Up and Upcoming: To The North
Exhibition Listings in Northern Utah
Kimball Art Center UP: KAC Members Pin-Up show, featuring juried works by the KAC members. AND: Cut & Paste: Painterly Collages, new works by Linnie Brown. Through mixed media layers of collage, paint, and drawing, the artist examines the balance between natural and man-made imagery.|0| In a life full of tension, negotiation and opposition, the artist’s interest is in how resolution can occur and the variety of forms it can take. The work records the journey of different ideas and materials fitting together, creating a new image that is neither one nor the other, but a little bit of both. AND: Chihuly Venetians, works from the George R. Stroemple Collection, an exhibit of over 60 pieces that focuses on the artist's fascination with Venice.|1| The exhibit includes bottle stoppers, Putti Venetians, Piccolo Venetians, drawings and the Laguna Murano chandelier.
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art UP: LUX is an exploration of how artists have used light as a medium or subject matter. Several large pieces will focus on artists featured in the Pacific Standard Time exhibitions from Los Angeles who are considered to be the leaders of the light and space art movement of the 1970s. |2| AND: Adventures in the West features majestic landscape photos by Ansel Adams and Brett Weston, and explores the rugged, historical, and dangerous qualities of the western world portrayed in Jack London's writing. |3|
Twain Tippetts Gallery USU UP: E Pluribus Unum is a response to the ultra-partisan nature of our country's current political climate and emphasizes the need for cooperation and collaboration in government. Each of the artists will be doing some of their own work for the show, as well as participating on a collaborative piece with one of the other artists in the show.
Eccles Community Art Center UP: In the Carriage House will exhibit the oil paintings of Utah artist, Gary Max Collins,|4| the glass and sculpture of his wife Cheryl Collins,the jewelry of Farmington artist, Cheryl Elliott, and the pottery of Ogden artist, John Hughes ( Pollywog Pottery).|5| The Carriage House Gallery will feature local artists with an Artist Invitational/Holiday Boutique exhibit through December. AND: The Ballroom gallery will be exhibiting a themed exhibit The End of the World through the Eyes of the Artist.
Gallery 25 UP: Mainly a watercolorist, Pam Hains uses many subjects; people, landscapes, buildings, birds, animals, and just about anything that is beautiful, uplifting, inspirational, or joyful.|6| One of Pam’s newer giclee prints at the Gallery is one of the ‘Ogden Temples, Past and Future’, a combination of the two separate temples merged together.
WSU DOVA UP: Biennial Faculty Exhibition featuring ceramics, digital media, drawing, metals/jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and visual communications. |7|
BDAC UP: Foundations: The Artists of the Bountiful/Davis Art Center (1997-2012) celebrates and says adieu to the building on Main Street (which they will soon be vacating as they wait for the new building to be completed), and honors former BDAC director Arley Curtz for his creativity and dedication to art and individual artists.
Work by close to one hundred artists who have shown at the Center over the past fifteen years will be on display. In addition, art and photography by former director Arley Curtz as well as selections from the art collection of he and his wife Diane, will be on display.
Western Heritage Art Museum UP: The Art of Brock Thorne.
Thorne, retired Uintah High School Art instructor, will display: watercolors, oils, sculpture, and mixed media drawings.
Kim Duffin 1955-2012
Kim Duffin, long-time Assistant Director of the Salt Lake Arts Council, passed away in his sleep this past Sunday, November 4th. The loss that his family and friends must feel is shared by an arts community that will sorely feel his absence.
The first time I met Kim, I was a young painter looking for my first exhibition opportunities. My proposal for a show at Finch Lane having been unsuccessful, I was at the Art Barn to pick up my sleeve of slides. Kim was outside when I was walking back to my car, and seeing the slides in my hand he stopped to chat for a few minutes, encouraging me to apply again the following year.
Over the years, as I visited exhibitions and through my work with 15 Bytes, I had the pleasure of getting to know Kim better. He was always mild-mannered: he solved problems or smoothed obstacles with suggestions rather than stipulations. But beneath his soft demeanor was an impish sense of humor. Karen Krieger remarked how grateful she was to Kim, who before he suffered a stroke earlier this year, helped ease her into her new position as Director of the Salt Lake Arts Council; and how much she enjoyed trading jokes with him in the intimate space of the Arts Council offices.
He worked in those offices for 25 years, serving scores of Utah artists. He also devoted his time to the local community in other ways, serving on the boards of the Utah Aids Coalition, the Utah Wilderness Alliance and other non-profits.
Kim was an early and ardent supporter of this magazine, and an equally ardent advocate of the artists exhibiting at Finch Lane: whenever we considered covering one of the exhibitions in the gallery, Kim would petition for coverage of the other exhibits as well.
When I had my own exhibition at Finch Lane in 2006, Kim was always helpful and encouraging, even when this meant arranging for me to work on my piece late at night, pinning up an unwieldy and messy 450 square-foot pastel work, and waiting patiently for the piece to be finished even as he was setting out the food and drinks for the opening reception. He was equally helpful when Artists of Utah staged its 35 x 35 exhibition in 2009, embracing the youthful spirit of the show by donning an outfit of black leather pants and matching tie (see below).
Iím sure many members of our community could share similar stories, of a warm and generous individual who loved his work and those he worked with. Visiting Finch Lane Gallery without him there will feel like visiting the home of friends long after they have moved away.