“Celebration of Art,” was written on the window of the Rocky Mountain Fine Art Gallery to indicate the open house, which was held June 1, in celebration of their first year anniversary.
Since they opened their doors over a year ago, there have been numerous artists who have displayed their work. These artists include: art paintings and sculptures by Kim Corpany; oil paintings by JoAnn Corpany; mixed media by Amy Jones; painting on feathers by Joe Watkins; watercolor and oil paintings by Amy Everhart and selections from David Jackson, Randolph Peay, and Lauri Eskelson.
Artist Randolph Peay’s newest work, “Hello Friend,” shows a little girl looking fondly at her stuffed animal. At the anniversary celebration, Peay was painting a portrait of the model, Anna Everhart, daughter of Amy Everhart, owner of the gallery. Amy described Peay’s amazing method of painting, “He starts with a blob of paint and forms it into art!” Peay’s art work is displayed exclusively in the Rocky Mountain Fine Art Gallery. Peay recently graduated from BYU-Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in Art and has been painting for 10 years. His favorite piece is a portrait he titled “Juliet.” It is a portrait of a young woman who was a model in one of his art classes, though Juliet isn’t her real name. The portrait aptly captures the emotion in her eyes.
Another artist present at the open house was Lauri Eskelson. Eskelson said that landscapes are her specialty because she loves the outdoors. Eskelson has been painting most of her life, and her father was an art professor at Weber State University. Her favorite piece was a painting she recently sold titled, “Taking the Long Way Home.” This piece displays a cowboy across Morgan Valley riding toward the sunset. Eskelson and her husband moved here a year and a half ago from Plain City. She fell in love with Morgan’s natural beauty and scenery and said, she noticed the green pastures before even looking at the house. Ironically, the home she bought used to belong to artist Bonnie Malan. Eskelson’s art is displayed in Apple Frame Gallery in Bountiful, Canyon Gallery in Fruit Heights and the Rocky Mountain Fine Art Gallery.
Artist David Jackson’s latest work, “Morning Watch,” depicts a Native American Indian warrior on rocky peak with a weapon. He also had a couple of scenery oil paintings. Several other works of art from other Utah artists were displayed throughout the gallery.
Student artist Hailey Hopkin was also present for the anniversary celebration. She was painting a self portrait from an image of herself on a computer screen. It was interesting watching the image come forth onto the canvas. Hopkin will be a sophomore at Morgan High School this year. There are several of her works on the wall of the gallery, some in oil as well as a pencil sketch of herself. Her work is quite impressive for a student of her age. There are other Morgan students featured at the gallery as well. Jessica Heywood has some various scenery oil paintings displayed and Natasha Anderson has her charcoal drawing of ballerinas featured. Everhart hopes to display more local artists as well as more student art in the future.
There was a drawing held at the event and winners took home some great prizes. The grand prize winner was Karlie Stokes, who won a free painting. Jen Johnson received 40 percent off on one of the Art Gallery’s paintings. MaKenna Turner, won free tuition for the Kids Art Workshop which will be held June 11, 12 and 13. Mary Nelson, Wendy Turner, Jill Searle, Marsha Martin and Emory Hopkin each won a card for a free 6 inch Subway Sandwich donated by Morgan’s Subway. Natalie Tibetts carried away a ceramic turtle lawn ornament donated by Ridley’s Market. Tori Hopkin received a $25 Avon gift set donated by Melinda Savage and Robbie Robertson received a $50 gift certificate to Layers of Love cakes, donated by Jennifer Vesper.