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April 2007
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Up and Upcoming
Up and Upcoming to the North
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A work by Linda Lee Shimmins
Eccles Community Art Center UP: The paintings of Vernal artist Linda Lee Shimmin in the Main Gallery and the colorful works of Bountiful's Aaron Bushnell in the Carriage House Gallery. Both exhibits through April 21 with an artist reception Friday, April 6th from 6 to 9. Linda Lee Shimmin received a B.A. from Brigham Young University and a M.F.A. in painting from Utah State University. Shimmin, who points to School of Paris artists like Marc Chagall, Edouard Vuillard, and Pierre Bonnard as influences, paints in a thick impasto with bright colors and frequently includes biblical narratives in her paintings. Aaron Bushnell, who works in oil and pastel, depicts industrial landscapes with quick, spontaneous strokes and highlights of color.

Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery UP: WSU Annual Student Art Exhibition through April 20, featuring work from all studio areas including photography, sculpture, drawing, graphic design, illustration, digital media, printmaking, painting textiles, jewelry and small metals. Guest Juror Caleb Weintraub will give a lecture about his recent work.

Gallery 25 UP: Small Works, featuring art by the Ogden Palette Club, through April. Opening reception April 6 from 6-9.

Universe City (2556 Washington Boulevard, Ogden) UP: Hungers for Art & Recyclin, works by sculptor Fred Hunger and quilts by Dean-Ellen "Deanie" Hunger, April 6-21, Fridays, 5:00-8:00 pm, Saturdays, noon-8:00 pm, or by appointment: 458-8959. An opening reception Friday, April 6 from 6 to 9 will feature music by The Needles.

Fred Hunger has achieved recognition for painting and printmaking but his true love is sculpture. He describes his new work as "Dragon Bones," a series he began while a senior student at Weber State University. Hunger decided to take the wood scraps found in the sculpture lab garbage and recycle them into art. He put the pieces together into abstracted forms of whimsy he named after the mythological beasts. "Once I had the pieces formed," the artist explains, "I polychromed them to make them appear fossilized, made bases for each of them, and gave them names reflective of bone structure. My names/titles are fictitious, technically sounding names, that are quasi-scientific." What started as a fleeting idea and a desire to recycle materials turned into a year-long project. "This series was fun for me--I didn't have to take myself too seriously, and at the same time, I was recycling wood scraps that would have ultimately been thrown away and turned them into an art form!"

Deanie Hunger is also exhibiting from recycled materials; in her case, quilts. She says. "I am committed to using recycled fabrics as much as I possibly can. I think our society is way too quick to throw away-- especially good fabric! I even use old blankets or quilts that have seen better days for my filling whenever I can." Deanie was a Family and Consumer Sciences instructor for a number of years. Her first eight years as a teacher were spent in the clothing lab where she enjoyed watching her students discover the art of sewing. Other duties called her away from fabrics but when she broke her leg in the spring of 2006 and her physical activities became limited she decided to rediscover the joys of sewing. "I went to my sewing room and started making my quilted throws from recycled denims and other fabrics. And, I haven' t stopped since!"

AVA/Alliance for the Varied Arts UP: Barrett Doran MFA Photography through April 11.

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art UP: Scott Grieger: Impersonations through May 31. During 1970, Scott Grieger created a series of images that "impersonated" famous works of art. The resulting photographs from his widely exhibited Impersonations series show Grieger acting out some well known artist's work. ASLO: May Swenson’s Muse: Art and the West through August 4, 2007. Vignettes featuring new acquisitions from the permanent collection, audio recordings, paintings, sculpture and photographs that are combined with language from May Swenson’s poems. Each vignette explores how visual objects inspired Swenson’s writing and her relationship to the region. AND: The 9th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, through May 5. Eighty-two small sculptures from around the world show how artists have handled the challenges of space and scale dictated by the size of an ordinary shoebox. Organized by University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery, this triennial, invitation-only exhibition has attracted a large number of well-known artists from North America, Hawai‘i, Europe and Asia. Each sculpture speaks for itself. Some works are conceptual, some reflect the artist’s cultural heritage, and others are universal in expression.

Brigham City Museum UP: The Brigham City Museum-Gallery's annual Two-county High School Art Exhibition will open April 6 and continue through May 4. High schools participating in the event are Box Elder, Bear River, Logan, Mountain Crest and Sky View. Awards will be presented to the outstanding artists. A reception and awards ceremony will be held on April 13 from 6:30-8:30 pm.

BDAC UP: Davis School District High School Student Exhibit & Davis County Art Educators Exhibit April 13 - May 4.

Kimball Art Center UP: The 3rd Annual Arte Latino: A Celebration of Latino Art in Utah, through April 20. In its third year, this annual festival celebrates Latino artists living in Utah. This year, twelve artists are featured including La Loteria, an exhibit of artistic pieces used in traditional games similar to the American game “bingo” will be on display in the Badami Gallery. UPCOMING: Wasatch Back Student Art Show in the Main Gallery, Young Artists Academy in the Garage Gallery and The Visual Art Institute in the Badami Gallery; all shows April 28 - May 28.

Julie Nester Gallery UP: The Wild West, a photographic series by David Levinthal, though May 14th with a reception for the artist on April 12, 5:30-8:00 pm. The Wild West series, begun in 1986 is inspired by the romance and grandeur of 1950's Western television and film; in these photographs, Levinthal arranges figurines into stereotypical poses to portray the rugged individualism of the Western hero. The blurred photographs, rich in color, use the iconic toy figurines to create an illusion of reality and motion. The hazy illusions illustrate the blur of fact, fiction and perception surrounding the cultural myths of the American West. "Having worked with toys and other objects of popular culture as the subject matter for my artwork for over 25 years, I have always found these objects not to be benign toys merely for play, but rather an active and profound means for the socialization of society", comments Levinthal. The exhibit includes 12 photographs many of which are the last available from the original 1986 shoot.

Montgomery Lee Fine Art UP: Keith Larson and Joseph Alleman. Alleman is a relatively young artist who has been making a name for himself in and outside the state, especially as a watercolorist. Alleman paints the rural landscape of Cache Valley, where he lives, and his works are characterized by strong design elements and a palette reminiscent of Andrew Wyeth. Larson's oil paintings concentrate on the clothed figure captured in an environmental setting, from young dancers to cafe scenes and subway riders.

Phoenix Gallery UP: Carole Wade

Coda Gallery UP: Works by Salt Lake City artist Heather Barron.

Iron Horse Gallery UP: Expressions of the West, landscape paintings by Laura Boardman and Tim Deibler.

Terzian Gallery UP: A collection of Allison Willingham's works, from six foot canvases to small intimate pieces. Willingham is poised and confident in her statement --a statement made with her signature vivid color palette and thick painterly brush strokes.
Allison Willingham
The Redstone Gallery UP: Works by Diane Whitehead, an avid outdoors woman and a self-taught artist. She is praised for her strong brushstrokes and bold use of color that make her work come alive. Diane paints what she loves best; nature and animals. Her flowers and landscapes reflect the moods of the western mountains she calls home and her animals look you in the eye with a majesty and gentleness that create an instant bond. At once elegant and whimsical, Diane's animals touch our soul and our sense of humor. Diane is a full-time artist working from her studio in Park City and when the weather allows, a plein-air painter in the mountains she loves. We hope you can join us and take advantage of the opportunity to meet this talented artist.

Meyer Gallery UP: Works by Seth Winegar, the artist's first exhibition since recovering from transplant surgery last year. Seth Winegar, a Kaysville native, has cystic fibrosis, a hereditary lung disease. He took much of the last year ff from painting in order to recover from his illness. Now, the gallery is glad to welcome him back, rejuvenateda nd revitalized and with a new collection of paintings. Featuring the varied landscape of the state of Utah, Winegar's works concentrate on color, texture, form and composition. His surfaces can vary from thick oil strokes to loose, thin glazes.

The Utah Arts Festival, in conjunction with the Salt Lake City Mayor's Office, has announced the Mayor's Artists Awards for 2007. Five winners spanning four categories will be recognized by the Mayor at the 31st annual Utah Arts Festival, June 21-24 at Library Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ruby Chacon won the award for the Visual Arts category. Chacon often does paintings of people, richly yet informally portraying their humanity. Her beautiful, evocative canvases are thick with paint, boldly articulated, and vibrantly colorful. Daryl Dradge, owner of Brushworks Gallery, won for Service to the Arts (Individual). Dradge's his eye for color and form – and his legendary generosity toward artists – contribute to his reputation as a gifted advocate for the arts. The Salt Lake Arts Center won the award for Service to the Arts (Organization). Awards will also be given to the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company for Performing Arts and Alex Caldiero for Literary Arts.

The Utah Pickle Company building, a beautiful brick, post and beam building built in the late 1800's, has been home to the Pickle Company a multidisciplinary arts and education organization for the past five years. The organization is now looking for socially-conscious tenants for this unique space in an up-and-coming area of town (741 S. 400 W.). The 14,000 sq.ft. restored pickle factory has an open floor plan, lots of windows, and a half-acre undeveloped backyard with an artesian well that could easily be converted into outdoor green space, organic garden, etc. If interested contact Brandon Garcia.