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  • Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure - Salt Lake City

    Solve clues and complete challenges while you have fun seeing the sights of Salt Lake City. Enjoy this #1 rated activity 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset. Sign up at UrbanAdventureQuest.com.

    Turn Downtown Salt Lake, Temple Square and the Capitol Building into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tourGuided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history.
    Available 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset.  Start when you want and play at your pace. Save 20% – Only $39.20 for a team of 2-5 people after Promotion Code: NPUTAH. Sign up online at www.UrbanAdventureQuest.com.

  • Amidst Exhibition & Artist Reception

    Work by Kathy Puzey, Amanda Lee, and Holland Larsen. Artist reception October 18 from 6 - 9pm

    Three Artists Consider the In-Between Moments in New Alice Gallery Exhibition Using printmaking to explore their relationship with their surrounding natural environment, artists and Utah State University professors Kathy Puzey, Amanda Lee, and Holland Larsen showcase current works in Amidst, a new exhibition at the Alice Gallery. The exhibition opens on September 13 and runs through November 1, with an artist reception on October 18 from 6-9pm during Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. The exhibition is presented by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums at the Alice Gallery, located at the historic Glendinning Mansion at 617 East South Temple in Salt Lake City, which is free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All three artists showcase elemental characteristics of printmaking in their work – marks created by carving into wood, layering of ink to create depth of color, multiples and repetition, democratic distribution of ideas, and half-tone images. Each piece begins with quiet observation, an artist teasing out the experience of moments in-between, amidst the external and internal. Duality and experience of nature are a through line for all three artists. Puzey is fascinated with the back-and-forth of wilderness and control. Her humility in the face of nature is contrasted with a tugging urgency to impose, inspect, and rearrange. Lee mediates the experience of nature through the mechanics of photographic image and explores the rational versus the intuitive with hand drawn marks and selective opacity. Larsen abstracts nature and its systems, ones that contain and gather, to make an object from image. Intentional and intuitive marks balanced with formal considerations of color, form, and pattern guide the content of each piece.

  • Color Explosion

    The Southern Utah Art Guild is proud to present its Fall Art Show that will run from September 6 through October 31 in the Red Cliff Gallery. The theme of the show is “Color Explosion”. The show features 171 works of art from 68 Southern Utah artists. The show consists of contemporary art from all mediums including all forms of painting and mixed media, photography, pottery, sculpture and other. All the art is for sale. The “Fall” award winners are: Best of Show – Torie Denning for “The Gathering Place” – Acrylic First Place Painting – Fred Joslin for “Marshall Home” – Oil Second Place Painting – Julie Samuelson “Waterfall” – Acrylic on Canvas Third Place Painting – Maurine Harris for “Color at the Marketplace” – Oil Painting Honorable Mention – Georgia Johnson for “All About Color and a Cat” – Acrylic Painting Honorable Mention – Ilona Fellows for “Aspen Gold” – Acrylic First Place Photography – Alan Holben for “Gold Butte Sunset” – Photo on Metal Second Place Photography – Jilene Nielson for “Summertime” Third Place Photography – Craig Stocks for “Primarily Colors” Photography Honorable Mention – Jo Ann Merrill for “Red Door” Photography Honorable Mention – Jason Wallace for “Just Be” First Place 3D – Preben Jensen for “Gold Nugget” – Stone Second Place 3D – Kirk Mangus for “Brothers, Prickley Pear and Cholla” – Cottonwood Root Third Place 3D – Barry Gray for “Beehive” – Wood 3D Honorable Mention – Connie Gates for “Psycho Fish with Stand” – Glass 3D Honorable Mention – Emily Martinez for “The Floor is Lava!” – Ceramic People’s Choice Award for “Only Abstraction” Show – Mathew Walker for “Storm” - Acrylic The judges for the show were Kathy Cieslewicz and Molly Keller. Kathy Cieslewicz is Director and Curator for Dixie State University Art Museum. Her paintings have been exhibited throughout the U.S. She is also an adjunct instructor at DSU and an Art Instructor at Mohave Community College. Molly Keller is an Adjunct Professor of Art at DSU. She is an accomplished portrait artist and specializes in paintings of children. She has received numerous awards in portrait competitions. The Southern Utah Art Guild is an organization whose mission is to promote the visual arts and artists in Southern Utah. Go to www.southernutahartguild.com to find out more about the activities of the Southern Utah Art Guild. The Southern Utah Art Guild also operates the Arrowhead Gallery in the Electric Theater Center, located at 68 E Tabernacle in St. George.

  • Myth

    Myth brings together three of our newly represented artists, Wren Ross, Fidalis Buehler and Mitch Mantle, all working within the mediums of painting and mixed media. It is our great pleasure to be showing the work of these artists, exploring the same universal and mythical narratives, but expressing them in completely unique ways. OPENING RECEPTION Friday, September 20, 6-9 pm Private Reception 6-7 pm |  Public Reception 7-9pm Discussion with the artists 6:30

  • Exhibit - From Mines to Vines: Planting Roots of P

    The Leonardo is proud to announce the upcoming opening of a new exhibit in our Human Rights Gallery, from Mines to Vines.

    From Mines to Vines: Planting Roots of Peace is an exhibit about a global community of creative change makers addressing the issue of landmines to create sustainable peace and prosperity around the world. Land mines have devastating and far-reaching impact, far beyond the end of the conflict that placed them. Removing these weapons that have the power to indiscriminately take lives years after conflict has ended takes an enormous collaboration to raise awareness, to develop the technology and strategies for removal, and to innovate so that impacted communities can begin to rebuild. NGO Roots of Peace and The Leonardo Museum have partnered to create this exhibit in the Leonardo\'s Human Rights Gallery to generate awareness about landmines and their impact globally, inspire communities to take action, and create connections between countries, organizations and people.

  • Fluid States by Jimmy Stoddard

    Art by Jimmy Stoddard Exhibit runs from September 9— October 19 Artist Statement The work you are looking at always begins with a photo. Beeswax and damar resin medium are layered to create textures and depth. Pigmented wax is used along with alcohol inks to create color. Over the last year, I have been working on developing my own encaustic pigments from the things around me: sunflowers and roses from my yard, sands from southern Utah, stones from northern Arizona, coffee from the shop down the street. These images are the places and things in my life as I remember them, changeable and unreal. The combination of static "facts" like city streets and fluid "ideas" in the color and textures echo the places in my memory, and feel more true than any photograph could be. Artist Bio Photography has long been a constant in my artistic life. When I was a child, I was fascinated with my aunt Sandy's cameras. When I was a teen, I was given a Pentax K1000 and shot roll after roll. I moved away from photography for a time following a major setback—when I was in my 20s, someone broke into my van and stole my camera and hundreds of rolls of undeveloped film—but I eventually started taking pictures again, and went on to finish the photo program at SLCC. However, I’ve grown frustrated in recent years with the sterility of digital images. Using the same tools as a million other artists has established a uniformity of style, differentiated only by clicks on the keyboard or the newest light modifier. The inclusion of encaustic painting in my work has opened a new world of expression. Now I am back to the physicality of touching my images. Honey and pine has replaced the smell of fixer and my darkroom is now a Black and Decker griddle. I love putting my hands on the paper again.

  • Danae Mattes: Where the River Widens

    Danae Mattes is a California-based contemporary artist who works with untraditional, natural materials to create riveting and masterful artworks of organic abstraction. Mattes’s evaporation pools explore the properties of water when mixed with earth, and our physical and emotional relationship to such natural phenomena. The artist, long fascinated by water, feels that a river’s state of flux is a metaphor for life, as change is a constant of the human experience. Mattes’s evaporation pool artworks, created from primarily clay and water, evolve and transform over the course of about three months, as the materials settle and congeal, and the water evaporates. The continuous evolution in the first weeks gives the work a dynamic sense of tension and transition as surface textures emerge such as rivulets, cracks, and deep crevices.

  • Patrick Dougherty: Windswept

    Patrick Dougherty, a world-renowned contemporary artist who creates works out of willow branches, has created a new exhibition at the BYU Museum of Art entitled Windswept. Visitors will enjoy an immersive experience as they meander through a transformed space reminiscent of a walk through the paths of a sweeping mountainscape. Dougherty involved local volunteers to help with the installation process of this piece, giving students and community members the unique opportunity to work with a contemporary artist.

  • 76th Annual Ogden Palette Club Show

    • Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM – October 18, 2019
    • Union Station in Ogden, UT
    This juried exhibition features artwork of all 2D styles and sizes created by some of the City’s finest artists. Presented by the Ogden Palette Club and hosted Museums at Union Station.

    This juried exhibition features artwork of all 2D styles and sizes created by some of the City’s finest artists. Presented by the Ogden Palette Club and hosted Museums at Union Station.

  • Watercolor with Becky Hartvigsen- Ages 14+

    Instructor: Becky Hartvigsen   Becky Hartvigsen will be substituting for our normal watercolor class with Sherry Meidell. Each class will begin with a demonstration followed by time to work on the subject of your choosing and recieve one-on-one guidence by Becky. This class is good for beginning to intermediate levels as well as those that have taken it before and would like the space and personal instruction to continue working.   Artist Biography Majoring in History as a freshman at Brigham Young University, it soon became apparent that Art was a greater love. Rebecca graduated with a B.A, in Art. She taught Art at Kaysville Junior High School, and traveled throughout Europe and the Mediterranean during her summer vacations. Great museums and works of art provided an education in its self. In 1974, Rebecca married Dr James L. Hartvigsen and ended her teaching career in order to raise a family. She continued her education through graduate classes at the University of Utah, and workshops around the country. See her website here http://rebeccahartvigsen.com/   Please see supply list