Walk into any local art gallery, and you won't have much difficulty identifying works by many of our Utah artists (even without looking at the signatures). But walk into Tivoli Gallery, and you'll confront a style you've probably never seen before.
But many of the basketball players for the Utah Jazz have. That individualistic style belongs to Benjamin Cabey. A number of his works already grace the homes of Thurl Bailey and Darrel Griffith. In fact, some of these commissioned pieces are being displayed next to other work by the artist.Cabey wears a number of hats comfortably. He's a painter, sculptor, designer, furnituremaker, etc. What hat he wears depends on the custom art he's commissioned to do.
Not many artists will walk into your home and work closely with you to design art objects and furnishings that complement your decor. Cabey can magically create faux surfaces like marble, granite and other textures and materials, since he's an expert at using acrylic, enamels, metallics and other media.
In a way, even his paintings are "faux," because he doesn't use a paint brush. Instead, he has learned to expertly handle an airbrush. By spraying through homemade stencils, he's able to create some exciting abstract art.
Cabey's show can be viewed at the Tivoli Gallery (255 S. State, 521-6288) through Nov. 16. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
- The Phillips Gallery has a surprise in store for gallerygoers. Not one thing is hanging on the walls! Instead, the focus is on beautifully designed furniture, glass, ceramics, wooden boxes and jewelry. People who enjoy gazing at superbly crafted contemporary works must stop by and take a look.
Most of the objects on display were designed by Utah artists. Some of the highlights are a walnut, cherry and maple desk by Andy Glantz; an African rosewood table by Rheese Ririe; and a three-legged stool and modern chairs by Robert Bliss.
Jackie Bunnell and Steve Jensen take "found furniture" and revamp and refinish it, as seen in chair "Old Money" and table "Ultimate Wave."
When you stop by to see the show, hang your coat and hat on Richard Johnston's ultra-modern coat rack. But you'll have to do it on or before Nov. 14. That's when the show ends. The gallery is at 444 E. 200 South.
- Hmong textile art will be exhibited and sold in several locations this holiday season. The first will be from Nov. 20 through Jan. 2 at the Avenues Branch Library, 455 F St. The second will be at the Glendinning Gallery in the Utah Arts Council building, 617 E. South Temple. No dates have been determined as yet.
On display will be wall hangings, table runners, clothing, quilts, purses, belts, pillows, T-shirt designs, necklaces and Christmas tree ornaments.
All of these colorful items have been stitched in distinctive Hmong needlework known as Pa Ndao, or flowercloth. Originally used for ceremonial clothing, flowercloth is sought by many for its artistic value alone.
Money collected from the sales will be sent to refugee camps in Thailand where many Hmongs are living and have barely enough to eat. Many of the Pa Ndao pieces that will be displayed have been made by these refugees.
Anyone wishing to have a sneak preview of these items can contact Chia Lo Ly during the day at 328-7287 or in the evenings at 533-0601.
- Utah Images art exhibit opened at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 on the first floor of the City-County Building. The show is a collection of works by senior artists from throughout the state. The show, depicting a wide range of artistic interpretations of Utah themes, will remain on display through Nov. 17.
Capturing the $500 first place award was Dorothy Argyle. Unknown to her, her daughters Karen Christensen and Ann Argyle entered one of her paintings in the show. Although she has painted most of her life, she has always been reluctant to enter a show.
Last June, Argyle was involved in a serious accident that left her physically incapacitated. Naturally, the accident was devastating to her emotionally. Her daughters hope that this award will help restore their mother's confidence and give her back a purpose in life.
- Lectures, workshops, classes, etc.
Sunday, Nov. 4, 3 p.m., Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah - Lecture on "The Civil War, Gold and the New West of the 1860s" by Dean May, professor of history at the University of Utah. In conjunction with new exhibit "Masterpieces of the American West."
Tuesday, Nov. 6, noon, Salt Lake Art Center Creer Auditorium - Final lecture in the Art and Humanities Series. Angelika Pagel will discuss "New Forms (1980s to present)." No charge.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 5 p.m., Salt Lake Art Center - Law Basics for Artists Lecture Series. Panel will conduct a "Question/Answer Clinic." No charge.
Wednesday, Nov. 7, noon, Salt Lake Art Center, 20 S. West Temple - Tour of "New Portraits" exhibit by designer Dan Ruesch. No charge.
Thursday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m., Salt Lake Art Center - Panel discussion in conjunction with opening of WSC faculty exhibition.
Monday, Nov. 12, Utah State University, Department of Art: 9:30 a.m., one-day color woodcut printing workshop taught by Karen Kunc, as-so-ciate professor of art at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. At 7:30 p.m., slide lecture by Kunc in the Laval S. Morris Auditorium, Fine Arts Visual 150.