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This photograph of an abandoned farmhouse in Gunnison is representative of the time and effort Steven’s puts into his digital artistry and storytelling.

 

Storytelling at Fairview Museum through digital media and sculpture

 

1-30-2020

 

FAIRVIEW—A new art show at the Fairview Museum will be featuring two local artists with unique methods of telling stories.

One of them is Robert Stevens, landscape photographer and digital artist as well as the managing editor of the Sanpete Messenger, and the other one is Gale “Blue” Lewallen, a Fairview sculptor specializing in metal and rock.

Sanpete residents are invited to an opening reception to kick off the show on Friday, Feb. 7 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Fairview Museum, 85 N. 100 East. The exhibit will run through the end of April.

Stevens will be displaying his traditional photographs and digital artistry. His collection is heavy with pictures of abandoned farmhouses and some of his more popular Temple scenes.

After being raised on California’s central coast, Stevens transplanted to Sanpete County, where his journey of art and storytelling truly began. He is the main photographer at the Messenger and often incorporates drone photography into his work.

“I’m always looking for a new way to see something,” Stevens said. “When I finally figure out how to see something new, I start looking for a way to show it to someone else in a way they’ve never seen before.”

In all, he has earned more than a dozen awards for his visual and written storytelling.

Robert Stevens will be displaying his digital artistry at a new art exhibition at the Fairview Museum. An opening reception will be held on Friday evening, Feb. 7.

Stevens lives in Manti with the love of his life, Daniela, and their two-year-old daughter, Avila.

The second artist, Blue Lewallan, has a special talent in sculpting and mixed media with rock and metal.

He was born and raised In Weiser Idaho where he developed a deep appreciation of nature and wildlife. He now lives in Fairview with his wife and granddaughter. He served in the Navy and was stationed on the east coast, working in the ship’s engine room.  He was onboard to pick up the Apollo 7 space capsule, and helped to decommission the USS Essex.

Throughout his life Lewallan has traveled many of the back roads of the country, usually on a shoestring, making many life-long friends and sometimes selling his art along the way to finance his adventures.

In the 1970s he moved to Colorado and found work in the mines, where he tried his hand at sculpting some of the oil shale rocks he removed from the teeth of the primary crusher.

For five years during that time he and his wife lived in a tent high in the mountains. His skill as a metal worker has led him to the creation of many custom signs and art pieces, some of which he colors with the heat from his cutting torch.

 

Gale “Blue” Lewallen from Fairview will be displaying his sculptures of metal, rock and mixed media at the Fairview Museum’s rotating artist series.

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Commissioner Steve Lund is at the white board explaining PILT (payments in lieu of taxes) at a hearing on taxes. Lund was explaining that most land in Sanpete County is owned by the federal and state governments. Federal payments for the federally owned land are only a few dollars per acre.

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The North Bend Entertainers rehearse for their new comedy, Miracle at the Monty. Members, from left to right, are Kelsen Spencer, Jason Quinn, Sarah Anderson, Marc Anderson, Simon Quinn, Ryan Cox, Carrie Christensen and Savanna Shepherd.

 

Come laugh as ‘Miracle at Monty’ is presented by North Bend Entertainers

 

11-28-2019

FAIRVIEW—The North Bend Entertainers will perform a new comedy farce with kooky characters, crazy situations and lots of laughs this Christmas season.

The play, Miracle at the Monty, can be seen at the Peterson Dance Hall in Fairview at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, Saturday, Nov. 30 and Monday, Dec. 2. Tickets are available at the door.

This new three-act play by A. Shepherd starts in a rundown playhouse where only a miracle (or three) can save the day. A last ditch effort to cull money for repairs to save their beloved theater launches the actors into a hurried production of a live radio broadcast of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  To complicate matters, the actors make a few well-meaning but poorly executed bad decisions. A mix of budding romances, quirky actors, potential investors and an overworked producer help make this show-within-a-show a comedy experience for the whole family.

The show is directed by Kay D and Jason Quinn of Mt. Pleasant; the cast includes Ryan Cox, Hillary Smith and Carrie Christensen of Fairview, Jason Quinn, Simon Quinn, Kelsen Spencer and Bryan Spencer of Mt. Pleasant, Sarah Anderson, Marc Anderson, Amy Shepherd and Savanna Shepherd of Fountain Green, and Brett Blackham of Ephraim.

The playwright A. Shepherd is also the author of the new novel To Wake a Sleeping Child and she makes her home in Sanpete with her husband and children.

North Bend Entertainers is a non-profit community theatre organization that was formed to save the Fairview Dance Hall and to provide a setting for local entertainers to showcase their talents. For more information call 469-1177 or visit Facebook.com/NorthBendEntertainers.

 

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