As you can imagine from a city surrounded by natural beauty and very spiritual energies, the artist scene is a key part of Sedona. In fact, there is one section, Tlaquepague, that was built and curated specifically as an artists’ haven. It was built to resemble a Mexican village and has beautiful architecture with lovely fountains in its many square.
We spent a good part of a day wandering the maze of unique galleries and shops in Tlaquepague. We found dazzling natural wonders, a lovely Christmas shop (where we found our traditional trip ornament), and several lovely art galleries including an amazing photography studio. One gallery made us think of our son, Drew, who is fascinated by Asian culture. The artist, born and raised in Seattle, was greatly influenced by his father’s travels to Asia. He eventually studied with Japanese masters and achieved the distinction of Honshin, a master artist.
On the other end of the spectrum for art and shopping was Son Silver, an unique shop that looks more junk yard than art gallery. It was a fun walk through yards of typical Mexican artwork, pottery, yard signs, and wind chimes. It also showcased its own vortex designated by a sign saying Vortex Here with an arrow pointing down. This was a fun stop and provided a couple of great Christmas gifts.
Continuing the theme of architecture as another form of art in Sedona, there is a unique structure which provides beauty and spiritual comfort – the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Envisioned and built byMarguerite Brunswig Staude, this beautiful church is built into the rocks of Sedona with its cross proudly standing out as a symbol of peace. The site was chosen due to the nearby rock guardians, said to look like nuns as well as one that resembles the Madonna with child.
And of course, we also experienced art in the form of gastronomy with dinner at Mariposa, a Latin American restaurant with a beautiful view of Sedona mountains and stunning artwork. I have become fascinated by crystals (more on that in a later blog) and this restaurant had amazing art using crystals. In a moment of synchronicity, the artwork displayed on the walls, by artist Zee, was some that had captured our attention at a Santa Fe gallery. And the door of the restaurant was stunning – a large slab of crystal with inlays of colored crystal and agate.