One of Utah's oldest professional art associations, the Associated Utah Artists, is exhibiting work at the Springville Museum of Art, through Sept. 1.
Founded in February of 1940 by Florence Ware, the Association believed in the idea of "painting sanely" in opposition to the abstractions of George Dibble and others. Ware disliked the direction art was taking and tried in vain to curb modernism's march to dominance.The Association counted among its charter members: Ted Wass-mer, Mary C. Kimball Johnson, LeConte Stewart, George Dunphy, Jack Vigos, Ken Davidson and Verla L. Birrell. James T. Harwood was also a charter member but died before its first show. Other important members through the years included B. F. Larsen and Alvin Gittens.
Today's AUA is still considered quite conservative, although artists such as Stan Elmer, Jossy Lownes, Jan Slusser, Val Moffett and Steve Sheffield have made modernist incursion. In general, the AUA has not changed much in the past 56 years. Leona Ferro has been exhibiting her landscapes with the AUA for 45 years.
The exhibit contains a number of outstanding landscapes by Mary Lou Romney, Sharon Jewkes, Paul Lyon and Theresa Hanel. There are watercolors of rustic buildings by Lucile Cannon and Carole H. Evans. The poppies by Barton North, hollyhocks by Linda Nelson and the garden scene by Janet Collins are a few of the outstanding floral pieces. Margaret Heywood and Kimball Slusser have figurative works of special note. One of the most interesting pieces in the show is a painted sculpture by Raymond Edvalson.
Recent bronze casts and marbles of older work by Alice Morrey Bailey and a Ware-esque still-life by Marjorie Paxman are highlights of the exhibition.
The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday until 9 p.m. and Sunday, 3-6 p.m. It is closed Mondays and holidays.