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Paintings by Tamar Kander showcased at Lanning Gallery

“Moonlit” by Tamar Kander, a mixed media on canvas painting measuring 24”h x 24”w, is part of the new exhibition opening with a 1st Friday reception April 1st to introduce this newest artist to the gallery.

“Moonlit” by Tamar Kander, a mixed media on canvas painting measuring 24”h x 24”w, is part of the new exhibition opening with a 1st Friday reception April 1st to introduce this newest artist to the gallery.

Lanning Gallery in Sedona opens the new exhibition "Introducing Tamar Kander Paintings" to showcase the latest artist to join the gallery's impressive ranks of Contemporary artists. The exhibition opens with a reception "1st Friday," April 1, 5-8 p.m.

The rich background of Tamar Kander includes growing up in Israel and South Africa, where she received her BA in Fine Arts. She studied art on scholarship in Italy before moving to the UK to pursue a double master's degree in Fine Art and Art Therapy at the University of London. In New York she attended the Art Students League and worked on printmaking before, after several years in Manhattan, she moved to the Midwest, where she has lived now for years.

Tamar Kander begins each of her depth-filled paintings by texturing her canvas surface. She utilizes whatever is at hand that inspires inclusion, from floor sweepings to ticket stubs, maps or fabric, elements that may hardly be visible in the finished work but that provide the backdrop from which to launch her inspiration. Kander then allows her considerable skill to support her inner vision.

"The ability to draw is necessary for an abstract artist," she says, even as she also notes that "if you can get the mind out of the way, the spirit and the body can work together." For Tamar Kander, any mental constraint or intention can halt the creative process.

"I am intrigued with translating my experiences into evocative universal forms or symbols by using color, tone, texture and markings," she explains. A variety of layered materials, including powdered gesso, cold wax, dry-wall compound, acrylic medium, marble dust, inks, graphite and oils, and other miscellany, work together to create Kander's compositions, works that are complete only when she has experienced them in different settings as well as upside down.

Lanning Gallery, 928-282-6865, is located at Hozho, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona.

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