Tales from Utah Valley: Art displayed where you least expect

June 3, 2018

We are lucky to live within miles of art museums, but there are other places — some where we wouldn’t expect — to see artworks displayed as well. With summer break, it is a great time to see the works of local artists.

Wasatch Mental Health

Payson’s Family Clinic of Wasatch Mental Health has begun displaying monthly art exhibits in its new facility, located at 285 N. 1250 East. Visitors do not have to be clients to see the artworks. Anyone is welcome to visit during the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

The exhibits will highlight local artists and artist groups and will change every two months. Currently, the works of local artist Rebecca Lee Peery are featured at the facility. Peery, who lives in Payson, has created oil paintings that depict scenes from different parts of the world including Holland, Vietnam, Norway, Glacier National Park and even spots in Utah. Several pieces of her art represent her visits to Kenya.

Previous to this exhibit, artworks by clients of Wasatch Mental Health were displayed in the building. Art can be healing and many find therapeutic benefits to creating through art. Those wanting to recommend an artist for exhibit at Wasatch Mental Health in future showings should contact Naomi White at (801) 852-3805.

Take a stroll

We can actually see artworks by simply taking a stroll through downtown Provo. On the first Friday of every month, the Downtown Provo Art Stroll takes place. Pieces by different local artists are displayed at different businesses each time.

This is a great opportunity to enjoy the evening, see the many diverse businesses that are dotted through the downtown area of the city and view works of art simultaneously. For more information, check out the Downtown Provo Facebook page.

Health, justice and art

Making a visit to the Utah County Health and Justice Building? There are a myriad of reasons why residents stop in, but you may not think that art appreciation is one of them. However, next time you are there, be sure to take in some art.

Run by the Utah County Arts Board, the Utah County Art Gallery features many different exhibits each year in the building. Currently, a watercolor show, featuring works by local artists is on display. This show will run until July 28. The Utah County Plain Air Show will follow, beginning on Aug. 4.

The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The gallery is also a participant in the monthly Arts Strolls. For more information, follow on Facebook at Utah County Art Gallery. The building is located at 151 S. University Ave. in Provo.