Dec. 11, 1-3 p.m. Goldenstein Gallery in uptown Sedona is holding an interactive holiday event as part of their December holiday show "Gifts that Adorn, Gifts that Inspire, Gifts that Keep Giving." There will be a signing of Susie Reed's 2011 Rock Art Calendar, Cheston Trammel and Sherab Khandro will be artists working in residence for this special event.
Goldenstein Galley is also supporting the Verde Valley Sanctuary on Dec. 11. Since 1993 the Verde Valley Sanctuary, a multi-service agency that responds to the problem of domestic abuse in the Sedona Verde Valley community, has been providing a safe haven for those in need. The Sanctuary will provide cookies for donations and Goldenstein gallery is donating the first $100. They will also sell tickets for 365 Days of Hope, their raffle that currently has over $300, 000 worth of prizes many of which are fine art including Goldenstein artists Sherab Khandro, Jourdan Dern, Doug Adams and David DeVary.
Susie Reed has an extensive background in fine arts and commercial photography. Her work has been exhibited in major museums and galleries including Camerawork Gallery, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the De Young Museum, Friends of Photography, the International Museum of Photography and the Library of Congress. She's taught at California College of Arts and Crafts and the San Francisco Art Institute, where she earned her degree with honors in photography.
Her passion for Sedona's "Rock Art" is enduring. She's been photographing pictographs and petroglyphs in and around Sedona since 1995. In 2008 she received an Artist Project Grant from the Sedona Arts and Cultural Commission to facilitate this work.
Cheston Trammel's handcrafted "Arizona Spirit Bundles" are adorned with turquoise, silver beads, Zuni fetishes and Anasazi pottery. Prayers and blessing are woven into each of these pieces. His distinctive and comfortable work is prized and worn by both men and women.
He has also just debuted a line of Alligator Juniper tables that are beautifully inlaid with turquoise. He is also taking commissions for individual pieces of furniture including stunning fireplace mantles.
Sherab Khandro's wish is to inspire the hearts and minds of others through her art. She is one of a handful of western artists to receive formal training in bringing forth the traditional Buddhist art in the way it has been done in Tibet for centuries. Using the neo-impressionist style of pointillism in her paintings, tiny dots of color create rich and vibrant imagery; each stroke of the brush holds a prayer of compassion.
Goldenstein Gallery is proud to have several artists that give back during the holiday season.
Multi-Media artist Gloria Rothrock, whose need to create and express her passion permeates her life, is donating 10 percent of her sales to the Sedona Humane society. She sees it as an adventure to be a conduit for Spirit flowing through her heart and hands. Her work celebrates the dance of Spirit, nature, and humanity.
Mary Fisher's entrancing "Feel The Love Bracelets" are the result of Fisher exploring ways to give HIV-affected women a livelihood to provide for themselves and their children. The bracelets were originally featured in "O" magazine and completely sold out. Goldenstein Gallery also has many of Mary's other exceptional Jewelry designs and artwork available.
This year Mary is debuting a new line of red bracelets in honor of world aids day. Ten percent of the sales of the Assisi "Red Ribbon" and the Bupe "Red Heart" bracelets will go to the Mary Fisher Care Fund. Located at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's nationally known AIDS Research and Treatment Center, the Mary Fisher Care Fund is led by Dr. Michael Saag, one of the world's leading clinical AIDS researchers.
The public is invited to meet these engaging artists during their special holiday event 1-3 p.m.
Goldenstein Gallery is located at 390 N. 89A in uptown Sedona and is open daily. Parking available behind the gallery. Visit their website www.GoldensteinArt.com or call (928) 204-1765.