Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona Arizona Celebrates 45th Anniversary
Sedona, AZ: Turquoise Tortoise Gallery opens a new exhibition, its “45th Anniversary Celebration” with an opening reception on 1st Friday, October 7th, 5-8 pm in Sedona, Arizona.
From humble beginnings in Glendale, Arizona in 1971, the Gallery of Native American art grew in size and reputation before relocating to Sedona in 1981. There, is has become a destination art gallery that anchors the heart of Sedona’s Gallery District.
Years in the art world has offered the gallery unique opportunities to watch artists grow in talent and stature. International artist Tony Abeyta, now fifty, was a teenager when he walked into Turquoise Tortoise Gallery and laid his work out on the floor for owner Peggy Lanning to see. She chose to represent him immediately, despite his youth and has watched Abeyta’s audience grow dramatically as he produces ever more complex work that continues to be strongly influenced by his Navajo heritage.
“Seeing Tony’s installation art at Art Miami [December 2014] was incredibly exciting,” Lanning recounts. “The art piece was a constantly moving projection within a large tent by the water. Elements from Abeyta’s newest imagery played through the air against the domed tent ceiling, augmented by music and narrative. In the middle of this major international art exposition, it was like being able to walk right into an Abeyta painting.”
These same elements can be found in paintings such as “Moth,” a mixed media triptych measuring 40” high and 90” wide. With a subtle palette of charcoal and inks, both motion and life are presented; moths and flowers, wings and petals, light and dark. The piece is currently available at the gallery.
Turquoise Tortoise Gallery also has the pleasure of representing several generations of gifted Native American artists. The gallery had long represented premiere Contemporary Navajo sculptor (of stone and bronze) Larry Yazzie before also offering stone sculpture by his son, Lance Yazzie; they currently also represent the sculpture of younger son, Cody Yazzie. The dynamic Lister family of Navajo jewelers is led by Alice Lister and David Lister who have worked with the gallery for years and as the work of their daughters, Dee Nez and Davida Lister, rose in prominence their work joined their parents’ at the gallery.
Longevity also allows for loyalty from collectors: “My wife, Claire, and I are lucky to call Sedona home for at least eight weeks of the year,” notes Milan Jordan, “and have completely renovated our Arizona home with one-of-a-kind contemporary and traditional Native American bronzes, paintings, ceramics, and carvings from both [of Peggy Lanning’s] galleries. In fact, the same can be said for our Wisconsin home.”
With Southwest artists now also represented, the gallery carries the work of over fifty artists with paintings, sculpture, pottery, Native American style headdresses and ceremonial war shirts, exquisite jewelry, top-of-the-line Zapotec rugs and authentic Zuni fetishes.
Stop by for a glass of champagne at Turquoise Tortoise Gallery and be part of the “45th Anniversary Celebration.”
Hozho is also hosting Red Rock Quilters during the 1st Friday celebration on October 7th. The talented Sedona group presents Opportunity Quiltfest 2017 as they tour the Sedona area with their extraordinary “Animals of the Southwest” Native American-inspired quilt and sell raffle tickets for a May 2017 drawing (only $1 per ticket) to benefit a number of local charities for children and adults with special needs, such as those in foster care, adoption or who are ill. Stop by and support this worthy, hard-working and talented group.x
Visit www.Facebook.com/TurquoiseTortoiseGallerySedona; “Like” and share your comments. Turquoise Tortoise Gallery, 928/282-2262, www.TurquoiseTortoiseGallery.com, located at Hozho, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona, AZ. Open daily: 10-6 Mon-Sat; 11-5 Sun.
Photos, from top:
“Fire Healers” by Tony Abeyta, mixed media on canvas, 42”h x 72”w. At Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona, Arizona.
“In Sight” by David Johns, 54”h x 42”w, acrylic on canvas. At Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona, Arizona.
Escalante Rug Assortment by top Zapotec weavers in Oaxaca, Mexico; all sizes, hand-woven wools. At Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona, Arizona.