Landscape and Light at Frontier Homestead

 A Story told by water. oil on canvas, 9x12

A Story told by water. oil on canvas, 9x12

Frontier Homestead State Park Museum is pleased to announce a special exhibit by painter Valerie Orlemann, beginning February 14 and running through March 28. There will be an artist's reception held on Saturday, March 3 from 2-4pm.

Valerie Orlemann is a Utah landscape painter using canvas and oil to capture a realistic sense of light, color and place. Orlemann studied art at the University of Utah until parenthood and a new job for her husband set her loose in southern Utah’s dramatic scenery. She has exhibited work in galleries in Salt Lake City, St. George, Provo, Dallas and Flagstaff, and at art festivals around Utah. Her work has been recognized with awards including Best in Show at the 2016 Cedar Breaks Arts Afire Plein Air, first place in the 2016 Escalante Canyons Art Festival Public Lands paint out, and purchase awards by the St. George Art Museum and Dixie State University.  

Orlemann has been the featured artist at the Cedar City Arts Festival and the Escalante Canyons Art Festival, and was selected to be an Artist in Residence at Mesa Verde National Park.   She also received the Professional Artist Award at the 2012 “Business of Art.”  Her work is included in Painters of Utah’s Canyons and Deserts by Poulton and Swanson (Gibbs Smith Press, 2009). Valerie lives with her husband and daughter in Parowan, Utah.  

 The heart of a mountain. oil on canvas. 6x12

The heart of a mountain. oil on canvas. 6x12

"Beauty in the landscape makes me long to stop, look, and spend time with it.," says Orlemann.  "I immerse myself in a time and place, soaking up the light, shadow, form and color and trying to tell about it.  The result is a collaboration--the landscape itself and my experience of it; a moment in time and my response in canvas and oil."