THE SPRINGVILLE Museum of Art has something for everybody through Aug. 9.
For quilt enthusiasts there is the 25th Annual National Quilt Show featuring dozens of skillful, handmade quilts. Janice Dawson's "Nauvoo Remembered" - winner of the Best of Show - displays historical occurrences through a pastiche of colored cloth and folk art-like renderings of wagons, houses, trees and individuals. The marriage of the two techniques is visually pleasing.Other excellent examples of quilting are "Beautiful Star" by Adraine Ruth Moon, "Floral Exotica" by Eleanor Tracy, "Wisconsin Pines" by Sue Gilgen and "Traditional Shoo Fly" by Florence Evans.
The quilt show takes up all but one of the downstairs galleries. The remaining gallery, the West, has works by Salt Lake artist Sam Collett. Specializing in pleine-air painting, Collett deals with realistic forms in modern situations.
After studying under Don Doxey at Westminster College, Collett did graduate work at the University of Utah, studying with Alvin Gittins, Earl Jones and Albert Handel. His exhibit at the SMA includes landscapes, a still life and figure studies.
While Collett's landscapes are a bit pedestrian (this is difficult to understand, considering his teachers), his figure studies are quite nice, especially "Sue 'C' With Herself." In this oil painting, Collett managed to create an intriguing atmosphere through the use of female anatomy and studio trappings. His technical skills are strong and the work is absorbing, as are the figure study pieces "Birds" and "Erica with Mask."
If his oils are good, Collett's pastels of Erica are sumptuous. His technique - bold, weighty strokes of complementary colors flawlessly combined - is something viewers will admire.
A couple of works viewers might also enjoy are Collett's gestural sketches in vine charcoal. "2 Gesture Study" and "3 Gesture Studies" are quick sketches of the human figure that, with amazing adroitness, demonstrate movement and mass.
One irksome point in the exhibit is that Collett chose not to show any of the work's dates on the information cards. Therefore, other than guessing, there is no way to determine the growth of the artist. Also, because Collett's exhibit contains several nudes, the SMA - as is its policy - has posted a word of caution for those who might be offended by the unclothed human form.
In the SMA's upstairs Steed Gallery, viewers will find the abstract, non-objective sculpture of Ray Jonas and the expressionist paintings and prints of his son Noel.
Jonas' wildly creative fetishistic pieces, ranging in size from about 11 inches to 10 feet, draw on primitive cultures, including early African, aboriginal, and Northwest American. Each work clearly demonstrates why Jonas is one of the better abstract sculptors in the state. His pieces aren't political, didactic, or illustrative. Instead, Jonas deals with form for its own sake, finding beauty in simplicity and technical finesse.
Jonas' son, Noel, specializes in landscapes, figures and still-lifes. His series of expressionistic buffalo skulls starts out strong but quickly fades due to image similarity. Perhaps fewer pieces would have made for a stronger presentation. However, Noel is young, and his work shows promise.
The SMA is open from Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday, 3-6 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays.