One of the longest days of the year has just passed, and what better way to usher in summer than to celebrate nature and summer solstice.
Since prehistory, the summer solstice has been seen as a significant time of year in many cultures, and has been marked by festivals and rituals, typically with themes of religion or fertility.
What are some ways you can celebrate summer solstice?
Stop by the Vue Gallery in Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, Sedona, Arizona. Vue Gallery has some of the most unique and outstanding outdoor art sculptures that you will ever encounter. Celebrate nature’s elements with one of Lyman Whitaker’s famous outdoor wind sculptures. Sculptures are typically made of copper but also include steel and stainless steel. Sculptures range from five feet to twenty-eight feet in height. These beautiful pieces are titled with nature-loving names like: Agave, Bean Pole, Counterpoint and Desert Flame.
If you would prefer something that represents nature in the form of animals, artist Loet Vanderveen has a series of beautiful indoor bronze pieces such as “Affectionate Elephants”, “African Giraffe”, “Bear & Cub” and many more wonderful creatures of the wild.
Loet integrates his knowledge of Chinese glaze techniques and applies fine glazes to correct forms - which eventually lead to the creation of bronze animal forms.
Within the James Ratliff Gallery, honor fertility with imagery of the female. Artists Sylvia Ziontz’s work: “Nineofus”, “This is my Mood”, “Harlequin9” and “Three Maidens” emphasizes the fullness of the female figure and the female figure’s complex emotions. Sylvia Ziontz has earned praise for her varied body of work, ranging from expressionism, to bold abstracts, to pastel portraits, and lastly, sensuality and mischievous inventiveness. The James Ratliff Gallery is located at Hillside Sedona - 671 , Sedona, Arizona. How will you celebrate Summer Solstice?
Father’s Day is near and many are honoring their fathers with gifts or moments together. In Sedona, some artists remember and honor their fathers as an influence in their work. This is the case for Nicholas Kirsten-Honshin of Sedona’s Acending Spirit Gallery: A Honshin Fine Art Gallery.
Honshin started painting in his father’s studio at the age of five. His father, Daiensai Bonseki Dojin is a renowned artist and ordained Buddhist monk.
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Honshin not only took an interest in art, but also in Buddhism. He studied Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, art and language. With his skill and knowledge, Honshin moved to a secluded wilderness area in New Mexico where he could continue painting, studying and meditating. One of his first series of paintings celebrates math through geometry and the ancient way of the mandala.
Today, Honshin’s work is still highly influenced by his father and his own ancient Eastern spiritual practices of Tibetan Buddhism and Zen Buddhism. Honshin believes his work is a mythic amalgamation of ancient healing practices and the present trends in spirituality, science, and nature - resulting in a true fusion of East and West.
Honshin’s artwork is also viewable at The Gallery of Wholeness, Harmony and Radiance within Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, Sedona.
Navajo Artist David K. John who currently shows his work within the James Ratliff Gallery, was also influenced by a male figure in his family – his great grandfather. John, who grew up in Keams Canyon had the honor of having a grandfather who was a medicine man. John said his grandfather used to tell him,”Paint from your heart; don't just go along with the latest fad. Your art will last longer then."
Having spent many hours listening to the stories of his grandfather and their homeland, both have influenced John’s view on art and his work. After his grandfather passed away, John began his formal education by attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He also earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts from Southern Utah University.
John’s work today comes from his own inspiration and Navajo mythology. Living back in Keams Canyon, John uses the landscape and the stories to combine symbols and sacred information as a guide into his creations. John has won many awards for his paintings and masks.
David K. John’s work is viewable at the James Ratliff Gallery, located at 671 AZ-179, Sedona, Arizona.
When it comes to the art scene in Sedona, things are always changing. Genres, artists, mediums, concepts – coming and going. To find the newest artist or even your favorite artists’ latest works, be sure to take part in Sedona’s 1st Friday in the Galleries events. Here are just a few galleries that have a new influx of unique works.
ALT Gallery is owned by Mark Schrader, a professional purveyor of estate art who is always seeking out the latest, coolest pieces of art from around the world. If you are in need of a work that is unique and original, there is no better place to patronize than the ALT Gallery. Located at 2301 W. State Route 89A, Suite 102, Sedona, Arizona 86336, discover: pawn jewelry, vintage books that you probably never even knew existed, and one of the largest LP record collections in Northern Arizona. One can spend hours in this gallery looking through all of the latest treasures.
The Object of Desire Gallery at A Spa For You may also surprise you with the new pieces they are bringing into their space. Works of art change and expand during every 1st Friday in the Galleries event. The gallery, a natural extension of A Spa for You, focuses on interweaving concepts of “Art of the Body” and “The Body of Art”. Along with enjoying wonderful spa experiences, guests now also can take home a work of art as part of their remembrance.
During 1st Friday in the Galleries, A Spa for You totally metamorphosizes itself into The Object of Desire (PopUp) Art Gallery. The Spa and Gallery are located at 30 Kayenta Ct, Sedona, AZ 86336.
Near uptown, at the round-about, stop into the Goldenstein Gallery and discover their newest pieces to the gallery. Fresh experiences include Ben Wright’s piece ‘Rainbow Woman’, a mixed media work sized at 36” x 40”. If you love wildlife, Patricia A. Griffin just completed ‘Prescott’, an oil on Aluminum piece of work sized at 20” x 16”.
New and wonderful pieces of art can be found in almost all Sedona Gallery Association art galleries. Find a complete list of these galleries on the website at http://sedonagalleryassociation.com
Figurative art has been represented in many ways over time. Figurative art in abstract is that of when the figure is derived from or another natural source. Sources focused on are line, shape, color, light and dark, mass, volume, texture and perspective. Even when using abstract elements, the focus of creating an impression or illusion of form and space necessary to emphasize the creative narrative is portrayed.
Two specific figurative artists in Sedona who use sculpture as their medium, include James Moore with the Gallery of Modern Masters, and Shray, showing at the Renee Taylor Gallery.
Moore’s work is recognizable, as his figures stand tall and are somewhat boxy. Moore welds his sculptures from car metal and each character represents its own display of emotion. For example, in Balancing Act III, the stainless-steel character is holding three sequentially larger balls, high over his head. The sculpture is welded with structural aluminum base, coated in automotive paint and UV resistant protective clear coat. The figure stands over seven feet tall (91 inches) and makes a great presence.
Moore has been sculpting for over thirty years. He grew up in a rural agricultural town in central California. Moore states that his exposure in working the land gave him a strong worth ethic and endless fascination with the idea of human possibility. Starting with wood carving, Moore eventually changed to work with metals and stainless steel. Moore likes to utilize the rules of figurative proportion and balance while working in the essence of gesture and movement.
Moore’s work can be found within the Gallery of Modern Masters, located at Hillside Sedona (671 State Route 179, Sedona, Arizona).
Another notable figurative sculptor is Renee Taylor Gallery’s Shray. Shray was introduced to figurative sculpting at age fifteen after visiting the Louvre Museum in Paris. So moved by the Greek work “Winged Victory” she decided to dedicate her life to sculpting. With formal training at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Shray had the opportunity to mentor with the likes of Italy’s Piero Mussi, founder of the international renowned Mussi Artworks Foundry of Berkley, CA. Shray intensively studied the work of Rodin in Paris and her simplicity of form has been compared to that of Henry Moore, Rodin and Brancusi.
Shray’s bronze sculptures employ the rare art of subtractionism. Subtractionists find the form in the clay as opposed to placing clay over armature. Shray states, “I see the emotion in the form, the hard lines, the curves, and allow them to carry the human condition through and around the negative and positive spaces. I am concerned with the fine line between the individual and humanity and how to achieve this without succumbing to sentimentality. This is one of the great puzzles figurative sculptors face. My approach is to let the form carry the emotion.”
An intuitive artist, Shray’s sculptures never appear labored or forced. “While I work, I am able to see geometrically while recognizing a sense of humanity while pushing towards abstraction.”
In Shray’s bronze sculpture ‘Balance’, the bodies of two people embrace, melding into one. The work appears as if it naturally formed from the earth’s elements into the figures. This piece is 28" x 8" x 8" in size, and is a must see when in Sedona.
For more information about galleries and artists within the Sedona Gallery Association, visit our Gallery page.
It’s the perfect time of the year to stroll around Sedona and experience art. The flowers are all blooming, fruit trees are blossoming and the Spring breeze cools the desert air down just a bit. While there are a number of galleries in Sedona, many are within a short walking distance or car ride away from each other.
Rowe Gallery – “Mother Nature” This event will be taking place at the Rowe Gallery Space located in the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, Suite A102, May 3, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gallery owner Ken Rowe credits the event to his mom who was an amateur painter and lover of art. The “Mother Nature Event” will offer a variety of mediums including beautiful jewelry in a range of prices.
Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village – Tlaquepaque will be hosting a number of events throughout May and you can view these events on their Facebook page. One popular annual event is Cinco de Mayo. This event takes place on Sunday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free and you can enjoy music, dancing and all the festive colors Tlaquepaque has to offer.
Mountain Trails Gallery – Also located within Tlaquepaque, A201, an event titled “The Grand Canyon and Beyond” will be celebrated May 3, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Discover artists who continue to explore many deserts and canyons throughout the West.
Aurora Dora Gallery – Located in Uptown Sedona at 320 N State Route 89A, this gallery will be hosting the event, “Enlightened Art”. Photographer and artist Dora Redman will be displaying work with three stunning uses of backlit technology. Images are printed on three unique layers, bringing each image to its best quality.
Other galleries in Sedona, Arizona continue to list events as the month of May approaches. Be sure to visit the Sedona Gallery Association website and each gallery’s Facebook page for more May 2019 information.
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.
If you love art that is more abstract, maybe even modern, then look no further than the galleries of Sedona, Arizona. Almost every gallery in the Sedona Gallery Association has an abstract artist they represent.
To name just a few, start at the James Ratliff Gallery at Hillside Sedona. Ask to look at the works of Allen Dutton. Dutton is an Arizona native, and his grandparents were pioneers who came to Arizona when it was a territory back in the day. Dutton studied painting and sculpture at the Art Center School in Los Angeles where he earned a master’s degree in history.
Within the same gallery seek out the works of Tony Griffith’s, which is more poetic, and full of surrealism. Griffith takes his resin surface, then adds dimension of depth and vibrancy as if water is flowing over it.
Within Tlaquepaque, hidden near the creek, you will find Vue Gallery. Ask to see the work of Mike Elsass. By sanding and rusting sheets of metal, he explores new textures and then applies multiple layers of paint. Finishing the work with shiny or opaque gives the aging metal an almost mirror like affect. Although Elsass works with metal he is an artist who likes to absorb what is around him in the moment and then reinvent it. The desire to create a tri-dimensional effect in the tradition of chiaroscuro is also important to his technique.
Also working in metal within Vue Gallery is Childers-West, the two-person team consisting of Josiane Childers and Justin West. The two combine their education, talent and expertise to co-create metal sculptures. West loves steel for its strength and versatility and Childers has a degree in Fine Art, working with acrylics on canvas.
Driving back up toward uptown, at the first round-about, on your left is the Goldenstein Gallery. Artist Keith Schall has been presenting his abstract work for many years in Sedona. Shall states:
‘My art is abstract because it understands and reflects the real universe, not the one we see unaided but the one comprised of vibrating atoms, which includes the paint I use and the hand that holds the brush.’
Schall credits the themes for his work to Jazz music and literature, along with a bit of mythology. Schall’s inspiration and influence comes from French impressionists, Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp.
To discover modern and abstract art, explore all of the galleries within the Sedona Gallery Association.
Sedona’s art scene is popular, strong, and ever-growing. Strolling through Sedona, it’s difficult not to bump into a stunning gallery and be amazed at the work within. Besides that of the daily walk-through experience, Sedona Gallery Association takes part in a 1st Friday in the Galleries event each month. These events run three hours in length and are open to the public.
During the 1st Friday in the Galleries events, Sedona Gallery Association art galleries open their doors between the hours of 5pm and 8pm for art-lovers to: enjoy artwork, meet with local artists and nibble on small bites/drinks. This monthly event always draws a large crowd, and with the opportunity to meet local artists; purchasing art becomes much more personal.
On March 1, 2019 1st Friday in the Galleries, again, takes place in Sedona, Arizona. Be sure to stop into a few of these Sedona Gallery Association galleries to enjoy their receptions and take part in supporting the arts:
Rowe Fine Art Gallery opens with: “Ken Rowe: It’s a Wild Life.” Award-winning bronze wildlife sculptor Ken Rowe will be exhibiting a live sculpt of a surprise animal ambassador in the gallery’s courtyard during this unique show.
Visit Rowe Gallery under the Bell Tower within Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village – Sedona, AZ.
The Ascending Spirit Gallery: A Honshin Fine Art Gallery will be opening with “The Folding of Peace into the Heart of Spring.” Gallery artist Lou Adams will demonstrate the art of folding and unveil a new series of Origami jewelry. Call 928-282-5269 to reserve your space - - limited to 12.
Visit The Ascending Spirit Gallery within Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village – Sedona, AZ.
Turquoise Tortoise Gallery opens with “Native American Jewelry Showcase” to offer remarkable jewelry pieces by Master jewelers including: Danny Romero, Kenny Aguilar, Vernon A. Begaye, Veronica Yellowhorse and Cody Hunter.
Visit Turquoise Tortoise Gallery within Hozho Sedona – Arizona.
The Sedona Gallery Association is pleased to offer 1st Friday in the Galleries events on the first Friday of each month from 5pm to 8pm. For more information on the galleries that will be opening their doors for this event, visit: http://www.sedonagalleryassociation.com/1st-friday-in-the-galleries.html.
When it comes to photographers in Sedona, there is no lack of subjects nearby. The area is constantly a delightful compliment to the eye.
Many artistic photographers that exhibit their work in Sedona don’t just photograph the scenery around them. Many gallery artists are known for their talents from photographing subjects abroad.
One of the most well-known Sedona photographers is "Aurora" Dora Redman. Dora, who relocated from Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Alaska in 2001 and has been chasing and photographing Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) ever since.
"I never heard about the Northern Lights before I moved to Alaska. The first time I saw them it was love at first sight. That was it! From here on I knew what I wanted to do, I wanted to share the Auroras with the world and show them to everyone who doesn't have the opportunity to see the Northern lights. That's what I have been doing since."
Her creations can be seen on the Aurora Dora Gallery website, in many Lodges in Alaska and at her gallery, Aurora Dora, in Sedona, Arizona.
Within Goldenstein Gallery, see photographer and artist Betty Hum’s work. Hum has traveled the world extensively, especially Asia and Europe, which inspired her to make photography a creative endeavor. As an attorney, she refocused her lens in 2016 and has been also making room for photographing educational and community events for the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, including: artist residencies and master classes, arts enrichment events for educators, students, and seniors, hands on workshops, museum and other special events. In addition, she has provided photography for other non-profits.
Having been fascinated with the impact of light and movement, Hum finds this interesting juxtaposition worth photographing. In between practicing law, Hum took photography classes and workshops around the world to enable her to capture the feelings and motions of dance, birds, as well as other wildlife. In addition to paying closer attention to the motion of people and wildlife, Hum also said she has spent considerable time photographing birds and capturing their movement. Hums states that she could spend hours waiting and watching nature until her focus landed on a special moment.
Within ALT Gallery, you will also find works of artistic photographers. ALT Gallery is the premier secondary market art gallery in Northern Arizona and an amazing curation of all things artistic. Areas represented in the ALT Gallery collection are endless, and you will find yourself lost in the options of works few may have possibly ever seen.
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