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A New Way of Seeing and Painting

A New Way of Seeing and Painting

Not all artists see the same. The difference between the way a novice sees a scene and how a seasoned artist views it can be great, and can be the key between a good painting experience and a frustrating one. The serious student artist needs to see in a new way. This new way of...

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Nature Abhors a Vacuum, but Loves an Empty Shop Window: Pop-up Art at The Gateway

Nature Abhors a Vacuum, but Loves an Empty Shop Window: Pop-up Art at The Gateway

Sometime in the 1980s, art world observers began to notice that artists were often among the first entrepreneurs to move into neighborhoods widely considered uninhabitable, where they would jump-start what soon became the gentrification process. It would have been in large, coastal American cities’ industrial and warehouse areas that this phenomenon first received predominantly negative...

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Lines in Nature: Recent Works by Justin Newby & Carol Bold

Lines in Nature: Recent Works by Justin Newby & Carol Bold

  The windows of the Canyon Community Center in Springdale, which is cradled in a redrock canyon just outside Zion National Park, look out on a landscape that visually reverberates with the abstracted canyons and flora on display within. In a hand-in-glove match between venue and artwork, the Center hosts the exhibit Lines in Nature:...

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Imitation Games: Ben Steele at Modern West Fine Art

Imitation Games: Ben Steele at Modern West Fine Art

Exhibiting at Modern West Fine Art this month, the traditionally trained painter Ben Steele chooses subjects that hark back to a universal and nostalgic American childhood. From Kennewick, Washington, and educated first at the University of Utah and then at the apprenticeship program in Helper—under the instruction of artists David Dornan and Paul Davis—Steele’s Western...

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Sarina Villareal's Pop-Up Gallery on Main Street

Sarina Villareal’s Pop-Up Gallery on Main Street

From mysterious murals deep inside Paleolithic caves, to movable adornment for Renaissance merchants, art is something malleable, reflective of the space and time in which it exists. Art was one thing when it was made for the magnificent churches of Venice, like San Marco and San Lorenzo, and became another when it was created for...

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Maureen O'Hara Ure

Maureen O’Hara Ure

Maureen O’Hara Ure shares her truth, however whimsical, however wrenching, in mixed media on panel. The incident in “The Night of the Fire,” which is part of Love & Work, her fascinating solo show at Phillips Gallery through Nov. 11, actually occurred in 1978, when the timeworn apartment building in which she lived with her...

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Living in an Inmaterial World: Mike Lee's Digital Mirror: Selfie Consciousness at UMOCA

Living in an Inmaterial World: Mike Lee’s Digital Mirror: Selfie Consciousness at UMOCA

Mike Lee, an Artist in Residence at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, describes himself as a product of two world cultures, having split his childhood between rural Japan and Utah. His work bridges these two separate geographical and cultural regions with reference to an elusive third: the young culture of the Internet realm. In...

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Mapping the Territory: Archipelagoes, Oceans, Americas at BYU's Library

Mapping the Territory: Archipelagoes, Oceans, Americas at BYU’s Library

A year before he went to Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau burned down 300 acres of forest in its vicinity. An accident. During a fishing excursion to nearby Fairhaven Pond, Thoreau’s campfire sparked a grass fire that quickly spread to the surrounding woodlands and almost engulfed the town of Concord, proving that even in escaping...

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The News Is Not All Bad: Downtown Artist Collective opens and Nox returns

The News Is Not All Bad: Downtown Artist Collective opens and Nox returns

We were struck, in an October press release about the “Art in the City” event celebrating the opening of the Thomas S. Monson Center in Salt Lake City (in the former Enos A. Wall Mansion), by one statement — that over the past decade, more than 20 art galleries have shut down for lack of...

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Controlled Chaos: Jimmi Toro mixes paintings, songs & videos at Urban Arts Gallery

Controlled Chaos: Jimmi Toro mixes paintings, songs & videos at Urban Arts Gallery

Jimmi Toro’s fluid line work lays itself gracefully across his paintings. Even in moments of disruption, where the ink spatters or skips, the faces and forms of his creating stare back at us, inviting us into their world. While his work uses a variety of techniques, it is the dripped ink that we might think...

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Defining Play at the Sears Art Museum

Defining Play at the Sears Art Museum

According to Sears Gallery curator, Kathy Cieslewicz, the idea for the exhibit Go Out and Play, currently on display until November 11, came to fruition in conversation with several of the artists involved about how they believe the nature of “play” has changed over the years. The phrase “go out and play” refers to the...

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To Reach and Touch: Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen at Michael Berry Gallery

To Reach and Touch: Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen at Michael Berry Gallery

Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen is a Utah native who grew up in Emigration Canyon, but his name invokes the Northern Renaissance: the great scientific and artistic era when Carel Fabritius painted “The Goldfinch,” an ornithological study celebrated in a 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel; and Pieter Bruegel the Elder painted “Landscape with the Fall of...

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Installing the Space Between: Stephanie Leitch at the Granary in Ephraim

Installing the Space Between: Stephanie Leitch at the Granary in Ephraim

C.C.A. Christensen painted his most important work, the “Mormon Panorama,” in the mid-1870s. Even though as an immigrant he hadn’t witnessed the persecution and violence central to the stories he gave visual form, it was his dramatic images, in which nature herself seemed to recoil in horror, that came to represent the experience of the...

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WOW! What Fun! Sue Martin hangs out with Women Out West

WOW! What Fun! Sue Martin hangs out with Women Out West

I’m not really a plein air painter, but I love to paint outdoors. I mostly avoid those competitive plein air events where artists scramble to produce and frame a landscape painting worthy to display and sell. But I found my comfort level at the annual gathering of WOW – Women Out West, Professional Artists of...

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You've Got Junk: Benny van der Wal's Desert Trashscapes

You’ve Got Junk: Benny van der Wal’s Desert Trashscapes

When Benny van der Wal started collecting junk mail with the beginning of an artistic project in mind, he had no idea that only a year later he would have collected over 55 pounds of waste. Everyone has received ads and coupons that pile in a corner or are thrown away, but few want to...

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