Peteetneet Art Gallery Features Work By Teacher and Students Attending Payson Art School

Payson Art School teacher and current Peteetneet Museum fine art co-exhibitor, Kimberly Anderson stands in front of several paintings she has on display in the museum’s main floor gallery.  These paintings were completed in separate one-hour art challenges, a technique Ms. Anderson’s students have practiced with her at Payson Art School.  Ms Anderson notes that the challenge can be especially helpful to artists struggling to get started on painting.

Payson Art School teacher and current Peteetneet Museum fine art co-exhibitor, Kimberly Anderson stands in front of several paintings she has on display in the museum’s main floor gallery.  These paintings were completed in separate one-hour art challenges, a technique Ms. Anderson’s students have practiced with her at Payson Art School.  Ms Anderson notes that the challenge can be especially helpful to artists struggling to get started on painting.

A collaborative exhibit, one that combines the art of teacher and students, opened earlier this month at the the Peteetneet Museum and Cultural Art Center.  The exhibition showcases paintings and mixed media works by Payson Art School teacher Kimberly Anderson and co-presenter Tausha Coates, along with Ms. Anderson’s students Jenny Smith, Betty Benson, Toby Pontious, Anna Allred and Bethany Crenshaw. The art exhibit runs through the end of June 2017.

Ms Anderson has partnered with Tausha Coates, to whom she taught oil painting in her classes through Payson Art School.  “She’s incredibly, incredibly creative,” Ms Anderson said.  More modernistic in style, Ms Coates uses a range of approaches and mediums in creating her art, be it through photography, sculpture, or with paint, which can be viewed in the collaborative exhibit at the Peteetneet.

Impressed with the quality and style of other students attending her classes, they too were invited to take part in the Peteetneet exhibition.  “I just thought, why don’t we get all our work together and show what we are doing?” said Ms Anderson.  Visitors should find themselves impressed with the pieces that came together to compile the show.

Among the student artists exhibiting their work is Bethany Crenshaw. “She’s a prolific artist,” Anderson said.  Then there are Jenny Smith, Toby Pontious, and Anna Allred, all of whom have shared their accomplished artwork for the public to enjoy.  In some cases, purchase.

Prices are listed by paintings that are available for sale by art collectors or people simply wishing to enhance the appearance of their home or office with art work by local talent.  Viewing them at the Peteetneet Gallery, as always, is free of charge.

Paintings that are available for viewing on the west wall near the entrance into the Peteetneet Art Gallery bear the markings of Utah- even more intimately, Spring Lake, which is where artist and student Betty Benson resides. Her landscape paintings on display arrived at the request of her grandchildren, noted Ms Anderson.  Each was invited to submit their choice of a site for Ms Benson to paint.

Ms Benson also creates stained glass pieces, which visitors will see at the show.  

Teacher Kimberly Anderson earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Illustration from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She has done design work for various scrapbook companies.  After earning her degree, she worked for Provo Craft Cricut, creating cartridges for their machines.  

Originally from Hertfordshire, England, Ms. Anderson moved to Utah at age 19.  

She has lived in Payson for the past five years.  “I really love the community, I love the pace of life down here,” she said, highlighting scenic beauty of the surrounding mountains and the landscape around the Payson LDS Temple, which is not far from her home.  “It’s a really nice, open community.  I like it.”

“The Peteetneet is one of the grandest, oldest buildings in Payson, so it’s kind of hard to miss,” she said about the museum that currently exhibits her paintings and those of her students in Payson.

Peteetneet Museum and Cultural Arts Center is located at 10 South 600 East, Payson, Utah.  The Art Gallery is open Monday- Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM.