want to deal with the hassle of taking art in a car or on a plane as they travel home. Therefore, most galleries take care of the heavy lifting for you! In some cases there may be a fee to send and insure your piece, while other galleries may include shipping with the purchase.
2. Commissions. Sometimes it’s the case that you find an artist that really speaks to you through their artwork. However, it may be that there either: isn’t a piece in your price range, or you might need a specific size piece for your space. Ask the gallery director or assistant if the artist takes commissions. Commissions is a fancy word for ‘custom pieces’. It is often the case that artists will consider crafting a piece just for you and your space – all you have to do is ask!
3. Choosing. Many individuals who are new to the world of buying art from galleries aren’t quite sure which piece to choose. Don’t worry – this is common! Some individuals will choose a piece by the size and where it will fit within their space, while others purchase functional art that they can imagine wearing or utilizing week after week. Our tip on choosing your art from a gallery is to select a piece that speaks to you.
Jennifer Aniston states, “…buy a piece of art if you HAVE to have it”.
If a piece of art moves you, strikes you as stunning or is just something you cannot live without – BUY IT. Art moves quickly through galleries, and new pieces replace the old day after day. Most piece of art are one of their kind, and will never be available again, once sold.
Feel confident buying art at a gallery with these tips from the pros. When in doubt, or when in question, always feel free to ask the staff at the gallery. Gallery employees are often art lovers, and know far more information than we can imagine, about each piece on display.
About the Author: The Sedona Gallery Association is a coalition of Sedona, Arizona’s preeminent galleries, featuring both emerging and internationally recognized artists. To learn more, or to visit galleries within the Sedona Gallery Association, visit: www.sedonagalleryassociation.com.