Two Further to Fly works, “Lesson” and “Sorica Village Church,” will hang at the Springville Museum of Art’s upcoming show, “32nd Annual Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah.” The show opens October 18, 2017, and runs through January 10th. Both works are photographs.
“Lesson” depicts two young novice monks, around seven years old, reading a text together. The photograph was made by Tom Horton in 2012 at Schwe Yan Pyay monastery in Nyaungshwe, Shan State, Myanmar. A class was underway on a warm afternoon, Tom recalls, and many other novices in the room were bored and nodding off, but these two were clearly interested in the lesson.
Sorica is a small mountain village in Bohinj province, Slovenia. In October of 2013, Tom captured an image of the village church on the crest of its hill as the afternoon sun highlighted it against the dark forest. It is an Eastern Orthodox church dedicated to St. Nicholas, and contains important works of the impressionist painter Ivan Grohar, a native of Sorica. The mustard yellow panels of the white church pick up the afternoon sun and rivet the eye to the scene, Tom notes.
Springville Museum of Art, the first visual arts museum in Utah, has curated this multi-media exhibition annually for 32 years to “celebrate the diversity of religious experience and belief in our community. Using different media to express these ideas artists create works which will engage and inspire viewers to contemplate and reflect on the vibrant spiritual traditions we share.”
A public reception will open the exhibition at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, October 18. The museum is in Utah County, several miles south of Provo, Utah. (map)
Acclaimed forest landscape scenes from the western US to as far afield as Botswana, Slovenia, India, China, Cambodia, Russia populate the gardens exhibit hall from September 15 through October. Prints in various sizes and media are available for acquisition, as well as souvenier exhibit poster and note cards.
“The world’s diversity is expressed nowhere better than in the varied beauty of forests around the world,” notes Tom, owner of Further To Fly Photography. “We see forests ranging from primal wilderness to urban tracts that wind through some of the largest cities.”
The exhibit consists of 29 photographic prints on two kinds of media, satin canvas and watercolor paper. All the works have descriptive captions.
Red Butte Garden is a well-known regional facility that combines and arboretum, gardens, exhibits, educational activities, concerts and other events in a beautiful foothill setting on the University of Utah campus. It is open daily from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm in September and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in October.
“The autumn foliage colors were great in Park city this year,” notes FTF photographer Tom Horton, “and I will have several new local autumn color photos available.”
The Art Elevated Holiday Market runs December 2nd through 4th, at preserves visitor center at Kimball Junction, Park City. Several local artists will display and sell their work, and local entertainers will provide a fun holiday experience. The preserve is an ecology education center operated by Utah State University.
Further to Fly has donated “Wasatch Autumn,” a 48″ x 38″ exquisitely-framed photograph, to the National Ability Center’s Red,White and Snow fundraising gala March 5th at the Montage Resort in Park City. Preview this work at the NAC auction online site. The event always sells out quickly, but you may bid online if you missed the ticket sales.