TAKE A LOOK in your purse and wallet. How much money have you got to spend on that special person in your life? Have you considered buying a treasured art work?
Some art galleries in and around Salt Lake City have made a special effort to feature art works on a smaller scale - that is, small in size and price, without skimping on quality.So you've got only $20 to spend? Well, why not pick up one of Bri Matheson's T-shirts with a colorful fish on the front? They're available at both the Phillips and Pierpont galleries.
And some of Dorothy Moore's handmade dolls and animals are less than $20. See them at Bountiful/Davis Art Center (BDAC).
What's that? You've got $50? Well, that will buy some fun gifts at the Phillips, Pierpont and Courtyard galleries.
There are one-of-a-kind sweaters for children knitted by Debra Scott; attractive ceramic platters, plates and bowls by Ann Quigley; and stuffed cats by Jenni Christensen. And you can find an unusual mask sculpture by David Andersen in the back room of the Courtyard Gallery. Titled "Runny Nose Key Fob," it's a definite conversation piece.
So you're lucky and found $100? What will that buy at the three galleries just mentioned? Well, there are framed woodcuts by Royden Card, paintings by Larnie Fox, human dolls with animal heads by Mollie Kimball, weavings by Sharon Alderman, and watercolors by Cynthia Fehr.
At BDAC for $100 and under are Janeen Hancock's porcelain wall hanging "Three Apples," Tom Howard's watercolors, Robert Day's "West of Kaysville," Suzanne Reynolds "Snow Canyon," and Anna Spiess' "Montana Farm."
Some of the striking watercolors within the $100 to $200 price range at the same gallery are Phyllis F. Horne's "Winter in Park City," Karen Christensen's "Layin' in Clover II," Becky Harvigsen's "Winter in Woods," Cynthia Fehr's "Fence," and LaRue Brewster's "On Top." Plus there are Dale Bryner's prismacolors, Lynn Cozzens' oils, Steve Midgley's photograph "Lower-Upper Provo River," and Rose Ann Peterson's lithograph "Angel."
At the Phillips Gallery, appealing art items within that price range include Ada Irvine's serigraph "Lake," Denis Phillips' nonobjective painting "Untitled," Allen Bishop's cut-paper designs and Marian Dunn's watercolor "White Rocking Chairs."
The Pierpont Gallery features Connie Erickson's ceramics, William Nash's watercolors, Krumbach's shadowboxes of small sculptures made of silver, John Hess' framed weaving "Helios," and David Cox's ceramics.
If you think you can spend between $200 and $250, you will find a raft of other fine gifts at all of the above-mentioned galleries. In fact, all art work on display at the Bountiful/Davis Art Center is priced at $250 or under and all are framed.
Prominent Utah artists whose works fit into that price category are E.J. Bird, Lee Deffenbach, Margaret Heywood, Thomas Leek, Ed Maryon, Bonnie Posselli, Anton (Tony) Rasmussen, Edith Roberson, A.D. Shaw, Will South, Diane Turner, Kimbal Warren and others.
Attracting attention at Pierpont Gallery are Mark Biddle's nonobjective "June, Resurrection River, Alaska," Annette Ahlander's prismacolor "Peony Tulips," and Tom Mulder's oil "San Sapulcro."
Downstairs, in the Courtyard Gallery, are Mary Ann Jacobs' woven baskets, photography by Joe Marotta and an etching of cats by Trevor Southey.
The Phillips Gallery features Ed Oberbeck's watercolors, Jenni Christensen's print "Blue Moonflowers," John Wood's "Mirage," and one or two of Larry Elsner's creative pottery pieces.
The shows at the Phillips, Pierpont and Courtyard galleries continue through Dec. 24. Gallery hours at the Pierpont Gallery (159 Pierpont Ave., 363-4141) and Courtyard Gallery (153 Pierpont Ave., 363-5151) are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hours at Phillips Gallery (444 E. Second South, 364-8284) are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The "Sing Noel" Holiday Exhibit remains at BDAC (2175 S. Main, Bountiful, 292-0367) through Dec. 22. Gallery hours are 5-9 p.m. on Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 2-5 p.m. on Sunday. The gallery is closed on Saturdays and holidays.