A bold, courageous Christopher Columbus is the focal point of Emanuel Leutze's oil painting "The Departure of Columbus from Palos in 1492." Painted in 1855, this recently rediscovered oil is considered the finest image of Columbus ever committed to canvas. During his lifetime, Leutze produced six paintings of Columbus, three of which have not been located.

After a highly successful European tour, the painting arrived in the United States just in time for the National Italian-American Foundation reception and dinner in Washington, D.C. last October. Currently on display at Ikkan Art International in New York City, the painting will travel to nine major cities across the country during 1991 and 1992 as part of the United States' official Quincentennial celebrations.The artist was born May 24, 1916 in a small town near Stuttgart, Germany. Spending much of his youth in Philadelphia, Leutze had two hero models - Christopher Columbus and George Washington. At age 25, he returned to Germany where he painted "Washington, Crossing the Delaware" as well as "The Departure of Columbus from Palos." Each shows the main character in a critical moment of courage and drama.

- Visual artists who would like to exhibit their work at the Salt Lake City Arts Council's Finch Lane Gallery during the months running from November, 1991 through October, 1992 must submit applications and slides by Friday, March 1. Entries will be juried by the council's Visual Arts Committee. Proposals may involve collaborating artists, installations, innovations, ethnic or multi-cultural subject matter.

Finch Lane Gallery is interested in exhibiting work by both emerging and established artists. Application forms are available from the council offices at the Art Barn in Reservoir Park. For more information, contact Kim Duffin, 596-5000.

- Nominations are now being received for the third annual Governor's Awards in the Arts. The awards recognize individuals and organizations who have contributed artistic achievement and/or distinguished service to the quality of life in Utah. The awards presentation dinner will be held on May 3. Nominations must be submitted by Feb. 4. For nomination forms, contact the Utah Arts Council, 617 E. South Temple (533-5895).

- The Intermountain Society of Artists will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Senior Citizens Center, 237 S. 1000 East. Featured artist will be noted local sculptor Dee Jay Bawden. The public is invited at no charge. For details, call 942-0289.

- Ed Sandoval, former art teacher in Salt Lake City, will exhibit contemporary paintings at the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, New Mexico, from Jan. 12 to April 14.

Now a resident of Taos, the artist says he loves to paint Hispanic culture, old people and environmental issues. The exhibit is titled "Los Tiempos de Cambio (Changing Times)."

His style has been influenced by realism, expressionism and folk art. He says he has developed a technique that is spontaneous. "The true essence of painting is to be able to combine subject matter and technique so that it all flows together onto the canvas."

- Lectures, workshops, classes.

Wednesday, Jan. 9, noon, Salt Lake Art Center (328-4201) - Art-lunch tour of drawing exhibit by Elizabeth Layton conducted by Lucretia Petersen.

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 8 p.m., Monson Theater, Browning Center, Weber State College - Lecture: "Eros Disruptive: The Surrealist Cult of Love and the Woman Artist," by Whitney Chadwick, professor of art at San Francisco State University.

Saturday, Jan. 12, 1-3 p.m., Sundance Institute Screening Room - Symposium by environmental photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum. Book signing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 14, through Friday, Jan. 18, New Images Gallery/Studios, 61 S. Main, Brigham City - Watercolor workshop by Richard Nelson.

Wednesday, Jan 16, noon, Salt Lake Art Center (328-4201) - Art-lunch tour of "Through the Looking Glass: Drawings by Elizabeth Layton" conducted by Cathy Malchiodi.

- By Richard P. Christenson