Opening Reception Friday Evening, March 3, 2017, 5-8 pm
Lanning Gallery in Sedona, Arizona honors Women’s History Month this March with a celebration of its women artists. The world of fine art can still, in many ways, favor the male artist even as the many gifted and innovative women artists make their mark, internationally and nationally. While museum exhibitions have a long way to go before complete parity is reached, galleries are the front lines and, as such, are well positioned to make a difference. At Lanning Gallery in Sedona over a third of its artists are women and the gallery is happy to shine a spotlight on them this month. (read more below)
“Our women artists – painters, sculptors and glass workers – frequently represent some of the most innovative mediums we exhibit,” notes Gallery Director Isabelle Cozart. “These women know how to create. And we are happy to help them succeed at it.”
International artist Elisabett Gudmann has created proprietary formulas for working with metal that produce unique patinas in the surfaces of her works. It is the balance of artistic vision with an expert control over a complex process that produces compelling results in her. “I strive to evoke emotional charges through the interplay of color, texture, marks and form,” Gudmann notes. There is an influence of Abstract Expressionism in these contemporary works.
In a completely different innovative vein, artist Judith Monroe has developed a textured process for her mixed media landscapes: She begins by coating a black and white photograph with a clear acrylic medium that, as it dries, captures the photo’s ink. This transparent film is mounted onto a prepared surface and further texture is added with acrylic medium and collage elements. Color is added with pencils, acrylic glazes and wax pastels.
Found object sculptor Elizabeth Frank begins with fallen aspen branches or reclaimed wood to create her carved figures; found ceiling tin may become angel wings, hinges may bind figures together and keys may lead to a figure’s heart. Her works are “inspired by folk, tribal and primitive art,” Frank explains. Her themes relate to the intricate relationship between man and nature.
Artist Cynthia Reid left a successful career as a physician to create her own palette knife technique and produce colorful Impressionistic landscapes that capture an appreciation of the patterns in nature as well as the textures of the land. Contemporary Abstract painter Tamar Kander notes, “I am intrigued with translating my experiences into evocative universal forms or symbols by using color, tone, texture and markings.” She accomplishes this with a variety of layered materials, including powdered gesso, cold wax, dry-wall compound, acrylic medium, marble dust, inks, graphite and oils, and other miscellany.
Jewelry artist Valerie Ostenak has won international awards for her graceful pieces: heat-forged steel or cold-forged sterling silver, often with added freshwater pearls or precious stones, in shapes that capture the form and movements of nature.
Other women artists join these at Lanning Gallery to offer their own valuable artistic expression. Stop in to the opening of “Making History: Women in Art” and celebrate women artists and every woman who has made history in your life. This exhibition runs through March 12th.