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Exhibition Spotlight: Springdale
Anton Brent Gehring Retrospective

Through the month of June, visitors to Springdale, at the mouth of Zions Canyon, will have the opportunity to visit a restrospective exhibition of works by the late Anton Brent Gehring at the Canyon Community Center Gallery (126 Lions Boulevard).

Gehring, who passed away in 2005, was born in 1942 to Walter Gehring and Corris Burbridge Gehring in Salt Lake City, grew up in Kemmerer WY, Mont Pilar ID and Tacoma WA, where his family still resides. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a BFA in sculpture and an MFA in sculpture and ecology, and went on to teach at Loyola Marymount College CA, BYU (Provo, and Ricks College in ID) and the University of Utah.

At the time of his passing, Frank McEntire wrote of Gehring, "Brent was a person "in the now." He genuinely respected everyone he met. When you were with him, it was as though he suspended all other parts of his life – his family, his obligations, even his own artmaking. He focused his attention on you and was completely fascinated by whatever you talked about." (November 2005 edition)

Gehring worked in a variety of materials such as bronze, wood, stone, plaster, and steel and often incorporated found objects and natural materials. He favored the figure, and his work always exemplifies elegance, intelligence and impeccable craftsmanship; sometimes-wry humor was incorporated to delight the observant viewer. His work can be found in the permanent collections at Brigham Young University and the Utah Arts Council State Fine Arts Collection, as well as on Provo’s Center Street and at other locations.

A second creative career as lead sculptor for Western Architectural Services provided the opportunity for Gehring’s work to be viewed by many, as it was included in both the exterior and interior of several Las Vegas spots, including the Paris and Luxor. Many additional projects are at public venues throughout the United States.

After a year in Mexico in the mid-90’s, Gehring found a spiritual home in the desert of Virgin with wife and fellow artist Fae Ellsworth. He designed and built their house, with assistance from Fae and two sons, from recycled materials taken from three vintage trailers. It's simplicity and grace evidence his peace of mind.

This retrospective exhibition features Gehring’s work in a variety of mediums over the years.


Exhibition Announcements
Up and Upcoming to the South
prepared by 15 Bytes staff

College of Eastern Utah, Prehistoric Museum Art Gallery (155 E. Main, Price) — A Collection of Works, featuring art by M. Royall, through June 30.

SOUTH EASTERN UTAH
Moab Art Works UP: Sunburn and Platinum Prints photographs by Chris McCaw, June 7 - July 12. The San Fransisco artist's new body of photographic work began with an accident. In 2003 an all-night exposure of the stars made during a camping trip was lost when the artist was unable to wake before sunrise and close the shutter. "All the information of the night's exposure was destroyed," says the artist "The intense light of the rising sun was so focused and intense that it physically changed the film, creating a new way for me to think about photography."

After experimenting with burning film, McCaw wanted to see what could be achieved with different media. By putting black & white photographic paper in the film holder in place of film he creates one of a kind paper negatives. The sun scorches each image to a different degree, sometimes burning completely through the paper base, making every work a unique and often fragile item. "Not only is the resulting image a representation of the subject photographed, but part of the subject (the sun) is an active participant in the printmaking," explains McCaw.

In addition tho these unique solar prints, Moab Art Works features the artist's large format platinum prints. The opening reception with artist Chris McCaw takes place on Thursday June 7th at 8pm immediately following Chris's illustrated talk at the Moab Information Center.

Edge of the Cedars Museum, Blanding (435.678.2238) UP: Works by Serena Supplee through 2007. The inspiration behind Serena Supplee's body of work comes from twenty-five years of living within the Colorado Plateau. Her oil paintings and watercolors reveal her depth of intimacy with the landscape -- the magic of moonlight, the transformative force of river currents, and the solace found in the landscape's expansive embrace. In canyon country, every change of light presents amazing views that flow onto the canvas in a brilliant interpretation of color, space, time, and emotion.

ST. GEORGE AREA
Sears Art Gallery
UP: Max Bunnell: Retrospect of an Artful Life, through August 25. Max Bunnell, is an accomplished water and oil painter and excellent sketch draftsman. In addition, he has been a beloved teacher for 51 years, sharing his talents with eager students, many of whom have become renowned artists themselves. Many times, Bunnell anonymously provided funds to help students go on art trips, buy art supplies, and to continue their education. He has been the instrumental force in Moapa Valley in bringing the arts to that community and building a prestigious art collection there. The DSC Sears Invitational Show and Sale began because Bunnell had created one of the most successful shows in the region; but, most of all his kind and generous persona is reflected in the content of his artwork and it is that same artful spirit that we honor in him.

St. George Art Museum UP: Through July 7th in the Museum's Mezzanine Gallery you'll encounter a two-person exhibit from pillars of Southern Utah's art community: ceramicist Glen Blakely and painter Roland Lee (see May edition). ALSO: Permanent Collection Gems: Flowers & Fish, fifteen pieces from the permanent collection by fourteen artists. AND: In the Main Gallery, the Visual Arts Association, a membership body open to organizations and individuals concerned with the exhibition, interpretation and development of visual art.

Canyon Community Center Art Gallery (126 Lions Blvd, Springdale) UP: Anton Brent Gehring Retrospective, see article left column.

EPHRAIM
Central Utah Art Center UP: Third Annual Utah Juried Show, through June 13. Juror Tanja Grunert, from Gasser and Grunert Gallery in New York City has selected the work of seven Utah artists. The group of artists offer a rich and broad range of ideas and creative styles. Selected Artists: Joseph Ostraff, Chris Thornock, Alyssa Ashdown, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Christensen, Anne Watson, Fidalis Buehler.

Painting by Alex Bigney
UPCOMING:Open Secret:Undisclosed Works of Kent Wing, Alex Bigney, Frank McEntire, June 15 - July 31. Can you keep a secret? Can you guess what the secret is? These artists are challenging you to figure out what their secret is. They expect you to look at the exhibit and then to look again, take a double take so to speak. This double take is somewhat prurient in nature, a bit voyeuristic maybe. But this is how you will be able to zero in on the secret. Are you curious? Can you expose their secret without revealing too much about yourself? Each of these artists is interested in appropriation and creating conundrums into which the viewer may find him or herself. Each artist has a passion for symbols and sharp eye on culture and history.

You can take a look at Frank McEntire's studio space on page 2 of this edition. Alex Bigney and Kent Wing will be profiled in our July edition. Artist's reception Friday, June 15, 6-8pm. Alex Bigney's public reading from "Talking to Tesla" takes place Friday, June 29, at 7pm.


UTAH COUNTY
Utah County Gallery (151 S University Ave; 785-2059) UP: Showing Off Utah Artists, an annual exhibit in its sixth year featuring artwork in various styles by Utah County artists, through June 29.

Anderson Gallery at Provo City Library (550 N University Ave; 852-7691) UP: “American West” Drawings by Everett Ruess.
Coleman Studios UPCOMING: Freedom Festival Exhibit. Opening June 16th at 7:30 p.m.

 

5/5 Horne celebrates spring with 'A Walk in the Park'

5/7 Streets of color hits Bountiful. The Second Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival was held May 17-19 on sidewalks all up and down Bountiful Main Street

5/10 More than 100 artists turn a crumbling downtown building into one big canvas... then wait for its imminent demolition.

5/12 Street portraits at Modern8; Chalk Art Festival
in Bountiful.


5/13 The 337 Project:
This art plays a part in bringing down the host's house


5/13 New York artist judges Springville Salon

5/13 This year's 83rd-annual Spring Salon points to a growing passion for figurative painting among younger artists, as well as a deeply entrenched, historical love affair with modern, non-objective art.

5/19 Four Utahns who have promoted the arts or arts education in some way were honored by Gov. Jon Huntsman with the annual Governor's Award in the Arts.


5/22 Giant dragon is taking shape on wall in Gunnison riverwalk

5/22 'Color of Land' exhibit open to all Utah artists.

5/25 Temporary art attracting thousands of art-lovers.

5/27 MUAH to exhibit Tissandier's art

5/30 Borderline Gallery and Frame, newly opened in Bountiful, intends to devote itself to figurative art, or art that focuses on people.

5/30 Bountiful/Davis Art Center (BDAC) is currently hosting the Intermountain Society of Artists Group Show and the High School Student Statewide Photo Competition.




Harold B. Lee Library (Brigham Young University Campus) UP: In Other Words, BFA Final exhibit in the Auditorium Gallery, level 1, through June 18. AND Tangata, works by Mary Jane Egan in the Hallway Gallery, level 2
through June 28, 2007.

Springville Museum of Art UP: The 83rd Annual Spring Salon through July 8th. This year's juror is Jacob Collins, a realist figurative painter.

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. 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.

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.

Terra Nova Gallery UP: Pastel in Provo, featuring art by gallery group of pastel artists, through July 27.

Freedom Gallery (230 W Center St; 375-1150) UP: Photography by Al Odermatt.

Gallery OneTen UP: Main Gallery: mixed media art by Ike Bushman. Front gallery: oil paintings by Bepe Kafka.
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