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ART CANVASS

The Days of '47 Western Heritage Art Show is about as action packed as a gunfight at high noon. Talented painters and sculptors not only bring their images to life but fill them with energy that's almost electric.

Appropriately, 47 artists had been invited to participate in the Days of '47 exhibit. However, one didn't come through, so only 46 are featured. Included are painters Farrell Collett, Arnold Friberg, Carol Harding, Gary Kapp, Nancy Littlefield, Jim Morgan, Al Rounds, A.D. Shaw, Joseph S. Venus, and Kimball Warren; and sculptors Clark Bronson, Blair Buswell, Ed Fraughton, Stan Johnson, Clyde Ross Morgan, Grant Speed and the Prazen brothers. But that's less than half of them.If you think cowboys lead a hard life but western artists don't, you're wrong. Last Wednesday, I was on hand in the Grand Building at the Utah State Fairpark to watch artists lugging heavy paintings and sculptures inside. It looked much more difficult and strenuous than rounding up cattle.

Anton Rasmussen was selected as featured artist this year. His mural-size paintings of the southern Utah landscape fill the walls of the Home Arts Building.

Featured deceased artist this year is Avard Fairbanks.

These artists were honored following a banquet last Thursday night. Mel Hardman Productions presented a video tribute to Rasmussen. Remarks were given by Vern Swanson, Grant Fairbanks and Donna Dahl, assistant to Jackie Nokes. The winner of the Arnold Friberg Scholarship Award was announced - Andrew Clipper of Ogden. A small art auction followed. The event ended with a tour of the Western Heritage Art Show and the Rasmussen exhibit.

Both exhibits continue through July 24 and are free to the public. Viewing hours are noon to 9 p.m. daily.

- The Petersen Art Center, a 13,800-square-foot school of visual arts, opened officially July 17 with an exhibition and reception. The exhibit features work by faculty members and staff Harold Petersen, Silvia Davis, Diana Gardiner, Mark Petersen, Donald Petersen and Cameron Gardiner. It will remain on display through Aug. 7. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Instruction is being offered in drawing, painting (oil and watercolor) graphic art and wheel-thrown pottery. Opening enroll- ment exceeds 340 students.

Future plans include classes in computer graphics, sculpture and photography.

The center is located the former Interlake Thrift building at 1025 E. 2100 South. The building was purchased by Harold Petersen and his son Mark earlier this year.

Petersen taught art at Highland High School for 30 years. Since his retirement from public schools in 1987, he has devoted much of his time to teaching students privately in his studio.

For information about the center and class offerings, call 467-5444.

- The Salt Lake Art Center will be a focal point of activity this summer.

Inside the center is Kidspace, a new program designed for children - and adults - to participate in hands-on visual arts projects. This is a permanent area where children can explore ideas and create art works. Participants can can experiment with paint, chalk, pencils and a variety of other materials. There is no charge for children to participate in Kidspace.

Kidspace will open Friday, July 23, with a public reception from 6-8 p.m. Following the grand opening, Kidspace will be open during regular gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Outside, other activities are taking place. A Saturday Art Market continues in the SLAC plaza through Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event affords artists and craftspeople an opportunity to display and sell their work in a festival-type setting.

Every Friday night, the SLAC sculpture court and Symphony Plaza are transformed into "Plazafest" - a series of delightful evenings of fun, food, music and art projects. They will continue through Aug. 27.

- Utahn Cordell Taylor has received recognition from the National Sculpture Society for his entry "Torso No. 1" during the Centennial Anniversary Exhibition at Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, N.Y. He was awarded the Pietro and Alfrieda Montana Memorial Prize.

An art student at the University of Utah, he uses rusted metal and other found objects to create his sculptures. He is represented by Tivoli Gallery.

- Mitchell Warner, 10, of Utah is one of eight winners in the worldwide third-annual Little Green Creative Arts Program sponsored by Sebastian International. In October, all winners will enjoy an all-expense-paid expedition to the Brazilian rain forest. The Little Green program, part of Sebastian's worldwide eco-awareness campaign, invites youngsters between ages 5-15 to express their environmental voices through art.

- Lectures, workshops, classes and meetings*:

Monday, July 19 (through July 23, KAC, Park City, 649-8882) - Ceramic tile painting workshop with Lark Lucas.

Friday, July 23 (noon, SLAC) - Art-lunch lecture "Connections/Conclusions" by artist Margret Carde. Last in series on Lee Deffebach Retrospective.

Monday, July 26 (through July 30, KAC, Park City, 649-8882) - Workshop on "The Art of the Woodcut" with Royden Card.

* Events are free unless noted otherwise.