Among the thousands of poems attributed to the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi is one that begins, "Inside you there's an artist you don't know about . . ." Well, artist Sahar Paydar, who was so inspired by the writings of Rumi that she named her Sedona art gallery in his honor, believes there's a contemporary artist Verde Valley residents may not know about, but should-Théo Schildkamp.


On Saturday, March 26, 4-7 pm, Paydar's Rumi Tree Art Gallery (40 Soldiers Pass Road, Suite 12, Sedona, AZ 86336) will present its "Spring Show" featuring a special evening with the Dutch artist, who is traveling to Sedona from Holland so local art aficionados can meet Schildkamp in person and view many of his new works. This event is free and open to the public, and will be catered by Steakhouse 89 and live-streamed by SedonaCentric. Guests will be served wine and refreshments while enjoying live music on the patio. 


Théo Schildkamp visited Sedona about five years ago and the celebrated illustrator and painter says the area stole his heart. "It's like the South of France where I lived for 20 years," Schildkamp observes. "I'll be very happy to be back in Sedona with its brilliant night sky and its warm, spiritual atmosphere. I love harmony, beauty, and depth, and that's exactly what I find in Rumi Tree Art Gallery, which radiates warmth and love."


Sahar Paydar (whose new work will also be featured at this event, along with new pieces by artist Patricia Saxton) is thrilled to once again be presenting Schildkamp's art. "We love having Théo's creative pieces in the gallery," she says. "We feel he brings a sense of play and whimsy, with layers of illustrative detail and color. His talent is endless."


Schildkamp first displayed that talent in the early 1970s while attending the Academy of Fine Arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands. After graduating in 1974, he worked as an illustrator, author, and designer-presenter of radio and television programs. Already a highly talented and prolific designer, in 2010 Théo began producing more paintings, many being depictions of female figures representing, as Schildkamp explains, "Personifications of abstract concepts such as love, loneliness, decay, fate, and beauty. I want people to look at the stories my paintings tell and to make them their own stories." 





About Rumi Tree Art Gallery: 


Established in Sedona in 2018, Rumi Tree Art Gallery has been dedicated to showing original fine art to the Sedona, Arizona, community, as well as to visitors from all over the world. Gallery owner and artist Sahar Paydar, a longtime Sedona resident, founded Rumi Tree Art Gallery with the intention to "inspire beauty and truth through the expression of art." The collections exhibited at Rumi Tree are devoted to emphasizing the beauty, emotion, and energy of the Sedona area, but with added international flare, as well as bringing the community together through the joy of expression. In addition, the gallery also carries the artworks of Charles Malcolm Campbell, artisan candles, illustrated children's books by Saxton, and handcrafted blessing beads by Virginia artist Dawn Aragon. 


For more information, visit www.rumitree.com or contact Shanin Renee Dockrey, Gallery Director, at 928-862-4221 or 518-331-0330.