Sedona’s Tlaquepaque Showcases Fine Art Galleries

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Sedona Arizona has recently been named one of the Top Five Small town Art destinations by American Style Magazine. Tlaquepaque Arts And Crafts Village is the heart and soul of Sedona's Art Scene. They have an upcoming event that is unique in the Art world: State of the Art - A Collector's Evening.

Famed for its awe inspiring natural beauty, Sedona Arizona draws millions of tourists each year. It is also home to numerous galleries and has long been quietly known amongst collectors as the place to find the exceptional. Well, the secret is out. Recently Sedona was named one of the Top Five Small Town Art Destinations for Collectors by American Style Magazine. The heart and soul of this gallery scene is Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village (pronounced Tla-keh-pah-keh).

Nestled beneath the shade of the sycamores on the banks of beautiful Oak Creek in Sedona, Tlaquepaque is the most distinctive shopping experience to be found in the Southwest. Authentically fashioned after a traditional Mexican village, Tlaquepaque, meaning the "best of everything," has been a Sedona landmark since the 1970's. Forty-three tasteful galleries and unique shops live in harmony with its lush natural environment where giant sycamore trees stand in testimony to the care taken in preserving the timeless beauty of the Tlaquepaque grounds.

Originally conceived as an artist community, it has been a Mecca for collectors. From the moment its doors opened the unique Galleries have drawn fine art aficionados from across the globe. Now for the first time, Tlaquepaque has created a private event that caters specifically to these connoisseurs: State of the Art, A Collector’s Evening.

Taking place on Friday evening September 15th ,this evening will feature nine of Tlaquepaque's finest galleries and their artists framed by the unmatched ambiance of Tlaquepaque itself. “Our intention with State of the Art is to have guests experience a unique evening with both art and artist in an elegant setting”, says Tlaquepaque Managing Partner Wendy Lippman “It is a showcase of art emphasizing the diversity and wide range of mediums that each artist employs to produce timeless creations.”

Participating artists have been selected by the galleries who have designed themes to showcase their work. Guests will mingle with these artists during an extended cocktail hour from 4:00 -7:00 p.m. Discuss process with Shelly Shaffer at Shaffer the Gallery, explore creative choice with Richard Albin at El Prado Gallery or chat about art “alla prima” with Stephen Day at the Navarro Gallery.

As the evening progresses this community of guests and artists will move to the Patio Del Norte where the event continues with a spectacular three-course feast. Presenting the art of fine cuisine will be three of Sedona’s finest Chefs: Chef Jonathon Gelman from L’Auberge de Sedona, Chef Alan McClean from the Amara Resort and Chef Kyle Evans from Reds at the Sedona Rouge. Each Chef is creating one of three courses and personally selecting a wine to accompany it.

Dazzling and amazing entertainment will be offered by the Dragon Knights Stilt Theatre Friday evening as well as Saturday. Reminiscent of the Cirque de Soleil, their performances are a stunning combination of puppetry and acrobatics. At the conclusion of this intimate evening a beautiful gift bag will be handed out to each guest as a special thank you for participating.

The cost of this unparalleled event is $195. There are additional events being offered at Tlaquepaque’s galleries on Saturday for those who would like to extend their experience. Three of Sedona’s celebrated resorts, Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa, L’Auberge de Sedona and Amara Resort, are offering accommodation packages including special activities for out of town guests. Proceeds will go to Friends of the Forest who are aiding in the Brins Fire rehabilitation efforts. Reservations are required.

"The Art and Soul of Sedona," Tlaquepaque is the home to more than 40 shops and galleries and four restaurants, visited by more than one million tourists each year. For more information, please contact Tlaquepaque at (928) 282-4838 or http://www.tlaq.com.

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