The amazing part of the Doug Utter story would be that his work is so unique, so different, and yet so familiar and accessible. This recent show is like going home and visiting with cherished family members. Love and respect, longing and grief are keys to Doug's paintings. I have the good fortune of owning a portrait of myself, done by Doug. Friends have said that it is very similar to a photo of me as a child. The photo captured emotions that resonate for me still. Doug was able to convey those feelings in the painting without ever having seen the photo. Please excuse the poor audio - more importantly, enjoy the paintings!
AND THEN!! To make the evening even more special I spotted Jim and Nina Gibans in the crowd. Check out the latest book from them, Cleveland Goes Modern: Design for the Home 1930-1970. A beautiful book filled with photos and information documenting the incredible Mid - Century in Cleveland.