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"Art Slam is super interactive and people can watch the process and talk to us about what we are doing. I'm glad the museum is providing these types of things for the community, and I am honored to be a part of it," Price said.
Artist Stephanie Deer agreed with Price. "I about had a heart attack when I was invited to paint here today, but it has turned out to be fun," she said.

First Art Slam at Springville museum a success

Debbie Balzotti - Correspondent | Posted: Friday, June 3, 2011 12:18 am


SPRINGVILLE -- From sculptors to painters to cake decorators, professional artists of all kinds gathered to share their talents with local youth in the community at the first Art Slam event held on Wednesday at the Springville Museum of Art. The event kicked off the SMA Member Month. Professional artists participated in the quickdraw, which required them to complete a work of art before 5 p.m.


"This is great for youth to see us at work," said Gary Price, a nationally recognized sculptor who was working on a small clay study for his much larger commissioned statue the "Statue of Responsibility." The statue will be a companion piece for the Statue of Liberty and will be placed in a city on the West Coast.


"Art Slam is super interactive and people can watch the process and talk to us about what we are doing. I'm glad the museum is providing these types of things for the community, and I am honored to be a part of it," Price said.


Artist Stephanie Deer agreed with Price. "I about had a heart attack when I was invited to paint here today, but it has turned out to be fun," she said.


Deer set the stage for her whimsical 1950s pop art painting by dressing up complete with a beehive hairdo and bright red lipstick and playing '50s music as inspiration. Her large, vibrant canvas of a carefree woman heading out to Wendover titled "Race for the Border" drew quite a crowd of admirers.


"I am painting a series of iconic Utah images. I include things we can all relate to and be proud of -- like fry sauce and funeral potatoes. I'm serious about funny and Utah inspires me," Deer said.


Deer is a self-taught artist who got an unusual start in her second career.


"I was working as an interior designer when the artist I hired to paint five 7-by-9-foot paintings quit with only three weeks until her deadline," Deer said. "In desperation I checked out books at the library and worked frantically almost without sleep until I finished the paintings. And my client loved them. It changed my life and here I am seven years later working as a professional artist."


Many other professional artists were working outside in the gardens and in galleries around the museum throughout the day.


In the atrium young aspiring artists were helping themselves to art supplies at the "art buffet." These non-edible treats included modeling clay, balloons, beads, markers, foam pieces and lots of paper and markers.


Stephanie Ewing brought her children Samantha, age 10, Boston, age 7, and Marley, age 5, and her two nieces Whitney and Ruby."We have spent the day at the museum. It's our field trip to learn about art and have fun being creative," said Ewing, who is a first-grade teacher at Brookside Elementary in Springville.


"My favorite thing today was walking around the museum and looking at all the creations," Samantha said. "The most fun thing I did was make a sea urchin from clay and toothpicks," Boston said. "And my picture I made is of clouds and the sun and a tree," Marley added.

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Self-taught artist makes a living painting 'The Beehive Woman'

By Peter Rosen