Lanning Gallery in Sedona gives a nod to Valentine's Day this month by taking a broader look at love and celebrating art that captures love in all its guises. "Love is an Art" opens with a reception during 1st Friday, Feb. 5, 5-8 p.m.
One could argue that it takes a stir of emotion to create a representation of anything; at its best, an artist is able to represent the very emotion that informed this inspiration.
One can look at a piece of art and actually feel the love for the mountain scene, for wet clay able to transform itself into exquisite raku, the love in finding every perfect piece of found objects to construct a magnificently crazy clock, the basic yet profound love for humanity captured in a crowded urban scene.
At Lanning Gallery, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, there is also the undeniable, absolute love for art itself.
Sophisticated abstract art by internationally acclaimed artist Gregory Deane has been represented for over 25 years, as has the work of famed figurative painter Alfred Rogoway (1900-1990). In fact, it was, in large part, the love of work by Alfred Rogoway and the desire to showcase it that led to the founding of Lanning Gallery.
The gallery's love affair with art has always maintained a wide embrace: Artists from both around the country and outside its borders have found a home here. In choosing art the key question is always: "Does this work have heart?"
A love affair with Paris, and most especially its women, that artist Ted CoConis captures on canvas hangs next to hand-blown studio glass vessels by Randi Solin, an artist who layers her passion for glass, from molten fire to polished surface, into every piece.
Landscape artist Marshall Noice is never concerned with painting a literal rendition of a scene but rather, "an accurate record of what I sensed when looking at the landscape. ... Occasionally while I'm working on a painting in my studio I can almost smell the rain, feel the sun, or hear the wind. When that happens I know I'm on the right track."
Stop by to enjoy this newest exhibition at Lanning Gallery and fill your senses with art. "Love is an Art" runs through Feb. 14.
Lanning Gallery is located at Hozho, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona.