2021 Featured Artist

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2021 Featured Artist

Lynette Nichols

My artwork is a collection of unique, original ink designs drawn free hand, without the aid of a pencil, ruler or compass. The detail of my work is a blend of patterns and designs influenced by various native cultures and a deep bond with the natural world. It is my desire that through my artwork I am able to share my personal expression of the intricate beauty of nature; if only to convey a new perspective of this amazing world we live in.

Born in Utah with an unbridled passion for adventure and a consuming love for the natural world. I was encouraged to follow my heart and my dreams. Through this journey, my life has been enriched by family and friends and a native culture that has shaped and molded who I am today. Now after twenty years on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation my life has come full circle back to Utah. Through the encouragement of others, I began drawing, blending two things close to my heart; native culture and the beauty of nature. 2018 was my first year showing my art, I was privileged to have been accepted into the St George Arts Fest, Park City Kimball Arts Fest, Jackson Hole Arts Fest, Sedona Arts Fest, Durango CO Arts Fest, Pearl Street in Boulder CO and other shows. I have been chosen as a featured artist for the 2019 Art and Soup Show held at the Salt Palace. My art was also accepted and shown 3 years at the Springville Art Show. I look forward to the opportunity to share my art with others and become more involved within the art world.


2019 Featured Artist

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2019 Featured Artist - Paul Twitchell

I was born in South Central Idaho and at an early age moved to Northern Utah. As a boy, I spent most of my summers and falls with my family at various lakes and streams or in high mountain valleys. Fishing and hunting or just being in the outdoors occupied a large portion of my free time and a love of the outdoors quickly developed. I was always off exploring a new or different canyon, trying out the latest fly or lure, or studying the habits of elk, as cows and calves softly mewed to each other in the high mountain valleys. This fascination with nature, love of the outdoors and interest in photography and art, evolved into the art you see today. I studied art in high school and while attending Weber State University.

Watercolor is my primary choice of medium although I have recently completed several pieces in acrylics and several combining both mediums. The transparency of the paint combined with the perpetual motion of the medium combine to create vivid representations that reflect serenity and action at the same time. My attention to detail and mixture of colors combined with the use of light, bring to life fish and wildlife in natural settings. My work is intended to re-create a small piece of nature and provide a medium for people to remember past experiences, dreams of future encounters or to simply enjoy the light and colors, which are so much a part of my art. My wet on wet washed technique combined with my crisp edge and attention to detail sets me apart from other traditional watercolorists.

As an award-winning artist, I have had the fortune to win many Best of Show, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards as well as many purchase awards. I have also had the opportunity to be the featured artist at numerous art shows. I have had the pleasure of working with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources over the years providing artwork for fishing and hunting proclamations. I have supported many wildlife organizations over the years by providing artwork for their ongoing efforts.

I have available original art pieces both in watercolor and acrylic, limited edition lithographs, limited edition giclee on canvas board and stretched canvas and do commission work upon request.


2018 Featured Artist

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2018 Featured Artist - Jeremy Winborg

I've always had a passion for creating art. I have a love of nature and love to capture that beauty in my landscape paintings. I also love to paint Native American portraits and historical portraits. I have won several awards including Viewer's Choice Awards, Best of Show Award, and the Purchase Prize at the Sears Dixie Art Invitational. My artwork is sought after by collectors, and I am often commissioned to paint custom pieces for people’s homes. I am involved in many art shows and auctions throughout the United States.

I enjoy the outdoors. Rock climbing and fishing are two of my passions. My wife, children and I currently live in beautiful Cache Valley, Utah, which is full of inspiring scenery for my upcoming artwork.

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2017 Featured Artist

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2017 Featured Artist - Darrell Driver

I started Oil Painting in 2011, committing 20-60 hours a week in my studio, in the past 5 years I have seen my style change gaining the momentum which has led to what I have on display in front of you today. I vaguely sketch out an idea for a painting in one of my sketchbooks, I rely on improv to compose my piece to completion. My work tends to emit a journey like atmosphere, the subject(s) have a destination mindset focused and forward. I relate with each one, the penguin caught in retrospect, the Holstein cow with a target in mind and the monarchs that keep a rhythmic pace. When I’m not painting/traveling I’m enjoying Salt Lake City with my wife and three kids.

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2016 Featured Artist

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2016 Featured Artist – Matt Clark


www.mattclarksculpture.com

Powerful art is spiritual—not necessarily religious, but spiritual. It invites us to internalize and interact—to put ourselves into the journey rather than merely observe someone else’s story. My purpose as an artist is not to create things of beauty, but to uncover essence. I don’t focus on holding up mirrors of life; I express interpretations of life through universal symbols.

Those interpretations are deeply rooted in my own life experience. As a child and teenager, I dreamed of becoming a world champion cowboy, but at age 17, I experienced a serious spinal cord injury. After more than two months in the ICU and six months in spinal rehab, the doctors dismissed me to a rest home and gave me three years to live. Medicine offered me no hope for a future, but something deep inside me said, "Wait a minute. I am going to define my life."

Thirty-five years later, I still work from a wheelchair. My physical limitations have required me to create my own tools and processes for doing things, but my accident has also given me the opportunity to recreate myself and my world. This is perhaps expressed best by the inscription on my sculpture The Healer, displayed at the Craig Hospital Healing Garden in Denver, Colorado: "My body has been broken and may not heal, but my spirit can and will transcend my limitations."

The metal objects I use in my art were originally created to perform a specific function. At some point, they outlived their usefulness, were broken, and lost their value. I surround myself with them and ask the question "What is the best purpose for this object?" I search for each piece’s innate power and then resurrect it and give it a new reason to be. For me, the transformation of these objects is symbolic of my own journey—of ultimately transcending broken dreams and heartache. My artistic process is a reenactment of my life journey. I think that has power in people’s lives.


2015 Featured Artist

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2015 Featured Artist - Bonnie Conrad

Bonnie gratified a long standing and unquenchable desire to paint when she began study under Kent Goodliffe at Utah Valley University (1986) for two years and then branched out into workshops. Countless trips to examine paintings at galleries and museums amidst hours of practice rounded out Conrad’s education. She experimented with pastels and watercolors but her medium of choice became oils and a painterly style, skillful use of color and scintillating light became hallmarks of her work. Her subject is the West.

Ranch manager and cowboy poet husband, Roger, and Bonnie have lived on several ranches throughout the West and have called Montana, Nevada, Washington, Utah, Wyoming and Texas home at various times. Years of living on ranches have supplied a wealth of information about the Western way of life. Conrad wishes the art enthusiast to hear the drumbeat and feel the exuberance radiating from a dancing Indian child, to experience the tenderness of a mother-child relationship, or to feel the wooliness of a cowboy who is wilder than the horse he’s on.

As a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America (OPA), American Women Artists (AWA) and American Plains Artists (APA), Bonnie values her acceptance in the highly competitive world of art. Bonnie Conrad’s studio, Windance Fine Art, is now located in St. George, Utah near the singular red rock area of scenic southern Utah.