The unveiling of the next exhibit is October 31st at 3 pm.
A social distancing friendly exhibit! Located on the lawn of the Harrington Center, feel free to visit it whenever you want to. This installation's theme for the artists is "Humanity." We think they represented that theme in a spectacular way, and we hope you spend time to visit. Be sure to tag your social media posts with #harringtonwalls to support these wonderful artists.
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We are extremely proud to present the artists of the 4th installment of the walls. Each artist spent anywhere from 1-8 weeks working on these masterpieces. They were given materials and a theme, the rest was up to their intepretation of what Humanity means to them.
Keith Huang quit painting for 15 years, so he could support his family working in corporate finance, but he was not happy at all. He missed painting each time he saw something beautiful. Finally, he was able to start his dream in 2019 by founding Sentient Academy and found his way back into the art world. Now Keith tries to find time for painting outside of his busy schedule. He knows many others like himself, that have a career, but deep inside they crave the creativity. Keith feels so fortunate to know them and help them find motivation to create. About the piece: As good people passed away, we don’t let their memory fade. We are all here for a reason and let’s make that reason a good one.Site
Laura is a photographic and mixed media artist. Her work is mostly about the relationship between gratitude and perspective. When she started collaging different parts of multiple photos to create a different image, she realized there was a connection between her artistic process, and the adding and subtracting aspects of my her own life in order to better it. That was a process she started intentionally in her 20’s, and she feels a ton of gratitude around the change, learning, growth and results. With all those past and current life changes comes perspective, which she addresses pretty literally in her mixed media illusion works (SIX MONTH SUMMER and THE STAY). She 100 percent believes her curiosity and pursuit of both, wider life perspective and the gratitude surrounding that practice are what led her to become an artist. About the piece: I love exploring the idea of perspective in my work and in life generally. When we leave the possibility of a wider, different, or ever changing perspective, we become more connected to humanity as a whole. This mural piece poses a few questions that can be applied to our process of becoming more connected to humanity. Is the thing I believe to be true, actually true? Will I understand more if I'm willing to move or shift? Am I viewing or grasping the whole picture, or just small slices of reality?Site
Loralee Nicolay’s love of art began as a very young girl. She has always believed it is her mandate to be a producer and creator of beauty rather then a mere consumer. Creating beauty through her art, in whatever form, brings her great joy. She sees her world in color and light. Many things inspire Loralee’s work, including her three children, her love of nature, and her love of design. Loralee’s art is born out of a combination of her education, training, and experience. Art is highly vulnerable work, and every piece she creates carries with it part of her inner world. Loralee’s bachelor degree in Interior Design has continued to influence her artistic sensibilities. Creating is an important part of Loralee’s daily life and she feels grateful to be able to share her art with the world. Loralee’s mural is entitled, “A Thousand Invisible Threads.” Like most of her work, it started with a spontaneous dance of paint and brushes, and then, each brush stroke demands to be resolved, somehow. Abstract art like this is comprised of a million tiny decisions, and despite what it seems, every stroke is on purpose. “Should I add one more dot? Should this green transition into yellow, or should this be a soft line? Do I see patterns I don’t want, do I think that shape is ugly?” There are so many decisions! And each brush stroke I make, influences what is already on the canvas. I’ll add a line, but it cuts a beautiful shape in half and doesn’t work. Or a certain color (usually pink!) makes an otherwise dreary spot more alive! In this way, the mural describes our humanity. We are each connected, in obvious ways, and more often, invisible ways. That person who walks into a room and brightens a dreary day. The cutting remark that dashes another’s dreams. We are social animals, we survive and thrive only in communities. Each individual action we take affects the whole, whether we know it or not. Henry Melville famously said, “You live not for yourselves; you cannot live for yourselves: a thousand fibers connect you with your fellow-man, and along those fibers, as along sympathetic threads, run your actions as causes, and return to you as effects.” If you look very closely at my mural, you will see a very small line (not quite invisible) connecting the two women. In this time of cultural division, it is my hope that we open our eyes to all the ways we are connected, all the ways we are similar. We have more in common than the things that divide us. We are connected by a thousand invisible threads.Site
About the piece: “Be Better” I feel this heavy divide as I watch the news, scroll through social media and talk to loved ones. It’s hard not to take things personal and feel like you are going over the edge. I feel like we need to turn around as a society and remember we are all human. We are someone’s father, mother, child or spouse. No matter where you are from or what you believe in, be kind to one another. The smallest act of kindness can go along way.Site
Megan Ah You is a local artist and curator known for her mixed media paintings depicting landscapes in varying degrees of abstraction. Much of her recent work explores the parallels she draws between identity and landscape. She has a BFA in painting and drawing from UVU and currently manages Sundance Gallery and Art Studios.Site
Matisse Hales graduated with a double major in graphic design and Russian language from Brigham Young University. She loves creating things that didn’t exist yesterday, taking naps, and the color pink. She lives in Provo with her husband, daughter, five fish, and a cat named Dasha. More of her work can be found at matissehales.com. About the piece: Like many other people, I became a quarantine gardener when the epidemic hit. The world felt heavy this summer, but for me, working in that garden was a refuge. This fall, as I said goodbye to the flowers I had painstakingly cared for, I wanted to preserve that fleeting summer experience. As we move through humanity’s inevitable ups and downs together, I’d like to share what my garden gifted me this year. It’s beautiful, resilient, and something humanity can always use—that gift is hope, and it’s yours to keep.Site
The theme for “The Walls” was humanity. Personally. I have always been fascinated by our human instinct to explore new territories and worlds. Space exploration is a common childhood dream, encouraging imagination and adventure in the younger generation. In this piece you can see an astronaut throwing a paper airplane to those down to those on Earth. In order to reach the unknown & take risks, one must know they have others to reach out to for help and guidance. We are all in this journey of the Earth together, let’s support one another.Site
I am a Wyoming born artist that has called the beehive state home for more than 10 years now. Painting is a form of therapy to me, it is the outlet to express feelings and emotions in a way that words fail me. I paint in an abstract expressionist style and let the moment decide the next color or stroke of the pallet knife. I cannot plan the exact painting in my mind ahead of time. Often it is a color or shape that i start with and then as time passes those shapes, motions and colors will sometimes form a recognizable piece like the painting featured here titled “shattered”. More often the colors and strokes are more like emotional placeholders. My hope is that when a viewer sees one of my paintings that they feel something more than they see something. Everyone's individual perspective allows them to see and feel what they need when it comes to abstract expressionism, and I think that's why I love it. No matter if a person loves it or hates it, those feelings are all part of the experience. My wish for any viewer of my work is not so much asking what it means to me, but what it makes you feel or remember? In regards to this piece “Shattered” the same is true, the original was unplanned, but it evolved as I allowed what was an interesting moment in life to connect with the canvas. Recreating it was more difficult than I thought it would be, as all of my work carries those thoughts and moments with them. It has become a both beloved and a painful painting for me as it was one of the works that people can instantly recognize for its shape. On a closer look I hope the viewer can see and feel the texture and layers in the paint. Those layers are the special moments that add depth to the overall feeling of the work and to the moments we remember.Site
SOCIAL DISTANCING FRIENDLY EXHIBIT
“The Walls” at Harrington Center for the Arts is a first of its kind in our community and provides opportunities for the public and artists alike to enjoy a free “outside art museum” with murals painted by local, professional and amateur artists. The two 9’x17’ sustainable steel exhibit structures support the ongoing rotation of new art every six months. Artists are chosen from the surrounding community and include works from professionally recognized artists as well as young and/or aspiring creators to display their work to the community. Each new rotation commences with a free unveiling ceremony that is advertised to the community.
This project has only been possible through the generous support of our community. Donors include Sherwin-Williams, SunPro, Runtastic Events, Adobe, Diamond Rental, WOI Steel, Evan Ault, Glassey SteelWorks, Menlove Construction, Altaview Concrete, Lehi Block Company, Valley View Landscaping LLC, Intricate Builders, and Allied Electric Sign & Awning. Hundreds of work hours have been donated as community members have come together to weld, pour cement, landscape, and paint.