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A New Year of Fine Art Exhibits at Lanning Gallery, Sedona Arizona

MoonlightVinesNeckpiece ValerieOstenak 400Sedona, AZ: Lanning Gallery welcomes the New Year with “A New Year Begins,” an exhibition that opens with a reception 1st Friday, January 6th, from 5-8.

The exhibition showcases works that embody and celebrate new life, new energy, new perspectives and new beginnings as we all greet 2017 together. Highlights include “Moonlight Vines,” a new line of cold-forged sterling silver neckpieces, cuffs and earrings by award-winning jewelry artist Valerie Ostenak. Ostenak’s forged steel jewelry has already won her a Centurion Emerging Designer Award; she was one of six recipients from an international field. Ostenak  has again been invited to “Artistar Jewels,” an invitational art jewelry exhibition in Milan, Italy, that she will attend this February.

Whether heat-forged or cold-forged, Ostenak’s jewelry embodies the strength of her metals even as they are transformed into sensuous lines and delicate forms. “In wearing my jewelry,” she notes, “women are declaring that they have empowered themselves to follow their passions. By taking the chance to present their hearts to the world and standing with graceful self-confidence that they are infinitely remarkable and valuable, they become an inspiration for others to live passionate lives.”

Also just in to Lanning Gallery are more hand-turned pine vessels with turquoise inlay by artist Robert Cherry. Each of these one-of-a-kind vessels is a unique wonder, so refined they’re often mistaken for glass. Small and medium sized works will join some of the largest vessels Cherry has ever created – truly magnificent pieces – as the gallery continues to feature these very popular works of art.

“Madre Mia,” a bronze sculpture from artist Antonia Gallegos, captures the soft folds of a mother’s embrace of her newborn. Without intricate detail, the form and style of Gallegos’s work captures all the love and devotion this iconic sculptural pairing brings to us – all the hopes and dreams of a better tomorrow for the ones who come after us.

Other new works and new directions, including hand-blown studio glass, bronze animals, paintings and more, await the New Year’s visitor to this 30-year-old Classic and Contemporary gallery. Stop in to the opening for “A New Year Begins” and greet the New Year with an appreciation of the arts and the artist. This exhibition runs through January 15th.

MadreMia AntoniaGallegos bronze 400For additional Lanning Gallery information and photos see LanningGallerySedona on Facebook or visit the gallery on Pinterest. Lanning Gallery, 928-282-6865, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.lanninggallery.com. Located at Hozho, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona, AZ. Open daily: 10-6 Mon-Sat; 11-5 Sun.

Photo info:

Above: “Moonlight Vines Neckpiece” by Valerie Ostenak, 9.5” x 6” x 1”, forged sterling silver.

Below: “Madre Mia” by Antonia Gallegos, 19”h x 15”w x 14”d, bronze.