- Galleries are often full of surprises. But before you can find out what they are, you've got to locate the galleries. Sometimes that's not as easy as it sounds, especially if you're talking about King's Cottage, Loge and Repartee galleries.
- King's Cottage Gallery is located at 2223 S. 700 East. But to find the gallery, you have to enter the front or back doors of King's Music Shop and walk through several rooms of pianos before spotting the stairway to the gallery.Upstairs, you'll find a small, well-lighted room filled with art works. But exhibits are not limited to this space. They spill over into hallways and other upstairs rooms as well.
Gallery owner and painter Susan Burgener is currently sharing wall space with three other artists - Ken Baxter, Tom Mulder and Shirley McKay. Their four-person show continues through June 30.
Baxter's oil paintings need no introduction; his style is easily identifiable. And, quite possibly, you'll see a painting or two that have appeared in other shows in years past.
Mulder's oils, filled with simple shapes and flat colors, continue the individualistic style that has made his work so popular. One of the most striking is his 1986 "Chamula Shoeshine."
Most of McKay's and Burgener's watercolors hanging in this show are recent works. Two paintings from McKay's "Canyon Suite" series can be seen in the first gallery. In the larger of the two, McKay has attacked the painting with considerable vigor and bright color. Yet she remained in complete control of this unpredictable aqueous medium.
The small watercolor "Santa Fe" started out as a class demonstration last December. First, McKay briskly brushed in sky and building colors. Then she added glazes. Finally she slowly painted small areas she called "negative spaces." They are background areas that are darker than closer objects - such as spaces between branches.
One of Burgener's striking paintings also started out as a classroom demonstration. When painting the colorful flowers and leaves in "April Flowers," she loosened her reins on the watercolor technique. She then tightened them when adding the grays in the background. She carefully applied four layers of glazing to come up with an exciting gray value.
King's Cottage is more than a gallery. It sells art supplies and offers custom framing. And it's an art school as well. Interestingly enough, the four instructors who teach classes there are the same artists whose works are being spotlighted in the current exhibition.
Burgener teaches drawing, oil, watercolor and youth art classes; Mulder and Baxter teach oil painting; and McKay teaches watercolor. Some of the classes are held during the day. Others are taught in the evening. For information, call 486-5019.
- The Loge Gallery isn't especially difficult to find; it's on the mezzanine level of the Pioneer Memorial Theatre. Just remember, the gallery consists of two hallways, one on the north and the other on the south of the theater.
The current show spotlights landscapes by a former architect, a former chemist and a retired U.S. Army officer. Their names? Richard Abruzzese, Arthur Barry Clark and Richard Miles.
If you know your media, here's a quick way to identify each artist's work:
Miles paints in oils, with much of his subject matter taken from scenes in the national parks in Utah or adjacent states. He enjoys capturing light and shadow in his works. This is particularly noticeable in "Nature's Crown: Arches National Park" and "Winter Morning: Weber River."
Abruzzese also paints his landscapes using oils. Many of them - in this show, anyway - are winter scenes. His style differs from Miles' because he uses freer, more spontaneous brush stokes. This difference is especially noted in "The Line of Oil."
Highly versatile Clark records his subject matter in watercolors, lithographs, and graphite drawings. He works comfortably in all mediums. His graphite drawing, "Black Willows" has been adroitly drawn. And his watercolor `Kinesava" works extremely well, thanks to his decision to cover the foreground with shadow.
The exhibit can be enjoyed by theatergoers through May 26 during intermissions of Pioneer Theatre Company's production of "Big River." It can also be viewed Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Repartee Gallery & FrameWork isn't the easiest to find, especially if you don't know your way around Foothill Village. After considerable time looking around, I finally found it above ZCMI II and to the right of Strawberry Patch Klothes Kloset.
The gallery features originals and prints of fantasy art by James Christensen; watercolors by Rebecca Hartvigsen, Nancy Lund, Al Rounds and Chris Young; oils by Robert Duncan, Gary Kapp, LeConte Stewart and William Whitaker; ceramics by Roger Davis; sculpture by Avard Fairbanks and Carol Dunford-Jackman. But gallery owner Monty Stewart also brings in talent from outside Utah boundaries - James Bama, Anthony Gibbs, Rod Frederick, Frank C. McCarthy and others.
This attractive gallery offers more than visual art. There are Persian rugs and furniture and accessories from Provo's The Naturalist. The gallery also specializes in quality matting and framing. On display in the front of the store are samples of a variety of framing projects the store's framers have tackled successfully. They range from teddy bears to Scouting memorabilia, from baby clothes to wedding pictures.
Repartee Gallery & FrameWork, 1400 Foothill Village, 582-6810, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stewart also has a second Repartee Gallery at J-168 University Mall in Orem, 224-5508.