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  • Colors of Life: Paintings by Pilar Pobil



    Pilar Pobil’s Works on Exhibit Colors of Life: Paintings by Pilar Pobil USU Merrill-Cazier Library, Room 101 3000 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84321 Jan 17-Feb 23, 2020 Twenty of Pilar Pobil’s works are currently on display at the USU Merrill-Cazier Library. On February 20, 2020 at 12:00pm, Pilar Pobil will be present for a Gallery Stroll. The award-winning artist will speak about her artistic vision and conduct a tour through the exhibit with commentary on her inspiration for and thoughts behind several of the works.  Refreshments will be served after the guided tour. Introduction of Pilar will be provided by Utah State University Professor JP Spicer-Escalante. Although Pilar knew from an early age that she was an artist, she was born in Spain at a time when women were not encouraged to pursue their ambitions. Pilar’s father was an admiral in the Spanish Navy and was tragically killed in the Civil War when she was a young child. Her mother was very austere and conservative. Pilar became a rebel in order to pursue her dreams. She married an American WWII veteran and came to live in Utah. When Pilar was in her forties, she started to work seriously as a professional artist. Pilar is now 93 years old, but still growing, learning and creating art. She is still on a journey of discovery. Pilar’s style is defined by strong expression. She uses vivid color, form, light and shadow, to boldly define what she wants the viewer to see and feel. No matter the subject, Pilar pushes the essence she perceives as far as she can. She paints from a place of feeling. Pilar’s work often surprises her by evolving into something very different from its original intent. Pilar has received many honors and awards for her art. She was recognized in 2019 as one of Utah’s Most Influential Artists. In 2016, she was knighted by the King of Spain. Sponsored by the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communications Studies, Utah State University Libraries, and Utah Division of Arts and Museum.

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/colors-of-life-paintings-by-pilar-pobil/
  • Nolan Flynn, Mitchell Lee & Nathanael Read



    Finch Lane Gallery is please to present Nolan Flynn’s Vertical Obedience, and joint exhibition Right In the Feels by Nathanael Read and Mitchell Lee. Both exhibitions will be on view January 17–February 28, 2020, with an opening reception on Friday, January 17 from 6:00–9:00 p.m. Join us for artist talks at 6:30 p.m. opening night to learn more about both exhibitions.

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/nolan-flynn-mitchell-lee-nathanael-read/
  • Touching the Void Art Exhibit by Lydia Gravis

    • Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 09:00 AM – February 28, 2020
    • The Argo House in Ogden, UT


    "Touching the Void" is an exhibition of abstract drawings and paintings by Ogden-based artist Lydia Gravis, who uses physical mark-making as an empathic response to the intangible human experiences of everyday life. Rather than deconstruct something familiar such as the landscape or figure, Gravis’ work provides a visual reference for abstract thought, which is at once challenging and intriguing for the viewer. Presented by Carper Contemporary at The Argo House, "Touching the Void" features over twenty pieces by Gravis that range from intimate drawings to dizzying compositions created with graphite, watercolor, ink or oil. Join us for an opening reception during Ogden's First Friday Art Stroll on December 6th, 6-9pm, and save the date for a meet and greet with the artist on January 3rd, 6-9pm. Show Dates: December 6 - February 29

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/touching-the-void-art-exhibit-by-lydia-gravis/
  • Jennifer Worsley Exhibit: Pastels and Woodblock Prints

    • Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 09:00 AM – March 08, 2020
    • Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, UT


    I work in soft pastels, which are wonderful for capturing fleeting effects of light and weather. I find pastel very suitable for working on location, in order to achieve a quality of immediacy and liveliness in my work. I am constantly scanning my surroundings for shadows passing over hills, sparkling light on water, or a particular moment of harmonious color in a sunset. I often discover subjects by chance, and will get out my pastels and complete the painting on the spot. What interests me is a sense of movement, and by implication, the passing of time. I am inspired by the challenge of capturing this fundamental aspect of nature. I make and prepare my own painting surfaces and pastel chalks. I make my pastel chalks from raw pigment powder, creating colors I could not find in commercially available pastels. As balance to the immediacy and spontaneity of working in pastel, I also translate landscapes into woodblock prints, using a Japanese method called moku hanga. Woodblock printmaking requires a careful plan and lots of time to create an image, making it completely opposite to the way I work in pastel. I find that each technique informs and influences the other. I can see a landscape as either a light-filled, atmospheric pastel, or as a more stylized and graphic woodblock print.

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/jennifer-worsley-exhibit-pastels-and-woodblock-prints/
  • Artisan Jewelry by Brian Baity and Vince Mattina



    "Artisan Jewelry by Brian Baity and Vince Mattina" Bridge Gallery. January 14 - March 22. Featuring handmade artisan jewelry from local artists Brian Baity and Vince Mattina, this exhibit includes one-of-a-kind wearable artwork. Best of all- it's all available for purchase. "A real piece of vintage craftsmanship made from antique parts. Authentic watch movement turned into a unique jewelry. Some watch parts contain some patina as a part of natural aging process. Assembled by hand from watch parts and decorated with other contemporary items. The watches of course don’t keep time anymore but the style is timeless." - Vince Mattina  

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/artisan-jewelry-by-brian-baity-and-vince-mattina/
  • BRAND PC Pop-Up Shop at 692 Main St.

    • Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM – February 29, 2020
    • BRAND PC in Park City, UT
    Last chance to buy local at BRAND PC! Sunday-Thursday 10 am to 6 pm and Friday & Saturday 12 pm noon to 8 pm 692 Main St.

    BRAND PC is a pop-up shop produced by the PCSC Arts Council, celebrating Park City’s creative makers by providing local entrepreneurs and businesses an opportunity to showcase their creative products and tell their stories to the community. The pop-up style retail space is planned for February ONLY! So don't miss the opportunity to stop in at 692 Main St., take a look around and support our Summit County brands! More info here https://www.pcscarts.org/brand-pc

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/brand-pc-pop-up-shop-at-692-main-st/


  • Modern West is thrilled to be partnering with Susan Swartz Studios in bringing Select Women Artists from the Agnes Gund Collection and Select Artists Associated with the Art for Justice Fund, curated by Nicole Gallo, to Utah. The exhibition will be on view at Modern West in Salt Lake City, UT, Feb. 7-March 7, 2020, and is showing in conjunction with the Sundance Film Festival world premiere of Catherine Gund’s documentary AGGIE, produced by Aubin Pictures. This compelling exhibition features a selection of works by women artists from the Agnes Gund Collection along with works by grant recipients from the Art for Justice Fund. Also featured is Life Size, by Mark Bradford, the first artist to donate his own artwork to raise money for the Art for Justice Fund, which the entire edition of Life Size raised $1 million for this incredible initiative. Agnes Gund, the revered art collector, philanthropist and former President of MoMA, founded Art for Justice through the sale of a beloved Roy Lichtenstein painting and, along with a small group of generous donors, a movement was born. The Art for Justice Fund is disrupting mass incarceration by funding artists and advocates working together to reform our criminal justice system. The Art for Justice Fund is supported by partnerships with the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Modern West is thrilled to be presenting this collection to showcase and highlight the power of art and Agnes Gund’s contribution in providing awareness with her own call to action. This exhibition marks a first for Utah with some of the featured artists making their debut showing in the state. PLEASE JOIN US FOR GALLERY STROLL Friday, February 21, 6-9 pm

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/select-women-artists-from-the-agnes-gund-collection-and-select-artists-associated-with-the-art-for-justice-fund/
  • 27th Annual World of the Wild Art Exhibition

    • Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM – March 08, 2020
    • Utah's Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, UT


    We will be holding our 27th World of the Wild annual art exhibition at the Zoo January 25 – March 8, 2020 in the Rendezoo Room. This show was started to provide Utah artists an opportunity to display their works of wildlife and “wildnature” in a setting complementary to their work. This show has grown to be one of the best venues in Utah for viewing wildlife art.

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/27th-annual-world-of-the-wild-art-exhibition/
  • Zeitgeist: Spirit of the Times



    January 14 – March 7, 2020 Nancy Steele-Makasci’s exhibition Zeitgeist confronts contemporary social issues concerning gender inequality, economic and justice disparity, agricultural monopolization, environmental exploitation and silence. Cultural beliefs and established power structures that hurt, defeat and destroy innocent lives are creatively exposed and challenged through a series of powerful images rebelliously defying inequalities with unpredictable figures, words and symbology.

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/zeitgeist-spirit-of-the-times/
  • Hidden Voices: Aesthetics of Change



    January 14 – March 7, 2020 “Hidden Voices: Aesthetics of Change" explores the power of art to creatively explore contemporary social issues that confront the cultural beliefs and established power structures of society that challenge ideas of equity, justice, and sustainability. We seek entries that interpret and express these themes from artists working in all visual media. Online entries will be accepted Nov 5 - Nov 19.

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/hidden-voices-aesthetics-of-change/