May 2006
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Exhibition Reviews
What's Up & Upcoming: To the North


Iron Horse Gallery: Hosts the SPRING OPEN SHOW of the Utah Watercolor Society which will open Friday, May 5, 2006 with a reception and awards presentation from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. The show has been jurored by Don Andrews, a nationally known watercolor painter and author of several popular books on painting figures and landscapes in watercolor. Andrews, an active member and former Board Director of the American Watercolor Society, selected 62 paintings for this annual exhibition.

Julie Nester Gallery UPCOMING: Opening May 5th and continuing through June 24th, Figures, a group exhibition of figurative work by five painters and one sculptor. The artists to be exhibited are: Tor Archer, Gerard Bourgeois, Philip Buller, Gregg Chadwick, Marshall Crossman and Marie Van Elder. An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 5, 5:30-8:00pm.

Van Elder’s paintings focus on her daughters – images of young girls sleeping, sitting with a dog, diving into a swimming pool. In describing her topics Van Elder says, “A girl’s quotidian circumstances include all of life’s ambiguities and contradictions. With dreamy innocence, vibrant imagination, mercurial mood shifts and awkward self-awareness, each girl carries something of the woman she will become and the role she is expected to play in society.”

Philip Buller (image above) is a figurative painter who creates seductive and mysterious paintings that look like contemporary renditions of Renaissance classics. Buller receives ongoing inspiration from years of studying the great masters of the Italian Renaissance at his annual painting and meditation retreats in Tuscany and at a Zen monastery in northern California. “The respect that I have for these painters is, I believe, visible in my work. My painting involves representation of the human figure. My intention is to follow threads of sensation and feeling and to create paintings to which I have as deep an emotion response as possible.”

Marshall Crossman and Gregg Chadwick’s work is about the process and the inspiration of the topic. Marshall Crossman’s paintings are about the paint. She uses a unique painting technique where she paints "wet on wet" – a process of applying base layers and then adding in layers of other colors on top, while the base layer is still wet. The result is a very textured, deeply colored surface. In each painting she wanders through many stages of paint action and destruction before arriving at a finish that feels resolved to her eye. Crossman's latest volume of work has been titled "Beach Series", and includes images of people playing in the surf, and fishermen showing off their latest catch.

In creating his images, Gregg Chadwick uses a process that he calls “pulling the moment”; this is a way of looking deeper into experiences that inspire him. Chadwick says “One of my major goals as a painter is to hold onto the light in these moments with rich, fluid and layered applications of color….Painting is a layering of time where past and present coexist…..I paint images ripe with color and movement, illuminated by the spirit but tinged with the bittersweet nature of our time.” While his images are inspired by experiences and places, his paintings typically feature a human figure as the symbol or memory of the experience.

Recent work from Tor Archer and Gerard Bourgeois are based on the female form. Tor Archer’s work has revolved around a series of simplified figurative sculptures based on the standing female form. The figures originated in an attempt to represent the line quality of the sketches in his notebooks. Weaving these together from lightly hammered copper pipe and tubing, he has looked to forms in nature; the structure of branches, the weaving of nests or the layering of sedimentary rock, for inspiration in the forming of the figures. In addition to the sculpted “sketched figures”, Archer also works on paper. The works on paper reflect his ongoing interest in old manuscripts, indecipherable texts, scrolls, books, mythologies, religious imagery and worn, salvaged materials.

Gerard Bourgeios paints female nudes. He often uses earth tones and shrouds his figures in a slightly abstracted mist. The result is a beautiful and soft depiction of the female form. Bourgeois says the following about his work, “Creating a meaningful dialogue with my work is one of my primary goals. In order to accomplish this, I must allow time for each painting to develop and mature and at the same time remain open to changes through the painting process. Each decision is re-evaluated during this development. My work constantly evolves until I feel at least for this moment, that it expresses what I am trying to say. The usually long procedure of reworking the surface, painting, destroying and repainting many times over, reveals the history, progression and thought that go into the making of each piece.”

Taminah Gallery UP: Joseph Alleman, Colleen Howe & Keith Larson.

Kimball Art Center UP: Wasatch Back Student Art Show features artwork from K-12 students living in Summit and Wasatch counties. Main & Garage Galleries. Through May 29 Selected Work from Students of the Visual Art Institute (see Bruce Robertson page 1). Located in Salt Lake City, the Visual Art Institute provides in-depth training and independent study in the visual arts for students grades K-12. Selected work features imaginative projects produced by High School students preparing their art portfolios for college.

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art UP: Eileen Doktorski: Domestic Arsenal, a memorial to victims of domestic violence and child abuse, through July 31. ALSO: Away Out Over Everything: The Olympic Peninsula and the Elwha River Photographs by Mary Peck selected from the artist's most recent body of work inspired by the landscape and wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. It features 30 wide format photographs that capture the mystery of the land and touches on ever-poignant issues of land management and conservation of nature. Thru June 30th.

BDAC UP: Davis School District High School Students & Art Educators Exhibition through May 12th. UPCOMING: May 19 - June 9 Brent Christison, Ann Garrett, Richard Miles, Art Lee, Yihlin Chan and Clay Arts Utah

Apple Frame Gallery UP: April 19th, New Works by Paul Ferney.

Universe City (2556 Washington Blvd): Carol E. Merrill’s oil paintings, with an opening reception Friday, May 5, 5:00-8:00 pm and continuing Friday, May 12 and 19, 5:00-8:00 pm; and Saturdays, May 6, 12 and 30, noon-8:00 pm. The exhibit will include a number of portraits, atmospheric landscapes and seascapes and floral arrangements painted either in a classical academic style or her own “classical impressionistic” style. (see page 3)

Eccles Community Art Center UP: During the month of May, the main gallery will feature the watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings of Russian born artist, Yevgeniy Zolotsev. The Carriage House Gallery will feature the prints of Dave Hall. An artists’ reception will be held on Friday, May 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. in association with Ogden’s first Friday street stroll.

Yevgeniy V. Zolotsev is an emerging Salt Lake City artist born in Tambov City, Russia who studied art at Tambov Art College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1990. Galleries in St. Petersburg and in Germany represented him before his immigration to the United States in 1992.

Yevgeniy Zolotsev's work is inspired by his close communion with nature and is characterized by bold and agressive compositions and starkly contrasted colors. Yevgeniy says "When my day-to-day life begins to sap my energies of spirit, leading me to the edge of depression, I know that I must return quickly to nature to recapture my inspiration. Amidst the life sustaining elements of sky and water, I soon regain the passion that motivates my work. Under nature's umbrella I reignite my love for creating. In this heightened state, I paint for 12 to 14 hours a day on end.”

Dave Hall is also an emerging Salt Lake City and Blaine Creek, Montana artist. He lives with his wife Becky and two children. He started painting six years ago at the age of 49. He says “Ten years ago I found my self wandering regularly through Salt lake and park City galleries - saying more and more as time passed, ‘I need to do this.’ When this need became an ache. I took my first class.”

Dave continues, "Having spent an enormous amount of time in pursuit of various species of fish, there was never a question what landscapes I would paint." Dave's landscapes are of Southwest Montana, Yellowstone Park and the Wasatch foothills. In addition to the exhibit of his works at the Carriage House Gallery at the Eccles Community Art Center, Dave shows at the Phillips Gallery in Salt Lake City and in galleries in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Boseman, Montana.

Artists and Heirlooms: Spring Runoff watercolor exhibition featuring artists Nancy Clark, Jeanine Downing, Ilona Fellows, Darlene Hamblin, Cara Koolmees, Dale Norton, Liz Pierce and Jalene Ward. Artists reception Friday May 5th 6 to 9 pm as part of Ogden's First Friday Gallery Stroll. Spring Runoff

Grounds for Coffe/Peddler's Restaurant: During the month of May, a selection of Utah landscapes by Salt Lake City painter Shawn Rossiter, featuring works from Zion, Capitol Reef and Glen Canyon National Parks.

Gallery at the Station: Works in wood by Joe Deru and paintings by Tom Bettin through May 31.

Brigham City Museum-Gallery (24 N. 300 West, Brigham City, 435-723-6769) — "Man and Nature," featuring birds of prey and wildlife sculpture by Greg Woodard, through May 27.

Two Sisters Fine Art Gallery: UP: New work from artist Kerrie Baldwin Penney.


4/1 Utah artist Kathryn Stats
is featured in the April issues of Fine Art Connoisseur and American Art Collector magazines.

4/9 American dreams: Wide array of art on display at BYU makes a must-see exhibition.

4/15 St.George Arts Fest offers medley of culture, arts and music.

4/17 There's hope for a happy ending: Artist Lee Udall Bennion's struggle with Cushing's disease inspired her to paint "Horse Medicine."

4/23 Artist highlighted: Salt Lake City artist Jean Arnold is highlighted in a multi-page article in the May issue of Southwest Art magazine.

4/23 Interior Landscapes: Artist Jamie Kirkland leaves a bit of herself behind as she moves to Santa Fe.

4/25 Gala features warm ‘Hearts for the Arts’: Davis county residents gathered to celebrate current and past accomplishments of the Davis Arts Council.

4/30 Portrait of an artist: Justin Hayward is a finalist in National Portrait Gallery competition

The Utah Watercolor Society (UWS) is very proud to announce that a long-time member, Joseph Alleman, has been elected a "signature member" of the American Watercolor Society (AWS). Mr. Alleman's work is included in this year's national AWS show, which runs from April 4-30 at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.

Signature membership in AWS reflects the accumulation of participation and awards in juried AWS exhibitions over a period of years.

Mr. Alleman began studying art at age 15 from Utah artist Harold Peterson. He later graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Though he has worked in a variety of media, Mr. Alleman is best known for his work in watercolor. He has been featured in numerous publications, including American Artist Watercolor, The Artists Magazine, Watercolor Magic, and Southwest Art. He has received "best of show" awards from the Utah Watercolor Society exhibitions, as well as numerous awards from the American Watercolor Society, and the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies.

Mr. Alleman and his family currently reside in Northern Utah’s Cache Valley, and many of his paintings reflect his inspiration from his surroundings.