December 31st, 2012 - 05:00 PM
A brief history of the visual artists in Must-See Sedona begins with the rocks themselves. Sedona exists in the Coconino National Forest with many species of trees and beautiful Red Rock formations. These spectacular red rocks have attracted people here for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Sedona is surrounded by abandoned Indian dwellings, many of which are abundantly decorated with pictographs and petroglyphs. Pictographs are drawn onto the the rocks with color. Petroglyphs are chipped or carved into the rocks. Most of these are primitive in terms of design elements, but some are rather complex. One wall along the Mogollon rim is over 150 yards long and is covered with hundreds of pictographs of animals, large spirals, etc..
In the early part of the 1900's Surrealist Max Earnst made a home here. Following him Joe Beeler and other cowboy artists established the Cowboy Artists of America in a Restaurant on the main street of uptown Sedona. They were never alone. There have always been visual artists in Sedona and they have been bettering their skills for decades.
Today, some of the best visual artists in the world living in Sedona. Each one of them has a story. One meaning of the word "saga" is "...an ongoing story." SAGA exists here to tell the stories of these artists; it is here to continue the visual arts tradition of Sedona.
For a more complete history of the visual arts in Sedona, please refer to the following, available from the Sedona Historical Society web site:
Sedona (Images of America) by Lisa Schebly Heiginger, Janeen Trevillyan and the Sedona Historical Society.