"Giving everyone their fifteen bytes of fame"
February 2004
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Exhibition Review: Salt Lake City
Stephanie St. Thomas: An Artist with a Legacy of Elegance
by Alexandra Blantyre


When people first meet Stephanie Saint Thomas, they are taken by her graceful and elegant presence.  She is clearly a woman who has come into her own and who knows love and loss.  Stephanie’s work is an expression of her heart.  Her brushstrokes are bold and elegant, her jewel toned acrylic pallet, rich and without apology.  She orchestrates her paint to dance in a reverie of passion.  This is a woman that means what she says and picks those she loves to love for life.  The whimsy might be that of laughter in the moonlight, but it is never to be taken for fickle flight.

When one learns of Stephanie’s background, it’s easy to understand how she found her place in the art world.  Stephanie Saint Thomas grew up in Europe until the age of 15.  Her artist parents, Gregory and Diane, both studied under the tutelage of Avard Fairbanks, best known for designing the Eagle Gate.  She was always very close with her parents and they continue to be a major influence to her, even after their deaths.  While living in Holland, her father was appointed one of the Crown Jewelers to Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. 

Stephanie worked very closely with her father, especially in jewelry design, which is the area she first began her career as an artist, selling her collections at Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Weinstocks and ZCMI.  In addition to jewelry and fine art, she started her objects d’art line, making collectable boxes, picture and mirror frames and tables. 


Her latest painting collection, entitled Portals, includes many large expressionist landscapes, carried out in her signature vibrant colors and finished with a lustrous resin.  Many of the pieces are framed with vintage church window frames.  This collection can be seen at Magpie’s Nest, located at 39 North “I” Street, January 10th through February 13th.  Magpie’s Nest will be open for Gallery Stroll on January 16th, from 6-9pm.  Please call 363-7764 or 277-6551 for more information.

Festival Event: Salt Lake City

Feed the Hungry Foster the Arts

If you aren't able to catch Stephanie St. Thomas' artwork this month at the Magpie's Nest (see above) you'll have a chance to see her work and the work of over thirty other Utah artists at the upcoming FEED THE HUNGRY FOSTER THE ARTS.

This annual event is sponsored by Catholic Community Services to help raise funds to support  the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall and the Weigand Homeless Day Center
        while promoting the work of local visual artists. The Feed the Hungry Foster the Arts Festival is the largest fund-raising event of the year for St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall and the Weigand Homeless Day Center. The St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall provides over 700 hot meals and sack lunches to low income and homeless individuals and families every day. The Weigand Homeless Day Center provides a wide array of human services including clothing distribution, a library of donated books and magazines, barber services, mail service, showers, laundry facilities and temporary job placement services.

The Feed the Hungry Foster the Arts event was held for many years at the St. Vincent de Paul Center. As program director Kathryn Brussard explains, the CCS board decided to move the event out of the center because they felt it was not appropriate to displace those who use the center's services for the arts festival.

Consequently, last year the event was held at the Gateway's Union Depot. The timing was also changed to early December. This year the event will again be at the Union Depot but it will return to its normal timing of early March.

The art festival will run from Friday March 5th until Sunday March 7th and will feature a wide range of visual arts including pottery, sculpture, jewelry, painting, pastels and drawings.

Gallery Spotlight: Kayenta
Juniper Sky and Datura Gallery Worth the Drive 
by Shawn Rossiter

juniper sky gallery

Location. Location. Location.

These are the three most important factors in any business and no less so in an art gallery. But tell that to the ladies of the Juniper Sky and Datura galleries in Kayenta, Utah.

Located on a road to nowhere (well, to be fair, almost nowhere; Old Hwy 91 will take you on a back route to Nevada, through the Shivwits Indian Reservation) this small desert community has begun building an artist's colony against the red cliffs of Southern Utah.

Kayenta, Utah is a small community of houses located west of Ivins that began springing up in the 80's. If it were not for road signs indicating the community, travelers might easily pass it by. Guided by strict covenants, all the houses in Kayenta are one-story, low-lying adobe style structures that blend into the landscape and, most importantly, do not detract from the fabulous view of the Santa Clara Bench.

A couple of years ago artists and art lovers in the area began creating Coyote Gulch, a small cluster of buildings grouped together  thwell withine community. At the artist's colony you'll find a potter's shop and a small bookstore as well as the two galleries. Juniper Sky and Datura are sister galleries, working in cooperation rather than competition.  

Datura gallery carries a variety of artwork, most of it smaller, ranging from glass work and pottery to smaller pieces by some of Utah's better known artists. Pieces by Gaell Lindstrom, Gary Collins and Jossy Lownes can all be found within its walls. While stylishly displayed, Datura has the feel of a fine gift shop, with its range of jewelry, glass and pottery and art all in a Southwest motif.

The Juniper Sky Gallery is more exhibition oriented, featuring larger pieces from Utah artists including Royden Card and Wallace Lee. The gallery will be able to put on even larger exhibition when they move into their new 3000 sq. foot facility, which will be ready in a few months.


You need not wait for the Juniper Sky Gallery's new space to open to soak up the atmosphere of Kayenta and its growing art colony. During the weekend of February 14th & 15th both galleries will be participating in the 5th Annual Art in Kayenta Festival. During the festival over seventy artists will participate in a fundraiser to support the Xetava Desert Arboretum Foundation. This 501 (c)3 non-profit is currently creating the Desert Rose Labyrinth, an eleven circuit labyrinth in Kayenta's desert setting.

Coyote Gulch Art Village is located 8 miles West of St. George, just past the City of Ivins on Old Hwy 91. The 5th Annual Art in Kayenta Festival will be Saturday and Sunday, February 14th & 15th from 10am to 5pm.

After stopping by Kayenta, be sure to visit some of the other artstops in the area. Currently at the St. George Museum of art you can visit two traveling exhibitions. The Utah Arts Council traveling exhibit, "Colors of China" highlights colorful art works created by Chinese children, between the ages of 6-12, from the Hepingli Primary School in Beijing. This project was organized by the US Chinese Peoples Friendship Association and The Beijing Peoples Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries in order to further positive relations and exchanges between other cultures. The Utah Arts Council has been collecting global children's art for the purpose of touring the works throughout the state, promoting creativity and understanding of various art forms and cultures. The Traveling Exhibition Program is a statewide outreach service of the Utah Arts Council.

"Just Like Me," an exhibit organized and toured by ExhibitUSA, is a dynamic exhibition of illustrations from children's books, artists' self-portraits selected from a book of the same title, and fine art prints, paintings, drawings, and photography. For further information, please call (435) 634-5942 x17 or email: museum@infowest.com .

Exhibition Preview: Salt Lake City
Children of the Muse and Endangered Species at Art Access

Children of the Muse, A Photographic Exploration of the Creative Process, an ambitious exhibition by noted Salt Lake photographer, Kent Miles, will hang later this month at Salt Lake City's Art Access gallery.

In 1984, Miles, a graduate of the Art Center College
of Design in Pasadena, California, began a long association with the Center for the Documentary Arts in Salt Lake City, where he has worked to document ethnic and minority communities. His current project, which has been years in the making, attempts to document and explore the lives of creative people. The exhibition will consist of black and white portraits of over twenty-five creative Utah men and women, including painters, sculptors, architects, furniture designers, arts educators, writers, cartoonists, ceramicists, performance artists, costume designers and oral historians. The exhibition also includes interviews of the artists exploring the creative impulse, along with a sample of the creative work of each participant.

Miles says, "Through the past thirty years of making documentary portraits I have had the rare privilege of meeting and photographing artists of Utah. The desire took root in me to learn more about them, particularly about how each one approaches the creative process. I knew that there was much to be learned and the project Children of the Muse began to take shape in my mind."

The title of the project refers to the Greek goddesses who were responsible for inspiring artists and scientists ­ especially music, dance, theatre, poetry, painting and sculpture. As Miles explains, "They were the children of Zeus and Mnemosyne. They would come to anyone who had the ability to hear their voices. The question for artists became how did one cultivate the ability to hear and respond to the Muse. The Muse, as a metaphor for the mysterious process of inspiration in the creative process, was the basis for my questions during the interviewing of the creative people included in this project."

According to Miles, the Children of the Muse project starts with this exhibit, which represents its first public debut. The documentary photographer plans to continue photographing and interviewing not only visual artists, but arts administrators, musicians, scientists, educators and entrepreneurs ­ anyone who applies the creative process to their career or to their life.

In her upcoming exhibition Endangered Species, Lehi artist Linnie Brown explores how combining opposite ideas and images can create something new and impossible; something that one wouldn't or couldn't actually create, except in the invented realm of art.

"The artworks in this series are derived from the idea of turning everyday objects such as telephones and computer keyboards into fossils," the artist explains. "Obviously some of these items can quickly become out-dated relics in our fast paced consumer society, but they will never become actual fossils. Their plastic, non-organic construction guarantees that these objects will still be around, even when their contemporaries are long since decomposed."

Brown hopes that by viewing her abstract paintings, gallery-goers will think about the process of time and what stories our possessions will tell about us in the future.

Linnie Brown earned a BFA and Teaching Certificate from BYU and has shown her work at the Bountiful Davis Art Center, the Atrium Gallery and the Springville Art Museum. She was also one of the artists featured in Artists of Utah's 35 x 35.

art access

The non-profit Art Access Gallery is located at 339 West Pierpont Avenue in Salt Lake City. Regular gallery hours are M-F, 10 to 5.

Both exhibitions will hang from February 17 through March 12. The Artist's Reception will take place on Friday, February 20, from 6 to 9 PM, during the Salt Lake Gallery Association's monthly Gallery Stroll.