- Art exhibitions are always in a state of flux. Of the ones I visited last Tuesday, three have now closed, one ends today, one officially opened yesterday, one is still going strong, and one won't open until May 12. So keep that in mind as you make plans to visit the galleries.
- Starting with the future and moving backwards, let's focus on the show to open May 12 at the Dolores Chase Gallery. Titled, "Celebrating 150 Years: Photography as Art," it features works by Robert Buchar, Susan Makov, ViviAnne Rose and Malcolm Tarlofsky.A sneak preview of the works revealed a dynamic show.
Czechoslovakia born Robert Buchar, currently a news photographer for KSL, often uses the collage technique in his work. Sometimes he cuts swatches of colored imagery from publications and glues them to his black-and-white photography. Other times, he works more three-dimensionally.
Susan Makov, faculty member at Weber State College, has departed from her usual technique of painting textures and color over most of her large photographs to focus on a series of Greek and Roman heads. These photographs deal with the relationship between two individuals. Therefore, the works in this show must be purchased only in pairs.
"Beautiful" and "disquieting" are words that describe prints by ViviAnne Rose. She uses transparent photo oils, cotton balls, and Q-tips, and other materials to hand-color her photographs. Through her exploration, she has helped to resurrect a dying art form of hand-colored photographs.
Relatively new to the photographic world is Oakland artist Malcolm Tarlofsky. But his photo-collage images have already made it to the cover of "Artweek." Gallery owner Dolores Chase says that Tarlofsky's groupings of unrelated objects are filled with "enigmatic and nostalgic overtones."
An opening reception for this show will be held May 12 from 5-9 p.m. As part of this event, Upper Crust will sell refreshments.
The show will continue through June 16 at the Dolores Chase Gallery, 1431/2 Pierpont Ave. in downtown Salt Lake City (328-2787).
- Scenes from Southern Utah fill the walls of the Loge Gallery at Pioneer Memorial Theatre. Executed in watercolors and acrylics, they reflect the individualistic style of Lynn Berryhill.
A former student of the University of Utah and the College of Marin and Sonoma State University, Berryhill now resides in Springdale, Utah, where she is inspired daily by scenes she loves to paint.
In each composition, realistic images emerge from a sea of nonobjective shapes and colors.
Her acrylics are filled with more intense color than her watercolors. And her palette is definitely her own.
Personally I would like to see her break away from that palette occasionally. One of the facts of life is many potential buyers are color-conscious and are looking for works that will complement existing decor. They are often unwilling to completely redecorate a room to pick up the colors in a particular painting.
Berryhill's show remains at the Loge Gallery through May 13. It is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. If some of the lights have been turned off, don't be afraid to go to the end of each hallway and turn them on. Proper lighting is essential to appreciate this show.
The exhibit is also available to theatre patrons before, during intermission, and after the performance of "A Little Night Music."
- A new gallery opened yesterday at Every Blooming Thing, 444 S. Seventh East. And festivities continue today with another reception from 2-6 p.m.
Guests who enter Every Blooming Thing must wend their way through a forest of plants, flowers, and crafts items. Ascending the staircase to the second level, they will find brightly lit rooms filled with fine art items. There are florals by Watercolorists Amerette Atzet, Barbara Braak and Nancy Molen; paintings and prints by Marilyn Miller; ceramic tiles by Lark Lucas and Steve Warren; photography by Marvin Coltrain; and much more. Included in the show for the month of May are original paintings and prints by David and Anji Sumida of Bitterroot Valley, Mont. The Sumidas will be attending today's reception.
Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For details, call 521-4773.
- Photographer Mark Richardson was invited to display eight of his prints in the main lobby of the Utah State Historical Museum. Unfortunately, Friday was the last day to view them. These prints focused on some of the finest examples of art and architecture of the Anasazi people and their neighbors.
In addition to capturing every detail, these striking photographs reveal Richardson's attention to light and shadow. In his Hovenweep Castle print, the walls reflect bright sunlight, but the sky is almost black behind them.
Anyone interested in seeing these and other black-and-white prints from his Anasazi series can reach Richardson by calling 486-8206.
- High school art students from across the valley have been participating in three different shows. Today is the last day to see The Salt Lake City School District juried exhibition at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Works from Jordan School District art students were on display at South Towne Center in Sandy through May 5. And the Granite District High School Art Festival took place May 3-6 in the Girls' Gym at Granite High School.
While many of the works were undoubtedly the result of exploration and experimentation in a variety of mediums, a few reflected mastery of technique and beginnings of individualistic style. Always on the lookout for emerging talent, I jotted down a few names:
From the Salt Lake School District show - Kimberly Barney, Nathan Durrant, Chris Fairbanks, Michael Havey, Abi Jacobsen, Emily and Kip Peterson, Heidi Rausch, and Ali Segler.
From the Jordan School District show - Brad Chidester, Nathan Galli, Kandice Gunn, Jason Hawks, Shane Hopkins, Mike Klotovich, Kelly Loosli, Jason Martinez, Kevin Richardson and Brant Wadsworth.