Explore Sedona’s Ancient Wonders
Speakers, Art and Jeep Tour Explore Sedona’s Ancient Wonders
The fourth annual Explore Ancient Wonders of Sedona events are celebrating Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month with two days of special activities. On March 16th Susie Reed and Jerry Ehrhardt will give free talks at Keep Sedona Beautiful and on March 19th there’s a rare, extended Honanki Heritage Site Pink Jeeps tour and Goldenstein Gallery reception with flute music by Jesse Kalu.
Events kick off at 6:30 pm on Monday, March 16th with an evening of free speakers at Keep Sedona Beautiful (360 Brewer Road). Award-winning photographer Susie Reed will show some of her remarkable images and talk about rock art from an artist’s perspective. In her presentation, “The Art of Rock Art” she’ll discuss how it was made, it’s purposes in ancient and modern times and how she brings pictographs and petroglyphs back to life in her intriguing photos. She’ll also show a preview of what people will see on the special March 19th guided tour to Honanki Heritage Site.
Susie Reed is considered an eminent photographer of Southwestern rock art. She has a deep affinity for this subject, which she’s been passionate about since 1995. She shows at Goldenstein Gallery and her pictures are in Forest Service Visitor Centers thanks to a Sedona Arts and Culture Commission individual artist’s grant. She’s a conservation and preservationist who educates people about the value of archaeology sites by sharing her photos, speaking and leading tours.
Jerry Ehrhardt will open the evening with his talk “Prehistoric Agriculture of the Verde Valley”. He’ll explain unique and innovative methods of irrigation, water collection, farming and gardening that were successfully used in the area. He’ll share discoveries made while leading survey groups who’ve documented numerous archaeology sites over many years. He’s a Governor’s Award in Public Archaeology award recipient, contributor to Archaeology Southwest, a former president of the Verde Valley Archaeology Society and popular speaker.
For those wanting to see one of Sedona’s spectacular archaeology treasures in person, Susie Reed and knowledgeable Pink Jeep guides are leading a special, customized tour to Honanki Heritage Site on Thursday, March 19th from 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm. This promises to be an insightful afternoon during which they’ll share fascinating information about the site’s history, dwellings, rock art and an excavation and restoration project Reed photographed for several years. The tour begins and ends at Goldenstein Gallery (70 Dry Creek Road). Space is limited and advanced reservations are required. To reserve a spot call Pink Jeep Tours at 928.282.5000 and request the Archaeology Month Honanki Tour.
This year’s events conclude at Goldenstein Gallery with a reception on Thursday, March 19th from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm. This acclaimed gallery exhibits the creations of several artists influenced by Arizona’s rich Native American heritage, including Susie Reed. They’ve been voted the top gallery in Sedona for the last seven years. Honanki tour participants and the public are welcome to attend. Jesse Kalu will play his handmade bamboo flutes. His love of Sedona’s ancient sites often inspires his music.