by Louise R. SHAW
BOUNTIFUL—History and the arts come together at the Handcart Days Exhibit now open at Bountiful Davis Art Center, one of many events scheduled over the next few weeks to celebrate the pioneer history of the area.
“A Bountiful Celebration” is the theme for this year’s show, which features a combination of works by both amateur and professional artists in a wide variety of mediums.
Visitors to the exhibit hall, at 90 N. Main in Bountiful, will see photographs, fashions, pottery, needlework and even, appropriately, a miniature handcart built from wood.
Quilts created by members of Bountiful’s Main Street Quilters are also on display throughout the gallery, showcasing both new and traditional patterns in everything from wheels to witches, from gardens to Santas.
“The quilters’ mottos is that this is their passion, their addiction and their therapy,” said Alysa Revell, executive director at BDAC.
This month’s exhibit has something old in the traditional Handcart art and quilt exhibits, she said, but it also includes something new, in the works of Lou Shafer and Jaxsen Layton being featured in the basement exhibit hall.
“Deflated bodies” is the theme of their show, and Layton’s methodology will be the focus of the monthly Family Art Night sponsored at BDAC.
Layton splattered coffee on a paper, then got excited about the interesting organic shapes it created and painted around the splatters, said Revell.
Participants in the family night program, July 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., will get a chance to do the same, she said.
“It’s so fun,” she said. “It’s organic and squishy. It’s an exploration of organic shapes and it will be a lot of fun.”
Layton is also expected to be at the event, helping artists transform their splatters into shapes and creatures of their choice.
For those interested in seeing the Handcart exhibit and voting in the “people’s choice” category, BDAC is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
Enjoy a beaded gown lovingly created with 80,000 beads, a quilt representing 550 hours of work, and if you time it just right, meet quilters as they demonstrate a quilt that will be completed over the course of the exhibit and donated to a charity.
More information is available at bdac.org.