Fine Arts for a Fine Audience

Each show at Pioneer Theatre Company brings new artists to Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre's Loge Gallery, located on the Loge level of the theatre. Our gallery features local painters, sculptors and photographers chosen by George Maxwell, PTC's Resident Scenic Designer and Loge Gallery curator, to complement the show taking place onstage. Sometimes a pair of artists -  even a seemingly odd couple - are brought together in a way that entertains our audiences.

Often the work shown in the Loge Gallery is available for sale, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the theatre. Visit the Loge Gallery during business hours, or before the show or at intermission, and experience some of Utah's best fine artists.


Loge Gallery Presents Lane Bennion and Trent Call

During the run of both "The Rocky Horror Show" Concert and "One Man, Two Guvnors"

October 24 through November 15, 2014

The exhibit can be experienced on the mezzanine level of the Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre. The gallery is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for the general public and before and after performances for ticket holders.


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"Red Squares" by Lane Bennion

Lane Bennion has been affected by many different influences in his life. The first painting he remembers was Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks. He remembers seeing a small reproduction while he was thumbing through his high school textbook. He was so fascinated by the scene, he carefully cut out the picture to keep. At the time he didn’t know much about the artist, but he remembers the way it made him feel.

While studying at the University of Utah he mentored under artists David Dornan, Paul Davis, and Tony Smith. He later went on to graduate in Medical Illustration. Through the university’s art program he learned the technical aspects of how to construct a painting that would invite the viewer to participate in the scene, helping to “finish” the work. Bennion states, “The artist can set the scene, and present a few ideas for the viewer to ponder and dream about. A painting can be a dialogue or conversation between the artist and the audience. Hopper’s “Nighthawks” worked in the same fashion for Bennion. He states, “The stage is masterfully set with powerful color relationships and a dramatic contrast between the warm inviting interior of the diner and the cool empty street outside. The four figures are mine to direct or control like game pieces, moving either backward or forward in time.”

Bennion feels that many movies, songs, and paintings seem to be afraid to ask the audience to ponder, study, or fill in the blanks for themselves. Bennion states, “ I love it when the credits begin to roll at the end of a movie and I say to myself, "I don’t quite get it; I have got to go back and watch that again!” Bennion desires to create paintings that contain this collective thought process.

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"Blue Stripes" by Trent Call

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Trent graduated from the
University of Utah in 2004 with a BFA. He is actively involved in a diversity
of ongoing projects. Trent’s work combines formal academic painting,
comics, graffiti, and popular culture. He currently works out of CAPTAIN
CAPTAIN Studios in beautiful downtown Salt Lake City.

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"You need three things in the theater - the play, the actors, and the audience, - and each must give something."
~
Kenneth Haigh