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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 www.redrockfantasy.com. 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: www.tlaq.com.


Sedona Tweet-Up Nov. 19 to Kick Off 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy

SEDONA/VERDE VALLEY TWEET-UP CELEBRATES THE SEASON

November 19 Tweet-Up to Kick-Off 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy  

This month's Sedona/Verde Valley Tweet-Up Kicks off the 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy of lights at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa
This month's Sedona/Verde Valley Tweet-Up Kicks off the 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy of lights at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa

SEDONA, Ariz., November 13, 2009 – The 6th monthly Sedona/Verde Valley Tweet-Up will bring dozens of Twitter users from Sedona, Flagstaff, the Verde Valley, Prescott and other parts of Arizona together to network in person and online Thursday, November 19,  5:00 – 7 p.m. at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa’s Shef’s Bar. The evening also marks the grand opening of the 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy at Los Abrigados, featuring over one million holiday lights in an array of creative displays throughout the property.  Shortly after arriving, attendees will have a chance to mingle with Santa Claus himself as he makes his grand entrance via helicopter at 5:30 p.m to switch the lights on for the season.

The Sedona/Verde Valley Tweet-Ups are sponsored in part by Red Rock TV16, Sedona.tv and the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa. These fun and informal gatherings offer Twitter users the opportunity to meet their followers in person, gain more followers, learn how to use Twitter more effectively and create lasting business relationships. There is no cost to attend, no membership to join – just a gathering of great “tweeps”, good food, drinks and some valuable Twitter tips and tools to take home with you.

Los Abrigados Resort & Spa is generously offering attendees complimentary appetizers and drink specials in Shef’s Bar followed by a free raffle awarding prizes such as gift certificates to local restaurants and spas. Hosts Megan Aronson, Nate Hansen and Sheryl Curtis will give a brief presentation, “Online Video Marketing 101 and 2.0” followed by a short Twitter Tips & Tools Q & A session. Afterwards, be one of the first to see this year’s spectacular lights displays on a tour of the 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy! In the spirit of the season, attendees may bring canned food donations for the Sedona Food Bank to help feed hungry families this winter. 

About Red Rock Fantasy

LA_RRF1The 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy will begins Thursday, November 19, 2009 and will last through the New Year, ending with “Lights Out” on Saturday, January 2, 2010. 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. For more information, call 928-282-1777 or toll free 800-521-3131, or visit our web site at www.redrockfantasy.com.

About the Sedona/Verde Valley Tweet-Ups

The Sedona/Verde Valley Tweet-Ups were started by Megan Aronson (Red Rock TV16), Sheryl Curtis (Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa) and Nate Hansen (Los Abrigados Resort & Spa) in June of 2009 in an effort to bring local Twitter users together to create business and social networking relationships on line and in person. The Tweet-Ups are well attended and take place once a month at various locations around Sedona. If you would like to be included on our email list about monthly events, participate as a host, sponsor or attendee, donate a raffle prize or if you just want to learn more about Sedona Tweet-Ups, please contact Megan Aronson via email at Megan@Redrocktv.com.

Capitol Christmas Tree 2009 Chosen from Northern Arizona – Cutting Ceremony 11/7

capitol-christmas-tree-201x300CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE 2009 CUTTING CEREMONY

Springerville, Arizona (November 3, 2009)- The official United States Capitol Christmas Tree will be harvested from an area in the White Mountains of northeastern Arizona on November 7, 2009.  A ceremony with White Mountain Apache Dancers, Apache blessing, choral music and Arizona’s official historian Marshall Trimble will commemorate the historic event.

Every year since 1970, a Christmas tree has been presented to the United States Congress from a national forest and is known as “The People’s Tree”. This year, for the first time, the tree will be a gift from Arizona. Placed in front of the Capitol building, Arizona’s Gift From The Grand Canyon State is an 85-foot Blue spruce selected from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.  Found in the White Mountains of northeastern Arizona near Springerville, this beautiful tree is taller than a 7-story building. After the ceremonial tree cutting November 7th, the tree will travel throughout Arizona to 24 cities and towns including Payson, Prescott, Phoenix, Tucson, Lake Havusu City, and Williams for 10 days from November 10 – 19, 2009.  The tour continues across the nation where it is then presented to the United States Congress on November 30, 2009.  The iconic symbol of the holidays will be lit during a ceremony by the Speaker of the House, along with an Arizona schoolchild who has made an ornament for the tree.

The tree will travel on a double flatbed truck, escorted by a caravan of approximately 12 vechicles, a total of 3,000 miles in its three-week tour. Placed on its side, it will rest in a custom cradle that supports the branches, preventing damage and maintaining the tree’s perfect shape. The base of the tree will be fitted with a plastic bladder filled with fresh water nightly. The tree will absorb about 65 gallons of water each day throughout its trek to Washington, D.C.

Chris Knopp, Forest Supervisor of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests stated, providing a tree worthy of the U.S.Capitol lawn has been both a great responsibility and honor for us. This is a wonderful opportunity for Arizonans to showcase the states uniqueness, diversity and beauty.”

Finding the “perfect” tree is no easy task. Bechtol, who has selected the Capitol Christmas Tree for the last four years, explains some of the characteristics he looks for in a choice tree, “it has to have a straight trunk, dense branches, and an overall conical shape. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the tree will be viewed from every angle so it has to have an overall uniform appearance. In addition, the tree needs to be healthy enough to hold up during the long journey to Washington D.C.

Schoolchildren throughout Arizona have made more than 5,000 ornaments reflecting the theme of “Arizona’s Gift” to be placed on the iconic symbol. The ornaments collected have been as diverse as our state. Using natural materials from the Grand Canyon State such as copper to wild gourds found in the White Mountains, the creativity has been astounding. The handcrafted ornaments made for the Capitol Christmas Tree 2009 are about 9 to 12 inches so that they are viewable on the 85-foot tree from a good distance. Another challenge was for students to craft ornaments that can withstand 3 weeks of harsh winter weather, which can include snow and rain. Many of the ornaments submitted are eco-sensitive and made from recyclable materials.

An additional 1,000 indoor ornaments will decorate 75 trees placed throughout federal buildings in the Capitol. These ornaments are smaller in size, ranging from 3 to 7 inches tall. Since these creations were crafted for indoor use, they could be more refined and delicate. Many of these ornaments were submitted by arts groups, clubs and service organizations. In fact, most ornaments used by offices throughout the Capitol Complex will become part of office Christmas ornament collections. A full-sized semi-truck will be needed to transport all the ornaments delivered to Washington, D.C.

Many Americans who have never traveled to Arizona might not realize that Arizona’s landscape is as diverse as our culture ranging from hot desert areas in Phoenix and Tucson to cool, snowy climates in areas like Flagstaff and the White Mountains. Arizona is known for being the home of the Grand Canyon, the magical red rock destination of Sedona, the infamous Route 66, Snowbowl Ski Resort in Flagstaff and other key desert destinations like Scottsdale and Tucson. The area the tree was selected from actually suits its name, “The White Mountains” because it is a dense, rich countryside of forest that is oftentimes covered in snow. Arizonans are proud to provide this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree and as the tree travels the country making its way to the Capitol, many people along the way will probably be asking, “Where did the tree come from again? Arizona?!”

Follow the tree from Northern Arizona all the way to Washington, D.C. with daily updates at http://www.CapitolChristmasTree2009.org/

WHAT: Capitol Christmas Tree 2009 Cutting Ceremony: Official cutting of the Capitol Christmas Tree 2009 from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. The 85-foot tree will tour Arizona and then be delivered to the United States Congress in Washington, D.C. on November 30, 2009.

WHEN: Saturday, November 7, 2009, 8:30 a.m. MST
Media access begins at 7:00 a.m.

WHERE: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest – Near Alpine, Arizona
Map and directions will be emailed on Wednesday, Nov. 4th

Geoffrey Roth Ltd. Trunk Show 11/6 at Tlaquepaque, Sedona

Pamela Froman and William Henry Trunk Show at Geoffrey Roth Ltd. at Tlaquepaque
Please join us for an exceptional Artist’s Reception on
Friday, November 6
from 5pm to 8pm and an all day Saturday appearance

crushedmelange_01Geoffrey Roth Ltd. is proud to introduce Pamela Froman’s handmade jewelry to their gallery. This up and coming designer has won several awards since her debut four years ago. Pamela has an innovative way of combining 18K white, rose, yellow, and somtimes green gold into one piece. Her jewelry is finished with a special hand hammering technique she calls ‘Crushed’.

The “Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry Collection” features handmade pieces comprised of a mixture of colored precious metals and exquisite, rare natural stones. Originality and meticulous attention to every detail are hallmarks of Pamela’s signature look; because each item is handmade, no two will ever be identical, even if they are similar in design. This one-of-a-kind, limited edition jewelry is as hip as it is timeless, transcending every generation and age, and specially crafted so that it may be treasured for years to come.

William Henry studio started to make knives about 12 years ago. Now a small company with 20 employees, William Henry is known for having established a new benchmark of excellence in luxury-grade knives. The studio incorporates new as well as traditional materials into their designs to create spectacular pieces of art. 

MA-Set_LThe seamless integration of classic natural materials and state-of-the-art alloys is a hallmark of William Henry’s work — no compomises, no shortcuts, exceptional quality. Each component is precision machined to tolerances reserved for aerospace level work — often measured at 0.0005″, or one twelfth the size of a human hair. The final fit, finish, action, and sharpness of each knife are achieved entirely by hand, employing the irreplaceable craftsmanship developed by generations of master cutlers.

Geoffrey Roth Ltd. Gallery is located near the Bell Tower in Tlaquepaque on Highway 179 in the heart of beautiful Sedona. If you are unable to attend the Trunk Show and are interested in learning more about these two collections, please call or e-mail the Geoffrey Roth Ltd. Gallery at info@GeoffreyRothGallery.com

Click here to view a short video of the Geoffrey Roth Ltd. Gallery.

STROLLERS SET TO STORM SEDONA SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH

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 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 www.childrensdefensefund.org 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 http://www.sedonastrollerbrigade.wordpress.com or http://www.childrensdefensefund.org. 

Sedona Events: 5th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival 10/24 – 11/1

Betty Carr "Paint Out on Main Street" 2008
Betty Carr "Paint Out on Main Street" 2008

Artistic Magic is in the Air!

 5thAnnual Sedona Plein Air Festival 2009

SEDONA, Ariz. (October 15, 2009):  The cool weather has arrived, the leaves are turning and thirty-two nationally-recognized plein-air artists will soon begin to paint the mystical beauty of Sedona. The spell has been cast and magic abounds.

The 5th Annual Plein Air Festival, hosted by the Sedona Arts Center and the presenting sponsor, L’Auberge de Sedona, will still your hearts and stimulate your imagination for nine full days, beginning Oct 24 through Nov 1.

The festival provides something for everyone!  Visitors and residents alike are invited to watch the artists transfer their vision of the beauty that surrounds them onto canvas or paper ~ capturing magical moments in time right before your eyes. 

Sedona is a plein-air artist’s paradise with its abundance of picturesque scenes and exquisite landscapes. The ever-changing light, shadows and colors in late October, make the setting almost perfect.

The art form is not easy.  Painting out-of-doors, from life, requires stamina and the ability to stay focused and completely absorbed in the work regardless of the shifting elements. The award-winning artists from around the country  will spend six days painting in a variety of media to capture the unique scenes of Sedona, Jerome, Oak Creek, and the surrounding area, followed by weekend events that present the body of work created by the artists earlier in the week.

Join the excitement by watching the artists in the creative process.  Four events have been planned for this purpose: Saturday, Oct 24, enjoy the Paint-out on Main Street from 2:30 – 5:00pm, sponsored by Sedona Main Street Program.  Tuesday morning (7:00am), Oct 27, you will find some of the artists painting the scenes and landscape around the Sedona Heritage Museum.  All day Wednesday, Oct 28, Jerome Chamber of Commerce and Jerome  ArtWalk will host the artists as they paint Historic Jerome.

"Tranquil" by Clark Mitchell - Winner, Collector's Choice 2008
"Tranquil" by Clark Mitchell - Winner, Collector's Choice 2008

Then, begin the weekend on Friday morning Creekside at L’Auberge de Sedona, the Festival’s generous presenting sponsor. The artists will create paintings from start to finish in just two hours. The unique Quick Draw event, starts at exactly 10am and ends at Noon. Trolley service will be available from the Uptown City Parking Lot on Jordan and Schnebly Road. 

For those who want to be more personally involved and actively participate, there are events designed especially for you. Learn about plein-air painting from the artists, or try your hand at “painting from life.”

Monday through Thursday (11am – 1pm) lunchtime lectures/demonstrations by one of the participating festival artist are offered ~ and ~ four free plein-air painting classes (two sessions each/$25 materials fee) are available. Space is limited and reservations are recommended for both the lectures and the classes (call 928-282-3809). For details and a complete schedule visit the Festival Website: www.SedonaPleinAirFestival.com.

For those who love to rub shoulders with the artists in an informal, social setting, two receptions will be held: Monday evening (6:30 – 8:00), October 26, the Arts Center will host an Opening Reception for the Artists Showcase Exhibit in the Community Gallery, presenting prior works of the 32 participating artists. 

A mid-week highlight, Wednesday evening (7:00 – 8:30pm), there will be a presentation by special guest speaker, Wm Scott Jennings, a national-recognized master plein-air artist, will discuss his process in a lecture titled, Plein Air to Studio. The presentation will be followed by a wine reception in the Theatre Studio at the Arts Center.

"Side Street Surprise" by Betty Carr, 2008 Plein Air Festival
"Side Street Surprise" by Betty Carr, 2008 Plein Air Festival

Friday, Oct 30, at 6pm, an Evening Extravaganza with the Artists will be held at L’Auberge de Sedona in the Monet Ballroom.

Those who attend will be the first to see and have the opportunity to purchase the artwork that has been created throughout the week. The evening filled with fine art, music, delicious hors d’oeuvres and fine wine in one of Sedona’s most luxurious settings is an event not to be missed! Only a few tickets are still available, so make your reservations today. Tickets are only $125.00 and can be purchased Online www.SedonaPleinAirFestival.com or by calling: 928-282-3809.

Saturday, Oct 31 (10am – 5pm) and Sunday. Nov 1 (10am – 3pm) a Public Sale and Exhibit will be held in both galleries at the Sedona Arts Center. There is no admission and everyone is invited to view and purchase the amazing, original art by the talented cadre of Festival Artists – all created during Festival Week.

All events and activities, except the Friday night Gala, are open to public and free of charge. The Sedona Arts Center campus is located in Uptown Sedona, corner of State Rte 89A and Art Barn Road.

The week-long event is made possible by an ever-growing list of Festival sponsors:  L’Auberge de Sedona (presenting sponsor), Sedona-Oak Creek Chamber of Commerce, Sedona Magazine, Sedona Monthly, Sedona Red Rock News, Sedona Red Rock TV, Excentric, Sedona Trolley, KNAU Arizona Public Radio, Windrush Gallery, MacPherson ART.com, M. Graham & Co, Southwest Art Magazine, Valley Guide, and Connoisseur Art Supplies; plus a generous grant from the City of Sedona.  We also want to thank our community partners whose support expands the boundaries of possibilities: Sedona Main Street Program, Jerome Chamber of Commerce, Jerome Artwalk, and Sedona Historical Society.

Special Festival Workshops are being offered by the Sedona Arts Center’s Art School in conjunction with the Festival – before, during and after.  Before the Festival: Plein Air Painting in Oils, Oct 19 – 23 with Jill Carver,  Artists’ Choice Award 2008. Pastel Painting in the Sedona Landscape, Oct 20 – 23 with Clark Mitchell, 2008 Festival Poster Award (2007) and Collectors’ Choice Award 2008. During the Festival: Plein Air Painting with Oils, Oct 26 – 30 with Wm Scott Jennings, Master Plein-air Artist and 2009 Festival Guest Speaker. Following the Festival: Sedona – Fall Colors (Watercolor or Oil), Nov 2 – 6 with Betty Carr, Festival Artist 2006 – 2009.  Watercolor Secrets, Nov 3 – 5 and  Plein Air Painting ~ One day Workshop, Nov 6 ~ both workshops led by Tom Lynch, Festival Artist 2006 – 2009. To register for a class, or for more information call (928) 282-3809, or visit www.SedonaArtsCenter.com.

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Sweat Lodge Deaths Near Sedona Had Little Do With Sedona

All of us here at Sedona.tv would like to extend our condolences to the families and friends of those who tragically passed away after a Sweat Lodge held as part of a “Spiritual Warrior” Retreat hosted by James Arthur Ray on October 8th at the Angel Valley Retreat Center outside Sedona. We are deeply saddened to hear that now three participants have passed away as a result of this tragedy and our hearts go out to all of those involved and affected.

Many Sedona residents have been surprised by the level of international publicity this story has received. This tragedy has been intricately tied into Sedona and the “New Age Movement” in this area however, according to the facts of this case, this entire tragedy has very little to do with Sedona besides being held nearby the city and now being investigated by local authorities. The national and international media have been hyping this story up with headlines like “A New Age Tragedy in Sedona” and “The New Age Sweat Lodge Death Tragedy” including many references in news stories to the New Age movement in Sedona. However, this tragedy had nothing to do with Sedona or Sedona’s New Age movement other than it’s close proximity to Sedona’s beautiful red rock country.

Here are the facts:

#1) The Angel Valley Retreat is located 11 miles outside Sedona equally as close to Cottonwood as Sedona. Although the Angel Valley Retreat Center has a Sedona address, it is rented out for various seminars, retreats and events that the local owners have no participation in.

#2) James Arthur Ray, the self-help guru who rented the Angel Valley Retreat Center to host this particular event, does not reside in Sedona. He has a home in Beverly Hills. He hosts events like this all over the country. This was simply the place  he chose to hold one of many of his events.  Spiritual Warrior events are also held in San Diego, Chicago, Tahoe City and San Francisco. If this had happened in one of those locations, would it still be referred to as a “New Age Tragedy?”

#3) Mr. Ray refers to the techniques he teaches in this “Spiritual Warrior” Retreat as “techniques that I searched out in the mountains of Peru, the jungles of the Amazon (and a few other places I don’t care to recall).” He does not mention developing any of these principles in Sedona.

#4) James Arthur Ray does not characterize any of the principles he teaches as “New Age.” I did a search for the term “New Age” and did not find one mention of it on his extensive website.

#5)  Those who attended the Spiritual Warrior Retreat and sweat lodge came from all over the country, not Sedona.

Sedona has been known the world over as a spiritual mecca and a hub for the New Age Movement over the last few decades. However, Sedona is first and foremost known for it’s breathtakingly stunning red rock mountains. Sedona has also been named one of the Top 25 Arts Destinations in America (American Style Magazine, 2007-2008) with over 50 world-renowned art galleries and dozens of well-known artists calling Sedona home.  USA Weekend Today named Sedona the #1 “Most Beautiful Place in America.” This beautiful little city also has a reputation for fantastic festivals and events; friendly townspeople; award-winning restaurants, artists, resorts, spas and golf courses. We’re known for Jeep Tours into the backcountry, for a history of famous filmmaking with legendary actors and actresses like John Wayne, Elvis and more. The 7-mile stretch of Highway 179 through the Village of Oak Creek, “The Red Rock Scenic Byway” was recently named Arizona’s only All American Road. The 28-mile stretch of road through Oak Creek Canyon to Flagstaff is also designated as a Scenic Road and was named one of the Top 10 Most Scenic Drives in America by Rand McNally (especially this time of year in the Fall when the leaves are on fire with bright hues of gold, orange and crimson).

Although the New Age Movement is part of Sedona’s heritage, it does not alone define Sedona. In a case like this, the media tends to paint a picture of Sedona where you’d expect to find aliens landing in the street,  people chanting on every street corner, the guy sitting next to you at the coffee shop “Om-ing” over breakfast and visitors being sucked into vortexes everywhere you look. That simply isn’t what you’ll find when you come to visit Sedona! Many come here to reconnect with their spirits or to have a “spiritual experience” because the energy of this place is so magical, but in reality, Sedona is simply what you make of it. Want to experience some of the most brilliant art in the Southwest? Come to Sedona. Want to relax in a 5-star spa sipping champagne getting a red rock hot stone massage? Come to Sedona. Want to see the most beautiful fall folliage in Arizona? Come to Sedona. Want to play in a natural waterpark carved into slippery red rock cliffs? Come to Sedona and visit Slide Rock State Park. Want to stay just hours away from the Grand Canyon, hike the red rocks, take jeep tours onto them and have a fun-filled adventure-pack vacation of a lifetime? Come to Sedona. We have so much to offer you.


Exposures International Presents Rebecca Tobey, Joshua Tobey & Jd Challenger 10/9-10

Owners of Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art, Marty & Diane Herman
Owners of Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art, Marty & Diane Herman

Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art is celebrating this October with spectacular shows and receptions featuring renowned artists Rebecca Tobey, Joshua Tobey, and Jd Challenger.   Meet the artists and explore Rebecca and Joshua’s new world-class bronze sculptures and Jd’s new and powerful paintings, Friday, October 9, 3pm-8pm and Saturday, October 10, 1pm to 5pm.   

Rebecca Tobey discovered her passion for art over 25 years ago with her husband Gene Tobey.  Today, Rebecca continues to produce the amazing collaborative artwork she and Gene started.  Rebecca will be presenting stunning bronze figures, original watercolors, glimmering jewelry, and exquisite silk scarves. Joyous at heart, Rebecca breathes life into her alluring creations.  

Joshua Tobey infuses his sculptures with spirit and humor.  His sculptures are true to the nature of the subject and reveal many aspects of humanity.  Joshua spent his childhood in the studio with his father, Gene Tobey, which inspired him to pursue his own spectacular career.  Joshua’s work is a breath of fresh air and a product of his passion for nature, wonderful wit and unsurpassed talent.  

Original Mixed Media "Bird Rattle" by J.D. Challenger
Original Mixed Media "Bird Rattle" by J.D. Challenger

Jd Challenger is considered by many experts as America’s top painter with respect to Native American subjects.  A prolific artist, Jd paints live models in mixed media with bold colors and strong lines.  This year, the artist is excited to unveil his fantastic new collection, which celebrates past cultures and traditions from other historic societies.  The stories portrayed in his awe-inspiring portraits are compelling, eternally powerful, and demand to be told.

Joshua Tobey's "Estes", Original Bronze
Joshua Tobey's "Estes", Original Bronze

The gallery owners, Marty and Diane Herman as well as their staff, invite you to explore the wondrous experience that is Exposures International.  As the largest fine art gallery in the southwest, this sensational gallery features bronze, glass, and stone sculpture; original paintings; and fine art jewelry.  Exposures International promises a breathtaking and memorable experience when viewing this remarkable collection of artwork from more than 100 artists. 

Exposures International’s shows are open to the public.  Valet parking, as well as hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments, will be provided during the shows.  Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art is located in Sedona, Arizona at 561 Highway 179, ¼ mile south from the Hwy-89 and Hwy 179 roundabout.  For More information, call (928) 282-1125 or go to www.ExposuresFineArt.com.


Pink Jeeps October “Tour for the Cure” Breast Cancer Awareness Special

Take a Pink Jeep Tour into Red Rock Country for an unforgettable red rockin' experience!
Pink Jeep Tours is making tracks to beat breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October! Through the “Tour for the Cure” promotion, Pink Jeep Tours will donate a portion of all tour proceeds in October to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and will accept donations in their reservation center at 204 North Highway 89A in Uptown Sedona.
 
Information on breast health and breast cancer facts, from the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Sedona Cancer Center, will be available free of charge. Also, everyone who takes a tour or donates will receive a pink ribbon sticker.
 
“Last year we did this promotion and it was so successful that we decided to expand it to the entire month,” said Shawn Wendell, owner of Pink Jeep Tours. “We hope additional employee and community donations double or triple what we are donating from tour proceeds.”

For more information on Pink Jeep Tours call (800) 873-3662 or visit pinkjeep.com.


Businesses Affected by Sedona Flooding Re-Open In Time for Fiesta del Tlaquepaque Tomorrow 9/12

Businesses Affected by Sedona Flooding Re-Open In Time for Fiesta del Tlaquepaque Tomorrow 9/12

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Sedona, AZ – Yesterday, torrential monsoon rains brought 3″ of rain and pea-sized hail in less than 30 minutes to a localized area over Sedona causing massive flooding just after lunchtime. A gush of water came pouring through Portal Lane, the entrance to Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, El Portal Luxury Inn and Sedona’s most well-known shopping area, Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. Dozens of vehicles were swept away in the flood, piled on top of each other, thrown into ditches and gulleys, forced under bridges, and crushed. Emergency response crews were on the scene within minutes and performed several rescues in waist-deep mud and water as onlookers from inside Tlaquepaque businesses watched, trapped. Thankfully, no one was injured although some were very shooken up and many lost their vehicles.
 
In West Sedona, a mudslide on Coffee Pot Road swept two vehicles into a local flooring business. A 5 foot deep “lake” formed behind the Basha’s Shopping Center – vehicles trying to cross it had water mid-way up their car doors. The highway throughout West Sedona looked like a dirt-road, covered in inches of mud.

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Just hours after the rain had stopped and the flooding had subsided, volunteers came out in droves to begin clean-up at the areas most affected – Tlaquepaque, Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, and the Hummingbird House to name a few. Bulldozers and dozens of volunteers with shovels began clearing mud and debris immediately. Friday morning, Tlaquepaque General Manager and Resident Partner Wendy Lippman said, “We have over 40 people here working very hard to get Tlaquepaque ready for Fiesta del Tlaquepaque tomorrow. We are still open for business and there is fortunately no permanent damage to Tlaquepaque. We still plan to host one of Sedona’s most popular annual festivals tomorrow with several performances throughout Tlaquepaque and artists exhibiting extraordinary works at many of the galleries located here.” Officials report that today road ways are clear and safe for travel, the flooding is gone, and the beauty of Sedona remains intact.

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“Many have asked how they can help Sedona right now and we have a perfect solution for you…Come show your support to the businesses affected by visiting Sedona this weekend to enjoy everything we have to offer including Fiesta del Tlaquepaque” says Megan Aronson, host of Out & About with Megan on Red Rock TV16 in Sedona. “This is a small community filled with ‘Mom and Pop’ shops that rely on tourism to sustain their businesses. The last time we had a severe flood here a few years ago, the negative publicity deterred visitors from coming to Sedona – they thought the whole town was under water! We’re here to tell you, the flooding is gone, the roadways are safe and nothing can touch the beauty of Sedona or Tlaquepaque. Come see us this weekend and help support Sedona!”
 
Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
Celebration of Mexican Independence Day

Sedona, Arizona Tlaquepaque, the Art and Soul of Sedona, announces its 36th annual “Fiesta del Tlaquepaque,” a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, Saturday, September 12, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arts and crafts exhibits will abound offering a glimpse into the traditional and present artistry of Mexico. “The artists at the Fiesta are a great expression of the diversity, artistry and spirit of the community,” said Wendy Lippman, Tlaquepaque General Manager and Resident Partner. “Abe Miller, the visionary builder of Tlaquepaque, started this tradition more than 30 years ago and Fiesta attracts people from all over the state and country.”

Fiesta highlights include Mosaico Flamenco, one of the most innovative and inspiring new acoustical flamenco groups in the US, performing from and the singing Mariachis, offering sweet traditional songs in many locations throughout Tlaquepaque village.

Free Road Runner shuttle service will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. between Tlaquepaque and the Uptown municipal parking lot located on Apple between Jordan and Highway 89A. Admission to Fiesta is free. This event will take place from 10:00am – 5:00pm. For additional information please call (928) 282-4838.

  • Date Details: Saturday, September 12, 2009
  • Organizer: Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
  • Email: info@tlaq.com
  • Location: 336 State Route 179 Sedona AZ 86336
  • Phone: (928) 282-4838
  • Cost/Fees: Free
For videos and more information on the wonderful galleries, restaurants, shops and boutiques at Tlaquepaque view their video webpage on Sedona. tv!