What is a Monotype?

With our upcoming exhibition "Randall LaGro: Light Out of Darkness" we thought this a good opportunity to make certain that everyone knows just what a monotype is!

Although technically called a print because of the transfer process, a monotype is unique among print mediums in that it is a one-of-a-kind art piece.

It is also a medium that, due to its process, must have its image created very quickly – before the ink dries. This is a requirement that perfectly suits the intuitive nature of artist Randall LaGro. As he explains his process: "Working with my own mixed blacks or a variety of brown tones reminiscent of the turn of the century sepia tone photographs, I begin by laying a thin layer of ink on the Plexiglas [plate] with a rubber roller. I work intuitively, drawing from the well of the subconscious, wiping ink away which when printed will be the white of the paper. Developing my own tools when necessary, I use brushes, Q-tips, rags and my fingers, making marks, then pulling away seeing shapes appear and finishing an image, shaping form from chaos, pulling lights out of darkness, inviting viewers to open the door to their wanderings, imaginations and dreams."

A monotype, in its essence, is simply a painting, painted on a metal or Plexiglas plate, all while the ink is still wet and workable. The ink, already laid down, is pulled away to create images, rather than laid down to create the images. And, the image is painted in reverse: the right side becomes the left side; the left side, the right. This painting is then transferred by laying paper over the plate and running it through an etching press. One time.

It is a particularly gifted artist who can see what is hidden and reveal it rather than lay an image down onto a white canvas. There is a decided psychological gravity that comes from viewing an image that has emerged from darkness rather than light.

Or, as Randall LaGro puts it: "Piercing the darkness, points of light, longing and hope."

That is the artistic gift of a monotype.

Check Out Our YouTube Channel for 3 New Videos!

We just added three new videos to our YouTube channel and invite you to enjoy each one of them! These new ones are from our September 7th exhibition opening when we welcomed two powerful new women artists to our gallery: Gabriela Aguilo and Katharine Gould.

As we feature new exhibitions each month, we will most always also have the artist give an Artist Talk during the opening reception - and we will make a video to share with everyone who could not attend in person! It’s always so fascinating and informative to hear the artist themselves speak about their work, about their inspirations and techniques.

Click HERE to view the Lanning Gallery YouTube channel. Enjoy!

Welcome Sophia Yang!

We’re so happy to introduce Sophia Yang, the newest Fine Art and Jewelry Consultant to join our team! Sophia comes to us with a wealth of experience in fine jewelry and fine art. She and her husband have just relocated to Sedona from Las Vegas where, for nine years, she served as store manager or director at three major luxury fine jewelry brands. Prior to that Sophia lived in Hawaii where she worked for eleven years at a Maui fine art gallery; for eight of those years serving as director (simultaneously) for two of their five locations. While she studied Japanese for two years to better communicate with that wide demographic in Hawaii, Sophia’s native Mandarin served her well in Las Vegas with that city being a frequent destination for Chinese visitors. Sophia herself was born and raised in Taiwan. 

“We visited Sedona two years ago and I fell in love with the art scene and the beautiful rocks,” Sophia tells us. “When my husband retired, and we decided to leave the stress of living in a big city, I knew I wanted to move to Sedona. The energy here, the spirituality, all the art, I need that. And I love meeting all the international tourists, that’s something I had in Hawaii and in Las Vegas and Sedona has that too. I love that Lanning has so many international artists and international clients too. I am very happy to be here!”

Sophia will be at the gallery on Wednesdays through Saturdays - stop in and say "Hello"! We promise you will be as delighted with Sophia as we are!

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!