FARMINGTON — Get up close and personal with both local and world-famous artists.
The Davis County Arts Advisory Committee is giving residents the chance to do just that with their upcoming “A Night With the Masters,” set for Sept. 16 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Davis County Administration Building in Farmington. The event, which is being held in conjunction with the opening of the 5th Annual Davis County Art Exhibit, will allow guests an up-close perspective on a variety of artists.
“We have two actors coming to play Van Gogh and Renoir,” said Megan Quilter, tourism services coordinator for the county. “We’ll also have a live demonstration by a local artist who will be painting at the event, and several of the artists who have work in the exhibit will attend as well.”
The evening will open with the reception for the art exhibit, where the first, second and third place winners will be announced. Light refreshments will be served, and a group of string musicians from Woods Cross High School will provide musical accompaniment for the evening.
“It’s a celebration,” said Quilter.
The actors playing Van Gogh and Renoir will mingle with the guests at the event, giving presentations at various points designed to be accessible for the whole family.
“They’ll kind of tell the life stories of the painters they’re portraying,” she said. “We did it last year (with different artists), and a lot of people really enjoyed it.”
There will also be a variety of activities for kids, starting at 7 p.m. at the Davis County Library (which is attached to the administration building). They will include face painting, art-related stories and more.
“We’re trying to get kids excited about art as well,” she said.
The exhibit will be on display on the first floor of the administration building for six months, and anyone can come in and look at the works any time the building is open.
When this show ends next year, the county will put up this year’s Davis County Photography Exhibit.
“Their juried shows, just in case something comes in that isn’t appropriate for a place where families come in,” said Quilter. “But I don’t think we’ve ever turned one away.”
One of the reasons the county started the cyclical exhibits was to give local artists one more opportunity to show their work. There’s a $15 submission fee for both the art and photography exhibits, and everyone is welcome to submit their work.
“It gives local artists a venue to hang their art, and we don’t take a cut if someone wants to buy it,” said Quilter. “It’s an opportunity for them to share their art in a way that isn’t so conventional.”
The exhibits and related events also give the community the chance to bring more art into their lives.
“We want to invite the public to come see art and gain an appreciation for it,” she said. “The opportunities for that are decreasing a little bit, and we want to encourage it.”
The reception will be held at 61 S. Main Street in Farmington, room 131. For more information, visit playindavis.com/beautiful-masterpiece-exhibit.