BOUNTIFUL – Christmas can have a dozen different flavors Р elegant, cheerful, whimsical, homespun and plenty more.
At the Bountiful/Davis Art Center’s Holiday Art Show and Sale, running now through Dec. 22, there’s art for every seasonal flavor. This is the last exhibit in the center’s current building, and the results have the same mixed-bag feel of a holiday potluck.
There are only a handful of traditional Christmas pieces, but they’re all gems. Cary Henrie’s “Prayer” offers a beautiful winged angel bathed in golden light, the look on her face both gentle and wise. Robert McKay, whose Christmas contribution generally focuses on Santa Claus, makes this year’s St. Nick look both impish and sweet in “To All A Goodnight.”
For those who prefer a more elegant, reflective look at the holiday, Kindra Fehr’s “Winter Light” uses bare trees and shadows to graceful, gentle effect. Simon Winegar’s “Like Mid-Day” offers a homier touch, but the expanse of night sky and reflected light offer the same restrained beauty.
Beth Arbuckle Ashdown brings an air of childlike joy to the classic winter scene in “Getting the Tree.” The scene, which actually manages to make gray-blue seem inviting, looks as though it could belong in a Christmas storybook. Rebecca Hartvigsen’s “I Think I Lost My Marbles” immediately brings to mind gorgeous, vividly colored glass ornaments for the tree.
Even the art that doesn’t tie into the season still fits a certain flavor. Randi Lile’s ceramic fish are a delight, with human-sounding names and faces that seem full of expression. Chris Adams’ nature-based pottery is both whimsical and elegant, with bowls in the shape of flower petals and stands that look like twisting roots.
The range of landscape paintings adds a touch of home, from Diane Turner’s glowing “Mt. Carmel” to Michel Onyon’s “Escalante Overlook.” The latter reshapes the landscape into something almost quilt-like, the love of inside and outside blending together in one work. Blaine Clayton’s “Heber Creeper” is perfect for anyone who missed out on a train set as a child. Also, it’s much easier to wrap.