Visual art notes: Friberg's valley view, weaving the future, outsider art, up-and-coming painter
If you know The Book of Mormon, you doubtless know Arnold Friberg. His illustrations of prophets were as muscular in their use of color as they were in depicting human form, making spiritual and physical strength seem almost synonymous. The last time Friberg exhibited his work was 2006, so true fans will want to see the unveiling of "First View of the Valley," along with 14 other works. The timing of this exhibition was made as a special request by the 95-year-old artist, who wanted them shown before Thanksgiving. Don't miss your chance to see these works during this five-day exhibition.
When » Opening reception Nov. 10, 7-9 p.m. Exhibition will remain on display through Nov. 14. Gallery hours for this exhibition are 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Saturday.
Where » Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W. 3100 South, West Valley City
True to textile
"Navajo Children Weaving the Future" is a traveling exhibition of the Utah Arts Council, making its stop through Jan. 11 at the Salt Lake City Police Department's Pioneer Precinct building. According to Navajo traditions, the patterns and techniques of rug weaving are transmitted from mother to daughter. Given contemporary challenges to the art form's survival, the tradition has expanded to include those within the larger Navajo community. The rugs on exhibition here represent the latest rug and weaving works created by Navajo children educated through the Adopt-an-Elder Program.
When » Through Jan. 11. Gallery hours are regular precinct hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Where » Salt Lake City Police Department Pioneer Precinct, 1040 W. 700 South, Salt Lake City
Outsider art -- also known as Americana and Naive art -- has prompted many remarks along the lines of "My kid could do that." What detractors fail to recognize is the manner in which the genre's artists meld the natural hand of an unschooled child with the mature content only adults can muster. Enter Dennis Reynold, a native of Arizona who works as an airline steward and turns out beguiling works. His new acrylic-on-panel and charcoal- and pencil-on-paper works on exhibit carry a title as naive as the genre, "Recent Works." They may look simple, but don't underestimate their power to charm.
When » Opening reception Nov. 13, 5-9 p.m., with additional openings Nov. 20, 5-9 p.m., and Dec. 4, 5-9 p.m.
Hours » 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday or by appointment.
Where » Cordell Taylor Gallery, 964 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City
Info » Free. Call 801-580-1746 for more information.
Public show at private studio
Utah native and fast-ascending professional painter Janell James will host her first show at her private studio. Primarily an oil painter focusing on the classical atelier method, James has studied with big names both local and international, including Connie Borup in Salt Lake City and Tim Stoltz and Michelle Tully in Paris. She also completed a six-month residency at California's Bay Area Classical Artists Atelier. Her works resound with bold color, bracing composition and a style that mixes the best of expressionism and abstract leanings.
When » Nov. 14, 7-10 p.m.
Where » 3762 S. 150 East, Salt Lake City