When the snow melts every spring in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, brilliantly colored wildflowers take over forming a depth of rainbow colors rolling through the hills. Noted outdoor photographer Tom Kelly of Park City, Utah, often found knee deep wildflowers, will bring that color and majesty to the Artique gallery in Kamas, Utah for a showing throughout the month of July. It will kickoff with a public artist reception Friday, July 1 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
A Wisconsin native, Kelly has found a home in the Wasatch for nearly 30 years. His work will focus primarily on wildflowers of the Wasatch, which begin blooming in April and May, reaching a crescendo in July. One of world’s renowned locations is Albion Basin in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Throughout July, you can find Kelly hiking the meadows and ridgelines searching for the perfect angle as the sun creeps up over Catherine’s Pass.
Kelly’s July show a year ago, featuring modern and vintage barns, was one of the most popular monthly shows ever at Artique, which just celebrated its fifth anniversary. The bustling little artist exchange has been a labor of love for local artist Katie Stellpflug, who began the cooperative gallery in June, 2011. Since then over 50 local artists have shown their art and crafts in the small gallery that has become known for its monthly First Friday gallery openings continuously over the past five years. Only local artists are featured.
“We are blessed to live in such a wonderful landscape here in Utah,” said Kelly. “In the summertime, you can wander on any trail – high or low – and just look down at your feet to see such a brilliant display of color with hundreds of different varieties of wildflowers. I love sharing my imagery and bringing that magic to my friends.”
Kelly’s signature work that will be on display is an image he has entitled “Wildflower Clouds.” The image is from Albion Basin on a morning photography outing when a series of puffy clouds descended over the wildflowers, which themselves took on a cloud like appearance.
The wildflower show will be available throughout July at Artique, which is open every Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The gallery is located at the north end of Kamas’ Main Street, the gateway to the Uintahs and the Mirror Lake Highway. Kelly will be on hand for the opening reception Friday evening, July 1, and on Saturday and Sunday afternoon July 2-3.