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A government building with an artistic soul
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 “Drifting Along,” by Ruth Menlove.Photos by Jenniffer Wardell | Davis Clipper
“Drifting Along,” by Ruth Menlove.Photos by Jenniffer Wardell | Davis Clipper

FARMINGTON – The new Davis County Administration Building isn’t quite a gallery, but it’s close. 

Thanks to a $20,000 grant from Chevron, county officials plan to build a permanent art collection that will be hung at the administration building and will be open to the public. Other art will also be rotated through the building, either once or twice a year, likely with discreet prices that will signal their availability for purchase. 

The first crop of art was unveiled at the administration building’s recent ribbon-cutting, held last weekend. All three levels were filled with photography and painting, with a strong emphasis on landscapes and a focus on Davis County and Farmington. 

It’s not daring art, but it’s beautifully done. More importantly for the county, it gives the building a richness that not even architectural touches can provide. 

The paintings can also serve as a quiet history lesson and tour guide of the county. 

Among the subjects captured on canvas are the original county building, the home and studio of well-known Farmington artist LeConte Stewart, and Bountiful/Davis Summerfest International festival. 

For those already familiar with such landmarks, there are quieter moments to enjoy. Both Roger Cushing’s “Centerville Sunset” and Judy Larson’s “Farmington Morning” are sun-soaked homages to a quieter, simpler country life. 

The second floor focuses on smaller photographs, each approximately the size of a sheet of computer paper and highlighting a vivid natural detail. 

For more information check out the Nov.15 edition of Davis Clipper.

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