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Call Forth



April 6 - May 18, 2023

In the exhibition Call Forth, Utah women at various stages of life visually express the experience of grappling with their complex roles and identities. How does carving out time for creative work help strike balance? Do the multiple roles, in turn, feed the creative process? Eleven Utah artists share their foibles, hopes, heartbreaks and triumphs in mundane and profound inflection points.

A portion of proceeds will be donated to Hearts Knit Together, a local non-profit that supports victims of domestic abuse, refugees and other emergency victims in crisis.

Participating Artists:

Cindy Bean was brought up on the outskirts of Vegas, catching lizards and swimming all summer long. She gave up all the heat to go to BYU where she got a degree in Design. She then went on to work as a graphic designer in Las Vegas, Orem, Seattle and Salt Lake. On a trip to Europe in 2006 with her best friend, she picked up a papercut souvenir at Mozart’s birthplace. She thought, “This looks easy,” and tried to teach herself the art. A decade and a half later, she’s still learning new things. She currently resides in Centerville, with her husband, 3 kids and mom. Centerville, Utah. @beancutter

Linnie Brown is an abstract painter who lives and works in Lehi, Utah. Her densely layered acrylic paintings, with architectural fragments combined from multiple locations, reference accumulated memories and the process of navigating one’s identity. Linnie grew up in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon and studied painting at Brigham Young University. She went on to receive her MFA degree from the University of Utah. Linnie teaches part-time at Brigham Young University and is represented by A Gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah and LaFontsee Galleries in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Lehi, Utah., @linniebrownart

Kelsie Coronado is a mother of three active boys. She works as a NICU nurse and makes time for creative endeavors when her little ones are sleeping. She and her husband live with their children in Highland, UT. @kelsiecoronadoflowers

Krysta Dimick is an architect and community developer. She creates her abstract landscape-architectural paintings alongside her children as they chat and paint in the same medium. She credits motherhood and chronic illness for creating constraints on constructing buildings and, for the time being, instead imagines and reflects on the needs of our built environment for the world, community and individuals. Salt Lake City, UT. @maeke_it

Yvonne Krause calls the Salt Lake area her home. She was drawing at an early age and studied art before marriage. Her desire to produce art was rekindled upon retirement. Currently, she paints mainly in transparent watercolor. Most of her artwork is about presenting the evidence of God through capturing moments of inspiration either in nature or with people. Her titles reflect this, such as ‘… and God created,’ or ‘…was provided by God.’ She likes to emphasize contrast in her work as well.

Rebecca Klundt Gather. Break down. Reconstruct. My process begins with a hunt for abandoned materials. I work primarily in wood and acrylic to create two-dimensional “constructions.” My process has grown out of 3 things that are close to center for me. First is this drive to use up resources that might otherwise be wasted. Second, I love the rocks of my mountain home--weathered faces with cracks and textures that must be touched. In nature lines are created when two things butt up against each other. I try to imitate these delicious joints and cracks in my work. Third, thoughtful conversation. It is a good day when I have had a chance to talk with someone about things that matter. South Jordan, Utah. @rebeccaklundt

Jessica Rasmussen is a mother and writer living in Heber City, Utah. She is presently tipsy on the beauty of Wasatch Back snow, but can’t shake a persistent ache for life spent in the soundbox of Blue Ridge Mountain leaves, birds, bugs, and water. Having lost the opportunity to collect stories from her grandmother, today she fills her phone with recordings of the women in her life, including those who still have firsthand stories to tell about her grandmother. Heber City, Utah.

Susan Riedley moved to the Salt Lake City area in 2018 after a long career as a graphic artist. She has a BFA degree in Illustration from California State University, Long Beach and is now happy to make art with her hands after decades of computer work. Her current focus is bringing awareness to the degradation of air quality through man-made particulate air pollution—until it stops—and expressing her Catholic faith. Salt Lake City, Utah. @art_by_susan_riedley

Christina Stanley spent her Colorado childhood playing in the dirt, collecting crawly things, drawing horses, pretending to be an animal, reading all things printed, thinking about words and baking cookies. Decades later, not much has changed. However, she took a hiatus from childish things to attend school, marry her love-at-first-sight husband, work in psychology research, earn a Master’s in counseling, and play mother to four wonderful children. She re-discovered art in her mid-30s and has added it to her list of happy distractions. Salt Lake City, Utah. @christinastanleyart

Nancy Strahinic One of several mediums I work in is photography. I use a digital manual camera and a variety of lenses to capture the imagery I envision that I wish to create later. My eyes see form, color, texture, volume and tones in what surrounds me in the moment; either created by living beings or by nature. My emotions are heightened by the wonders of man’s and nature’s talents and sometimes the results of their battles. Sandy, Utah.

Camille Wheatley Artist/mother builds art into daily life with her children. Through intuitive abstract photos taken on-the-go with kids, she embraces both the abundance and constraints of motherhood and reclaims space for daily creativity (even if that space is a bathroom and that constraint is acting as a bathroom chaperone for her children, as this series of photographs documents). By taking her parameters and working with them, not against them, Camille finds proof that art and motherhood can beautifully coexist. Holladay, Utah. @saltandwheat

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