Up and Upcoming: To The North
Exhibition Listings in Northern Utah
BDAC UPCOMING: The LeConte Stewart Festival, the revival of a two-decade tradition of featuring the art of LeConte Stewart, |0| his students and colleagues. The theme of the festival is: LeConte Stewart: A Teachers’ Teacher. Works of LeConte Stewart will come from major universities and private collections including the permanent collection of Bountiful/Davis Art Center, including a portrait of LeConte Stewart by Alvin Gittins on loan from the Springville Museum of Art and a bust of the artist by Avard Fairbanks will be on loan from the Salt Lake Art Center. A companion exhibit will feature the works of Diane Turner, also a student of LeConte Stewart and some of her students.
AND: Larry Wade and Glen Hawkins, in the North Gallery.
Eccles Community Art Center UP: The art of the Cache Valley Artists Group in the Main Gallery; in the Carriage House Gallery, the paintings of Geri Jensen of West Haven. Many of the artists that make up the Cache Valley Plein Air Artists group are associated with the Utah Watercolor Society - Cache Valley which was established in 1974 in Logan.|1| This group meets the second Tuesday of each month September through May. Geri Jensen of West Haven, also paints en plein air. She works in pencil, watercolor oil and sculpture.|2|
Gallery 25 UP: Plein Air show, with guest artists G. Russell Case, |3| David Koch, John Hughes, Bonnie Frucci, and Ilona Fellows. Gallery members also participating in the show are Lauri Eskelson, Roberta Glidden, Keith Dabb, Phil and Shirley Hopkins, Lucile Chamberlin, and Liz Pierce.
Universe City UPCOMING: $99.95 or Less, a two day mini-exhibit in the Strawberry Gallery featuring affordable work by local artists.
Shaw Gallery at WSU UP: Refresh, an exhibition of current work from the alumni of the Department of Visual Arts.|4| DOVA graduates are now working as professors, art directors, owners of design firms, gallery directors, and professional artists. Refresh your vision of the work of DOVA graduates and learn how their degrees helped shape their careers.
Western Heritage Art Museum UP: Rhythm & Hues, the 9th Annual Uintah Basin Art League exhibit.
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art UP: Uses of the Real: What's New Now? displaying 31 new works donated by the Kathryn C. Wanlass Foundation and Marie Eccles Caine Foundation. Artists new to the museum include Manny Farber, Takako Yamaguchi, Don Suggs, Frances Celentano, Eric Orr, Michael McMillan, Michael Todd, William Wiley and M.A. Peers. AND: EcoVisionaries: Designs for Living on Earth, an exhibit of socially engaged artists who seek out and propose radical concepts using unusual materials to create innovations that reduce the impact of humans or preserve environments. Through August 1, 2011. AND: Evidence and Artifacts: Particle Matter 2.5, Christopher M. Gauthiér’s photographs of Cache Valley, made in the midst of ice, fog, and inversion, a natural and manmade regional weather phenomenon in which beauty and toxicity combine.|5| Gauthiér documents both the cause and effect of the growing air pollution problem in the valley during the coldest days of the year.
Kimball Art Center UP: Fabricated Figures, new work by Nathan Florence in the Garage Gallery.|6| Florence paints figures on richly patterned cloth, letting the underlying texture and colors play a role in the composition, and highlighting our everyday dialogue with universal patterns of beauty, nature and character (see page 7). AND: Getting Real, Visual Expressions of Personal Perceptions, works by Brent Godfrey in the Badami Gallery. Godfrey uses the painting process to translate objects, figures and landscapes into physical met aphor. Combining varying degrees of abstraction and representation, he explores identity and memory, interpersonal relationships, societal structures and global connections. |7| AND: Threads of Perception, exhibit by NYC artist Devorah Sperber, who combines commonplace materials with simple optical devices to investigate the connections between art, perception and technology. Her works address the complex relationship between the way we think we see and the way the brain actually processes images. Threads of Perception examines famous paintings from art history.|8|
Meyer Gallery UP: Mirror, Mirror, a group show with works by Raymond Bonilla, Fidalis Buehler, Brian Kershisnik, Emily McPhie, Chris Miles, Fatima Ronquillo |9| and Justin Taylor, pushing the boundaries of self-exploration,
self-expression through portraiture and figurative painting (see page 1).
Looking for Recognition
The Minerva Teichert Invitational Art Show and Sale
Cokeville, Wyoming is a landscape painter’s paradise. Even in late summer, the Bear River and the tributaries are full and bubbling, meandering through the fields, where an occasional deer will step out from the brush to get a drink of water. The farmland is a sea of green meadows, punctuated with hay bales of various shapes and sizes. Ancient Cottonwoods seem to meander along with the streams and frame the homes, barns, and property lines. Long morning and evening shadows provide excellent opportunities for high-contrast compositions. If you are up for some excitement, the occasional afternoon storms bring fast-moving clouds and more opportunities for shadows and intense color.
In artistic circles Cokeville is best known as having been the home of Minerva Teichert, the student of Robert Henri who returned to the west to paint her modernist interpretation of the Mormon story. For the past five years the town has hosted the Minerva Teichert Invitational Art Show and Sale. This year’s successful show, August 12 – 14, coincided with Cokeville’s 100th birthday. “I felt the quality of the work this year was excellent,” says organizer Charles Dayton, an accomplished Western artist.|0| A native of the small town two hours north of Salt Lake, he left for college and then work in the corporate world before returning to pursue his artistic career and to be closer to the people and places that inspire his artwork. “The plein air was a nice addition as well,” he says of the plein air workshop taught by Grant Redden, an excellent plein air artist of Hilliard, Wyoming.|1| Twelve artists attended the workshop, which toured the surrounding area and produced many exciting plein air pieces, all available for sale beginning Friday afternoon.
A Saturday morning discussion panel at the Cokeville LDS Ward house featured Teichert family members John (youngest of Teichert’s five children) and spouse Dorothy Teichert, Ron and Tim Teichert (grandsons), and their spouses, Beula and Renee. Other speakers included Carol Petersen and Professor Allan Parish (responsible for the Teichert collection at BYU). Family members noted that Teichert could rarely afford the supplies and materials she needed, and her remote location made acquiring those supplies even more difficult. She often resorted to use of sheep-wagon tarps for canvas, or painted on old aprons, paper grocery sacks and bare plywood. By studying her pieces, one can also see that her paint surfaces are barely covered with pigment, as she had become an expert at making the paint cover large areas. This technique gives many of her oils a delicate texture more like that of watercolors.
Adequate recognition for her artistic accomplishments did not come in Teichert’s lifetime and was a constant source of sorrow to the artist. Based on comments by her children, she was relentless in her requests to the LDS Church for assistance, especially to publish her Book of Mormon pieces, which she felt were her mission and a major reason for her artistic gift. She finally donated the series to the Church. She donated many other paintings to BYU in exchange for college tuition for family members and other Cokeville residents. Professor Parish shared his story of discovering 44 of Teichert’s paintings buried in storage at BYU and the subsequent effort to restore them for display in new campus facilities, at least ten years after the artist’s death. The Cokeville LDS Chapel is adorned with two large paintings donated by Teichert. The Teichert family and Cokeville community brought many of her paintings to display at the Saturday gathering, including paintings of wedding bouquets and funeral sprays, painted as gifts.
Bryce Cameron Liston |2| was the big award winner this year, taking the top prize for both studio and plein air work, as well a People’s Choice award. Other award winners include locals Sherry Kemp and Charles Dayton, Linda Curly Christensen, Chad Poppleton, Denver painter Michael Ome Untiedt and Santa Fe artist Rosie Sandifer.|3|
Many of the local families are involved in making this event successful by providing lodging for participating artists, cleaning and decorating the ski lodge for the events and gallery displays, and cooking and serving several dinners to more than 100 artists, visitors, and prospective art buyers. When asked about future plans for the Minerva Teichert Invitational Charles Dayton said, “I would like to help make it more successful for the artists by finding ways to attract serious collectors to the show.” One idea he mentions is moving the date closer to the town's July 24 celebration, which attracts many more visitors. “Our ultimate goal is to follow the success of the Maynard Dixon show (see page 4). We feel we have some of the components – out of the way place, famous artist, great artists.”