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. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
December 9th – 24th, 2022
Pioneer Theatre Company presents the Loge Gallery show ‘The Enchanted Forest’. The exhibit will include objets d’art reflecting splendor of the seasons by Utah award-winning artist, Stephanie Saint-Thomas.
Running Mondays – Saturdays, December 9 – 24, 2022 before the performance, during intermission, or after the performance of A Christmas Story, The Musical.
Artist Statement: Stephanie Saint-Thomas
I was born in Madrid in 1961. My artist parents from Salt Lake City loved the Spanish people and their history. Soon after, we lived in Paris for 6 years where we reveled in French art, visits to the Louvre, and stained glass windows in cathedrals, all of which influenced my early works.
It is in Holland where I fell in love with trees. We lived in Limburg, the southern province of the Netherlands, in the tiny hamlet of Valkenburg. Our house was surrounded by miles of protected sanctuary. Still very young, I explored forest paths for seven years, drawing trees, and imagining myself a nomad in a mystical realm.
My family and I moved to Holladay, Utah in 1975. Here, my love of trees deepened, with every hike in the Wasatch mountains with my husband and dog, I learn to see anew. I am spell bound by tortured beauty of a gnarled tree trunk, foliage webbed in raindrops, a stray curled leaf, revealing beauty in death and life. Tree roots grasp the earth, as if it were their only way to prevent them from flying skyward—their limbs outstretched to each other in a wind driven dance.
Just as Pando, located in southern Utah, is the largest known living organism on earth comprised of thousands of Quaking Aspen trees that are connected by one massive root system, so are we, the human race, connected to one another. It is my art that roots me to this life. I hope my paintings bring you a sense of wonder and joy.
My mystical and expressionistic paintings of land and sea are painted on wood panels. Media includes acrylic paint, gold and silver leaf, opalescent powder, with a high gloss finish. There is no glass. This is my signature, mixed media technique of 35 years. All paintings are signed, one-of-a-kind originals. Stephanie Saint-Thomas