At Bryce Cameron Liston and Glen Hawkins’ “Captured Moments” exhibit, on display at Bountiful’s Apple Frame Gallery now through the end of the year, several different aspects of that beauty are on display. From intelligence to talent to physical gifts, the artists lovingly highlight the grace and strength of a wide variety of women.
Pioneer women are a favorite topic of both artists, and there is probably no better subject for highlighting a woman’s strength and courage. A personal favorite is Hawkins’ “Pioneer Girl,” a simple profile portrait of a young woman in a bonnet and black shawl. Her face, however, is a study in sheer determination, a woman who will not be stopped no matter what comes across her path.
Liston has several works that capture the naturalness of women, surrounding them with green nature so that the ladies seem to have sprung up out of the ground right alongside the flowers. In “Aria,” the woman seems to glow gently in the light of the spring sun, shining like the tiny yellow flowers that surround her.
Without variety, however, beauty becomes merely boring. An antidote for this can be found in Liston’s “Her Prom,” featuring a young Asian woman with a corsage on her wrist waiting for her date. Everything about her is exquisitely detailed, down to her fingers and toes, but it’s the expression of serene confidence on her face that is the mark of true beauty.
Of course, several of the paintings also celebrate the physical beauty of women, and the show includes a small selection of nudes either turned to the side or away from the viewer. Most of the paintings, however, are as entranced by a soft, touchable lock of hair or the wistful curve of a smile, both of which can be found in Hawkins’ simple but lovely “Charmed.”
The exhibit does include other paintings, including some beautifully expressive pioneer children and quiet indoor scenes that invite closer inspection. It’s the women, however, and the many ways that beauty can be defined, that linger longest in the memory.