Members of the UWS (Utah Watercolor Society) reached for their smallest brushes to paint works for the society's first miniature watercolor show. And response to the call for entries was surprising, with more than 150 entries submitted.
Jurors George Handrahan and Jim Barrow limited the number to 100 and have hung them along the walls of Bountiful's Apple Frame Gallery.To say that this is a "miniature" watercolor show is a bit misleading, since many artists' work measure close to the 12 inch by 14 inch limitation. However, a few painters thought small - very small. Norma Forsberg, Rebecca Mann, Helen McMillan, Woody Renzetti and a few others submitted works that were close to the size of postage stamps.
Although restricted in the size of their paintings, some artists managed to retain spontaneity in their works, namely Rebecca Mann, Dottie Miles, MarJene Stubbs and Judy Taylor. Others preferred to explore glazing - Susan Burgener, Mel Hase and others.
Some of the other eye-stopping paintings include "Big Cottonwood in Summer" by Peggy Anderson; "Cabbage Study" by Linda Kohler Barnes; "Closed" by Joyce Topham; and two paintings by Thelma Parsons.
Awards were announced at the opening reception held last Friday night at the Apple Frame Gallery. Winners will be announced next week.
The show continues through March 1 at the Apple Frame Gallery, 23 North Allred, K. Christensen, S. Cottrell, S. Elmer, G. Handrahan, H. Hopkinson, N. Lund, D. McDonald, L. Trueblood, D. Turner and N. Young. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
- The Utah Arts Council is currently seeking nominations for the Third Annual Governor's Awards in the Arts. These awards honor Utah artists, art patrons, businesses, art organizations, arts educators, communities and elected officials. Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 4. For forms and other information, call the Utah Arts Council, 533-5895. The awards will be presented at a dinner to be held May 3 at the Union Pacific Depot.
- Currently on display on the first floor atrium of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. is a mixed-media, alkyd-on-enameled-metal mural created by Utah artist Anna Campbell Bliss for the Data Processing Center, Utah State Capitol.
Titled "Windows," this 8 foot by 30 foot creation is an exploration of the worlds being opened with the help of the computer. It draws upon past, present and future ideas to form a multi-layered image.
To capture some of the brilliance of computer-generated images, the artist selected colors that mixed optically in a manner similar to the Impressionist painters.
The mural will remain on display in Washington, D.C., through March 28. The project is part of the Utah Arts Council's 1% for the Arts Program.
- Visual artists are invited to submit proposals for a public art project to enhance sidewalk improvements in downtown Salt Lake. The project qualifies for Salt Lake City's percent-for-art ordinance and at least $7,500 will be available for the art work or works.
The Salt Lake Art Design Board will conduct a meeting for interested artists on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at the Division of Engineering, 444 South State. City representatives will present the scope of the project and review the contract for artists.
Proposals will be due in late February for review by the design board. Construction begins in the spring and will involve State Street between South Temple and 200 South. The commission will be awarded by the City at the recommendation of the Design Board. For more information, call the Salt Lake City Arts Council, 596-5000.
- Lectures, workshops, classes.
Wednesday, Jan. 30, noon, Salt Lake Art Center, 328-4201 - Free art-lunch tour of "A Moving Point of Balance" exhibit conducted by Julie Epperson.
Thursday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m., Allred Theater, Browning Center, Weber State University, 626-6762 - Free slide/lecture by former poet, critic and visual artist Buzz Spector.
Thursday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m., Utah State University, Laval S. Morris Auditorium, Fine Arts Visual 150 - Free slide lecture on "American Landscape: An Autobiography" by Wayne Higby.
Friday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m. to noon - Seminar: "Response and Discussions" by Wayne Higby in conjunction with exhibition "Walls: Large-Scale Ceramic Sculpture." 2-4 p.m., second seminar by Higby on "The Dilemma of Utilitarian Pottery."
Saturday, Feb. 2, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Art Barn - Workshop on making quality colored slides of art work for submission to juries and galleries. Instructor: Fred Wright. Cost: $47 prepaid. For details, call 486-6639.
Wednesday, Feb. 6, noon, Salt Lake Art Center, 328-4201 - Free art-lunch lecture on 20th century furniture by designer Walter Cowie in conjunction with exhibit "A Dozen and One Utah Furniture Makers."
Saturday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., Art Shop building east of the Springville Museum of Art - Free lecture/demonstration on the art of lithography by Todd Frye, director, Koda Lithographik.