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Exhibition Previews: St. George
10 Years at the Pioneer Center: The St. George Art Museum Celebrates

St. George may be the place to be this month. If you're down there to check out the redrock, you'll also find a lot of art to see. Of course, there's both the St. George Arts Festival and the Z-Arts Annual Open Studio tour this month (see page 3). Two artists who like to create canvases as textured as the local landscape can be seen in Springdale, at the gateway to Zion's park; the Sears Gallery at SUU will feature area instructors and students. You'll even find something contemporary at the La Verkin Studio/Gallery of Corey B. Strange (see bottom of this column for all exhibits). At the center of this frenetic art activity is the St. George Art Museum, which celebrates its ten year anniversary in the Pioneer Center for the Arts this month with three exhibitions highlighting the exciting things going on in this corner of the state.

Through July 7th in the Museum's Mezzanine Gallery you'll encounter a two-person exhibit from a couple of pillars of Southern Utah's art community: ceramicist Glen Blakely and painter Roland Lee. Blakely, an MFA graduate from Brigham University, was the first director of the St. George Art Museum and has taught as a professor of art at Dixie College since moving to the area in 1976. He has served in many roles in the community, and has been active in the national ceramic scene.

Glen says that "as a potter, I take earth, water, and fire and make 'rocks.' Then I fire a coat of glass over the rocks and call them pots. |1| You can see them, touch, them, hold them, break them, give them away, or use them up. As a teacher and educator, my responsibility is to make the world a more beautiful and safe place to live, while helping my students, family, and friends attain a fullness of joy and happiness." As part of this exhibition, Blakley will be giving a free 3rd Thursday Art Conversation on June 21 at 7pm at the Museum.

Roland Lee is a mainstay of the art scene in Utah's Dixie. His colorful watercolors of the area landscapes have become popular locally and nationally.|0| ”Roland Lee’s Canyon Country” is a potpourri of personal images from my forays into the canyons of southern Utah. Some of the places may seem familiar, others may not. Some are majestic, while others are intimate.

Like Blakely, Lee is a BYU graduate (1971). He worked for a couple of years as an illustrator in southern California, but quickly tired of the crowded city and moved to St. George. He devotes full-time to painting and teaching from his studio located in historic downtown St. George. (our May edition will feature a full-length article on the artist). Lee will be giving a free 3rd Thursday Art Conversation on April 19 at 7pm at the Museum.

The Museum has also pulled out a number of selections from its permanent collection to celebrate its position in the community. These are on exhibit in the Legacy Gallery in an exhibit titled Permanent Collection Gems: Flowers & Fish. This exhibit, fifteen pieces by fourteen artists, begins the process of exploring the various aspects of the Museum's permanent collection for visitors. The Flower part of the exhibit consists of two dimensional paintings in various media depicting flowers both formally and informally.|2| The Fish part of the exhibit consists of mostly three dimensional art in a wide variety of media: ceramic, glass, batik, gourd, wood, and mixed media.

This year, as part of their 2007: Legacy II for the Next Ten Years, the St. George Art Museum is highlighting area art groups each quarter. This quarter the spotlight is on the Visual Arts Association, a membership body open to organizations and individuals concerned with the exhibition, interpretation and development of visual art. The group "functions as a catalyst, sharing expertise and knowledge and campaigning for a healthy visual arts destination area." Membership is open to all levels of artists throughout the tri-state region. VAA's commitment to its founding mission of encouraging emerging artists is supported by the many educational opportunities offered through workshops, classes and special programs. The VAA will be giving a free 3rd Thursday Art Conversation on May 17 at 7pm at the Museum.

Exhibition Announcements
Up and Upcoming to the South
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Sears Art Gallery
UP: DSC Showcase, through May 4 with an artist reception Apr. 6, 7-9 pm. The Art Department of Dixie State College holds its annual exhibit to showcase the year's work of the finest students as well as the work of alumni and faculty.

St. George Art Museum (see article this page)

Bit and Spur Restaurant (Springdale) UP: Recent Paintings: Colorscapes works by Pearl Meadows, through May 31 (Hours: 4 p.m. ~ 10 p.m. daily). Meadows is a native of Ontario who moved to southern Utah in 2003. Meadows' paintings are colorscapes, exploring patterns of connection that exist between humans and their immediate environment.|3| The abstract colorscapes are an exploration of how humans perceive color in their world and the emotional responses connected with those colors. 10% of all sales will be donated to Zion Animal Lovers.

Canyon Community Center Art Gallery (126 Lions Blvd, Springdale) UP: An Abstract Expression of Zion, a solo exhibition of large scale paintings & photographs by Rockville artist Anne Weiler-Brown, through May 20. From photographic and painted exploratory art forms, this exhibit translates the essence of Zion Canyon transformed into a language of color with diverse brush and palette strokes. Large scale images, from 12" x 84" to 6' x 10' take on sculptural forms as the use of mixed media combines with 2 to 3 inch canvases.|4| Weiler-Brown's use of gels, acrylics, oils and organic paper create the illusion of the geology of the canyon. An artist talk and reception will take place at the gallery on Friday, May 11, 2007, from 6:00 - 9:00 pm.

Corey B Strange Studio & Gallery (204 S. State La Verkin tel. 801.636.4181) UPCOMING: The Studio will host five new installations that show the power of language over color. There will be a brief lecture by the artist and an opportunity for questions, answers, and dialogue. A great event for those interested in learning more about contemporary art. Friday April 6, 7-9pm. All ages welcome.
DOWNTOWN PROVO GALLERY STROLL'S ART CHASE :: April6,6 to 6 pm. 1) Pick up a clue card from any participating gallery. 2) Hunt down all the featured works of art and get your card stamped when you find each one. 3) Turn your card in at any gallery to be entered in a drawing to win some amazing prizes! In the process, enjoy the fine art at each gallery as well as live music and free refreshments at many locations. Where: Begin at any of the indicated (::) locations.

Terra Nova Gallery UP: Trees, an exhibition by Barbara A. Lyman, April 6 through May 25. (see page 6)

::Freedom Gallery (230 W Center St; 375-1150) UP: Featured Artists: Robert A. Call, Jerry Hancock, and Steve Songer.

:: Gallery OneTen UP: Nothing to Say, featuring documentary photography by Steve Olpin and works in fabric by Noelle Olpin. Front Gallery: Recent work by Abigail Hanson. “Vice Versa” boxes featuring local artists. Live music by Severin Bozung during the opening.

:: Utah County Gallery (151 S University Ave; 785-2059) UP:Art by Betsy Baird and Don Allen.

:: Anderson Gallery at Provo City Library (550 N University Ave; 852-7691) UP: Intersections MFA Sculpture exhibit by Jared Ellis.

:: Storefront Galleries (250 W Center, 273 W Center, 48 North 300 West; 377-5700) Art by Amy Robinson, Byron Stout, Rochelle Wise, Jen Harmon Allen, Rebecca Cooper, Ruel Brown, and David Holcomb.

:: Coleman Studios UP: Original paintings by Michael, Morgan, and Nicholas Coleman. Pottery and Sculpture by Kristena Eden.

Brigham Young University Museum of Art UP: Beholding Salvation: Images of Christ, through June 16, chronicles the life and ministry of Jesus Christ through 170 works of paintings, prints, icons, illuminated manuscripts and sculpture from diverse times and creeds. AND: The Quiet Landscapes of William B. Post through May 28 (see March edition). ALSO: Paths to Impressionism: French and American Landscape Paintings from the Worcester Art Museum through July 8 is a major exhibition tracing the changing traditions of the Barbizon and Impressionist movements as their popularity rose in France and influenced the art of America. The exhibition is comprised of 42 lush landscape paintings from the Worcester Art Museum's collection.

Harold B. Lee Library (Brigham Young University Campus) UP: Compositions in Vinyl, works by Melissa Esplin, through April 26 in the Hallway Gallery, level 2. |5| Common Spaces, BFA Photography Final exhibit by Erik Dalzen in the Auditorium Gallery, level 1, through April. UPCOMING: During the month of May, Book Arts by Lili Hall in the Auditorium Gallery, level 1 and Tangata by Mary Jane Egan in the Hallway Gallery, level 2, May and June.

B.F. Larsen Gallery UP: 2007 Annual Student Show, a juried show consisting of the year's best works created by students in the visual arts program |6| (Located in the B.F. Larsen gallery and insets, as well as on the 4th floor).

Gallery 303 UP: BFA Senior Show.

Springville Museum of Art
UP: Landscapes, by Matt Larsen, through April 30th. UPCOMING: The 83rd Annual Spring Salon April 29 -- July 8th. This year's juror, Jacob Collins, a realist figurative painter, will give a lecture on "Contemporary Classical Realism" on April 14th at 6 pm.

Central Utah Art Center UP: Stories: Fiction/Reality and Memory/Loss, works by Peter Everett in the lower gallery; and Shroud, an installation by Anne Watson, in the upper gallery; both through April 26. Everett currently teaches at BYU in the art department. His works are creations of fiction that run parallel to reality. They are conglomerations of his experience and the made-up fantasies of his mind. The images create a narrative that is both loose and constructive. By combining repeated patterns and abstract forms he fully utilizes the language of abstraction. Through reducing and simplification he creates a utopia where his stories can be told.|7|

Anne Watson is an artist that exhibits nationally. She has installed a multi-media piece that is a visual and audio representation of her personal experience. Watson notes that the one thing that we all have in common is pain; it is what she calls "our common humanity". Shroud is a collection of recorded stories from individuals who are going through the grieving process. Through the creative process she copes with her personal losses and hopes that through exhibiting (sharing) her experience others may gain strength.

 work by Melissa Esplin
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3/1 Todd Powelson likes to draw. A lot.

3/3 Utah artist stung by apparent frame-up. Art worth more than $9,000 was shipped to an alleged Bay Area broker. A year later, there is no sign of the bogus dealer - or Trent Thursby Alvey's creations

3/3 Not all nudity is pornographic. It can be artistic and tasteful.

3/4 BDAC shows shades of Utah art.

3/4 An Artist's Touch.Most people see art as a passion rather than a career, since the ability to create something beautiful rarely includes the assurance of getting paid for it. Syracuse artist Kevin Wasden, on the other hand, has found the best of both worlds.

3/6 Sixth annual Soup N' Bowl fundraiser to benefit St. George Art Museum.

3/11 Teen art — Springville's high school competition gets better each year

3/11 So you think quilting and weaving are simple, frivolous arts? You might think twice after seeing the UTAH FIBER CELEBRATION exhibit at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.

3/11 Living Beautifully: Folk Art in Utah.

3/24 Far East sees the West
Rare exhibit lets China explore the American frontier through visions of Utah artists.

3/30 20 new sculptures populate downtown St. George

3/30 While many adults say they are simply kids at heart, DAVID LEVINTHAL makes a living out of it.

3/31 'Flying Sculptures' rearranged on SLC streets.

3/31 Provo artist who recasts biblical scenes using models from all walks of life becomes subject of the TV version of an NPR classic.

Braithwaite Fine Art Gallery
UPCOMING: Senior Portfolio Show April 12-May 5 with an opening reception April 12, 7:00pm

Staples Art Center (120 S. 100 East, 435-527-4170) UP: Plein air watercolors by Dall Dimick through April. Also showing art by Pat Matheny, Emmi Anderson, Jean Higginbotham, Sondra Mills, Sue Brady, Barth Hansen, Rachel Olsen and others.

Moab Art Works UP: Sandstone Symphony, the landscape photography of Patrick Paul René (see article March edition). UPCOMING:, Syzgies: Dane Spangler's Real & Surreal Landscapes April 13 to May 5. Spangler is a photographer, illustrator, and web designer based in Boulder, Colorado. The show will present both real landscapes and surreal landscapes. Most images are digitally captured and Photoshop enhanced - the surreal images are digital composites.

The Overlook Gallery UP: Landscapes of the Four Corners, new paintings of the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde and Canyonlands by Bruce Hill, through April 10th.