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ART CANVASS

- "St. Peter in Prison," an early portrait by Rembrandt, failed to sell at Christie's on May 31, furthering art market worries of a slump. Bidding on the painting stopped at $9.5 million, just short of the $10 to $15 million presale estimate.

Rembrandt experts had expected the painting to go for as much as $20 million, especially after the recent sales of van Gogh's "Portrait of Dr. Gachet" for $82.5 million and Renoir's "Au Moulin de la Galette" for $78.1 million.More than 40 percent of the 151 art objects in the auction failed to sell. Total of the 87 pieces sold was $8.1 million.

"It's not as good as it was last year," said Manhattan dealer Jan Klein. "But it's not in a major slump."

- An exhibition of folk art from rural Utah, "Save It for a Rainy Day," is currently on display in Liberty Park at the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Art. Featured in the exhibit are whittling, woodcarving, rag rugs, rawhide braiding and folk sculpture. All of the materials have been recycled from used, cast-off or remnant materials, ranging from old tools adapted for use in wood sculpting to the fabric scraps used for rugmaking.

Carol Edison, UAC folk arts coordinator, curated the exhibit. She said, "Life in the frontier West required initiative, ingenuity and self-sufficiency. People had to look to themselves and to local resources to satisfy their needs."

The exhibit is open daily from noon to 5 p.m. For information about group tours, call 533-5760.

- The illustration program in the Department of Art at Utah State University was recently recognized during an awards ceremony at Museum of American Illustration in New York. The program received a grant of $4,000 from the Hallmark Corporate Foundation. This was the second-highest award given in the country.

The competition recognized 110 college students from across the country with cash awards and certificates of merit. USU art students Mike Albrectsen and Dalin Hawes each received a cash award of $2,000. Matching grants were awarded their school.

"We're delighted to honor the institutions that play such an important role in cultivating student artists' creativity and talent," said Jani Mohr, Hallmark director of creative recruiting.

- The Board of Directors of the Utah Media Arts Center has launched a search to replace Alison Gregersen as director. Gregersen resigned, effective June 30, to pursue interests in commercial media fields.

The UMAC Board has circulated a position description. It is available at the Media Center office in the Salt Lake Art Center, 20 S. West Temple. For information, call 534-1168.

- Lectures, workshops, classes, etc.

Monday, June 11, through Friday, June 15, The Art Barn, 54 Finch Lane (596-5000) - One-week workshop on surface design techniques taught by Martha Klein Haley and Roberta Glidden.

Monday, June 11, through Friday, June 15, Tivoli Gallery, 255 S. State - Utah Watercolor Society-sponsored workshop with Nita Engle.

Monday, June 11, through Friday, June 22, Utah State University - Printmaking workshop focusing on woodcuts by guest artist/educator Sid Chafetz. Open to high school, undergraduate and graduate level students. For details, call 750-3460.

Tuesday, June 12, Salt Lake Art Center - At noon, lecture by Robert S. Olpin on "American Academic Tradition and the Armory Show." At 5 p.m., lecture by Randy Dryer on "First Amendment, Freedom of Expression and Censorship."

Wednesday, June 13, noon, Salt Lake Art Center, 328-4201 - Art-lunch lecture by David S, one of artists exhibiting in installation and performance piece "First Steps."

Wednesday, June 20, noon, Salt Lake Art Center - Art-lunch lecture by Wendy Ajax, one of the artists featured in "First Steps" exhibit.

Thursday, June 21, 7:30 p.m., Ballroom, Snowbird Resort's Cliff Lodge - Free slide presentation on "Looking at African Art: Past and Present."

Saturday, June 23, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. - A free seminar/workshop to prepare artists interested in entering works in "Patterns," a juried exhibition to be held in September at the Tivoli Gallery. Sponsored by the Ching Hai Oriental Painting Society (CHOPS). For more information, call 485-8198.