This is the first in a series of infrequent articles highlighting the arts community of Sedona, Arizona.
It doesn’t take long to figure out that fine art is not in short supply in Sedona. As you drive through the city’s main thoroughfare on State Route 89A, it becomes quite evident that there is a profound respect not only for nature’s creations but also for those that are meticulously crafted by the hands of men.
One of the first things that you notice, besides the beautiful red rock formations (of course), is the inordinate number of art pieces sitting in full view for everyone’s enjoyment on the city’s street corners and side streets. Usually, these pieces can be found right outside either one of Sedona’s massive number of art galleries.
It’s the perfect blend of aesthetics that makes the city that much more wondrous if that’s even possible. Yet, somehow it is. The city boasts at least 50 fantastic galleries which house an amazing array of sculptures, paintings and southwestern artifacts.
I decided to take a walk outside of my hotel room to pay a visit to an art gallery that was literally steps away on the right. Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art was more like a 3 dimensional fantasy where every thing that you loved about art was staring back at you in living color. I was literally on sensory overload. There were so many things vying for my attention that I had to stand still for a moment and get it together. It was overwhelming and dramatic and uplifting.
I spent a good two hours taking in every shape, color and meaning that this showcase offered its visitor. There was ample seating for those who wanted to sit and ponder on the rather high price tags that went upward in the million dollar range. There were sculptures made out of various media, glass art that shone like the morning sunrise, intricate jewelry that honored indigenous cultures, Oil Paintings that told stories of the old Southwest that you couldn’t wait to listen to. This is just a small sampling what I got to experience.
Sunriser 2 by Sculptor Bobbie Carlyle is a study in dramatic poise.
All three of these Wind sculptures are by the artist Mark White. On the left is Flame 3 Blade, the center one is the only one of his sculptures I couldn’t identify and the one on the right is called Wind Ripples.