Zach Richardson - A Visionary in Art Investment and Community Leadership


With a career that spans multiple industries and roles, Zach Richardson has cultivated a distinguished presence in the arts and business sectors. Originally embarking on a journey as a naval aviator after graduating from Franklin and Marshall College with a degree in Geology, Zach's diverse career path led him from the skies to the heart of the art community in Sedona, Arizona.


In 2005, after a successful stint in real estate development and foreseeing the market’s peak, Zach transitioned his focus towards the art sector. Despite initially taking a pass/fail art class in his senior year, a friend's encouragement revealed his latent passion for art, eventually leading him to own and operate a prestigious gallery for over 20 years. His deep understanding and appreciation of art have grown profoundly, yet it is the people within this sphere—artists, collectors, and enthusiasts—that he finds most enriching.


Zach’s expertise extends beyond the aesthetics of art to its economic facets. He possesses a nuanced grasp of art investment, making him a sought-after figure among those looking to navigate the complexities of art acquisition and gallery management. His leadership skills, honed through years as a president of both large and small corporations, shine through in his approach to running a gallery, emphasizing ethical practices and sustainable business models.


A committed member of the Sedona community, Zach’s contributions are multifaceted. He actively participates in several local organizations, including the Sedona Lodging Council, Sedona Gallery Association, Sedona Main Street Program Board, Foothills Homeowners Association Board, and the Sedona Chamber of Commerce. His leadership extends to roles in the Sedona Tourism Bureau and Sedona 30, a nonprofit aimed at community enhancement. Notably, Zach served as the elected president of the Sedona Oak-Creek Unified School District, demonstrating his dedication to educational and community development.


Zach Richardson’s journey from a naval aviator to a respected figure in the art world encapsulates his adaptability and his profound commitment to both his community and the arts. His liberal arts career, marked by significant achievements and a dedication to service, makes him a pillar of the Sedona art scene and a beacon for those looking to enrich their lives through art.

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Donna Bonivato

Gallery Director


Donna Bonavito's life journey has been deeply intertwined with art and nature. Born in the Garden State (NJ), her connection to the natural world has been a significant source of inspiration for her artistic endeavors. While she was raised in Arizona, her passion for art was evident from a young age when she began selling her paintings in the neighborhood.


Her formal art education took shape during high school when she had the opportunity to work as an art assistant for Stanley Grosse. Under his guidance, she not only learned the technical aspects of caring for art but also developed a deeper understanding of the emotional and expressive elements that infuse artwork with meaning.


Donna's pursuit of artistic excellence led her to California, where she studied a range of disciplines including painting, drawing, graphic design, glassblowing, and textiles at the California College of Arts (CCA). Her time at CCA marked the beginning of her deep appreciation for textiles, eventually leading her to explore roles in management and curation at Lacis, a museum in Berkeley that specializes in textiles.


After a period of growth and exploration in California, Donna's connection to her Arizona roots beckoned her back to the desert landscape she had always cherished. In 2007, she fulfilled her dream of living in Beautiful Sedona, Arizona. Since then, she has become an integral part of the Sedona Art Gallery scene, showcasing, and selling art and jewelry while contributing to the local artistic community.


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Elizabeth Gerstner

Art Consultant


Elizabeth Gerstner is an esteemed art consultant at the Gallery of Modern Masters, dedicated to enhancing the value of art within the community and supporting the careers of artists. With over three decades of leadership in arts education and community engagement, Elizabeth is committed to promoting art as an essential economic contributor and cultural enrichment.


Her professional journey is deeply intertwined with her role in understanding and advocating for artists. Elizabeth excels in art consulting, where she focuses on discovering the unique stories and innovative techniques developed by artists throughout their careers. This approach not only fosters a deeper appreciation of the arts but also supports artists in achieving recognition and sales, enhancing their impact on the community.


At the Gallery of Modern Masters, Elizabeth’s vision is clear supporting artists is not just about displaying their work; it's about understanding their journey, celebrating their innovations, and ensuring they are valued both economically and culturally. Through her efforts, the gallery remains a pivotal space for cultural dialogue and artistic growth, contributing significantly to the local economy and the wider art community.


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