Major art museums and galleries across the U.S. are attracting crowds with blockbuster exhibits:

"Cezanne: The Early Years 1859-1872" opened Jan. 29 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. It is the first exhibit to thoroughly examine the painter's formative years. The show contains 57 paintings and 15 works on paper. It will continue at the National Gallery of Art through April 30."Georgia O'Keeffe 1887-1986" ends today at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. But it will run from March 30 through June 18 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

"Frederic Remington: The Masterworks" opens Feb. 11 at MMA. The exhibit will feature 45 of his paintings and drawings and 20 of his bronze sculptures.

"Refigured Painting: The German Image, 1960-1988" just opened in NYC's Guggenheim Museum. 155 works by 40 artists provide a comprehensive examination of the last three decades of German painting.

The art of Jean Cocteau is being spotlighted this year at the Severin Wunderman Museum in Irvine, Calif. Over 600 of his works are included in the collection. The museum is open daily by appointment (714) 472-1138.

-Due to a delay in the Art Barn renovation, the SLC Arts Council and UMFA are presenting a "surprise" exhibit - a portfolio of works by Robert Motherwell. "A la Pintura" is a portfolio of prints and text that took nearly four years to complete. See it on week days from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Finch Lane Gallery.

-Several exciting events have been planned to accompany "Catch Something Running," an art/environmental exhibit by Joe Pachak now on view at the Utah Museum of Natural History. The following corrects several errors about the exhibit that appeared in a story on E1 last Sunday.

Children ages 31/2-8 will enjoy Science and Creativity Day. Set for Feb. 11 from 1-4 p.m., it will include touring Joe Pachak's exhibit of 27 three-dimensional rock art sculptures, creating a rock art mural, going on a rock art scavenger hunt, digging in a mini Topaz mine, and much more. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration by Feb. 8 is required. Call Marlene Lambert at 581-4887.

Although 38-year-old Pachak will not be present for that activity, he will instruct a field experience from May 14-18 in Upper Canyon de Chelly, Ariz. Fee is $380. Contact Mary Gesicki at UMNH, 581-4887.

-Art Masters International Galleries had originally intended to tear down their portable gallery from inside Cottonwood Mall when they opened their permanent gallery in a building just south of the J.C. Penney store. However, Brian N. Walker, president of AMIG, said that the portable gallery proved to be a very viable business and will continue to be used. In fact, a new show opens on Feb. 11. Participating artists are included under Galleries.

The portable gallery will soon be replaced by a new octagonal design that will allow far more art to be displayed.

-Western States Arts Foundation (WESTAF) will award up to 15 fellowships of $5,000 each to professional artists working in the area of crafts. Residents of Utah and 12 other Western states are eligible to apply. Deadline for completed applications is June 1. Contact Diana Platts, Special Projects Coordinator, WESTAF, 207 Shelby Street, Suite 200, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, 505/988-1166.

-The next educational meeting of ISA is scheduled for Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Senior Citizen's Center, 237 S. Tenth East. Featured artist will be Gary Kapp.

-The City Library System invites children to participate in "Let's Make Valentines." Dates, times and locations are: Feb. 10, 2 p.m., Main City Library; Feb. 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Avenues Branch Library; and Feb. 11, 2-4 p.m., Chapman Branch Library.

-Lectures, Art Classes, Workshops, etc.

Feb. 6, 12 noon, Parsons, Behle and Latimer, 8th floor, 185 S. State - "Lunch box" panel discussion on buying and selling art featuring Bonnie Phillips, David Sucec, Val Antczak and Vicki Johns. For more, call 521-5800.

Feb. 12, 3 p.m., Main Gallery, SLAC (328-4201) - Gallery talk by Paul H. Davis. An exhibit of his recent work is on display at the SLAC.

Feb. 12, 3 p.m., UMFA, U. of U. - African dances by Veronica Agbor, native of Nigeria. She will display traditional Nigerian costumes and fabrics.

Feb. 13, 8 p.m., FAV 150, Fine Arts Bldg., USU campus, Logan (750-1395) - Visiting Artists Lecture Series will feature printmaker Warrington Colescott.

Feb. 18-19, Arches National Park - Winter Light Photography workshop taught by Tom Till. Contact Canyonlands Field Institute, P.O. Box 68, Moab, Utah 84532, (259-7750).

Feb. 27, 8 p.m., FAV 150, Fine Arts Bldg., USU campus, Logan (750-1395) - Visiting Artists Lecture Series will feature ceramics and sculpture by Howard Kottler.

March 10, 8 p.m., Utah Museum of Natural History (UMNH) - Lecture by Constance LaLena entitled "Fiber Arts in the Natural World." Open to public.

March 11 and 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., UMNH. Workshop entitled "Designing and Weaving Fabrics for Interiors and Clothing." Taught by Constance LaLena. Cost: $65. Call K. Fennell, 582-9417.