Lance Yazzie: Modern Edge
Sep
6
to Sep 29

Lance Yazzie: Modern Edge

“Lance Yazzie: Modern Edge” opens to celebrate the re-emergence of this significant Navajo artist. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. September 6th with an Artist Talk at 5:45 that evening. Eldest son of world-renowned sculptor Larry Yazzie, Lance has been sculpting since he was thirteen with his work represented at the gallery (previously known as Turquoise Tortoise) since he was sixteen. Yazzie has since won first place in sculpture at the Santa Fe Indian Market, Best of Division at the Heard Museum in Phoenix and many other awards.

His work represents not only traditional forms of his Navajo (Diné) culture but also contemporary pieces with a modern art feel. The abstract art of a modern style allows for Yazzie’s reflection of a very personal and cultural sensibility to come through; a sensibility that goes directly to the soul of what this artist wishes to express. “When I use negative space in my sculptures, I feel like it allows room for the viewer to get inside the piece,” he says.

When Lance Yazzie creates his contemporary sculpture, he does not try to stay within strict guidelines of Native American art; recent years have seen him bring more textures, images and symbolism to his contemporary pieces. “The symbolism is not only meaningful to Native people but to all of us. I try to leave it open so people can find their own meaning,” Yazzie says. Concepts he has more recently explored reflect designs with origins in traditional Dinè rug patterns or pictographs from cliff-sides. Re-interpreting into three dimensions what these flat images represent Yazzie allows negative space to become a cloud or lightning while carved limestone may become the mountain before it.

It can take up to six months to complete a project and Lance Yazzie always ends up going above and beyond with his efforts. “I learned that from my dad … he taught me that it is like a gift you send with your work.” The exhibition lasts through September 29th.

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Richard Bruland: Layers of Abstract
Jun
7
to Jun 23

Richard Bruland: Layers of Abstract

“Richard Bruland: Layers of Abstract” opens 1st Friday, June 7th, at the newly merged Bryant Nagel Galleries – the former Lanning and Turquoise Tortoise. The new exhibition showcases the California artist’s unique and compelling abstract paintings and Bruland gives an Artist Talk about his unique path and vision at 5:45 during the opening. His paintings are at once both vibrant and muted, with what appear to be soft gradations of tone when viewed from afar that reveal themselves as intricately complex layers of underlying contrast.

Bruland was born in Lima, Peru and raised in Geneva, Switzerland. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. His lifelong interest in music first claimed his artistic attention.

In the early 1980s Bruland opened California’s Bebop Records and Fine Art. It was a record store/art gallery/performance place that became one of the best-known small venues in Los Angeles in the ‘80s. Performers such as Los Lobos, Lucinda Williams, Jane’s Addiction and Beck graced its stage while artists such as Raymond Pettibon were granted early shows at the gallery. In 1990 Bruland closed Bebop to concentrate on his own painting.

“My paintings are neither issue-driven, nor anthropological examinations of cultural minutiae,” Bruland notes, “but rather a very personal exploration of my own particular signatures.” In a method of his own devising, Bruland begins with a field of textured gesso over which, in a precise, and ultimately often unnoticed, grid pattern he paints on layer upon layer of acrylic. Each layer dipping or peaking atop the ground. When these meticulous and methodical steps are complete, Bruland uses an electric hand sander to sand down into the painting, revealing myriad colors as the peaks and valleys are smoothed. With his painted board laid flat, Bruland then floods the surface with water, working in a wash of acrylic color that dissipates as it moves into the painting. These gentle fades of color transition may come from one edge, two, or more creating works that, as Bruland describes them, “refer to landscape in a most non-specific way.”

Atmosphere, light, color and shadow are elements of nature that people everywhere experience and by eliminating the specific, Bruland’s paintings speak to all of us. The exhibition lasts through June 23rd.

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Masters of Glass: Peter Wright & Peggy Pettigrew Stewart
May
3
to May 19

Masters of Glass: Peter Wright & Peggy Pettigrew Stewart

“Masters of Glass: Peter Wright & Peggy Pettigrew Stewart” opens with a 1st Friday Artists’ Reception from 5 to 8 p.m. May 3rd, with Artist Talks beginning at 5:45 that evening; the exhibition showcases two of the gallery’s newest artists. While each works in glass their styles and process are remarkably different. The glass art of Pettigrew Stewart has won awards both nationally and internationally. She attended the famed Pilchuck International Glass School in Washington and the Academé Taller in Spain and is one of the early pioneers working in Float glass. She’s extensively studied coldworking, sandblasting and sand carving in addition to kiln forming and casting. Pettigrew Stewart combines multiple processes to create her unique glass art and is one of just a few U.S. instructors to teach the Verre’ Eglomise ™ glass technique. Her glass is bent to release prismatic color that is evident in all of her works, ranging from human face-to-glass expressions to individually themed bowls. Peggy Pettigrew Stewart continues her decades-long fascination and experimentation with translucence and transparency, with color and light.

            Artist Peter Wright spent twenty years in commercial construction before, as he says, “I began to seek alternatives for the second half of my life." Following a life-long interest in art eventually led to his being completely drawn in and seduced by hot glass. Studying at the famed Pilchuck Glass School as well as the Penland School of Crafts in NC, Wright quickly excelled: “I am fascinated by the endless possibilities this material has to offer. I love working with color and surface, gesture and form.” A fascination with all types of indigenous arts, especially Native American, African, and Pre-Columbian shaped his influences and the statements Wright wishes to express with his glass. Acid-etching or sand-blasting to remove shine ensures that viewers of his glass sculptures recognize his material only after they have responded to its form.

            The exhibition runs through May 19th.

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The Beatles Cartoon Art Show
Apr
12
to Apr 14

The Beatles Cartoon Art Show

For one weekend only meet Ron Campbell, the Director of the Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series and animator on The Beatles film Yellow Submarine. Ron will appear at the show painting and selling original works of art, customizing his pop art paintings for customers and creating original paintings on purchasers’ certificates of authenticity.

Ron was involved with dozens of cartoon classics such as: Scooby Doo, Rugrats, Winnie the Pooh, Smurfs, Flintstones, Jetsons, George of the Jungle, Krazy Kat, Ed, Edd & Eddy and much more.

The Beatles Cartoon Art Show will also include paintings spanning his entire 50 year animation career including Scooby Doo, Winnie the Pooh, Rugrats, Flintstones, Jetsons, Smurfs and more.

It’s an incredible experience…meeting an animation legend, watching him paint...

Please Join Us!

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Jeong and Choon Yun: Master Paper Artists
Apr
5
to Apr 21

Jeong and Choon Yun: Master Paper Artists

“Jeong and Choon Yun: Master Paper Artists” opens in our gallery’s major spring exhibition to introduce the work of this husband and wife artist team. The Yuns, each a highly respected artist in their South Korea homeland, have joined their considerable talents and experience to produce a singular artform. In an inspired amalgam of ancient Asian papermaking techniques and modern Western abstraction, the Yuns create works of mesmerizing texture and composition.

Following the ancient tradition of Han-ji, Korean paper-making, the Yuns complete every stage of production themselves: return yearly to Korea to collect the bark of dac trees and process the pulp, ship it to their U.S. home, use the non-pigmented pulp to create the substrate of their works and add natural pigments to smaller batches to create the desired colorations for their glorious abstract imagery.

Offering this hand-on ancient and natural tradition to the viewer in the form of an abstraction for the Yuns provides a visceral experience of home. Not perhaps a literal “home,” but a yearning for origin, a connection to a spiritual home. To examine their artworks from afar or intimately close up is to be mesmerized by one’s own mind. Jeong and Choon Yun have been exhibited internationally for years, in not only South Korea but also in France, Malaysia, New York, Japan, California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas and more.

The Yuns’ creations are not only aesthetically timeless but extraordinarily durable. Han-ji paper dating to the Sixth Century has been excavated in exceptional condition.

A 1st Friday artist reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. April 5th, with a special artist demonstration presented throughout the evening. The exhibition lasts through April 21st.

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Bruce Bowditch: Flow
Mar
1
to Mar 17

Bruce Bowditch: Flow

“Bruce Bowditch: Flow” opens on 1st Friday, March 1st, with an artist reception from 5 to 8 p.m. and an Artist Talk at 5:45 that evening. The acrylic paintings of this new gallery artist capture the unpredictable and beautiful flow of paint over canvas. Bowditch lives the life of, simultaneously, a fine artist and a yoga teacher and author of five books on yoga. “For me, art is the exploration of the mystery, the parts beyond our initial impressions and understanding,” he notes. “There is often a feeling of channeling the work, something else is participating, I'm not wholly responsible for what comes into form. I think the term is flow.” Bowditch primarily uses fluid acrylic paints. And a lot of it. He paints on rigid, canvas-covered wood panels which hold the paint well while he works. Depending on how he wishes the paint to move, he may use various additional mediums to create various effects. After the layers of paint are applied to a panel, Bowditch manipulates the surfaces with a variety of tools, anything from plastic picnic plates to tooth picks to simply letting gravity provide an assist. Join us for our opening reception, mix and mingle with fellow art-lovers, enjoy the Artist Talk and meet Bruce Bowditch, a gifted new gallery artist. See you then!

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Revelations & New Beginnings
Feb
1
to Feb 15

Revelations & New Beginnings

Our gallery’s winter showcase continues as artworks that enlighten and inspire hold center stage. A 1st Friday reception on February 1st, from 5-8 PM, also offers a sneak peek of works by new gallery artists who will be featured in March and April: The acrylic paintings of Bruce Bowditch capture the unpredictable and beautiful flow of paint over canvas while Joeng and Choon Yun, master paper makers, create abstract artworks that offer the extraordinary texture and creativity of their craft.

All are welcome!

This exhibition runs through February 15th.

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Marshall Maude: Infinite Timeline
Apr
6
to Apr 15

Marshall Maude: Infinite Timeline

Join us to welcome new gallery artist, Marshall Maude at an opening reception April 6th from 5-8 pm, with an Artist Talk presented at 6:00 pm. Marshall Maude has exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and in China, Denmark, Korea, and New Zealand. He has served as artist-in-residence at ceramic art institutes and research centers in China and Denmark and we are honored to feature his work at our gallery. Read more about Marshall Maude on our artist's webpage for him where you can also see a wealth of new photos! And mark your calendars to attend what promises to be an enlightening Artist Talk.

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Mar
2
to Mar 11

1st Friday - Mar.

Howard Hitchcock: Out of a Fiery Furnace

Join us for an Opening Reception March 2nd, 5-8 pm to celebrate the cerebral, humorous, and often thought-provoking bronze works by artist Howard Hitchcock (1927-2016).

Read more in our Blog Post about this remarkable sculptor - who literally wrote the book on ceramic shell casting! 

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Feb
2
to Feb 14

1st Friday - Feb.

Bill Colligen: Zen Vessels

Please join us for an Artist Reception February 2nd, 5-8 pm to welcome multiple award-winning gourd artist Bill Colligen. He will offer what promises to be a fascinating Artist Talk at 6 pm that evening to reveal some of his singular techniques and his many inspirations.

Read more on our Blog Post!

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