Spir­i­tual & Re­li­gious Art at SMOFA

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Deb­o­rah Good­man for Serve Daily

The Springville Mu­seum of Art is cel­e­brat­ing thirty-three years of the Spir­i­tual and Re­li­gious Art of Utah ex­hi­bi­tion now un­til mid-Jan­uary. Five hun­dred en­tries were submitted and only 186 were ac­cepted into this pres­ti­gious show, which saw over 700 peo­ple in at­ten­dance at the open­ing re­cep­tion in Oc­to­ber.

Je­nessa Van Buren, As­so­ciate Di­rec­tor of the mu­seum, says the show has seen sig­nif­i­cant growth in par­tic­i­pa­tion in the last five or six years. “This ex­hi­bi­tion al­ways comes to­gether with a spe­cial el­e­gance and depth of beauty.” But a note­wor­thy change is the “in­creas­ing di­ver­sity in spir­i­tu­al­ity and in­ter­pre­ta­tions of be­lief.”

The show hopes to ac­knowl­edge and cel­e­brate the “shift­ing de­mo­graph­ics and faith tra­di­tions our com­mu­nity is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing,” ac­cord­ing to Van Buren.

Even though this is her third year par­tic­i­pat­ing, Springville artist Heather Holm says it never gets old be­ing ac­cepted into this show.  Her piece “Prayers for Rain,” a 55”x 48” oil on panel, is for­mi­da­ble and bright.

Pray­ing for Rain by Heather Holm. Be­cause she has tried to paint more au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal pieces as of late, she thought a lot about her up­bring­ing in south­east­ern Utah dur­ing the cre­ation of this piece.

“I was sur­rounded by stark land­scapes of red rock, sand­stone, sage­brush, and turquoise skies. While this land is beau­ti­ful, it can also be harsh. My dad was a farmer and we con­stantly prayed for rain and held spe­cial fasts in or­der to re­ceive mois­ture for our crops,” Holm says.

She used joint com­pound and thick mod­el­ing paste to add dra­matic slashes of tex­ture with a dry­wall knife. “I al­ways try to leave flecks and smidgens of the un­der­paint­ing to give a piece more depth and di­men­sion. Stylis­ti­cally, I strive for a ‘loose hand’ and a ‘tight eye.’”

Com­plet­ing the piece in only three weeks was quite the feat for Holm, a mother of four. “At the time, we were build­ing a new house and were rent­ing a small apart­ment…I had the easel set up in the mid­dle of the kitchen while the kids ran around it, oc­ca­sion­ally bump­ing into it and smudg­ing the paint.”

Holm has learned a lot through trial and er­ror and the ups and downs of the art world and has this ad­vice for those who are called to cre­ate: “There was a time when I was so un­sure of my­self and lack­ing in con­fi­dence. I felt there was no mar­ket for my work, and no one would be in­ter­ested in what I had to of­fer. Boy was I wrong! There are end­less op­por­tu­ni­ties for artists who are will­ing to put them­selves out there, even if it's just a lit­tle bit at a time. The trick is to work at it ev­ery day, be gen­uine, and to not waste pre­cious art-mak­ing time on so­cial me­dia. Build up a body of work and en­ter as many shows/ ex­hibits/gal­leries as you can.”

This year, ju­rors for the show were pro­fes­sional artist Wil­la­marie Huel­skamp and Mu­seum Di­rec­tor Dr. Rita Wright. To see the list of awards and hon­or­able men­tions, visit www.smofa.org.  To learn more about Heather Holm’s art, visit www.heather­hol­mart.com,  www.heather­mholm. or @heather­hol­mart on In­sta­gram.

Springville artist Heather Holm, and baby, with her piece Prayers for Rain.

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