Spotlighted in Gallery 303 at Brigham Young University are large ceramic sculptures by Von Allen, head of the ceramics program at BYU.
For this exhibit, Allen introduces the viewer to new expressions she finds "exhilarating - and a little unnerving.""When you're an artist, you have to decide when you've done one thing long enough," she said. "But it takes a lot of courage to put out new work."
Her "old" style featured curving, vertical forms that looked like long fingers. Her new style combines a variety of different forms and textures, thus adding greater interest to her sculptures.
The forms hover between reality and abstraction. So take a look at the titles. They will give you clues of what these images represent are contained in their titles, like "Fire Catcher," "The Diver" and "A Fire Journey."
Allen has also changed her palette. Instead of the vivid colors characteristic of previous previous works, she has moved to washed-out, stucco-like tones.
Allen has taught at BYU for seven years. During that time, she has seen an expansion of the ceramics program which included moving from cramped quarters to more spacious ones. The new, oversize kiln allows her and her students to work from small, delicate porcelain ware to large, rough sculptures.
The exhibit, titled "Drama Sources" will remain on display through Friday, March 22. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday.
- The Utah Arts Council is seeking applications for visual artist fellowships designed to help further work of the state's top professional artists. Two $5,000 fellowships are being offered again this year.
Artists in crafts, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture or new genres are eligible to apply. Applicants must list exhibitions, awards and other accomplishments as well as submit 10 35mm slides of their work. Materials must be received by UAC before the April 15 deadline. Applications are available at UAC, 617 E. South Temple, SLC, UT 84102, or by calling 533-5895.
- The Salt Lake Art Center Guild will host an Easter party for children ages 3-10 years on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SLAC. It will include egg decorating, basket designing, bunny-making and an Easter egg hunt. Children are asked to bring their own Easter baskets. Cookies and punch will be served. Cost is $15 per child. There is a limit of 50 children, so call early for reservations. Contact Nancy Holman, 467-8525.
- Adults are invited to attend a porcelain painting demonstration and exhibit on Thursday, March 28, from 6-8 p.m. Presented by the Utah-World Association of China Painters, it will be held at Whitmore Library, 2197 E. 7000 South.
Many of the exhibited items are by local and national prize winners. They include vases, plates, jewelry, dolls, plaques and enamel work. The items will be displayed at Whitmore Library throughout March.
- The Springville Museum of Art recently announced the winners of awards in the All-State High School Exhibit. Capturing master awards and $100 each were Eric Empy (Brighton), Sonya Droguett (Highland), Andrea Bennett (Visual Arts Institute) and Linda Williams (West).
Ten awards of excellence and $50 each went to William Olsen (Ben Lomond), Kelli Sinner (Bingham), Brady Jones (Highland), Kim Peterson (Skyline), Sheryl Deckert (Skyline), Richard Russell (Skyline), Ryan Olson (Timpview), Cameron Bigler (Timpview), Gabriel Atiya (Visual Arts Institute) and Jonathan Walker (West). Also, 20 award-of-merit certificates were presented.
Last day of the exhibit was Thursday, March 14.
Lectures, workshops, classes.
Sunday, March 17, 3 p.m., Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah - Lecture on "Dream Women in Symbolist Art" by exhibition curator Kristine Jensen.
Monday, March 18, 7 p.m., Salt Lake Art Center - Open Forum on Art Criticism with Ann Albritton, Anna Campbell Bliss, Mary Francey and Ann Poore.
Wednesday, March 20, noon, Salt Lake Art Center - Art-lunch tour of the "High Art, High Chair" exhibit with Clinton Call.
Wednesday, March 27, noon, Salt Lake Art Center - Art-lunch tour of exhibition "A Dozen & One Utah Furniture Makers" by Michael Iannone.
Thursday, March 28, 7 p.m., Collett Art Gallery, Weber State University - Lecture by visiting artist Mary Ann Bonjorni.
Wednesday, April 3, noon, Salt Lake Art Center - Art-lunch tour by David W. Pursley. Topic: "Documenting the Permanent Collection."
Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m., Salt Lake Art Center. "The Mechanical Paradise," the first of the eight-part film series "Shock of the New." Other segments will follow on every Thursday evening through May 23.
- By Richard P. Christenson