Jeff Clay
2013-04-01 15:33

The San Francisco Mountains are a 20 mile long range in Beaver County whose high point reaches some 9,600 feet (and change). The mountains once rang with the sounds of two very different mining towns, and their ancillary smelters and charcoal kilns. The town of Frisco, founded in 1875, was a truly rip-roaring frontier burg, complete with a railroad stop, 21 saloons, gunfights and killings a-plenty (as many as dozen a night!) and a population at the high-water mark of 6000. It was a deadly but also very rich town. 50 million dollars worth of silver was pulled out of one mine alone. A massive cave-in put a dent in its expansion and after 1920 the last miner drifted away. Now there remain some kilns, foundations, sunken holes and the usual detritus of long-faded ghost towns. Just up and over the pass from the wild fun that was Frisco was the considerably more sober town of Newhouse. Public drunkenness was forbidden and the only saloon was located a mile outside the city limits. This town too faded out in the early 1920's.  

There is a road to the top of Frisco Peak where a sprouting of radio antennas have been recently joined by a newly operational (2010) University of Utah astronomical observatory.
 
This view of the San Francisco Mountains is taken from the Wah Wah Valley to the west of the range. "The San Francisco Mountains" is just one expression of Utah's West Desert. More can be seen in my "Seeing the West Desert, In a Different Light" portfolio.
 

As the principal of Clayhaus Photography, Jeff Clay, specializes in fine-art landscape, architecture, and travel images. He also does portrait and event photography as a partner in Perfect Light Studios. Finally, with a background in information technology and project management, as sole proprietor of Clayhaus Consulting, he works with non-profits and small businesses to help implement Internet and social media campaigns. He lives in Salt Lake City, UT with his wife, Bonnie, and their three wild and crazy retrievers.


 
Jeff Clay
2013-03-25 16:07

The Grassy Mountains are a low (6600’), short and narrow (10 by 4 miles) range that offer an easy hike to the top with spectacular views of the Newfoundland Mountains to the west and the Bonneville Salt Flats below. Puddle Valley lies to the east of the Grassys with the taller Lakeside Mountains forming the western edge of the Great Salt Lake. Puddle Valley is oft-ignored but it and the Grassy Mountains are worth visiting for its old corrals and numerous, seemingly docile pronghorn. 

 

 

"Puddle Valley Corrals" is just one expression of Utah's West Desert. More can be seen in my "Seeing the West Desert, In a Different Light" portfolio.
 

As the principal of Clayhaus Photography, Jeff Clay, specializes in fine-art landscape, architecture, and travel images. He also does portrait and event photography as a partner in Perfect Light Studios. Finally, with a background in information technology and project management, as sole proprietor of Clayhaus Consulting, he works with non-profits and small businesses to help implement Internet and social media campaigns. He lives in Salt Lake City, UT with his wife, Bonnie, and their three wild and crazy retrievers.


Cyrene Swallow
2013-03-20 12:37

This was a pivotal painting for me. After a trip to Taos and Sante Fe, New Mexico I realized that my personality was much more colorful and vibrant. This was my first painting tapping into what has become "my style, my thumbprint." The title "Crossing Over" has a message more than what you see.

In Karen Pool's book “Transformational Thinking” she writes, “The transformation comes when you realize that if you accept responsibility for your life, choices, and feelings, you also can choose to gradually change things that at are presently unsatisfying. To begin, simply imagine something different. You can create fulfillment in your life, just as you would plant seeds to harvest at a future time. This realization brings a great sense of relief, freedom, and hope for the future. When you step into choice and accountability in your life, you increase growth and satisfaction.” This painting represents a change, a “Crossing Over” from realization to creation, from understanding to action. It was also a pivotal point with my painting. This is where I started using my color palette. I stopped being grey, brown, and black, and started being purple, orange, pink, blue, and yellow.

 

Cyrene Swallow is an Orem-based artist who loves to paint the worlds of reality and fantasy with bold, beautiful, colorful brushstrokes. She is a member of Utah Valley Art Association in Utah County and of the Executive Committee of the Local Colors of Utah Gallery.

 


Jeff Clay
2013-03-18 22:44
Common terms used to describe the West Desert are desolate, drab, a wasteland, lifeless, and good-for-nuthin’. That’s one view, I suppose. But if your intent is not to extract minerals or petroleum, nor to burn or store toxic waste, nor to bomb or hide bombs, then there is a different side. Wander any season in the West Desert and you will see life: raptors and juniper, pronghorn and pinyon, rabbits and cacti, wild mustangs and sagebrush. There is much to see and experience in the West Desert if you take it on its terms and explore it at a measured pace. Come springtime, you might even spot a flower or two.   
 
This image was taken in the Cedar Mountains Wilderness Area, three mountain ranges to the west of Salt Lake City. The ill-fated Donner Party came through the Hastings Pass, which bisects the low range, and can still be driven with a 4WD vehicle. 

"Spring Comes to the West Desert" is just one expression of Utah's West Desert. More can be seen in my "Seeing the West Desert, In a Different Light" portfolio.

 

 

As the principal of Clayhaus Photography, Jeff Clay, specializes in fine-art landscape, architecture, and travel images. He also does portrait and event photography as a partner in Perfect Light Studios. Finally, with a background in information technology and project management, as sole proprietor of Clayhaus Consulting, he works with non-profits and small businesses to help implement Internet and social media campaigns. He lives in Salt Lake City, UT with his wife, Bonnie, and their three wild and crazy retrievers.


Melody Johnson
2013-03-15 14:53

The creative mind can be a wonderful thing. But it jumps around like a living room full of howler monkeys.It is a paradox. You have to keep it in control while you give it free reign to leap and wander into places you have never before imagined.

I was born Melody Jean Smith 65 years ago in Salt Lake City. I have been participating in and around the arts since I can remember. I love all of the arts but have worked hardest at the visual arts, writing, and the performing arts. I love to learn new things and re-learn things I love from different perspectives. I have a degree in History and the Social Sciences, a Masters in Theatre and Speech and a multitude of college hours in the visual arts.

I am a skilled teacher. I taught high school twenty three years in every subject they would let me. Now I am retired and teach everywhere and anywhere children or adults want to learn. Along the way I picked up my husband’s last name of Johnson and it stuck. I have three glorious children with three wonderful mates and seven grandchildren that I adore.

A great deal of my time is spent doing Paper Collage. I call it painting with paper because I use the color, pattern, texture to create original works. I also work with other media when I have time. When I am not gluing little pieces of paper on big pieces of paper, I write. Currently I have three very different novels near completion.

I am currently a member of Local Colors of Utah, a cooperative gallery in Salt Lake City where you can always see my work. I enter many of the shows in northern Utah so you can see my work in those places as well.

I live in Saratoga Springs, Utah and love to be visited or contacted by people who enjoy my work, want to learn or just want to talk. You can find me and see images on the Local Colors web site or my own web site. My email is melody@melodyjeanart.com.
 


Gail Galarneau
2013-03-15 07:50

Here's my latest painting! It's Ganesha(a)! He/She is the Hindu God/Goddess of Removing Obstacles. I have placed the Ganesha chant on the painting which is "Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha". It is said that it will help to remove obstacles if you chant it 40 times for 40 days.


Meditation, Yoga & Buddhas are very inspiring for me. I love to paint them or refer to them in my paintings. This painting, in particular, makes me feel movement. I can almost hear the rattles shaking when i look at it. It makes me feel like dancing!


Come & see it at the Local Colors of Utah Gallery and see what you feel!
 

 

 

Gail Galarneau is a largely self-taught painter specializing in the creation of art with an optimistic point of view. She mainly uses acrylics in her work. Her studio is located in the Rockwood Studios in Sugarhouse. 

 


Jeff Clay
2013-03-12 22:56

Rising over 4400 feet from the floor of Tule Valley, Notch Peak boasts the second highest vertical drop in the United States (after El Capitan in Yosemite). Comprised primarily of flaky limestone, the cliff face is considered a major challenge to climb. For hikers, an easy 4 mile route up Sawtooth Canyon leads to incredible views from the top as well as bristlecone pines, estimated to be up to 4000 years old. I did the hike some 13 years ago and staring into the notch from the top was a bit frightening, to say the least.
 
The House Range lies just off Highway 50, a hour or so west of Delta. The range itself stretches some 70 miles, north-south, features a couple of world-class trilobite beds, and little to few human visitors. A perfect place to explore! The peak and surrounding area are part of the Notch Peak Wilderness Study Area.
 

"Notch Peak" is just one expression of Utah's West Desert. More can be seen in my "Seeing the West Desert, In a Different Light" portfolio.

 

As the principal of Clayhaus Photography, Jeff Clay, specializes in fine-art landscape, architecture, and travel images. He also does portrait and event photography as a partner in Perfect Light Studios. Finally, with a background in information technology and project management, as sole proprietor of Clayhaus Consulting, he works with non-profits and small businesses to help implement Internet and social media campaigns. He lives in Salt Lake City, UT with his wife, Bonnie, and their three wild and crazy retrievers.


Cyrene Swallow
2013-03-07 22:56

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Cyrene Swallow's Wizard of Oz series! 

My son and husband were cast in a local theater production of Wizard which inspired this series. My husband made the comment to me, “you should do a Wizard series!” because he was having so much fun. After consideration I realized that it would be a perfect addition to my stylized watercolor paintings. After two painters were finished we discovered that there was going to be a new movie coming out, so with much excitement I decided to finish the series in time for the release of the movie.

So in much anticipation the series is finally done and on display at Local Colors of Utah Art Gallery. From March 8-31st the exhibit will be in Orem, UT at the Scera Center for the Arts.

 

 

Cyrene Swallow is an Orem-based artist who loves to paint the worlds of reality and fantasy with bold, beautiful, colorful brushstrokes. She is a member of Utah Valley Art Association in Utah County and of the Executive Committee of the Local Colors of Utah Gallery.

 


Jeff Clay
2013-03-05 23:19
Did a rancher live here? Perhaps one of the descendants of the failed Mormon Polynesian community of Iosepa? Or maybe a more traditional Goshute Indian? We’ll never know and the structure is now gone. The Polynesians have left as well but a few ranchers and the Skull Valley Indian Reservation persevere.
 
Skull Valley featured in the national press a few years ago when the Goshutes sought permission to build a nuclear waste storage facility capable of holding up to 40,000 metric tons of radioactive spent fuel. To date, this has been successfully blocked.
 
Framed by the high wilderness of the Stansbury Mountains to the east and the lower wild lands of the Cedar Mountains to the west, Skull Valley itself is more passed through than explored, but for those willing to look, there are things to discover.
 

"Skull Valley Shack" is just one expression of Utah's West Desert. More can be seen in my "Seeing the West Desert, In a Different Light" portfolio.

As the principal of Clayhaus Photography, Jeff Clay, specializes in fine-art landscape, architecture, and travel images. He also does portrait and event photography as a partner in Perfect Light Studios. Finally, with a background in information technology and project management, as sole proprietor of Clayhaus Consulting, he works with non-profits and small businesses to help implement Internet and social media campaigns. He lives in Salt Lake City, UT with his wife, Bonnie, and their three wild and crazy retrievers.

 


David Arthur Jones
2013-03-05 13:30

I'm working on several new paintings and ideas for paintings for the May Show. Here are some of the titles of paintings that are under way (some still in the formulation stage):

DONT LOOK AT THE HORSE

SOMETHING IN THE BRUSH

CHECKING FOR STRAYS (shown)

GREAT CEASARS GHOST

RECEIVING BALES

GUARDING THE BARN

THE SLAG DUMP

My intent is to come up with several more.

As you may sense by the titles, these will be paintings that tell a story or suggest a story. The viewer can fill in the unanswered questions. The viewers can tell themselves a story. I can't dream these stories up, they come from a lifetime of experiences and an active interface with the real, and true West.

I'm toying with the idea of getting some four color separations made and producing some reproductions made with archival inks on archival paper. These would be true, Fine Art Prints, suitable for framing, and at truly affordable prices. Still in the idea stage.

I was honored to be able to donate an oil painting, BONANZA FLATS - ABOVE PARK CITY, UTAH for a fund raiser for Multiple Sclerosis Research. I was pleased to see it get quite a bit of activity in a Silent Bidding process. 

 

David Arthur Jones is a painter who works in a variety of media, primarily Oils. He and his wife live in the heart of horse country in Utah’s Tooele Valley. Although David is a Westerner by choice as well as by heritage, his subject matter is not limited to Western Art.