* Gallery owners are always on the lookout for exciting new talent. And some are aggressively ferreting it out.
Dolores Chase Fine Arts is searching for "artists not currently being represented by galleries in Utah" to participate in an exhibition scheduled for September.Utah Designer Craftsmen Gallery sent out a call for entries several months ago in an attempt to identify future crafts artists, see their new works, and let them display their best work. This show is now in prog-ress.
And the Children's Museum of Utah is currently spotlighting black-and-white prints by Soviet children who are learning the alphabet of photographic skills. And, from all indications, some of them are destined to become professional photographers.
* Call for entries for the Emerging Craftsmen Exhibit at the UDC triggered a very positive response. Impressed with both the quantity and quality of the work, jurors Martha Klein Haley and Stanley Roberts had a difficult time eliminating half of the entries to exhibit only 50.
Director of publicity Rebecca Le-Cavalier said, "It's encouraging and promising to see so many young people who are involved in the crafts. We should do this every year."
From the works chosen for the show, the jurors selected five to receive cash awards. Recipients were Brad Taylor for his earthenware "Skull Without Eyes," James G. Robertson for his raku-fired "Rubbed Vessel," Sydney Kaye Plas-tio for her needlework "The Old Man and His Grandson," Amanda Hill for her fiber seminole patch-work piece "Syncopation," and Kathleen An-drus-Herbert for her clay and split white oak vessel "Residual Salt Basket."
Taylor's work captures exciting shape and texture; Andrus-Herbert's vessel is filled with handsome simplicity; and Plastio's winning piece contains subtle color and value changes that soften edges and unify the design.
Other eye-catchers include Cynthia Gibson's ceramic wall hanging, Al Lockhard's silver quartz crystal jewelry, Margel Shelly's rainbow-colored weaving, and Diane Fouts' hand-knit sweater/blouse.
While there, don't miss works by gallery regulars. Vying for attention are Roberta Glidden's colorful batik scarves, Kaethe Radomsky's contemporary woodwork, Frances Garrett's creative jewelry, Mark Johnson's leather items, Kerri Buxton's elegant porcelain bud vases, Lori Mehan's fanciful sculptures and Tom Bott-man's fascinating platters and vases.
The Emerging Utah Craftsmen show remains at the Utah Designer Craftsmen Gallery, 38 W. 200 South, through August 8. Hours are 10-6 Monday through Saturday and evenings during performances at the Capitol Theatre.
* Forty-five photographs by Soviet children fill the walls of the Children's Museum of Art. It is evident in this exhibit that these boys and girls are serious about photography. They have not only taken these photographs but have learned darkroom procedures to develop them.
Admittedly, there are a few distractions when viewing the show - namely the the permanent offerings for kids that dot each room - the First HandiBank, Smith's Grocery Store, the Bernoulli Blower, the bubble machine, the glass-covered beehive where real bees make honey, the live tarantula, etc.
But no matter how great the distraction, the viewer can't ignore the photographs by Soviet children. As they focus their cameras on other people who respond to a world of smiles, tears, joys and fears, they are revealing themselves. One soon realizes that Soviet children are no different from other children around the world.
Mikhail Smetany's three photographs of a boy in kindergarten shows his exuberance during a pillow fight - and his sorrow when reprimanded for his unruly behavior.
A boy appears pensive in 15-year-old Victor Barkhatov's "Test."
Natalia Nazarova, also 15, knew exactly when to snap the camera for her photo of a horse and titled it "Shadowplay," and 17-year-old El-dar Bikmyetov manipulated subject matter and values in "Old Mirror" to come up with a striking, moody work of art.
To help children understand the photographs in the exhibition, the museum has prepared a quiz.
"Through the Eyes of a Child" runs through Aug. 27. The Children's Museum of Utah is located at 840 N. Third West. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $2 for children and adults. For information, call 322-5268.