"[art] Work is love made visible."  Khalil Gibran

June 17 - July 8


Repeat the Stories, John Wood
Repeat the Stories, mixed media on paper mounted on panel


Unfinished Horse, Larry Elsner
Horse #302, Stoneware

   RON BROWN in the Dibble Gallery

Spiral Jetty 3, Ron Brown
Spiral Jetty 3, color photograph

JOHN WOOD began his education in Utah at Highland High School, then attended Weber State University and the University of Utah (BFA, cum laude). He went on to earn an MFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. He has been associated with Phillips Gallery for more than 40 years and served as head of the Art & Fine Arts Departments at Judge Memorial High School before making the Bay Area his home in the late 1990’s, where he continues to reside.

His absorbing, abstract imagery is the culmination of a lifetime of work in art that incorporates the human form and landscape as starting points in developing his images, then progresses to incorporate both his inner thoughts and feelings. Trusting that the art will lead him, he is much more interested in the emotional and sensual qualities that emerge rather than in any recognizable forms.

LARRY ELSNER untimely death in 1990 left a void in Utah’s arts community. His broad education includes a BFA from Utah State University in 1957, an MFA from Columbia University in 1958 and metalsmithing at Cranbrook Academy in 1963. In 1969, he made the first of many trips to Japan to study, tour, and exhibit his work.

During his career Elsner worked diligently as a sculptor, evolving during his life through myriad ideas and concepts. For more than three decades, Elsner was an important force in the visual, cultural and aesthetic life of Utah, the country and other countries as far away as Japan. His remarkable ability to motivate students from every discipline and his sensitivity to the pulse of life around him made him shine. His work remains fresh and exciting.

RON BROWN was born in Rigby, Idaho, and reared in Salt Lake City where access to spectacular scenery afforded an early appreciation for desert and mountain landscapes. A photographer, he was trained in the Ansel Adams tradition, on a scholarship at Utah State University, where he studied the Zone System with an 8 x10 inch view camera, processing and printing his own negatives. He was awarded publication in the prestigious Communication Arts Photography Annual while still an undergraduate. He is part of the Utah Artists Project, listed as one of the top 200 of Utah's most prominent artists. While living in Boston he supplied commercial images for many large corporations and advertising agencies: SAP, NEC, Kodak and Sun Microsystems to name a few. In addition, a lengthy list of publishers such as Ziff Davis, McGraw Hill and Crown purchased his images for books and magazines. He has exhibited and sold images in over 39 countries. He currently lives in Salt Lake City.

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