Although they’ve been here for two months, Oct. 6’s 1st Friday reception, from 5 to 8 p.m., is the official welcome for Lanning and Turquiose Tortise galleries’ new owners, Thomas and Jennifer Bryant Nagel.

To mark the occasion, a grand gala celebration is being held with live music, refreshments, an artist talk, visits by prominent gallery artists Gerald C. Moore and Randi Solin who each unveil new works, and the unveiling of a whole new look for Lanning Gallery. Meanwhile, Turquoise Tortise will have a Mummy’s Bundle jewelry trunk and Navajo artist Redwing Nez will unveil new works.

With complete recognition of the strong foundation laid for them, the Nagels have rolled up their sleeves and gone to work making real the new look they envisioned for the gallery as it continues to move successfully into the future.

Thomas has been hands-on with a sledgehammer, power saw, floor sander and floorboards, all while keeping networks and shared systems operational for the staff, photographing staff and jewelry, and holding requisite business meetings. His degrees in advertising, photography and computer sciences seem the perfect combination to serve a gallery owner well.

While Thomas is hands-on at the galleries five days a week, Jennifer is fulfilling a year’s commitment as a visiting instructor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. While teaching four classes she remains continually available to gallery staff. Both also stay busy raising lively, nearly-2-year-old Evelyn — soon to appreciate the world of art that now surrounds her.

The Lanning Gallery and Turquiose Tortise Gallery are at Hozho, 431 State Route 179. Information is available at 282-6865, or The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.