Southam Gallery is one of the most bustling galleries in Utah, thanks to owner Linda Southam. She has a knack for choosing artists whose works have great appeal not only to local art collectors but to out-of-staters as well.

When I walked into her gallery last Wednesday, I was greeted by a number of recent works of the gallery's artists. There are some wonderful paintings by Nancy Lund, Diane Turner, Linda Curley, John Jarvis, Richard Murray and John Myrup. Also work by two new artists - David Koch and Grant L. Redden.And there's a price range to fit most budgets: Linda Curley's paintings range from $150 to $1,375 and Diane Turner's from $1,150 to $2,500. Nancy Lund's two large floral paintings are priced between $4,000 and $5,000.

Art sells fast in this gallery, so some of the works I saw just a few days ago might be gracing the walls of people's homes by now.

The current show, featuring paintings by Curley, Lund, Turner, Koch, Russell Case and Steve McGinty, continues through May 15. Southam Gallery is located at 50 E. Broadway (300 South). For more information, call 322-0376.

- The Advisory Board of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts has announced its third "Art in Bloom" fund-raiser for Friday through Sunday, May 13-15. This special weekend celebration of art and flowers will begin Friday night with a gala dinner and auction on Friday evening at Northwest Pipeline. Activities on Saturday and Sunday include a luncheon, speakers and exhibits. Featured speakers include UMFA director Frank Sanguinetti and designer Christos Giftos, director of special events and master floral designer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. For tickets and/or details about this fundraising event, call the UMFA, 581-7049.

- Bountiful/Davis Art Center announced the winners of the 1994 Davis County High School Competition at an awards ceremony on April 15.

Approximately 150 students from nine high schools submitted 208 entries for the show. Of those, 50 students received 56 certificates.

First-, second- and third-place winners in sculpture were Michelle Tribble, Tyler Burton and Cory Irwin; clay - Ian Montanaro, Mason Kjar and Courtney Smith; photography - Joleen Bell, Stephen Norman and Anita Christensen; mixed media - Tyson Johnson, Bradley Lamoreaux and Kathryn Williams; colored pencil - Carlos Mont-a-naro, Melissa Hart and Kim Presnell; pencil - Patrick Egan, Shareen Heaston and Laura Fors-berg; pen and ink - Stephen Preston, Tom Betts and Mark Brooks; and oil/acrylic - Elizabeth Rast, Rebecca Crosby and Shige Enomoto.

Judges were Pilar Pobil (two-dimensional entries), Bob Bauer (photography) and Craig Haaser (ceramics). The exhibit closed April 29.

- The Greater Salt Lake Area Quilters will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Salt Lake County Complex, North Building, 2000 South State. Several quilters from Australia will display their quilts and share their techniques and ideas. For details, call Lyn Coffin, 581-9734.

- Lectures, workshops, classes and meetings:

Friday through Sunday, May 5-7 (Zion National Park) - Watercolor workshop taught by Carl Purcell. Part of the Kimball Art Center Summer Art Institute Program. For details about workshop, call KAC, 649-8882.

Friday, May 13 (noon, Eccles Community Art Center, Ogden) - Gallery talk by Kathryn McKay on two exhibitions at center from the University of Arizona Museum of Art's permanent collection.

Wednesday, May 18 (8 p.m., Wildcat Theatre, Shepherd Union Building, Weber State University, Ogden) - Russian emigre painters Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid will lecture on their collaborative work.

- Call for entries:

21st Annual National Quilt Show (June 4-July 23, Springville Museum of Art) - Emphasis on traditional techniques as well as imaginative adaptations and methods.

Jurors will be Annette Morton Bracken, Tamara Boren and Sara Thompson Colby. Cash awards. Entries due May 24-28. For entry forms, call 489-2727.