FROM THE PUBLISHER
A highlight for Sedona ARTSource magazine since the last I wrote
is that the magazine was honored last fall at the Folio Awards,
an annual event in New York City that bestows recognition
on American magazines in a variety of categories. ArtSource
Publications was one of five publishing companies honored for
design amongst city and regional magazines from across America
during the event, which we were very pleased to attend.
Losing loved ones is always sad and the Sedona arts community lost
several members due to passing over the last year. All at ARTSource
want to join with family and friends to acknowledge them, including:
Adele Herter Seronde, 93, was born in 1925. She passed peacefully
at home in Sedona on April 16, 2019. Adele was a painter, a poet
and an author of books. A mentor to both artists and poets Adele
once said, "I believe that art has the miraculous power of beauty
which inundates and transforms both the creator and the world."
Regarding her own work Adele explained, "As a painter, shapes,
lines and color are my language, weaving together a tapestry of
living greens, flames, sapphires and prisms."
Patricia Ratliff, 80, was born on June 8, 1939 and passed October 16,
2019. Pat, as she was known, was in and around the arts all of her
life, in addition she was owner of a restaurant in Sedona for several
years. She and her husband James owned and operated the existing
James Ratliff Gallery of Sedona for thirty years where she served
as Gallery Director. Pat was also was a painterly artist and an
accomplished pianist, both in performance and as a professional
instructor. See the article titled The Ratliff Legacy on page 58 of this
issue of Sedona ARTSource.
John Henry Waddell, 98, was born February 14, 1921 and passed
November 27, 2019. John was raised in the Midwest and studied
at the Art Institute of Chicago. He moved to Arizona in 1957
where he headed the art education department at Arizona State
University. During this time Waddell made sculpture his primary
art form. A prolific artist, at age 43 he resigned from teaching to
become a full-time sculptor. John lived with his wife, Ruth near
Sedona. In an interview with ARTSource John once said, "My parents
started me in art classes when I was seven years old . . . that’s what
I’ve been preoccupied with ever since."
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6 The Intrinsic Nature of the Amateur
10 Know This
11 City of Sedona — State of the Arts
14 The Butterfly in Native American Culture
16 Toast of the Town — Wendy Lippman
20 Max Quest — Exploring a Surrealist Collage
25 Genre — A Deep-Seated Love for Furniture
38 Sedona International Film Festival
A Total Experience
43 Mother Nature’s Art
44 Honey Culture Creates Good Buzz
“An appreciation for and
preservation of creativity
is one constant thread
weaving its way through
all human history and
52 Lynn Alison Trombetta — On Creativity
58 The Ratliff Legacy
60 The Art of Jill Amundsen
66 Rowe Fine Art Gallery Abounds with
Impressions from Nature
76 Culinary Palette
78 Sedona Live Entertainment Venues
80 Sedona Gallery Map
82 Sedona Gallery Index
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The Intrinsic Nature
of the Amateur
By Greg Lawson
An idea born in the mind must be nourished in the heart. This is true for the arts
more than many endeavors. We hear of amateurs and of professionals and we might
readily consider that the practical distinction between the two is that while one is on a
career path, the other is practicing similarly as a hobbyist.
This difference came to mind one spring night when my daughter and I pulled in to an
Irish village and took note of a sign on a blackboard at the edge of town announcing an
"amateur talent event" that was to be held that very evening in a local barn. Of course
we chose to buy tickets and soon found ourselves tucked into a nook high above the
makeshift stage on the bleacher-style benches that lined the inside walls.
After a couple of false starts, the show moved quickly into high gear and we were
simply blown away. Incredible talent kept washing onto the stage like the ocean waves
that consistently splashed against the nearby Cliffs of Moher right there in County
Clare. One act folded into another, and then another and another. Each person,
every duo, trio, and group exploded into performance with an exciting power unique
to themselves. The energy released — and the energy absorbed by the occupants of
that timeworn sciobol, had the capacity to energize every man, woman and child to
the core of their being. It would send most of us out into the night with an unrivaled
But these performers were amateurs, not professionals. How could amateurs have
such a profound effect? In answer I’d like to submit another layer of difference between
the professional and the amateur.
Though it might be stated that the professional is doing what they do as a career or as
a job choice, the amateur is often following a similar practice purely for the love of it.
And simply put, love is the superior energy.
So, as the word 'professional' can be used to mean the practice of a particular
occupation for the purpose of gain or sustenance, 'amateur' arrives from Latin and
French traces that are more at suggesting the love or passion a person may have for
the pursuit — think of the related word, amour.
We’ve noticed it, haven’t we? An amateur often has a notable enthusiasm within, and
their favored occupational pursuits will demonstrate that passion even if and even
when the exercise has not yet been refined. That highly magnetic vitality, love, can also
be found behind the polish of the most capacitated professional.
Over time a professional might find the spark weakening inside due to what might
become mundane repetition or even the failure to achieve a professional goal. But for
the amateur, if you are impelled to climb the Himalayas once might be enough, but
while you’re on that initial climb, the exhilaration supplied by every step can be applied
as fuel to propel you even further.
For me, even though I have pursued the same course for decade after decade, I never
want to lose connection to the intrinsic nature of the amateur, the nature that informs
my very being. 4
Folio Awards - NewYork City
ARTSource Publications was recently honored
by Folio Awards in New York for producing
Sedona ARTSource magazine. Sedona’s own semiannual
arts publication was identified as a finalist
in art direction and design for city and regional
magazines in the USA. Thank you Folio Awards!
ARTSource Publications is pleased to announce a
new Arizona statewide publication. Arizona Accent
magazine is weeks away from release and features
articles and information about people and their
enterprises making a regional, national or global
impact from their Arizona base. 4
Photo: Rick Dembow
Arts & Culture Coordinator
City of Sedona
Sedona, whose landscape is a work of art, has long been a locale that attracts a wide
range of artists coming here for pure inspiration. Monumental red rock formations
accented with pinon pine bathe in an incredible ever changing light. The scenic vistas,
open fields of colorful wildflowers and the flowing waters of Oak Creek all awaken the
creative muse. As a natural arts and cultural destination, many local galleries and shops
exhibit a range of art from Native American to modern, including: fine art paintings,
weavings, ceramics, woodcarvings and sculptures. The Sedona Chamber of Commerce
& Tourism Bureau’s Visitor Center in Uptown offers a free fold out map for art lovers
to follow a sculpture walk throughout the community.
Public Art has been an integral part of Sedona over the years historically and
continues to grow going forward. Outdoor sculpture adds visual dimension to
outdoor spaces, which not only plays an essential role in bringing community
together, but adds economic value. The City of Sedona prides itself on
supporting the arts. It is noteworthy that a Public Art Ordinance in 1992
was adopted, with the sole purpose of promoting outdoor art for locals and
visitors to enjoy. An owner of any new or expanding commercial building is
required to invest a percentage of money based on the current CPI, which
goes into the Art in Public Places fund. When enough money accrues, a
request for proposal is issued and the process for choosing public art begins.
Over the years, the City has commissioned and purchased over seventyfive
works of art displayed around the City campus and throughout the
community on City property. There are paintings, photographs, stained glass
and pewter medallions on display in City buildings. As you enter Sedona
from three different directions, there are welcome signs, which are part
of our art collection and currently being redesigned to become more
current. There are fifteen mosaic Kindness Benches, sidewalk art and
twenty-two sculptures, with six featured in this article.
1. Sedona Schnebly was the City's first
bronze sculpture. It was created in 1994
by renowned sculptor, Susan Kliewer and
donated to the City by the Red Rock
Arts Council. The monument is a one
and one half life-sized bronze figurative
representation honoring the memory of
the pioneer woman Sedona was named
after. She moved to the area with her
husband, TC in 1901 and together they
established a family farm, a general store
and had the Wayside Chapel built. The
sculpture stands carrying a basket of
apples in one hand and offering an apple
in the other. Her hair is pulled back
and she is dressed in a shirtwaist with
ruffle at the neck, a fitted, long-sleeved
jacket with mutton-chop sleeves, an
ankle-length skirt and lace up boots.
Location: Sedona Library
2. How Do You Like Them Apples
and King of Swing was commissioned
by the City to Fuller Barnes in 1998
to be placed at Jordan Historical Park,
which now houses the Sedona Heritage
Museum. The property was once a
homestead for the Jordan Family, who
had apple and peach orchards, as well
as a packing shed. The tree trunk was
created from scrap metal, rebar, rod,
round stock and flat stock melted
welded together for a natural effect.
The canopy was made from layers
of plate steel, with cut in leaf designs
added for dimension. The apples were
made from clinkers and metal dyes
were added for patina, color and sheen.
Location: Sedona Heritage Museum
3. Anasazi Fountain was commissioned
by the City to John Soderberg in 1999,
which sits in the City Hall Courtyard.
Soderberg was inspired by his visits to
the ancient Anasazi ruins. He recreated
the spirit of this ancient civilization, which
first settled in the Four Corners and
eventually migrated to the Verde Valley.
The Anasazi created incredibly elaborate
cliff dwellings, which were mysteriously
abandoned, while leaving behind their
possessions. Within the rocks are
many sculpted faces. At the base is an
abandoned cliff dwelling, as well as a
flowing waterfall, which symbolizes life.
The eagle soars over their memory,
as he watched over their daily lives.
Location: City Hall Courtyard
4. Red Rocks and the Cowboy Artist
created by Clyde “Ross” Morgan in
2002, was also commissioned by the
City. This bronze statue is a tribute to
Sedona’s southwestern culture. This life
size bronze represents artist Joe Beeler,
as he paints Snoopy Rock with a young
girl about to take his picture. The girl
is in full color from modern times. The
material is metal with paint on it to give the work a realistic feel. Joe Beeler was a
painter and sculptor of Western art, who lived in Sedona from 1962 to 2006. He
started the Cowboy Artists of America, whose motto is “preserving and perpetuating
the culture of Western life in fine art.” Location: Uptown Plaza
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5. / 6. Above & Beyond bronze sculptures were created by Ken Rowe and Kim
Kori in 2010. Above depicts two ravens as they are often seen playfully flying over
Sedona with one perched. Beyond has our national symbol, a life-sized soaring
bald eagle, which represents freedom. A broken wagon wheel at the base of the
structure represents the early pioneers. The “rock” structures are constructed of
sheet steel with a rich rust patina. As the sun rises and sets, the sculptures will
change in color and shadows. The petroglyph designs are native to the Sedona area.
Location: The Y Roundabouts at Route 179 & Route 89A, as well as intersecting
Route 89A & Brewer Road
7. The Open Gate awarded to Reagan
Word by the City, was the most
recent commission. Each element
has a symbolic meaning indigenous
to Sedona. This bronze sculpture is
placed near the Tlaquepaque bridge,
which has long been a gateway to
Sedona. The gate motif is a symbol
welcoming all to Sedona. The Great
Blue Heron is common near Oak
Creek and represents our quest for
unique purpose in life. The apple tree 7.
is a symbol of antiquity, as historically
Sedona is known for its apple orchards. The red rocks symbolize the natural
beauty here. The bear in the negative space represents the heartline of Sedona.
Location: Schnebly Hill Roundabout
At the time of writing this article,
as part of the Sedona in Motion
(SIM) program, the City of Sedona
has contracted Eagle Mountain
Construction to begin roadway
improvements in Uptown, which
includes adding two roundabouts.
Working with Planning and Design
Engineering Consultants, Kimley-
Horn, a Request for Proposal
for existing artwork, or artwork
that can be created in the time
frame which coincides with the
completion of construction, is
underway. The plan is to complete
this process by February 2020, the
time of this publication.
Typically we commission art for
one roundabout at a time. Since
there is enough money accrued,
I am excited to announce for
the first time I will be sending
out an RFP seeking art for four
roundabouts along State Route
179. These include: Canyon Drive,
Morgan Road, Chapel Road and
Back O’ Beyond Road. Once the
submissions are received a work
group is formed to review and rate
each piece according to specific
criteria. When each roundabout
is narrowed down to the top
three artists, the public will have
a chance to vote as well, before
determining which four artists will
be awarded a contract.
For those interested in learning
more about our Art in Public
Places program, or interested in
submitting designs for sculptures
to be placed in our roundabouts,
please contact Arts & Culture
Coordinator, Nancy Lattanzi at
1. Rose Pacheco - Santo Domingo
2. Guadalupe Melendez - Mata Ortiz
3. Mary Louise E Teeyan - Jemez
4. Arlene Bennett - Navajo
5. Hilda Whitegoat - Navajo
in Native American Culture
By Lynn Alison Trombetta
often depict the
butterfly in their art
to represent their strong
spiritual connection to
nature. They also decorate
their clothing and possessions with
the joyful butterfly motif.
The butterfly has various meanings to different tribes.
They may interpret it as a symbol of joy, or as a message
from a dream or communication from a lost loved one.
Even the color of the butterfly can be significant: Some
tribes believe white is a sign of good luck, yellow signifies
hope, and black forewarns of illness. Overall, they consider
butterflies to be a positive symbol that brings comfort to
Butterfly stories are common among
Native Americans. Pueblo tribes tell
the charming story that the Creator
put all the world’s most beautiful
colors into a magic bag. The children
watched as he opened the bag and
colorful singing butterflies flew
out! This enchanted the children,
but the birds were envious of the
butterflies singing voices and sweet
songs. To even things back out, the
Creator took away the butterflies
ability to sing.
Oh, if only they could still sing!
Within some tribes, the people
associate the butterfly with sleeping
Alban Mooya - Hopi
and dreaming. Many believe that butterflies deliver
dreams and they often embroider the butterfly design
onto a baby’s clothing or blanket to help the
child sleep at night.
1. Artist unknown - Hopi
2. Ambrose Tsosie - Navajo
3. Emma Edaakie - Zuni 3.
4. Diane Longjose - Zuni
5. Chris Mansfield - Hopi
6. Rhonda Quyio - Hopi (circa 1975)
Throughout Native American culture,
we find butterflies and other insects
represented in carvings, jewelry
and pottery. In this way the people
honor the butterfly for its beauty and
acknowledge its contribution to the
success of their annual harvest through
the pollinating of plant life.
Some of the most visual representations of
Hopi culture are the colorful hand-carved Katsina
dolls that represent spirits in Native American culture.
Dolls that represent several Butterfly Katsina spirits, for
example, the Zuni Hemis Butterfly (Poli Sio Hemis); Hopi
Butterfly Man (Poli Taka) and Hopi Butterfly Girl (Poli
Mana) and Hopi Butterfly Maiden (Palhik Mana) can be
seen at Kachina House in West Sedona. 4
“Wendy Lippman commits herself 250
percent to all that she does. A true patron
of the arts, her devotion and vision for
preserving and progressing Tlaquepaque
Arts and Shopping Village makes it an
unparalleled place to experience in Sedona
and the southwest — and makes her
an unparalleled champion of local and
international art and artists.”
“I have known Wendy Lippman for decades
and appreciate her dedication on many
fronts. Tlaquepaque is Sedona’s jewel with
its extraordinary architecture, exquisitely
maintained grounds, its home to artisans,
unique shops, fine dining and wonderfully
inspired events. And of course, as a
grandma, I love the toy store.”
Karen Reynolds Dilks
T oa s t of the T ow n
Sedona ARTSource is pleased
to host Toast of the Town to honor
those responsible for helping
create a vibrant arts scene in
Sedona. In this issue we share a
community toast that recognizes
Wendy Lippman, resident
partner and general manager
of one of Arizona’s iconic arts
destinations, Tlaquepaque Arts
& Crafts Village.
“Wendy Lippman is a visionary and
generous patron of the arts. I can’t think of any other person in Sedona
who employs as many performing artists. She has definitely been essential
to my development as a dance artist these past 10 years. I think of Wendy as
a foundation for the fun and artistic ambiance that creates community for
“Sedona PD with a group of community members formed a committee to
raise money for an Officer and K9 Memorial Statue and Tribute. Wendy
was instrumental in the successful efforts to raise over $100,000 for these
two bronze statues which were unveiled on November 21, 2019. Wendy is
a truly amazing philanthropist who cares about law enforcement, animals,
art, children, community and more.”
“Dynamic, visionary and heartfelt are a few of the many qualities that come
to mind when thinking of Wendy Lippman. I'm so grateful for how she has
preserved and enhanced the charm of Tlaquepaque and the way that she
beautifully interfaces with the Sedona community.”
“Wendy brings vision and a collaborative spirit to her passion for the arts,
which she demonstrates not just with her words but in her actions. Wendy
embraced Red Earth Theatre and turned us loose to bring live theatre to
Tlaquepaque giving us not just room to play but always available support
and assistance. When Wendy arrives at an arts function you know there is a
genuine energy of delight and appreciation in the room.”
“I have known Wendy Lippman for almost 24 years. She is a Sedona
treasure. She has always put art and culture at the head of her sights
while supporting Sedona in every way possible. She is quite the
example for all of us to follow. There are many things I respect her
for and that she has accomplished but at the very top of the list . . .
is my huge admiration and her friendship she so generously gives to
“Wendy is an amazing woman and one of my most favorite people in
Sedona. Her invitation to be part of the Tlaquepaque arts and crafts
community has made a significant positive impact in my life and music
over the last four years and I can’t thank her enough.”
“My mother always told me, ‘If you want something done, ask a busy
person.’ That is so very true of Wendy Lippman. When we were trying
to get the Sedona Gallery Association formed, she not only offered
the meeting room at Tlaquepaque but she acted as our President to get
the Gallery Association on its feet. The Association is now running in
good order due to the fact Wendy Lippman was so generous with our
meeting room — and herself — in the beginning.”
“As long as I have been in Sedona Wendy Lippman has been a worthy
model as one supporting the arts — and she does so in the most
practical ways. She artfully manages the tasteful Tlaquepaque venue
while providing a beautiful stage for the many artisans promoted
through significant local events. Thank you Wendy!”
“I greatly appreciate Wendy Lippman’s high level of professionalism
as well as the vision and opportunities she creates for local musicians
and artists. Under Wendy’s guidance, Tlaquepaque has consistently
been the best venue to perform at in the Verde Valley and it’s always a
pleasure to work with Wendy and her staff.”
“There are not enough words to describe Wendy Lippman. Not
only is she a brilliant business woman, she is a truly extraordinary
and wondrous gift to Sedona! She is committed to our community
and the arts and is overwhelmingly generous to so many non-profit
organizations. She has produced first-class events at Tlaquepaque that
benefit this community and bring so much rich culture to our residents
and visitors. She is dedicated to continuing the cultural heritage
that has defined Tlaquepaque for all these decades. She is an active
participant in the future vision of Sedona and has given generously
to help keep Sedona in motion. This town, our arts community, our
residents and guests are blessed to have Wendy Lippman here!”
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a Surrealist Collage
By Mark Rownd
Every piece of art tells a story, but some present many riddles. The visual cacophony of the collage, shown
opposite, includes eight photos arranged as film strips, a cutout from Webster's Dictionary (1913), washes of
paint, ink, some random drawing in pencil, and an abstract figurative element, consistent with Max Ernst's
Max was an early and prolific proponent
of collage, well before it was an accepted
art form and often borrowed collage
elements from catalogs. This collage
has eight photos from Muybridge's The
Human Figure in Motion (1901), series 76,
titled "Woman Adjusting Train and Turning
Around." Motion studies by Muybridge,
considered the father of motion pictures,
had inspired an important painting by Max's
friend Marcel Duchamp, Nude Descending a
Staircase No. 2 (1912).
in Hans Richter’s
1957 film "8x8:
A Chess Sonata."
By chance, I noticed a parallel between
the Muybridge photos in the collage and
the surrealist film 8 x 8: A Chess Sonata,
by Hans Richter. Partly filmed in Arizona
in 1954, in one scene Dorothea Tanning
appeared as the queen dressed in a white
gown in a game of chess. Her movements
seemed to emulate this particular set of
The color palette of the collage is a similar
teal, blue and red that often appeared
in paintings by both Max and Dorothea
between 1946 and 1949. The pencil
scribbles closely resemble the automatism
Eight photographs from
"The Human Figure in Motion"
by Eadweard Muybridge, published 1901,
are shown in the collage, opposite.
Collage with gouache, ink, pencil on paper, 15 1/8" x 10 7/8"
The perfect collage, like the perfect crime,
is the one that goes undetected.
— John Russell, ART View; Max Ernst’s Adventures in Collage (1989)
The positioning of one of the Muybridge
photos of a woman gesturing next to the
circular cutout (above) recalls the composition
of The Petrified Forest by Max Ernst, 1929 (left)
of an artwork by Max for La Brebis
Galante (1949). The positioning of one
of the Muybridge photos of a woman
gesturing next to the circular cutout
recalls the composition of The Petrified
Four Muybridge photos in the collage
are some form of image transfer. Max
had experimented with photo transfer
processes with Man Ray using light
sensitive paper and had published a
series of photograms in 1931.
The abstract figurative element
has four sections, similar
to the male figure in Max's
monumental Capricorn sculpture (1947).
However, unlike Capricorn, the horns
are vertical, reminiscent of his cement
sculpture at Saint-Martin d' Ardeche,
and the face is rectangular and outlined
resembling his sculpture The King
Playing With the Queen (1944). The face
of the bull in Capricorn is drawn on
the figurative element in the collage by
scratching through the paint.
Perhaps most perplexing is the
choice of words in the dictionary
cutout, "Twentieth" and "Twenty." Is
"Twentieth" a reference to XXe Siecle,
Vertical horns and rectangular face (above),
The King Playing with the Queen, Bronze,
Max Ernst, 1944 (left)
Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst
with his sculpture, Capricorn, Sedona
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the 20th century French surrealist magazine which published Max's work from
1939 to 1974? Is "Twenty" referring to the number of opening moves possible in
chess? Another clue is a quote from Francis Bacon's History of King Henry VII:
"Maximilian, upon twenty respects,
could not have been the man."
Maximilian was Max's
first name, and "Max" is
encircled in red pencil.
The placement of the
cutout, off center
within a larger white
circle in the under
painting, is suggestive
circles in his other
works referencing the
Cutout from Webster's
and "Twenty" (above).
"Max" is encircled
In 1931, Max created a collage
with a page from Astronomie
Populaire, displaying an asteroid originally
named Maximilana, discovered by amateur astronomer
Ernst Tempel. Originally published in A L' Interieur
De La Vue 8 Poemes Visibles, Max republished that
collage in 1948. Max made many additional artworks
late in his career inspired by Tempel, including the
book Maximiliana: The Illegal Practice of Astronomy.
Sometimes artworks can open a universe of the unexpected. 4
Untitled from ‘La Brebis
galante,’ 1949 (left).
The automatism drawing
style in the collage
seems directly related
to this untitled artwork
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A Deep-Seated Love
In this issue we explore both fashion and functionality with offerings from several furniture makers
with a Sedona connection! The following pages contain information supplied by the artists or the
galleries representing them.
The furniture we choose to live with reflects
our values, our lifestyle and our culture in
ways we often give little attention. Yet, out
of the mind of artists, this ancient quest for practical
solutions for home furnishings often blossoms into so
Blue Tulip Chair
Mother Earth Table
In many ways, the history of our furniture is more
cultural than evolutionary. While we began with the
basic functionality needed for our bodies to sit, work,
and sleep, the resulting furniture reflects our tastes and
our values as much, if not more, than a historical time
period. Clearly, our furnishings are more than simply
places to rest our bodies. We create, solve, think, share
our lives and dream while in their embrace.
“Working with wood
is not what I do, it’s who I am.”
“When people ask why I chose woodworking I tell them I didn’t.
It chose me. I still have a scar from the time I was 4 years old and learning
to use a coping saw. I am drawn to the beauty in wood. There is a sense
of connection working with a material, unique for its particular history.
Wood permits a good deal of freedom in my designs. It can be both rigid
and supple; can be used for support or ornament. Wood can be both
plain and mysterious; as light and luminescent as water or as dense and
opaque as rock. Wood expresses and inspires emotion by transcending
its function to connect with the spirit. But function is a critical element
in my furniture. I want my work to inspire and excite, but all my work is
intended for everyday use.
I believe there is something special about a piece of furniture that is made
entirely from start to finish by one person. I put my heart into my work.
Each piece is unique and I always work to honor the beauty of the wood
and provide it a worthy second life, a life that will outlast me and be used
and treasured for generations.”
Goldenstein Art at L'Auberge de Sedona
301 L'Auberge Lane, Sedona
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Red Tulip Chair
"Joined at the Hip" • Bronze, Walnut & Ceramic
Limited Edition • 33"H x 74.5"W x 19"D
“In this Functional Art table, a collaborative piece created with
master woodworker Dan Rieple, the gracefully crossed female looking
legs in wood at each end represent humanity and our interdependence
upon each other. Literally we support each other. The bronze section
represents our planet, our environment, and our world, which is the very
means of our continued existence. There is a dependence here that I do not see as being fully appreciated.
If in our collective arrogance, we destroy the ability of our planet to provide for us, then all the money in the
world that it is possible for us to accumulate will be of no help to anyone.”
Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art
561 State Route 179, Sedona
The art of Southwest native Richard Pankratz is design driven. After studying
at the Kansas City Art Institute, Richard set out to be unrestricted by either
subject or media. He feels that artists must somehow find a way to express a
segment of the world in which they exist, and that as they take this journey
themes should be continually explored in multi-faceted arrays of variation. His
artwork blends together ceramic and bronze, and both form and function in his
custom fine art sculptures and furniture.
"Aerial Ecstacy" • Bronze & Ceramic
Limited Edition • 31"H x 72.5"W x 17"D
“In Aerial Ecstasy, I have taken landscape, as
a metaphor for the view of what is and given it
a different perspective, a different view. This
view is not intended to be better, just different.
In this case we look at the landscape in
the form of a table. It is landscape as
seen from 30,000 feet and we see arroyos,
river valleys, human imprint grids, crop circles, flat plains, and eroded cliffs. It is an overview of the effects of the forces
that shaped it. The spectacular nature of this different view seems fresh in our experience but reminds us that we have also
experienced other views of this same 'landscape' as spectacular. Not better, but different. And because they are different, better.”
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“Sawdust runs in my blood.”
“Having worked with wood my entire life, and with a grandfather, great uncle, and father
who were woodworkers, sawdust runs in my blood. From a young boy, I have tinkered,
created, perfected, and immersed myself in my love for this ever-changing, ever-fascinating
material. Now, the tools seem an outgrowth of my own hands.
I am also a Zen Buddhist monk and I bring the philosophy of ‘just this moment’ into my
life, my designs, and my work methods for each project.
I have had the opportunity in aging to move from the hectic pace of youth and middle age
into a period of Mastery. Such Mastery is a rich, slow process that uncovers and deepens
life’s many lessons.
Now, my work reflects aspects of Zen, that which awakens us to life ‘just now,’ and to
Mastery, using the lessons of life and time. I create pieces that serve a particular purpose
in your home, but more importantly offer you a moment of calm and deep satisfaction in
their use.” | Examples viewable online at KeeberCustomWoodcraft.com.
Goldenstein Art at L'Auberge de
Sedona | 301 L'Auberge Lane, Sedona
Table for Two
The innovative, contemporary fine
art furniture of Ernst Gruler melds
sculptural design and ergonomic
comfort. Ernst has developed a
fabrication process that involves
bending wood laminates into what he
considers functional sculpture. Ernst’s
work combines technical mastery,
creative design and artistic excellence. The furniture is exceptionally durable
and a pleasure to live with. The painted surfaces are layered, rubbed and sealed.
They clean up easily and colors can be customized to blend with specific interior
needs. First trained as a model maker and then as a fine artist, Ernst holds a
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree along with a Master of Arts, both in furniture
design. Over the past 20 years Ernst has developed his design sensibilities
through the creation of furniture, abstract paintings and unique lighting.
Ernst’s work has been exhibited nationally and collected internationally.
Goldenstein Art at L'Auberge de Sedona
301 L'Auberge Lane, Sedona
Jose Jaramillo was born in Ciudad Juárez,
Chihuahua. He is a fourth generation Master
Wood Carver, having learned the craft from his
father at the age of 6. Since then Jose has mastered his
craft, creating and carving everything from beautifully
embellished mirrors to elegant sculptures. His designs range
from traditional southwest styles to the elegant and elaborate Tuscan style.
His elegant furniture and architectural elements are found in beautiful homes
across the country. Every piece is as unique as the hands that shaped them.
Indonesian Teak Wood
with Quartz Root table
400 years old
31.5"H x 59"W x 20"D
Indonesian Teak Wood
24"H x 20.5"W x 22.5"D
Tesa Michaels creates mesmerizing, three-dimensional paintings and
tables inspired by nature and the world around her. Her Home Décor
Collection is a creative fusion of semi-precious stones and unique
pieces of the earth with traditional fine art.
Living near the California coast, many of Tesa’s paintings are based
on the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets on the beach. She applies semi-
precious stones to the surface of her original oil paintings, creating
depth and texture that brings her artwork to life.
It’s easy to become enchanted by the radiant stones in the tranquil
landscapes she creates. “Skies and sunsets are among my most favorite
things in nature. The beautiful colors, how the sky changes from one
second to the next reflecting constant changes in its colors and energy
moves me,” she says. Her unique paintings and furnishings engage
the viewer to take a closer look at the stunning, and energetic details
found in stones meticulously hand placed by the artist.
Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art
561 State Route 179, Sedona
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Mesquite Wood with Quartz
Wood from Utah
30.5"H x 51"W x 29"D
"Bisbee" • Black Walnut
32"H x 51"W x 12"D
"Wilcox" • Red Cedar
32"H x 66"W x 13.5"D
Acclaimed “found-metal” sculpture artist, Doug Adams with
assistance from his wife, Dianne and 15 year-old son, Ryan have
embarked on a new and exciting line of handmade found-metal
object sofa tables, coffee tables, and benches. Artists Doug and
Ryan masterfully combine priceless antiques with rare and unusual
pieces of history and industry. Each table is then fitted with a
beautifully finished resin encapsulating a 2-inch thick live edge slab
of hardwood from the mountains of southeastern Idaho where they
reside. Talented artist, Dianne creates special fused glass pieces and
strategically adds unique stones into each masterpiece.
Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art
561 State Route 179, Sedona
"Winslow" • Oak
32"H x 59"W x 20"D
Born and raised in East Germany, Gerald first visited the U.S. after
the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. Every year thereafter, he would travel to
the U.S. or Canada.
While touring by motorcycle in the U.S., he and a pal from
Germany discovered New Mexico. Gerald stayed for three years,
then traveled to Central and South America and lived in Mexico.
He returned to New Mexico in 2010, where he currently lives with
his wife, two dogs and a cat.
With an innate understanding of line, form and design, Gerald
has designed and fabricated motorcycle and car parts. Such skill
was highly prized in East Germany, as vehicles needed to last – it
was not uncommon to be waitlisted 12 years before being able to
purchase a new car.
Gerald brings this skill and creativity to his design and fabrication
of unique outdoor furniture. Each pieces is handcrafted from
natural stone and metal; no two are identical.
Gallery of Modern Masters
671 State Route 179, Sedona
Each stone is shaped for sitting comfort and then polished to a
high luster. A vintage car enthusiast, Gerald often incorporates
car parts into his furniture. His quality creations bring a smile of
appreciation and years of pleasure to his customers.
With a successful Business Development and Corporate Sales career
with three Fortune 500 companies spanning 20 years, Nino Santini
decided to dedicate all his efforts, creativity and passion to what was then
his side business, SD Creations. This move in 2014 made it possible to
become a full time rustic industrial furniture designer and manufacturer
operating from his base in Scottsdale, Arizona. The demand for his
unique rustic and industrial furniture creations has come into demand
for both residential and commercial applications. Nino Santini works
with interior designers and architects from his new home base in
Sedona. | Examples viewable on Instagram: @SDcreationsAZ.
From a background in arts
education Bill Robson has been
a creative ceramicist and potter
for more than 50 years.
This charming feedbag planter
is made in Sedona from a single
lump of clay, then fired and glazed
in the artist’s studio. With weeping
outlets and unique strapping, the
vessel is ready use.
Unique furnishings at SON SILVER WEST include historic and antique
global elements. This cabinet is recommissioned teak, a thoughtful
selection for the earth-conscious. With an already historic legacy,
old wood recrafted for a second purpose is imbued with a certain
air of mystery even while serving contemporary practicalities.
TREE of LIFE
• natural fibers
• natural dyes
Son Silver West
Western, Traditional & Contemporary Creations
1476 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ 86336 ❊ SonSilverWest.com Sedona ARTSource ❊ 928.282.3580 37
Photos by Mark Short
A Total Experience
If Pat Schweiss, Executive Director of the Sedona
International Film Festival could go back in time to
revisit the first 25 years of the revered event, he would
hardly change a thing.
"It hasn’t always been easy and there were definitely
challenges I’d have preferred were a bit less stressful or
were easier to solve, but I’ve learned from everything
that’s happened – good and bad – and as a collective,
the challenges have gotten us to where we are today
and made me better at what I do," he said. "I look back
on those years with great pride because the ups have
far exceeded the downs and there’s been so much more
'great' than just 'good'; and we’ve been able to build on
what's 'great' every year."
As the screens light up the 2020 Sedona International
Film Festival, Pat sees it as the first day of the next
quarter century, and the opportunity to continue
bringing new film experiences to the Sedona community
they may not otherwise enjoy. "And that’s a pretty nice
place to be," he added.
Mary D. Fisher Theatre
A nice place to be not just for him, but for the 10,000-
plus filmgoers, filmmakers, volunteers, sponsors and fans
"We certainly still need to grow and to adapt to a
rapidly changing industry and shifting film marketplace
that offers so many more options to see films than
when we first started," he said. "We can’t afford to be
complacent about our success over the years. We’ve
worked too hard to get to this point and our staff and
board never lose sight of that, but we know the one
aspect of the Sedona International Film Festival that
sets us apart and keeps people coming back year after
year is the experience – the total experience – of that
magical week in Sedona."
The 26th annual Sedona International Film Festival
extends across nine days from Saturday, February 22 to
Sunday, March 1, 2020.
A full lineup of 160 films – selected by three screening
committees from nearly 1400 entries from around the
world – is topped off with evening events and parties,
workshops and very special guests from the film industry.
Films are screened at three venues: the Festival-ownedand-operated
Mary D. Fisher Theatre, Harkins Theatres
Sedona 6 and the Sedona Performing Arts Center
located at Sedona Red Rock High School.
Pat added, "Ask the filmmakers what is so special about
the Sedona International Film Festival and they’ll tell you
it’s not just one thing, but everything. It is a gathering
of people who love to make films, watch films and share
with one another how those films impact audiences.
Filmmakers rave over and over again about the sincerely
warm welcome and treatment by the people of Sedona who have really been instrumental in making our festival
great. And, there’s not a better, more committed board of directors anywhere than at the Sedona International
Over the years, the festival has attracted actors, directors, producers at the top of their game – and many just
starting out – and films like What the Bleep Do We Know!?, which premiered in Sedona in 2004 and went on to win
an Academy Award. The impressive list of guests includes Richard Dreyfuss, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Susan
Sarandon, Ed Asner, Nick Nolte, Nicolas Cage, Diane Ladd, Jane Alexander, James Brolin, Elliot Gould and Michael
Moore to name only a few.
"We will always look for films that keep our filmgoers
thinking, talking as they leave the theater and looking
forward to the next screening," he said. "But we also
want to expand and enhance our workshops and
continue building our reputation among major indie
studios. We want to be their festival of choice. We
want them to come to us and say, 'We’ve got a great
film that we want to premiere with you.' We’ve made
great strides over the years, but there’s more ground
to cover… and Sedona’s magnificent red rocks are
For more information and tickets, visit
A Look Back ... Sedona International Film Festival 2019
A few years ago my wife and I stumbled onto
Sedona while on vacation and instantly fell in love
with it. The people, the atmosphere, the landscapes!
Sedona quickly became our home away from home,
so naturally we knew we wanted to submit to the Sedona
International Film Festival (SIFF). After submitting and while
traveling to other film festivals we heard time and again
how amazing SIFF was and we just HAD to go, no matter
if our film was in or not. They weren't wrong! Sedona was
one of the best festival experiences I've ever had. During
both of our screenings there was a line out the
door. Audiences loved it! I'm in production with
several more projects and I can't wait to return
— Rudi Womack, director, IN THIS GRAY PLACE
After a robbery gone wrong, Aaron barricades himself in a rest
stop bathroom. Surrounded by police and battling hallucinations,
he must stall long enough to devise a plan and hide the jewels.
DISCOVER YOUR GREATNESS!
In a work beautifully inspired by the
subtle lessons found while observing
nature, Lynn Alison Trombetta shares
her thoughts on our power to change
our daily reality through conscious
“Surrounded by the nearly
unimaginable natural beauty of Oak
Creek in Sedona, Arizona, I could
clearly see the place where our
‘Oneness’ dwells. I learned that
Lynn Alison Trombetta
within the connection we share lies
the power to experience the very best in thoughts, words and
actions that potentially affect other lives, our planet, and ourselves.
Choosing Greatness to Change Your Life is an exploration of
recognizing each pivotal moment when we have the opportunity to
create change through a choice, no matter how small.”
– Lynn Alison Trombetta
Also by the author:
Best Musician in Sedona
2018 & 2019
KUDOS Readersʼ Choice Award!
Donʼt miss fingerstyle guitar master, composer and
recording artist, Rick Cygeʼs unique instrumental
guitar arrangements of music from the greats including:
The Beatles, Sting, Billy Joel, Eagles, James Taylor,
Simon & Garfunkel, Eric Clapton, Everly Brothers, Elvis,
Steely Dan, John Mayer, Acoustic Alchemy,
and, well, you get the idea!
Featured Musician at Golden Goose American Grill
Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
for a complete calendar of upcoming performances
and to hear samples and see videos of his music!
Available for private parties, house concerts, special events.
Arizona’s official state fossil, petrified wood is among
the treasures of Mother Nature’s art you will find at
Millions of years ago, when the very
first dinosaurs roamed the earth,
enormous tropical forests and
huge bodies of water spread
across lands that are
Tropical storms and
climatic events knocked
down forest trees, leaving
them to petrify.
Dissolved in the water
were minerals such as sand,
quartz crystal, agate, chalcedony or
opal. Over time, this mineral replaced
the decaying woody part of the giant trees,
turning them into stone. Depending on the trace minerals
present the replacement was colored red, orange, yellow,
pink, brown, lavender, black, white or green. Known as
“rainbow wood,” this colorful petrified wood is some
of the most prized in the world.
Local and regional lapidary artisans cut and polish
the petrified wood to unlock their hidden hues and
ancient story. Certificates of Authenticity accompany
each collector quality specimen. These and other
rare fossils available at Touchstone Gallery are just
some of the impressive natural history décor specimens
featured in this not-to-be-missed uptown Sedona location.
Creates Good Buzz
"Honeybees forged the course
for my life and now I’m trying
to return the favor," says Ted
Denard, founder of prolific
honey-based business, Savannah
Bee. "They gave me a purposefilled
career that will leave the
world a better place, just like
the honeybees do."
It all started in 1979 when
an elderly gentleman named
Roy Hightower placed his
25 beehives on Ted’s family
property. Terrified of the bees
but lured in by the honey,
Ted fell in love as he held
the multicolored frames of
honeycomb against the sun. He
recalls, "The frames appeared
to me like a stained-glass window and proved to be an
experience that foreshadowed my life to come, a life
intertwined with bees."
"While in high school, I often worked weekends with
Roy and this was an introduction to an immersion and
confidence in beekeeping. Later in college I helped
another elderly man, Archie Stapleton, with his hives
and his vineyard. He taught me about the bees while we
made wine and sometimes mead, an alcoholic beverage
employing mostly honey as its fermentable sugar. Archie
mesmerized me with tales of all the worker bees being
female and how their queen, though starting life as a
worker bee was transformed into a queen by eating a diet
of ‘royal jelly.’ He divulged how she lives 40 times longer
and can lay 3000 eggs a day,
either fertilizing them to
produce worker bees, or not,
to allow the development of
the few ‘drones’ out of 60,000
workers. All the learning
made my enthrallment
deepen until I eventually fell
into the proverbial rabbit
hole filled with the lore and
fascination of apology."
After graduating with a
degree in religious studies, Ted
joined the Peace Corps and
was sent to Jamaica for two
years of teaching beekeeping
and to work with existing
Years later, living in Savannah, Georgia, Ted sometimes
questioned his father’s lifelong advice to "do what you
love" and not to work simply for money. "I was working
four jobs to pay off the debt owed from operating a
Sedona-based wilderness adventure company; one that
also placed students in host families on the Hopi and
Navajo reservations. But I had no career and seemingly no
options to create one."
"However, I did have five hives of bees in my backyard.
I resisted ever selling honey and instead gave it all away.
Then a call came in from a local store that wanted to put
my honey on their shelf. I did it! I sold it to them. It was
like the first drop of rain in a deluge, because after that
other stores started calling. And they just kept calling."
"Honey is a beautiful golden
elixir whose gorgeous profile
can only be matched by its
delicious, subtle flavors — it
is the perfect ingredient for a
culinary artist. In our art, we
strive to show off the amazing
attributes of honey as a
medium as well as a healthy
alternative to processed
sugars and sweets."
Palmetto Honey Mascarpone Tart
with Hexagon Honey "Stained Glass" Drip
We take an artistic approach with our dishes
to motivate the use of honey which supports
beekeepers who are protecting this noble species.
Lavender Honey Yogurt Bowl – study of color using pink, purple, and green in watermelon:
strawberry, blackberry, almonds, dried peas, moringa, yogurt, pollen, and dried flowers
"Fine art, Culinary arts, and the art of Beekeeping share a lot of similarities. Each invoke a sense
of romance and involve a balance of skill, patience, and creativity. For us they’re all incredibly
important, but only food inspires all of the senses."
Savannah Bee Company
Chocolate Whipped Honey S’mores
Whipped Honey S’mores Board
Ted incorporated Savannah Bee Company
and began working the business full time. "I
was the sole employee, but that quickly began
to change as the small business grew five-fold
in 2002 and then again in 2003. The year’s
first crop was the valuable tupelo honey.
Tupelo trees only grow in the rivers between
Savannah and West Florida and they bloom
in late April for anywhere from 3 to 14 days.
The honey has a unique sugar composition
that doesn’t allow it to granulate and imparts
a smooth, soft sweetness like no other honey.
After that, I hauled the hives to the forests
along the coast to make honeycombs to cut
and sell. Later, I brought the hives up into the
mountains of Southern Appalachia for the
sourwood honey whose gingerbread taste
wows the world’s honey judges into awarding
it with blue ribbons."
As he networked with other beekeepers for
his supply, Ted began to discover the more
reliable ones and has seen a gradual but
continual expansion ever since, resulting in
a beekeeper network spanning the globe.
Expanded warehousing eventually led
to the venture of opening Savannah Bee
Company retail stores in 2008. Fortunately,
their growth continued right through the
Many are aware that bees have had a stressful
time in recent years. Ted commented, "There
Food is Art
Orange Blossom Honey
Yogurt Bowl – study of
color using blue and
yellow with highlights
in Pineapple: star fruit,
moringa, yogurt, pollen,
and dried flowers
Palmetto Honey Yogurt Bowl
– study of compliment and
contrast using green and pink
in honeydew melon: kiwi,
pistachio, fig, pomegranate,
raspberry, moringa, yogurt,
pollen, and edible flowers
Ted Teaching Beekeeping
Savannah Bee Company Amazon Honeycomb still life as stained glass
have even been questions raised
about their future. In 2013 I started
a not-for-profit to support a positive
bee-awareness program by helping
to educate a generation that will
love and protect the honeybees.
The 'BeeCause Project' installs
glass observation beehives inside
classrooms allowing the bees to
enter the hive through a tube in
the wall. Over 600 schools in four
countries including all 50 states of the
USA now take part, allowing students
to watch the bees industriously
building combs and making honey
through their interaction with the
He added, "I’ve come to believe that
we need more and more ways to
spread awareness of the important
and amazing life of honeybees. Each
colony of bees can visit over 500
million flowers every year; each
touch is beneficial to both the bee
and the flower."
Ted Denard and friends are here
to help. Savannah Bee operates
15 retail stores that help to raise
bee-awareness with over 2,000,000
customers each year. Company
employees lead thousands of people
annually year through the on-site
bee-garden tours at Savannah Bee
headquarters. Ted has now branched
into a Peace Corps style of beeteaching
in a Caribbean outreach
program. In one instance, they trained
beekeepers and flew hives down to
an island that had no bees and helped
introduce what has blossomed into
hundreds of hives and a thriving
"It takes a hive and I have an amazing
team of over 200 people who ‘fight
the good fight’ every day. We use the
sale of our products to continue to
fuel our mission of saving the bees.
Like the bees, we do it individually,
one person at a time and with each
connection we are slowly but surely
making a difference in this world
through bee-education, awareness
and support. We are dedicated
to educating children and adults
about the important role bees play
as pollinators of our food. As an
integral part of our ecosystem and
facing an abundance of threats in
our evolving world, bees need all
the help we can give them. Acts
big and small can have a positive
impact on the bees and their future
— start a beehive, avoid pesticides,
plant diverse flowering species, and
support local beekeepers."
Savannah Bee is located at 390
North State Route 89A in Uptown
Bearcloud | "Bears That Move of the Wind"
Through the cracks of rocks, clouds and trees,
ancient stories unfold within the paintings
of renowned spiritul artist, Bearcloud.
Rio Robson is a
artist that was
born and raised
in Sedona. He
is the progeny
of a multigenerational
family of artists
based in Sedona
and is truly an artist
in residence at the
family studio and galleries found in three Arizona locations
where scores of his productions are available.
Sun Silver West Gallery
Marcia Molnar | "A Prickly Little Thing" | oil
In summer, Marcia camps and paints plein air on the
Grand Canyon’s rim. At other times she finds herself in
New York City wandering through the Met, the MOMA
and Central Park. Marcia explains, "I have never settled
into one style or limited myself to one subject. Having
the opportunity to spend time in two different places
during the year has encouraged me to try new things."
Mountain Trails Gallery
Chris Navarro bronze sculptor | Brandon Bailey painter
"Grand Eagle" Sculptych — a work of art incorporating
sculpture and painting that combines two mediums into a
dynamic multimedia narrative and composition.
Craig Helmich has
been an artist for
over forty years, first
as a tattoo artist
then expanding his
creativity into the
realm of metal art —
a medium he believes
and depth unlike
any other canvas.
Visions Fine Art
Ali Mignonne | "Lazy Summer Day" | mixed media
Ali’s trees are a mixture of the earth’s wonders and the mind’s fancy. She
combines ordinary scenes with bold colors, dramatic texture, and a variety
of fun extras, such as shimmery crystals and epoxy, to create magical settings.
After much trial and error, she developed her current technique of using palette
knives and cake decorating tools to create 3-D trees that pop off the canvas.
Goldenstein Art at L'Auberge de Sedona
Gallery locations may be found in the Gallery Map & Index, pages 80-82
It seems fitting to shine a light on our Editor, Lynn Alison Trombetta. She is a multi-talented artist who uses beautiful
music, art and writing to creatively connect with others and encourage an exchange of energy between the giver and the
receiver, each one energizing, each one being energized with a positive awakening for all. On these pages Lynn shares the
heart of her art and tells her engaging story. — Greg Lawson, ARTSource Publisher
“A Different View” - Oil on canvas
Lynn Alison Trombetta:
Sedona ARTSource is joyfully filled with stories about
the creative endeavors of people working with many
genres, approaches and philosophies.
My personal definition of creativity came early:
I recognized both inherent talents in myself and an
irresistible drive to create “something from nothing.”
The overwhelming impulse to inspire others to do the
same led the decision to use my creativity in all its forms
to make a living and support myself.
I understand creativity as a bridge between worlds. Its
energy speaks in the physical realm and also provides a
connection to “Source” on the spiritual plane. Through
recognizing and acting within its power, we leave a
legacy on both sides.
Creativity radiates from us. It escapes from our
unconscious while we do the mundane. It shows up
in our doodles as we take notes. It is evident in our
cooking, or how we place food on a plate. It’s visible in
our rose garden and it comes up in normal, everyday
sharing as we teach our children to dress for the first
day of school or when we show them how to carve a
pumpkin for Halloween. For many, it slips by unnoticed
until an idea from deep inside begins to seek a chance to
But for others, it comes up early as a relentless, restless
desire that is calmed only by freeing a vision from
thought into form. For these people, these artists, it is
likely that creativity is the greatest force in their life.
This is how it has been for me.
Although I sometimes dreamed of
being a ballerina, most of all I knew
I was a visual artist. Dance and art
shared the wish to cut loose, get
free of gravity and express the thing
within that was recognized, but had
However, childhood asthma was a
problem for me. When I was five,
our family left Arizona with the
hope of improving my health. It
was a lakeside cottage and the gently
sloping countryside of northern
California that trained my young
artistic eye and shaped my thoughts
about natural environments.
within wanted only to capture and
share the vision and energy with
others: “Look at this!”
Many years and many paintings
later I entered an airbrushed picture
of a lion into an exhibition. I had
experienced a moment of extreme
freedom while creating the piece
but then immediately thought I had
ruined it. I relegated it to the discard
pile. But, as I chose images for the
show, the picture was unexpectedly
appealing, so I framed it.
During the exhibition, that painting
spoke to me. It appeared as though
I had portrayed a reflection of my
own Creative Spirit. A perfect
metaphor emerged; the slumbering
lion, warmed by the sun. He will
stir and awaken, shake out his
majestic mane and wander off in
one direction or another. And I will
follow because that is how creativity
works for me. The urge ebbs and
flows and recedes again until nearly
dormant and then awakens once
more to create something new.
Because I needed to be indoors
during pollen seasons, my mother
set up a walk-in closet as a painting
studio for me. Thus, art was my
connection to the outside world.
With oils I painted landscapes and
animals I had seen and enjoyed in
nature where the wild things lived.
A driving, inventive force from
"Mountain Violets" - Chinese-style Watercolor
"Trio" - Monotype
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When we lived by the lake, my
doctor said I should exercise my
lungs with either swimming or by
playing a woodwind instrument.
The water was lovely to look at
and great for fishing, but I ruled
out swimming with turtles and
crawdads on the early attempts.
We returned to Arizona that year
and my father bought me a silver
flute to play. I could not get a note
out of it for two weeks! Then, on
a boating trip to Saguaro Lake as
we sat on a pier sipping strawberry
sodas, my dad taught me how to
blow notes on the pop bottle. That
trick translated well to the flute
when we got home and soon music
practice occupied any available free
time each day. The sleeping lion
had found another form of creative
I spent the summers of my
childhood camping with my family
at Sedona’s Oak Creek. I loved
hiking up to hollowed-out areas of
the canyon walls where I played my
flute, allowing the sound to waft out
and travel along with the flowing
waters below. The canyon provided
excellent reverberation with which
to develop a unique voice and a
round, full tone on the instrument.
And my lungs grew stronger.
I continued with my music training
and often tell the story of how this
creative outlet led to better health
for me and a career as a professional
flutist. My husband, guitarist Rick
Cyge and I record and perform our
compositions of music inspired by
the beauty of natural places in our
duo, “Meadowlark.” I like to think
of this as my “Listen to this!” phase of
expressing my creativity.
"Happiness" - Pallet knife, Oil on Canvas
Traveling through time, my creative expression expanded from art to
music to writing. I have written and published non-fiction, fiction and
children’s books as I respond to that call. Writing allows me to explore
life’s experiences to a greater depth and share ideas that trigger memories,
meaning and understanding for others. Writing also gives a more purposeful
voice to my beliefs about creativity. “Understand this!”
Illustrations from "I Go to the Ocean and Talk to Myself" youth book
I have always felt a profound need to interest and uplift others with
creativity in whichever direction the lion turned. My desire is to
inspire! I want people to know that this creative potential is inherent
in each of us and needs to be expressed. Whether we plant gardens or
write symphonies, our spirit is constantly speaking to the universe of
souls about what it means to be alive.
This gift brings with it our ultimate responsibility to share, in whatever
ways we are able, the beautiful soul energy of creativity that nourishes
love and peace whenever we allow it into our consciousness.
If I had to pick the best piece of guidance from my book, “Choosing
Greatness to Change Your Life,” it is about developing greater
awareness of what surrounds us. This develops other avenues to
recognize and experience the oneness that we share. We realize that
life’s not all about what’s happening inside of our brain every hour of
the day. Through observation and with basic gratitude as we look at
"Blue Jay" - Watercolor
"The Seahorses" - Watercolor
what’s really going on, we give our brain something positive to work
on. I think that will lead away from that incessant chatter that has to do
with what happened at work or what somebody said and gets us over
those things that we would obsess on. It opens up our eyes, expands our
minds and nourishes our creativity until we begin to see our oneness
and understand how we fit, how other people fit and how life works.
“ You will be
what you say
— Lynn Alison Trombetta
In conclusion, I believe we are all co-creators of our reality.
In these times of stress, focusing on the things our heart loves changes
us and can help to transform the world. I have heartfelt compassion
for those whose lives are in turmoil on our planet and where creativity
of the nature I’ve been talking about here is buried deep beneath daily
survival. However, I am certain that when survival is at stake, creativity
at its most basic forms is what will see us through.
May those who have suffered loss find new ways of life in the rubble of
old lives and begin again with new spirit, zest, and hope. And may every
one of us nurture that creative seed, no matter how small, and grow
ourselves into the greatest version of ourselves we can be.
To learn more visit LynnTrombetta.com and MeadowlarkMusic.com. 4
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narrated 55 minute tours, we’ll take you to all of the best places in Sedona.
Visit historic spots and inspirational landmarks, take in breathtaking views, learn where to experience
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By Lynn Alison Trombetta
Left: The King Playing with
the Queen, Bronze, Max
Recently, the Sedona Chamber of Commerce presented
the Cultural Achievement Award to the James Ratliff
Gallery. This annual award honors a Chamber partner
who has dedicated themselves to the advancement of art
and culture in Sedona.
Owner, James Ratliff’s passion for art took root in his
childhood days and has continued to grow until the
present. James is one of the few gallery operators that can
claim ownership of an Arizona gallery for over fifty years;
more than thirty of those years have been in Sedona!
Reaching back through those fifty years, we find
much evidence of the husband and wife team of James
and Patricia Ratliff making individual and collective
contributions to the Arizona arts scene.
In Loving Memory
June 8, 1939 — October 16, 2019
Arts Center for two years and was
a Sedona Chamber of Commerce
board member. He was also a
founding member of the Sedona
In the 1960s, James owned
Scottsdale’s first art gallery on Main
Street. Later, he was one of the first
arts coordinators and educators
for the Arizona Commission on the
Arts and he served on the board of
the Friends of Mexican Art (FOMA)
Besides her own interests in
writing and painting, Patricia Ratliff
achieved Master’s degrees both
"Standing Strong" by Patricia Ratliff
in piano performance and music
education. She also taught music in
elementary schools, at the college
level, and privately for many years.
The couple moved to Sedona in 1983
and quickly found their niche in the
growing arts community.
James became one of the first art
commissioners for City of Sedona.
He served as president of the Sedona
Over the years, they represented the
art of many distinguished artists such
as Alexander Calder, R.C. Gorman,
Georgia O’Keefe, Rufino Tamayo,
Fritz Scholder and Francisco Zuniga.
The James Ratliff Gallery continues
to represent fine contemporary work
by leading and emerging artists with
paintings done in oils, watercolors,
acrylic and mixed media, plus
ceramics and jewelry along with
bronze and stone sculptures.
All at ARTSource join with
friends and family in thoughtful
remembrance of Patricia Ratliff
since her passing on October 16,
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The Art of
Veils of Color Dancing Like Silk on Canvas
Interviewed by Lynn Alison Trombetta
Sedona ARTSource: As an artist,
you've been described as “an intuitive
colorist who overlays brilliant hues in
subtle transparencies that reveal several
dimensions of energy and light.” What one
notices foremost is your use of beautiful,
pure colors. Are your paintings done with
the technique known as “acrylic pour?”
Jill Amundsen: I guess you could say
it is a variation of an acrylic pour. The
difference between my method and a
typical acrylic pour is that a painter who
uses that technique mixes the paint
with some type of pouring medium. I
never use a pouring medium. I do pour
the paint, but I also use brushes to pull
the paint across the canvas. Sometimes
I paint in details but mostly the work
creates itself. As many artists say, “I
am just a channel for the work to
Please explain your usual use of
un-stretched canvas as a support.
Painting on an un-stretched canvas
gives me the freedom to manipulate
and turn the canvas in various ways
throughout the painting process.
This allows the poured paint to flow
in whatever direction I shape the
Could you describe your process
for shaping the piece and applying
My technique takes a bit of time
to set up. I don’t have the luxury
to just put up an easel and start
painting. I staple the un-stretched
canvas to four separate pillars. I
then experiment with the different
directions of how and where I want
the paint to flow. I flow the paint
onto the canvas, which is moved
around numerous times during the
various pours. I thin the paint with
water which helps to form the layers
of transparent color. My goal is to
create a harmonious effect of color,
light and movement.
“My goal is to create
a harmonious effect
of color, light and
How long have you been painting in
I have been painting this way for
many years. I have dabbled with
other styles but I always come back
to this because I love creating the
layers. In the past, I was told that I
should fill the whole canvas with
paint and that I should not leave
areas unpainted. The rebel in me
did not listen and many of my
pieces have large areas of primed
but unpainted canvas, such as
“Atlantean Sea Foam” and “Native
Spirit.” It has become my signature
style. I feel it works beautifully for
what I want to achieve visually. I also
enjoy filling the entire canvas with
color such as the piece, “Canyon
Your website mentions that you use
meditation or dance before painting.
Music, mantras, movement,
meditation and playing my Sun
gong, are all part of my studio
practice. I get into trouble when I
paint from the head and not from
“I was told
that I should fill
the whole canvas with
paint and that I should
not leave areas unpainted.
The rebel in me did
“Quans Yins Dragon”
“Atlantean Sea Foam”
the heart. For me, painting from the heart is always a key
ingredient to a successful painting. Sometimes sitting
quietly and going inward before painting helps with that,
but not always.
Now enters the dance! That seems to be the best way for
me to get out of my head and into the flow. The wilder the
dance, the more colorful the art tends to be. The piece,
“Interwoven” is a good example of that. If I am chanting
mantras then the art is typically more gentle and calm
such as, “The Giving Hand.”
Some say your colorful artwork changes the energy of the room.
Why do you think this may be true?
I have had wonderful feedback from
my buyers in that regard. Many years
ago, I learned Reiki, which is basically
an energetic healing technique. I had a
Reiki practice and did healing sessions.
Before doing a session on someone, I
would activate my hands with the Reiki
symbols and let the energy flow. One
day in my studio, as I was beginning to
paint, I felt that energy coming through
my hands and I just started painting.
Now, before creating a piece, I allow the Reiki energy to
flow through my hands into my paint, my brushes, my
canvas; it fills the whole room. I never dreamed it would
become such an integral part of my paintings! My hope is
that each piece will be more than just decoration. I hope
the energy and colors will be healing for the viewer.
I have always found it difficult to talk about my art
because it is so personal. That brings me back to one
of my first art shows in Oklahoma. I recall walking into
this large gallery and seeing all my pieces hanging on the
wall. I thought to myself, “Yep, there I am, bits of my soul
hanging there for everyone to see, to love or hate, to rave
or criticize.” It was a bit terrifying then, but now when
I feel vulnerable, I always recall the wise words of my
grandmother who said, “One of the best places you can
be is above caring about the opinions of others.” Still, it
is so rewarding when your painting speaks to someone.
When someone resonates with the work so much
that they want to put it in their own home, I feel quite
honored and it keeps me inspired to paint.
You mentioned your grandmother’s guiding words. Was she
teachers at school for drawing outside the lines, painting
trees purple and using colors that were not considered the
“normal” colors of the object involved. My grandmother
told me to never listen to other people’s opinions on how
to create art. She said, “Do not listen to negative opinions
and by all means, do not follow the rules!”
Being a bit of a rebel, that last part was the easiest for me
to embody. I often feel my grandmother Mary’s spirit
watching over me and smiling as I paint.
What led you to Sedona?
I first came to Sedona in the
1980s. I was living in Tempe,
Arizona and I wanted a
spontaneous road trip so my
boyfriend, who was also an
artist, wanted to show me a
magical, mystical place. Like
most everyone, I instantly
fell in love with Sedona. I
visited many occasions since
then but have lived here full
time for seven years.
Has living in Sedona
influenced or changed
My grandmother was a wonderful artist but never took it
further than a hobby. I was always curious, and probably
somewhat annoying, peeking over her shoulder as she
painted. I fondly remember one particular day when I
came to visit her. She guided me over to an old painted
chest of drawers. She opened a drawer and said, “This is
It was like a pot of gold to me. There were brushes,
paints, paper, colored pencils; a huge drawer full of art
materials. It felt like Christmas. This was a wonderful gift
but perhaps the best gifts she gave me were her words.
I remember as a young child being criticized by my art
One of my favorite things
about painting is that when
I paint, time seems to stand
still and I love being in that
eternal “now” moment.
Like many artists, nature is
“The Giving Hand” my muse. We are lucky to
have so many places here
in Sedona to get out and be
in nature. The creek is such a special place for me; it really
helps me get in the flow. I also love how the light, color
and shapes you see on the red rocks are always changing. I
can look at an area on the mountains I have seen a million
times and I always see something different. This seems to
help remind me that no matter how many times I have a
blank canvas staring me in the face, there is always some
new unique color and form to be created.
Thank you, Jill!
The art of Jill Amundsen may be found at Gallery of Modern
Masters in Sedona. 4
Bronze edition of 35.
16"H x 17"W x 10"D
"Flora and Fauna" Masterwork
Bronze edition of 35.
30"H x 26"W x 12"D
FINE ART GALLERY
Interviewed by Lynn Alison Trombetta
rom frogs and lizards to bears, birds, and bison, Rowe Fine
F Art Gallery showcases a magical and eclectic collection of
artwork by artists Ken Rowe, Dane Chinnock, Kim Diment, Jen
Farnsworth, Liam Herbert, Lynn Heil, Kim Kori, Sue Krzyston,
Joshua Tobey and others.
There’s a sense of family-within-a-family that begins with a
shared love for nature and extends to the friendly, dedicated
staff who model a spirit of teamwork between artist and gallery
in a diverse offering of paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and
Gallery owners Ken Rowe and his wife Monica are nearly
always there. You will find Ken working on his latest clay
rendition for a bronze sculpture and Monica, along with her
knowledgeable staff, graciously greeting travelers from all over
the world, many of them collectors returning to see what’s new.
As Arizona natives and longtime residents of Sedona, they
know what their visitors are looking for.
"Rise of the Hunters’ Moon" Masterwork
Bronze edition of 35. 26"H x 18.5"W x 10"D
Photos by Christopher Marchetti.
"From Here to the Horizon" Bronze Edition of 35. 21"H x 25"W x 11"D
Ken sculpts from life. His subjects are as varied as Nature
herself and are created with as much heart as can be molded
from his hands into clay. Perhaps his most exciting recent
project is a limited-edition bronze sculpture titled “From Here
to the Horizon.” Honoring the bison, the piece features an
eight-panel bas-relief surrounding the base of the sculpture
depicting the legacy of the bison.
Also known as the buffalo, these largest of land mammals
once roamed North America in the tens of millions. They
were a significant part of U.S. history and culture, notably
that of Native Americans. But by the late 1800s, they were
almost extinct, mostly because of hunting. In 1905, to help save
the species, President Theodore Roosevelt helped found the
American Bison Society.
Ken commented, “Three years ago, in 2016, Congress
recognized the North American bison as the first official
mammal of the United States with passage of the National
Bison Legacy Act. This is like the recognition we gave the bald
eagle in the 1700s as the national emblem of the United States
He added, “The trail of the bison seemed to stretch the horizon
and beyond in days long gone. I wanted to tell that story. It
seemed bas-relief was the answer, but years of forewarning
about the difficulty in sculpting in this manner had caused
some hesitation in me.”
For the completed piece, the bas-relief panels proved to be an
effective method of storytelling. The panels include images
of the Teton mountain ranges and depict the time when
civilization brought railroads and trains to cut through the
countryside where the herds lived.
It is this kind of reverence for the wild that is evident in the
family of artists at Rowe Fine Art Gallery who contribute their
visions of the natural world and the stories they tell with their
artwork. A visit to this gallery will open your eyes to the bounty
of wildlife that surrounds us — especially here in Sedona!
Ken Rowe with a
newly born bobcat at
the Southwest Wildlife
"Forget Me Not" Bronze edition of 99.
10.5"H x 7"W x 6"D | Proceeds from
sales of this sculpture benefit Southwest Wildlife
Conservation Center and Runnin’ W Wildlife Center.
Ken Rowe sculpting quail.
(Live model on his head
is named Feathers).
"High Rise" Bronze edition of 35. 21"H x 17"W x 14"D
"An artist’s goal is to communicate, without the use of words,
a reverence for the subject ... An inspired artist tells a story that
profoundly touches the viewer’s soul." – Ken Rowe
"Express Male" Monument
1.5 Life-size ~ Bronze Edition of 12.
71"H x 78"W x 40"D
Ken Rowe’s bronze wildlife sculptures
confidently portray the majestic wildlife
of the American west as well as the
cowboy and native cultures that have
informed this part of the country. Every
application of Ken’s clay has a purpose,
defining the subject matter and telling
its story. “In the visual sense, when
one views my art, he or she should be
able to feel the rugged beauty of the
Southwest and the vitality and diversity
of its people,” says Ken. “It is difficult
to explain the exhilarating feeling I
experience when I have an image in my
mind and, with every application of clay
and every flick of my palette knife, a
3-D likeness of this mental image takes
shape right before my eyes. This is my
reward for many years of hard work,
and I relish it.”
"Hooked" Bronze edition of 35. 16"H (22"H with rod) x 10"W x 6"D
Born and raised in Arizona, Ken was
influenced by drawing and painting
with his mother, but his first foray into
wildlife art was in the field of taxidermy,
submerging himself in a profession that
demanded an intense study of anatomy
and wildlife physiology. Ken expanded
his talents into the creation of bronze
sculpture and has been a sculptor for
more than thirty years. Ken’s work,
ranging in scale from small maquettes
to large monuments, are known for
their anatomy, composition and, most
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"Dragonfly at Rest"
What would it be like to be a bird perched
in a tree or a field mouse navigating blades
of grass? These are some of the questions
that are on Kim Kori’s mind when she
sits down to work on a bronze sculpture.
Kim focuses on Mother Nature’s smallest
creatures. She spends hours studying
wildlife so that each critter is realistically
depicted from tail to whisker. “I enjoy
sculpting the small creatures of the world
and giving them a sense of importance,” says
Kim. “Every life is significant, including the
little mice, frogs and insects who are often
maligned. I see beauty in all the flora and
fauna of this earth.”
Having spent her childhood in a lush
farming area of Pennsylvania, Kim’s
relationship with nature began early.
Exploring the fields and pastures was a
frequent pastime, and she would use the
inspiration she found to create and illustrate
stories. In the late 1970s, Kim moved to
Sedona. Primarily self-taught, she began her
sculpting career shortly after moving to Red
Kim’s sculptures can be found in private collections throughout
North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Fifteen of her sculptures have been purchased for public placement
in North America and Europe, including her monumental “Amore"
sculpture, which was purchased in 2017 to be part of the Benson Park
Sculpture Garden in Loveland, Colorado. Kim is a signature member
of the Society of Animal Artists and a master signature member of
American Women Artists. She has been juried into more than 50
prestigious art shows. In 2010, Kim, in collaboration with sculptor
Ken Rowe, was chosen to create monumental sculptures for two
Opposite Top | "Dragonfly at Rest"
Bronze edition of 35. 7.5"H x 21"W x 13"D
Opposite Bottom | "Amore" Maquette
Bronze edition of 85. 4'7"H x 5"W x 5"D.
Monument also available. Editon of 12.
8"H x 34"W x 40"D
Top Right | "Spring"
Bronze Edition of 45. 18.5"H x 8"W x 5.5"D
Right | "A Moments Rest"
Bronze edition of 65. 5.5"H x 6"W x 3.75"D
Kim Kori's creations are available at Rowe Fine
Art Gallery. Photos by Stricker Photographics.
"A Moments Rest"
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Joshua Tobey’s impressionistic wildlife bronze sculptures are sometimes
called whimsical, but they also depict the interdependence of
wildlife and humanity by revealing aspects of human emotion,
experience and culture through wildlife sculpture. “As a
sculptor, I consistently return to the original education I
received from my father who said that sculpture is first
and foremost about shape and form,” says Joshua.
“All shapes in nature are beautiful by themselves
without personality or story line, so when you
look at my work I want you to be inspired to
explore these forms by touching the smooth
surfaces and curved lines of the
bronze. It’s from these interactive
shapes that expressive personalities,
anthropomorphic traits and wider
concepts begin to emerge.”
Joshua grew up in Santa Fe, New
Mexico. The son of renowned
ceramic and bronze sculptors Gene
and Rebecca Tobey, Joshua began
sculpting in clay and casting in
bronze at the age of six. He earned
his bachelor of fine arts degree
from Western State College in
Colorado and then returned home to
apprentice with his father and stepmother.
Today, Joshua’s sculptures
range from 2.5 inches to life-size. He
is also renowned for his colorful,
contemporary patina work.
"Hide & Seek"
Several national publications have
featured Joshua’s work. He was the
poster artist for the 2012 Loveland
Sculpture in the Park show and the
featured artist at the 2014 Jackson
Hole Fall Arts Festival. His public
sculptures can be found at sites
in Colorado, Hawaii, Florida and
Arizona. Joshua has participated in
museum shows at the Vernon Filly
Art Museum, Wheelwright Museum
of the American Indian, Minneapolis
Institute of Art, National Museum of
Wildlife Art and Buffalo Bill Center
of the West. 4
Opposite Top | "Love Song”
Bronze edition of 100.
3.5"H x 4.5"D x 4.5"W
"The Three Tenors"
Opposite Bottom | “Hide & Seek”
Bronze edition of 35. From left to right:
"Seek" 26"H x 8"W x 7"D
"Hide" 18"H x 6.5"W x 22"L
Left | "Stepping Stone"
Bronze edition of 30.
55.5"H x 21"D x 18"W
Above | "The Three Tenors" sculpture
Bronze edition of 25 each. From left to right:
"Placido" 33"H x 13"D x 17"W
"Jose" 35"H x 13"D x 11"W
"Luciano" 33.5"H x 12"D x 18.25"W
Joshua Tobey's creations are available at
Rowe Fine Art Gallery. Photos by Jafe Parsons.
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Tasteful, Creative Offerings
from Sedona Restaurants
By Carole & Wade Bell
From the Starters and Small Plates
menu, which is also available for
Happy Hour from 3 PM, we sampled
the Moroccan Lamb Chops with
tomato, onion, mint, cucumber and
feta with a balsamic fig reduction.
Portions are generous. Our four
baby chops were perfectly cooked
and ideal for sharing. The flavors
were exquisite! In addition we
had the Portabello Mushrooms in
a white wine garlic cheese sauce,
an excellent vegetarian choice.
The velvety sauce on the two large
portabellos added subtle flavor
without overpowering the dish.
Our two entrees were superb!
The Grilled King Salmon was
seared on the outside creating a
delicious crust, while the inside
remained moist and delicate. The
blackberry red wine reduction
complemented the fish perfectly as
did the forbidden rice and seasonal
vegetables. What a treat to enjoy
perfectly prepared fresh seafood
here in the desert!
The second entrée was Niman
Ranch braised short ribs in a
rich coating of medjool date and
cipollini onion demi-glace. They
were melt-in-your-mouth tender
and absolutely delectable. Tucked
underneath were house made
gnocchi, delicate little pillows in
a gorgonzola sauce, a wonderful
counterpart to the ribs. The dish
Service was attentive, never
intrusive, and the courses were
served in an unhurried fashion,
which we particularly appreciate.
We were able to relax and savor
each wonderful offering.
Finally, we were tempted by the
dessert tray and chose the Crème
Brule Cheesecake served with
whipped cream and a raspberry
drizzle. It was the perfect ending
to a thoroughly delightful dining
J Wine Bistro
Don’t wait for a special occasion to
treat yourself to an intimate dining
experience at J Wine Bistro in the
Village of Oak Creek, tucked away
in the interior courtyard of The
Collective. Fresh flowers grace the
linen covered tables, lighting is
muted, and the ambience is one of
We began our evening each
with a different glass of wine,
chosen with the help of our very
knowledgeable waiter, who was
both highly professional and
extremely personable. There is
a good selection of wines by the
glass and many more by the bottle.
The list is helpfully organized
from medium to full-bodied, and
boasts both domestic and world
wines. Cocktails and beer are also
Open Range in the heart of
Uptown Sedona is a popular eating
establishment as evidenced by
the crowd on a recent weeknight.
We arrived in time to catch the
beautiful views of sunset on the
red rocks from the outdoor patio,
which was nearly full all evening
with enthusiastic diners.
While perusing the menu, we
enjoyed one of their signature
appetizers, the Southwestern
Cactus Dip. The dip, a combination
of cheeses and cactus relish
was creamy , slightly picante
with a sweet corn taste, and was
accompanied by a mound of house
made corn tortilla chips. It was
addictive, and large enough for four
people to have shared.
Both our entrees were excellent.
The Cowboy Steak, a generous
14-ounce ribeye was grilled to
perfection. All the beef served at
Open Range is Prime and they do
their own butchering in house.
There was a nice sear on the outside
and the inside remained juicy and
delicious. The vegetable of the
day was green beans and the dish
also included sautéed small gold
We also chose the Catch of the
Day, which on this evening was
swordfish. All their fish is wild
and is flown in fresh and cut
in their kitchen. The fish was
grilled beautifully, enhanced by a
reduction of tomatoes with green
olives, adding a layer of complexity
without overshadowing its mild,
delicate flavor. In addition to the
green beans the dish came with
Spanish style rice. We savored each
bite we took of both entrees and
still the portions were generous
enough to take some of each home
The dessert menu could not
be ignored and it was difficult
choosing which two to sample.
We settled on the Raspberry
Cheesecake and Carrot Cake.
Wow! The cheesecake was creamy
with an intense raspberry flavor,
baked into the cake as well as on
top and drizzled on the plate. Each
forkful was a delight! It was the
carrot cake however that completely
blew us away. The slice was huge –
four layers of moist cake tasting of
raisins and spice with a soft cream
cheese frosting between each layer
and covering the top and side. The
only fitting description is sublime!
All we can say is save room!
If you’re looking for a different,
and perhaps unexpected, dining
experience in Sedona, look no
further than Szechuan Restaurant,
Sushi Bar and Cocktail Lounge,
tucked in a small courtyard behind
the statue of Merlin near the Whole
Foods Market in West Sedona.
The authentic décor includes
red lanterns, tables etched with
Chinese designs, and beautiful
Chinese art adorning the walls. The
restaurant has been in Sedona for
thirteen years and has a loyal local
following as well as appealing to
We are fans of the many flavors
that are found in Chinese cuisine
and our recent visit proved to be
a delight to our taste buds. From
their very extensive menu we tried
three dishes: Mongolian Beef,
Walnut Shrimp and Garlic Green
Beans. Each was distinctive and
delicious. Thin slices of tender
beef were stir fried with scallions
and yellow onions in a slightly
spicy brown sauce. We were told it
began with an oyster sauce base, to
which were added many spices to
create a deep, rich accompaniment
to the mouthwatering meat. The
shrimp were large and succulent,
having been lightly battered and
quickly deep-fried, making them
slightly crispy on the outside while
soft and delicate inside. They were
served with chunks of pineapple
and crunchy walnuts in a light
lemon sauce. It added up to a
most memorable combination of
flavors and textures to be savored.
The green beans provided yet
another contrast. The beans were
quickly fried in hot oil so that
the outsides had a slight crunch,
while retaining their bright green
color and perfectly done flavor.
They were served in a garlic sauce
with some thin slices of scallion.
The garlic flavor was subtle and
extremely tasty. Our selections
were accompanied by bowls of
fluffy white rice to absorb the
wonderful sauces in each of the
dishes. These offerings provided a
deeply satisfying meal for two of us
Szechuan Restaurant also has
a sushi menu but we’ll have to
save that for another visit. The
restaurant is open daily for lunch
and dinner and - good news –
you can also take out or even get
delivery service. 4
Bella Vita Ristorante
Dahl & DeLuca
Gerardo’s Italian Kitchen
Golden Goose American Grill
Greg Lawson Gallereum
Mary D. Fisher Theatre
Music in the House
Oak Creek Brewing Co.
Olde Sedona Bar & Grill
Sedona Chamber Music
Sedona Performing Arts Center
Vino di Sedona
MUSIC DAYS & TIMES
Wed, Thu, Sun 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Fri, Sat 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Fri, Sun 6 - 8 p.m.
Fri - Mon 7 - 9 p.m.
Thu-Sat 5 - 8 p.m.
Tue 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Sun, Tue, Thu 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Occasional concerts - call for details
Thu 6 - 9 p.m.
Concert performances throughout the year - call for details
Thu 4 - 7 p.m.; Sat & Sun 11 a.m. -2 p.m.
2nd Fri of each month, September - May, 7 - 9 p.m.
Wed & Thu 6 - 9 p.m.; Fri 8 - 11 p.m.; Sat & Sun 3 - 6 p.m.; Jam Nite: Sat 7 - 11 p.m.
Live Music: Fri 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.; DJ: Sat 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 6 - 9 p.m.
Monthly concerts seasonally - call for details
Occasional concerts - call for details
Happy Hour: Tue - Sun 5 - 8 p.m.; Late night: Wed - Sat 8:30 - 11:30 p.m. (or later)
Sun - Tue 6 - 9 p.m.; Wed - Sat 7 - 10 p.m.; Wine Tasting: Fri 3:30 - 6 p.m.
Briar Patch Inn
L’Auberge de Sedona
Mooney’s Irish Pub
SaltRock Southwest Kitchen
Secret Garden Café
Sound Bites Grill
Thai Palace Uptown
Thu - Sun 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. June - September
Sun - Tue 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. March - October
First Friday ArtWalks 5 - 8 p.m.
Sun - Thu 5 - 7 p.m.; Fri 6 - 9 p.m.
Fri & Sat 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Sat 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Fri & Sat 6 - 9 p.m.
Tue - Fri 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.; year round weather permitting
Sun - Thu 6 - 9 p.m.; Fri & Sat 7 - 10 p.m.
Mon & Tue 6 - 9 p.m.
First Friday Art Walks 5 - 8 p.m. March -October; special events year round - call for details
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK
Full Moon Saloon
J Wine Bistro
Special events and concerts year round - call for details
nightly 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Fri & Sat 8:30 - midnight
Thu & Fri 6 - 9 p.m.
Tue (every other) 6 - 9 p.m.; Wed 6 - 9 p.m.; Sat (times vary) - call for details
78 Dates Sedona and times are ARTSource subject to change. Please check with venue.
Live Entertainment Venues in Sedona
TYPE ADDRESS PHONE
entertainment 6701 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.282.4540
ambience/entertainment 1595 West Hwy 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.282.2997
ambience 2321 West Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.282.5219
ambience The View Restaurant, 525 Boynton Canyon Road, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.204.6014
ambience 2675 W State Rte 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.862.4009
ambience/entertainment 2545 W State Rte 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.282.1447
entertainment 2679 W. Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.202.0340
ambience 40 Soldiers Pass Rd, Sedona, Arizona 86336 928.282.4449
entertainment 2030 AZ-89A Suite A-3, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.282.1177
ambience 1185 Airport Road, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.282.2400
entertainment The Hub, 525-B Posse Ground Road, Sedona AZ 86336 207.907.9365
entertainment 2050 Yavapai Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.204.1300
entertainment 1405 West Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.282.5670
entertainment Located in Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa, 2250 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.340.5321
entertainment 2030 W. State Route 89A, Suite B5, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.204.2415
entertainment 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.282.0549
ambience/entertainment 2620 W. Hwy 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.204.2000
entertainment 2575 W. State Route 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.554.4682
ambience 3190 N State Rte 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.282.2342
entertainment Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, 336 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.282.4648
entertainment 671 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ 86336 480.998.5025
ambience/entertainment 301 Little Lane, Sedona, AZ 86336 800.905.5745
entertainment Hillside Sedona Shopping Center, 671 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.282.2331
ambience Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, 336 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.282.9225
ambience Amara Resort, 100 Amara Lane, #101, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.340.8803
ambience/entertainment 336 AZ-179, F101, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.203.9564
entertainment 101 N. State Rte. 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.282.2713
ambience 260 Van Deren Rd., Sedona, AZ 86336 928.282.8424
entertainment 336 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ 86336 928.282.4838
entertainment 7000 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ 86351 928.255.0900
ambience The Collective Sedona, 7000 Arizona Rt. 179, Sedona, AZ 86351 928.284.3010
entertainment The Collective Sedona, 7000 Arizona Rt. 179, Sedona, AZ 86351 928.284.1872
ambience The Collective Sedona, 7000 Arizona Rt. 179, Suite E100, Sedona, AZ 86351 928.641.6587
entertainment 40 W Cortez Dr., # 7, Sedona, AZ 86351 928-284-2250
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