FARMINGTON - Spring is the best time to enjoy the outdoors, even when it’s inside an art gallery.
The Bountiful/Davis Art Center’s spring show brings together a collection of some of the state’s and country’s best vistas, from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to the mountains of Utah. For art lovers, it’s a chance to go on vacation without having to worry about hotel prices or time off from work.
The mountains are at their most majestic in Linda Marion’s “Early Morning on the North Rim,” an epic, open painting that simulates the sensation of standing on the edge of the titular ridge. In Susan Johnson’s paintings they’re full of life, home to a family of exquisitely detailed owls in “Nestlings” or a beautiful, lone deer in “Sudden Encounter.”
Marion Hyde recasts those mountains in a more abstract light, turning them into gnarled hunks so solid-looking you can almost feel their weight. “Gorge Variation III” focuses only on the crags and shadows, highlighting each so sharply that the eye can play tricks and turn them into grotesque faces. The gentler, more realistic “Autumn Trees Along the Fremont II,” on the other hand, has golden trees so soft and puffball light that I wanted to pet them.
Kay Secrist-Jones has two ephemerally fragile harbor shots, both hazy and delicate as a summer memory. Kevin Marcoux brings a more mysterious feel to his water-themed paintings, both “Grantsville Fenceline (Yours, Mine and Ours)” and “Art Walk” as cool and blue as being plunged into the depths.
Randy Laub, on the other hand, is drawn to cities. The photographer has several pieces in the exhibit, from the grand sweep of San Francisco’s most famous bridge to the humble charms of a roof in Bath, England. “Bathed In Light” packs the most visual punch of the set, while “St. Paul’s Roses, London,” makes the cathedral dome seem surprisingly elegant and delicate when juxtaposed with the roses.
The one artist bucking the outdoor trend entirely is Rod Heiss, who has several abstract pieces full of luscious, swirling colors. The best ones seem to glow from within, particularly “Can You Find It” and “Big Salad,” and offer a sight that not even Mother Nature can provide.