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 June 2011
Published by Artists of Utah
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Ron Russon at Gallery MAR
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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.

Gallery MAR UPCOMING: 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|0| and Colorado artist Maura Allen.|1| The mythology of the West–solitude, strength, discipline, individualism, pride and promise– provide a source of imagery and inspiration for Allen. Like a journalist, Allen uses photography to capture moments and elements that portray current day life. 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. Listening to bluegrass or space-pop, Ron paints in oil employing a loose brush and palette knife to varied scenes of the West. Through both abstraction and realism, his art reflects his relationship with nature and his communication with the outdoors. Opens Saturday, July 2nd at 6 pm.

Meyer Gallery UPCOMING:
Meyer gallery will be featuring Utah artist Chloe Hedden during the Park City Gallery Stroll. 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."|2|

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.|3|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.|4| Participating Artists: Willow Bader, Celine Boddy, Connie Borup, Marianne Cone, Alison Denyer, Marian Dunn, Carol Fulton, Bill Kranstover, Jan Massimino, Linda Mccausland, Bridgette Meinhold, Marjorie Mcclure, Patti Pitts, Justin Parisi-Smith, Mary Tull, Nancy Vorm, Gia Whitlock (see our article page 7). 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: Altered Reality, photographs by Debra Bloomfield, Nine Francois, Vanessa Marsh and James Sparshatt. In her "Oceanscape" series Bloomfield created 60 photographs taken on the same stretch of Northern California beach. Almost impressionistic in tone, the photographs chronicle seascapes as a series of hazy horizons and changing color fields. |5| Nine Francois produces close-up photographs of animals which are presented against a stark white background. The artist shoots up close with a wide angle lens, and frequently from below to get unusual perspectives. She visits wildlife centers to find her subjects; she removes the original background from the print, presenting the animals out of context, to show their innate power and beauty.|6| Vanessa Marsh creates miniature scenes out of models and natural elements such as moss and grass and photographs them against real backgrounds. Inspiration for the scenes is drawn from memories of human interactions and the experiences of the landscapes of Northern California and Western Washington.|7| James Sparshatt's photographs capture kids emerging from the sea; their energy is of youth and the joys of life on a beach, a world without cares, where friendship and sharing are elemental parts of life.|8|

BDAC UP: It’s Not Just Black & White, featuring Merrily Kulmer’s improvisational abstracts,|9| Shey Rauch’s camouflage, black and white series and uniquely designed jewelry from Reba Rauch with mini-sculptures as pendants. AND: Related, Marinus Wolf and Linnie Brown,|10| a father and daughter, pair up in an exploration of language with colorful, geometric compositions. AND: Drawn to Life: Life Drawing and the Development of the Artist, an informal exhibit featuring life drawings from local artists with the purpose of educating the community on the role drawing from life plays in the development of an artist.The exhibit features drawings from artists in varying stages of their development from student through seasoned professional. Some of the artists are Robert Barrett, Leon Parson, Jerry Weiss, Mike Call, Glen Hawkins, Robert McKay, Christopher Thornock, Dean Keller, Michal Onyon, members of the BDAC Life Drawing class and more. UPCOMING: Bountiful Handcart Days Arts and Crafts Exhibit. June 29 – July 23.

Western Heritage Art Museum UP:
22nd Annual Uintah Arts Council Juried Art Exhibit, open to all artists West of the Mississippi, includes oil, water colors, pen/pencil/charcoal drawings/sketches, wood carvings, stone carvings, and metal casting. This year's theme is "Fences, Paths and Waterways."

Brigham City Museum UP:
A Broad View, featuring photographs by the Northern Utah Camera Club.|10| Photographs by 10 members of the club depicting locales like Saltair, Antelope Island, Hill Aerospace Museum, Promontory Point, Bear Lake and Hogle Zoo.

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 on June 3rd, 6-9 pm.

Eccles Community Art Center UP: The paintings of Travis Crowther of Pleasant View and Keith Dabb of Plain City will be featured with the pottery of Richard Barker of Salt Lake City in the Main Gallery. Richard Barker, founder and owner of Red Kiln Gallery in Salt Lake, exhibits larger gallery pieces, and experimental works which will include glass and fired clay. Travis D. Crowther, a teacher for 27 years, is best known for his oils on linen, but does work in other media. Keith Dabb paints in oil scenes from his travels.
AND: The Carriage House Gallery will feature the paintings of Ogden artist Debra Marin.|11| Being a longtime resident of the west, Marin’s passion for the outdoors takes her to the mountains, wild rivers, and desert, frequently.

Universe City UP: Painter Karen Thurber and wood artist William Hackett will be the featured artists during the month of June. Sales proceeds from this exhibit will go to community outreach programs sponsored by Ogden Unitarians congregation. Both artists are members of this active group and have previously had a very successful artist fundraiser. Thurber's two-dimensional work is sun bright and cheerfully colorful - a sure antidote to the recent cold and rainy weather.|12| Bill Hackett's wood sculptures are architectural and organic at once. His work reveals the beauty of each piece of wood he touches.|13|

Gallery 25 UP: New watercolor paintings by featured artist Phil Hopkins featuring subjects from his travels both here and abroad.|14|
Banking on the Clouds by Pat Hurst at Brigham City Museum


The Wasatch Plein Air Paradise is the Midway Art Association's signature summer event for artists and art lovers, in conjunction with July 4th celebrations of Midway, Utah. The competition's painting territory includes the entire Wasatch County area plus Park City and Sun Dance. $9000 in cash and purchase awards. In conjunction with the competition the WPAP Art Exhibit will be held July 2-4 at the Midway Community Center next to the Town Hall.

The 8th annual Ogden Arts Festival fills Ogden’s Historic Union Station June 10 and 11. The free event will feature works of more than 60 local and regional artists. Event activities include live music, exhibits, Kid’s ARTivities, a Weber County high school competition and exhibit, a “Taste of Downtown,” a Plein Air Competition and silent auction as well as Foursite Film Institute movie screenings.

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