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- A Woman's Place Bookstore sounds like an appropriate place to show Claudia Furnish Coverly's art of the female figure. Unfortunately, many of her works hang above eye level and are easily overlooked by the customers.

But there's a treat in store for those who do look above the bookshelves and spot Coverly's sensitive drawings and paintings.Some of her works are carefully modeled; others have been rendered spontaneously. The latter ones are my preference, especially her pastel works "Boots" and "Nude Study #4." And in her graphite study "Break Away," she reduces the female figure to only a few meaningful lines.

This is the first show in Utah for this new Salt Lake resident. It continues through March 31 at A Woman's Place Bookstore, 1615 Foothill Drive, (583-6431).

- The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is the recipient of a $100,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. According to museum director E. Frank Sanguinetti, the museum is one of only three university art museums receiving a grant this year. The other two are the Yale University Art Gallery and the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington.

This challenge grant is aimed at increasing contributions from the private sector as well. During a three-year period, the museum must match the $100,000 grant three times with private contributions.

- Patterson Sims of the Seattle Art Museum has been selected as juror of the Utah Art Council's annual Visual Artist Fellowship competition. He will choose two professional artists to receive $5,000 fellowships. Deadline for receiving applications is Feb. 27. Winners will be announced in June and receive awards on July 1.

- Sharon Teal-Coray of Sandy, Utah, has been selected to participate in the 21st Annual C.M. Russell Auction of Original Western Art in Great Falls, Mont. The auction is scheduled for March 16-19 at the Heritage Inn. As a result of the past 20 auctions, more than $1 million has been donated to the Russell Art Museum.

More than 700 pieces were entered by artists and collectors nationwide. Jurors reduced that number to 250 pieces. Teal-Coray will have two paintings in the auction - "Gifts of the Earth" and "The Red Blanket."

- New officers of Associated Utah Artists are Paul Lyon, president; Alan Halladay, vice-president; Annette Emmer, secretary; and Marjorie Paxman, treasurer.

- Lectures, Art Classes, Workshops, etc.

Feb. 26, 3 p.m., UMFA, U. of U. - Poetry by Phyllis White and stories by Joan Nabors, teller of African stories, myths and poetry. In conjunction with African exhibit at UMFA.

Feb. 27, 8 p.m., FAV 150, Fine Arts Bldg., USU campus, Logan (750-1395) - Visiting Artists Lecture Series will feature ceramics and sculpture by Howard Kottler.

March 2, 4:30 p.m., NEH Museum of Art - Gallery talk by photographer R.T. Clark, of USU's Department of Art in conjunction with his exhibit.

March 10, 8 p.m., Utah Museum of Natural History (UMNH) - Lecture by Constance LaLena entitled "Fiber Arts in the Natural World." Open to public.

March 11 and 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., UMNH. Workshop entitled "Designing and Weaving Fabrics for Interiors and Clothing." Taught by Constance LaLena. Cost: $65. Call K. Fennell, 582-9417.

March 12, 3 p.m., Salt Lake Art Center (328-4201) - Gallery talk by Harry Taylor in conjunction with his printmaking exhibit in the Upstairs Gallery.

March 17-18, Diane Pratt's studio, 3218 S. 11th East. Seascape painting taught by Diane Pratt. Sponsored by ISA. Call 571-2886.