Jordan Stowe - Managing Editor
Art Galleries are made for artists to share their work with people. The purpose of art may be to communicate ideas, such as in politically, spiritually, or philosophically motivated art. [To create a sense of beauty, explore the nature of perception, for pleasure, or to generate strong emotions]. With that, what better way to experience art than to visit our local art museums?
One of the closest galleries is just here in our local town of Alpine. Alpine Art Center is well-known for its amazing animal statues and the original farming equipment on its property. At the Alpine Art Center you are able to wander the grounds, view the statues, and take pictures (which is a good place for Lone Peak dance pictures). Inside the building and on their website, alpineartgallery.com, you can find paintings and sculptures for sale. They also have a jewelry store upstairs where you can find authentic jewelry to buy.
Another fantastic gallery is Local Colors of Utah. Located in Salt Lake City, LCU was founded by a handful of passionate Utah artists with the purpose of developing a cooperative space where artists can display their expressive and unique perspectives of fine art creation. Since then the gallery has grown to exhibit up to thirty local artists, and has won awards for its eclectic style, friendly service, and diversity of art on display. Local Colors of Utah states “It’s starting to get chilly out there . . . Winter’s on the horizon and the Holidays are right around the corner. It’s a perfect time to warm up with some cool art. Opening November 17th and running through January 12th, Local Colors of Utah art gallery will feature some very cool art for you to warm up to.” Titled “Warm Up With Cool Art,” each artist at the well-respected, cooperative Sugar House gallery will display two pieces of “cool” (think winter, the Holidays, or just plain cool!) art work as part of this group show. Come down and get warmed up.” If you're an artist looking to show your work, this is the perfect place for you. Local Colors of Utah is always interested in reviewing the fine artwork of emerging or established artists. You can find the details on their website localcolorsart.com/join-us. At this gallery you can find paintings, photography, sculpting, jewelry, and fiber arts (artwork that consists of natural or synthetic fibers). Local Colors of Utah is always looking for new pieces to showcase.
Modern West Fine Art is another gallery located in Salt Lake City. It was created by Diane Stewart to support established and emerging contemporary artists, who work in a variety of mediums and offer unique points of view. The gallery aspires to support the local community through informative events. Modern West changes exhibitions roughly every three months to keep things fresh. A few of their upcoming exhibitions:
November 17 - January 5 : Modern West Holidays
January 19 - March 10 : Nathan Florence
February 16 - March 10 : Dolan Geiman
There is such a variety and they welcome anyone to come and see the works for themselves. This month's exhibition is Modern West Holiday, which features many pieces showing us different parts of the west. Now you might be thinking of a cowboys-and-indians kind of west, and there is some of that, but they also have much more. For example you can find a beautiful painting of a skier by Tom Judd, or you can find an amazing mountain side painting by Nathan Florence.
The Brigham Young University Museum of Art in Provo hosts many different exhibitions. The current exhibitions happening are M.C. Escher: Other Worlds running from November 17, 2017 through May 19, 2018, and We Revolve Ceaseless by contemporary artist Andrea Fraum, which runs September 22, 2017 through April 14, 2018. The permanent collection is also very worth seeing. The museum’s mission statement is “a place where the heart and mind are brought together to seek knowledge and values, self-affirmation and spiritual understanding. We hope your experience in the Museum will nurture a more reflective mind, a capacity for deeper inquiry, a stronger commitment to excellence and integrity, and heightened appreciation for others and their ideas.” One of the museum’s most important roles is its contribution to the academic mission of Brigham Young University. From the research and study of the artworks in the permanent collection to the teaching and learning that occurs in classrooms and galleries, the museum plays an important role in the academic pursuits of many students at BYU. The museum also seeks to connect to broad community audiences through exhibitions and educational programming.
There are many more galleries you can go to, and Lone Peak itself hosts art exhibitions to show Lone Peak student artists’ works. Art is an amazing part of this world and we get to go to these beautiful places and see the talent people have.