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David Hawkinson
A realistic bronze owl by Bill Sturgis is one of 21 pieces that will be exhibited at the Terra Nova Gallery.

PROVO — A whimsical, 11-inch sculpture of a dragon and a realistic barn owl in bronze are among the small pieces in an exhibit at the Terra Nova Gallery.

Twenty-one artists are exhibiting works in oil, pastel, pen and ink, photography and ceramics.

Entry was by invitation and the works are not juried. Everything in the exhibition is small scale.

The landscapes represent the seasons in Utah and are the first of 12 representing each month: May, "A Day in May in Midway," showing the western side of Mount Timpanogos; August, "Midway Rain"; and November, "First Snow in Mapleton." Linda Paulsen, from Springville, worked from photos she took.

Because the Utah art market is more conservative than other cities, particularly in the Southwest, the exhibition gives patrons the opportunity to own an original, one-of-a-kind piece of art for under $50, said owner David Hawkinson.

Among the pieces eliciting the most response from patrons is the 7.5-inch bronze barn owl by artist Bill Sturgis.

"People look at it and can't believe it's metal," Hawkinson said. "The patina looks like blue-green polished marble."

Sturgis is a patina artist who lives in American Fork.

Sculptor Jean Clay, of Provo, submitted the dragon and a more realistic giraffe piece. To make the dragon, she first formed a framework, or armature, out of wire, then covered it with cut-up plastic bags and tape before finally putting on a coat of self-hardening clay, which she painted.

If you go . . .

What: "Great Things, Small Packages"

Where: Terra Nova Gallery, 41 W. 300 North

When: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through Dec. 21

Cost: free

Web: www.terranovagallery.com

E-mail: rodger@desnews.com