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Monday, April 25, 2011

Exhibit of by Fuller, Jones, and Sims @ Utah Arts Alliance Gallery (SLC: May 3 - May 28)

For Immediate Release
April 21, 2010
From: UAA Gallery Director, Kent Rigby, (801) 870-2069

Utah Arts Alliance Announces an Exhibit of Fine Art:

Carma Hart Fuller – HAND PAINTED GOURDS, Kerry Winston Jones – MICROSCAPES, and Doug Sims – ENVISIONS

May 3 – May 28, 2011.
Artists Reception: Friday May 6, 6 – 9 p.m.
Location: 127 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, Utah
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12 noon – 8 p.m.

The Utah Arts Alliance will present a group show of original fine art by three Utah artists. Carma Hart Fuller will exhibit her carved and hand-painted gourds, Kerry Winston Jones will exhibit a series of new color photographic prints titled “Microscapes, and photographer Doug Sims will exhibit his new series “Envisions”. The exhibit will be on display from May 3 through May 28, 2011. A reception for the artist will be held Friday May 6 from 6 – 9 p.m., at the Utah Arts Alliance Gallery, 127 S. Main St., Salt Lake City, Utah.

Carma Hart Fuller graduated from the University Of Utah in 1965 in Art Education. She spent 30 years teaching Art at Centerville Junior High, Bountiful Junior High, and Viewmont High School. During those years of teaching art Carma attended many workshops and classes to further her education. She was highly involved in Utah Art Education Association beginning in 1983, and eventually became the president of the UAEA. In 1988 she co-directed the Utah State High School Art Show at the Salt Palace. In 2001 she retired from the teaching profession. From 1997 until 2001 she helped at the State Office of Education by being on committees to write guides and lesson plans for the Art Sections and Commercial Art Sections for the State Art guides for high school and junior high schools. Over the years she has exhibited at Bountiful Davis Art Center, Eccles Art Center, Springville Museum of Art, Gallery at the Station in Ogden, Park City Art Festival and several smaller galleries. She has also been one of the main presenters at three of those galleries. Carma focus has been oils on gourd and canvas, and also watercolors. For the last seven years she has been experimenting with methods to decorate gourds. This interest was sparked after she started growing the gourds and the gourds started taking over. She presently cuts, carves, wood burns, stains and oil paints the gourds. Carma lives in Clinton Utah with her husband. She has two daughters and their families, who live in Clinton, and one stepson and his family, who live in Texas.

Kerry W. Jones is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah. He became interested in photography when he was four years old, by watching his father develop black and white prints in a makeshift darkroom in the basement of their home. The interest was enhanced when he was given a Kodak Brownie Star Flash camera for Christmas in the early 1960’s. Fine Art and Oil painting were areas he was interested during his high school years. After high school and two years at the University of Utah, Jones entered the U.S. Air Force. It was only by chance that he was assigned to an aerial reconnaissance unit where he learned electronics and photography. He worked as a technician on the electronic and film camera on RF-4C aircraft and served a tour of duty in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam conflict. It was during that time that he bought his first 35mm. single lens reflex camera. It became a constant companion. After his military service he returned to the University of Utah. He earned a BA. in History and minored in Journalism. Jones is employed full time with the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the Aerial Photography Field Office. He also teaches classes in basic and advanced black and white photography in the Communication Department at the University of Utah. He also runs his own photographic studio. From 1982 until 1997 he worked as volunteer lab assistant and taught classes at the Salt Lake Art Center where he developed his skill and interest in fine art photography. He built the photography lab at the Peterson Art Center in 1995 and served as the first director of photography until 1998. During that time he also taught classes at the Kimball Art Center in Park City. The majority of his work has been in the creative expression of Fine Art, He also enjoys the art of documentary photography. In 1996 he was selected to be on the Utah Statehood Centennial Committee for Salt Lake County and given the assignment to document the activities connected with the Utah Statehood Centennial in Salt Lake County. This portfolio is on permanent display at the Salt Lake County Offices in Salt Lake City. Kerry W. Jones was a member of The Left Bank Gallery in Salt Lake City from May of 1997 until it dissolved in 2004. He had one person exhibits of his work in November of 2000 and June of 2003 and was a partner in four other group exhibits. In the spring of 2001 he was asked to juror the photography exhibit at the Eccles Community Art Center collection in Ogden, Utah. He has also had exhibits at Art Access Gallery in Salt Lake City. Pieces of his work are in the Utah State Fine Art permanent collection at the University of Utah Fine Art Museum, the Eccles Community Art Center collection in Ogden, Utah, the Salt Lake County art collection and the City of St. George, Utah. “After more than forty years of involvement in photography and the nature of light I am still fascinated by this magical process. I enjoy the Zen like state that I find in every step of the process. The center of my work is the abstract and graphic expression of the traditional black and white image, presently referred to as a silver print. I am currently revisiting the abstract subject through digital color images. “

Doug Sims is a local professional photographer who also learned photography from his father. Sims says of his work, “I strive to find a new perspective on the familiar and the unfamiliar. I want to make the viewer think and to view the world in a new way. I teach photography/photoshop workshops and classes. I love to see and share in all the great images that are created by my students and the many talented artists in the Salt Lake area”. Sims is currently represented by iStock photo and Getty images. His exhibit is titled “Envisions” and is a photographic collection of self assignments. The assignments vary from avant-garde to traditional and Infrared landscape scenes. Sims will donate proceeds from the exhibit to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund of the American Red Cross.

The Utah Arts Alliance, is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization.
Our mission is to foster the arts in its many forms, to provide venues to facilitate the arts, to provide programming and support for arts and education, to provide a central organization committed to networking and support of Utah’s non-profit arts and educational groups and to provide support and services to Utah’s artists and students.
Derek Dyer - Executive Director; Kent Rigby - Gallery Director.

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