Lanning and Turquoise Tortoise galleries celebrate sculpture
The great variety of gifted sculptors represented by these sister galleries is showcased in February as "1st Friday" brings new exhibition openings on Feb. 1 from 5-8 p.m.
As Lanning Gallery opens its "Sculpture Showcase" the focus is on each piece of sculpture, from stone to raku, steel to ceramic, found objects to bronze.
The desire to express an artistic vision three-dimensionally, to carve away or build up, to create a piece that may be viewed by all sides is a special distinction.
One of the gallery's stone artists, Kathleen Caricof, is renowned for her massive installations such as "Stars and Stripes," a stainless steel sculpture of intertwining 30 ft x 40 ft stars at the Veterans' Memorial for the War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, AR. This same impressive innovation and skill informs her figurative and abstract marble sculptures at Lanning Gallery.
Paul Braun carves steatite into compelling totems of Celtic influence and has several new pieces at the gallery.
The brilliantly colored tall abstract sculptures of Russ Vogt are playful large-scale earthenware forms. The skillful raku vessels of Bob Smith capture the red of Sedona's rocks in all their glory while the glass-like hand-turned pine vessels of Robert Cherry continually attract clients. Bronze takes many forms at Lanning Gallery from elegant to fanciful and include works such as the rounded, earthy female forms of sculptor Antonia Gallegos.
At Turquoise Tortoise Gallery two of its newest artists, Al Glann and Manny Valenzuela, take center stage for "Southwest Sculpture." Glann sculpts steel into minimalist horse sculptures alive with energy then uses these forms as masters for a limited bronze series of each horse. "I love to create horses in action, a gestural 3-dimensional drawing with metal," Glann notes.
For Valenzuela, whose paintings are also at the gallery, it is western abstract figures that define his artwork. His welded steel sculptures follow his penchant for elongated figures presented in a minimalist style. "I mainly work with western figures because of the poetic lifestyle they [represent]," Valenzuela explains. "It appears simple yet contains a complexity that goes beyond what seems obvious."
Stop into both galleries and explore the variety of sculpture by each gifted artist. Exhibitions through Feb. 10. See both galleries on Facebook for plenty of photos! For information: Lanning Gallery, 928/282-6865, www.lanninggallery.com. Turquoise Tortoise Gallery, 928/282-2262, www.turquoisetortoisegallery.com. Located at Hozho, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona. Open daily: 10-6 Mon-Sat; 11-5 Sun.