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 Former Resident Scenic Designer and Loge Gallery curator, to complement the show taking place onstage. Sometimes a pair of artists – even a seemingly odd group of artists – 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.
I can’t tell you what makes art great or even good—not really. But I do know what I like, and that certainty is what has guided me throughout my years as a collector and as an art lover. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to be exposed to a broad spectrum of visual art. From the art hanging in the great museums of the world to the humblest workshop in a small village in Mexico.
This certainty of knowing what I like is ultimately the only tool I have for assessing the worth of everything I’ve seen. That, and how it makes me feel. Every piece in this collection has had some kind of visceral effect on me; positive enough to make me want to acquire it (or, in some fortunate instances, receive it as a gift). Often, I have been privileged to know the artists and a handful of them are dear friends.
This personal connection makes me love their art even more.
So, as I get to the point in my life where I am letting go of much of it, I’m confronted by the fact that this visual and visceral connection is grappling with the personal and emotional component attached to the pieces in this collection. Still, it feels right to offer it for public inspection. It will speak to some people; it will leave others indifferent. But one thing is absolute: it could only have been assembled by me, as a reflection of what I like… very well: what I love. It has brought me many years of pleasure to live surrounded by the work in this collection. It has brought me serenity, confidence, escape, inspiration, motivation, and most of all beauty. I hope it will bring a measure of any of these elements to anyone viewing the collection.
~ David Spencer
On exhibit during the runs of La Cage aux Folles and Sweat, March 15 – April 13, 2019
Media: Please call 801-581-7222 for high resolution copies of the photos above.