Just last week I was running post Christmas errands with my wife. One of those list items was to have a frame put around some art my wife bought me as a Christmas gift. We stopped in at the Logan Fin Art Gallery and met with Julie LeFevre the Acting Curator and Manager of the Gallery and its accompanying supply center for artists.
We had a fun time looking at some frames for a western Cowboy painting and an Indian painting both made by Jason Rich. Jason is a fabulous creator of Western Themed Art and his fame is quickly accumulating both because of his tremendous skill and his personality. Several people have commented that Jason has an abnormally warm personality that he garnishes his shows with. I am proud of the Jason Rich Artists Proofs my wife obtained for our home. So this eventually led us to this Gallery in downtown Logan Utah.
We ended up spending some time going over the frame choices and trying to make sure the colors not only went with the piece but our family room d???cor where the pieces would be on display. During the process we became acquainted with Julie. She seemed to understand how to meet our needs and her ability to ??ª?work??ª? with people whom she just met is great. We covered a lot of ground when I noticed in the lobby several photos on display incorporating the artists/architect??ª?s visual conception of a new Gallery to be placed in downtown Logan. It will be much bigger than the facility (which isn??ª?t small, at least to me) where we were having our discussion.
As my wife and Julie went on a conversation jaunt, Julie interrupted to encourage me to walk through the gallery while I waited for them to make some decisions. Believe me when I say, ??ª?I know they both wanted to let my wife shop some more.??ª? My wife doesn??ª?t shop much so I allowed both opportunities to proceed (like I would have a chance/choice to change it) knowing that I could have just locked myself down for hours! Merry Christmas Dear!
I walked through the 4 aisles of the main gallery hall and then a side room and then I noticed additional pieces at the back of the supply center. The majority of originals were in the gallery itself. I viewed quite a wide range of pieces and themes. You will be treated to sculpture work as well. I won??ª?t ruin it for you, as you need to take this walk yourself. I am not an art collector, but I do appreciate the work and creative skill and thought processes that bring these wonderful pieces into being. I??ª?ve had the opportunity to witness my wife??ª?s water color work and having done photography, I understand some of the complexities of positioning for the eye.
Some are quickly produced with precision and others have been
contemplated and slowly crafted as thoughts and visions are
transferred to hand and canvas.
In fact Julie brought to my attention that two artists would be
featured at an upcoming showing on the 17th of Jan. 2014. The showing will be from 6pm ??ª?? 9pm. I??ª?ve included a Biography on both artists. I plan on walking through after learning the artists have local connections in their careers and lives.
If you would like to see some of this work first hand and or want to develop that hidden talent, contact Julie LeFevre at the Logan Fine Art Gallery.
Colleen Howe Bleinberger is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and American Women Artists. She teaches landscape painting. Her work is represented by Authentique Gallery, St. George,Utah; Bingham Gallery, Mt. Carmel, Utah; The Rich Haines Gallery in Park City, Utah; the Village Gallery in Lahaina, Maui (Hawaii);and the 15th Street Gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Growing up on a cattle ranch in southwestern Montana definitely influenced her to become a landscape painter. When only seven years old, she visited a painter in a small home next to the 1860??ª?s two-room school house where she went to school. Seeing a large, beautiful painting on the artist??ª?s easel, Colleen knew she wanted to be an artist, too.
Colleen attended Brigham Young University and the University of Utah to study drawing and painting.
Colleen??ª?s work is in permanent collections at the University of Utah, O. C. Tanner, Co., Utah State University and many private collections. Her work may be viewed online at: colleenhowe.com
Kristi Grussendorf: Kristi Grussendorf??ª?s mother studied art/art education so Kristi grew up in a very creative environment. She received her BFA (with some post graduate studies) from the University of Utah with an emphasis in drawing and painting. Before moving to the Cache Valley, she was employed by Waterford School in Sandy, UT as a lower school art specialist. Kristi teaches art to both children & adults & has done some long term substitute art teaching @ Edith Bowen Laboratory School on the Utah State campus. Last year she was the visiting artist for a UDAM/Crayola grant at Summit Elementary. She has participated in the Dixie Invitational for several years now & is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, the Wyoming Watercolor Society & the Utah Watercolor Society, where she serves as vice president on the state Board & is active in the Cache Valley Chapter. Kristi has had work published in several issues of Watercolor Artist Magazine & is honored to be a featured artist in the most recent issue (Feb.2013) Kristigrussendorf.com
Contact the LOGAN FINE ART GALLERY at:
60 West 100 North
Logan, Utah 84321
Gallery Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am ??ª?? 6pm Sunday: Closed