Lanning Gallery in Sedona opens the new exhibition, Jonathan Howard: Oblique Dialogue, at the 1st Friday Gallery Tour on June 2. There will be an artist reception from 5 to 8 p.m. with an artist talk by Howard at 6 p.m.

For Jonathan Howard, who captures the faces, facades, bridges and blocks of city living, this exhibition brings a return to the layered textures and collage elements he explored years ago. After having turned his focus to oils, Howard realized that he actually preferred not to paint with paint alone.

His new body of work is also smaller and more intimate. He said, “My goal is to really scale the work down and make the viewer really look closely at all the different elements.”

It is these quiet details, these layers not only of literal material but of emotional material that provide the power and intrigue in Howard paintings.

“As an artist I can only create work that addresses my feeling and strike for a universality that will let the work speak outside of my times alone,” he said.

Howard’s muted, limited palette keeps his graphics center stage. His imagery asks us to project or engage in our own manner. It is reality, in its many guises, both realized and unspoken, that drives the imagery of Howard.

Stop in to the opening of Jonathan Howard: Oblique Dialogue to meet the artist and enjoy the artist talk at 6 p.m. This exhibition runs through Sunday, June 11.

Lanning Gallery is located at Hozho, 431 SR 179. Contact 282-6865, mail@lanninggallery.com, or lanninggallery.com for information. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Throughout June, the gallery will have extended hours to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.