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Paula L. McNeill: The Life and Works of the 2017 Featured Artist – Harriet Priska and Festured Vendor – Troy Anderson
September 29, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join Paula L. McNeill in a discussion of the inspirations, processes, and resulting work of this year’s Featured Artist, Harriet Priska and Featured Vendor, Troy Anderson. McNeill is an art educator and photographer who divides her time between Valdosta, Georgia, where she was on the art faculty at Valdosta State University and summers in Escalante, Utah, where her family has had a summer home since 1980. A Southerner by birth, McNeill received her BA in Art from Arizona State University; her MA from the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque; and her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. With an interest in community-based art, for more than ten years, McNeill has documented the art and lives of visual artists in southern Utah through video-taped oral history interviews. She has published some of these findings and has made numerous presentations at state and national professional meetings on this topic, including presentations on the Featured Artist for the Escalante Canyons Art Festival since 2004 when the Festival began. McNeill is currently involved in a similar study, the South Georgia Artists Oral History Project, documenting local artists in southern Georgia where she lives during the academic year. Recently retired, McNeill taught art education and creativity courses at Valdosta State McNeill for many years.
Harriet Young Priska – 2017 Featured Artist
“Painting the Town” is the focus of Harriet’s watercolor paintings to bring fine art into the homes of residents of Escalante and fond memories to former residents and descendants. As one of the founders of the Everett Ruess Days Art Festival in 2003, she realized this opportunity to engage the local people. Harriet loves older homes and barns and it is very fulfilling for her to preserve the past in a meaningful way. Harriet publishes prints, cards and calendars and does commissions to engage everyone in her endeavor.
Troy Anderson: Spoonwright – 2017 Featured Vendor
At Spoonwright, they make a wide variety of spoons and other kitchen utensils out of wood with emphasis on reclaimed or salvaged wood. For example: their Pecan wood comes from orchards in southern Arizona that were removed because of housing development (same idea with their Pistachio wood); their Olive wood comes from the University of Arizona’s agriculture department; their Apple wood and Black Walnut comes from a friend’s ranch up in Wayne County, Utah; their Apricot comes from another friend in Wayne County; and their Mulberry wood comes from a tree on their family farm in southern Arizona. Their products are both functional and lovely works of art.