June Done, a resident at The Crosslands Retirement Community in Sandy, was selected as one of the winners in the national Hillhaven Art & Poetry Competition celebrating the creativity of older Americans.
This year, more than 1,000 entries were submitted, but only 50 were selected for the exhibition. Done's painting, "Sea Side," not only made it into the show but won a first-place award.Done, age 86, painted her winning seascape from memory last year. Having lived in Laguna Beach for 17 years, she became familiar with the ocean and its many moods.
The artist said that she is one of three winners whose travel expenses had been paid by Hillhaven so they could attend the special reception on Feb. 20 in Washington, D.C.
The exhibition was displayed last week, from Feb. 18-22, in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. The annual exhibit is hosted by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.
During an interview before she left for Washington, D.C., Done said, "I have always had an interest in art. It started in the second grade when my teacher allowed me to put the calendar on the board with chalk."
During the Depression, she took a lot of art classes - because they were free. Over the years, she has painted oils and watercolors "on the side" when not involved in an interior decorating business here in Salt Lake City. Since retirement, however, she has been able to devote more time to her artistic endeavors.
While traveling with her brother and his wife, she did a lot of sketching and picture taking. She relies on sketches, slides and memory when developing her compositions.
A number of her paintings adorn the hallways of Crossland Retirement Center. Many of her watercolors show people on the beach. Her oils capture the beauty of the Alps and other places in Europe and America.
Athalie Yeiter, administrator at The Crosslands Retirement Community, said, "Everyone at the facility is very proud of June. Her contribution to the exhibit truly exemplifies what this competition is all about - the creative expression of our elderly."
- The Utah Arts Council is currently receiving applications for two visual artist fellowships of $5,000 each for the period July 1, 1991, to June 30, 1992. Artists practicing in areas of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, crafts, artists' books and new genre are invited to apply. Visual artists desiring to apply must submit samples of their work as well as lists of exhibitions, previous awards, etc. Applicants must be Utah residents. Applications must be delivered to the Utah Arts Council by April 15. For applications, write the Visual Arts Program, Utah Arts Council, 617 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84102, or call 533-5757 or 533-5895.
- The Finch Lane Gallery is accepting applications from visual artists who would like to have their works considered for exhibition in 1992. Applications and portfolios must be submitted before Friday, March 1. For details, contact Kim Duffin, 596-5000.
- Painter, instructor and author Frank Covino of Connecticut will present a free slide show at the Whitmore Library on Monday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. To reserve a seat, call 487-7098. Covino is in town to conduct a five-day workshop on oil painting techniques of the Italian Renaissance.
- The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) will award up to 20 fellowships of $5,000 each in 1991 (10 to photographers and 10 to sculptors). Professional artists with an established body of work in photography or sculpture are encouraged to apply. Applications are available from WESTAF, 236 Montezuma Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87501. The postmark deadline for completed applications is April 1. Selections will be made in May, 1991 by panels of nationally recognized artists and curators.
- Five museums in Ogden are hosting "March Museum Month" for children in the third through eighth grades. Participating museums are the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum, Eccles Community Art Center, Ogden Nature Center, Ogden Union Station Museums and Weber State Natural Science Museum. Each museum will have guided tours and other activities.
Passports for all five museums cost $2. Registration and payment must be made at Ogden Union Station. For more information about the museum month, call Suzan at 629-8535 or 629-8444.
- Lectures, workshops, classes.
Monday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Salt Lake Art Center, 328-4201 - Symposium on "Is Furniture Art?"
Monday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m., Monson Theater, Val A. Browning Center, Weber State University - Free lecture on "Anxiety and Vision: Ceramics in the New Decorative Arts" by 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."
Saturday, March 2, 2:30-3:30 p.m. and 4-5 p.m., NEH Museum of Art, Utah State University) - Two storytelling sessions about the myths and legends of American Indians as told by local artist Ruth Rice. Held in conjunction with current exhibition "Motif and Mythology: Southwest American Indian Basketry."
Monday, March 4 through March 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Whitmore Library Auditorium - Five-day workshop on the classical oil painting technique of the Italian Renaissance taught by Frank Covino. $55 a day. Space is limited. Call 487-7098.
- By Richard P. Christenson