At Sedona's Lanning Gallery, a special exhibition "AZ Artists: Wide Ranges" opens on 1st Friday Sept. 6, 5-8 p.m., to showcase the gallery's local - and nearly local - artists.
From Tubac to Phoenix, from Camp Verde to Jerome the natural characteristics of this wild and diverse state work their influences in often surprising ways as this variety of local talent creates paintings, bronzes, ceramic figures, found art sculpture, etchings and jewelry.
While Lanning Gallery is known for its international and national classic and contemporary art there is a varied group of Arizona artists who meet the gallery's exacting standards; each one capturing strong attention from collectors.
The gallery first met Jonathan Howard as an emerging artist over five years ago and has watched his talent explode onto the art scene. With a true artist's soul Howard plumbs the depths of the human spirit with his urban, primarily figurative work. In his newest series, Howard uses his same muted and moody palette and subtle collaged elements to convey the paradoxical isolation of Arizona's deserts.
Another favorite of collectors is Cynthia Reid whose mastery of a palette knife allows her to create impressionistic oil paintings that capture nature's colors and textures from her Arizona garden to the poppy and lavender fields of France.
Bonnie Burkee, at 90, continues her labor-intensive etching process producing images with an artistic vision as sharp and individual as ever. Esther Rogoway, following in her famous father's footsteps, creates paintings that speak as much of an inner world of feeling and imagination as the outer world of reality.
Two of the Arizona artists who make their homes nearby are jewelers Michael Grant and Valerie Ostenak. Both jewelers are at the top of their game with the accolades that accompany that rarified standing. Master Jeweler Grant hand cuts each bead (the finest domestic turquoise and more) that he uses to compose his fine jewelry while Ostenak, a blacksmith, creates surprisingly delicate forged jewelry from steel and pearls.
Sculptors Phil Lichtenhan, Chris Deverill and Robert Brubaker offer, with their found object work, bronzes and ceramic pieces (respectively), three completely different styles and techniques. Established artists, emerging artists, cutting edge styles and traditional are all showcased. Stop by Lanning Gallery and bask in all the diverse art the gallery's Arizona artists offer.
"AZ Artists: Wide Ranges" through Sept. 15. Visit Facebook for plenty of photos: Facebook.com/LanningGallerySedona; "Like" and share your comments! Lanning Gallery, 928-282-6865, email@example.com, www.lanninggallery.com. Located at Hozho, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona.