Art Happenings: Round-Up for May 28-June 2

By Adele Flail

 Your art (and awful, awful pun) fix for the week.

Thursday May 31

If you’re intimidated by the quantity of dials or the esoteric markings on your camera, but you’re ready to brave the world outside of “auto mode”, consider joining this week’s class from Continuing Ed at the U, Digital Photography: Nuts and Bolts. Instructor Ann Torrence will help you decode the mysteries of digital cameras as you learn to make properly exposed and focused images, identify and select white balance settings appropriate to the subject, and figure out how the focal length of lenses affects final images. Participants will create a set of reference images that demonstrate the workings of various controls, and will be asked to bring the camera manual as well as the camera to class for highlighting/note-taking purposes.  This class is appropriate for DSLRs and point-and-shoots with manual controls. Class is limited to 10; Tuition is $99.

UofU Sandy, 9875 South Monroe St. (240 West), Th 6-9p, Su 9a-12p. 

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Friday June 1

Join Colleen Reynolds and the Utah Watercolor Society for a mini-workshop/refresher course on color theory. The Color 101 workshop will be geared toward understanding all of the nuance in your little box of watercolors, covering hue, value, temperature, intensity, texture, and transparency/opacity. Cost $125 for UWS members and $160 for non-members, which does include membership.

Sons of the Utah Pioneers building, 3301 E. Louise Ave (2920 South), F & S 9a-4p.


120529 natureloversSaturday June 2

Speaking of auto mode, and setting out to prove that art can move you, the UMFA will be debuting Speed: The Art of the Performance Automobile this week. The exhibit will showcase 19 of the world’s fastest automobiles, from the 1957 Jaguar XK-SS Roadster (once owned by Steve McQueen) to the record-holding 1938 “Mormon Meteor III” Bonneville racer. Show runs until September 16… but it will go fast (with non-figurative racing stripes), so get up there before it’s too late. Regular admission is $7.

UMFA, 410 Campus Center Drive.


Finally, you may have noticed that CATALYST’s Urban Almanac column has been turned into a book! Written by our own lovely, talented, and hilarious Diane Olson, and illustrated by your illustrious (well, illustratorious, at least) blog writer, the book is now available from Gibbs Smith Publishers for purchase at your local bookstore (check out the King’s English) or on Amazon. I’ll be in the Lab@Leo this week exploring plant-related art, including some plant-based dyeing, so head down to talk about the book, dye some yarn, and explore the Leonardo. Regular admission is $9.

The Leonardo, 209 East 500 South.


This article was originally published on May 29, 2012.