FARMINGTON – Despite the development the county has gone through in the last decade, quiet wheat fields and forests lay deep in Davis County’s collective memory.
The latest art show on display at the Davis County Administration Building celebrates that past. The exhibit, featuring a mixture of farm and mountain scenes, highlights the natural spirit that still survives despite parking lots and road expansion.
Though the farm scenes often pulled their specific inspiration from out of state (barns being a rare sight in most of Davis County, these days) the paintings carry the homey familiarity of personal past.
Lester B. Lee imbues a stretch of fields and fence with color and light, while Rebecca Hartvigsen does the same to nature’s bounty in the jewel-like “Bountiful.” She goes one step further in “My Garden,” turning simple flowers into a rain-speckled rainbow.
Cindy Roybal chooses a cooler, calmer scene with “Round Valley Ranch,” imbuing the painting with a distance that feels like memory.
Simon Winegar’s “No. 7 Richmond” suggests a more immediate sense of age, using crisp lines and fine detail to give the old barn a solid, touchable weight.
Of course, people and buildings weren’t the only things to be found on a farm. Jerry Read Hancock’s “Babe and Belle” and Lorin Wilde’s “Clearing the Land” offer up classically comforting celebrations of the strength of the horses often used to work the land. Paul Twitchell takes a more intimate look, finding a picturesque scene “Under the Barbed Wire.”
Other paintings venture out into the wilder areas of the state. Diane Turner’s “Shadows” captures the solid, serene weight of the mountains when seen from a distance, while Richard Miles takes us deep beneath the trees with the beautiful “Mountain Waterfall.”
The best balance between the two worlds can be found in Brady Hall’s “Give, said the little stream.” Freshly ploughed fields are neatly tucked in front of expansive green mountains, giving equal love to both the comforts of home and the wild places beyond.