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Cottonwood Heights Journal

Arts council hosts annual arts show

Nov 29, 2016 03:00PM ● By Kelly Cannon

The artwork was on display at the Whitmore Library throughout the month of October. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

By Kelly Cannon | [email protected]

Cottonwood Heights

During the month of October, the Whitmore Library was lined with artwork from various residents around the state. The fourth annual Cottonwood Heights Art Show featured 86 pieces of art from over 40 artists. 

Sponsored by the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council, artwork included drawings and paintings in acrylics, watercolors and oils. Subjects of the paintings included portraits, pastoral landscapes, animals, studies of the human body and abstract expression. 

“This is the fifth year for the arts show, and it keeps growing every year to get better and better,” said Kimberly Pedersen, the production manager at the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council. 

According to Pedersen, the art show started after the arts council wanted to feature local artists and let the larger community know about the talent that is being produced in Cottonwood Heights.  

“Although they don’t have to live in Cottonwood Heights to enter, we do have many artists that live within the city limits and we love to showcase their work,” she said. 

This year was the first year the show accepted work from children and young adults. The show also featured several works from the TURN City Center for the Arts, an innovative day program located in Salt Lake City that is dedicated to the artistic development of individuals with disabilities. 

“This was a wonderful opportunity for Cottonwood Heights residents to see more diverse works,” Pedersen said. 

There were no sculptures in the show but Pedersen said any form of art is welcome.

“It is something we are working on for future shows,” Pedersen said. “Most of the works that were submitted were paintings and drawings.”

The only art the show doesn’t accept is photography because the arts council will be hosting another art show in March dedicated only to photography. 

The show was not a juried show and there were no winners, per se.

“We did open voting for people who came to see the displayed artwork to choose their favorite,” Pedersen said. “The top seven pieces from that voting are featured in the new city hall building for the month of November.”

To learn more about the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council, visit