Escalante Gallery Features Local Artists, Heritage Theme – Press Release 9/15/2003

DATE 9/15/2003 5:55 PM

This is part of an occasional series by the Sanpete Country Travel and Utah Heritage Highway 89 Alliance on the people and places along U.S. Highway 89.

Escalante Gallery Features Local Artists, Heritage Theme

Artists living and working in Garfield County, including some who are descendants of pioneers who settled the area, have found a venue to display and sell their wares in Desert Wolf Gallery.

The gallery, located in Escalante and owned by Sharol Bernardo, features the works of painters, rug makers, potters, welders, photographers and writers. It also displays and sells Western cowboy collectibles and Native American jewelry, rugs, baskets and pottery.

Painters who are featured at the gallery include Lynn Griffin, Sheila Woolley Faulkner, Randsom Owens, Sharon Graf, J. Nelson, Susan Bellew and Scotty Mitchell. Their work focuses on Western art, wildlife and landscapes, and their media varies from oil and acrylic to pastel and watercolor.

Heritage rugs woven by Lillian Lyman are displayed and demonstrate pioneer craft and thrift, and the applique work of Ruthanne Oliver is also prominently featured at the gallery. Other fiber artists include Sharol Bernardo who crochets and Sue Mosier, who does cross stitch art that is framed by barnwood frames constructed by her husband, Don Mosier.

Also presented in the gallery are wood objects created by Bradley Spencer, Desert Rose Wood Creations, the Christensen-Blauser-Litterall family, Larry Davis, Nature Sounds Drum Factory, Keven Petersen and Jennifer Brewer, and Richard Costigan. Their projects range from sculpted boxes and red cedar furniture to lamp bases, carvings, drums, and picture boxes. There is also mission-style furniture created by Dennis Bertucci and a wishing well constructed of old wood from a torn-down barn by Evan Reeves.

Welders-turned-artists Bill Kuhns and Dan Cottam also have works at the gallery, and there are photographs by Chris Zakin and Sharol Bernardo. Hand-made greeting cards are also for sale, including pen-and-ink drawings by Howard Hutchison, dried wild flower cards by Lillian Lyman, and photo-cards of her appliqué designs by Ruthanne Oliver. There is also jewelry work by Gwendolyn Zeta.

There are also books by several local writers, including Jerry Roundy, Helen Bailey Schow and Jens Munthe.

For more information Contact:

Monte Bona
Sanpete County Travel and Heritage Council
(435) 462-2502


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