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ART CANVASS

Fred Wright is currently exhibiting his color photographs and laser prints at the Finch Lane Gallery, 54 Finch Lane (596-5000). And although the exhibit is titled " . . . looking, looking, looking," the photographer hopes that the viewer will not only look, but see and understand.

He points out that in these photographs he has tried to capture "the clarity of that moment when the thinking mind abandons itself to another consciousness." He adds that one should not confuse product with experience. And it pleases him when his work provides others "with a moment of pleasure - or a moment of perplexity."Some photographs are recognizable, as in the richly colored "Grotto." Others, are more abstract. And it's perfectly all right with Wright if the viewer interprets them any way he wishes.

For example, when I looked at his abstract photograph "Looking In," filled with its red, white and blue colors, I felt that it was a strong statement on the deterioration of patriotism and the desecration of the American flag. But although that's how I understood it, others might have an entirely different interpretation. And that's just fine. His objective is to get the viewer to think.

Wright's laser prints appear to be abstract paintings, but in reality are aerial photographs. His understanding of the principles of design is apparent as he zeroes in on simple, yet visually exciting, compositions.

The show will continue at the Finch Lane Gallery through Friday, Aug. 24. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

- The 21st Annual Park City Art Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5, on Historic Main Street. Two hundred visual artists from 25 states will display and sell original artwork including ceramic, jewelry, drawing, fiber, glass, leather, metal, painting, photography, printmaking, paper, sculpture and wood.

An exciting schedule of entertainment has been planned. It will begin with the Kismet belly dancers. On Saturday morning at 11:45 they'll wind their way down Main Street and perform on the Kimball Art Center Patio Stage. Other Saturday entertainment includes Kat James, the Prairie Dogs, Joe Muscolino Band, Southwind and the Tempo Timers.

Sunday's entertainment begins at 11:45 a.m. with the Salt Lake Scots on bagpipes and drums. They'll also march down Main Street to KAC's Patio Stage where they will perform a 45-minute concert. Additional Sunday entertainment: Craig Crowther Band, Amnesia, Salt Lake Good Time Jazz Band, Armed and Dangerous and Orquestra Pachanga.

The Utah Symphony will perform both Saturday and Sunday evenings on the Deer Valley Stage.

A variety of food will be available at the food pavilion on both days. For more information, call 649-8882.

- Two Bonnie Sucec sculptures created for the Utah Arts Festival 1990 Environmental Arts Project have found a home at the Salt Lake Art Center. The 16 foot tall mystical sculptures, titled "Summer on the Side Walk" are displayed at the entrance to the Art Center. The pieces were transported to the Salt Lake Art Center through the cooperation of Weyher Brothers Company, Lowell Construction Company, Gayle Weyher, the Utah Arts Festival, David S, Bonnie Sucec and Susan Beck.

- Lectures, workshops, classes, etc.

Sunday, July 29, 3 p.m., Utah Museum of Fine Arts - "Concept and Image." Panel discussion by six artists whose works were selected for "Utah '90: Painting and Sculpture." They will respond to juror's statement.

Monday, July 30, noon, Salt Lake Art Center Auditorium - Free lecture by Gary Faye, juror of "Utah '90: Photography."

Monday, July 30, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Salt Lake Art Center, 328-4201 - Workshop by master photographer Gary Faye. Focus will be on artistic expression and commercial photography.

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m., Atrium Gallery, Salt Lake's Main Library - Gallery talk by Kent Rich and Martin Zwick on their photography exhibit on display.

Wednesday, Aug. 1, noon, Salt Lake Art Center, 328-4201 - Lecture by artist Kaye Terry on "Exhibition 1990: Contemporary Works on Paper."

Saturday, Aug. 4, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Art Barn, 596-5000 - Minicourse in silkscreen with Jen Shurtliff.

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m., Holiday Inn at Airport - Free oil painting demonstration by Texas painter Robert Garden. Workshop from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m, same location (call 1-800-356-4278). Second workshop Friday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also second painting demonstration at 2 p.m., Holiday Inn, 3306 Washington Blvd., Ogden.

Tuesday, Aug. 7 to Friday, Aug. 11, Kimball Art Center, 649-8882 - Ceramic tile painting workshop with Lark Lucas.

Tuesday, Aug. 7, Kimball Art Center, 649-8882 - Beginning of two-week workshop "Porcelain: A Traditional Japanese Method" taught by Dr. James Srubek.

Tuesday, Aug. 7 and Wednesday, Aug. 8, New Images Art Gallery/Studio (Brigham City, 723-2528) - Two-day printmaking workshops for children 9-12; also Aug. 14 and 15. Workshops for teens on Aug. 9 and 10; also Aug. 16 and 17.

Wednesday, Aug. 8, Salt Lake Art Center, 328-4201 - Art-lunch lecture by Cary Stevens-Jones on exhibition "New Dimensions in Photography."