Sunday, May 24, 2015

Owner of new Howa Gallery in Bountiful says supporting Utah artists is 'crucial'

Delighted to have received a mention in this article...

By Scotti Hill
For the Deseret News
Published: Saturday, May 23 2015 12:26 p.m. MDT


The interior of the new Howa Gallery, which is located at 390 N. 500 West in Bountiful.
Provided by Thomas Howa


BOUNTIFUL — Visitors to the new Howa Gallery in Bountiful can expect to be impressed — and perhaps overwhelmed — at the selection of art that awaits them.
The gallery, located at 390 N. 500 West, opened earlier this month and takes its name from the gallery’s owner, artist Thomas Howa, an enthusiastic proponent of artistic expression and growth in Davis County.
According to Howa, the gallery is a response to the increasing artistic excitement of the region. In addition to his gallery, the Bountiful Davis Art Center recently opened at 90 N. Main St. after an extended renovation and move.
“Davis County is the fastest-growing county in the state and has the highest median income as well; the growth in the area has been phenomenal and has the ability to expand,” Howa said.
Howa Gallery and BDAC plan to collaborate and organize events that will involve members of the local community. One of the proposals is a Bountiful gallery stroll — a similar event is a staple of the Salt Lake art scene and works to showcase exhibitions and familiarize visitors to the galleries in their area.
“The misconception of Bountiful is that it's a sleepy community that is far away from Salt Lake,“ Howa said, “but it’s actually closer than people think.”
Thomas Howa worked in the construction industry for more than 20 years before becoming an artist in the early 1990s. Since switching to art full time, he has gained representation with multiple galleries in the Western United States and participated in a number of exhibitions in the Salt Lake Valley. While he maintains important ties to the Salt Lake art scene, he sees Bountiful as a distinct market for showcasing Utah’s talented artists.
“Supporting the artists is crucial to me,” he said. “I understand how it is as an artist myself.”
Howa represents 36 artists who vary significantly in style, medium and technique. The majority of these artists are well known in the Salt Lake art scene and keen to branch out into what they perceive as the interesting new terrain of Davis County.
Howa’s optimism and enthusiasm is infectious as he remarks often about the thrill of working with Utah artists: “Utah has a solid base of artistic talent, and I think it is admired and it’s growing. I feel very fortunate to have the roster we have.”
Among a number of mediums and styles to choose from, many bold, attractive abstract paintings stand out in the exhibition space, including work by David Maestas, Bill Lee, Toni Youngblood, Chauncey Secrist and Alexander Hraefn Morris.
Layne Meacham’s striking painting “Protea and Oxalis Lilies” greets observers with a series of brightly colored abstract shapes intertwined in a vibrant visual field. Reminiscent of the high modernist masterpieces littering major museums, the painting showcases the joys inherent to abstract art.
The gallery also has a number of realistic works, such as Nichole Houston's "Bye Bye Boys," an attractive pastel drawing of a horse and rider. Houston's delicate handling of the subject and incorporation of acute detail affirm her mastery of technical precision.
While paintings constitute the majority of the collection, the gallery also carries sculptures, jewelry and clothing. Located in a bustling commercial intersection, the gallery capitalizes on shoppers and diners in the nearby area. The location, as well as the aesthetic, were selected consciously in hopes of breaking down the pretentiousness often associated with cultural institutions and to invite any and all to share in the thrill of art.
If you go ...
What: Howa Gallery
When: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; and by appointment
Where: 390 N. 500 West, Bountiful
Phone: 801-232-5710
Email: howagallery@gmail.com
Scotti Hill is an art historian based in Salt Lake City. She teaches art history at the University of Utah and Westminster College and works as a freelance curator and writer.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Avian Hills

"Avian Hills" (Honoring the sacred spirit of the feather in our Native cultures), 12"x12" encaustic on panel ~Toni Youngblood (at Howa Gallery)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

SOLD: "Spring Rain"

Spring Rain, 12"x12" encaustic on panel, painted in 2009 ~Toni Youngblood

I'm so happy on this drizzly Spring day to have just sold this luscious encaustic painting, Spring Rain, to the perfect client.  It is the 31st wedding anniversary of an architect I worked with about twenty years ago and he wanted to give his wife the gift of original art.  Wishing them many more years together and I'm delighted to know this painting will reside with them!

Friday, May 15, 2015

A New Piece at Howa Gallery

On the right:  "Unwrapped", 24"x24", oil on linen/encaustic on panel, Toni Youngblood

This still life oil on linen painting is encorporated into encaustic.  It is now available at Howa Gallery hanging in place of "Toulouse", which sold last Saturday at the Howa Gallery grand opening.

On the left, the two smaller pieces are top to bottom: 
"Lake Effect", 12"x12" encaustic on panel ~Toni Youngblood
"Suffering Happiness, 12"x12" encaustic on panel ~Toni Youngblood


Howa Gallery
390 N. 500 W.
Bountiful, Utah 84010
801-232-5710
howagallery@gmail.com

Monday, May 11, 2015

SOLD




Thomas Howa "This was the first piece that was purchased from Howa Gallery. Congratulations. Toni Youngblood and thank you!"

The grand opening of the Howa Gallery was well-attended during the five hour duration of the reception.  I'm very happy to have sold my largest of the five pieces exhibited in the the group show.  It also happened to be the first work to sell.

List of Artists in the Grand Opening Exhibit:

Tyler Thomas Blaine
Cody Chamberlain
John Collins
Traci O'Very Covey
Sierra M. Dickey
Sandra Elliott
Darryl Erdmann
Meredith Franck
Jeffrey Hale
Nichole Houston
Jeremy Houston
Lisa Howa
Sarinda Jones
Susan Kirby
Lenka Konopasek
Bill Lee
Julie Lewis
Brian Lindley
David Maestas
Nancy Maxfield
Ray McCarty
Frank McEntire
Layne Meacham
Alexander Hraefn Morris
Marilyn Read
Ron Russon
Tami Sanders
Chauncey Secrist
Cordell Taylor
Sean Toomey
Toni Youngblood
Thomas J. Howa


Friday, May 8, 2015

May Artist Profile in Artists of Utah 15-Bytes: Toni Youngblod


I feel honored to be the featured artist in Artists of Utah 15-Bytes online magazine for the month of May's Artist Profile. Thank you, Ann Poore for the words written and Portia Snow for the photos.  Read the full article/interview here:  http://artistsofutah.org/15Bytes/index.php/toni-youngblood/
Howa Gallery
Grand Opening Saturday, May 9th 4- 9 pm Open to the public
390 N. 500 W.
Bountiful, Utah 84010
801-232-5710
howagallery@gmail.com
I would like to thank the Artists. Without them it's just empty space.
Artists:
Tyler Thomas Blaine
Cody Chamberlain
John Collins
Traci O'Very Covey
Sierra M. Dickey
Sandra Elliott
Darryl Erdmann
Meredith Franck
Jeffrey Hale
Nichole Houston
Jeremy Houston

Lisa Howa
Sarinda Jones
Susan Kirby
Lenka Konopasek
Bill Lee
Julie Lewis
Brian Lindley
David Maestas
Nancy Maxfield
Ray McCarty
Frank McEntire
Layne Meacham
Alexander Hraefn Morris
Marilyn Read
Ron Russon
Tami Sanders
Chauncey Secrist
Cordell Taylor
Sean Toomey

Toni Youngblood
Thomas J. Howa

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