“We had over 100 people come. I thought was quite an impressive turnout,” stated artist and gallery owner, Amy Everhart. The Grand Opening of the Rocky Mountain Fine Art Gallery on May 20th received a favorable response by art lovers and curiosity seekers. “To the best of my knowledge, this is the first established art gallery in Morgan County,” said Morgan County Historian, Linda Smith.
Amy shares the store space with her husband, Ryan, who uses part of the space for his chiropractic practice. Amy has been painting professionally since 2005. Her love of art and painting was instilled in her, as a child, by her mother.
As newlyweds the Everharts came to Morgan for picnics. Amy shared Ryan’s opinion, “If we move back to Utah it would have to be Morgan County, we liked it here and have lived here about a year and half.”
Artists from Morgan and Cache Counties displayed various forms of expression that day. This included water colors, oil paintings, bronze sculptures, wood carving, painting on feathers, handcrafted kaleidoscopes, and even a book (“The Remember Kiss” by Natalie Perry and illustrated by Amy Everhart). A note posted near the book noted that all profits from its sale go directly to Josh Harvey’s medical expenses. Josh is a student at Morgan Middle School undergoing chemotherapy.
One woman commented on the water in Bonnie Malan’s painting “Benbow Pond In England”, saying “it looked so real, like it was actually there.” Other visitors agreed, “it was almost three-dimensional.” Many visitors hadn’t realized that Morgan had so many talented artists.
The featured artists from Morgan include Joe Watkin, Randy Peay, Kim Corpany, Amy Everhart, Joan Triplett, Pat Stephens, Amy Jones, Lauri Eskelson, and Bonnie Malan. Featured from Cache Valley is artist Sean Wallis.
There were art demonstrators Jessica and Heather Heywood, painting with water colors. Younger artists could also demonstrate their skills on a table with an extended roll of drawing paper.
Artists Malan And Eskelson have some things in common, not just the talent of oil painting but the privilege of producing art from the same studio. Eskelson recently purchased Malan’s home and now uses the studio where she previously painted.
“We plan on holding an Open House, the first Friday of each month,” Everhart explained, “ to introduce the new artist. We will have a new display then as well,” the gallery owner promises. “In coming months, more artists from Morgan will be featured.”
“I am really excited about June’s artist,” Everhart continues. “Dean Bradshaw from Salt Lake City. He is quite an accomplished artist. His show will be June 3rd from 3-7pm.” The entry room of the gallery is already booked through January for artist’s displays.
Everhart has arranged for Summer Art Classes as well as Summer Art Camp. These are for all ages unless specified. The Summer Art Camps themes are “Meet the Masters”(June 13- 16 from 1-3:00pm); “Harvesting Dreams With Hunderwasser”(June 18-21 9:30-11:30am) and “Art Around the World” (August 8-11 9:30-11:30am). These sessions are $55 each.
Summer hours for the Rocky Mountain Fine Art Gallery will be Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 9am-2pm. For further information call 801-829-6414 or 801-845-8051 or visit at 151 North State Street, Morgan City.