The Utah Chapter of the American Mothers Association is currently sponsoring an exhibition of two-dimensional art, sculpture and crafts at the Tivoli Gallery. The show opened Saturday, Feb. 2, with an reception.

Since I was asked to jury the show, I had the opportunity to view all entries and the challenge to reduce the 209 entries to about 100. I was extremely pleased with the enthusiastic response to the call of entries - not only with quantity submitted, but also quality. Utah mothers are taking this show seriously.In jurying the show, I looked for works that reflected a personalized approach rather than entries where artists simply copied nature. Originality also played a major role in the jurying process.

I also selected works that showed command of medium, cohesive composition and compatible interplay of elements of art and principles of design.

Not surprisingly, the strongest medium in the show was watercolor, an area in which many Utah women painters excel.

Entries in drawing and sculpture were sparse but impressive.

Best-of-Show award was captured by Diane Pratt for "Fun in the Sun," a large, colorful watercolor where sunlight and shadow dapple three roosters. First, second and third place winners in watercolor were Peggy Anderson for "Flower Basket," Kathy Minck for "Go For It!" and C.H. Bradford for "Eggs."

The winners in oil painting were Linda Curley, Sylvia Hinton and Elayne Bradshaw; in drawing - pastels by Margie Call, Lou Jene Carter, and Glenna Empey; and in sculpture - L'Deane Trueblood, Medda Oswald and Karena Marla Thek Fairclough.

A number of honorable mention awards were given in three of the four categories.

Pratt's watercolor and True-blood's bronze sculpture "Story Teller" will be exhibited at the American Mothers National Competition to be held this April and May in St. Louis.

In the past, Utah mothers have fared extremely well in this national competition, winning several first-place awards. Last year, Nancy Crookston's oil painting "Solo" received honorable mention.

Any Utah mother who would like to participate in next year's show should contact the organization's art chairman MarJean Stubbs (295-8014).

The American Mothers Association Art Exhibit will continue through March 2 at the Tivoli Gallery, 255 S. State (521-6288). Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment on Saturday.

- The Ching Hai Oriental Painting Society (CHOPS) extends an invitation to all members and interested public to attend its annual Chinese pot-luck buffet and New Year event on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. The celebration will be held in room S1007 in the Salt Lake County Government Complex, 2100 S. State. Each guest should bring a favorite Oriental dish. For reservations, call 485-8198.

- St. Vincent de Paul Center is sponsoring "Feed the Hungry/Foster the Arts" Benefit Arts Festival on Saturday, Feb. 9 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and Sunday, Feb. 10 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at the center, 437 W. 200 South.

Artistic works including paintings, sculpture and ceramics will be displayed for view as well as purchase. The Utah Opera, Utah Symphony and Ballet West will also perform.

During these events, Utahn Ken Baxter will paint a picture of the St. Vincent de Paul Center.

The center is a program of Catholic Community Services. It provides a number of services to those in need, including lunches, clothing, counseling, dental services, job development, legal services and health care.

Donations of $5 for adults and $3 for children will be accepted at the door. All donations will go directly to benefit the center.

- In a Jan. 24 meeting of the Association of Utah Artists (AUA), new officers were elected. Paul Lyon remains president. Other officers include Allen Halliday, vice president; Annette Emmer, secretary; and Marjorie Paxman, treasurer. Members of AUA are currently exhibiting their art in the Salt Palace.

- Lectures, workshops, classes.

Monday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m., Laval S. Morris Auditorium, FAV 150, Utah State University - Free lecture by BYU sculptor Von Allen on exhibit "Walls: Large-Scale Ceramic Sculpture."

Wednesday, Feb. 6, noon, Salt Lake Art Center, 328-4201 - Free art-lunch lecture on 20th century furniture by designer Walter Cowie.

Thursday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m. to noon, NEH Museum of Art, Utah State University - Free lecture by Don Reitz and Robert Sperry, two ceramists participating in current exhibit "Walls: Large-Scale Ceramic Sculpture." Also from 2-5 p.m., Ceramics Studio, FAV 121 - Ceramic workshop by same Reitz and Sperry.

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.

Wednesday, Feb. 13, noon, Salt Lake Art Center, 328-4201 - Free art-lunch lecture by architect Bob Bliss on exhibit "A Dozen and One Utah Furniture Makers."