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1st Friday in the Galleries

Festival Event
Cowboy Artists of American Reception at Sedona Art Center July 2015 – Mindy Mendelsohn

Ages Festival is Appropriate For


Event is held the first Friday of every month.

While many note Sedona scenic red rocks vistas they don't realize that this small town of 12,000 is renown as an arts destination.

Sedona's unique natural beauty has always attracted both internationally renowned artists and those who are just beginning to develop their artistic voice. From 1931 when two well-known sculptors, Robert and Mary Kittredge whose work still graces Arizona Government buildings, moved to Sedona captivated by the town's beauty to surrealist painter and sculptor Max Ernst, a pioneer of the Dada movement, who was drawn to the red canyons and spires Sedona quickly became an artists' hub, where creative people flocked to learn and work together in a naturally inspiring environment. By 1961 Joe Beeler, a pioneer in the field of Contemporary Western Art, made his home in Sedona and 1965 at the Oak Creek Tavern in Uptown Sedona, he, along with Charlie Dye, John Hampton, Frank McCarthy and George Phippen founded the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America.

Today, with an arts scene that has continued to thrive, Sedona has grown into a world class Arts Destination. Led by the Sedona Gallery Association the Sedona Gallery scene continues to receive international acclaim. The New York Times has referred to Sedona as a “New West Enclave” of galleries, the have numerous times and from numerous sources, American Style Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine and to name a few, been named in the top ten small town arts destinations. Maui Hawaii even uses the Sedona gallery scene to promote Makawao calling the city the “Sedona of the Pacific” in their Island guide.

Now in its 16th year, the 20 member galleries of the SGA represent the most prestigious galleries in Sedona featuring work in all mediums and styles from internationally renowned artists.

Each 1st Friday of the month year round the SGA hosts their monthly 1st Friday Gallery Tour from 5-8pm. A whirlwind of mesmerizing talent, intoxicating images and entertainment, the Sedona Gallery Association tour is one of Sedona’s “things to see”. Meet local and visiting artists, see them at work and enjoy special presentations along with live music and other special events. All guests are welcome to attend free of charge and ride the Sedona Trolley, which does continuous loops to the Gallery Row & Uptown locations.

In addition to their renowned 1st Friday Gallery Tour the member galleries host special events at their individual galleries throughout each month. The public is invited to enjoy galleries filled special artists-in-residence events, sculptors, landscapes and still life paintings, lively conversation and more.

For more information about the Sedona Gallery Association please go to their website:


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