There are vortexes and then there are vortexes. All sizes, shapes, types, and measurements of low or intensive energies. Sedona is known, in fact famous, for many, many vortexes in our little, little town, but you can be caught in a vortex right where you stand, anywhere. Your personal deep well of consciousness bubbles up for you to notice.

Do you feel your mind, heart or body swirling you around and around with accumulated thoughts and feelings? Is it stimulating, motivating, inspiring or overwhelming?

If you have not yet visited Sedona, perhaps you have heard tales of its seeming magic. The thesaurus gives alternative words for magic as, the supernatural, the unexplained, and enchantment.

The dictionary explains the word supernatural as, attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding, and lists synonyms as, psychic and mystical. Science has yet to prove love, intuition, faith or God, etc., so can you agree that there is more than science to believe? Thank God for that!

I just returned from a road trip to Seattle to visit family and it struck me en route that the real estate market in many parts of the country is entering a new phase. We have survived the downturn with its significant price adjustments, we’ve burned through the distressed property sales phase, seen a comeback in prices — though not to pre-crisis levels in Sedona — and now there is pent-up demand spurring a construction surge in many parts of the country.

New Exhibition “Blowin’ In The Wind” showcases over 30 Local Artists

It’s the monsoon season in Arizona, and Sedona Arts Center’s upcoming exhibition pays tribute to this special time of year. The public is invited to the latest exhibition, Blowin’ in the Wind, on view in the Center’s Uptown gallery from August 5 to 30. The group show begins with a public reception on August 5 from 5 to 8pm, as part of the First Friday program, where works by over 30 artists will be featured and celebrated. 

Of all the visiting artists at the Sedona Summer Colony, Thomas Crouch has been the most obsessive about painting local landscapes. The artist arrived from Columbia, South Carolina, set up a studio in Brady Hall at Verde Valley School, and hasn’t stopped creating since. Crouch studied figurative oil painting, figurative drawing, and art theory at the Lorenzo De Medici School of Art in Florence Italy and obtained a BA in Art Studio from the University of South Carolina. He’s been exhibiting professionally since 2008 and his paintings in private collections span five continents. This summer, while in residence at the Summer Colony, he is adding Sedona to his influences and inspirations. 

Young artist Payton Hurley is a paper-maker and emerging cultural manager with huge aspirations. She will graduate from Florida State University this summer and is spending her July at the Sedona Summer Colony working as an artist-intern for the Peace Paper Project.  She is working closely with director Drew Matott and using the papermaking process as a form of social engagement, advocacy, therapy, and community building. Matott—who has shared his art form wiht communities in India, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Turkey, Spain, Kosovo, Ukraine, and Poland—has returned to Sedona and set up a studio as part of Sedona Summer Colony.

“The projects I work on build appreciation between artists, businesses and the community,” says Payton, “through events and creative experiences that encourage social interaction and new connections.”

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