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BDAC hosts first ever art auction

Mar 06, 2023 10:04AM ● By Becky Ginos

Untitled by Barbara Dowdle, soft pastel on paper.

BOUNTIFUL–Need some color during the dreary winter months? The Bountiful Davis Arts Center has just the thing. The gallery is hosting its inaugural fine arts auction “Chromatic” featuring the beautiful work of professional artists that collectors and patrons can bid on throughout the week of March 4 – March 11.

“Chromatic is all about color and art to get you through the winter,” said BDAC Executive Director Alysa Revell. “It’s a respite from the gray, dull end of winter.”

The art will go up March 4, she said. “The public can come take a look and bid at Then on March 11 we will have a nice dinner, live music, art and a live auction for high quality, high value items. Come have a great night dressed in your fancy, colorful clothes.”

BDAC will celebrate its 50th year anniversary in 2024, Revell said. “We’ve picked up a lot of art over the years that is sitting in storage and not shown because we only show new pieces. The public will see those (in storage) and have a chance to bid on some of them.”

The event will show work from well-known artists such as Barbra Dowdle, Nancy Ness, Mac Christensen, LaConte Stewart and Theodore Milton Wassmer. “We have a six exhibition cycle each year dealing with 30 artists,” said Revell. “Thirty percent of them show every year. They love showing here. They’re very kind and want to help support the art center.”

Bountiful City in partnership with the University of Utah established the arts center in 1974, it became a nonprofit in 1984. The BDAC moved three times before finding a permanent home in 2015 at the current location 90 N. Main Street. 

“We’ve been itching to do an event,” Revell said. “We thought this time of year was perfect for a quiet fundraiser for the center. We’re always looking for ideas for fundraising we’re a nonprofit so we’re always looking for ways to raise money. It’s what keeps us going.”

BDAC artist notes:

1. Untitled by Barbara Dowdle, soft pastel on paper.

Bio: A local favorite, Barbara Dowdle was born in Idaho but has spent much of her life in Utah. She is best known for her exquisite watercolors and delicate pastel drawings, and has worked in several Utah collections. 

2. Snow Trees by Nancy Ness, oil on canvas

Bio: Nancy Ness, an oil painter and pastel artist from Long Island, New York, is known most for her impeccable use of color within slightly abstracted spaces. Working many years as a designer before receiving gallery representation in two New York galleries, Nancy now splits her time working and living in Ogden, Utah and Greenport, New York. 

3. Landscape with Clouds by Mac Stevenson, oil on canvas

Bio: Contemporary realist Mac Stevenson is a beloved Utah educator and artist residing in North Ogden, Utah. Known for his sensuous landscapes using rich pops of color, his works can be found in museums and private collections all over the world. 

4. Near Peterson by LeConte Stewart, Oil on panel

LeConte Stewart, often regarded as one of Utah's most beloved artists, was primarily known for his landscapes of rural Utah. His media included oils, watercolors, pastel and charcoal, as well as etchings, linocuts, and lithographs. His home/studio in Kaysville, Utah is on the National Register of Historic Places.

5. Trio by Theodore Milton Wassmer, Acrylic ink on panel

Theodore Milton Wassmer was an American painter. During his lifetime, he produced over 2,000 works of art including paintings, watercolors, and sketches that are displayed in museums. Because of the paralysis in his arm, Wassmer could not paint large canvases.