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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

My Art Juried In

I am very pleased that my painting “Blue Torso with Bird and Trees” was selected to be in the Bountiful Davis Art Center Statewide Competition. It is the first time I have entered this juried show so it was nice to get a painting accepted. I look forward to seeing the other art in the exhibit. The exhibit opens May 13th and runs through June 17th, 2016.

Traci O'Very Covey acrylic painting of a blue torso 20 x16 inches

Animal, Vegetable, and Mineral.

I hope you have had a lovely Summer…and remember it’s not officially over until September 23rd! Aside from the paintings I am working on and some pleasurable design projects, I wanted to share some of the diverse elements of my creative life recently.

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A N I M A L

Here is the front and back of a handbag I painted for the “Friends of Animals” recent fundraiser benefiting cats and dogs.

Art print by Traci O'Very Covey

VEGETABLE

I’m honored that Art Access asked to use my “Harvest” art for the cover of their “Art2go” event invitation this year. It is their 3rd Annual Fall Invitational, where you can buy art and take it with you on the spot rather than waiting until the end of the exhibition. I’m happy to have art available at the gallery. The invitation-only preview party will be tomorrow, Thursday, September 17th, then it’s open for everyone on Friday’s gallery stroll the next night and will continue through October 9.

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MINERAL

Did you know I make jewelry from ethnic beads, colorful gemstones and Tibetan pendants? Many years ago my hobby turned into a side business. The necklaces, bracelets and earrings I make are available at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts Store at the University of Utah.

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Happiness is freedom to create!

Paintings at 15th Street Gallery

I am happy to have three new acrylic paintings in the 15th Street Gallery group show which opens this Friday, June 19th 4 pm – 9 pm.
Please join me for this entertaining and unique Gallery Stroll evening — some plein air artists will be painting on-site in front of the gallery.

Traci O'Very Covey acrylic painting of two birds 16 x 12 inches

“Two Birds Two Tulips,” acrylic, 16 x 12 inches

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

 

Pet Portrait Commissions for Wasatch Advisors

Recently, I was commissioned to paint some pet portraits and wanted to share them with you. I really enjoyed painting these beloved cats and dogs and I would love to do more!

These paintings were part of a cool project for Wasatch Advisors’ corporate office called the “People’s Pet Project” and I was one of nine artists commissioned. I painted three of the 23 pet portraits. A charitable contribution was presented to Best Friends Animal Society by the good people of Wasatch Advisors. Now these wonderful paintings are part of the Wasatch Advisors’ corporate art collection where they can be enjoyed every day.

Traci O'Very Covey acrylic portrait painting of cats and dogs

 

Finished and Unveiled!

Photo of mural by Traci O'Very CoveyI can finally catch my breath and rejoice in the successful completion of the Millcreek Community Center mural. It was unveiled to the public mid-August to much positive acclaim and I wanted to share the finished piece with you. These past few months painting the wall were amazing and all-consuming. I thoroughly enjoyed every hour of every day spent on this project. It is the largest painting I have ever done and I really hope to create more art for public spaces.

At the Color Stage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Last week I began painting color on the mural and wanted to share the progress with you. I started with the muted green color and painted all of those shapes in the design. Since the majority of the  wall is still white I found it helpful to then paint all of the black shapes so I could see the darkest color as well. It is exciting to see it coming together!

Working on an exciting project!


Here is a sneak peek of what I have been working on lately…
a mural at the Millcreek Senior Center in the Millcreek Community Center on Evergreen Avenue. I just finished painting the lines of the design and am thoroughly enjoying the process.
The next step is painting in all of the colors.

Paintings In-progress

I have been working on eight new acrylic paintings in my “Metamorphosis” series for my exhibit in May. Usually I work on two or three at a time — but never this many simultaneously. It has been interesting to work this way. At first I just wanted to get the color brushed on all of the surfaces (which is how I begin with these). Then I began in earnest on one piece moving my brush strokes from that random stage to making more deliberate decisions allowing my inspiration to guide me. As that piece dried I moved on to another one and so forth. We’ll have to see if progress continues this way or if I end up focusing on one or two at a time until complete.