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.
Sedona Gallery Association