*** BYU's B.F. Larsen Gallery is featuring artwork by more than 36 graduate students who, during the 1960s and early '70s, created art deep in the bowels of the Harris Fine Arts Center. Titled "Cave Dwellers," the exhibit focuses on works by James Christensen, Graydon Foulger, Brent Gehring, Neil Hadlock, John Marshall, Robert Marshall, Bruce Smith, Dennis Smith, Gary Smith, Stanley Wanlass and a number of other popular artists and/or professors who are currently residing outside of Utah.
While dwelling in an unused storage space above the Pardoe Theater that the artists called "the cave," the artists explored art, evaluated each other's work, and felt the spirit of their artistic endeavors.Alex Darais, one of the BYU art professors who encouraged these students, said, "I think exceptional students may come in cycles, and we had such a cycle with these artists." He added that the improvised facility was far from the typical, formal classroom atmosphere; it seemed to attract a certain caliber of students who developed a comradeship that was unique.
In the Secured Gallery are impressive artworks from BYU's museum collection. The exhibit includes works by Braque, Calder, Miro, Oldenburg, Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg, Rouault and others.
Martha Peacock, a member of the BYU art history faculty, said, "This is the first time many of these works have been seen."
Accompanying the exhibit are informative descriptions of the works as well as docents who will assist gallery visitors.
Both exhibits continue through Sept. 30.
*** The theme of the Lee K. Parkinson show at the Marble House Gallery is "Rural Egypt Today." Parkinson recently spent a year in Egypt. While there, he not only taught painting at the University of Cairo, but painted oils that capture the essence of rural Egypt. A reception will be held for the artist on Sept. 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Marble House Gallery of Fine Art is located at 44 Exchange Place in downtown Salt Lake City. For more information, call 532-7332.
*** The Utah Arts Council has announced that Utah artist Darl Thomas and Iowa sculptor Hu Hung Shu have been awarded commissions for the outdoor and indoor sculptures at the new Ogden Juvenile Court Building. Under the state's 1-Percent-for-Art Program, $20,000 was set aside for these artworks.
Thomas' work, "Satellite Communicator," sends symbolic signals from society to juvenile offenders. Shu's project, "New Leaves," is a series of suspended, color-reflective planes representing birth of a new generation.
These two artists were selected from 35 applicants. The panel included the director and two board members of the Utah Arts Council, the director of the State Division of Facilities Construction and Management, and the architect.
Artists interested in submitting applications for future 1-Percent-for-Art projects should call UAC's design arts coordinator, David Holz, at 533-4039.
*** The Brigham City Museum-Gallery is the proud recipient of 64 works of art from the Judy Farnsworth Lund and Theodore Milton Wassmer collection. The donated works will be called the Hester Hall Wassmer Collection, in honor of Wassmer's mother.
The paintings, etchings, watercolors and drawings in this collection are related to dance. They include works by the Wassmers, Francis Zimbeaux, Clyde Squires, Carl Lindin and others.
*** Lectures, Art Classes, Workshops, etc.
Sept. 19, Bountiful-Davis Art Center (292-0367) _ Fall art classes begin this week. Beginning, intermediate and advanced classes in watercolor and oil. Also children's drawing and watercolor classes.
Sept. 20, U. of U. _ Gallery talk and demonstration by Carrie Koo Mei. Sponsored by CHOP, with partial funding by UAC and NEA. $5 fee. Call 485-8198.
Sept. 20, Bountiful-Davis Art Center (292-0367) _ Beginning/intermediate drawing with Jane Carlston Staplin and a photography class with Roger Tuttle begin.
Sept. 21-24, U. of U. _ Oriental painting workshop with Carrie Koo Mei, sponsored by CHOP and U. To register, call the U.'s Department of Continuing Education.
Sept. 22, (942-0289) _ Linda Curley's oil painting classes begin.
Sept. 23-24, Rock Barn Gallery, 56 N. Main, Farmington (451-7714) _ Workshop on color (light, color mixing, etc.) instructed by Osral Allred.
Sept. 24, Courtyard Gallery (363-5151), 2 p.m. _ Gallery talk by photographer Craig Law in conjunction with his current show.
Oct. 1, Art Barn (596-5000) _ Oriental Brush Painting for Westerners taught by Melody Moore. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Oct. 1-2 and 8-9, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort (521-6040, ext. 4080) _ Two-day mountain photography workshops taught by John Telford.