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.