Meet the Women Fostering the Arts in Central Utah

Women lead the way in Utah’s regional art galleries and exhibitions.

Written By Brinley Froelich

Helper   |  Andrew Burr

While Utah landscapes offer inspiring, camera-worthy vistas, there’s also growing fine arts communities tucked within Central Utah that are worth similar admiration. Helper, Torrey, Spring City and Ephraim are noteworthy as emerging arts centers. And in many of these towns, women are leading the way in fostering galleries and spaces for exhibits — a feat unheard of just a couple generations ago. (Read: Where to See Women’s Art in Utah)

Here are a few noteworthy places to consider visiting.

K2 Gallery

Award-winning artists Kate Kilpatrick-Miller, Karen Jobe Templeton and Lisa Chamberlain run the K2 Gallery with a mission to bring “beauty and joy to our clients through pieces of art and fine craft,” and to engage the community through workshops and events. The gallery was established in 2017 and is located under the neon sign of the Strand Theatre in a state- designated historic corridor. 

Kathleen Royster Studio

This Main Street studio highlights contemporary ceramics. The artist combines a passion for modern design and simplicity to create beautifully balanced dinnerware that seamlessly blends tradition and innovation. 

Main Street in Helper

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Artist Kathleen Royster at her studio in Helper

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Kate Kilpatrick-Miller and Karen Jobe Templeton at K2 Gallery

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What To See in Torrey

Torrey, nestled near Boulder Mountain, is known as the gateway community of Capitol Reef National Park, but it’s also a cultural draw.

Torrey Gallery 

Established in 1998 by Cathy Bagley, this gallery features work by local Utah artists who live or visit Torrey often, as well as nationally known artists. They also sell Navajo rugs, with an emphasis on antique rugs.

Their season is from March until November, with special openings for Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

Gallery 24 

For curios and rotating local artists, Diane Barrett’s Gallery 24 offers an eclectic collection full of delights. 

Wayne County Farmers Market

The Wayne County Farmers’ Market showcases local artisans and producers, as well as fresh food.

Artist Anne Kaferle at work in Torrey

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Fellow Micol Hebron presents at Granary Arts

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Sara Lynne Lindsay's "Inherited Ground" exhibition at Granary Arts

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Granary Arts

In 2012, friends Amy Jorgensen and Kelly Brooks established an art center in the historic Ephraim granary building. This contemporary art center is an exhibition space and an educational resource with workshops and special events. Granary Arts is a Local Arts Agency, which is a designation through the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, in partnership with Ephraim. 

Spring City Art Gallery

This nonprofit, founded in 2006, holds annual plein air competitions. They also offer studio tours, workshops, concerts in the gallery and other events. (Read: Spring City en Plein Air)

Sophie's Black Sheep Gallery 

An arm of Spring City Fine Art, this gallery represents traditional painting by Lynn Farrar and whimsical and humorous Sophie Soprano paintings. 

Snow College

The Snow College Art Gallery presents an annual exhibition of works from teachers, students and the community, and offers space for critique and discussion. Annual showcases include Artists in Residence, a juried exhibition of student work, and a bi-annual faculty exhibition, with solo and group shows throughout the year. The gallery also houses the Snow College Permanent Collection, including the Lund-Wassmer Collection, works donated by patrons and new acquisitions.

Granary Arts Building in Ephraim

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Spring City

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Spring City

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Sophie's Black Sheep Gallery in Spring City

Photo: Dean Krakel

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Where to See Women's Art in Utah

There’s no shortage of art galleries in Salt Lake City and across the Wasatch Front. Beyond the major metropolitan areas, there are also small artist communities across the state where artists seeking a slower pace have flocked for decades.

Sanpete Valley

Travelers in Sanpete Valley stop in Spring City, Ephraim and Manti for a mix of local cultures, heritage activities and scenic driving along Utah's Heritage Highway 89, which winds through what is known as the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area.

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