Mystical art is not too uncommon in Sedona, Arizona. Many art lovers frequent Sedona just for the purpose of purchasing something that “moves” them. Artists steeped in deep spiritual practices often reflect the depth of their experience in their art.
Artist’s in Sedona that have a long reputation for moving people deeply include that of: James N. Muir within the Goldenstein Gallery and Nicholas Kirsten-Honshin of The Gallery of Wholeness, Harmony, and Radiance: A Honshin Fine Art Gallery.
James N. Muir has been working in Sedona as an artist since 1980. In 1982 he opened a bronze casting foundry. Owning the foundry until 1988 has served Muir well as his sculptures are often larger than life. Muir has completed over 100 sculptures to date with over 60 life-sized sculptures. This doesn’t even include the monumental sculptures that dwarf the size of a human.
The monumental sculptures of James N. Muir are placed in public locations across the country and abroad. Smaller sculptures can be seen at Goldenstein Gallery near the ‘Y’ and Uptown Sedona, or even in Uptown Sedona along pedestrian areas. ‘Holy Grail’ can be viewed from Sedona’s Chipotle restaurant - and is quite unforgettable.
“The Holy Grail” represents the universal search for what already lies within, if we but only look to see our own reflection in the mirror of the Soul. -James N. Muir
For Muir, art has so much symbolic meaning that he can use his experience and his belief in the triumph of the Human Spirit to cast images that gather your highest inquiry.
Nicholas Kirsten-Honshin’s gallery, The Gallery of Wholeness, Harmony, and Radiance: A Honshin Fine Art Gallery is located within the Tlaquepaque. Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona, AZ. Nicholas Kirsten-Honshin has been deeply influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, Zen Buddhism as well as philosophies of Christianity and ancient Mesoamerican cultural practices. The end result is a wonderful mixture of myth, spirit and beauty. Fusion East and West, Science and Nature are all the result of living a life that combines these complex ideas and images together.
Honshin said he was also profoundly influenced by the Northwest Mystic School, a wonderful legacy passed down to him by his father, Daiensai Kuden Bonseki Dojin. His father, an acclaimed artist, surrounded Honshin with his art work as well as fellow artist works; giving him a unique perspective. So unique of a perspective, that he became an ordained Buddhist Monk, after the approval of two Zen Masters in Japan. The mediums Honshin works in expand through: painting, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry and poetry.
Listening to Honshin recite poetry occurs every first Friday of the Month, during the 1st Friday in the Galleries event by Sedona Gallery Association. These special art receptions give locals and Sedona visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while beginning their weekends with an exploration of Sedona’s exciting art scene.
It’s that time of year when the flowers are bloom, trees are budding and there is a slight breeze in the air. If you are in the mood for adding a little something extra to your yard, explore Vue Gallery, located within Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.
Vue Gallery, located near the creek and off of the main portion of the shopping area, can be seen due to its large number of stunning wind sculptures filling the exterior grassy space of the gallery. The wind sculptures are primarily created by artist Lyman Whitaker.
Whitaker is an internationally renowned sculptor who has been using his artistic ability to design Wind Sculptures since the 1980s. He describes his art work as kinetic. Many of his pieces are installed in public places and are difficult to miss. With the use of copper, steel and stainless steel, his metals are chosen for their appearance and durability.
While the sculptures are large, they are very responsive to the slightest breeze and yet…the sculptures hold up to heavy storms. The sculptures vary in size from 5 feet to 28 feet. One can install one sculpture or a grouping of many -
The Gallery of Modern Masters, located in the Hillside Sedona is also known for its beautiful and whimsical outdoor sculptures. Artist Andrew Carson designs gorgeous glass wind sculptures mounted on stainless steel poles. The swirly glass comes in a variety of colors and captures the sun and wind in all of its essence.
Carson said he “wants his sculptures to interact with people and solve riddles of landscape both interior and exterior.”
Sculptures can be used both indoors and outdoors. Each piece is fabricated by hand. Starting with a rough sketch, then moving toward an elaborate drawing, Andrew designs each piece with industrial and artistic processes.
To see Carson’s work, swing by the Hillside Sedona. You can’t miss these beauties as they grace the exterior of the Gallery of Modern Masters.
Sedona Gallery Association