Quartet d'artistes femmes

During December, the art of four female artists, “Quartet d’Artistes Femmes” will be featured in the Main Gallery  of the Eccles Community Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Avenue, Ogden. The four artists include Heather Baron, Willamareie Huelskamp, judith b. jones and Stephanie Saint Thomas.   In the Carriage House Gallery works from the Fourth Annual Petite Impressions Statewide Competition will be featured. A reception for the artists is scheduled in association with Ogden’s Art Stoll on Friday, December 1st from 5 to 8 p.m.

“I was doing photography when I came upon a piece of art, where I was so moved and inspired that it awakened in me a great passion to paint. I began my career with figurative works having a very rough edge with a heavy application of paint. My style has since developed into a more refined edge, less paint yet a depth found within the color, texture and mixed media collage not present in my earlier works.”  - Heather Barron, artist

“My paintings come from my heart.  It would be easy for me to edit out all that is meaningful in my paintings by judging an inspiration as too sentimental, too complicated, or just plain crazy.  Wrestling with my inner voices, both angels and demons, I struggle to create a deeply personal visual language.

Painting affirms my love of the messy tactile world, the world of color and surfaces.  The paint becomes my micro-universe where I play with texture, rhythms of line and patterns of form, and more importantly the duality of creation and destruction.  I layered the paint and the collage to create real depth on the pictorial surface.  Primitive art inspires my work in its disregard for anatomical correctness and illusionary effects of perspective....”  - Willamarie Huelskamp, artist

“My paintings and drawings express my interest in line and color.  I am fascinated by the rhythm and descriptive qualities of line, and love the emotional impact of color.”  - judith b. jones, artist

“Art has been the diary of my life since the age of two.  It was also the mode of communication between my parents- who were both professional artists - and who encouraged my creativity above all else.  Art has been the interpretation of my life, and an escape into a dimension of fantasy where anything is possible.  The natural world provides an endless supply in inspiration, and I am drawn to express my emotions often on acrylic sheets where paint seems to float magically on the smooth surface, usually absent of traditional brushstrokes.  Layering some of my paintings with a lustrous topcoat brings a mysterious brilliance and depth to the surface.  The process of working with mixed media and keeping control of it , while also riding the waves to a destination unknown, infuses in me the deepest thrill in life - to create.”  - Stephanie Saint-Thomas, artist

Patrick Poce, ECAC director, as curator of this exhibit felt that the strength and creativity of these artists would be well represented at the Eccles Community Art Center during the holiday season.  Their works filled with color.  The work will remain on exhibit through December 30, 2017.

The Petite Impressions Statewide Competition now in its fourth year, is open statewide to resident Utah artist in all media except photography.  Works accepted for exhibit will be works of 8 inches or smaller.  ECAC staff, Debra Muller explains, “We were pleased with the past entries, the number of artists that participated and the quality of the work; that it is only natural to continue holding this competition.  It is a fun exhibit to view, study, or purchase ~ art in miniature.”

Works accepted for this competition will continue on exhibit through January 27, 2018 unless purchased as the Carriage House is the art center’s sales gallery.

We invite you to visit the Eccles Community Art Center during December.  Main Gallery regular gallery hours are weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The Carriage House Gallery is staff by volunteers; regular hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Eccles Community Art Center will be closed for the holidays December 24 through 26, 2016 and December 31, through January 1, 2018.