Up and Upcoming: To The North
Exhibition Listings in Northern Utah
Kimball Art Center UPCOMING: Ansel Adams: Early Works
features 50 intimate prints made between the 1920s and 1950s.|0| These prints, rich in middle tones and printed at the time they were taken, reveal the foundation of Adams' expertise which led to the high-gloss, high-contrast prints manufactured in the 1970's-80's, coinciding with the emergence of the first retail galleries devoted to photography.
AND: Amy Pruzan: Reflection features work by the Seattle-based artist that combines glass, metal and photography.|1|
Her photographic images are both literal and metaphorical representations of memory. The glass elements of her pieces function as lenses through which memories are reflected or distorted, addressing questions of what happens to one's memories over the passage of time.
AND: Carolyn Guild: Affirmations of Spirit, an exhibit of contemplative black and white landscape photography provides glimpses into our natural world, in its purest sense.|2| She seeks out the spirit in nature, reflecting her own, resulting in evocative and often surrealistic images.
Meyer Gallery UP: Deconstructing the Landscape, featuring work by painters Susie Felix and David Edwards. The landscape paintings of Susie Felix are rhythmic forces of color and shapes that are influenced by the Transcendental Painting Group of Santa Fe of the 1930s and 1940s: the artists were committed abstractionists who worked during a time when American abstract art was in its infancy. Felix uses a geometric abstractionism that creates a natural movement in the pieces.|3| Imagine a CT scan of a mountain in which the image is sliced and fanned allowing the viewer to concentrate on the repeated lines, shapes, and direction of the subjects.
David Edwards, an oil painter, says lately he has been working consciously to retain the feel of the "snapshot" he uses as his source material.|4|
Julie Nester Gallery UP: Paper, a group exhibition of works on paper by Stephen Foss, Kiki Gaffney, Amber George, Erik Gonzales, Betty Merken, Kirsten Stolle and Heinrich Toh.
Brigham City Museum UP: The Great Land - Alaska, photographs by Jim Stettler. With one half of the world’s glaciers, enormous amounts of sea life, 1,500 species of wild flowers and northern lights that dance in the night sky, Alaska provided the momentum for Jim Stettler of Pleasant View to photograph the wonders and beauties of the state he lived in for 14 years. Stettler lived in Alaska for 14 years. Also included are images from New England and Washington. Stettler has captured in tri-color sepia images the people and the scenery that have enthralled him in and around Anchorage, Barrow, Fairbanks, Homer and Seward. He also traveled 35 miles out on the Chukchi Sea to capture scenes of an Inuit family on an iceberg.
BDAC UP: The LeConte Stewart Festival, the revival of a two-decade tradition of featuring the art of LeConte Stewart, |5| his students and colleagues (see page 6). 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.
UPCOMING: Annual Holiday Show & Sale.
Western Heritage Art Museum UPCOMING: Art in Miniature, a collection of toy soldiers. Spanning three (3) generations of creativity, this exhibit of European toy lead soldiers spawned the sculpting of individual American figures representing the Civil War, Western and Native American figurines. This collection consists of individuals and dioramas of several themes: Historic Figures (from early 1700's to present -- Napoleonic Figures depicting Arabs, British, Prussian and Russian -- Mountain Men, People of First Nations & Cowboys -- Civil War Figurines.
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. 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.|6| Gauthiér documents both the cause and effect of the growing air pollution problem in the valley during the coldest days of the year.
Eccles Community Art Center UP: Paintings by Jerry Hancock and ceramics by Sharon Brown Mikkelson in the Main Gallery.
Hancock's works in pastel and oil will feature horses, buffalo, still life, and a variety of landscapes.|7| A Cache Valley potter, Mikkelson works exclusively with high fired porcelain. She likes to incorporate images from nature in her work, especially those that create movement, rhythm and texture on the surface of her pots.|8| AND: Artist Invitational/Holiday Boutique in the Carriage House. Featured artists include: Sandra Ashby and Sandra Cooney, John Clark, Crystal Cook, Juanita Denton, Judith Peterson, Brock Thorne and Jami Willson.
Gallery 25 UP: Lucille Chamberlin |9| along with her daughter Robyn Munro and granddaughter Josey Bradbury will be showing oil and watercolor portraits and landscapes. Robyn is best known for portraits of children in the landscape. Josey won first place at the recent Statewide Competition at the Eccles Art Center in Ogden.
Shaw Gallery at WSU UP: Biennial Faculty Exhibition.
Universe City UPCOMING: Tree of Life, recent watercolors by Arthur Adelmann. His intricate and organic black line drawings are filled in with blending colors that reflect the sky, earth and plant life. The series explores the image of a tree or plant and also, in some instances, human bodies emerging from these growing forms.
Notes for Bob and Bill
G.I. Joe Wilson
Was Utah's Joe Wilson lowes
Action figures and cartoon characters live in the work and real life of artist Joe Wilson, a forgotten artist in the chronicle of Utah art. Joseph Francis Marion Wilson, better known as Joe, was born in Salt Lake City in 1913. He spent his early years in Idaho, but returned to Utah in his teens. During those years he worked with the C.C.C., the Civilian Conservation Corps. He also served in the Army during World War II.
This guy was no ordinary Joe.
He loved to paint and sculpt but few of his works are found today. Those rare pieces are whimsical in their content, ranging from cartoon riffs on Egyptian art,|0| to depictions of the depression|1-2|, to calendar art images that look like collage. Only they’re not. He painted those additions directly onto the canvas.|3|
Family members claim they have documentation stating he was the original G. I. Joe, an action figure that has gained icon status in the toy box. And he was offered a position as a cartoonist with the Walt Disney Corporation. Whether he actually worked for them is unknown. Wilson died in 1998.
But whatever is truth or fantasy about Joe Wilson, his work was charismatic and ever-changing.
Is there a Joe Wilson in your collection? Do you have a story about him? Can you add to the lore of legend? If so, please contact Kandace Steadman at email@example.com.