These are a series of shops in the more popular area to go and buy. Most shops are upscale, and even more expensive than other stores in town; like in high end big time. However, there are some shops that seemed a bit more reasonable, but you have to look hard. There are 50 stores and restaurants total, with 6 being eateries, 16 art galleries, and 26 shops for jewelry and specialty items. There are a number of good gifts to find here, if you want to spend
El Prado by the Creek is the oldest fine art gallery in Sedona and is THE place to visit.
It's in the back corner of Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village on the banks of Oak Creek. When walking around Tlaquepaque, look for the wind sculptures and you'll find El Prado. What's great, besides the huge selection of fine art, is that the gallery is housed in an old home and you can see exactly what the art will look like in your own home.
The garden is open all the time, so it's a great place to stop after dinner and listen to the creek flow by and watch the wind sculptures twirl while relaxing in the rock chairs, but don't miss out on browsing the inside of the gallery where you'll see a great selection of diverse art. If you're like me, you'll have something shipped home before you leave.
Again, this is THE place to shop for art in Sedona. Don't miss it.
What to buy The artwork is some of the best in the Southwest: paintings and sculpture from top artists. Some of my favorites are: Fredrick Stephens who was chosen as an emerging artist by Southwest Art magazine -- beautiful, emotional landscapes; John Cogan creates awesome landscapes of the Grand Canyon and Sedona; Jim Barker has a wide range of paintings and a knack for capturing moments in time. Marty Goldstein does humorous sculptures of dogs that I plan to buy soon.
Outside in the gallery's garden, wind sculptures and fountains are popular art for the outdoors. I purchased a wind sculpture for my backyard and it's the best investment I ever made -- I enjoy watching it turn in the breeze every time I look out the window or am outside. You have to try out the rock furniture too. Each piece is unique and fitted for different body types, so you have to sit in several to find the best one for you. They ship these around the world and I can see why, they're comfortable and a great piece of functional art.
What to pay There is a WIDE range in fine art that El Prado represents from emerging artists to well-established ones, so the prices can go from $200 to $50,000.
There was art covering almost every inch of this place. Apparently it's the largest gallery in the Southwest, so there is tons to look at. Usually art galleries can be a bit stuffy and impersonal, but not here. There was good music playing, people were friendly, and it was just generally a good atmosphere. There is high end fine art, but there are also really beautiful posters and prints. There is something for everyone here, for sure! If a person really really took his or her time looking at everything, then it seriously would take hours to see everything. But it would definitely be worth it! When you go, make sure not to miss the sculpture garden either!
What to buy There are some artists that are exclusively in this gallery, some who only show here in Arizona, and some who are world famous. Bill Worrell and the Tobey's are big Southwestern artists, so they shouldn't be missed. There is a whole room devoted to Worrell! There are artists from all over the place, so you can find something that you like even if you aren't into Southwestern art in particular. There is great jewelry from quite a few artists, like Barbara Westwood, Munsteiner, Gellner, and SOHO. If you can believe it, I haven't even listed a fraction of the artists that show here.
What to pay It really depends on what you get. There are cards for $2.50, posters for between $35 and $50, and then there are statues that cost upwards of $500,000. There is a huge range, but everyone is sure to find something that they love that they can afford, too.
This is a beautiful area to just stroll around and window shop if you are so incline. Some very beautiful works of art in bronze and ponds located all over the courtyard and in front, plus plenty of restaurants to dine at as well.
Even if you don't buy anything, Tlaquepaque is a must-stop destination in Sedona. Tall adobe walls, shady Sycamores, ivy, cobblestone coutryards, fountains and sculptures... beauty everywhere. A fantastic afternoon excursion, great for quality souveneirs and artwork. Tlaquepaque also encases Los Abrigados Resort and Spa. It is a great property to experience, inside and out. Don't miss out on the birdwatching garden.
What to buy There isn't any shop in particular that I would recommend over another. Stroll and take in as much as you can.
Arts & Crafts Shows are usually the 2nd and 3rd weekends in April, May, September and October. With a Native American Show in November
What to buy Jewelry, Paintings, Pottery, Clothing, Sculptures, Music
What to pay $30 to $3000
Our last stop in Sedona was Tlaquepaque, a Mediterranean-style collection of upscale shops and art galleries. Beautiful fountains and courtyards were tucked into corners and openings surrounding the shops (pictures 3 &4).
Just as we arrived, the rain came down in buckets. Fortunately some of the shops are connected by covered walkways, but many of them are not. We ducked into the Renee Taylor Gallery where I found lovely handcrafted bracelets and pendants for reasonable prices (picture 5).
Other galleries offered paintings, watercolors, artglass, jewelry, pottery and sculptures (picture 2). One shop sold chocolates and I understand there are restaurants. If it hadn't been raining, we would have attempted to visit more of the shops, but we did see several and enjoyed our visit!
Hours are 10 am-5 pm; closed Thanksgiving and Christmaas.
What to buy Artwork and High Quality Handmade Jewelry
Attention art lovers! Be prepared to be captivated by the city of Sedona! In advance we never knew that it would be this big in Sedona. We learned that there are over 300 artists settled in this city and that it is good for more than 40 galleries. It has become a premier attraction for both visitors and collectors.
We saw galleries throughout Uptown Sedona with a large concentration on "Gallery Row" on Highway 79. But the beautiful art is not just concentrated in Sedona's galleries. Outdoor art is scattered throughout the area. In Uptown Sedona we loved the charming maiden sculpture that is surrounded by flowers and a fountain in Sinague Plaza.
At the tourist office you're able to obtain a folder called "The Sedona Sculpture Walk".
The shop is on the main street of Sedona. There is a wonderful view behind the shop. You can also have a cup of coffee here and and breakfast in front of (or you can say by the side of) the shop is great.
What to buy Best gift to buy>>Kokopelli's Doll or Decoration
Local Craft>> Decoration
El Prado is the oldest fine art gallery in Sedona; it has been around for 28 years. It's located on the banks of Oak Creek and has a wonderful sculpture garden.
Many people visit it just to see the "wind driven kinetic sculpture".
The purpose of El Prado is to discover and introduce excellent fine art. All these years they have been a showcase for original paintings, sculpture, unique art forms as well as fine crafts.
The place looks like an ordinary house outside, but inside it is filled with antique furnishing and walls filled with outstanding art. The lighting is incredible and really shows off the artwork.
What to buy You can find almost every kind of art where (as long as it is excellent). You'll see oil paintings, watercolor, acrylics, scuptures, mobiles, crafts of all sorts. When I say "unique", I mean unique...one-of-a kind.
What to pay Rather expensive...up to thousands.