The New Year arrives in style in Sedona's Gallery District with Lanning Gallery celebrating new art and new artists in an exhibition that opens during the "1st Friday Gallery Tour" Friday, Jan. 3, 5-8 p.m.
At the gallery new artist Judith Monroe is welcomed; the singular technique she uses to create her nature-based artworks impressing visitors already. The rich, earthy tones of Monroe's work is exhibited on panels that range from 5" square to 30" square. Inspired by the Sedona area's wild beauty, the artist captures not only the physical experience of each scene as she experienced it but the unique spiritual elements apparent on many levels - always there to be revealed and explored.
Also new at Lanning Gallery are several important Alfred Rogoway (1900-1990) paintings. These figurative paintings date from the late 1940s, when the artist made a significant contribution to the early Taos, New Mexico, art scene; the 1950s, during the artist's Mexico period; and one large painting from the 1970s when Rogoway resided in Mijas, Spain.
Sculptor Elizabeth Frank has returned with delightfully unique and fanciful wood figures, both free-standing and wall sculptures. Frank begins with a fallen aspen branch or a piece of reclaimed wood to carve her elongated figures, adding found materials that catch her eye. "I use found materials as visual metaphors, often choosing objects which speak to me of decay and resurrection, cultural trends, history and myth. Through the combination of organic and found elements I allude to the human impact upon the environment, the transience of earthly things, and the process of change."
Also at the gallery are new, and always exquisite, gourd pieces from award-winning artist Bill Colligen as well as newly arrived hand-turned pine vessels from Bob Cherry.
A brand new abstract artist, Judith Rivera, also joins the gallery in early 2014. Enjoy champagne and chocolates on "1st Friday" and see all that is brand new at Lanning Gallery. "New Art for the New Year" through Jan.12.
Visit Facebook for plenty of photos: Facebook.com/LanningGallerySedona; "Like" and definitely share your comments! Lanning Gallery, 928-282-6865, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lanninggallery.com. Located at Hozho, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona. Open daily: 10-6 Mon-Sat; 11-5 Sun.