Since 2003, the first Friday in October, and now April, kicks off Goldenstein Gallery's Annual Cowboys and Indians Show. This highly anticipated celebration of the American West has received international acclaim including being featured multiple years in the collected Cowboys and Indians Magazine. Showcasing internationally renowned contemporary Native American and Western Artists, it is deeply rooted in tradition yet flourishes with new innovative styles that capture the imaginations of today.
Among the stars are David DeVary, known for his “Cowboys & Cowgirls with Attitude”, Upton Ethelbah (Greyshoes) named 2009 Living Treasure by the Museum of Native American Arts and Culture, Yavapai-Apache Crown Dancer painter Charles Decker, acclaimed painter SJ Shaffer who captures the tapestry of the west, Ben Wright’s bold multi-layered paintings, Carla Romero’s paintings inspired by her Acoma Pueblo heritage and Kevin McCarthy, son of western artist Frank McCarthy, who carries on the fine art tradition in his own detailed style of bronze sculpture.
“Sedona feels like home to me,” says David DeVary, one of the first artists to show with the gallery when it started 15 years ago.” He paints introspective provocative figures, capturing the good feelings associated with western legends and American Dream. His use of bright yellow slickers, often black hats that shield the eyes, worn, antique chaps and the cowboy's own natural body language helps create a striking, unique, almost ethereal portrait of the American cowboy and cowgirl. His stunning series “Cowboys and Cowgirls with Attitude” has been featured in numerous museum shows.
Multi-awarded and named a “Living Treasure” by the Santa Fe Museum of Native American Arts and Culture, Upton “Greyshoes” Ethelbah was born to a White Mountain Apache father (loosely translated, Ethelbah means Greyshoes in the Apache language) and a Santa Clara Pueblo mother. Raised with the ceremonies and arts of two proud cultures, his early careers took him away from his traditions. He first served in the US Navy during the Vietnam conflict.
The inspiration for his work is his Native heritage - especially in the dances and feast days of his people. Known for his contemporary, stylized and flowing figures, Ethelbah works in alabaster, marble and limestone. The stone literally speaks to him when sculpting. Ethelbah knows his subjects well: corn and rain dancers, basket-makers, song-keepers, the Shalako -- home protectors and spiritual warriors all reflecting his rich spiritual legacy.
Each stone piece is an original. Greyshoes also creates limited edition bronzes of his stone originals, which reflect the same sense of movement and power yet add an entirely new dimension through richly colored patinas.
Kevin McCarthy grew up in his father’s studio, famed artist Frank McCarthy, and developed a deep passion for sculpture. At 15 he traveled to Italy and studied the works of Michelangelo and the Renaissance masters, and was deeply moved. His formal studies started under Jim Wheeler, a student of Rodin.
Kevin’s sculpture radiates the same quiet physical energy as the artist himself. His braves stand, run and ride easily; his horses move with a believable and lively balance, his dancers move with grace and vitality showing his meticulous research in terms of anatomy and history - bringing life to sculpture.
Balance, connectivity, and spirituality are attributes that Ben Wright strives for in his life and artwork. Part Cherokee; he draws from Native American ceremony, symbolism and tradition to attain them. Wright uses powerful imagery, juxtaposed with bold colors and neutrals, in combination with a sophisticated glazing technique to achieve these impressive paintings. Sacred colors, numbers and shapes play an integral role in his work, including the Medicine Wheel, and the four directions, North, South, East and West define the four aspects of self and teachings that are vital to the Plains Indians Traditions.
Visiting Sedona for the first time, artist Carla Romero feels a bond with Native Americans and the southwest and an awakening of her paintings and vision. Romero's work reflects her strong belief that her ideas and creativity are gifts from God. She starts each painting with a prayer, uses Holy Water in her paints and ends with an expression of thanks. For collectors there is a deep spiritual awareness that one discovers in her work. This imagery is profoundly vivid in her “Vespers” series, meaning “evening prayer.” Each painting depicts a prayer scene, where Native American elders pray atop the kiva before descending into it.
Ray Tigerman’s colorful impressionist paintings emerge through his understanding and depiction of the indigenous people in their dramatic environment.
For more information on their artists, artwork, 12 Satellite Exhibit Sedona City Wide, Artists in Residence and Artists Coffee Talks visit GoldensteinArt.com. Sign up for their monthly E-zine, Instagram and Facebook or call 928-204-1765. Open daily, Goldenstein Gallery’s address is 150 State Route 179, at the corner of SR179 and 89A. Voted Best Gallery in Sedona 10 years running and recently named the best place to shop in Sedona by USA Today 10 Best, Goldenstein Gallery is known for its diversity of world-renowned local and regional artists in all media and styles.