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PTC’s Loge Gallery Presents “Just Add Water”

Oct. 19, 2017

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Madeleine Gail Rex

Oct. 20 – Nov. 4, 2017
The Loge Gallery at Pioneer Theatre Company Presents

“Just Add Water”

A watercolors exhibit by three artists


Salt Lake City – “Just Add Water” is an exhibit by three Utah watercolorists, TERRECE BEESLEY, MARY PUSEY and JOAN ZONE, on display during the run of PTC’s A Comedy of Tenors, Oct. 20. – Nov. 4, 2017 in our Loge Gallery.

The gallery is open on the mezzanine level of the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre 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.


“I am fascinated by scenes we are most familiar with, the icons of our daily life,” says Terrece Beesley’s artist statement. “The people, places and objects in my paintings speak volumes about our culture. I strive to show the ordinary and extraordinary things of life in a new light.”

Beesley was raised on a potato farm in Idaho, where she learned to work and to love the outdoors. She moved to Utah to study at Utah State University, earning a BFA in painting and textile design before establishing a career in publishing, product design and computer animation – all as a single mother of three children. Her affinity for watercolors began in 2000, when she was working with the Utah Arts Council’s Artist in Residence Program. She teaches young students in elementary schools across the state, as well as adults at the Eccles Community Art Center.


“I love painting the outdoors. . . . I try to memorize certain vistas and paint them later in the room,” says Mary Pusey. “I take photos, but the freshness of the plein air paintings allows me to remember the wonderful colors and light that no photograph can show. As a result, my paintings are representations of what I see and feel, not necessarily of what is actually there.”

Pusey grew up in Midvale, Utah, and has loved to draw horses since she was a child. In adulthood, she learned to love watercolors. Since then, she has worked with Carl Purcell at his Zion NP workshops and now studies with Timothy J. Clark, traveling to Europe to participate in his workshops every spring. She is a volunteer with the Utah Watercolor Society, where she has been the exhibitions chair, the communications chair and the editor of their “Paint Spot” newsletter. In addition to painting, she exhibits jewelry at Local Colors in Sugarhouse. Currently, she lives in Holladay, Utah.


“Red cows? Blue rabbits? Joan Zone often paints in a whimsical style, portraying animals and people in scenes that capture her emotionally, going beyond the image itself to create a dynamic between the viewer and the art. She paints subjects with delightfully disparate colors, actions, and sizes: orange sheep, oversized birds,” Zone’s statement reads. “[She] finds such whimsical art fun, creative, and engaging.”

Zone realized she loved to draw as a child during classes in her Upstate New York three-room schoolhouse. At 22, she made her first art purchase – two blue and pink period Picasso prints of a couple, from the Louvre. Since then, she has been drawn to “unrealistic paintings of people” and is inspired by artists like Picasso, Tobias and Deberdt. Chagall is her favorite and greatest influence.

She began painting in watercolor in 1999, and she’s recently been drawn to mixed media and textures. Her work has appeared in many galleries and has received accolades like the Utah Watercolor Society Juror’s and Past President’s awards.

All three artists are signature members of the Utah Watercolor Society and members of Art at the Main, a co-operative art gallery in Salt Lake City.

“Quilters,” Terrece Beesley “Reflections of Today and Yesterday,” Mary Pusey “Bovine Beauties,” Joan Zone

You can see more images of their work on our Loge Gallery page. Hi-resolution photos can be found here.

The Loge Gallery, Pioneer Theatre Company

“Just Add Water”

Oct. 20 – Nov. 4, 2017

Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The Loge Gallery
Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, 2nd Level
300 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City

Admission is free

Box Office 801-581-6961
Open 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mon – Fri