Monday, September 15, 2008

From Monet to Picasso Art Exhibit at the Utah Museum of Fine art

Van gogh's Two Poplars at Saint-RemyAfter seeing some great art museums in Holland this summer, it was a treat to be able to enjoy some amazing paintings close to home this weekend at the Utah Museum of Fine Art's exhibition "From Monet to Picasso." My oldest daughter Jennie, who enjoys all things cultural, expressed an interest in the exhibit so the two of us had a little "Daddy-daughter Date" and visited the show last Saturday. This extraordinary show on loan from the Cleveland Art Institute was well-attended with long lines to park, and even longer lines to get in. But it was well worth it. We were both impressed as we moved from room to room seeing the works of such master artists as Renoir, Degas, Monet, Van Gogh, Dali, Picasso, and Matisse. I love art, and it is satisfying to see my kids and grandkids enjoying it as well. Good stuff.


J. Kirk richards ONe Person Show at the Springville Museum of ArtI had a chance to visit briefly with fellow artist J. Kirk Richards at the opening of his new one person show at the Springville Museum of Art. Arriving a little early, I found him and museum director Vern Swanson adjusting a few spotlights and putting the finishing touches on the show. Wow, what a magnificent showing. His unique style of figurative painting is unmatched with deep emotion seething from every painting. This young master exudes proficiency as he juxtaposes value, color, and texture in a way that feels both natural and ethereal at the same time. This is a must-see show.

Artist J. Kirk Richards at the Springville Museum of Art
Museum visitors got a treat watching Richards put few touch-ups on one of his paintings.

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