off the Sedona Centennial Celebration:
First Annual Red Rock Fine Art and Wine Festival
by Jess Everett
Kicking off the Sedona Centennial
Celebration, the Red Rock Fine Art and Wine Festival takes
center stage at Sedona Cultural Park on May 24-26.
“It seems appropriate to start
celebrating Sedona’s birthday with a display of the arts,”
said John Evans, coordinator of the festival. “This is a place
of inspirational beauty and creative expression is its main
industry. Not many cities can make such a claim.”
This event is the first art
show held at the Park. The weekend-long cultural festival
features an array of fine art, gourmet food by fine Sedona
restaurants, and a tasting of superb Arizona wines under the
guidance of Bashas’ Wine Master Jeff Graham.
To top off a weekend of cultural
exposure, The Phoenix Symphony will perform nightly under
the stars at the Park’s amphitheater.
Arizona can boast some of
the more accomplished artists in the country, and the work
exhibited in the festival is exceptional.
An example of extraordinary
work is the alabaster sculptures of Susan Zilkland and Paul
Hawkins of Camp Verde. Their work runs the gamut of artistic
presentations which reflects their mastery of the craft, including
incredibly delicate flowers carved from solid single pieces.
They look so real that one is compelled to touch the fragile-appearing
petals to see if they give and bend as a real petal would.
Zilkland and Hawkins are renowned
sculptors of the jade-like stone, and exhibit in some of the
most elite art shows in the United States. They have received
extensive coverage in periodicals devoted to their field of
“Artists strive to express their inner being from the unique perspective
of their individuality,” said Evans, who has lived in Sedona
for more than a decade. “They dedicate themselves to the perfection
of expression and then share it with the rest of us, reminding
us of who we really are as we busy ourselves with the demands
of daily life.”
Take, for instance, Rod Bearcloud’s
oil paintings. Bearcloud, a Sedona artist, creates majestic
Southwest landscapes that perceive spiritual life in all surroundings,
while reflecting his Osage traditional beliefs. Studying his
paintings, it takes a moment to realize that the landscape
before you is filled with faces and animals, and they aren’t
For example, in “Lodge of
the Buffalo Spirit,” the rocks within a pool of water reveal
themselves to be faces. The faces point in four directions,
symbolizing the four winds, a reflection of the belief that
spirit is all encompassing within the earth and the sky.
The breath-taking oil paintings
of Caroll Forseth of Phoenix explore similar subject matter.
His subtle impressionistic style creates scenes of such beauty
that you can’t help but wish to stand, if not live within
one his scenes.
Additional award-winning artists
showing at the festival include Lawrence Crank, Craig Walker
and Vicky de Taos.
Crank, of Monument Valley,
is a potter whose intricately detailed designs reflect his
Navajo background. The time, patience and love for his work
is obvious in every piece that he creates.
Walker sculpts in mixed-media
with freedom of imagination in the pieces that he produces.
His wife, de Taos, is well-known for her “storyteller” series
of clay figures that reflect her Apache ancestry.
Don’t miss the Red Rock Fine
Art and Wine Festival at Sedona Cultural Park Memorial Day
Weekend. For more information, call (928) 284-9627. For information
on The Phoenix Symphony performance or to order tickets, call