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  December 2009
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Studio Space

Pat Denner by Shalee Cooper

Pat Denner is Salt Lake's hidden legend. You've probably passed by his building on Broadway, but never bothered to venture into his gallery/studio space, stacked with portraits, pinups, and cartoons. Denner designed the original Colonel Sanders KFC, The Vegas Vic cowboy sign, Wendover Will, and many other signs that you have seen around Salt Lake, including the Manhatten. He uses all kinds of mediums: ink, watercolor, arcrylic, oils, pencil, colored pencil, markers, airbrush, and the list goes on. The octogenarian is still hard at work so be sure to stop in his space next time you're in the neighborhood -- 171 E Broadway Salt Lake CTY, UT 84111.

 Studio Space

Studio Space

Exhibition Spotlight: Cedar City
A Grande Finale
Exhibition of Jim Jones’ final works & new art museum announced at Southern Utah University
by Corey Strange

Somewhere between Maynard Dixon and the contemporary artists who paint Utah’s landscapes is Jim Jones. Bridging the past with the present, Jones has been a staple of the southwest landscape movement for many decades. On exhibit now at Southern Utah University’s Braithwaite Gallery is what has turned out to be his final body of works.

Jim Jones is a master of generalization. His painterly compositions and technique are reminiscent of Georgia O’Keefe’s bold and simplified style. His colors are usually blended to create the fugitive tones indicative of Southwest sand. Sagebrush is mottled between pale green-grays and picks up the dusty reflection of the desert beneath it. Every line and form is packed with information.

Sometime around the first of November, Jones cleaned his brushes for the last time. Old age and a long battle with illness have finally coerced him into setting aside his love. In the December of his life, SUU has honored this mentor of regional painting twice.

As Jones was thinking about his legacy, he spoke with Eric Brown, Chairman of the Art & Design Department at SUU and mentioned his dream of having his works stay in Cedar City, where he was born and raised. "When I was little, my dad took me to the Springville Museum of Art," he told the Salt Lake Tribune. "I was enchanted by this big building in this little town, filled with art. I would like to see that for Cedar City."

SUU President Michael Benson recently revealed the plans for SUMA (Southern Utah Museum of Art), promising to raise the entire $10 million cost from philanthropic and other non-state sources. "We want to do this without state money to show we are serious," Benson said.

The 28,000-square-foot museum is planned for the corner of 300 West and University in downtown Cedar City, across the street from the Utah Shakespearean Festival office.

SUMA will have a gallery space committed to showing the school’s permanent collection of Jones’ work, exhibition spaces with rotating shows and provide an expanded home for the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, currently in a two-room basement suite in SUU's Braithwaite building.

Jim Jones: Recent Paintings will be up until December 12, 2009 at the Braithwaite Fine Art Gallery located on the SUU campus. The gallery is open 12-7pm, Tuesday through Saturday.


Work by Jim Jones
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Marti Grace AshbyMarti Grace Ashby recently returned to Salt Lake after living in New York City for three years. While she loves the excitement and diversity of living in the Big Apple, her heart is here with her children and grandchild. Marti graduated with a BFA and an MFA from the University of Utah and has a studio in Sugar House.

Kasey Boone is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has been living in Utah since 1990. He has a BA in French and Cultural Studies. He is a self-described "orphaned post-modernist."

Ehren ClarkEhren Clark received his BA in Modern and Contemporary Art History and Critcism at the University of Utah and an MA in the art of the Renaissance at the University of Reading, UK. He currently writes for the The City Weekly, as well as being published in other journals in Utah.

Shalee CooperShalee Cooper, who holds a BFA in photography from the University of Utah, has curated multiple international photography exhibitions. She is an associate instructor at the University of Utah, an art consultant at Alpine Art and the photo editor for 15 Bytes.


Laura DurhamLaura Durham, a Utah native with a BA in Art History from BYU, has worked for the Utah Arts Council as the Visual Arts Coordinator for the past six years and, recently, she has taken on the Traveling Exhibition Program as well. She served as Vice President of the Salt Lake Gallery Association from 2003 - 2006 and now serves as Program Director for the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.


John HughesJohn Hughes is an award-winning artist and teacher who has been painting the landscape both in and out of the studio since 1983. He maintains a studio in Taylorsville and teaches students in private workshops and in a course at Salt Lake Community College.

Jason MetcalfJason Metcalf is an artist and curator based in Utah County. He has exhibited his work nationally and locally throughout Utah. He attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and is currently finishing studies at Brigham Young University. Metcalf co-founded and directed the Sego Art Center, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Sego Arts Foundation and the Central Utah Art Center.


Namon BillsNamon Bills was born in Provo and lives and works in Spanish Fork. He has a BFA in Painting from BYU (2001) and an MFA in Painting from Utah State University (2006). He was the curator of The State Street Project, a group exhibit that traveled to six venues in the state in 2008.


Corey B. Strange was born on the banks of the Mississippi River. He has studied art at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland, and graduated from BYU in 2006 with a Master's degree. He now lives in Cedar City.

Geoff WichertGeoff Wichert
has degrees in critical writing and creative nonfiction. He teaches writing at Snow College, where he also taught Art History for six years.



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