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.
When visiting Sedona, Arizona, most like to experience the amazing art scene. It is often the case that there are just too many stops to make, and it can be difficult to fit them all into a short vacation. That’s why we recommend stopping into the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona. Here, you’ll find several stunning art galleries all in one place. Within Tlaquepaque you can dine, and also shop.
The Andrea Smith Gallery is right near the highway 89A entrance to Tlaquepaque. Stop in for a colorful array of wall art and our favorite – pocket shrines! Don’t be surprised if you find an artist working in or right outside of the gallery doors.
Stroll through Tlaquepaque’s beautiful ‘old Mexico’ feel to then visit Kuivato, A Creative Gateways Gallery; located near the central water fountain. Here you can get a taste of local artists to Sedona and Arizona. From glass, to functional art, to handcrafted silver jewelry – you just won’t want to miss this stop. There is also live music that often takes place near this gallery.
Travel through beautiful arched and tiled doorways to a vine covered oasis, where you will find Mountain Trails Gallery. Located in Sedona for over 30 years, this will be your best stop for landscapes, wildlife imagery and western artifacts.
Amongst the many other art galleries in Tlaquepaque, be sure to visit The Ascending Spirit Gallery: A Honshin Fine Art Gallery. Once you find this quaint space, you will have the opportunity to walk up a set of lovely tiled stairs looking over Tlaquepaque’s walls. Honshin’s work ranges from jewelry to vases to wall-art; from all backgrounds of religion and spirituality. You may even find yourself visiting on a day when Honshin is actually working within his on-site studio.
On the edge of Tlaquepaque you’ll find Vue, A Renee Taylor Gallery. Step into an installation of spinning wind sculptures, followed by animal sculptures that can be crafted to your exact color requests. Glass cases filled with jewelry also await you in this modern and contemporary space.
It’s difficult not to bump into a gallery In Sedona, especially if you’re stopping into the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. Also be sure to check the Tlaquepaque website for upcoming events such as: Day of the Dead Celebration (in fall), or Sweet Stroll (taking place during December).
For More Info on the Sedona Gallery Association visit: www.SedonaGalleryAssociation.com