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Making the Mark

Art Exhibit

2022-11-10 18:00:00 2022-11-10 19:30:00 America/Denver Making the Mark Watercolor paintings by Gayle Allen • Exhibit runs from Oct 3 to Nov 26, 2022. Main Library -

Thursday, November 10
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Add to Calendar 2022-11-10 18:00:00 2022-11-10 19:30:00 America/Denver Making the Mark Watercolor paintings by Gayle Allen • Exhibit runs from Oct 3 to Nov 26, 2022. Main Library -

Watercolor paintings by Gayle Allen • Exhibit runs from Oct 3 to Nov 26, 2022.


As an artist I feel that painting with watercolor is magical and I love the way it makes me work with the paint and water. You can’t control watercolor, you have to work with it. I just get excited exploring new areas in watercolor or a shape or a photograph that I can have fun with.

I find I can say things with color and shapes that I can’t say or do in any other medium. Value tells the story, but color gets the credit in watercolor. Vivid colors are the first thing that attract me and the viewer.

My drive to create art comes from a need, not a want. It’s not a choice about whether or not I want to do it; I can postpone it, but I cannot escape from it. I create art in response to personal feelings, experiences, and life lessons. I work in watercolor because it can reflect the wonderful quality of light and transparency.
I love the way a brush full of watercolor paint hits a piece of watercolor paper.

I am constantly working to improve and explore new and interesting ways to paint with watercolor and acrylic. After all everything we do has been done for the first time and it is all a trial and error.

I love all the colors of Utah and its culture.


Past President of the Utah Watercolor Society.
I have been painting with watercolor for 23 years.
I have had my paintings in several shows here in the Salt Lake Valley as well as in Arizona, Oregon and Idaho. I have won the following awards in juried exhibitions and have had several one man shows here in Salt Lake City and Bend, Oregon. I am presently a two star member of the Utah Watercolor Society. I am currently teaching at Petersen’s Art Center in Sugar House and at the Reid school in Millcreek.

I am presently showing a painting at the Springville Art Gallery
Utah Watercolor Society Spring Show 2018. Award of Merit
Intermountain Society of Arts Spring Show 2nd Place
Sandy Art Show 4th Place 2016
Utah Watercolor Society Award of Merit 2003
Sandy Art Show Honorable Mention 2010
Cassia County Grand Champion 2006
Utah Watercolor Society Award of Merit 1996
Utah Watercolor Society Juror Selection 2003
Utah Watercolor Society Award of Merit 2011
Utah Watercolor Society Certificate of Acceptance “The Grand Prize” 1999
Utah State Fair. Third Place in the Professional Division 2021
Utah Watercolor Society Grand Prize Honorable Mention 2021 Small Show

Attended workshops with great mentors such as Roland Lee, Laurel Hart, Harold Petersen, Carl Purcell, and Tom Howard and Diane Gardiner.

AGE GROUP: | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Exhibits | Arts & Creativity |

Main Library

Mon, Nov 28 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Nov 29 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Nov 30 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Dec 01 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, Dec 02 11:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Dec 03 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sun, Dec 04 11:00AM to 5:00PM

About the branch

NOTE: The Main Library's Rooftop Terrace is closed through 2022 for repairs and renovations.

Salt Lake City's Main Library, designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie in conjunction with VCBO Architecture, opened in February 2003 and remains one of the most architecturally unique structures in Utah. This striking 240,000 square-foot structure houses more than 500,000 books and other materials, yet serves as more than just a repository of books and computers. It reflects and engages the city's imagination and aspirations. The structure embraces a public plaza, with shops and services at ground level, reading galleries above, and a 300-seat auditorium.

A multi-level reading area along the Glass Lens at the southern facade of the building looks out onto the plaza with stunning views of the city and Wasatch Mountains beyond. Spiraling fireplaces on four floors resemble a column of flame from the vantage of 200 East and 400 South. The Urban Room between the Library and the Crescent Wall is a space for all seasons, generously endowed with daylight and open to magnificent views.

Upcoming events

Fri, Dec 02, 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Creative Lab

Tue, Dec 06, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Conference Room A & B

Thu, Dec 08, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Fri, Dec 09, 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Creative Lab

Thu, Dec 15, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Fri, Dec 16, 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Creative Lab

Sun, Dec 18, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Wed, Dec 21, 10:15am - 10:45am

Wed, Dec 21, 10:15am - 11:00am
Story Room

Thu, Dec 22, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Thu, Dec 29, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Thu, Dec 29, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Story Room

Sat, Dec 31, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Story Room