September 2006
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Up and Upcoming
Up and Upcoming to the North

Meri deCaria
Eccles Community Art Center UP: Women and Art in the Main and Carriage House galleries during the month of September. This invitational exhibit features:

Nancy Grisanti Clark (Ogden) works in a variety of painting media including watercolor, acrylic and oils. A community minded artist, she designed the Utah Farmers & Art Market Poster in 2004. She works with the Eccles Community Art Center’s Art To Go Outreach Program that takes original art into local Elementary schools, and she co-chaired the 2005 Ogden Arts Festival.

Meri DeCaria (Ogden) chooses to work in a whimsical manner. “Her work may even appear frivolous (with her use of brightly colored surfaces) but after a moments notice the viewer may see the topsy-turvy life presented on the canvas.”

Roberta Glidden (Ogden) is well-known locally and nationally for her hand-painted silk scarves. She is now exploring drawing and the paint media of watercolors and oil.

Judith B. Jones (Pleasant View) says “My paintings and drawings express my interest in line and color. I am fascinated by the rhythm and descriptive qualities of line, and I love the emotional impact of color.

Randi Lile (Salt Lake City) states “I have always had an innate drive to create, and enjoy being an artist with the freedom and privilege to fulfill this daily need. I work in a variety of media, though clay is at the top of my list. Clay appeals to me because of its dual nature, being intricate and complex, as well as simple and crude.”

Diane Lindquist (Ogden) is working on a bachelor of Fine Arts from Weber State University. She says “Organic imagery is my main focus in the media of painting, printmaking, book arts, papermaking, letterpress and collage.”

Debra Marin (Ogden) indicates that “plein air painting has emerged has her favorite way to paint. Her field studies often form the basis for larger studio paintings.”

Sharon Brown Mikkelson (Millville) says “The potter as an artist faces the unique challenge of drawing or painting on a three dimensional surface. As images of horses or fish encircle the surface of my pots, I see them in continual motion. I am interested in creating movement, rhythms, and textures on my pottery that reflect my natural surroundings. This fascination with natural images and movements compels me to keep exploring the possibilities.”

Arlene Muller (Ogden) has been making and dressing dolls since she was very young. She made dolls, toys and clothes for her children. Her dolls and soft sculpture creations are whimsical, and well sewn.

Liz Pierce (Roy) Recently, she has been drawn to painting abstracts, and creating collages. Her first love is watercolor, but she is now using other media and incorporates unusual items into her collages.”

Marilyn Read (Centerville) explains: “My art expresses personal experiences through the visual language of symbols. Within vibrant, stylized landscapes, figures emerge who are magical, mythological, culturally diverse or all three. I am influenced by folk art which is simultaneously decorative and playful, yet it has the potential for deeper, mystical meaning.”

Stephanie Saint-Thomas (Salt Lake City) paintings, mirrors, and jewelry are unique works in acrylic and lacquer.

Leslie Salinas (Bloomington, Idaho), a self taught potter, work is whimsical with clever animal adoring her pots, soap pumps and vases. She works mostly in porcelain with some stoneware.

Ogden Vallery Library Huntsville
UP: Nature's Symbols in ART thru October 26th. Experience fine art while you learn about symbolism in nature at this unique exhibit, a portion of whose proceeds will go to benefit the Ogden Valley Library. Nature has been a theme throughout history -- certain images creating not only the artwork itself but hidden meanings symbolically portrayed through the use of elements found in nature. This Wilkerson Fine Art Group Show includes: Bill Barber, Alison Benjamin, Doug Braithwaite, Julie Brandt, Robert Call, Travis Crowther, Lynn Federspiel-Young, Mike Gardner, Jerry Hancock, David Jackson, Thomas McCormick, Hadley Rampton, Steve Songer and Eric Zschiesche. Also featured are Alaskan Artist, Garry Mealor and Denver Artist Desmond O'Hagan.

These artists relate to the Utah climate and culture as they create virtual, artificial and visionary images, generated by sight as well as the imagination. View the spectacular art they have created to channel nature’s rich associations, and even consciously engage with the history of man's long relationship with nature through art. For more information about this exhibit visit

Artists and Heirlooms: UP: Stephen Hedgepeth Contemporary Impressionism. As a young boy Stephen grew up in Kaysville, Utah, a small town on the Wasatch Front. To the West were farms and fields and to the East the Wasatch Mountains all within walking distance.

The mountains provided hiking and exploring canyons. One of these canyons was Bears Canyon, which had stories of gold and old Spanish artifacts that had been found. South of Bears Canyon areas of Indian encampments were part of the history on the Wasatch Range. The mountains and the farmland provided a variety of experiences in building respect for nature and for past generations. These wonderings as a young boy with bee bee guns and bicycles have been exchanged with brushes, paints and easel with excitement of expressing the moods of nature.

"My paintings of the traditional western images are more of personal vision than historical documents. On location studies form a catalyst for my studio paintings. I am basically self-taught and when I work direct from nature I seek to find answers through observation and solutions for interpreting with paint images that constantly change with the light and atmosphere."

Universe City (2556 Washington Blvd): UP: In conjunction with the First Friday Art Stroll in downtown Ogden, Universe City will feature a number of artists offering art priced under $100 with opening night Friday, September 1st. Artists to be featured include Leia Bell, Judy Elsley, Virgil Gabaldon, Caril Jennings, LeRoy Jennings, Steven Stones, Suzanne Storer, and Tom Szalay. All of the artists have been asked to provide inexpensive examples of their work to match the theme of the exhibit. For the most part, one can expect art on the light-hearted side!
The exhibit will run through September 16th: Fridays, 5:00-8:00; Saturdays, from noon-8:00 pm.

Gallery at the Station (Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden, 629-8446) Paintings by Ted Wassmer, Steve McGinty, Greg Wilson, Joseph Alleman, Antonio DiDonato, and ceramics by Charles Parsons through Oct. 4.

Brigham City Museum-Gallery: UP: Peach Days Art Festival exhibition, an exhibit open to all Box Elder County residents or former residents 16 years or older. Award presentation September 9 at 2 pm in conjunction with Peach Days. UPCOMING: Still Lifes in acrylics by Colette Bradford Friday, Sept. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006. Seashells, bird nests and teapots do not fidget, complain or fall asleep like live models, but painting them is still demanding and difficult. Colette Bradford of Brigham City, Utah, has been producing still lifes since she was seven years old.

BDAC UPCOMING: September 8 - 29 Dianne Forbis, Debra Bramhall and Adrian Van Suchtelen.Deborah Bramall, Dianne Dibb Forbis and Adrian Van Suchtelen to Exhibit at

Deborah Bramall is a "stay at home mom" which she says gives her the impetus for her work. Being with children allows her to see the world simplistically, enjoying what is unique in seemingly ordinary things. "The drawings in this body of work utilize symbolic objects that have their origins in my encounters as a mother", says Deborah. Working in colored pencil, Deborah finds that her drawings have origins in a specific idea but soon begin to transcend their particular origin and progress to other levels of thought, emotion, and idea.

Dianne Dibb Forbis was born in upstate New York and has a B.A. in Art from Brigham Young University. She has worked in the art arena for many years but is also a gifted writer. Though versed in many media she currently works mainly in collage. She feels this medium and her approach to it are a metaphor for her life task in recent years of having to pick up all the pieces and make something new and meaningful. "The collage technique - emphasizing dynamic interplay - seems to lend itself well to a subject matter that has interested me for some time: dreams and visions as related in scripture", says Dianne. Orem, Utah is her current home.

Adrian Van Suchtelen, well-known artist and Professor Emeritus of Utah State University has had a distinguished career in the arts. Born in the Dutch East Indies and living in the Netherlands, he immigrated to the United States in 1957. He has BFA and MFA degrees from the Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles County. He taught at USU for 37 years and was a great influence on his many students. The name of the body of work to be displayed is "One Hundred Impressions from Cache Valley". He was inspired by two Japanese artists, Hiroshige, who did a portfolio "100 Views of Edo," and Hokusai, who did "100 Views of Mount Fuji".

Artist's reception will be held September 8 from 7-9 pm. Music by local musician/songwriter Ryan Miller.

Chester's Blacksmith Shop UP: Got Skooled, An AfterSchool Art Special, premiering the up and coming art work of students and recent graduates from the University of Utah’s Fine Arts Program. Rachel Domingo, Mason Fetzer, Jack Johnson and Daniel Mitchell make the grade with their award-winning works, each prescribing to a brand of art all their own, from the pop surrealist stylings of Daniel Mitchell’s sculptures and Jack Johnson’s graffiti inspired paintings, to the sensually moody canvases of Rachael Domingo and figurative mixed-media pieces of Mason Fetzer.

Kimball Art Center UP: Andrew Smith: Kinetic Sculptures through October 29th. Andrew Smith, a Lehi resident, creates intricate moving (kinetic) and stationary sculptures out of found objects including old farm machinery, bicycle parts and amusement rides. The artist has installed a number of pieces both in the main gallery as well as outside the Art Center. See page 2 for a look at Smith's studio. ALSO: In the Garage gallery, Aaron Fritz, The Landscape Revisited, featuring color-strong and texture based interpretations of landscape art in the Garage Gallery. AND: Duke Beardsley, Images of the New West, a series of paintings depicting the contemporary West in the Badami Gallery. Both through September 25th.
Duke Beardsley
Julie Nester Gallery UP: Through September 29th, an exhibition of new paintings by Gerard Bourgeois. Gerard Bourgeois is a contemporary painter based in Southern California. His exhibition of new paintings consists of figurative paintings of women, including nudes and images with mothers cradling their babies. In the nudes, the figure's face and body are loosely brushed, leaving details to the viewer's imagination. In some of the paintings, the figures are obscured to the point of near abstraction. In these pieces, Bourgeois concentrates on the painterly process as much as the subject itself. In describing his process Bourgeois says, "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."
Gerard Bourgeois

A new organization to support contemporary art recently formed in Salt Lake City. UCACA, the Utah Committee for the Advancement of Contemporary recently organized itself in Salt Lake City. The organization seeks to promote contemporary art by purchasing pieces by contemporary artists and placing them in Utah's public art collections. If you are interested in becoming are part of this organization, please contact the organization's president, Trent Thursby Alvey at

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation awarded Utah artist Anna Campbell Bliss a $25,000 grant to help the artist recover from eye surgery and repair a flooded studio. The foundation offers assistance to professional artists who have worked over a significant period of time, have recognizable artistic merit and demonstrate financial need.

Justin Hayward of Bountiful tied for fourth place in the National Portrait Gallery's Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Also awarded a cash prize, Hayward's painting, "Young Marriage," will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery, along with the portraits by the 50 other competing artists, through Feb. 19, 2007.

The Wilkerson Fine Art First Annual Plein Air competition was hailed as a great success. Twenty-one artists participated in the first annual event. Internationally recognized Artist, Desmond O’Hagan, from Denver, Colorado was the guest judge for the event. The winners of the Plein Air Competition were Steve Songer of Huntsville, first place, Doug Braithwaite of Sunset, second place, Steven Heward of Sandy, third, and Jeff Hepworth of West Haven received Honorable Mention.

The Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City has funded the city's newest public art project, "Flying Objects," a total of 12 sculptures that are distributed between three locations: 10 S. West Temple, 15 W. 200 South, and 125 W. 300 South. The "Flying Objects" were created by: Michael J. Bingham, Ric Blackerby, Fred Conlon, Dave Eddy, Clay Furches, Dan Gerhart, Jonnie Parker Hartman, Pault Heath and John Riddle, John Hess, Lenka Konopasek, Shawn Porter and Dave Starks. The sculptures will be rotated around the three areas over several years.