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.
Sedona Gallery Association