Catherine Darli...
2015-07-02 07:49

This month the gallery is hosting our artists group show of Upcycled Green art. I chose to make my piece out of plastic grocery bags and an old, slightly warped but beautiful leather frame.

I had read online that you can fuse plastic bags together, but there were various methods and the first four times of fusing were unsuccessful. With the due date for the art hovering near, I finally seized upon a method that worked. There is a bit of time invested in cutting the bags and fusing them. I did several fused pieces of plastic for my painting.  I chose to sew the fused bags together to get a big enough background. For my subject matter I chose to paint a deer in an aspen forest. I cut the shape of the deer and aspens out of the plastic and sewed them to the background.  The plastic bags I used for the deer came out really textured which was perfect for the deer fur. It was also a bit warped so I cut a slit in the back and stuffed the deer with batting which gave it a 3 dimensional effect. This was certainly a ‘wing-it’ as you go piece.

In order for my acrylic paints to adhere to the plastic I sprayed the quilted surface with an acrylic primer to prevent the paint from peeling off in the future. It worked very well! The texture of the bags along with the sewed and stuffed shapes made for an interesting painting surface. I then glued the piece to masonite so I could insert it into the frame. Unfortunately I didn’t cover my desk top and the glue oozed out on two edges and adhered to my desk too! I carefully removed it, but have yet to figure out how to get the glue off the desk!

I put the painting in the frame. As I previously mentioned, the frame was slightly warped, so over the weekend I had tried to straighten it by putting a wet towel on the back of it and clamping it down to the desk (same poor, glued and abused desk). After the frame had absorbed some of the water, I let it dry for several days with the hope that it would un-warp itself. Unfortunately it didn’t, but I think it straightened a little. Nevertheless, it hung pretty decently considering, and was ready to take to the show. I titled it “UpCycled Forest”.

The opening of our ‘Green’ Show was Friday, June 19th during the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. It is hanging until July 15th. We will be open on July 4th for the Sugarhouse 4th of July Art Festival as well as the Sugarhouse Art Walk on July 10th, 6-9 pm. Plenty of opportunity to see how our artists took the green challenge and made upcycled art!

Catherine Darling Hostetter is an artist, mother of 5 and grandmother of 3. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. 



Debbie Valline
2015-06-18 12:42

Recycled Jewelry is actually a very common practice in the adornment industry.  Steampunk, Bottle Cap, Sea Glass, are only a few examples.  As an Art Jeweler, I am designing with upcycling in mind rather than recycling.  I am constantly looking at “items” in awe as to the beauty, design quality, texture or uniqueness wondering how I can incorporate that item into a piece of quality jewelry that will make it one-of-a-kind. 

You never know what you will find stashed away in my studio.  One day I was walking across a lawn and saw this amazing bark that had blown off the trees.  Yep, you are right – I gathered all I could hold and took it home to add to my stash.  The frog in my “Puddle Jumping” necklace is sitting on some of that bark and the frog is a vintage counterweight that was used to weigh African trading beads.

Another item that ended up in my studio stash was a bag of vintage watch and clock parts.  When I looked at these parts all I saw were necklaces and earrings.  Hence my newest pieces, “Renewed Time”, which will be in this month’s Upcycled Group Show.

Silk yarn created from recycled saris, leather from a discarded bag, antler sheds found in the wild, a unique pod from a plant all add interest and will eventually end up in one of my jewelry designs.

My artistic creativity is continually being challenged to UPCYCLE rather than recycle and the end results are always exciting.





Debbie Valline is an Art Jeweler designing and creating one-of-a-kind jewelry. Debbie lives in Riverton, Utah with, Jim, her wonderfully supportive husband.  Debbie is proud to be a participating artist in Local Colors of Utah Fine Art Gallery.



Jeff Clay
2015-06-15 17:22

This month at Local Colors of Utah gallery we are having a group artists' show entitled "Upcycled." Everyone has heard of recycling but what exactly is upcycling? Google the term and you will find a surprising number of related links including this definition: "To reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original." Considering the two-fold effect of shrinking product life spans coupled with incessant upgrade cycles and there would seem to be ample opportunity for creative types re-purpose much that surrounds us. But, from a photographer's perspective, how does one do that? When the show theme was decided upon, that was the exact question I asked myself. 

Then it occurred to me: I'm already doing it. Two years ago I started a new presentation of my photography: on tiles. We purchase used or discarded ceramic or stone tiles from Habitat for Humanity's ReStore, then adhere them via a multi-step, labor-intensive process involving gluing, sanding, epoxy glaze applying, two drying periods, dremeling, and finally labeling. At the end of seven days or so, we (my wife and I) will have produced 40-80 tiles in sizes ranging from 4" x 4", 6" x 6", 6" x 8", 8" x 8", 12" x 12", and even larger sizes. The tiles are UV, water, and heat resistant and can be used as coasters, trivets, table displays, or hung on the wall (the largest tiles, those 12' x 12" and above, are sold with a-fixed wires on the back).

When we started this new line of Clayhaus Photography products the idea was to present my photography in a new and functional manner at the various art festivals and markets that we participate in. I call it "affordable, functional, fine art photography" and it has been immensely successful. Last year I brought a limited number of my photo art-tiles to Local Colors. For the Upcycled show starting this week, I will bring a few more of the larger hanging pieces.

Reduce, Reuse, we can add Upcycle to that credo!

As the principal of Clayhaus Photography, Jeff Clay, specializes in fine-art landscape, architecture, and travel images. He lives in Salt Lake City, UT with his wife, Bonnie, and their three wild and crazy retrievers.


Jeff Clay
2014-07-22 17:58

Monet's Garden -- a little less than an hour by train from Paris -- is a wonderful place to flee from the hustle and bustle of the French capital. Assuming you are off-season of course, because the crowds do descend come summer.

Spring of 2013 in France was very wet, but we chose a relatively sunny day to visit Giverny, the small village where Claude Monet and his garden lived. The gardens are not huge but are quite beautifully laid-out. I began just doing some straight photography of the flowers but quickly realized that a tulip is much the same, whether in France, Holland or the US. (I've photographed flowers in Corsica, Provence, the South Tyrol, the Botanical Gardens of New York, southern Utah, and elsewhere. Without an environmental setting, there is little to distinguish one floral location from another one.)  A more creative approach was called for.

I began by mounting a neutral density filter on my lens. ND filters cut the amount of light coming into a camera's sensor or film. This allows for long exposures in bright sunlight without overexposure. The effects can be quite dreamy with blurred clouds, mist-like surf, and silky-smooth waterfalls. To achieve those effects one must mount the camera on a tripod so that everything else that is not in motion, remains tack sharp. In Monet's Garden I wanted a different look. Instead of mounting the camera on a tripod, I hand-held it for several to many seconds of exposure whilst moving it slowly about. The intent was to create photographic impressionism. I tried many different movement techniques, positions, and of course different flowers and arrangements. 

It was not clear what I would end up with until later that evening when I began processing the files. Many of the images were either too blurry or too boring (or both) but a small handful held promise. With further processing a very small body of images emerged from that shoot. These then are a sampling of my "impressions" of Monet's Garden.

I am pretty certain that were Claude Monet alive today he would be painting, rather than creating "photo impressions." His work was and is very tactile and there is something very physical about using brush and palette knife, canvas and paints. Yes, he would still be a painter. But, I am not, and so this is my photographic nod to his genius.



Travel, Architecture and Landscape are the palettes upon which Jeff Clay, the principal of Clayhaus Photographyphotographs. Travel to Paris, visit his dreamy creative galleries, or stop into Local Colors to see what's hanging. He lives in Salt Lake City, UT with his wife, Bonnie, and their three wild and crazy retrievers.



Blaine Clayton
2014-07-09 18:09

My featured show in July  is "Cool and Creative in the Summertime." Many of the paintings were completed at various Plein-Air paint outs from Logan to Moab. My favorite medium is watercolor. Sometimes it is out of control and seems to paint itself, sometimes one needs to quit painting while the sparkle is still on the paper and sometimes you feel you have made a mess of things only to put the painting away and come back to it later finding it was not so bad after all.

​The paintings you see here I completed this year at various paint outs from Logan to Moab. They were so much fun and I sold three paintings. So it occurred to me "why no Salt Lake Plein-Air paint out?"  I talked to my friends at Local Colors of Utah and we decided to promote a Sugar House Plein-Air paint out. We decided that we would offer $800.00 in prizes along with a prize of a month free representation in Local Colors Gallery. Every where I have been from Torrey - to Logan - to Heber - to Midway people have said "what a great idea." The only thing we need in order to have a great success is you - the artist. It could even be an annual event. So look on the Local Colors of Utah website, pre-register and save $10.00. Also, you can pre-register in-person at the gallery or mail a pre-registration form along with your fee before 8/16/14 and save that $10.00. Or if you are like me - a procrastinator - come in on 8/23/14 after 9:00 am and we will gladly stamp your paper or canvas and have a great time painting with us within a mile radius to Local Colors right in the middle of Sugar House.

Blaine Clayton is a Salt Lake City-based watercolorist who enjoys the challenges of plein-air painting. He is a member of the Utah Watercolor Society and has been painting for decades.

Jeff Clay
2014-04-15 10:55

There is good reason that most visitors to Kyoto have Kinkaku-ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion) high on their must-see list. In any season, the exquisite and serene beauty of the small 3-story temple surrounded by graceful, dark-green pines, standing above an calm pond, its reflection shimmering brilliantly, is not to be missed. This means of course that the serenity projected by this gorgeous structure and grounds, must be matched by the calmness within oneself, as you will be confronted with bus and sight-seeing crowds. They are for the most part very well-behaved (this is Japan after all!) and if the patient photographer waits, he or she will be rewarded with people-free images.

Google this temple and you will see countless images similar to the first photograph presented here. This is the more or less standard Golden Pavilion shot ... and for good reason! The setting was seemingly designed for camera on tripod, canvas on easel. But just as when you photograph Delicate Arch at sunset and Mesa Arch at sunrise, you should work to achieve your own vision and interpretation of those iconic images.

What about expressing that very colourful scene in infrared light, converted to black and white? Or perhaps a side glance teasingly hinting at its overall beauty? 

Finally a view as if one just happened upon the temple, peeking through pine boughs, with only its blinding, watery reflection clearly discerned. Any which way you look at the Golden Pavilion, it is a marvel of composition and setting. 

The building looks quite old, and indeed the original temple dates back to the late 1300's. But mimicking the Zen Buddhist precept of life as illusion, what we see before us in only 60 years old. In 1950 a monk named Hayashi Yoken burned down the 550 year-old edifice. Was he merely insane -- as the court that tried him found -- or was he besotted by the beauty of the temple and compelled to destroy that which he so loved? If that sounds the stuff of a novel -- vivid, poetic, melodramatic, tragic -- it is. Yukio Mishima -- one the giants of 20th century Japanese literature and still considered a vivid, poetic, melodramatic and tragic figure -- wrote a fictionalized account of the Golden Temple and its effect on the obsessed monk. 

Whatever the truth of the temple's burning, as the phoenix atop the building seems to imply, from the ashes of its destruction, it stands again. And, we are thankful for that.




Travel, Architecture and Landscape are the palettes upon which Jeff Clay, the principal of Clayhaus Photographyphotographs. Travel to the East and view his Japan galleriesHe lives in Salt Lake City, UT with his wife, Bonnie, and their three wild and crazy retrievers.



Lawrence Wayne ...
2014-03-25 11:25

As long as I can remember I have been a collector of things. Wherever I am — walking in a field, on a street, by a river, by the ocean, traveling here and there, visiting dumps or working as a gatekeeper at my own private “landfill” — I have found objects that were discarded by others but have a genuine beauty or value to me.  This is “time well spent."

Although these materials are very diverse, they share in common a beautiful patina, soft edges, and worn surfaces. Some of the wood and metal which I incorporate into my artwork reveals layers of paint worn through by generations of use.

I am intrigued by the challenge of creating an entirely unique piece of art from a random collection of discarded and often commonplace objects. Giving these old, ordinary items a new and extraordinary life as one sculpture is an artistically demanding, yet gratifying, process.

Some of my work is also designed to be highly interactive and prompt viewers to question the reality of what they see. Audience reactions fuel my motivation and help bring my visions to life.

I particularly enjoyed working on this commissioned sculpture “Time Well Spent": a Father’s Day present from a daughter who understands how valuable fishing is to her father.  This sculpture is designed to be kinetic as the fishing reel actually works moving the small wire representing a fishing line back and forth. Many of the found objects that make up this sculpture reached this father’s heart and the memories flowed about spending time with my children and with my own father. What an amazing experience and definitely “time well spent."

Lawrence Wayne Adkinson enjoys bringing new life to discarded objects, depicting man’s relationships with the earth and nature from his home in West Valley City, UT. He incorporates a key as symbol of usefulness and life to each sculpture.  He believes that “art is a key to opening minds."  Several of his sculptures are currently displayed in the Boxcar Gallery in Helper, Utah. He is honored to be a member of Local Colors of Utah Art Gallery.  He supports various educational arts programs. Teaching his method of art is very rewarding. He has taught students of all ages to use their creativity to express their feelings, hoping to help them understand “art is one of a kind creation of self-expression."  

Debbie Valline
2014-03-17 07:44

I was working one of my shifts at the gallery today and had a wonderful gentleman come in.  First thing he said as he walked through the door was "I would love to look around; however, I do not have money to buy anything."  I assured him that a gallery is as much for "looking" as selling.  He stated that he had walked by several times but did not come in as he felt he did not have the time or the money to make a purchase.   Today he decided to take the time.  We had a very enjoyable conversation.  He told me of his art ventures and how he does not use conventional mediums for his art.  I found myself telling him about some of my unconventional mediums, such as tree bark, which I used in one of my jewelry pieces.  We swapped stories and by the end of our conversation we both had come up with new ideas for our own art.

After he left I got to wondering about how many people walk past the gallery, but will not come in because they feel they need to purchase something.  Granted, every artist in the gallery wants to sell their art; however in reality we are in the gallery because we love art.  We love being around other artists and we love those that will take the time to truly look, see, and experience art.  We especially love those that will take time to converse with us about our art.   FYI – All artists love to talk about art almost as much as creating art.

Since the gallery is in the business of selling, I am hopeful that our patrons will keep our gallery in mind when they have the opportunity to buy a gift for that special someone or even as a gift for themselves.   However, the time someone spends looking, talking about, and experiencing art is the greatest compliment an artist can receive.  Hopefully, I will talk to you soon at Local Colors.


Debbie is a jewelry artist specializing in mixed metals, enhanced with precious and semi-precious stones and often uses unconventional mediums.  She lives in Riverton, Utah with, Jim, her wonderfully supportive husband.  Debbie is proud to be an active member of Local Colors Fine Art Gallery.

2014-03-13 16:12

A long way from anywhere, following serpentine roads through forests of twisted and turned trees, we pass the ramshackle out-buildings of a lonely sheep farm and arrive at the wild remains of Château de l'Herm. Atop a hill and surrounded by partially naked trees (spring is only just beginning), the shattered and blown ruins of the four story castle both beckon and warn. The open doorway, surrounded by gorgeous stone tracery work, calls us forward to enter and explore. The lack of roof and crumbling walls open to the brooding sky, threaten to come down, this year or perhaps next century. Empty windows act as cyclopean sockets and didn't we see a shadow move in there? 

I love castles and chateaux, intact or otherwise, but most especially those that have survived the ravages of time, the depredations of man; that have been lost to the jungle or woods or sands and only now are just re-emerging. Château de l'Herm definitely falls into that category. Built some 500 years ago, it's best days were not far behind it when a series of intra-family murders began within its walls. All told reportedly eleven people were killed which included the acts of infanticide and matricide. Not surprising the family died out, literally. For centuries ownership was contested and the towering, isolated structure fell into a state of tattered ruin. The forest encroached and the hulk's unsavory reputation cast a pall.

Well off the beaten path it is well worth the journey. Inside one may climb to the top tower, or what is left of it, via an amazing and fortunately very solid stone spiral staircase. The floors have long rotted away and from above you can look down upon four stories of walls and windows with large, ornate fireplaces set into the chimney wall at every floor. Further down are the dungeons which were used to imprison the unwary and perhaps even the deserving. Gazing out, you can take in the rolling tree-sprouted countryside stretching unbroken for miles. All the adjectives fit: lonely, wind-swept, moody, and even spooky. A perfect place to create Art.

A place fit for literature, heavy and brooding. Or perhaps, cinema. And, in fact two French films have used the location. I could easily envision a painter setting up an easel under the weathered tree boughs. Music? They actually have small concerts inside the stone shell. And photography, you may well ask ... is it a place to take a picture or two? What do you think?

East of Bordeaux and west of Provence, in the north of the ancient region known as Aquitaine, is the old French province of Périgord. Now called Dordogne, it is a region of craggy castles, honey-colored stone villages, deep walnut forests, and the painted caves of long-gone Cro-Magnon man. Dordogne Dreams is an exploration of this region using infrared-sensitive cameras. Though the Dordogne is a colorful region, infrared techniques permit the presentation of this land in a different light. As in a dream, the images can transport one back to another time, in a different land. Sweet slumbers.

As the principal of Clayhaus Photography, Jeff Clay specializes in fine-art landscape, architecture, and travel images. He lives in Salt Lake City, UT with his wife, Bonnie, and their three wild and crazy retrievers.

Feliz Saez
2014-02-24 10:53
There are times we enter a journey of thought and of wonderment.
For me, the journey is directed by the recall of “When stone speaks,” through the natural passages in each mineral stain, schist, and countless cracks that allow me to render their presence.
Many Spirits opened a spiritual search for the collaboration and conclusions I justify as an artist. It becomes an innate challenge to concert the many spirits and provide a window for the viewer to pass through. These elements remain a permanent recording for the viewers discernment.
The characters in this piece represent the life of a mountain man, noting his encounters and associations. One begins to imagine his life’s journey, and can somehow feel his surroundings begin to unfold. 
A history of one person, which will take you for a dance in your own thoughts and resolutions.
My work is a window which will open your minds eye to discern your own conclusions.
What do you see?
Enjoy the journey.

Felix Saez, a self taught artist, was born in Bingham Canyon, UT. He currently resides in Park City, UT. As an artist creates a spiritual existence upon nature's canvas, Felix brings to life his subject matter from within the artistic realm and paints and carves upon natural stone. Using the many attributes that each stone provides, he creates his one-of-a-kind pieces. Each painting represents a presence of a sculpture-like feature of its own natural origin, allowing each image to have complete authenticity. See more of Felix's work on his website and enjoy his video interview.