Birds, Beasts and Beauty is a fine art visual journey with the animals. From Genesis to Revelation experience their magnificence, their prominence, and their uniquely designed connection with the heart of God and man. Including works by nationally acclaimed artists Ron DiCianni , Michael Dudash, Chris Hopkins, Tom duBois, Mick McGinty, historic masters and more.
Wayside Chapel, Uptown Sedona, 401 N. Hwy 89A. Regular Daily Admission is free/donations welcomed. 10 – 5pm Mon/ Tues/Wed. Fri & Sat. 11 to 7pm (closed Thurs.). Sun. Noon – 5pm. For more info call Lynne at 541.326.1786.
Celebrate the end of summer through the joyful creations of the featured artists in the Sedona Arts Center’s August Exhibit, Serendipitous Adventures, which opens with a wine reception from 5 to 8pm on First Friday, August 6th and runs through September 1st. Open daily from 10am to 5pm.
The playful mix of colors, media, and styles shown in the exhibit will engage your senses and remind you of the joyful, lazy days of childhood summers. Featured artists are: Gale Craig (Mixed-media), Sue Hunter (Pastels), V. Norton (Calligraphy & Ceramics), and Norma Cox Miller (Mixed-Media).
The exhibit is lovingly dedicated to Norma Cox Miller who died expectedly on July 22. Her spirit, her talent, her passion for art, and her love of life will always be part of the Sedona Arts Community. She will be missed! The Friday night reception will be a celebration of her life and her art as we showcase her newest and final works together with the works of the other featured artists. Please, join us to bid her farewell in the way that she would have wanted.
Norma Cox Miller grew up on a small farm in Kentucky. Her memories of the sunlight and shadows, the small stream near her home and the changing colors of the leaves, season by season, influenced her paintings throughout her life. She did not have the opportunity to formally study art until she entered Morehead State University where she learned the basics, which was only the beginning. An avid life-long art student, with an insatiable appetite for learning and improving her skill, she was always seeking more and studied with many well-known artists such as Edward Betts, Charles Reid, Gerald Brommer and Virginia.
When she was no longer as challenged by landscape painting, she turned to abstraction. At first she used landscape elements in her work, and slowly began to paint completely non-objective abstractions, reverting occasionally to semi-abstraction. She preferred stretched canvas or watercolor paper using acrylic paint and various collage and texturing materials to add variety and interest to her pieces. She began showing in juried exhibitions in 1970 and has received numerous awards for her work in acrylic and mixed-media.
Gale Craig is both a painter and designer of one-of-a-kind jewelry. Gale paints primarily in oils, acrylics and encaustics, a 2,000 year old process which uses heat to fuse layer upon layer of pigmented beeswax and damar resin. The wax delivers color in a way no other medium can, producing magnificent translucent effects.
The first thing that strikes you when you look at Gale’s vibrant, colorful abstract paintings is that she paints from the heart. Her remarkable use of color reflects her passion for the mystical and healing arts. However, what is truly unique about Gale’s style is that you can feel the essence of spiritual energy in everything she paints.
She states, “I see in the Universe a mystical world of flowing energies. My visions are inspired by the colors and movement of the energies I see within and around an object. It is the beauty and vibrancy of this universal energy that I try to capture in my paintings.”
Sue Hunter was born in Arkansas but has lived in Arizona since 1960 and thinks of Arizona as home. The lovely desert colors, wide open spaces, and diverse landscapes of the southwest provide her with endless subject matter for her paintings. She works in pastel, oils, watercolor and acrylics. Her subjects include landscapes, still life, figures and animals. She is known for her paintings of roosters.
Color is an important aspect of Sue’s art which is reflected in her impressionistic style. “I try to put into my paintings the emotions I feel using color, light and shadow effects to create design.”
Sue graduated from Western International University and has studied art at Scottsdale Artists School, Scottsdale Community College, with local art instructors and has attended numerous workshops locally and in Europe. She is a consistent award winner in juried exhibits and her work is included in many private and public collections.
V. Norton (Victoria) is a dual artist – ceramicist and calligrapher. She has been a resident of Sedona for 25 years, and works in a studio overlooking the beautiful red rocks. Her inspiration comes from the exquisite landscapes, animals, and people around her.
Sue has traveled extensively in North and South America, Europe, and Africa, which has influenced her amazing masks and has impacted the artistic path which she is currently following. She takes the realistic and interprets it in abstract forms and designs, using the clay as her canvas. This occurs both with her sculptural and figurative pieces.
Her calligraphy has been another 30-year adventure. Sue was a teacher at the Arts Center for fourteen years, dating back to the time when the studio was downstairs in the Art barn. From there, she became an adjunct faculty member at NAU for five years. Now her focus is on original commissions: evolving a series of calligraphy cards, and most recently, getting back into creating one of a kind, hand bound books.
The Sedona Arts Center is located at the corner of 15 Art Barn Rd. and State Rte 89A in Uptown Sedona – on the right just before entering Oak Creek Canyon. For more information about the Poets Corner or the Sedona Arts Center please call 928.282.3865. The evening event is free of charge and open to all who would like to attend.
The 40th Annual Sedona St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 10:30am on Saturday, March 6th. Title Sponsor Cowboy Club and Barking Frog Restaurants will be on hand with coffee service before and during the parade. They and many additional business sponsors and contributors make this community tradition possible. Grandstands are available along Jordan Road near Mesquite Avenue, thanks to the City of Sedona, or you can bring your own chairs.
The parade begins at Jordan Historical Park and makes its way along Jordan Road to Mesquite Avenue. Grand Marshal Joe Vernier will lead the line-up of dignitaries, a color guard, bagpipers, bands, dancers, clowns, animals, vehicles and walking troupes from the entire Verde Valley and Flagstaff, plus a special appearance from the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders & Mascot Big Red.
The Parade Festival begins immediately following the parade until 3pm. Stay to enjoy more free festivities thanks to A Day in the West, Festival Title Sponsor and other business sponsors, all set up next to the end of the parade in Sacajawea Plaza and BR Clinic Parking lots. Ally & the Boys is our featured Celtic band, McTeggart Irish Dancers of Arizona will perform, and the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders and Big Red will visit and sign autographs until 12:30. A multitude of children’s activities are available free of charge! The festival food & refreshment features Barking Frog and Cowboy Club Restaurants. Sedona Fudge Company will have a sweet treats booth. Thanks to Oak Creek Brewing Company, there will be a Beer Garden featuring Oak Creek Brews of course!
Saddle up for a wild ride this Saturday July 25th and hold on tight for a gun slingin’, rope trickin’, good grubbin’ day long celebration of the National Day of the Cowboy right here in Sedona. Mainstreet Sedona (also known as Uptown Sedona) will head back to it’s roots celebrating all things cowboy. After all, the Cowboy Artists of America started at a table in the back room of the ole’ Cowboy Club! We know all about cowboys ’round these parts!
The day starts out with a parade down Jordan Rd. at 10:30 and then activities throughout Uptown all day long from bull riding to gunfights, ice cream tasting to….”Rodeo Rub-downs?”
According to this Press Release from Los Abrigados’ Nate Hansen, the National Day of the Cowboy is going to be a day of fun AND relaxation!
No Butts About It, Rodeo Rub-Downs
During National Day of the Cowboy
Sedona, Arizona – Saturday, July 25, from noon to 4 p.m. Sedona Spa will be on hand – no pun intended – to provide professional massages for anyone interested during a day meant to celebrate our nation’s cowboys. Located next to this year’s mechanical bull, a highlight for the Celebration of the National Cowboy, Sedona Spa masseuses will be providing Rodeo Rub-Downs for $5.00 … that’s no bull!
What makes these massages special isn’t only the relaxation that follows but that the $5.00 also gives the people in the chair $20.00 off their next visit to Sedona Spa! It would be a pain in the butt NOT to take advantage of this offer. So, grab the bull by its horns, it’s something we expect everyone to jump on … and stay on as long as they can.
Get bucked … then get a Rodeo Rub-Down, thanks to Sedona Spa, located in Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, 160 Portal Lane. For reservations, call the Sedona Spa at 282-5108.
Press Release from Mainstreet Sedona:
National Day of the Cowboy is Saturday, July 25th will be celebrated with a FREE community event on from 10:30 am to 8:00 pm along “Main Street” (State Route 89A) and Jordan Road in Uptown Sedona. Come enjoy “a whole lot of cowboy goin’s on” on this day designated by Presidential proclamation to celebrate our cowboy heritage!
Start your morning with our Cowboy Parade at 10:30 down Jordan Road from Navahopi to Mesquite Avenue. Master of Ceremonies John Conway of audioworxx will announce the entries, including horses and cowboys, mounted shooters and mountain men, wild women and stuntmen, Cavalry and Rangers plus jeeps, stagecoaches and a carriage. The Special prizes will be awarded for the best of the riders, mounted posses or groups and the wagons or stagecoaches.
Gunfights begin at high noon in Cowboy Plaza, along with gunslingin’, rope tricks and whip crackin’ performances throughout the afternoon until 6 pm. Joey Dillon, three time world champion gunslinger, will demonstrate his unique gun handling skills. Throughout the day at Cowboy Plaza expect to see shoot out skits, rope tricks and whip cracking performed by local residents Rock Holliday, Mike Dearden, Natalie Kurz and Rena Dearden. “Rock” (a.k.a. Gene Kurz) is also a cowboy actor and Wild West performer.
Remember to stop back at 4:00 p.m. for the Spirit of the West outfit contest at Cowboy Club Plaza. Judges will award three prizes in each of two categories: Youth 15 & under and Adults 16 & over.
Throughout the day and evening, there are several activities, demonstrations and live entertainment to enjoy:
Wander south on “Main Street” (State Route 89A) to Cahill Leather and stop at True West Magazine’s booth for a complimentary issue. Then take a walk on the wild side…. head down to Cheers Plaza between noon and 4:00 pm to challenge the Mechanical Bull. Tickets are only $5 each and there’s sure to be plenty of action there.
Wander back up “Main Street” and look for the Roasted Corn wagon provided by Sally’s Mesquite Grill & BBQ in front of Joe Wilcox Stagecoach Emporium. Further on at the “Mid-block crosswalk” Plaza (near the Joe Beeler statue) you can enjoy a tasty treat at the Grace’s Heavenly Ices booth. Take notice of the sculpture depicting Joe Beeler – an incredibly talented artist and Sedona resident. He was a founding member of the Cowboy Artists of America, organized right here in Uptown Sedona. It’s a great spot to snap a family photo.
As you walk along “Main Street”, keep your eyes open for our own cultural heritage displayed in commemoratives of Western movies filmed in Sedona. These Hands through History plaques made of red granite are embedded in red rock concrete with the handprints or boot prints of the actors. Look for them at Matterhorn Shoppes and again at Canyon Breeze Plaza, Orchards Plaza and Cowboy Plaza too.
Across the street at Sinagua Plaza near Joe Wilcox Western Wear you’ll find cowboy craftsmen showcasing their talent from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Steffon Dalberg of Earthwalkers from Cornville will demonstrate his leather working skills on custom made footwear and his custom boots will be available to purchase. You can visit with Stan Irick of JMK Designs from New Mexico, demonstrating antler art. Stan will be selling his hand-crafted items too.
Make sure to stop and listen to live western music by Oak Creek Boys from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. There is plenty of room to dance if you want or just sit and enjoy since they’re performing outside at Canyon Breeze Plaza near the Canyon Breeze Shops and Restaurant.
Come watch the cowboys and horses on parade, hoot and holler for the gunfights and such, chow down on good food, put on your dancing boots and enjoy the local western band, take in some great cowboy art, have a chat with the cowboy craftsmen at work, and show off your western outfit (new or old) at the contest.
This event is possible because of the generous support of businesses, organizations and our media partners, plus volunteer efforts from Gene Kurz and Sedona Main Street Program. Huge thanks go to our Platinum Star sponsors: Sedona Peace of Mind Home Watch Service, Inc., Red Rock Western Jeep Tours, Joe Wilcox Western Wear & Joe Wilcox Stagecoach Emporium, Cowboy Corral Gang, and A Day in the West. Special thanks to Gold Star Sponsor – Los Abrigados Resort & Spa and to Silver Star Sponsors – Sedona Trolley and Florange Signs & Designs. We’re grateful for the help of the City of Sedona, Sedona Police Department & Community Police Alliance and Sedona Volunteer Park Rangers.
Come celebrate National Day of the Cowboy with us. Join in recognizing cowboy character and value: honesty, integrity, courage, compassio
n, respect, patriotism and a strong work ethic.