Film Arts and Fine Art: An Inspired Union

After the smashing success of our February event for the Sedona International Film Festival (with plans already in place to repeat their late-night VIP reception here in 2019!) Lanning once again opened our doors to the film community and hosted a VIP reception for the ILLUMINATE Film Festival that just ended its 5-day festival on Sunday, June 3rd. “Dedicated to elevating human consciousness and inspiring lasting transformation through cinema, ILLUMINATE is the world's premier film festival for conscious cinema.” You can read more about them by clicking here. The Sedona Film Festival (SIFF), “now a 9-day, world-renowned event — has become a jewel in the crown of Sedona’s cultural life and the largest single event in the community.” While the festival itself is held over 9 exciting days in late February/early March each year, SIFF has its own theatre in Sedona which offers year-round films that continue to “expand its mission and contribute to the cultural fabric in Sedona.” With SIFF celebrating its 25th anniversary with the upcoming 2019 festival, Sedona is truly making its mark on the film festival world. Why don’t you consider visiting at that exciting and stimulating time? We’d love to see you! To read more about SIFF, click here. And to see photos from all the fun at both our special events, visit our Facebook page here.

Watch Here: Artist Interview with Ted CoConis

A large and excited turn-out of art collectors and art lovers attended our May 4th opening for artist Ted CoConis. If you weren't able to attend or wish to re-visit that magical evening, Click Here to view our Artist Interview presentation with the acclaimed Hall of Fame illustrator and fine artist Ted CoConis, led by Dr. Jennifer Bryant Nagel. 

Major Spring Exhibition Welcomes Ted CoConis

Acclaimed artist Ted CoConis, now 90, represented solely here at Lanning in Arizona, is flying in to unveil close to a dozen recent, and eagerly awaited, masterworks. For close to twenty years the gallery has forged a special relationship with this Illustrators Hall of Fame artist and the opening night for “Ted CoConis: Masterpiece” promises to be an important evening.

The opening artist’s reception will be on 1st Friday, May 4th, from 5:00-8:00 pm. Also, a special artist’s interview will be presented with our very own Dr. Jennifer Bryant Nagel, gallery co-owner, at 6:30 pm that evening and you are more than welcome to attend. This presentation is anticipated to be a substantive and fascinating look at the remarkable career and singular artistic vision of Ted CoConis.

Prior to creating his masterful works on canvas, Ted CoConis had gained fame painting iconic illustrations for film posters such as Hair, Fiddler on the Roof, Man of La Mancha and more, including the 1986 cult classic Labyrinth; his artwork appeared in every major magazine and his paintings graced book covers for Vladimir Nabokov, James Michener and other prominent authors. It was a legendary career that took immense fortitude to walk away from; but the pure artistic vision of Ted CoConis was strong enough to allow him to do just that.

A true artistic life has now been his for decades: When not painting in one of his seaside studios Ted CoConis can be found in Greece or Paris or sketching a masterwork in a Roman museum. Never at a plateau, never satisfied with simply what sells, CoConis works constantly to improve his techniques, to up his game, and his recent paintings are pure evidence of this. Ted CoConis has mastered the technique of layering near-translucent layers of oil paint one atop another until a viewer is convinced they see well beyond the surface of his canvas. The figures CoConis creates seem to live not entirely in our own physical world but in a world of their own choice and imagination. In his masterful, magical works Ted CoConis brings us reflections and reality, imagination and lyricism. His latest masterfully composed and meticulously executed works are of breathtaking depth and complexity. 

Mark your calendar to attend this very special opening for “Ted CoConis: Masterpiece” on May 4th and enjoy a rare opportunity to visit with this celebrated artist. This exhibition runs throughout May 2018.  

The AZ Fine Art EXPO

What a wealth of talent at the 14th annual Arizona Fine Art EXPO! The EXPO just concluded for this year but not before our discerning new owners, Thomas and Jennifer Bryant Nagel (with little Evie in tow), scouted out some terrific new artists for our gallery. With crates not yet fully unpacked and our website artist pages yet to come, here's a sneak peek at our first new artist whose work has just arrived at the gallery:  Click Here

In just the last couple days reception has been truly impressive to his work and we are incredibly proud to add Evgeni Gordiets to our beloved roster of artists. Enjoy! 

To inquire about any works by Evgeni Gordiets, call our gallery any day of the week and Isabelle or Kimberly will be happy to assist you: 928.282.6865 - or just switch over to our Contact Page.

New Hours for our Gallery

Beginning this April Bryant Nagel Galleries, including Lanning, will be open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily! No more shortened hours on Sundays, except (isn't there always a caveat?!) on Easter Sunday, April 1st, when the galleries will be closed.

Happy Easter and Happy Spring to everyone!

We have a dynamic spring season lined up and can't wait to share it with all of you!