Staff photo by Philip Wright
ART MART Gallery manager KB Bren touts the wide selection of art and media available.
"It's a great thing," Bren said. "It's like a huge art show."
With 120 artists and vendors and 12,000 square feet, the Art Mart Gallery truly is huge, and it does resemble an art show. With so many artists exhibiting their work, some people believe the Art Mart is an artist-owned and artist-managed gallery. It is not.
"This is not a co-op," Bren said. "It's a gallery where people pay a monthly fee to be here, and they pay a small commission on sales."
Open since December of 1999, the Art Mart is a member of the Sedona Gallery Association. The gallery is currently about 95 percent full, and KB does not require contracts from artists and vendors. "We're just month to month," he said.
Even so, artists must be juried into the gallery. Bren, who functions more as a judge than a jury, decides which artists or vendors will show their works inside the Art Mart.
"I try to make sure it is a quality product," KB said of how he selects new artists for the gallery. "If it's a vendor, we make sure it is something we don't already have."
The Art Mart Gallery represents artist from around the country, including Florida, Utah, California, Colorado and New Mexico. But most of the artists in the gallery are from the Verde Valley and Sedona.
Visitors to the gallery will find a wide selection of artworks to choose from, including fine art photography and paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. Also on display are the works of craftspeople specializing in pottery, basket weaving, woodworking and leather.
Jewelry art is available in many styles, including Mexican silver, costume and American Indian. Several clothing designers have booths in the gallery. One vendor even offers T-shirts and hats.
KB said some vendors in the gallery sell home-decor items and furniture. Other vendors offer items such as blown glass, Mexican imports and religious icons.
"We offer everything from 20-cent postcards up to $1,000 giclee [prints]," Bren said.
The variety of artwork and prices does draw many people, according to KB. "We have people who spend hours in here then come back the next day," he said. And the gallery stays open seven days a week until 6 p.m. to accommodate those customers. It opens at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. on Sunday.
As part of the Sedona Gallery Association, the Art Mart stays open until 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. On those evenings, at least one artist is featured, but KB encourages many of his artists to be on hand.
The Art Mart Gallery is located next door to Harkins Theatres at 2081 West Hwy. 89A in Sedona. For information, call (928) 203-4576.