Karen Terzian, owner of Terzian Galleries, is eager to introduce Park City to a group of female visual artists during her second annual Women’s Invitational Exhibit that opened July 15.
The gallery owner is inviting members of the public to a free artist reception from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, July 26, at Summit Sotheby’s, 625 Main St., where they will be able to meet the artists and see their unique works, according to Terzian.
The participating artists this year are Lindey Carter, Oonju Chun, Laura Hendricks, Emily Fox King and Hadley Rampton.
“Each one of the ladies will have at least two paintings, and some have more than that,” Terzian said. “What I like is everyone of them brings something different — viewpoint, mediums and voice — to the exhibit. I liked the differences between their works — not just in the medium, but also in the emotion of their works.”
While the five artists aren’t officially represented by Terzian Galleries, the gallery owner has followed some of them, such as Lindey Carter, for years.
“She has had a lot of success in Salt Lake City, and her works involve watercolors and gesso,” Terzian said. “So the art looks very soft.”
Carter’s works are the direct opposite of Chun’s oil-on-canvas abstracts.
“Lindey’s work is soothing and soft, and subtle, where Oonju’s work is lyrical, energetic and in-your-face,” Terzian said. “Ooonju creates these great works of expressionism with bold statements of her abstract works, and you can see the push and pull in her work.”
Terzian met Rampton, a graduate from the University of Utah, a year ago.
“I was running outside the old Mormon Trail, and there’s Hadley with her big orange canvas, painting,” Terzian said. “It was like a flag in the middle of the sagebrush and aspens.”
Terzian met Hendricks in April through the Springville Museum of Art, and found fascination in the artist’s mixed media work.
“Laura’s works are photographs, but the frames are part of the art,” Terzian said. “She cuts the boards and glues them together, so they become a geometric shape. They are sculptures that surround the photographs of her travels.”
King’s floral works intrigued Terzian because of her love of flowers.
“Even though I’ve never carried a lot of floral work, I like it, because it’s not only very feminine, and very summery,” she said. “And you know how we love our nature here in Park City. Emily’s works make me happy looking at them. It’s thick paint, and you want to touch and be in it.”
Terzian was inspired to present a women’s invitational exhibit after she saw Nathaniel Kahn’s documentary “The Price of Everything” during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
“The film brought to light that less than 10 percent of female artists are in permanent collections around the world,” she said. “In the United States the percentage is higher — 13 or 14 percent — but I was blown away by that fact, especially because I’m a woman. I’m a business owner, and have been a gallerist for 32 years.”
Terzian began thinking of ways to showcase female artists.
“I’ve always enjoyed working with women, and they produce as wonderful work as men,” she said. “I love that women artists can be moms, sisters and wives, and that their art is full of passion. It’s just that they are just not represented as much.”
Terzian Galleries hosted the first Women’s Invitational Exhibit last summer, and the roster included more than 11 artists from around the region.
“This year we decided to focus on artists from Utah,” Terzian said. “We decided to only invite five women, so the exhibit wouldn’t be overwhelming.”
All five artists will be at the reception.
“It’s always wonderful for the public to meet the artist and talk with them about the work,” she said. “And a couple of them haven’t shown before, to my knowledge, in Park City.”