1. What hangs above your mantel?
“1928 International Truck ” 24×30 by Utah Painter, Ron Russon
2. What was the most memorable exhibit you’ve seen recently?
Harvey Dunn, “The Original Donation” at the South Dakota Art Museum; a powerful exhibit of prarie and homesteader paintings painted by an artist painting what he loved. Talk about “painting from the gut!” And then he donated them all to the University.
3. What is your favorite building in Utah?
The Provo Library (old BYU Academy); my favorite building for sentimental reasons of it being an old college hangout place for me during my BYU days. Plus, I love the idea of restoring an old building and making it useful again. And who doesn’t love a library? Who doesn’t love books?
A native of the West, John Berry left a career as an Illustrator to become a full-time painter. He lives in Cache Valley and paints the western landscape he has known since his youth. He maintains a blog here where you can see old works, works in progress and postcard size paintings like the one above.
This was published in January 2007 edition of 15 Bytes.
This is our chance to check in with members of Utah’s art community to see what they’ve been reading, seeing, doing.