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  December 2009
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work by Trevor Bazil
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Exhibition Announcements
Up & Upcoming to the South
Prepared by 15 Bytes staff unless otherwise indicated. UPCOMING and UP listings should reach us by the last Wednesday of the month. Please send listings for this page to editor@artistsofutah.org

UTAH COUNTY
BYU Harold B. Lee Library Exhibits UP: Trevor J. Bazil. The work of Trevor Bazil is constructed of subtractive marks made into the built up layers of oil pastel on paper.|0| The content of these pieces is formal elements of line, shape, texture, value, and color. The narrative is how these elements elicit a response from our emotions and intellect. Bazil's aim is to allow the viewer to see the spiritual and mysterious through his abstract compositions: to be pulled into the work as it appeals to our senses. Bazil states, "we have been given our senses by God and can use them to uplift the spirit and soul." As a means to tap into the spiritual, Bazil relies upon the intuition in both choosing the colors used and in the types of marks made. For Bazil, to rely on the intuition is to rely upon something higher and more timeless than man himself. Through January 4, 2010 in the Auditorium Gallery, Level 1.

Brigham Young University Museum of Art UP: Types and Shadows: Intimations of Divinity encourages viewers to participate in the process of seeking out and finding meaning in the symbols, metaphors and veiled visual references that “point to” the divine mission of Jesus Christ.|1| The 44 works in this exhibition, which include paintings, prints and sculpture, have been selected to guide the viewer through a process of seeing beyond obvious and familiar narratives. Through March 13. AND: Mirror Mirror on the Wall, an exhibition of contemporary art that explores identity and perception.|2| Notable international artist join Utah artists, including Valerie Atkisson, Amy Jorgensen, Jeff Larsen, Michael McGlothlen and Nate Ronniger in an exhibit of 56 works that trace the influences of rituals, facades, social media, and the family on the formation of individual identity. Through May 8, 2010 (see page 1).

UPCOMING: The First 100 Years: Collecting Art at BYU tells the remarkable story of the development of the university art collection through the display of 150 of the outstanding works that have been acquired over the past century. A century ago in 1909, BYU began collecting art when a generous donor gave the university a painting of a sycamore tree by Utah impressionist painter John Hafen (1856–1910). Systematic collecting began in the 1930s and 1940s when faculty members and administrators embraced the value of having art collections for educational purposes. In 1937, Herald R. Clark, dean of the College of Business, visited the renowned Western artist Maynard Dixon in his San Francisco studio and negotiated the purchase of 85 paintings, drawings and prints. In 1959, 50 years after the first painting was given to the university, more than 10,000 artworks came to BYU in a single group. These works that now form the core of the Museum of Art's collection were partly a gift and partly a purchase from the heirs of the artist Mahonri Mackintosh Young (1877-1957). These works have largely determined the major direction of the museum's collecting in American art. Between 1960 and 1990, the BYU art collection continued to grow with many significant gifts. Because the collection depended mostly on the personal choices of generous donors, the new acquisitions varied greatly. December 4 - September 25, 2010.

The Downtown Provo Gallery Stroll occurs the first Friday of every month from 6-9pm as part of the First Fridays Provo Gallery Stroll. The event is free and open to the public.

Covey Center for the Arts UPCOMING: Dreaming of Spring. This third annual Christmas exhibit will feature work by eighteen talented artists and friends of Gomm Stained Glass Studio.|3| December 4 - January 4. Opening reception: Friday, December 4, 6-9 p.m.

Terra Nova UP: Great Things Small Packages, the gallery's annual exhibition of works by Utah artists in small formats. Through December 24.
Woodbury Art Museum UP: National Invitational Postcard Exhibition, a traveling exhibit organized by Jeanne Voltura, Director of the Bridge Gallery, Las Vegas. Through a network of artists, an artist from each of the fifty states was invited to make a postcard size (5" x 7") image dealing in some respect with the place in which they live. Through January 15, 2010. AND: Lewis Sorensen Dolls from the McCurdy Doll Museum. Shirley Paxman founded the McCurdy Doll Museum in 1978 in Provo, UT and named it for Laura Christensen McCurdy who provided more than 3,000 dolls. Paxman commissioned the set of figures in this exhibition directly from Lewis Sorensen, one of America's premier creators of wax dolls. Appearing in this exhibit is a series of 24" – 30" tall “Father Christmas” dolls (3 of whom, interestingly, are female) representing traditions from a variety of nations. Through January 15, 2010.

Springville Museum of Art UP: 24th Annual Spiritual & Religious Art of Utah Exhibition. This annual juried exhibition explores the varied spiritual aspirations, feelings and perceptions of contemporary Utah artists through many different styles and mediums. 188 works are on display. First place went to Del Parsons, known for his sentimental and widely reproduced images of a "personal" Savior. Peruvian retablo artist Jeronimo E. Lozano won second prize for his "The Saints and Traditional Peruvian Customs," and third place went to "In the Similitude," a sculpture by contemporary realist Ben Hammond. Through December 28.

CEDAR CITY
Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery UP: Jim Jones: Recent Paintings. Jim Jones has captured the essence of the American West and red rock country through his paintings of Zion Canyon and the Grand Canyon. A majority of the pieces that will be on display during this exhibition will become part of the University's permanent collection (see page 2)|4| Through December 12.

ST. GEORGE AREA
Sears Art Gallery UPCOMING:
Paintings byJeff Ham and Ceramics by The Firm. Raw, bright, explosive colors are used to evoke emotion and draw attention to the subjects in Ham's paintings.|5| The four members of The Firm --Shane Christensen, Brian Jensen, Stephen Heywood, & Michael Schmidt -- have been showing as a group for several years as they formalize their fellowship in goals, art, profession, and media. In the Grand Foyer: photography by Eric Young and ceramics by DSC students.December 4 – January 22. Reception: Dec 4, 7-9 pm.

St. George Art Museum UP: Visions of Zion, a juried show of all media showing the best of Zion, from Kanab to Ivins, Cedar to Mesquite. Through January 16. AND: A Tribute to Gaell Lindstrom 1919 - 2009, an exhibition of works by the recently deceased artist who was a well-known artist in the area as well as strong supporter of the museum. In this exhibit his interest in house and roof scapes, people working and engaged in activities, abstraction, boats, and landscape can be seen as threads that appear throughout his career and connecting themes that he returned to time and again (see October edition. Through January 16, 2010.

SANPETE COUNTY
Central Utah Art Center UP: Bubble Gum Pop, an exhibition of video works by Los Angeles artist Micol Hebron. Her practice explores and illuminates the idiosyncrasies of everyday behaviors as they are determined by gender, social context, power structures, and the art world. Through December 9. UPCOMING: Foreign Tongue, an exhibition curated by Andrea Serbonich. Foreign Tongue situates a photojournalistic approach in a fine art context. Most of the photographers in this exhibition have renown for their arresting and captivating imagery in traditional media such as Time Magazine, The New York Times and Life Magazine. December 12 - January 16, 2010. Opening Reception: Saturday, December 12 from 6-8pm.

Snow College Art Gallery UP: Nativity Reconsidered — A Contemporary Interpretation, works by a number of contemporary artists exploring the traditional them of the nativity, through December 24 (see page 1).
 additional media coverage of the visual arts in Utah

11/1 Snapshots over time: BYU exhibit traces 170 years of photography

Randle, friends show at Union Station

11/1 Heather Campbell on the cover of Catalyst magazine

11/4 Bodies of Water: Teresa Flowers Retrospective

11/5 Lamplight Gallery is starting tours through the art world with their upcoming art discussion groups

11/6 Miles for Mestizo: Artist and writer pedals to raise funds for a community arts and culture center on Salt Lake City's west side.

11/6 Visual art notes: Friberg's valley view, weaving the future, outsider art, up-and-coming painter.

11/7 Jewish Arts Festival: Esther, the superheroine. Utah event explores comic books' Jewish roots.

11/7 Salt Lake Art Center gets new executive director

11/13 Visual art notes: 'Bubble Gum Pop' in Ephraim

11/19 Exhibit by artist Jay Wallace spotlights Orem’s history

11/20 Visual art notes: Paint goes on -- and off -- in Park City

11/20 Keeping it real: Realist artists paint up our down times

11/25 Artist Mark Vaynshteyn explores homelessness from his own experience.

11/25 Visual art notes: Elemental art, a look at Orem, a craft sale and whimsical possibilities.

11/27 'Displacement': Salt Lake Art Center brings rare look at current Chinese art.

11/29 The Art of Healing / Ogden man deals with bipolar disorder through his paintings

11/29 Award-winning illustrator is living his dream

11/30 Artistic giving at BDAC



PRICE
The College of Eastern Utah's Gallery East
UP: Systemic Profiles, Installations by Steven Stradley, Carrie Wardle, Randal Marsh, and Barbara Frazier|6| (see page 4).

MOAB
The Moab Art Walk is the second Saturday of every month. The following exhibits open December 12, from 6 - 9 pm.

Framed Image Fine Art UPCOMING: Group show including painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass art, as well as fine, handcrafted jewelry.

Moab Arts & Recreation Center UPCOMING: Bid on a decorated Christmas tree at the MARC. These Beautiful trees will be available to view and bid on at the MARC during the Holiday Arts & Craft Fair and the Moab Art Walk.

Overlook Gallery UPCOMING: Unframed Show, a multi-media, multi- artist showing of small unframed works including paintings, drawings and hand pulled prints.

The Western Image
(16 West 100 North 435.259.3006) UPCOMING: Page Holland and Nichole Taylor.
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