The Eccles Community Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Avenue, Ogden will exhibit the recent works of local artist, David W. Jackson of Mt. Green in the Main Gallery, November 4-29. The Carriage House Gallery will feature local artists with an Artist Invitational/Holiday Boutique exhibit through December. An opening reception for the Jackson exhibit and an evening of holiday shopping in the Carriage House Gallery is planned for Friday, November 4, 2011 from 5 to 8 p.m.
David W. Jackson is multi-talented as well as proficient in a variety of art mediums. Currently, his energies are focused on watercolor, oil and bronze. He is well known for his accurate depiction of wildlife and the western landscape. His rich colors and impressionistic style enhances his opportunity to display work in private collections and exhibitions throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He has crafted bronze sculptures for Weber State University, Fremont High School, Skyview High School, Roy High School and private individuals and businesses.
A native of Ogden, Mr. Jackson received his B.S. Degree from Weber State University and M.F.A. from Utah State University. He was an art teacher at Bonneville High School for 27 years retiring in 2000 to devote more time professionally to art.
“I hope that my art reflects new strengths and growth in composition, color and application. Hopefully, those who are familiar with my work will see a fresh look to the old Jackson and new viewers will see a wide variety of things I like to paint. I hope you enjoy the show!”
The Carriage House Gallery will exhibit featured work for an Artist Invitational/Holiday Boutique exhibit through December with extended hours for shopping on Friday, November 4th and Friday, December 2nd from 5 to 8 p.m. Local artists will fill the Carriage House with holiday gift giving ideas, functional pottery, and wonderful new art.
Featured artists include Northern Utah artists: Brigham City artist, Colette Bradford, Honeyville jeweler, Carolyn Eddy, soft sculpture artist, Arlene Muller and painter Billee Petersen of Ogden, artists, Jake Songer and Kris Wilson and potter Craig Haaser of Huntsville, Irene Rampton Yvenginy Zolostev and Stephanie Saint-Thomas of Salt Lake City as well as others. These artist will provide a variety of art media including paintings in watercolor and oil, prints, jewelry and acrylic, as well as seasonal soft sculpture.
Colette Bradford says While attending Utah State University, I studied anatomy and life drawing with Adrian Van Suchtelen. At this time I became interested in still life painting. My still life set-ups are composed of items with meaning and things I find.”
Of her jewelry, Carolyn Eddy explains “the age old method of working the wire, allows each new handmade piece of jewelry or wire art sculpture to truly become a one of a kind piece of art.”
Irene Rampton expressive style compliments whatever subject she choose to explore with her loose and juicy brush stokes. “Drawn to painting people she encounters in everyday life,” she says “the core of her work has revolved around faces and figures of women.” Irene continues “I have been focusing my talent, recently, on places visited and experiences shared, while traveling abroad.”
Arlene Muller seasonal soft sculpture pieces are popular with Carriage House Gallery patrons. This year Arlene has designed and created elves and santas, as well as her popular pocket dolls.
Billee Petersen says “ I fully embrace the holidays and enjoy painting a new Santa Claus each year. I must admit I fall in love with each one as I work on it. They make me feel happy. It is always my hope that they will bring joy into someone’s Christmas season.”
Stephanie Saint-Thomas has created whimsical hand-painted jewelry, mirrors and boxes for the Carriage House Gallery that are similar to those that she sales through Saks Fifth Avenue. She has also started creating a collection of acrylic landscapes. Stephanie explains that “her mystical and expressionistic renderings of land and sea reflects the beauty, mystery, and enchantment that she sees in all of life.”
Jake Songer “started creating art from the time he could hold a pencil. His parents and teachers recognized and encouraged his talent with various workshops until eventually he studied art at Utah State University.” Jake’s work has been well received. “He is grateful for his affiliation with the art community in Utah and Costa Rica, and for his patrons around the world.” Jake sums up his philosophy of art with “All of us have an inner element that compels us to create something inspiring ... something that is well designed that didn’t exist before.”
Visit the Eccles Community Art Center and its galleries this holiday season. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The art center will be closed on November 24 through 26, as well as Sundays. For more information, call us at 801-392-6935 or review our website at www.ogden4arts.org.