Up and Upcoming: To The North
Exhibition Listings in Northern Utah
The next Park City Gallery Stroll is Friday, December 26, from 6 to 9 pm.
Meyer Gallery UP: Utah Landscapes Show, new paintings by four artists exploring the Utah landscape. Douglas Aagard, who was raised on a ranch in Western Montana's Bitteroot Valley and has been influenced by Gary Ernest Smith, learned his love of the land from the farmlands and majestic mountains of western Montana. |0| Marty Ricks, an Idaho native, learned his love from his time exploring the area around his home of Rexburg.|1| Jeff Pugh has also been influenced by Gary Ernest Smith, as well as John Erickson, with whom he studied at the University of Utah. Of the landscape he says, "I no longer ignore the beauty of the landscape. It isn't just dirt and trees and sky. It is a compound of colors and values and shapes."|2| In his landscape painting, Steven Lee Adams, a BYU graduate who won "Best of Show" in this year's Springville Salon searches for "the intangible chord that strikes deep within my spiritual and emotional self."|3|
Kimball Art Center UP: William Morris: Native Species, works from the George R. Stroemple Collection in the Main Gallery, through January 8. AND: MaryAnn Webster: Curiosities of Nature, through January 8, 2009 in the Badami Gallery. ALSO: Kimball Glass Ornament Display, November 28 -- January 8, 2009 in the Garage Gallery.
Julie Nester Gallery UP: Outside In, an exhibition of new paintings by Carol O'Malia, through December 24. There will be a reception for the artist on Friday, December 5, 5:30-8:00 pm. Carol O'Malia is a painter from Dartmouth, Massachusetts. The power of her paintings lies in her ability to depict mood through the use of light and shadow. The current exhibition includes 18 paintings, which are divided into two subject matters. The first subject matter consists of contemporary winter landscapes depicting light and shadows reflected upon blue and white fields of snow.|4| With the focal point of these paintings being the intricate shadow patterns, the results are paintings that are as much abstract in style, as they are landscape. The second body of work explores the bed as psychological landscape.|5| This second subject matter is best described as interior landscapes, with the bed serving as the plain or field of vision. The paintings detail rumpled sheets and pillows loosely stacked. The paintings consist of nearly black backgrounds with white sheets and pillows interlaced with shadows cast among the folds of the fabric.
Phoenix Gallery UP: SMALL works invitational featuring gallery regulars and a number of emerging artists invited to join the Phoenix family of artists for this exhibition of works under 12 inches.|6| The show will hang until the artwork sells or until Friday, December 12th, whichever comes first. UPCOMING: Greg Ragland and Lorri Acott-Fowler, opening Saturday, December 13 2008. AND: Curtis Olson, Friday, January 2 2009.
Coda Gallery UPCOMING: New work by Aaron Fritz and Michael Begue, opening reception December 26.
Terzian Galleries UP: Small Works Show featuring small works from various Utah artists including Emily McPhie, Doug Braithwaite, Justin Taylor, and Chris Shill.
Gallery MAR UPCOMING: Winter Grand Opening and Miniature Show, December 19 - January 4. Local Utah artists present new miniature works for this holiday season, in all styles and media, for all art lovers and their unique tastes. Artists include Ryan S. Brown, Debbie Fowler, Shirley McKay, Aaron Memmott, Penelope Moore, Jan Perkins, Ron Russon, Kathleen Peterson, and Brooks Yates. Utah artists - Reception on Friday, December 26th from 6 to 9 pm.
BDAC UP: Eight Artists Exhibit featuring works by Jayne-Anne Mulholland, Marcee Blackerby, Tom Rogers, Steve Sheffield, Sue Valentine, Marian Dunn, Carole Evans, Dottie Miles. Through November 7. UPCOMING: 2008 Annual Holiday Show and Sale, through December 23.
Apple Frame Gallery UP: Captured Moments, by Bryce Cameron Liston and Glen Hawkins, through December. 31.
Lamplight Art Gallery (170 S. Main, Bountiful, 298-0290) Photographs of the Greek Isles by Louise R. Shaw; glass art in jewelry, masks and plates by Cheryl Deis, through December
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art UP: USES OF THE REAL: Originality, Conditional Objects, and Action/Documentation, Contemplation an exhibition of objects selected from the museum's collection, many of which will be shown in NEHMA for the first time. Through December.
AND: Women's Work, featuring the work of contemporary women printmakers from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation. Included in the exhibition are 56 prints by a number of contemporary women artists, including Anni Albers, Louise Nevelson, Louise Bourgeois, Barbara Kruger, Bridget Riley, Kiki Smith, Judy Pfaff, Pat Steir and Kara Walker, among others. Through March 1, 2009.
ALSO: Eden Revisited: The Ceramic Art of Kurt Weiser. Organized by Arizona State University's Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, this is the first major mid-career survey exhibition on the ceramic work of the artist. Weiser is a Regents' Professor in the ASU Herberger College of the Arts and maintains a studio in Tempe, Arizona. An unassuming genius, the artist is known for his technical mastery and inventive pottery forms. This hallmark exhibition comprises 40 ceramic sculptures and spans 30 years of creative excellence. Peter Held, curator of ceramics, curates the exhibition. Through December 21.
(2556 Washington Blvd, Ogden 458-8959) UP: An exhibit of drawings by Kyle Guymon and ceramics by Seth Hadlock, through December 20. Both artists are Weber State University students, majoring in Visual Arts. Hadlock proves his love of clay by turning so much of it into ceramics. Guymon, on the other hand, proves his love of his heritage by recording it in carefully and accurately details drawings of ranch life vignettes, from close-ups of saddles to true portraits of horses.
Eccles Community Art Center
UP: Shanna Kunz
and Gregory Stocks
through December. Kunz is a native of Ogden who studied at Utah State University. Though trained to see the landscape as "a conscious play of mood, light and color" Kunz relationship to the scenes she paints go beyond formal concerns. "Each location is an encounter with the land, the trees, and the waters that have always given me a sense of connection and order," she says. "When a location intrigues and inspires me, I will paint the scene into a series using a range of keys or themes, experimenting and searching to learn more about the natural threads that tie the landscape together with complexity, subtlety andmore importantlybalance." Stocks' colorful paintings, concentrating on rural areas of the West where land, water, trees and skies interact to create dynamic compositions, are meant to serve as "emotional detours from the noise and confusion of the surrounding world." |7|
UP: Art by Liz Pierce, through December.
Gallery at the Station
UP: Art by Weber County teachers through the month of December.
Shaw Gallery at Weber State
UP: DOVA Faculty Exhibition
, through December 12. The exhibition includes the work of 24 faculty and staff members with media such as, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and installation art.|8|
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