Nestled at the base of the Book Cliffs in Eastern Utah lies the small city of Helper, which has — in one way or another — been called home by these 19 female artists.
The Helper Project, a non-profit organization established by several community members and artists in 2016, along with local sponsors, has decided to promote Helper women artists through an opening exhibition called “The Nest” at Amjworks studio this month. The exhibition opens on August 12 and will be on view through September 30, and the represented artists have a special connection to Helper either through family ties, calling Helper their home presently or in the past, or having participated in the Helper Art Workshops. Among the artists included are Anne Morgan-Jespersen, Kathleen Royster, and Anne Kaferle.
“A catalog highlighting the works of all participating artists, including an essay by renowned Utah Art Historian Donna Poulton Ph.D., will be available for purchase during the exhibition,” according to the press materials. “The artist movement has played an integral role in helping the community recognize its own value. Art, whether written, spoken, painted, sculpted, or danced, becomes an historical record. It informs us, and future generations, about cultural diversity, economic conditions, technological advancements and social attitudes present at the time of the creation of the work. The work exhibited here, by these remarkable artists, is destined to become part of the unique historical record of Helper, Utah.”
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