When lunch hour rolls around, you usually take time to feed your face. But do you take time to feast on great art? You can, you know, by visiting galleries, museums and art centers while on your lunch break.
No matter where you work, you'll probably find an art exhibit nearby. For example, there are more than a dozen in downtown Salt Lake; more than half a dozen in and around the University of Utah; and at least four between Bountiful and Farmington.* The big "X" on the window of the Gayle Weyher Gallery marks the spot where Bonnie Sucec is currently displaying her colorful and compelling imagery.
Passersby often spot the two large, plywood "monsters" standing in the center of the gallery. They look like trick-or-treaters. But it is the public that gets the treat - a visual one.
These two cutouts, titled "East" and "West," are only a part of Sucec's creations that reflect the same format, yet are never the same.
Her large, acrylic paintings are jam-packed with color and movement. Personally, I enjoy some or her smaller, more contemplative, works where areas of subordination are introduced. Three of her best are "My Summer Vacation," "Sing Song" and "Over the Clover."
In the latter, Sucec introduces objects that will be seen more frequently in the future in her art - bones. In this art piece, the artist has painted wishbones and attached them to the background of the painting.
Gallery owner Gayle Weyher says Sucec's works are becoming more and more popular nationwide.
"Her style is fresh, spontaneous and uncontrived," she said.
The exhibition remains at the Gayle Weyher Gallery through Nov. 4.
* Two new galleries, the Pierpont and Courtyard galleries on Pierpont Avenue, also contain palatable works. Even though their addresses are different, they are housed in the same building.
You can find the Pierpont Gallery by walking through through the front door (159 West) and up the stairs to the second level. This light, airy gallery currently focuses on a group show by Phillips Gallery regulars. (Denis and Bonnie Phillips of the Phillips Gallery are the owners of these two new galleries.)
Many of you will recognize the styles of painters David Chaplin, Darryl Erdman, Patricia Forsberg, Larnie Fox, Robert Froese, Don Olsen, Bonnie Phillips, Tony Smith, Richard Van Wagoner and others; and of sculptors Nicholas Bonner, Stephen Goldsmith, Richard Johnston and Bri Matheson.
I was fascinated by the contrasting styles of Patricia Forsberg's spontaneous "The Cardinal Chair" and the carefully executed, hard-edged "The Car Waits, Madame."
Other visual treats are John Hess' "Helios," Carol Wald's "The Music Lesson," Nicholas Bonner's "Shining Rock," and Robert Froese's "March Studio."
Once inside the gallery, you can walk down another stairway to the Courtyard Gallery, even though its main entrance is on the east side of the building (153 West). This gallery features photography, works on paper and fine crafts.
Presently being spotlighted are photographs by Utahn Craig Law. Titled "Lost Landscapes," they feature intriguing landscapes changed and enhanced by man. Reservoirs, bridges and drain grates are some of the subject matter.
His most compelling works in this exhibit capture striking reflections. In "Snake River Near Shoshone Falls," the trees reflected in the water are more defined and darker than the ones on the river bank. The subtle gradations in sky and water are impressive in "Back Waters, Cutler Reservoir" and "Logan River Along Utah 30." And he fills "Bridge over the Snake River" with drama and detail.
One of the most fascinating shots, however, is his "First Dam, Logan Canyon." You might think you are looking at a few small mounds rising above a large body of water. But those "mounds" are reflecting the landscape! You will soon realize that those mounds are small ponds of water.
The group show and Craig Law's photographs will continue through Oct. 15. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.
* Those of you who work in and around Bountiful will find appetizing visual treats in the Bountiful/Davis Art Center, where the LeConte Stewart Legacy is on the menu for another month.
Although there are a few paintings by Stewart in this show, the exhibit features work by a number of his former students. You'll soon realize that the show not only is a tribute to his painting ability, but to his teaching ability.
The 14 artists selected for this exhibit include S. Best, C. Borup, R. Bullough, R. Day, L. Deffebach, K. Eddington, F. Erickson, L. Folland, E. Jones, V. LeCheminant, E. Maryon, L. Parkinson, A. Ruggeri and M. Stewart.
Here are some remarks by a few of them:
"I had the good fortune of studying with LeConte Stewart from 1949-52. Like everyone in class, I came away sensing his overriding love of nature. We saw his devotion to painting outdoors and benefited by his example of total devotion to an artistic endeavor." (Edward Maryon)
"His plein air painting allowed us to share in his life-long love affair with Mother Nature. Here we saw him really come alive as he taught us about aerial perspective and the presence of alizarin crimson in blue skies!" (Keith Eddington)
"In 1985, I started to paint with LeConte two or three days a week. For me this was a time of unparalleled growth and learning. I have tried to soak up everything he has to offer." (Samye Cummings Best)
The LeConte Stewart Legacy remains at the center through Nov. 10. And it's not just open during lunch hour Tuesdays through Fridays. See it from 5-9 p.m. on Mondays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 2-5 p.m. on Sundays.