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Stephen W. Olpin, a senior in film at Brigham Young University, won the Crystal Heart Award - and $10,000 - for his entry, "The Potter's Meal," in the Heartland Film Festival held recently in Indianapolis. The film focuses on the life of Joseph Bennion, a potter who lives in Spring City, Utah.

Carson Soule, executive director of the festival, said, "The film was powerful because of the message it sent. It was a reaffirming film that was clearly and positively stated."Bennion is pleased with the film and said it exceeded his expectations. "The film is educational - not about how to make pots, but how to be and how to live."

- The Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Utah will present the Eames Film Festival during January. Six short films will be shown on Friday, Jan. 15, at 5:15 p.m. in Room 127, Art/Architecture Bldg. Two films - "Interview with Charles Eames" and "Image of the City" will be shown at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 20, in the Architecture Faculty Lounge. "Day of the Dead" and a special presentation, film and discussion with Eames Demetrios is set for 5:15 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium (basement of UMFA). For more information, call 581-8254.

- John Nieto, widely acclaimed painter from Santa Fe, N.M., will visit disadvantaged children at Guadalupe School's Early Learning Center on Friday, Jan. 15, to talk about art. To celebrate his visit, the children are creating a puzzle mural of a buffalo, under the direction of volunteer art teacher Jody Shrontz. They will present Nieto with the mural during his visit.

On Saturday, Jan. 16, the children and their families will be bused to UMFA for a special showing of the mural and a chance to see Nieto's exhibit. The public can see both from Jan. 17 through March 7.

- The Salt Lake Gallery Association will host its monthly gallery stroll on Friday, Jan. 15. Thirteen local galleries will participate: Dolores Chase, Gallery 56, LeftBank Artists Co-op, Phillips, Repartee, Southam, Tivoli, Urban Arts, UDC and Williams Fine Arts. Also participating are D'Elegance International, Distinctive African-American Artwork and the Salt Lake Art Center.

Hours for the gallery stroll are 6-9 p.m. Maps are available at any of the participating galleries. For details, call 328-9848.

- Winter art classes begin this week at Kimball Art Center, Park City. Beginning Tuesday evening, Jan. 12, Peg Wolf will teach batik, and Judy Summer, classical clay sculpture. Other classes include: Oil painting taught by Diane Balaban, ceramics with Bruce Larrabee, photography with Jerry Honeywell, experimental clay sculpture with Peter Cole and fly tying. Judy Summer will teach a "Creativity In and Beyond The Arts" workshop on Saturday, Feb. 20. For dates, class fees and other information, call KAC, 649-8882.

- The State of Art, consisting of 500 square miles surrounding Escalante and Boulder in Southern Utah, is considering proposals for environmental artists to execute ephemeral and possibly permanent art. Although most costs of the project will be paid by the artist, the State of Art will coordinate the project with necessary authorities, recruit volunteers to assist in placing and removing the work and handle publicity. For details, contact Bob Matheny, State of Art, 4452 Brindisi Street, San Diego, CA 92107, 619-223-3745.

- Lectures, workshops and classes*:

Wednesday, Jan. 13 (noon, Salt Lake Art Center, 20 S. West Temple, 328-4201) - Art-lunch lecture by Dan Groussman, co-curator of "Visions of Unity" exhibition.

Wednesday, Jan. 20 (8 p.m., Monson Theater, Val Browning Center, WSU, Ogden) - Issues in Contemporary Art Lecture. New York photographer Nan Goldin will present her work "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency."

Wednesday, Jan. 20 (6:30 p.m., Brigham City Museum-Gallery) - Gallery talk by James O'Connell in conjunction with exhibit "Children of the Baobab."

Saturday, Feb. 6 (9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Art Barn, 54 Finch Lane, 596-5000) - Workshop by Fred Wright to teach artists how quality color slides of their work can enhance portfolios. Cost: $55 prepaid. Bring a 35mm adjustable camera, tripod and three examples of your work. One roll of film will be provided.

* Events are free unless noted otherwise.