New walls fill the Upper Gallery in the NEH Museum of Art in Logan. Actually, they are part of the current exhibition "Walls: Large-Scale Ceramic Sculpture."
Assembled by guest curator Susan Harris, this ceramic show brings together a collection of wall decorations by the nation's top ceramists Stephen De Staebler, Ruth Duckworth, Viola Frey, Deborah Horrell, Jun Kaneko, Elizabeth MacDonald, Don Reitz and Robert Sperry. These artists have expanded their creative thinking beyond the wheel and the function of ceramics.With clay as a common denominator, each artist has chosen a characteristic of clay in which he or she works well. For example, Robert Sperry has constructed a large stoneware disk (six feet in diameter) with a series of square tiles covered with intriguing glazes.
NEH Museum curator Steven Rosen said, "These pieces have been seen on the East Coast and in other major metropolitan areas, but never in this region."
The exhibit continues through March 10..
- The Loge Gallery at Pioneer Memorial Theatre will feature "A Test of Love: AIDS in Utah," a compelling exhibit of photos of people with AIDS. The photographs were taken by Cheri Piefke. Accompanying them are handwritten statements by AIDS patients and their families.
The exhibit has been made possible through grants and funding from the PWA Coalition of Utah, the Very Special Arts of Utah, the Salt Lake Arts Council and the Utah AIDS Foundation. It will run from Feb. 13 through March 2, concurrently with Pioneer Theatre Company's production of "Driving Miss Daisy."
- Whatever the weather, you are invited to attend this month's Gallery Stroll which has been planned for Friday, Feb. 15. Participating galleries in the downtown area are Dolores Chase Fine Arts, Ellie Sonntag, Williams Fine Art, Pierpont, Courtyard, Utah Designer Crafts, Tivoli, Southam, Marble House and Gallery 56. Although you can walk to these, you'll have to drive to several galleries outside the downtown area - F. Weixler and Co., Sego, and Urban Arts galleries.
Gallery Stroll hours are 6 to 9 p.m. For maps showing the locations of these 13 galleries, stop by one them. For more information, call 328-2787.
- Art Faculty of the Granite School District have been invited to take part in an art exhibit and sale this week at Cottonwood High School, 5616 S. 1300 East. The show will consist of recent paintings, photographs and ceramics.
Ellis C. Worthen, associate director of fine arts in Granite School District, reports that response to invitations has been excellent and the show will consist of many quality works.
The exhibit will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and Friday, Feb. 11 and 15; and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 12-14. A reception has been set for Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.
- Dixie College will open its fourth annual Dixie Invitational Art Show on Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Graff Fine Arts Center. More than 75 artists, most of them from Utah, have been invited to enter works.
All art will be available for purchase, with 30% of the price going back to Dixie College and earmarked for the eventual construction of a campus art museum. Over the last three years, 25% of the paintings on exhibit have sold.
Although ribbons will be awarded in each category, one entry will be selected as "best of show" and purchased by the college.
The show will continue through March 25. Viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 2-6 p.m. on Sunday.
- The monthly meeting of the Intermountain Society of Artists (ISA) is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the Senior Citizens' Center, 255 S. 1000 East. Featured artist will be Nancy Lund. Admission for members as well as non-members is free.
- Lectures, workshops, classes.
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."
Monday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m., Photo Critique Room, FAV 113, Utah State University) - Slide lecture on "Contemporary American Women Artists" by visiting artist Susanne Slavick. She will also lecture about her paintings at 7:30 p.m. in the Laval S. Morris Auditorium.
Wednesday, Feb. 20, noon, Salt Lake Art Center, 328-4201 - Free art-lunch lecture by designer Stephen Goldsmith on exhibit "A Dozen and One Utah Furniture Makers."
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Whitmore Library - Free slide/
lecture presentation on "Traditional Utah Women Artists" by Carol Edison.
Monday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m., Monson Theater, Val A. Browning Center, Weber State University - Fee lecture on "Anxiety and Vision: Ceramics in the New Decorative Arts" by renowned ceramics historian, collector and gallery director Garth Clark.
Wednesday, Feb. 27, noon, Salt Lake Art Center, 328-4201 - Free art-lunch lecture by Prescott Muir on exhibit "20th Century Furniture."
- By Richard P. Christenson