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Judy and Ted Wassmer at the Beaux Arts Ball by Ted Wassmer 1986, SMA Collection
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Exhibition Announcements
Up and Upcoming to the South
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Springville Museum of Art
UP: Theodore Milton Wassmer: "In Memoriam," up through the end of March, commemorates the art of one of Utah's most prolific and personable artists, who passed away in November of 2006.

Trevor Weight writes that the artist, affectionately known as Ted was born in Salt Lake City in 1910, one of eight children. "One of his earliest and fondest memories was of the Wassmer children receiving a dime each for Christmas; the others bought candy, but Ted, then just six years old, bought the box of crayons he had longed for. At age seventeen he came across the artist Frank Zimbeaux sitting at his easel painting the old Salt Lake Theater. Ted was fascinated and credited this fortuitous event with inspiring him to become an artist."

"Ted married an accomplished Salt lake City artist by the name of Judy Farnsworth Lund in New York, and the couple made their home in Woodstock, where they pursued art careers, collected art, and traveled the world." When the Wassmers returned to Utah in 1985 they donated over 1,500 works of art and sculpture and over 1,700 volumes on art and literature to Utah's museums and institutions. The Springville Museum was the largest beneficiary of their largesse.

After 50 years of marriage, Judy passed away in 1996. Ted continued to paint his distinctive, poetic watercolors, showing his work in galleries as well as sharing with countless friends. "He was driven," notes his friend Vern Swanson, "with the need to be productive and generous. Ted created his art to within a few days of his death leaving a legacy which brought the 'School of Paris' to Utah." |0-1|

Bill Patterson, co-curator of the exhibition at the Springville Museum of Art said, "from a modest beginning, Ted was blessed with a long and rewarding life. He is remembered not only for his art, but for his personality, charm and wit, and his charity." Co-curator Ruth Allred said, "Ted Wassmer has contributed so much to the arts in Utah as an artist and as a patron of the arts. He will surely be missed, and we are pleased to be able to honor his life's work and legacy with this exhibition."

UPCOMING: 24 February - 4 April, 2007, 35th All-State High Schools of Utah Show.

Brigham Young University Museum of Art UP: Beholding Salvation: Images of Christ, through June 16, 2007, chronicles the life and ministry of Jesus Christ through 170 works of paintings, prints, icons, illuminated manuscripts and sculpture from diverse times and creeds. A lecture series will accompany the exhibition. Click the Museum website above for more information.

AND: The Quiet Landscapes of William B. Post February 3 - May 28. William B. Post photographed the picturesque rural landscape of Maine for more than two decades in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He meticulously crafted images of the natural world, celebrating its spiritual and aesthetic grandeur and earning himself wide-spread recognition as a leading photographic pioneer.|2-4| The Quiet Landscapes of William B. Post, the first exhibition devoted to this photographer since his death in 1921, features 60 of his original platinum prints and place his work within the larger context of a photographic movement known as “pictorialism.” Practitioners of pictorial photography sought to create images of high aesthetic value, experimenting with the principles of other art movements, particularly French Barbizon painting and Impressionism. Post’s photographs of snow-covered fields, blooming gardens and delicate water lilies are among the finest works of pictorial landscape photography from the era.

UPCOMING: Paths to Impressionism: French and American Landscape Paintings from the Worcester Art Museum February 16, 2006 - July 8, 2007 is a major exhibition tracing the changing traditions of the Barbizon and Impressionist movements as their popularity rose in France and influenced the art of America. The exhibition is comprised of 42 lush landscape paintings from the Worcester Art Museum’s collection and features landscape paintings by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, George Inness|5|, Claude Monet|6|, John Singer Sargent, Alfred Sisley and many others.

Harold B. Lee Library (Brigham Young University Campus) UP: Dru Bailey Romania: My Story, Juvenile Library, during the month of February.

Terra Nova Gallery UP: Still Life is Still Alive art by Brian Kershiznik, Rebecca Lee, Rebecca Wagstaff, Colleen Parker, Joanne Smith, Robert Gardner through February 23 (see page 8).

Gallery OneTen UP: Upon invitation from Gallery One Ten, Annabelle Gaag, a young artist from Geneva Switzerland, graduating from Brigham Young University, stages her Senior show. Her work creates a memorable unconventional art experience by installations made of textiles and other integrated objects. Visitors have described it as "walking into an imaginary world." |7| It will still be open to the public on Thursday the 8th and Friday the 9th of February, from 6 to 9pm. The gallery will be closed the rest of the month for renovations and reopen for its one year anniversary celebration on March 2.

Storefront Galleries (145 N University Ave, 250 W Center, 273 W Center, 48 North 300 West; 377-5700) UP: Art by Stan Lance, Howard W. Hoover, Ruel Brown, Jen Harmon Allen, Rebecca Cooper, Kristena Eden, and David Holcomb.

Utah County Gallery (151 S University Ave; 785-2059) UP: Art by BYU Illustration Students.

Woodbury Art Museum UP: UVSC Faculty exhibit (see page 8). UPCOMING: UVSC Student exhibit March 2 - 31.
Central Utah Art Center UP: Peter Finnemore video artist through February 22 (see page 7). UPCOMING: Rashawn Griffin, installation artist from NYC. February 23 - March 29.

Braithwaite Fine Art Gallery
UPCOMING: SUU Faculty Exhibit, February 22- March 24. Featuring Arlene Braithwaite, Eric Brown, Susan Harris, Brian Hoover, Dave Richardson, and Ben Sowards.

Sears Art Gallery UPCOMING: DSC Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show and Sale, February 17 to March 25. The 19th Annual Robert N. and Peggy Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show and Sale, opens every year on the Saturday of Presidents' Day weekend in February. The show boasts a variety of representational art including landscape, portrait, western, and impressionistic pieces. Dinner Gala and Pre-sale February. 16, 6 pm.

Royden Card Fine Art (847-C, Coyote Gulch, Kayenta, 435-656-5051) UP: "Sunflowers," featuring new paintings by Jenni Christensen, through Feb. 15.The gallery will feature Fae Ellsworth’s paintings from February 17 through March 31 in a show titled, Little Stories (Inner Landscapes) (see page 3).

Kayenta Arts Festival UP: The February 17-18 weekend is also the 8th annual “Art in Kayenta Festival” at Coyote Gulch, featuring over 90 artists both days from 10am to 5pm.

St. George Art Museum UP: Gaell Lindstrom's Private Watercolors through March 24, 2007. One of Utah's most respected watercolorists, Lindstrom taught at Utah State University for thirty years before moving to southern Utah with his wife, Marilyn. His work as a teacher continues in dialogues, classes, and through examination of his work. His naturalistic paintings exhibit both warmth and stillness. He says that he has been exploring watercolor throughout his career, but feels there is still much to be done. “The inner core of a subject is sought for but seldom achieved.” His subject matter has come from the Southwest, Mexico, and China.
watercolor by Gaell Lindstrom
AND:Color Country Camera Club through March 24. The Color Country Camera Club is a coalition of persons with a mutual interest in photography who periodically gather in meetings and on field trips to share photographic knowledge and experiences. This, their first ever show at the St. George Art Museum will be part of their Tenth Anniversary Celebration. ALSO: Willie and Martin Remembered: A Tribute to the Mormon Handcart Pioneers, an exhibit which premeried in Salt Lake this past fall is currently in St. George through March 24 (see our October edition for more information).

Moab Art Works UP: Memories of the 1980s will come back to viewers who see John Schaefer’s photographs in Moab Art Works latest exhibit, The BIG Picture Show, featuring photographs from the 1984 Democratic and Republican Conventions. Up through February 10th.

Grand County Public Library UP: MoabAbstracts 2007, February 7th through March 7th, featuring more than twenty regional visual artists. Building upon the success of the 2006 show, which comprised the works of six artists, the organizers have expanded the exhibition to include painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and mixed media. "It's a rare occasion for so many artists to show non-representational works together as a group. This is an excellent opportunity for viewers to see quality works of art by talented regional artists" said Michael Kaniecki, artist and exhibition organizer. "The award-winning library is a great environment in which to contemplate the wide variety of works on display." "We are so pleased to host this exhibit at the new library," said Library Director Eve Tallman. "Art exhibits are an essential element of what we can offer in our new facility, and it's a great way for these artists to share their work with the community. Many library patrons would not see this art otherwise, and many art lovers haven't yet had the opportunity to see our new building."

Participating artists include Adele Alsop, Michael Ashcraft, Bruce Boyd |9|, William Brandt, Alex Burbidge, Chris Conrad |10|, Micheal Dunton, Jonathan Frank, North Frank |11|, Nate Goodman, Steven Grochowski, Bruce Hucko, Michael Kaniecki, Howard McPherson, Steve Mulligan, Wendy Newman, Chad Niehaus |12|, Brian Parkin |8|, Serena Supplee, Eric Trenbeath, Brooks Tyler, and HL Weber. The opening reception with the artists will take place on Saturday, February 10th from 7pm to 9pm. A discussion forum with the artists is scheduled for Thursday February 15th from 5pm to 7pm. For more information call Michael Kaniecki at (435) 259 6712.

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1/1 David Habben II: I’ve always believed that good art equals good communication.

1/4 Artfully optimistic: Springville museum half full with 'People, Places and Things' exhibit.

1/6 Works from Utah's art collection on exhibit at council's gallery.

1/6 Utah Arts Council awards $86,000 to bolster nine community projects..

1/7 Utah artists again find work exposed on 'The Apprentice'.

1/7 BYU Museum of Art to offer lecture series

1/7 St. George Art Museum celebrates 10th anniversary, connection to the community

1/11 Drawngs, books, and paintings at BDAC: For the Seventh consecutive year the Bountiful/Davis Art Center has invited several Utah Illustrators to feature some of their best contemporary working illustrations.

1/13 Good dog! Children's art at SLC precinct.

1/13 Fancy meeting you guys here: Salt Lake Art Center brings together four big-name printmakers with distinct styles, common threads.

11/14 Picture on Picture:
During Sundance, Park City's Julie Nester gallery will team with film featuring Edward Burtynsky's photographs

1/20 Graffiti's canvas is changing: Graffiti has slowly been making its way into circles of fine art despite the common perception of this spray-paint medium as trashy and vandalistic.

1/20 Memories of Japan Town: Etsuko Ogura's exhibit honors a nearly vanished Salt Lake City neighborhood

1/20 Paint and glass at Utah Arts Festival's new offices.

1/23 Emma J. Dugal named to take reins of BDAC.

1/24 Sundance Film asks, 'Can a kid really paint that?'

1/28 One paints, the other prints: 'Sisters in spirit' have joint exhibition at Phillips Gallery.

1/28 Utah Watercolor Society awards.