When a three-woman show opens in the Main Gallery of the Kimball Art Center on May 7, gallerygoers will recognize works by local artists Rebecca Nielson and Sue Weeks. But they will be introduced to the striking works of Fahimeh Amiri, a newcomer to the local art scene. Amiri, her husband, Arash, and their three children moved to Salt Lake City eight months ago.
Although new to Utah, Amiri is not new to the national and international art scene. Born in Iran, she grew up in the Tehran of the young Shah. Early in her life, her artistic talents were recognized and encouraged. She went on to the School of Fine Arts. She became the first girl to earn the school's highest honors.The main body of her most recent work centers around graphic arts. However, she is also a successful painter in oils. Her work has been exhibited at the International Art Expo in New York.
One look at Amiri's slides and poster reproductions reveals that her art will be well-received in Utah. It can be viewed at the Kimball Art Center through May 31.
-Lallapalooza will hold its first annual Cinco de Mayo celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. May 5. A professional artist will be on hand to teach children to make exotic Mexican masks. Refreshments will be served. The event will be held at the Lallapalooza studio, 1945 Sunnyside Ave. A $5 donation is suggested. For details, call 328-9264.
-The first annual "Art for Animals" silent art auction is scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. for May 6 at Elemente, 353 W. Pierpont Ave. (240 South). Abigail Judd-Bishop, Robyn Carter and Patrick Hoaglund will host the reception and auction. A $3 donation is requested at the door. All proceeds will go directly to the building fund to shelter homeless and abandoned animals.
-Another art auction will be held at the Kaysville City Hall at 7 p.m. May 5. It will feature work by professional artists living in Kaysville. These art pieces can be previewed at the Kaysville Library and the Barnes Bank in Kaysville. Proceeds of the auction will go to a fund to help meet the heart transplant expenses of Kally Heslop. For more information, call Arlen Scadlock at 546-0152.
-The Springville Museum of Art has received a $3,500 donation from Stouffers Food Corp. This is the second of three yearly installments pledged to the museum by the frozen food company.
Springville plant manager Jay Weaver indicated that these funds are intended for repairs and refurbishing of the museum's galleries.
From last year's donation, the museum installed new low-voltage lighting for its step-down gallery.
"We are deeply appreciative of this donation," said Vern G. Swanson, museum director. "With the help of such generous donors as Stouffers, we are able to maintain and upgrade the functioning and beauty of the Springville Museum of Art."
-The seventh annual Taos Spring Arts Celebration will be held May 15 through June 21 in Taos, N.M. During this three-week period, visitors will find the door open to visual, performing and literary arts. Each Tuesday and Thursday, the Historic Taos Inn will host soirees, studio tours, slide presentations, on-the-spot demonstrations, readings and other events. For more information, call 1-800-TAOS-INN.
-Photographs by world-famous photographer Yousuf Karsh will be shown on the Discovery Channel at 10 p.m. (EDT) May 7. The program, titled "Karsh: The Searching Eye," will focus on the photographer's humble beginnings and his rise to creative genius and fame. During his amazing career, Karsh photographed many great leaders, thinkers, humanitarians and celebrities. Check the TV guide for the local time for this premier.
-Lectures, art classes, workshops, etc.
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.
May 7, 4 p.m., Bountiful/Davis Art Center - "The Contemporary Landscape," first in a series of six video/lectures. This one will be presented by Nathan Winters. For details, call 292-0367.
May 8, 8 p.m., FAV 150, Utah State University - Visiting artist's lecture by photographer John Pfahl.