-The watercolors of husband-and-wife team Larry and Sharlene Christensen are currently gracing the walls of the Main Gallery at the Kimball Art Center in Park City. And these recent works are not disappointing. Ranging from subtle transparencies to vibrant colors, they continue to thrill followers as well as attract new fans.
In a recent telephone conversation, Larry could not hold back his excitement about the show."I think it's the best show we've ever had," he said. And that's saying a lot, since they've had 28 joint shows over the years.
"This show is different in that there is much more variety in subject matter and color," he said. "And it covers the whole gamut of techniques." On location, Larry and Sharlene paint basically the same subjects but see them differently.
"Sharlene's approach in often more intimate and abstract, while I have a tendency to paint things further away," Larry said.
Sharlene often uses the vignette technique, where much of the paper around the edges is left unpainted. Larry tends to paint edge to edge and corner to corner.
This husband-and-wife team has painted and exhibited together for over 20 years. And, believe it or not, there are no feelings of competition or jealousy between them.
"We work together so compatibly," Larry said. "That's the flux that has kept our marriage so close and special for 31 years now."
The Christensens will continue to exhibit their works at the Kimball Art Center through May 3. Also on display in the Lower Gallery are photographs by David Green and Tom Shaner.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 649-8882.
-Sculptor Richard Johnston and landscape artist John Swain have recently been recognized for their entry in the National Freeway as Art Competition in Houston, Texas. The entry was one of six chosen by a jury from 44 entries from around the nation.
The team was also awarded a commission for the president's grove at Dixie College in St. George early this year.
Johnston is a regular at the Pierpont Gallery in downtown Salt Lake.
-The Bountiful/Davis Art Center is preparing for its annual benefit art auction. This year it will be held at the Oakridge Country Club on April 28.
Works to be auctioned will range from early Utah to contemporary art.
This entertaining evening will start with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a live auction. A silent auction will continue through the evening. Price per person for the dinner and auction is $20, or $10 for the auction only. Reservations must be made by April 26. Call 292-0367.
-In conjunction with the 65th Annual Spring Salon, the Springville Museum of Art is showing a large painting of religious art by Arnold Friberg titled "The Prayer in the Grove." It shows young Joseph Smith in the remote sanctuary of the Sacred Grove.
To prepare for the painting, Friberg traveled to the grove one year in late April, spending considerable time roaming, studying, sketching and photographing the area.
The painting is being exhibited on the museum's second floor in the Central Gallery through May 14. A donation of $1 for adults and $.50 for children is suggested.
-High School art students from the Jordan School District are displaying their best art work at South Towne Center. Out of several thousands works submitted, 480 were selected as the "cream of the crop." And they are on display in the South Town Center through May 5. Mall hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 7 p.m. on Saturday.
-The Museum of Church History and Art returned to its regular hours April 1. The museum is now open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. These hours will continue through December 31, 1989.
-Lectures, art classes, workshops, etc.
April 23, 3 p.m., Utah Museum of Fine Art - Gallery talk by Pat Eddington on "The Salt Lake City School District Juried Exhibition."
April 24, 8 p.m., FAV 150, Utah State University - Visiting artist's lecture on drawing and painting by Irving Norman.
April 28, 8:30 p.m., Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan - Gallery talk by costume designer Bruce McInroy.
April 30, 3 p.m., Utah Museum of Fine Art - Gallery talk by George Neubert on his current exhibit, "Works on Paper."
May 5-7, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks - Advanced landscape photography workshop taught by Tom Till. Fee: $150. For details, call 259-7750.