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 July 2011
Published by Artists of Utah
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Jay Kelly at JGO Gallery
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Up and Upcoming: To The North
Exhibition Listings in Northern Utah
Prepared by 15 Bytes staff unless otherwise indicated. UPCOMING and UP listings should reach us by the last Wednesday of the month. Those accepted will run until the closing date, or for one month if no closing date is given. Readers using the guide are cautioned to check with the exhibitor if the accuracy of the listing is crucial. Please send listings for this page to editor@artistsofutah.org

The Park City Gallery Stroll usually takes place the last Friday of every month.

JGO Gallery UP: JGO Gallery, the new project from Phoenix Gallery owner Jude Grenney, opens their inaugural exhibit this month. Loaded Symbols: The Right to Bear Art, which features new work by artists Jay Kelly and James Georgopoulos, takes a complex look at symbols of American patriotism. Jay Kelly’s collage and mixed media works include a series of American flags created from vintage images, reclaimed materials, and texts. |0| In addition to Kelly’s mixed media works, the show features James Georgopoulos’ silver gelatin photographs of the guns of Hollywood westerns. Georgopoulos’ traditional silver darkroom-produced guns loom large and gleaming under a coat of slick resin and demand the viewer confront their views on gun politics as well as the entertainment industry’s use of guns. And the photographs present the guns as beautiful objects, irrespective of their role as deeply loaded symbols.

Gallery MAR UP: Spirit of the West, new works by Maura Allen and Ron Russon. Celebrate the July Fourth weekend with Western-themed works by Utah-based Ron Russon|1| and Colorado artist Maura Allen.|2| The mythology of the West–solitude, strength, discipline, individualism, pride and promise– provide a source of imagery and inspiration for Allen. Using the serigraph (silkscreen) printmaking process, Allen is able to stretch beyond the photographic media and work on a variety of surfaces, layer images and incorporate color and create rich textures. Silhouette and high contrast imagery characteristic of serigraph printing gives Allen’s work a bold and simple appearance at first glance; yet, over time, the detail and complexity of each piece continue to be revealed. Ron Russon was born and raised surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains, many farms, and acres of cultivated ground. Through both abstraction and realism, his art reflects his relationship with nature and his communication with the outdoors (see page 6). Opens Saturday, July 2nd at 6 pm.

Meyer Gallery UP:
Wild and big floral imagery from artist Chloe Hedden who says she delves "into the riches of the collective unconscious and the imagery and symbolism of my dreams to draw out something bigger than myself to share with the world."|3|

Kimball Art Center UP: Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility. In her first exhibition as both a curator and artist, Daniella Woolf brings together 21 artists from across the country to showcase the exciting properties of encaustic and how magically it marries with other materials.|4|AND: FUSE: Utah Artists Working in Encaustic brings together seventeen Utah artists working in the ancient medium of encaustic. Presenting a range of subject matters and styles, artists combine hot beeswax and pigment to create deep, luminous and textural surfaces.|5| (see our article in the June 2011 edition). AND: In DiachronicScapes, Peter Walker explores the dynamic relationship between people and place. Through compressing discrete layers of mixed media, he uncovers the interaction of geography, culture and ideas over time. His work reflects how a place changes a people, and in turn, the people change the landscape.

Julie Nester Gallery UP: Fusion, brings together two abstract painters -- Aileen Chong and John Dempcy -- that are fusing organic elements into contemporary expressions.

UP: Bountiful Handcart Days Arts and Crafts Exhibit. Through July 23.

Western Heritage Art Museum UP: Ladies & Their Art, afine art and photography exhibit featuring the ladies of Utah and Uinta Basin (encompasses northwestern Colorado). This exhibit is a corresponding event with the "Gents And Their Art" that was held in July 2009.

Brigham City Museum UP: Quilt Invitational Exhibition with featured art quilter Lenore Crawford. Fifteen works by the Michigan artist, inspired by trips to rural villages in France, will be joined by works by Dianna Grundhauser of Makawao, Hawaii, Melody Randol of Loveland, Colorado, and other quilters from northern and southern Utah.

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art UP:
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.

The Ogden First Fridays Art Walk takes place every month on the First Friday of the month. Galleries will hold receptions 6-9 pm.

Eccles Community Art Center UP: 37th Annual Statewide Competition.
AND: In the Carriage House Gallery, Theresa Paolini.

Gallery 25 UP: New paintings by Mac Stevenson, who holds an MFA from Brigham Young University. After a 30-year career in art education, Stevenson is now a full-time landscape painter. He paints in oil on linen or canvas.

Mac Stevenson at Gallery 25

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