Accompanying the delightful play "A Penny for a Song" at Pioneer Memorial Theatre is an equally delightful exhibit by popular local artists Denis and Bonnie Phillips. It's a colorful, creative mix of styles, techniques and mediums.
In this show, Denis moves comfortably from figure drawing to abstract painting - and makes a lot of rest stops along the way. It's evident that he enjoys flirting with a variety of styles.Two of his strongest works are his acrylic-on-cotton, abstract expressionist paintings "Untitled" and "Don't Push the Red One." They can be seen in the north hallway on the mezzanine. Another impressive painting is his abstract landscape "Lake Front." It can be seen in the south hallway.
Bonnie continues to modify her watercolor-on-satin paintings by adding more layers of transparent color and detail. She has also introduced paper collage. These small pieces of fluorescent paper add color to the works. But, unfortunately, they occasionally attract too much attention. As a result, the viewer fails to enjoy the subtle, softer areas of watercolor on satin.
However, her watercolor-on-satin painting "Cerulean Roots" is an effective mix of emphasis and subordination. And her "Still Life with Red Stripes" is highly cohesive.
Two smaller works with immediate appeal are her mixed-media painting "Caution" and the watercolor on paper "If One Could Only . . . "
The show remains at the Loge Gallery through Jan. 26. It can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Saturday mornings. Theatre patrons may see it during play intermission.
- The monthly Gallery Stroll will be held on Friday, January 18, from 6-9 p.m. Hosted by the Salt Lake Gallery Association, the event allows the public to walk from gallery to gallery without set route or time pressure.
Participating this month are the following galleries: A. Allen, Courtyard, Marble House, Pierpont, Sego, Tivoli, Urban Arts and Utah Designer Crafts; also Art Barn, Dolores Chase Fine Art, Gallery 56, Marble House and Williams Fine Art.
Maps of the gallery locations are available at any of the above galleries. The event is free. Some galleries will have light refreshments. For details, call 328-2787.
- Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 15, finely crafted American Indian Basketry will be on display in USU's NEH Museum of Art through March 10.
Twenty pieces of basketry will be displayed. Museum associate director Rose Milovich said that the design elements of these weavings are very energetic. "Most are produced with natural colors of vegetable fibers such as yucca, rabbit brush, willow or devil's claw.
This exhibition of 20th century woven plaques and coiled bowl forms focuses on motifs found in basketry and mythology of the people. "The motifs are based on birds, insects and plants," Milovich said. They include stylized eagles, butterflies, coyotes and stars as well as spirals and whorl shapes.
- The Springville Museum of Art has announced the purchase award winners of the Christmas Exhibit "Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah." Chosen were Todd Stilson's watercolor "The Crucifixion Triptych," Gary Smith's oil painting "Steps of Conversion" and Thomas Leek's watercolor "Eternal Focus." These three works will become a part of the museum's permanent collection. This annual show is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. David Nemelka of Mapleton.
- Lectures, workshops, classes.
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.
Wednesday, Jan. 23, noon, Salt Lake Art Center, 328-4201 - Art-lunch tour of "A Moving Point of Balance" exhibit conducted by Carleen Jiminez.
Wednesday, Jan. 30, noon, Salt Lake Art Center, 328-4201 - Art-lunch tour "A Moving Point of Balance" exhibit conducted by Julie Epperson.
Thursday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m., Allred Theater, Browning Center, Weber State College, 626-6762 - Free lecture by former poet, critic and visual artist Buzz Spector.
- By Richard P. Christenson