Jeff Clay
2013-02-04 18:28
Once and for thousands of years, a vast sea covered much of north-western Utah. Called Lake Bonneville, it was 20,000 square miles in size and over 1000 feet deep. We think of the Great Salt Lake as being big and it is, but it is just a shadow of what it was. Evidence of the lake’s ‘glory days’ can be found in numerous locations in the desert: tufa formations, ancient shoreline shelves and wave-action terraces. The hyper-salinity, red-algae blooms, and isolation of the northeast shoreline drew Robert Smithson to create the evocative Spiral Jetty.
 
What will people think a thousand years from now?
 
"Spiral Jetty" 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.


Debbie Valline
2013-02-01 13:33
Do you consider macramé new or old?  I remember, way back, creating those macramé plant holders tied with nylon cording.  I think everyone had several of those in their homes.  At least all of us hippies did!  Even my mom did, who was never a hippie. 
 
Well, have you seen the NEW macramé?  Oh my gosh!  It is so much fun.  Incorporating it into my jewelry designs magically brings the old to the new.   I have been experimenting with this for a couple of years now.  Did you know there is a wonderful array of colored hemp available?  Not being stifled with just brown and neutral colors, the wonderful new bright colors enhance the focal component(s) of my pieces.  What I have found is, depending on what I use, the knotting has a very earthy, casual look, which is amazing; however, what I am looking for is the knotting to show but I want my design be very classy and high end.  I have experimented with tying embroidery floss, satin cording and yarn, and leather as well as that wonderfully colored hemp including waxed hemp.  I found the detail of the knotting was lost with the embroidery floss because it did not have enough body, so haven’t pursued that avenue again.  The satin cording and yarn is nice but too heavy for what I’m looking for.  I absolutely love the leather, which has a wonderful earthy look (my inner hippie coming out).  However, to get that “classy” look I want, I have to use very fine leather cording, which is very delicate and has a tendency to break easily.  The closest to what I’m looking for is the waxed hemp.  I am able to get a very tight knot yet the knotting details shows up quite well.  I still cannot get the hemp thin enough for what is in my mind. 
 
With all this said, I’m so excited!  I just found some hand dyed silk cording on the internet that I’m going to try next.  It may not give me exactly what I’m looking for, but it may bring something unusually unique.  I’m ordering it today …….. Check back for the next experiment results in bringing the OLD to NEW.   
 

Debbie Valline, is sole creator of "Valline" custom designed, hand forged jewelry specializing in mixed metals ranging from Sterling silver to copper and brass including unusual stones and beads from around the world.  She also  is a partnering artist with "To Dye For" specializing in custom dyed wearable art.  Debbie currently lives in Riverton, UT with her husband, Jim, and all of their outdoor toys. 


Catherine Darli...
2013-01-31 23:12

We have been in our new location for just over a year now, and we are so happy to be a part of the Sugarhouse Community!

In November of 2011, we were fortunate enough to move into this charming space. The 50’s retro look suited us just fine! We took advantage of the wall space that was originally divided up for clothes racks and converted the bars from the clothes racks to make a hanging system for our art. The built-in fluorescent lighting was just perfect for making our art shine, although we had to update the type of tubes we used. We had to put new flooring on the main level because too many tiles were missing or had paint spilled on them. On the lower level the retro tile floor was in very good condition and we just added a shine. We painted all the walls grey and what was once a retro men’s shop is now a spiffy gallery!

This past year hasn’t been an easy one with our sidewalks blocked due to construction. Finally, we are beginning to see some light and new traffic as our neighbors open up next door. We welcome THE HABIT, located around the corner from us and FLAT BREAD Neapolitan Pizzeria, just a couple of doors down. There are more restaurants to come in the next couple of months.

Last October I was a featured artist at Local Colors. My theme was “Falling for Salt Lake” and I had painted a number of retro iconic signs from around the valley. Several of them located right here in Sugarhouse. They are currently on display in the gallery. Stop by and see them and visit our new neighbors! 

 

Catherine Darling Hostetter is a painter that works in watercolor, acrylic and mixed media in a whimsical style. She lives in Sugarhouse and has been a member of Local Colors since 2006. Currently Catherine serves as president.

 

 

 

 


Jeff Clay
2013-01-31 08:47

As part of February's Featured Artist show (entitled Three Artistic Paths: Brush, Thread & Pixels) I will be exhibiting a number of images from my “Seeing Utah’s West Desert, In a Different Light” portfolio.

To the west and south of Salt Lake City is the beginning of the expanse known as the Great Basin. Utah's part of this Basin and Range landscape is known as The West Desert. In this region the desert mountains are austere, the valleys parched, trees sparse, and colors more than occasionally monochromatic. However, the often dramatic play of light and shadow, clouds and sky, water and rocks are perfectly suited to black & white imagery.

All of the photos in this exhibit were captured with a variety of infrared-sensitive cameras and converted to B&W. With infrared B&W photography, skies and water can take on an inky blackness, clouds ‘pop’ in dramatic fashion, foliage becomes milky white and grass is often mistaken for snow. Depending upon atmospheric conditions, images can be topographically sharp or soft and gauzy with a ghostly dreaminess. Whether it is a calm autumn day on some unnamed peak, a wintry morning in a forgotten desert valley, or a tempestuous spring storm afternoon on the Great Salt Lake, Utah’s West Desert can be a fascinating study for one willing to see things in a different light.

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
2013-01-27 14:36

Recently some of my peers looked at my recent work and said "Oh, you are a colorist!"  I was so pleased with the observation and have embraced it fully.  I have always been drawn to the more “Full-Color Seeing” than “Local Color” as Susan Sarback explains it in her book “Capturing Radiant Color in Oils.”  I just finished my "Wizard of Oz" series, which was inspired by my love of musical theater and my husband and son who performed it.  It is exhibited at Local Colors of Utah Art Gallery.

 

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
2013-01-25 09:45

Below Dead Horse Point lies the Gooseneck of the Colorado River. Several years ago I took a photography workshop from Tom Till and he introduced us to a location that affords a wonderful opportunity for capturing the Gooseneck at sunrise. The light was really perfect that morning and I was able to take a number of images including one that has the Gooseneck Butte reflected in the quiet waters of the river. (As a side note, this image has become part of a branding campaign for a local land conservation group.) That trip was in late October and I returned to the same location last January. 

I arrived shortly before the sun was to rise and it quickly became obvious that I would need to adjust my expectations. The seasonal difference of three months meant that the sun was in a different position and therefore I would have a different play of light off of the cliffs across the river. Adjusting should be no problem for a photographer, and so I did.

The images I captured several years ago have a lovely autumnal feel to them but what I photographed that cold January morning works for me as well. I hope you agree!

Gooseneck Dawn (pictured) is available matted or framed at Local Colors of Utah Gallery. 

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
2013-01-24 10:08

I started painting murals in 2003. In 2006 I began painting professional murals to help my transition to get into school. In 2007 I went back to school at UVU. While there I took Design, Drawing, and Mixed Media Painting, Art History, and Computer Art. While going to school I also had the opportunity to help paint for local theater productions. I have been a scenic artist since 2006 and painted set for: “Oliver, Crazy for You, King and I, Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast, Music Man, Annie Get Your Gun, Grease, and Seussical.” And in 2011, I started set painting again for the #1 junior program in the state of Utah under the direction of Kate O'Reilly.

In 2008 I started focusing mainly on oil painting. Any free time I have is learning and trying to experiment with the media. At the beginning 2010 my former UVU mentor asked me to start coming to her house once a month and she encouraged me to play with watercolor. I say “play” because watercolor has helped me paint more unrestrained and fun.

Since 2010 my work has been mainly influenced by a trip to Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque, spending days walking the gallery strolls in their community, including the Georgia O'Keeffe museum. Other artist that have influenced my works have been Claude Monet, Henry Hensche, and the Impressionist era in general. I bought my first book on impressionism back in 1995, my senior year of high school. I have always been drawn to the more “Full-Color Seeing” than “Local Color” as Susan Sarback explains it in her book “Capturing Radiant Color in Oils.”

Currently I am on the executive committee at Local Colors Gallery in the community of Sugar House, Salt Lake City, where I exhibit my work. I am a member of the Utah Valley Art Association in Utah County. I have commissioned pieces out of Utah, Washington, Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Mississippi. I have also exhibited at SCERA Center for the Arts October of 2011, and Artist Corner in Orem. My work is currently on exhibit at Brigham's Piano Gallery, who are also members of UVAA. I have taken my “Beautiful Women Series” and put it to a power point and been sharing it at local women groups as a motivational speaking experience for women in need for the past year. In October 2012 I illustrated a youth Christmas Adventure book called, “The Santa Claus League.” I illustrated the cover, inside title page, logo, and 18 chapter sketches.

I have been described as a “colorist,” and I accept that as a great compliment. I enjoy bright, eye catching colors in my work in which ever medium I am working on at the moment. I give most of the credit with my success with watercolor to Karen Pool who taught me how to play and make paint move. I give every work, in whatever medium, A Brush With Color.


Debbie Valline
2013-01-21 09:17

My name is Debbie Valline and you can identify my jewelry by the “V”.  I have been designing jewelry for about 10 years.  I started out mostly beading and stringing.  I then became interested in working with metal.  I absolutely love pieces that have metal built upon metal.  Thinking I would just get some silver and solder up a piece.  Well, that didn’t work as my solder would not hold.  I just could not figure it out.  Easy solution, I would just take a metaIsmithing class.  I looked and looked without success in finding a class where I did not have to take a month off work and go out of state.  About four years ago I was a vendor at the Moab Art Festival.   I discovered this wonderful silversmith just a few booths down from me.  His work was amazing!  I spoke with his wife, nonchalantly asked where he was from.  Finding out he was from Salt Lake I asked if he would mind giving me some lessons.  She said as matter of fact he taught at Salt Lake Community College.  Oh my, was I excited!  I had looked and looked at the community college but had not been able to find anything about metal or silversmithing.  The reason I could not find the class, was because it was listed as ART 104 – or something like that.  No wonder I couldn’t find it.   My husband, Jim, and I went on down to Canyonlands for a 10 day vacation after the festival ended.  When we returned from vacation I went to the college and was signed up for Lorin’s class within 4 days.  It was just meant to be and it has been an amazing journey ever since.    I now design and hand-forge my own pieces incorporating unusual mediums with my metal work, as well as finding unusual stones from around the world. 

About 1 ½ years ago, I joined Local Colors of Utah Art Gallery as one of its jewelers.  I love being involved with the gallery and the camaraderie with the other artists.   With all of the changes and improvements in Sugar House it is a grand and exciting time for the gallery.


Mae Wellington
2013-01-18 15:32

My name is Mae Wellington and my passion is glass...I make handcrafted fused and stained glass gifts by either fusing glass together or by using the copper foil method. 

I use glass kilns to take glass to high temperatures, and then to cool fast to anneal glass to make it strong. With this process I can make a large variety of glass gifts from jewelry to large sculptured pieces.

My passion started a few years ago making stained glass window panels and sun catchers by way of the copper foil technique.  But it was not until I bought my first glass kiln and started fusing that I discovered the wonderful world of melting glass.

With my glass kilns and tools I can make a large variety of fused art glass jewelry and gifts.

For me designing and creating  with glass is magic.

I believe that life was meant to be celebrated with color and magic each day…

Each piece of glass jewelry and each gift I make is unique and breathtaking…

For me creating colorful glass jewelry and gifts is a way for me to celebrate life...I love it…

My work can be found at Local Colors Art Gallery...


Gail Galarneau
2013-01-18 08:31

Here is a painting I completed while on a recent trip to New Mexico, to my friends small horse ranch.  I love to get new ideas for paintings while I am on vacation!  I named this painting "You Belong Among the Wildflowers" and it gives me a feeling of fun & being out in the country!  

 

 

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.