- The Dolores Chase Gallery will feature new works by Bruce Smith beginning Feb. 17. An artist's reception has been scheduled for the opening from 7-9 p.m. And Vern Swanson, director of the Springville Museum, will give a gallery lecture on Smith's work at 8 p.m.

Swanson says, "Smith has one of the strongest reputations among connoisseurs of Utah art and now stands ready to harvest national recognition."Also included in this new show will be works by Barbara Madsen, Mark England and other gallery regulars. The Dolores Chase Gallery is located at 1431/2 W. Pierpont Ave. in downtown Salt Lake City. For information, call 328-2787.

- Local artists Maureen O'Hara Ure and Bonnie Sucec are currently on their fifth major collaborative installation effort. Titled "Soft on Crime," it will be featured at the ARC Gallery in Chicago from March 10 through April 1. An opening reception has been set for March 10 from 5-8 p.m.

- The annual meeting and the Chinese New Year's celebration of the Ching Hai Oriental Painting Society will be held in the Salt Lake County Government Center on Friday. Activities include a Chinese buffet, Chinese dancers and an Oriental painting demonstration. The public is invited. For more information, call 485-8198.

- The Salt Lake Art Center will be closed on Friday evenings and on Sunday effective Feb. 26. The new hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

- The NEH Museum of Arts is sponsoring a fine arts tour to New Mexico May 4-7. Home base will be Santa Fe, but tours will be made to adjacent cities, including Taos. Tour price of $535 double occupancy includes air fare and much more. Deposit of $100 must be submitted before March 10. For more information, call the NEH Museum of Art, 750-1412.

- Taos has been famous as an art colony for years now, but there hasn't been an art school there. However, that will change on June 12, when the Taos Institute of Art starts offering classes. Four full-time, month-long courses in ceramics, painting, textiles/weaving and sculpture will be held in a "borrowed" Catholic elementary school.

Taos Mayor Lawrence Santistevan expressed much enthusiasm when plans for the school were announced earlier this month. "We've always needed an art school here. It's a natural."

For information about the institute, write to Lawrence Houghteling, Program Director, Taos Institute of Arts, P.O. Box 11389, Taos, NM 87571, or call (505) 758-2793.

- Lectures, art classes, workshops, etc.

Feb. 19, 3 p.m., UMFA, University of Utah - Video presentation "Black Legacy: History of the Black Experience in Utah." Held in conjunction with current exhibition and African Awareness month.

Feb. 26, 3 p.m., UMFA, U. - Poetry by Phyllis White and stories by Joan Nabors, teller of African stories, myths and poetry. In conjunction with African exhibit at UMFA.

Feb. 27, 8 p.m., FAV 150, Fine Arts Building, Utah State University, 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 titled "Fiber Arts in the Natural World." Open to public.

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

March 17-18, Diane Pratt's studio, 3218 S. 11th East. Seascape painting taught by Pratt. Sponsored by ISA. Call 571-2886.