Current Exhibits


Exhibit Dates: January 18- February 8  

Artist's Reception & Gallery Stroll 

Friday, January 18, 6 - 9 PM

Open Saturday

Saturday, Feburary 2, 1 - 4 PM



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"Breathing" by Kelie Hess, 2018 Partner's Mentee. 

Art Access is pleased to re-open the Partners Annual Exhibit this year with a wonderful group of mentors and mentees!  This one-of-a-kind professional artistic development program for artists with disabilities has seen many incredible artists pass through its ranks over the years: from Darryl Wilkinson to Terry Mitchell, and Bernard Simbari to Marcee Blackerby (who is featured this month in Access II). Since its inception in 1995, we have borne witness to a key moment of growth for many artists, -- both mentees and mentors --  and this year was no different. Many of this year’s participants have been part of the Art Access community for years. It has been a pleasure to watch them step into something new - be it taking on a new role, working with a new medium, or exploring new themes. We are proud of their hard work, growth, and commitment to creative expression.


The 2018 partnerships are:

Toddmary Bërn (mentee) work with Joe Ostraff (mentor) in oil & acrylic painting

Lori Brock (mentee) - Melissa Leilani Larson (mentor) in playwriting

Carla Gourdin (mentee) - Linnie Brown (mentor) in mixed media & oil painting

Kelie Hess (mentee) - Brian Bean (mentor) in oil & acrylic painting

Bee Losee (mentee) - Kindra Fehr (mentor) in oil painting

Please mark your calendars for a staged reading of Lori Brock’s play, Strength, on February 1st at 7:30 pm at Art Access.





by Marcee Blackerby

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There is a kind of kinetic energy that developes when combining like with unlike, creating mystery by detaching objects from their original purpose. A found object carries with it a history and character, both light and dark. It is my intent to break open the secrets the object has gathered on its journey through life, both culutral and spiritual. An item will often take an unexpected direction, as if having intelligence and creative expression of its own. It is precisely this unexpected result, when the comon thing becomes art, that intrigues me. I like the idea of resurrecting the obsolete and bringing it center stage. My love of story-telling and fascination with language leads me to take a narrative approach in my work. My choise of materials, as much as subject, often creates an unexpected surprise for the viewers. 

About the Artist: 

Marcee Blackerby is a prolific Utah artist. Working in mixed media, she creates much of her art with found objects. “I choose thing that have memory and spark, sometimes humourous, sometimes dark.” She often works within a box, feelinng it adds another dimension. Her desire to create a narrative adds an element of mystery in all her work. “The strange and disconnected are the stuff of my creations.” She has show widely in Utah, with work in the collections of the Kennedy Center and the United Nations. She shares a home studio with her husband, artist Ric Blackerby. She has a love of community and welcomes opportunities to share her work. 


Exhibit DatesFebruary 15 - March 8

Artist's Reception & Gallery Stroll

Friday, February 15, 6 - 9 PM



Our (un)Natural World

Group Show; curated by Art Access Staff and Gallery Committee


Carel Brest Van Kempen Phototrope

Carel Brest Van Kempen

 This group show features artists exploring our relationships to the natural world- its beauty and power, and the impact we've made upon it. For these artsits, meditations on the world around them fuond the natural world bumping into the human made world. For example, Kim Martinez traveled through communities that have been impacted by industrial waste and found herself wondering why these impacts disproportionately affect people of color. Carel P. Brest van Kempen paints wild creatures in all their natural beauty, but wrestles with the fact that many of them are endangered, their natural habitats encroached upon by the "civilized world."

Art making is a meditative process, and as you view these works, we invite you into a meditative process of your own. As Martinez says "...the fundamental tenant of a painting is to ask a question, and then allow the viewer the freedom to fomulate an infinate number of responses."

 Participating artists: Carel Brest van Kempen, Mitchell Lee, Kim Martinez, Sarah Peterson, Lone Vilnius, Laura Sharp Wilson




by Katie Benson & Betsy Auwerda

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Betsy Auwerda

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Katie Benson

The central theme of this body of work is the documentation of a chronic illness, termed an invisible illness. Many people suffer from a variety of chronic diseases termed invisible because the effects are not always obvious on the outward appearance. Katie Benson and Betsy Auwerda are both local artists living with chronic illness'. 

Katie states; These works are based upon my personal experience of 17 years with chronic fatigue syndrome. My work uses various methods of documentation and media to discuss what it is like to experience an invisible illness and acknowledges a number of its accompanying challenges. My documentations include ideas around the fluctuation of energy levels, the frequency of thoughts about my fatigue, and the balance between rest and activity. I want to give a voice of validation to those who feel as unseen as I do and bring about an awareness of what is experienced so quietly.

For Betsy, the past several years of diagnoses have been overwhelming, but the process of creating these works has been extremely healing. After several years of not making art due to her chronic illness', Betsy just wanted to create something again. In her exhibit description, she states "Art is therapy— it’s a healing process, and putting together this show me grow and believe in myself again." She hopes that others will believe in themselves too. Her dream is that those with disabilities will see her artwork, hopefully, be able to relate to it, and feel less alone in the world.  "Life is hard enough, and we don’t have to go through it by ourselves."  Betsy believes that we can help each other, and hopes that her artwork will help others to feel empowered.




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