Red Cliff Ranch Celebration of the Arts Event

I am happy to be one of the invited artists to display art at the upcoming Red Cliff Ranch Celebration of the Arts in Heber! It’s free and family friendly, with art for sale, live music, good food, pony rides and more! RSVP here and find out more details.

If you are in the Salt Lake or Park City area please join me at this fun event!
Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and
Sunday, July 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Art sales will benefit the artists and the Kimball Art Center in Park City. Here is one of my acrylic paintings hot off the easel that I’ll have at the event. It’s called “Guitar, Grapes & Goat.”

Paintings for Art Access 300 Plates Event

The 300 Plates Fundraiser & Exhibition at Art Access happens Thursday, May 19 from 6 – 9 p.m. This is a wonderful and eclectic yearly exhibition where invited artists are each given the same size “plates” (panels with two holes ready to put art on).

Here’s a photo of my two paintings from a few weeks ago ready for varnishing that will be for sale in the exhibit.

You can preview the art:
Mon. May 16 – Thur. May 19
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Traci O'Very Covey art in-progress

Exploring RED Exhibition

I am happy to have these two paintings included in a group theme invitational exhibit at Horne Fine Art from February 3 – March 14, 2015. There are works from over 18 artists in styles from traditional to abstract in the show. It was a pleasure to meet new artists and see some familiar friends at the opening night event. All of the artists wore red that night so it was shades of crimson all around!

Bird with Berries gouache painting by Traci O'Very Covey

“Bird with Berries,” gouache, 8 x 8 inches

Woman with Red Leaf gouache painting by Traci O'Very Covey

“”Woman with Red Leaf,” gouache, 10 x 7 inches

Photo by Mary Horne

Photo by Mary Horne


Spring Art Convergence

Gouache painting Two Birds With Flora by Traci O'Very Covey

“Two Birds With Flora,” gouache painting

This past spring was an abundant time for me with the convergence of three group exhibits: UMOCA (Utah Museum of Contemporary Art) Annual Exhibition & Gala event, Art Access “300 Plates” Fundraiser & Exhibition, along with a major showing at the Loge Gallery called “Visions of Nature” on display during the month of May. “Visions of Nature” featured 18 of my paintings along with other art inspired by nature from Connie Borup, Laura Boardman, and Mikel Covey.


After such intense art making, joyful times at art events, and all the other work that goes into exhibitions, I am back in the studio reorganized with creative juices flowing and new art in the works. Thank you to everyone who went to these fleeting exhibits and purchased art to enjoy living with for many years to come.

Art & Soup Event

Traci O'Very Covey Art & Soup 2014 booth

Since food and art are two of my favorite things I was pleased to be one of the 40 artists invited to participate in the annual “Art & Soup” event. There were 24 restaurants who had delicious soups and desserts for tasting while viewing wonderful art. It is a worthy cause and a lively event where I enjoyed sharing my art, meeting new friends and garnering new art collectors. The event raised $101,077 this year—a near record-breaking year—for the CNS Charitable Care Program which donates essential health care and hospice services to thousands of low-income, uninsured and underinsured Utahns annually. It was a pleasure to be a part of it!

Metamorposis 6

The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) recently held it’s annual fundraiser which was an elegant and fantastically successful event. My acrylic painting above, from my new “Metamorphosis” series, was among the art sold in the art auction.

All of the invited artists created work that was 12 x 12 inches and signed their name on the back so that the patrons would purchase art without knowing who the artist was–meaning that they would be guided by their aesthetic reaction to the art rather than look for a famous name. Since this painting was from my new series that hasn’t had much public exposure it was exciting for me–and I was pleasantly surprised by who ultimately purchase it.
“Metamorphosis 6”, acrylic on board, 12 x 12 inches

The Holidays are Blossoming

The holidays are in full bloom at TriFecTa, a wonderful shop where they create beautiful floral arrangements and have lots of unique and stylish gifts. Above is the illustration I created for their annual Holiday Open House starting with festivities tonight and throughout the weekend. They wanted to feature their cozy space and their charming “shop dog” Sam and I was happy to oblige. Let the Holiday Season begin!

Enjoy an Artful Meal at Caffe Niche

Hungry for an aesthetic experience…or just plain old hungry? Treat yourself to a delicious meal at Caffe Niche surrounded by my art throughout the month of June!

The paintings on display are works from three recent and ongoing series. The gouache pieces are based on my interest in allegory, symbolic representations of nature, women, and colorful themes. The watercolor and oil paintings are expressions of my love affair with pottery vases and the exuberant feelings I get from flowers. The acrylic on plywood paintings allow me to paint intuitively and spontaneously brushing and scraping paint, leaving the grain of the wood revealed to express a raw emotional quality in contrast to the calm and peaceful figures. At the heart of my art—besides my love for lyrical line—is a pursuit of harmony in color interaction and balance of shape and form. I hope my art offers you feelings of serenity, contentment, and a sense of discovery.

June Art Display

Sixteen pieces of my art will be hanging at a local restaurant for the month of June. I overcame some pre-show angst by pulling out the artwork and leaning it around the floor of my studio so I could see it all together. Some new pieces and some from past series all looked nice together and it was good to see a body of work sitting there. Usually I work on one or two paintings at a time or I’ll refine my sketches during a period of days, doing all the drawing and compositions when that is flowing. Then the color work is painted one or two pieces at a time. When a painting is finished I may live with it for a bit, move on to the next piece, or put it safely away in the flat file drawer until I have a batch of art to be photographed. I always have pieces hanging in my studio but it still feels good to see a big group of paintings ready to go on display and share with the public. I’m excited!

Violin as Visual Art

Isn’t it great when you get to benefit something you love by doing something you love? Classical music inspires me and I love violins — the way they sound and their sculptural form (you may have noticed that they frequently show up in my artwork). So when I was one of 24 artists invited to paint a violin to be auctioned to raise money for the Utah Symphony I said “Yes!” They gave me a violin that was no longer good for making music. I sanded it, painted it white with gesso and began my creative brainstorming. I wanted to create something colorful, cheerful, and harmonious with the shape of the violin.

My idea came to me out of the studio so I sketched it on the back of an envelope, then at the studio I refined my sketch and made some color studies. I did the drawing actual size and transfered it onto the violin.

It was a little challenging painting on an object that has no flat surfaces.
I covered the instrument with birds, flowers, vine leaves and even insects on the sides, so I decided to call my violin “Summertime”.

The violins were on display in various galleries and at Abravanel Hall before each symphony concert starting in December and ending at the Utah Symphony Guild’s fundraising auction event called “Heart Strings” that culminated on Valentine’s Day. All of the proceeds from the auction benefit the Utah Symphony and its outreach programs. I heard the event was a big success and raised lots of money…that’s music to my ears.