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In the mid-1980s, Peggy Lanning had already spent a decade growing her Turquoise Tortoise Gallery into the success it had become. In 1981, Lanning recognized the opportunities growing in the burgeoning northern Arizona arts city of Sedona and moved this Native American/ Southwest Art gallery from southern Arizona to its current location at Hozho, in the heart of what would become the city’s Gallery District surrounded by the resplendent red rocks of Sedona. It was just a few years later that the work of distinguished artist Alfred Rogoway (1900-1990) came to Lanning’s attention and the seeds of what would become Lanning’s eponymous gallery took hold.
Rogoway had returned to the Southwest after decades in Spain and his daughter brought his portfolio to show Lanning. His paintings spoke to Lanning to such a degree that she set off in her jeep to drive to a small town south of Tubac, in far southern Arizona, to meet the artist and see more of his canvases. She returned to Sedona determined to find a way to accommodate not only Rogoway but the many other fine artists who happened not to be Native American. Within the year Lanning Gallery, founded in 1986, had opened across the hall from her first gallery; artists Alfred Rogoway, Bill Rane (1927-2005) and fine jeweler Michael Grant were her earliest artists and the works of each are still represented.
With over fifty current artists, and having grown to over 3700 square feet of space, Lanning Gallery has the distinct reputation as the finest Classic and Contemporary gallery in Sedona, AZ.
In 2007, Peggy Lanning received the Visionary Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners' (NAWBO-Sedona) Third Annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards. As a founding member, in 2005, of the Sedona Gallery Association (SGA) and having sat on the board of Sedona's Chamber of Commerce and Focus Future for Sedona, Lanning has helped determine the direction of this vital and exciting one-of-a-kind arts community.
In 1998 Gallery Director Isabelle Cozart joined Lanning Gallery after more than fifteen years in the art business. Cozart had distinguished herself in corporate art including the curation of established major corporate collections as well as building corporate collections from the ground up. Cozart worked alongside Peggy Lanning in the founding of the SGA and continues to play an important role on the SGA’s Board of Directors and Marketing Committee.