FARMINGTON - It’s a feast for the eyes.
The Bountiful/Davis Art Center’s Annual Statewide Competition exhibit, running now through April 4, offers a dizzying array of beautiful works in a variety of styles and subjects. It’s the kind of exhibit that rewards repeat visits, savoring a certain medium or artistic style each time before returning for an entirely new experience.
Naturalistic works are always well represented at BDAC shows, and the current exhibit is no exception. Cory C. Dangerfield’s visually stunning “The Edge” makes the viewer feel as though they’re standing on the edge of a storm-swept canyon, while Richard D. Brown uses a sparer approach to make an iceberg feel just as striking in “Walking On Water.”
There is also a zoo full of animals on display, beautifully detailed and offered up with just a touch of whimsy. Sandra Fullmer’s “Baa Baa No Black Sheep” is nearly perfect enough that I first thought it was a photograph, while Darla Roberts’ “Seven Zebras!” brings a wonderful depth of personality to the animals’ faces.
There’s also a fascinating array of more interpretive works on display. Liza Julien’s “Winter Serenity” perfectly communicates the cool-toned peace promised by the title, while Chauncey Secrist’s “There is a Storm Inside Her (For Cyndi)” is a gorgeous rage of fire and storm clouds. Cody Chamberlain’s “Bird Of Prey” seems like a page out of a fairy tale, faces and wings melding together in swimming blue wonder, while Michelle Larson’s “Honey Colored Cells Weaving In and Out” brings some of that same mystery to the human heart.
Photographs have a prominent place in the exhibit, particularly a well-placed collection of black and white works. They’re a study in the possibilities of two-toned photography, from a striking architectural study by Randy Laub to a chillingly moody, atmospheric shot by Laurel Casjens. Nearby, Kathleen Gardner’s “Thai Restaurant Ceiling” is saturated with such vivid color that it pops. This photograph is all whimsy, bringing to mind everything from circus rides to alien spaceships.
There’s a smattering of three-dimensional works, mostly focusing on pottery. Eru “Ed” Napia offers variations on his beautifully woven style, while Carma Hart Fuller transforms a gourd into a colorful, elegant variation on the same theme. Lori Metcalf follows a more classic direction with an exquisite little ballet dancer in resin, an unexpectedly graceful note that lingers in the memory.