Outlined with red rock buttes and enclosed by 1.8 million acres of national forest land, Sedona is a true geological wonder. The destination is a go-to for active travelers and curious passersby, but the heart of this Arizona city lies in its tight-knit arts community.
This spring, the area’s most talented artists will welcome the public inside their studios during the 16th Annual Sedona Spring Open Studios Tour. Guests can anticipate an array of artworks for viewing and purchasing, as well as opportunities to witness artists at work.
To complement the enlightening weekend, guests can look to Enchantment Resort for a transcendent lodging experience. Tucked discreetly under soaring canyon walls, well-appointed casitas with private balconies, the property provides a true sense of escape, privacy and connection with the natural world.
Held the weekend of April 26-28, 2019, this biannual, self-guided event is presented by the Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition (SVAC) and is always free to the public. The Tour runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27, and from 12-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 28.
The SVAC Tour has built a reputation as a wonderful weekend for art lovers to visit with professional artists in their working studios, as well as an opportunity to purchase art while enjoying the beautiful landscape of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Past tour visitors have reported that one of the distinct pleasures of shopping on the studio tour is spending time with the wide variety of artists who offer a personal look at how and where their work is made.
There will be 50 artists participating in Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek, Cornville, Cottonwood and Clarkdale. Open Studios visitors agree that the tour is a way to experience the creative process as a real hands-on learning event, with the invitation to watch demonstrations as a top draw.
Brochures with a complete list of participating artists, including a map, will be conveniently available at numerous locations around the Verde Valley, including hotels and restaurants as well as the Sedona Arts Center and the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center in Uptown Sedona. For complete information, including artists’ names and mediums, studio locations, a downloadable map, and suggestions and ideas for planning a personalized tour, please visit the SVAC website.