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Spires of sun-struck red rocks, fringes of green forest and eye-searing azure skies create an instant painting. Sedona, ever-changing in the light, has mesmerized artists for decades, challenging them to capture its splendor.
The dramatic setting has proven to be a powerful lure for artistic types who move to the region to live and work. Max Ernst, a surrealist painter, sculptor and pioneer of the Dada Movement, arrived in 1946. Egyptian sculptor, Nassan Gobran, along with a handful of local artists founded what would become the Sedona Arts Center in 1958. A group of western artists who were as handy with a horse as they were with a paintbrush—Joe Beeler, George Phippen and pards—sat in a local saloon one summer afternoon in 1965. There in a back booth over cold beers they formed Cowboy Artists of America.
That kind of diversity continues to fuel Sedona’s vibrant art scene. Today, Sedona is home to hundreds of artists of every medium and aesthetic bent. It is an arts community of ruggedly individualistic expression, from cutting-edge contemporary to visionary, Native American to modern realism. This robust level of cultural activity helped foster Sedona’s reputation as a destination. Sedona rivals Santa Fe in its richness of the arts.
A highlight of any visit to Sedona is prowling the 80-plus galleries and shops that showcase contemporary, representational and traditional artists who are known nationally and internationally. You’ll find the largest collection of galleries in Uptown and others strung along State Route 179 in such clustered concentration it’s become known as Gallery Row.
Visitors wanting to maximize their artistic explorations can time their visit. Every first Friday of the month, several of Sedona’s prominent art galleries host an evening of openings, demonstrations and receptions known as 1st Friday in the Galleries. Gallery patrons sip wine, nibble hors d’oeuvres and enjoy live music. The event is from 5-8 p.m. but often lasts longer because the locals tend to swoop in late. For more information and a map of participating galleries, go to the Sedona Gallery Association.
Every season brings another artistic gathering. Annual events include the Sedona Arts Festival, Sedona Plein Air Festival, and Sedona International Film Festival to name just a few. Sedona Arts Festival, a fair featuring both art and crafts, takes place every October. Proceeds support arts programming in the community and provides scholarships to students pursuing an artistic career.
With Hollywood’s long love affair with Sedona as a dazzling movie set, it’s no surprise that the Sedona International Film Festival has blossomed into one of the premier events on the celluloid circuit. Launched in 1995, the eight-day festival screens features, documentaries, shorts and animated films. Educational workshops are designed to teach and inspire burgeoning filmmakers. Guests and honorees have included some of Hollywood’s elite.
Even jet-setting celebrities appreciate a few days in Sedona.
Visionary paintings and spiritual portraits by an internationally known artist, teacher and writer with a master’s degree in art. She studied in Europe, taught art at Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum and University. Contact Celeste to purchase original painting or commission portraits.
The beauty of nature in a fusion of Eastern & Western perennial spiritual tradition. Local artists.
Sedona Philosophy Experience (SPEX) offers philosopher-led hikes and retreats among the majestic rocks of Sedona. Participants are encouraged to ponder, discuss, and compare ideas on life’s big questions, from our place in nature to the meaning of life.
Sessions are customized to fit each request. A family, romantic, or celebratory theme is set in a creative environment with art instruction based on your needs. You will create a piece of ceramic pottery or sculpture that will become a lasting memory. All pieces are shipped to you after firing.
Kelli Klymenko is an artist, storyteller, photographer, teacher, yogi, husband, father, science aficionado and free thinker experiencing life in one of the most inspiring and picturesque places on earth with his fabulous wife and children. Remember: grow; learn; conserve; preserve; create; question; educate; change; and free your mind.
A nonprofit educational & charitable group of 150 artists residing in the greater Sedona area. The organization’s goal is to foster interest in the visual arts. Activities include Annual Open Studio Tour, exhibitions, monthly meetings, mentoring program, scholarships, networking & social activities.
The Performing Arts Center is dedicated to performing arts education & excellence in the presentation of artistically & culturally diverse music, dance and theater. SPAC can be utilized for special event services by contacting, the Facility Use Coordinator at Sedona Red Rock HS at (928) 204-6700.
Sedona’s premiere arthouse theatre venue, operated by the Sedona International Film Festival. It presents daily films & special events including award-winning independent and foreign films from around the world, narrative features, documentaries and special shorts programs. Call or Visit website.
James Ratliff Gallery specializes in one of a kind contemporary fine art; paintings, sculpture, ceramics and jewelry. We offer excellent personal service as well as extensive service via our website. James Ratliff Gallery is celebrating 50+ years in the art business….30+ years in Sedona.
Lanning Gallery, founded in 1986, is Sedona, Arizona’s major Classic and Contemporary Fine Art gallery. Featured are: original oils, acrylics, exceptional sculpture, handmade hand-painted furniture and distinctive jewelry, all by world-renowned and cutting-edge emerging artists. Excellent service!
Sedona’s Premiere Music Duo & DJ’s who provide a HUGE variety of Shows, DJ Dinner & Dance Music for Corporate, Private & Holiday Parties, Weddings, Receptions. Also provides Murder Mysteries, “Ice Breaker” Character Acts for Cocktail parties including professional sound systems & Emcee services.
One of the finest galleries in the Southwest, boasting the largest collection of glass art in Arizona. We offer to the serious collector and casual admirer a unique selection of oils, original lithographs, sculptures, ceramics, glass and photography by local, regional and international artists including masters from Picasso and Chagall to Ries and Perry.
Kuivato Glass Gallery is one of the most visually exciting galleries in the country. The exceptional collection includes art glass, jewelry, and light sculptures by owner, Deanne Sabeck. Kuivato offers both the seasoned and beginning collector the chance to find something spectacular.
With a cozy atmosphere and frequent artist’s demonstrations, Rowe Fine Art Gallery is a Tlaquepaque art destination. Award-winning sculptor Ken Rowe, who has been sculpting lifelike bronze wildlife imagery for 23 years, owns the gallery along with his wife, Monica. Rowe Fine Art emphasizes contemporary and traditional southwestern paintings and bronze sculptures.
Love Africa Décor & Gallery proudly presents a selection of Colorful, Contemporary, Conversational and Collectable home wares, décor and gallery pieces sourced from Africa. We support artists, craftsmen and small businesses and our products are natural materials, by-products or recycled materials.
Chamber Music Sedona, “Magical Music in the Red Rocks” offers performances and residencies by world-class artists and ensembles September through May in the comfort and beauty of St. John Vianney Church. For detailed information visit www.ChamberMusicSedona.org or call 928.204.2415
A feast for your senses surrounds you at Hillside Sedona! You’ll find some of the most prestigious art galleries in the Southwest, award-winning dining, quality high fashion clothing, unique specialty shops, wine tasting from around the world, and distinguishing home decor.
John M. Soderberg, Ph.D., grew up in Asia and circled the world 8 times before graduating high school in Bangkok. He was exposed to the world’s great art from the time he could walk and has produced art from age 4. He has sculpted professionally in bronze, from miniature to monumental, for 40 years.
Become a Minister, Counselor, Life Coach, Healing Practitioner… 27 different Doctoral Specialties. Largest New Thought Metaphysical Denomination & Distance Learning University System. Active in over 120 countries. Self paced Home Study programs for Bachelors (Minister) thru Doctorates. Since 1959.
Over the years Bearcloud’s spiritual art has evolved as he follows the traditional Native American ways of his ancestors, the Ni-U-Kon-ska. His Gallery includes the finest quality jewelry, crafts and spiritual art from both local artists and Native Americans of varying tribes.
A lush gallery setting showcasing internationally recognized local and regional artists from many traditions including Native American. Discover eclectic and contemporary art in all media: paintings, sculpture, furniture, kaleidoscopes, folk art. Changing Exhibitions. Sculpture Garden.
We are 40 local artists with unique, original art and one-of-a-kind gifts. Designer Fashions, Jewelry, Mosaics, Glass, Gourds, Batik, Wood, Ceramics, Sacred Art, Fine Art, Photography, and more… Come meet the artists daily 10am-6pm and on 1st Friday art walks 5pm-8pm.
Sedona Arts Center is the heartbeat of the arts community in Sedona, nurturing creativity and artistic development for over 50 years. The Art School with its outstanding faculty is the Center’s core, offering classes, workshops, and field expeditions for all ages and all levels of ability. Two galleries at the Center offer the largest selection of works by talented local artists in a variety of styles and media; plus, private showings by individuals and annual exhibitions by large, state-wide organizations. Signature art events, such as the Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival held in October draws visitors from all over the world.
Founded in 1971, we are Sedona, Arizona’s destination art gallery for Native American and Southwest art. Featured are: paintings; sculpture in stone, bronze, steel and wood; Zapotec rugs; pottery; authentic Zuni fetishes and an extensive jewelry collection from top Native American jewelers.
A Sedona landmark since 1970’s, Tlaquepaque treats visitors to an excellent collection of over 40 galleries and shops bordered by four superb restaurants. Modeled after Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque offers outdoor dining as well as events, private parties and weddings. Open daily. Variety of shops & galleries.