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Tlaquepaque’s Day of the Dead Celebration: October 28 to November 2nd

Tlaquepaque Dia de los MuertosOn November 1st and 2nd all across the nation people of all ages and backgrounds will gather to remember loved ones in outrageously imaginative celebrations of Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. Once confined to countries South of the Border, the Day of the Dead is trending mainstream in the US and becoming enormously popular. Over the last three years Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village has honed its own special multi-day celebration of Dia de los Muertos, from Tuesday October 28th to Sunday November 2nd and everyone is warmly invited! Admission is free and for those coming Saturday, November 1st, free trolley service will be available from the Uptown municipal parking lot.

Come see dramatic, story-telling fire dancers accompanied by the exciting musical ensemble, DiVom, amazing aerial silk artists, jugglers, ghoulish stilt walkers and folks decked out in outlandish Day of the Dead costumes and traditional Muertos painted faces. Heart-pounding flamenco music and dancing, traditional Mexican fare and themed face painting are all part of the weekend celebration Saturday and Sunday November 1st and 2nd.

To set the mood for the weekend and to express love and appreciation for those who have passed on be sure to take part in the Marigold Mural Project – the creation of a 26 x 6 foot colorful mural of remembrances, now in its third year and growing in popularity. Murals from the last two years will also be on display. The project kicks off the Day of the Dead events and activities on Tuesday October 28th at 11:00 am in Tlaquepaque’s Calle Independencia.

FacepaintingThis year’s cultural ritual from Mexico is designed to be engaging and participatory at Tlaquepaque where everyone can join in on this centuries-old observance. Traditionally Dia de los Muertos often starts weeks in advance where families gather creating special shrines in the home, preparing personal offerings or offrenda, and baking Pan de Muerto, special Day of the Dead bread, Sugar skulls, candles, cempasuchil flowers, paper mache skeletons and plates with the favorite foods of relatives who have passed are also part of the observance. It is believed that the spirits consume the essence and the aroma of the foods that are offered. When the spirits depart, the family, friends and neighbors that remain share the food together in celebration. Symbolic offerings of real things and past times that the loved one enjoyed in life are placed on the handmade altar as well.

Day of the Dead Activities and Entertainment
Marigold Mural Project runs from October 28th and concludes Sunday, November 2nd at the close of the Dia de los Muertos celebration. Come to Calle Independencia in the arts village from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Paint and brushes will be provided as well as guidance from Lovejoy, the gifted artist and muralist painter of the striking garlands and skulls framing the 26-foot mural. “For the last two years the outpouring of emotion and love as people paint their messages of remembrance to those who have passed on has been so moving,” reports Wendy Lippman, Resident Partner and General Manager of Tlaquepaque. “We expect the turnout to be even bigger this year, so be sure to find space on the mural. You don’t need to be artistic. Just come and add something personal to the mural. It’s is a way to create something inspiring, wonderful and lasting as a community,” says Lippman.

Violinist at TlaqupaqueOfferings and Celebration
Saturday and Sunday (November 1st and 2nd) is a time of offering and celebration. The talented event production team, Showstoppers, will once again be transforming Patio Del Norte and, this year, Patio de las Rosas next to the Secret Garden Cafe. The main fountain in patio del Norte will be adorned with autumnal decor of rusts and golds. Beautifully articulated altars in both Patio del Norte and Patio de las Rosas creates an inviting ambience, encouraging everyone to bring offrenda of photos and objects of remembrance of loved ones no longer here. Traditional Day of the Dead cakes, cookies, time-honored fare, and more will all be part of the festivities. Dia de los Muertos costumes and a little attitude are encouraged…and don’t forget your camera!

Entertainment Saturday and Sunday, November 1st and 2nd: flamenco music, fire dancing, aerial silks, face painting and more…

Musical entertainment during Dia de los Muertos Celebration is high-energy and high drama. And it happens both nights! DiVom, lead by pianist and composer David Vincent Mills and his troupe, will beguile with their primal fire dancers. Performing “Carnaval de la Vida,” a fusion of theater, fire and dance, it is totally original and enthralling! Jugglers, stilt walkers, aerial artists with their breathtaking show is all happening along in Calle Independecia from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Ready for more? Sedona’s own Eric Miller, brings his high-flying flamenco guitar feats to Patio del Norte from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Drew Bennett, Grammy-nominated flamenco guitarist, and Native American flutist will be performing in Patio de las Rosas between the Oak Creek Brewery & Grill and Secret Garden Cafe from 4:30 to 8:00 pm each night. And be sure to check out Gaetano and Friends, a Tlaquepaque Fiesta favorite, delivering exhilarating flamenco guitar music and dance in Patio de las Campanas from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

When you work up an appetite from all the excitement enjoy scrumptious South of the Border fare and beverages from Tlaquepaque’s El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano, in their outdoor booths along Calle Independencia. STAR Seeds will have a tent with delicious nut butters and sinfully special chocolates on hand for your pleasure!

Finally, to really get into the spirit of Dia de los Muertos be sure to head to the free face painting area in Calle Independencia to be made-up in the over-the-top designs of Day of the Dead, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Day of the Dead arts and crafts will be available as well. And don’t forget to get a jump on holiday shopping by visiting Tlaquepaque’s artful boutique shops and world-class galleries.

Home to more than 47 shops and galleries and four restaurants, Tlaquepaque, the Art and Soul of Sedona, now in its 41st year, is located at 336 State Route 179 in Sedona, Arizona. It is open daily at 10:00 am. For more information call (928) 282-4838, visit:

26th Annual Safe & Fun Trick or Treat in Uptown Sedona

Halloween in Uptown SedonaAll good ghouls, goblins and ghosts are welcome for “Spooktacular” festivities in Uptown Sedona on Halloween, October 31st, from 5 to 8 pm. Treats are available at storefronts all along the sidewalks and plazas of “Main Street” (SR 89A & The Shops at Hyatt Pinon Pointe) in Uptown, thanks to the merchants. Storefronts are decorated and costumed employees and owners add to the celebration. Sedona Fire District will give away glow bracelets to promote “Be Safe, Be Seen” and Sedona Police Department will be on hand to help keep it safe.

“Thriller – Ghost Rave” dance performances will take place from 5 to 8 pm at C-Market, on the corner of SR 89A & Jordan Road. Prepare to be mesmerized by these dancers from the local community coordinated by Martha Edwards, all generously donating their time and talent.

Parking is available in Sedona’s Public Parking Lot on Schnebly Road, all along SR 89A and in parking lots at plazas and shops in the area. This free event is made possible by the generosity of all the participating merchants and coordinated by Sedona Main Street Program.

So don your costumes or come as you are for this howling good time! Contact 928.204.2390 Monday-Friday or visit

GumptionFest VII issues call for artists, volunteers and vendors

GumptionFest, Sedona’s largest free, community arts festival takes place along Coffee Pot Drive in West Sedona on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14, 15 and 16.

GumptionFest VII: A New Hope is opening the call to all artists who want to participate. Performers should contact GumptionFest organizers now to voice their interest in performing. The deadline for all performers to get in is Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Vendors are also invited to come to display and sell their wares to the estimated 1,200 attendees.

This year’s festival is expected to be the biggest ever, expanding from the main stage at Oak Creek Brewing Co. to other locations along State Route 89A: Olde Sedona Bar & Grill, Szechuan Martini Bar, Heart of Sedona coffee shop, outside New Frontiers Natural Marketplace and the outdoor stage at the Old Marketplace.

The festival features some of the most well-known names in the Sedona and Verde Valley as well as regional artists from Flagstaff and Phoenix, and other performers from Kingman and Los Angeles. The artists include singers, songwriters, performance poets, rock bands, painters, sculptors and fire-spinning performance artists. Poets are welcome to compete in the fourth annual Haiku Death Match poetry slam.

However, what makes GumptionFest unique among Arizona arts festivals is that anyone who wants to play music, perform poetry, display art or dance is eagerly invited to participate. Talent levels are not important: participants range from full-time professional artists and musicians and published poets to recreational artists, part-time photographers and those who pen poems in private journals.

Youth and teen artists are strongly encouraged to participate whether they aim to become professional artists as adults or just create art, write poetry or play music to pass the time.

The GumptionFest VII kickoff party begins Friday, Sept. 14.

GumptionFest VII officially starts on Saturday, Sept. 15, with performances all day long. GumptionFest VII Day Two continues the party on Sunday, Sept. 16, with a whole new lineup.

Volunteers are also still needed this year, so even those who don’t play an instrument, paint, sculpt or write poems can help and be a part of one of the largest free arts festival in Sedona.

Organizers for GumptionFest VII: A New Hope invite visual artists, photographers, dancers and dance troupes, musicians, bands, theater groups and poets who want to be a part of the festival for either one, two, or all three days to attend and spontaneously create or perform.

To participate, volunteer or contribute as a sponsor, contact or visit or GumptionFest on Facebook.


Sixth Annual Sedona Bluegrass Festival: May 30 – June 3, 2012

Tim O'Brien and Bryan SuttonGrammy Award winning Bluegrass titans Tim O’Brien and Bryan Sutton, an exciting new group The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, the ever popular Muskellunge Bluegrass, and rising stars Run Boy Run are the featured performers for the sixth Sedona Bluegrass Festival.

This year’s Sedona Bluegrass Festival will once again be held at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa – Creekside. Come and enjoy an afternoon of great Bluegrass in this spectacular setting on the bank of Oak Creek in the middle of Sedona.

Performance schedule:

12:00 – 1:15  Muskellunge Bluegrass
1:45 – 2:15  Sleepy Man Banjo Boys (set 1)
2:30 – 3:45  Run Boy Run
4:00 – 4:30  Sleepy Man Banjo Boys (set 2)
4:45 – 6:00  Tim O’Brien & Bryan Sutton

For more information, visit



Create your own Victorian style greeting cards at Sedona Heritage Museum, Feb. 14th

Lynda Shephard and Joyce Knapp will offer a workshop on creating Victorian style greeting cards at the Sedona Heritage Museum on Monday, Feb. 14, at 11:00 a.m. Participants will be able to make their own cards featuring sentimental verses, then embellish them with pearls, lace, vintage photos, and more. These cards can be made for many occasions- Valentine’s Day, Easter, birthdays, and would be especially appreciated on Mother’s Day. Attendance is limited, so call now to reserve your place. The fee is $5 per person. RSVP required.

The Verde Valley Woodcarvers will also be on hand demonstrating their craft. There is no fee for this demonstration.

“Monday at the Museum” is a workshop/ demonstration held every Monday; please call for a current schedule. The Museum is always looking for participants who are willing to share their knowledge of “old time” crafts and skills. For details, call Kathie Hamblen at 282-7038.

The Sedona Heritage Museum is located in Jordan Historical Park, 735 Jordan Road; public parking is ½ block north of the Museum entrance. The Museum is open daily, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; admission is separate.

Sedona Heritage Museum

POBox 10216

Sedona, AZ 86336

Sedona Winefest – September 25th and 26th 2010

The entry fee of $12.00 will include an 18-ounce commemorative Winefest glass and 6 tasting tickets

The weekend of September 25 and 26 will be a busy one at the Sedona Airport. Sedona Fair, Inc, the non-profit, which produced the Sedona Community Fair in 2008 and 2009, will produce the 2010 Sedona Winefest on the last weekend of September, from 11am to 6pm on Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday. The event will be located on airport
mesa, taking advantage of the substantial parking available at the airport, as well as spectacular views. The airport’s traditional airport open house and fly in, and the classic car show will join the Winefest but will only be held on Saturday, the 25th. The full scale Community Fair will return in September 2011 after the new airport restaurant has been
built and is open to the public.

The two-day wine festival, which celebrates the wine growing industry of Arizona, particularly the wineries in the Verde Valley, is being sponsored by Sedona Airport as a community service. The Sedona Winefest will feature great wines from 13 Arizona wineries. The entry fee of $12.00 will include an 18-ounce commemorative Winefest glass and 6 tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets will also be available, and attendees will have the opportunity to purchase wine by the case, bottle and by the glass from participating wineries.

Patrons will delight in tasting wines from Freitas Vineyard, Javelina Leap, Caduceus Cellars, Merkin Vineyards, Jerome Winery, Bitter Creek Winery, Page Springs Cellars, Arizona Stronghold, Alcantara, Pillsbury Wine Co., Oak Creek Vineyards, Juniper Well Ranch Vineyards, & Carlson Creek Vineyard. The popular wine lovers magazine, Arizona Vines & Wines, will be on hand as well as an olive oil tasting booth and several vendors to enhance your wine experience. There will be a raffle both days, including prizes from participating wineries and local restaurants.

The Sedona Arts Center will be also host an adjacent pavilion with their “Artists in Action” program – where over a dozen artists who are also instructors at the art center demonstrate their artistic skills, Visitors will be able to join in and get on the pottery wheel to see if they can create a masterpiece.

The Sedona Winefest pavilion will include a food court with a variety of menu items and snacks throughout the day. Food providers for 2010 are Dahl and DiLuca and the Grille at ShadowRock at the Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa. There will be an area for patrons to sit, sip wine and enjoy food and live music. Scheduled on Saturday is Steve Douglas’ gypsy jazz trio, ZAZU, and on Sunday, patrons will enjoy the popular trio Soundscape Sedona, featuring Susannah Martin.

Families take note: On Saturday, September 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the airport will also host the annual airport open house and fly-in and the classic car show. Included in this wonderful family event will be the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor aircraft which is only one of 5 such aircraft still flying in the world. Rides on the Tri-Motor will be offered for $60 a person. Other aircraft, including 4 brand new, state of the art airplanes representing the best of American aircraft manufacturers will be on display. The Sedona Car Club will once again host their competitive 100+ car show with car buffs from around the state
completing for prizes for best of show. This event ends on Saturday, Sept 25 at 2 p.m. The Sedona Winefest is both days, Saturday September 25 from 11 AM to 6 PM and Sunday September 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Sandy at or visit

Sedona’s Holiday Events – From Luminarias to Lights!

Red Rock Fantasy at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa
Red Rock Fantasy at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa

Sedona is one of the most enchanting places to celebrate the holiday season. Annual events draw thousands each year to create family traditions & memories that will last a lifetime. Sedona’s moderate climate boasts temperatures in the mid-50’s to low-60’s making outdoor and indoor activities enjoyable year-round. Just be sure to pack a jacket to wear after the sun goes down. From the lighting of over 6,000 luminarias at beautiful Tlaquepaque to the lighting of over 1 million Christmas lights at Los Abrigados nightly, make some memories with your family this holiday season here in beautiful Sedona.

Red Rock Fantasy at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, Nov. 19 – Jan. 2, 2010

One of the city’s most spectucular annual events is the Red Rock Fantasy at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa. Now in its nineteenth year and boasting nearly two-dozen displays created by families from the Southwest, the festival promises never-before-seen marvels of light that leave children in wonderment and move adult minds to enjoy the holidays as they did when they were young. That’s the magic that has made Red Rock Fantasy a favorite among Arizonans and visitors to the state alike.

Lights On for the 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy will take place this year at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2009. The event will last through the New Year, ending with “Lights Out” on Saturday, January 2, 2010.

All those touring the lights will be given a ballot containing a route map, which will allow them to choose five favorite displays. The completed ballots may be dropped in the ballot box located in the lobby of the restaurants. The winning display will be awarded a lifetime vacation ownership through ILX Premiere Vacation Club with prizes also going to runners up in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place categories. The Red Rock Fantasy Awards Banquet announcing the winners in every category is Saturday, January 9, 2010 beginning at 6:30 pm. In addition to the annual competition amongst display decorators, ILX Resorts Incorporated will continue the tradition of donating a percentage of proceeds to local schools, charities and nonprofits.

ILX Resorts wants to thank the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and City of Sedona for pledged safety during this year’s annual event. It is because of them Red Rock Fantasy has been and continues to be a success.

The festival is open each evening (weather permitting) from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for children aged 4-12 and is complimentary for children 3 and under. Blocks of 20 tickets or more are sold at a discounted rate of $4 per person. For more information, call 928-282-1777 or toll free 800-521-3131.

For more information please call (928) 282-1777 or visit our web site at For bulk ticket information, contact Deb Hawthorne, Accounting Manager, Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, at (928) 282-1777.

cactusThe Festival of Trees, Tlaquepaque, Nov. 27

A new and exciting event opens at Tlaquepaque on Friday, November 27, 2009 – The Festival of Trees. Area artists and galleries will have over 30 Christmas trees fully decorated in fun and exquisite ways to entice the guests of Tlaquepaque. Kick of your holiday season with a beautiful themed tree already pre-decorated…The trees will be on display on throughout the courtyards of Tlaquepaque accompanied with silent auction bid sheets. Viewers may visit Tlaquepaque and check their bids through 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 6th. The proceeds from this Holiday event will benefit The Humane Society of Sedona, Toys for Tots, Camp Soaring Eagle and the Desert Star Community School. For additional information please contact Mally Paquette at (928) 592-2177.

Friday, November 27: 10:00am The Art Inspired Tree Display Opens

Wednesday, December 2: 1-3pm Pet Photos with Santa to benefit the Humane Society of Sedona

Saturday, December 5: 1-3pm “Kids Be a Star”. Make ceramic holiday gifts sponsored by Imagine Art in Sedona

Saturday, December 5: 5-7pm Holiday Reception Under the Stars

Sunday, December 6: 4pm The Auction Closes

  • Date Details: Friday, November 27 through Sunday, December 6, 2009
  • Phone: (928) 592-2177

The Festival of Lights at Tlaquepaque
The Festival of Lights at Tlaquepaque

The Festival of Lights at Tlaquepaque, Dec. 12

It’s hard to describe what it feels like to be in the midst of 6,000 golden-hued luminarias that punctuate every wall, balcony, patio and cobbled stone walkway in the arts village. If ever there was a place for bedazzlement and holiday wonder, the 36th Annual Festival of Lights at Tlaquepaque is it.

Everyone — the young, young at heart and revelers everywhere — is invited to the holiday celebration on Saturday, December 12th, 2009 from 3:00 to 8:00 pm. Admission is free, as is the Sedona Trolley service from the uptown Municipal parking lot to Tlaquepaque, available throughout the festival hours.

For many the lighting of a luminaria has a special significance. Now a Tlaquepaque tradition for six years, cancer survivors are honored and those that lost their lives to cancer are remembered as friends and families dedicate a luminaria in their name. Donations to help fight the disease are gratefully accepted by the American Cancer Society. The sponsored luminarias will their special messages are then placed around the fountain at Patio del Norte. “This can be a challenging time of year for many families. We want to especially remember those that are heroically fighting cancer or who overcame it… as well as those who did not. In a small way we pause to acknowledge them at this special time of year,” said Wendy Lippman, general  manager and managing partner of Tlaquepaque.

At 5:00 pm candles will be handed out to everyone. Kids, parents grandparents and visitors from all over love to light their candles and place them in the luminaria bags. Not long after, the stunning spectacle of light, over 6000 luminarias is complete.

The weekend event will kick off the night before with popular singer Ron Tolson whose deeply melodic baritone voice will fill the Tlaquepaque Chapel on Friday, December 11th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

On Saturday starting at 3:00 pm gather the kids in Patio Del Norte to see the arrival of Santa Claus and his elf, accompanied by Christmas favorites sung by Sedona’s Tom and Shondra. The Chavez Jazz Trio with Frankie Chavez, accomplished drummer and percussionist, will perform from 5:30 to 8pm in Patio Del Norte.

At Plaza de la Fuente from 5:30 to 8:00 pm listen to the heart-pounding, uplifting vocals and perfect harmonies of the 60-person River of Life Tabernacle Choir. Astounding in their mastery of song, their repertoire is both traditionally seasonal and inspiring gospel.

Traditional Christmas music delivered with the upbeat sounds of steel drums, marimba and more by percussionist Paul McDermand will thrill the crowds in Patio de las Campanas from 3:00 to 8:00 pm. At the Chapel from 4:00 to 5:30 pm be sure not to miss Sedona’s Jim Buchanan and stay for the Leman Music Ensemble from 6-8pm, performing traditional Christmas favorites.

It wouldn’t be a traditional Tlaquepaque event without the Roaming Mariachis Familia Rojas – a big hit from the Fiesta, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Carolers will stroll throughout the village during the afternoon to round out the holiday cheer.

Home to more than 40 shops and galleries and four restaurants, Tlaquepaque, the Art and Soul of Sedona, now in its 37th year, is located at 336 Highway 179 at the Oak Creek Bridge just south of 89A on Highway 179. It is open daily at 10:00 am. For more information call (928) 282-4838, visit:





 November 1st, 2009 (Sedona, AZ) – On Saturday, November 7th, children, parents, grandparents and champions for children will stroll across the country and here in Sedona as part of a grass roots effort The Champions for Children’s Health Stroller Brigade. On November 4th, the first Stroller Brigade will storm the nation’s capitol with a series of nationwide brigades to follow throughout the weekend. Hundreds of thousands of “Champions for Children” will stroll simultaneously in numerous cities across the country to make their voices heard for all of America’s children. This nationwide event, coordinated by the Children’s Defense Fund, has received national publicity. Organizers hope to send a strong and clear message to Congress and President Obama that real health reform for children means accessible, affordable and comprehensive health coverage for all children—no matter where they live.

Congress is currently debating health reform legislation that could leave millions of children worse rather than better of and fails to fix bureaucratic, unfair barriers to care. The CDF mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF provides a strong, effective and independent voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves.

Although there is a strong safety net for children in this country, which includes Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), millions of children are consistently falling through the cracks. The health care system for children desperately needs to be strengthened and simplified. There are more than 8 million uninsured children in America – that’s one in ten. More than 2,200 children are born uninsured every day. Millions of families are losing employer-based coverage, struggling to afford health insurance premiums, or facing medical bills they can’t pay. Currently, two-thirds of uninsured children are eligible but complicated enrollment processes are slowing down the progress towards healthier children.

CDF is working with several national partners and has convened hundreds of groups and secured endorsements from almost 1,300 organizations representing more than 60 million people throughout the United States to champion principles for children and pregnant women. Guarantee every child and pregnant woman comprehensive health and mental health coverage this year – join the Sedona Stroller Brigade or go to right now and click on “Take Action” to send a letter to your Congressman or Congresswoman showing your support of our nation’s children.  

The Sedona Stroller Brigade will begin at Sunset Park, located at 205 Sunset Dr., at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 7th. Please join your community members in showing support for children’s health – you don’t have to have a stroller or a child to participate! Supporters will meet at Sunset Park at 10:30 am and stroll at 11 a.m. to the intersection of Highway 89A and Sunset Drive then down to the intersection of 89a and Shelby Drive. Please bring family, friends, strollers, & walking shoes. You may also bring a sign to carry with a message personal to you. For more information please call Jessica Wrubel at 928-300-9684, visit or 

New Sedona Gallery “Spirit of the Andes” Featuring World-Renowned Artist Mamani Mamani


Visit one of Sedona’s newest galleries, The Spirit of the Andes at Hillside Sedona, this Sunday November 1st from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a special exhibition of world-renowned artist Mamani Mamani’s extended collection. Mamani Mamani has traveled all the way to Sedona from Bolivia for this exhibit and will only be here through Sunday so don’t miss this rare opportunity to view his full collection of original luminous oils and pastels.

mamani11I had the pleasure of meeting Mamani Mamani this afternoon when I visited the gallery for the first time and I was quite taken aback by his genuine character and sincere humility about his artwork and his time in Sedona. He has done more than 52 exhibitions since 1983 and has earned many awards, tributes and accollades both nationally and internationally yet he greeted me like an old friend. Within moments of meeting me and learning just a little bit about me (I told him that I’m 5 & 1/2 months pregnant with a little boy), he disappeared inside the gallery for a moment and came back out with a small bookmark imprinted with the image of one of his paintings. On the bottom of it, he wrote in spanish “May all the energy of the sun be with your son.” I was so sincerely touched.

His artwork speaks to me as much as our brief interlude did. Living in one of the art mecca’s of the southwestern region, I have laid my eyes on countless works of art created by some of the world’s best artists. I’ve seen art in Sedona that I’ve never seen anywhere else in the world, I’ve admired countless paintings, sculptures, oils, pastels and mixed media pieces I would gladly take home and hang on my wall if I could…and I truly have not seen anything like Mamani’s work. It is so bright and vibrant yet rich and deep all at once. Walking into The Spirit of the Andes, you are greeted by his intensely uplifting pieces, bold use of color, geometrical shapes and figures. Warmth, love and hope radiate from each piece and you can’t help but feel happy just looking at them because they are so full of life and energy. Of all the pieces hanging (which were only a mere percentage of his full collection to be shown on Sunday) my favorite were the Mother and Child pieces. I was also suprised to see that his artwork was so well priced considering it’s beauty and his reputation – they even have prints available for as little as $150-200.


Jaqueline Conley of La Paz, Bolivia will also be showing her lustrous alpaca and silk clothing hand sewn with many of Mamani Mamani’s designs. A delicate and ornately woven peacock covered the back of a black silk shawl that took my breath away imagining the time and work that went into creating it. Several other designs were just as stunning combining the bold vibrance of Mamani’s work with fashion and flare.

You are in for a real treat if you can attend this special showing at The Spirt of the Andes. Even you can’t make it on Sunday, stop in and meet this lovely family, the Montenegro’s, sometime. I am certain you will be as touched as I am by their generosity of spirit, friendliness and character, not to mention their beautiful new gallery!

Spirit of the Andes is located at Hillside Sedona, 671 Hwy 179 Suite A-ST6. For further information call (928) 496-0234.

Divine Wine & Good Karma FUNdraiser 11/7 at Sedona Community Center

Rendering of The Church of Shambhala Vajradhara Maitreya Monastery. A FUNdraiser will be held November 7 at the Sedona Community Center to raise funds for the construction of this new monastery.
Rendering of The Church of Shambhala Vajradhara Maitreya Monastery. A FUNdraiser will be held November 7 at the Sedona Community Center to raise funds for the construction of this new monastery.

Good Karma Construction ~ Building a Blueprint for Ecological and Self-Sustainable Living!

A Sacred Site that promises to be a stunning showpiece of ecological and self-sustaining living for the future is currently being built in Northern California by a non-profit charitable organization based here in Sedona at the Buddha Maitreya Shambhala Meditation Center, Hillside.

The Project is called “The Church of Shambhala Vajradhara Maitreya Sangha Monastery & Soul Therapy Retreat Center”. It is being built in a pristine, secluded area of great natural beauty, on an old volcanic mountain in Lake County. It overlooks Clearlake the oldest natural lake in North America and the 2nd oldest lake in the world.

The construction consists of a central 51⁰ white pyramid with capstone and six surrounding ‘monolithic’ domes creating a sacred geometric form as seen throughout nature and holy sites across the globe. Each of the surrounding domes is enclosed within a 51⁰ pyramid individually making not only the center pyramid but also all six domes into pyramids – the most powerful structure for meditation and self-realization. The project is designed to be a prototype of advanced, ecological living and sacred geomantic design. It is a sacred site for personal and planetary healing – blessing the land to heal the nations – and its unique, earth-friendly architectural design is built to last 1000 years.

The complex will incorporate solar and wind technology (4 wind turbines are already functioning), recycling and water conservation principles, hybrid and electric transportation, along with aquaponic and organic food cultivation, and the practice of right exercise and diet as an example of healthy balanced lifestyle.

The main features of the monastery are:

  • It is designed and built according to sacred geomancy as found in all temples, churches, stupas and holy sites.
  • There is a central 51 degree pyramid surrounded by 6 monolithic domes, for a 1000 year lifespan.
  • Energy efficiency will be attained through solar, wind, geothermal power, and electric vehicles.
  • Self-sustaining living through the use of aquaponics and hydroponics.
  • Open by appointment for day visits and extended meditation healing ‘Soul Therapy®’ retreats.

To raise funds for this $2.25 million project which is currently one-third complete, the center is hosting a “Divine Wine and Good Karma” fundraising event on November 7th. This promises to be a high-profile event with support from many local businesses and sponsors. Guests will be able to sample wonderful wines and mouth watering gourmet hors d’oeuvres, along with the carving of a special cake – an exact replica of the monastery illustrating the beauty of its unique architecture – created by Master Executive Chef Mike McCray of “Mikes Amazing Cakes”.

The evening will also offer an opportunity to experience the soulful Meditation Healing tools, learn about the monastery project, and bid for awesome prizes such as a jeep tour, hot air balloon ride, spa treatments, a Montana ranch weekend get-away and much more!

Join us at the Sedona Community Center at 2615 Melody Lane, West Sedona from 7pm – 10pm, Saturday November 7th for this purposeful and memorable fundraising night. Call (928) 239-4409 to reserve your space – you won’t want to miss it!

For more information about the project go to

Video on Buddha Maitreya Sacred Geometric Forms