-After a successful exhibition in BYU's Brimhall Building, prominent Danish painters Soren Edsberg and his father, Knud, are displaying their works in Salt Lake's Tivoli Gallery. Entitled "The Course of Life," the exhibit features about 100 works by Soren and 50 by his father.

Knud's highly representational works cover a period from 1949 to the present. They focus mainly on the genre of Denmark, including pastoral scenes and animals.On the other hand, Soren's works are highly abstract and filled with straight lines, circles, hard edges and bold colors.

"My father is one of biggest haters of modern art in the world," he said. "But he loves my work because it contains special ideas and messages."

Soren gets his inspiration from sitting in an airplane and looking down at the earth.

"When I look at the earth from a distance, I realize that people should have a goal in life. Unfortunately, they take detours. My paintings are to remind them of their goals."

Currently living in Orem with his family, Soren keeps himself busy painting, traveling to Denmark frequently, and working on special projects. He's planning to make several videos on the history of painting and sculpture.

The exhibition opened last Friday night at the Tivoli Gallery, 255 S. State Street. It will remain there through October.

-Visual artists are invited to participate in the SLC Arts Council's 1988 Cultural Assessment on Oct. 8 from 2:30-4:15 p.m. at the Art Barn. This discussion will become part of a city-wide survey in planning the cultural future of the city. For additional information about this and other meetings for media, literary and performing artists, contact the Arts Council at 596-5000.

-Provo artist Marilee B. Campbell is the proud recipient of the Giffuni Award for Exceptional Merit in a recent contest of the Pastel Society of America. Her pastel "Prelude to Autumn" was selected from 1200 works by artists across the nation. It is currently on display in the National Arts Club in New York.

A similar pastel by Campbell was the purchase award in the Deseret News Art Show two years ago and is now part of the paper's permanent collection.

Another well-known pastel artist from Utah, Carol P. Harding, was also among the 200 artists selected for this year's PSA exhibit.

-Utahns traveling to Washington D.C., New York, Chicago and/or Los Angeles during the next few months have a real treat in store. Art museums and galleries in those cities are boasting the following blockbuster exhibits:

National Gallery of Art (Washington DC) - Italian Renaissance Drawings (through Dec. 31); Michelangelo: Draftsman/Architect (Oct. 9-Dec. 11); Raphaelle Peale Still Lifes (Oct. 16-Jan. 29); and Japan: The Shaping of Daimyo Culture 1185-1868, (Oct. 30-Jan. 23).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) - Watercolors and Drawings by Paul Cezanne, through Nov. 6; Boccioni: A Retrospective, through Jan. 8; Degas, Oct. 11-Jan 8.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York) - Andy Warhol, Cars, through Nov. 27.

The Art Institute of Chicago - The Art of Paul Gauguin, through Dec. 11.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art - The Flag Paintings of Childe Hassam, through Oct. 30; The Gilbert Collection of Gold and Silver, through Nov. 6; German Expressionism 1915-1925: The Second Generation, Oct. 9-Dec. 31; and see the new Pavilion for Japanese Art.

-Lectures, Art Classes, Workshops, etc.

Oct. 3, AAC Auditorium, U. of U., 4:30 p.m. - Lecture by Michael J. Crosbie, AIA, on "Architecture and the Limits of Media." Public invited at no charge.

Oct. 7, 7-9 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1070 Foothill Drive) - Slide presentation by Ruth Holroyd, nationally known weaver and expert on early American hand-woven coverlets. Public is invited.

Oct. 9, Provo Tabernacle - A visit with Tasha Tudor, 2 p.m. Lecture/-program followed by reception and autograph party. Reservations required (377-9935, 377-5311).

Oct. 10, Kimball Art Center (Park City) - Beginning landscape watercolor with Jim Schnirel (649-8882).

Oct. 12, Kimball Art Center (Park City) - Wednesday evening classes begin: photography, beginning and intermediate stained glass, model drawing sessions (649-8882).

Oct. 13, Kimball Art Center (Park City) - Thursday evening classes begin: basketry, watercolor (all levels) (649-8882).

Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (596-5000) - Oriental watercolor painting (landscape) instructed by Melody Moore.

-Richard P. Christenson