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Studio Floor Still Life III, by Craig Blietz

Up and Upcoming: To The North
Exhibition Listings in Northern Utah
Prepared by 15 Bytes staff unless otherwise indicated. UPCOMING and UP listings should reach us by the last Wednesday of the month. Those accepted will run until the closing date, or for one month if no closing date is given. Readers using the guide are cautioned to check with the exhibitor if the accuracy of the listing is crucial. Errors reported to us will lead to correction and earn good Karma. Please send listings for this page to editor@artistsofutah.org

The next Park City Gallery Stroll is Friday, November 28, from 6 to 9 pm.

Meyer Gallery
UP: Four Painters Whom Painters Admire, an exhibition of painters that other artists come in to admire. Several also teach painting classes and seminars. Featured artists are George Bodine, George Allen, Craig Blietz |above| and Kathleen Dunphy.

Kimball Art Center UP: In the Main Gallery: William Morris: Native Species, works from the George R. Stroemple Collection, through January 8. AND: Paul Heath: Pop, Pulp & Points In-Between, in the Garage Gallery through November 23. ALSO: MaryAnn Webster: Curiosities of Nature, November 7 - January 8, 2009 in the Badami Gallery. UPCOMING: Kimball Glass Ornament Display, November 28 – January 8, 2009 in the Garage Gallery.

Julie Nester Gallery UP: Landscape 2008, a fresh take on landscape painting featuring recent works by four artists -- John McCormick, Geoff Krueger, Candice Eisenfeld and Gerard Bourgeois. Through November 8.

Phoenix Gallery UPCOMING: For this year's annual SMALL show, the gallery is inviting a handful of artists to join the Phoenix family of artists and members. Each artist will hang 2-4 pieces of artwork (limited to 12" x 12" or smaller). The show will open for gallery stroll on the last Friday evening in November (the 28th) and hang until the artwork sells or until Friday, December 12th, whichever comes first

The Ogden First Fridays Art Walk takes place every month on the First Friday of the month. Galleries are open from 6 to 9 pm for receptions.

Universe City (2556 Washington Blvd, Ogden 458-8959 ) UP: Ceramics and drawings by Suzanne Storer, through November 22nd. Storer's work will feature new figurative sculptures with black brushed line on white clay, based on her drawings; as well as wall platters and small bowls; black, white and red vases with images of ravens; and four desert-inspired urns for human ashes. Storer's figurative pieces are created using a raised slab technique I learned from Akio Takamori.

Eccles Community Art Center UP: David W. Jackson of Mt. Green in the Main Gallery, through November 29 an Artist Invitational/Holiday Boutique exhibit in the Carriage House Gallery through December. Jackson taught art at Bonneville High School for 27 years before retiring in 2000 to devote more time professionally to art. His works include scenes from Massachuesetts, Minnesota, and Utah as well as wildlife scenes.

Gallery 25 UP: Anniversary Show through the month of November, celebrating six wonderful years as a gallery. The opening reception, Friday, November 7th from 6:00 until 9:00 pm, will include a silent auction, with each member of the gallery making available a painting that can be bid on. Gallery members: Lucile Chamberlin, Keith Dabb, Lauri Eskelson, Carol Fielding, Jeff Hepworth, Liz Pierce, Mac Stevenson, Lorin Wilde, Kevin Wasden, and Doug Wride. Through November.

Gallery at the Station UP: Art by Weber County teachers, through November.

SHAW GALLERY AT WEBER STATE UPCOMING: DOVA Faculty Exhibition, November 17 – December 12. Reception: November 20, 6 – 8 pm.

SPECIAL EVENT: The Art of Peace: Exhibit & Silent Auction, artwork by local & student artists, entertainment by African Dancers 6:00-8:00pm November 7th at The Sheppard Union Building, Weber State University, Ogden UT. This exhibit aims to build a network of concerned community members, artists, and students while raising funds for the Genocide Intervention Network in the Darfur region of Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. All funds raised by the sale of artwork and other gifts will be donated to the Genocide Intervention Network. For more information contact Cameron Morgan at 801-695-2055/ richardmorgan@mail.weber.edu

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, November 21 - December 23, 2008, opening reception, November 21, 7pm.

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.

AVA UP: State Street Project, including works by Steven Stradley, Namon Bills, Justin Wheatley, Sarah Bigelow, Liz Wilson, Steve Hardman, Steph Johnsen, and Shawn Stradley. Opening reception Friday, November 7th from 6-9 pm. Through November 28.

Exhibition Spotlight: Salt Lake
Hanging with the Big Boys
Rocky Mountain Art & Antique Show
by Sue Martin

This fall Utah artists have a new showcase for their art – one that places their work side-by-side an original Rembrandt etching and limited edition Picasso prints, and promises them exposure to art collectors, nationally and worldwide. Yes, I'm talking about the first Rocky Mountain Art and Antique Show, slated for the Salt Palace on Nov. 14-16, 2008 (see www.RMartshow.com for details).

Open to galleries and antique dealers, as well as individual artists, the show will include works from artists as far away as Vermont, and galleries as far as Carmel, CA. The intent of show organizer Richard Lee is to attract collectors from far and wide as well. The show is being advertised in major art and antique magazines as well as local Utah media.

If you are part of the Utah arts community, and especially if you are part of a gallery in Utah, chances are someone from Lee's sales team has paid a visit to invite you to rent a booth at the show. Booth prices started at $795, but for individual artists there's a special deal - $595 for the booth, with no commission paid to show organizers; or $395 plus a 15% commission on work sold.

This may seem like a lot of money until you consider that the Las Vegas Art Expo charges $4,500 for a booth. And Lee and his team promise a lot more than a 10 x 10-foot booth space. Your fee also buys exposure on the web site where you can display three images and a link to your own web site. About 50 contemporary artists have signed up so far.

Lee's motivation for the show is to "showcase the talent of artists," he says. He has observed that Utah's emerging artists don't have adequate opportunities to show their work, especially to serious collectors. He notes that while events like the Utah Arts Festival, held in Salt Lake City each summer, are extremely popular events, "people go to have fun, to stroll around, look, eat and drink, but not necessarily to buy art." The Rocky Mountain Art Show, on the other hand, is all about fine art, not so much the fun and festivities.

Furthermore, while art festival prices are often affordable – in the hundreds of dollars or less – prices at the Rocky Mountain show are more likely to be in the thousands. By combining antiques in a show with both historic masterpieces and contemporary fine art, Lee expects to expose Utah artists to a more diverse audience.

Is this a "Field of Dreams" and, if so, will they come? I wonder, especially during this time of budget belt tightening. "The economy is a little worrisome," admits Lee. "There will be some impact, but the artists need us more than ever. We want to educate [potential buyers] to the fact that art holds its value as an investment even when housing and stock prices are down."

Lee also hopes to educate the public to the true value of art through the live auction that will be held on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 15. , 1 – 5 p.m. Works from old masters, as well as contemporary artists will be auctioned. When people see the prices fine art commands from people who are willing to buy, "they will understand the value of art as an investment," says Lee. "They will see that investing in original art is different than buying posters and prints for decoration."

Lee owns Fortune Art Gallery, 230 West 200 South, Ste. 2112, an eight-year-old business that sells religious art and prints primarily through the Internet, though he also has a showroom in his small office suite.

At the time of my interview with Lee, there were still booths available in the Rocky Mountain Art and Antiques Show. Call 888-988-2782 if you're interested in participating.

Do plan to attend because Lee expects to do this again, at least annually if not twice a year. As the event grows in participation and attendance, you can expect prices to go up, too. For all those who are getting in on the ground floor of this venture, congratulations and best wishes for success!

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