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    November 2007
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Up and Upcoming: To The North
Exhibition Listings in Northern Utah
Prepared by 15 Bytes staff unless otherwise indicated.

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Kimball Art Center UP: Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering through January 10, 2008. Internationally renowned artist, Ginny Ruffner, has brought her bronze, steel and glass sculpture to the Kimball Art Center for Utah residents and tourists. There are ten pieces, some up to 6 feet tall. Seriously injured in a car accident in 1999, Ruffner defied her doctors by continuing her artwork and striving to achieve such incredible success. Although she was told she couldn’t continue to be an artist, she did. Ruffner’s exhibition, Aesthetic Engineering, is open to the public and admission is free thanks to a special sponsorship provided by Geneva Rock and generous donors. Washington School Inn and the Miners Club provided lodging for the exhibition.

AND: Susan Gallacher: Utah Painter and Art Activist, through November 18. Gallacher is best known for her paintings of the Utah landscape, especially for her rural depictions in and around her country home in Spring City, Utah. Gallacher began painting as a young teenager studying with local instructors and later at the University of Utah. In 1984, she established Kings Cottage Gallery and Art Academy in Salt Lake City, where she continues to maintain her private studio, direct and teach. Her academy provides an environment for students in figurative study, still life and landscape. She organizes and promotes classes and workshops for other artists and herself in Salt Lake and in Spring City. Gallacher has always been actively involved in the promotion of art in Utah and an artist advocate. She is a founding member of Spring City Arts and helps organize and provide art functions for the public. She is a Change Leader representative of the Utah Arts Council, a founding member of The Plein Air Painters of Utah, and a founding member of the Figurative Painters Group where she participates in exhibits and functions. She has also been involved in the mentoring program with Art Access.

ALSO: Award-winning photographer, Carolyn Guild displays her black and white images at the Kimball Art Center in the Badami Gallery through January 10, 2008.

Julie Nester Gallery UP: Fall Group Show through November 27. A Group show of gallery artists, including new artists John McCormick, Carol O'Malia and Judy Poldi.

Meyer Gallery UP: Utah Art Students Juried Show features works juried from an open call for entries to Utah art students. The award winners were McGarren Flack, first place, Kelly Larson, second place and Tyler Hackett, third place.

UPCOMING: Douglas Aagard, November 30 - December 23, with an opening reception November 30. Aagard is primarily a self-taught artist. Aside from constant painting, his best education has come from association with successful artists, among whom Gary Ernest Smith has had the greatest influence. For many years he had dabbled in art as time permitted and had some success as a watercolorist. For nearly three years, while remodeling one home and building himself a new one, he didn’t pick up a brush. Being away from painting for that long made him realize he was miserable without it. He now has a fire of determination to be a great artist that will never fade. A great milestone for Aagard was achieved in 2003, when he quit his job of many years as a carpenter, and devoted his whole time to painting. He lives in Rural Utah with his wife and three children in a 19th century pioneer home he has restored. Aagard is featured in the November issue of Western Art Collector Magazine in a six-page spread.

BDAC UPCOMING: BDAC Annual Holiday Show and Sale November 16- December 22.

Lamplight Art Gallery (170 S. Main, Bountiful) UP: Abstract paintings by Merrily Kulmer and jewelry by Reba Rauch through November. Artists' reception Friday, November 16, from 6-9 pm

Apple Frame Gallery UP: Fall Trio, featuring paintings by Scott Brough, Robert A. Call and David Koch, through November 14.

The Ogden First Fridays Art Walk takes place every month on the First Friday. Galleries are open from 6 to 9 pm for receptions.

Eccles Community Art Center UP: Paul Butler in the Main Gallery and Artist Invitational/ Holiday Boutique in the Carriage House Gallery through November. Paul Butler was born and continues to live in Ogden. At the age of 17, he was already holding one man shows of his art work, as well as participating and winning awards in professional art competitions. He continues to receive significant awards in several art disciplines including oil painting. pastel, sculpture, watercolor, drawing and photography. As a full-time artist, Paul continues to work in a variety of media. He enjoys the “inherent expressive characteristics” of each.

The exhibition is divided in two. Butler's traditional landscape paintings fill the main floor while the second floor features his Wendover Project, a . The project began after Butler became frustrated with the usual responses to his classical explorations of the human figure. "I began to wonder about alternative presentations of the human body," Butler says. "How could body parts be seen purely as forms, shapes, and lines? What if hands, thighs or breast appeared in foreign colors, such as blue or green? What if we turned the parts upside down? Could we as observers then see the interesting shapes? Could the resulting compositions be seen as intriguing designs, organic studies, works of art?"

For the project, Butler took a group of models to the Bonneville Salt Flats. After their bodies were covered with a yellow ground, Butler painted directly on their bodies. He photographed the results. "These compositions and studies are intended to cause us to ponder our shapes in context. Body painting is not about sex, or eroticism," the artist says. "It is not even about human beauty. It is about the objective observation of the forms, shapes, and lines we find in our anatomy."

The Carriage House Gallery’s Artist Invitational/Holiday Boutique will include a selection works by Northern Utah artists: Alison Benjamin, Julie Brandt, Robert Call, Sandra Cooneey, David Cox, Meri DeCaria, Curtis Fuller, Roberta Glidden, David W. Jackson, Cara Koolmees, Dottie Miles, Arlene Muller, Liz Pierce, Steven Sheffield, Mac Stevenson, Sue Valentine, Doug Wride and others.

Wilkerson Fine Art & Consulting UP: All Things Small, featuring over 100 pieces (16 x 20 or smaller) created by dozens of the region's best artists; on display through December 27th at Wolf Creek Resort in Eden, Utah at 3939 Wolf Creek Dr. Gallery (hours: 9 am – 7 pm Monday through Sunday). A portion of the proceeds from this exhibit will go to the Charity – Healing Hands Humanitarian Help. Private viewings are also possible by contacting Kris Wilkerson at (801) 745-9557 or via email at kris@wilkersonfineart.com.

Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery at WSU UP: The Female Gaze, an exhibition exploring the work of three female artists -- Kristi Hager, Jen Davis, and Patricia Kimball, working with the human figure. Through December 14 (see October edition).

Gallery at the Station UP: Sculpture by Kevin Parson and paintings by Jacqui Larsen and Mark England.

Ogden Arts UP: Original art by Navajo artist RC Gorman through December 5th. Referred to as “the Picasso of American art” by the New York Times, Gorman paints works characterized by fluid forms and vibrant colors, typically depicting Native American women. He also works in sculpture, ceramics, and stone lithography.

Two Women and a Child by RC Gorman

AND: The Cost of Silence, photographs by Ryan Spencer Reed, through November 13. This exhibition, featuring 36 black and white photographs, is a visual narrative of war, genocide, and the humanitarian crisis currently ravaging the Darfur region of Sudan, movingly captured by photojournalist Ryan Spencer Reed. After graduating from college in 2002, Reed left everything behind to document critical social issues in East Africa. He has since visited Sudan numerous times, photographing its victims, interviewing those involved on all sides of the conflict, and writing his own eyewitness dispatches.

Universe City (2556 Washington Blvd, Ogden) UP: Art for the Holidays through November. Artists featured in this exhibit include the WSU theatre poster art of Evan Carlisle, continued from October, as well as wood work by David Wolfgram, scarves by Judy Elsley and Robert Glidden, jewelry by Ann Zublin and 20th c. Barbarians, hand painted silk ties by Catherine Zublin, ceramics by Suzanne Storer, paintings by LeRoy Jennings, as well as prints, paintings and photographs by a number of other artists.

Brigham City Museum Gallery
UP: Fiber Art Invitational Exhibition, featuring works by nine Utah surface design artists including Sharon Alderman, Roberta Glidden and Anne Munoz. Through December 31.

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