Lo­cal artist Fred Mertlich to host stu­dio art sale

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Fred Mertlich is invit­ing the pub­lic to come to his art stu­dio garage sale, lo­cated at 412 N. 600 East in Springville, on Fri­day and Satur­day, Dec. 9 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prints of more than 200 works of art will be of­fered as well as a col­lec­tion of greet­ing cards fea­tur­ing Mertlich’s art work. This will be an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to find that unique gift not avail­able in re­tail stores. Items will be priced to sell. He will do com­mis­sioned art work of vis­i­tors home, barn, ve­hi­cles, etc. at their re­quest.

Mertlich was born and reared in Utah. Af­ter a stint in the Navy and an ed­u­ca­tion at Utah State Univer­sity, he spent 40-plus years in the Pacific North­west as a high school coun­selor and col­lege ed­u­ca­tor. Af­ter re­tir­ing the first time, he moved back to Utah where he worked as a teacher ed­u­ca­tor for Utah Val­ley Univer­sity and the State of Utah. Then he re­tired for the fi­nal time.

In 2001, he be­gan his “hobby ca­reer” as an il­lus­tra­tor of clas­sic pub­lic build­ings, pi­o­neer homes, LDS tem­ples and an­tique au­to­mo­biles.

Mertlich and his wife Suzanne live in Springville where he has his stu­dio. It was built with the pro­ceeds from the sale of a 1953 Dodge pickup that he and oth­ers re­stored. He said that it filled the mea­sure of its re-cre­ation. Many of the ve­hi­cles in his il­lus­tra­tions he has owned and re­stored.

Mertlich’s unique style in his art work, whether it de­picts an an­tique car, a tem­ple or a pi­o­neer home, cen­ters around the de­tail of the ob­ject. Great care is taken to present the il­lus­tra­tion as near to scale as pos­si­ble. Then an added back­ground of soft greys lends a “ghost ef­fect” as a con­trast in the art work. A com­mon back­ground used with many ve­hi­cles is a moun­tain scene com­plete with an old barbed wire fence and two birds fly­ing in the dis­tance.

Many of Mertlich’s il­lus­tra­tions of build­ings are pen and ink ren­di­tions while his cars, trucks and trac­tors (he calls then old iron) are done in color. He has been able to blend and com­bine the use of al­co­hol pens so as to have the ap­pear­ance of wa­ter­col­ors.

Mertlich’s art­work has been fea­tured as far away as Den­ver, Modesto, Og­den, He­ber and Mid­way and also here in Springville at the Art City Days cel­e­bra­tion.

Springville Artist Fred Mertlich is invit­ing the pub­lic to his stu­dio Dec. 9 and 10.

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