UWS Member News

UWS Member News


UWS member, Sherry Meidell, is having a one woman show at the West Bountiful City Offices 550 N. 800 W. West Bountiful, Utah 84087 for the duration of her 18 month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she will be learning the Hakka and how to surf in Hawaii, among other things. She will be posting on her blog http://sherrymeidell.wordpress.com from time to time. You can see some of her smaller works at Lynda Nelson’s Workshop Gallery at 6237 S. Highland Dr. Salt Lake City, Utah.

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UWS member, Jana Parkin, will be teaching a workshop at a castle in France in June 2020. Marouatte Castle, in the Dordogne region, sits on 240 acres of woodlands and looks like a fairy tale castle! Artists actually get to stay at a private room in the castle. Each has a private bath as well. We will also take day trips to the surrounding villages, which are amazingly picturesque and begging to be painted. Fairly nearby are the famed Lascaux caves, and Grotte de Villars with Neolithic paintings dating from 19,000 BC.
Visit janaparkin.com to be placed on the email list for more information about the castle workshop. Or reach out to her directly: janaparkinart@gmail.com.
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UWS Member, Jana Parkin, has created a cookbook full of abstract watercolor paintings inspired by the colors and textures of the recipe ingredients. Kitchen Alchemy: Combination, Creation, and Transformation is part art book, part cook book, and an exciting exploration of the world of food. Right now it’s on pre-sale on her website, janaparkin.com, for 30% off. Concurrent to the launch of the book, the Provo Library is exhibiting all of the paintings from the book in a show called Labor + Love, opening February 15, 2019 with a reception that evening, from 7-9pm. The show runs through March 15 and features 11 Utah artists, all women.
Labor + Love
Provo Library
550 N University Ave
Provo, UT 84601



UWS Member, Emily Thomas, will be demonstrating at the Sandy Watercolor Society on Thursday, February 21st. She will be showing them how to use a light acrylic wash under watercolor paintings and some sketchbook ideas.

UWS Member, Lori Burchinal, was accepted into the 26th World of the Wild annual art exhibition at Hogle Zoo with her painting “Chilling in the Green.” Her painting was also chosen as one of the Utah Arts and Museums Traveling Pieces and will be on display throughout the year at various locations.


UWS Member Sandy Sleeper was accepted into the 26th World of the Wild annual art exhibition at Hogle Zoo with her painting “Intension 2.”




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Now exhibiting at the Pleasant Valley Library – Ogden Branch, 5568 Adams Ave Parkway, watercolors from Bolivia by Hadley Rampton.

“During the summer of 2017, I accompanied Choice Humanitarian on an expedition to the Altiplano of Bolivia. Our mission was to assist in the construction of classrooms in the Indigenous town of Taracollo. Along with my sleeping bag and work clothes, I packed my camera and watercolors supplies. Although I knew I would be giving the majority of my time to the humanitarian work ahead of me, I wanted to record what I could of the village, its people and my experience in watercolor and ink.

After my week in the village, I remained in Bolivia for another week. I spent my time travelling to La Paz, Potosí and Sucre. Each told stories of the Indigenous peoples’ struggles with the Spanish, followed by the Criollos (mixed race peoples). In each locale, I learned what I could of their histories and painted in their streets.

I have long felt for the plight of Indigenous peoples and the injustices they have endured, and continue to endure. My week spent with the warm and wonderful people of Taracollo strengthened my feelings. These paintings and accompanying writings convey my impressions of what I experienced and learned.

As a thank you to Choice Humanitarian and to assist them further with their efforts in Bolivia, I plan to donate 30% of the proceeds from the possible sales of the watercolors to Choice.”     -Hadley Rampton


UWS Member Becky Hartvigsen is teaching painting classes at her home every Friday.

Morning: 10:00am – 12:00pm – Watercolor class ($20 per class)
Afternoon:  1:00pm – 3:00pm – Oil class ($20 per class)

Contact her to reserve a spot. (beckywh@comcast.net or use your UWS directory to look up her phone number)

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“Night Flight” by Becky Hartvigsen
Join UWS-CVC member and UWS Past President, Kristi Grussendorf, for her upcoming workshop!  June 2019 – Provence, France. Click here for information.
“I understand the lavender will be blooming! Come join me June!



UWS-CVC member and UWS Past President Kristi Grussendorf has a painting featured in the Feb 2019 issue of Watercolor Artist magazine.

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