The Ogden First Fridays Art Walk takes place every month on the First Friday. Galleries are open from 6 to 9 pm for receptions.
Eccles Community Art Center
UP: Paintings by Gary, Cheryl & John Collins
in the Main Gallery and oil paintings by students of Scott Wallis in the Carriage House Gallery during the month of May.
Gary Max Collins has drawn and painted since early childhood. He attended both Brigham Young University and the University of Utah . He is a lifetime resident of Utah, stating that his love for the wide variety of natural settings which provide him with a rich source of inspiration for his painting, keep him here. Gary Collins painting has been described as a place between what a landscape looks like and what it feels like. It’s impossible not to become involved with the colorful textures, gentle motion, and abstract subtleties evident in his portrayals. His paintings are an invitation to experience a place with him and see as only an artist can see.” Gary’s goal is to create paintings that give the viewer pleasure and enrich their environment. “Painting is my true joy. I feel fortunate that I am able to make my living doing what I love, that I have the luxury of being able to follow my bliss.”
Born on a ranch in Washington state, Cheryl Collins was intuitively drawn to nature, photography, art and poetry. She majored in art and worked at a variety of art media before she found her niche in sculpture and fused glass art.
Cheryl’s inspiration from healing art of past cultures led to her being commissioned to design and create a fused glass Healing Towers for the main entrance of the IHC Hospital in St. George, Utah. “I am grateful for the opportunity to create such powerful and uplifting art, beauty that goes far beyond aesthetics. Glass has a magical quality and the ancient art symbols (on the Healing Towers) act as a universal language that can eliminate barriers and erase cultural differences.”
John Collins was raised in Utah. His first painting instruction came from his father, Gary and his sister, Chris, who are both artists. He attended the University of Utah after receiving an arts scholarship. John enjoys working in many different media (watercolor, oil and acrylics) as well as in many different styles (traditional, contemporary and experimental). His active lifestyle and love of the outdoors are reflected in his plein-air paintings. He may be found teaching watercolor classes on river trips along the Colorado.
John says “Art is magic. It has energy and when it is experienced I feel like it creates a synergy with the viewer. I paint landscapes, abstracts and images that have meaning to me. It is always exciting to evoke sensations from people that view my work.”
Oil Paintings by students of Scott Wallis: Delores Bertagnolli, Susie Davis, Nancy Eilander, Shelley Jenkins, Laurie Kopinski, Barbara Nix, Debbie Peterson, & Sandra Rasmussen. Wallis Students Join the center Saturday, June 2, 2007 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for an Art Clearance Sale on the grounds (weather permitting). If the weather is uncooperative, the sale will move into the Main Dance Studio.
UPCOMING: Paintings of Doug Braithwaite and paintings by Sue Valentine in the Carriage House Gallery.
(268 Historic 25th St., Ogden, 334-9881) UP: Art by Carol Fielding through May.
Gallery at the Station
Presents paintings by Kimberly Roush and pottery by Kevin Frazier. Opening Reception Friday, May 4th, from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
AVA/Alliance for the Varied Arts
UPCOMING: Blessing Akalaonu & Paul Grass Images of Music and Dining, May 25 June 29
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.
UPCOMING: Intermountain Society of Artists members exhibit and a companion exhibit of the photographic work of high school students from around the State of Utah. Both exhibits run May 11th to June 8th.
The Intermountain Society of Artists enrolls a wide range of artists in media such as oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, abstract and sculpture. The members of the Society also sponsors a growing number of educational programs. The submitted art works will be juried by Bountiful artist and teacher Lester Lee. ISA President Iletta R. Green says the purpose of the Society is to help members create their art. “The ISA encourages artist, especially new ones, to paint,” said Mrs. Green. “We want artists to create, which is why we have a high priority on the educational programs offered by the Society.” The ISA was established in 1969 and currently has over 160 members in the intermountain region. On the night of the reception, most of the artists submitting works for the annual show will be present to discuss their work with the public.
The companion photo competition, also at the Bountiful/Davis Art Center, will feature photographs by high school students. Although there in no awards ceremony for the high school exhibit, ribbons will be awarded to the winners. The competition is open to all students from throughout the state.
The Bountiful/Davis Art Center will host a reception from 7pm to 9pm, on May 11th, with the awards ceremony beginning at 7:15pm.