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Emma J. Dugal, 801 292-0367
LeConte Stewart Festival at Bountiful/Davis Art Center
September 17 – November 5, 2010
LeConte Stewart, photo attributed to Bevan Chipman
BOUNTIFUL, Utah, August 30, 2010 – The LeConte Stewart Festival was an annual event at Bountiful/Davis Art Center for the first two decades after its inception in 1974. This festival would feature the art of LeConte Stewart, his students and colleagues. In order to celebrate the importance of this well-known and influential Utah artist, Bountiful/Davis Art Center has decided to revive the festival this year. The theme of the festival is: LeConte Stewart: A Teachers’ Teacher.
Nathan B. Winters, PhD will address this theme at the Opening Reception of the exhibit on September 17. Dr. Winters is a former chair of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah, where he was a professor for 29 years. He has written several books on art and architecture and is a long time associate of LeConte Stewart. The Opening Reception will begin at 7pm and is free to the public. Dr. Winters will present at 8pm.
Works of LeConte Stewart will come from major universities and private collections including the permanent collection of Bountiful/Davis Art Center. There will also be a portrait of LeConte Stewart by Alvin Gittins on loan from the Springville Museum of Art and a bust of the artist by Avard Fairbanks will be on loan from the Salt Lake Art Center.
A companion exhibit will feature the works of Diane Turner, also a student of LeConte Stewart and some of her students. Ms. Turner has kept the legacy of LeConte Stewart alive by teaching landscape painting for years at Bountiful/Davis Art Center.
Larry Wade and Glen Hawkins both well-known and accomplished Davis County artists will be featured in the North Gallery at BDAC during the exhibit.
On September 20, a gallery talk about LeConte Stewart will be given in conjunction with Family Encounters of the Art Kind. This presentation will be geared towards families. A hands on art project and an “I Spy” in the galleries will round out the evening beginning at 7pm. This event is free to the public.
On October 29, BDAC will present the 2nd annual ‘Evening in the Art’. This event premiered last year and was a great success. This year entertainment will be provided by the Three Tenors and Two Sopranos. Works of art by well-known local artists and other items will be auctioned. Delicious hors d’oeuvres and another presentation about LeConte Stewart will round out the evening. Tickets are $30 each and are available at Bountiful/Davis Art Center and online at www.bdac.org
Long time LeConte Stewart scholar, Mary Muir is working on a definitive book about the artist and it will soon be published by the University of Utah Press. There is a chapter in the book about the association of the artist and Bountiful/Davis Art Center (Bountiful Art Center) and the lasting impact this association has had on the local art scene.
The festival will provide several opportunities for patrons to view selected works by LeConte Stewart, his students and contemporaries as we celebrate the legacy of this most revered and influential artist.
Please note the new hours of Bountiful/Davis Art Center:
Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 2-5 pm
BDAC is closed on Sunday and Monday (except for Family Encounters of the Art Kind on the third Monday), holidays and in between exhibits.
There is no admission charge to view the exhibit but donations are welcomed.
For more information contact the Bountiful/Davis Art Center, 801 292-0367 or visit us online at www.bdac.org