Essential Sedona Magazine lives to introduce its readers to those people and places that are the heart and soul of the community. Therefore, we are excited to share with you our encounter with James Ratliff, the owner of the longest tenured operating art gallery in Sedona.
David Yellowhorse walked into Mother Nature’s Flower Shop in Glendale, Arizona. He wasn’t there to purchase flowers but rather to visit the woman who ran a small jewelry shop in the 10-foot wide gazebo in the back. The woman he was there to see was Peggy Lanning.
Whether lured by the banners announcing an artist’s presence or beckoned by the mysterious notes that randomly escape into the atmosphere from behind the glass doors, visitors drift into the gallery. A steel worker by trade, Doug is friendly, down-to-earth, and fully confident in his craftsmanship.
If you find yourself strolling through the cobblestone streets and vine-draped buildings of the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in downtown Sedona, be sure to make your way back toward the shops that line Oak Creek.
Sedona. Her environment is naturally inspirational. Artisans travel thousands of miles, crossing oceans and deserts to capture—either on camera or canvas—the breathtaking beauty of her resplendent red rocks.
Away from the bustling crowd below, I turned from the Elizabethan daydream and into another poignant era of history. I stepped into the time when cattle and buffalo roamed free the plains, and herders and tribespeople made their way across the Southwest territories.