They might be inspired by the unforgettable red rock scenery, or the energy centers, or a little of both. But there’s no questioning the fact that artists and artisans alike lend some heart and soul to Sedona, Arizona. In fact, though home to only 16,000 or so year-round residents, Sedona, Arizona, manages to play host to a surprisingly long list of art galleries and arts-oriented festivals. Which means the art lover in search of some fine art treasure, or a magical musical performance, is spoiled for choice.
One of the best ways to get a feel for what the area has to offer is at the annual Sedona Arts Festival (which includes a Kidzone where your young ones can create a masterpiece while you find the perfect sculpture). Look also throughout the year for the Celtic Harvest Festival, Chamber Music Sedona performances, the Sedona Jazz on the Rocks festival, the Red Rocks Music Festival, the Sedona International Film Festival and the Plein Air Festival. Between festivities, peruse artsy boutiques, browse the works on show at over 40 art galleries and meet a few of the artists the first Friday of every month, when select galleries hold evening receptions; hop the Sedona Trolley for easy access to participating venues. Aspiring artists take note: there are also a variety of half-day art classes on offer at the Sedona Arts Center, a great way to get the creative juices flowing and take home a red rock inspired masterpiece all your own.
And finally, set in a region rich in Native American culture, the visitor would be remiss to skip town without getting a glimpse at least of this fascinating history. Watch the Sedona social calendar for the likes of Native American song and dance performances or the Native American Invitational Art Show. For a slightly more spiritual approach, plan a trip to see area petroglyphs like those at the V-Bar-V Ranch Petroglyph Site. In short? Leave inspired, or at least with some inspired memento.