Sketches October 2015

Jane here,

We are coming into another beautiful autumn, my favorite time of year- along with many of our artists. Nature singing its last hurrah - Blazing foliage - crisp afternoon infused with the autumn sun.

Enjoy the season!

Jane Bell Meyer

Jane Bell Meyer


Its here again!  Where in the World is Plein Air 2016 call for artists!  We are seeking 20 Guest Artists and if you are interested in participating in this groundbreaking international experience please prepare the following items:   one 55 second video  using a smart device explaining why you would like to participate, 3 examples of your latest works, your Bio and Artist Statement.  Sent all of the above info to   A non-refundable fee of $55 is required for each participant.  Please mail check to:  Illume Gallery of Fine Art 60 E. South Temple, Suite # 115, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111.   Any questions, call 801-210-2853.

Join Julie Rogers on the 16th at Authentique Gallery 199 North Main Street St. George, Utah 84770 from 6-9 pm for October Art on Main.

Not to be missed, on the 29th of October, we will be hosting a special Conversations with the Artists, “Capturing the Beauty of Southern Utah.”  Mark Fehlman, J. Brad Holt and Special Guest Artist Ray Roberts will be in attendance.  This event will be held at The Mission Gallery from 6-9 pm.

Have you ever wondered how your favorite piece of art in your collection came into being?  This month we are taking a look at your artwork’s journey from inception to your wall.

It was born in an idea.  A spark in the mind of your favorite artist.  Maybe while he was driving or while she slept.  That idea was probably then sketched in the artist’s favorite sketchbook…the one that goes with him everywhere he goes.  Or maybe she took a photograph or two at the side of the road when the light was just right in an effort to recreate the inspiration.

Life is then given to the sketch or photograph as the artist works to create their vision on canvas.  They paint in layers and sections.  They fight with the light and wrestle with the composition.  For hours, days, weeks, or even months that initial spark of an idea begins to take shape on the canvas sitting on an easel as the sun rises and sets, rises and sets.

Finally something happens.  Their brush moves over the canvas for the last time and somehow, instinctively, a peace comes over them.  The work is complete.  (An artist friend once described the process to me, for I’ve always wondered how the artist knows that final brushstroke was the one.  It’s probably something they don’t know as much as feel.)

And yet, the creative process is not done.  The work must be framed.  This is no simple task for the artist.   It has to have the right feel.  It has to fit the work’s personality and reflect the artist themselves.  Often the artist goes to work creating  their own frames.  Then they wrap it, send it to the gallery and wait.

They wait with questions in their mind and a deep hope.  Will people resonate with their idea?  Will they be understood?  Will it change someone’s life?

At the gallery we are always excited to see a new work come in.  We tear off the paper and we take a moment to appreciate what we are seeing.  New life.  And then our questions come; similar to the questions of the artist.  Will people see this—really see it?  Will they know that our artist’s father wanted them to be an attorney but he gave it up in pursuit of his dreams?  Will they know that our artist worked two jobs she hated to pay for her supplies till she got her first big break?  With no way of knowing, we hang it on the gallery wall, light it well and we wait for the gallery door to open.

And then you see it.  And you think that it must be the most amazing piece ever created.  You feel it inside of you.  You want to cry because it reminds you of your childhood.  You don’t know why but you can almost hear your brother laughing when you look at that landscape.  It reminds you of that one summer at the farm.  And you take it home and hang it.  Many of our artists have shared that it is only at this time their work is complete.  It is a co-creation, for what is art with no one to receive it?

That favorite work of art isn’t just an inanimate object hanging on the wall.  You undoubtedly love it because it breathes.  It is a piece of a person.  It is the product of their preparation, past, thoughts, hopes and emotions mingled with your own.  And what once lived inside of the artist now lives there, on your wall, bringing you joy each time you pass it by.  It makes you feel.

The next time you visit the gallery, we invite you to find a piece of art that does this for you.  Stand next to that art that you love.  As you look upon it, be very quiet and see if you can hear the whispering of a hundred stories: the little pieces of artists whose ability to transfer those stories to canvas is what brings us, their collectors, joy.

Our artists are always refreshing our galleries with new, exciting artwork. Look at what is new this month!