3 generations of family's art goes on display

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A new art exhibit of ceramics, oil, and mixed media took an entire family to create. The exhibit, called "Relative," is the work of three generations. It is part of Friday's downtown "Gallery Stroll."

At age 83, Donna Frazier has a steady hand. She's been painting since she was 10.

The Kimball Art Center featured Donna's art back in the 1970s, and she's taught for decades. "It gives me something useful to do with my time," she said.

Donna's granddaughter, Colour Maisch, said, "I remember her painting since I was tiny. I remember the smell of her studio. I remember being able to play in her paints."

Maisch didn't want anything to do with art when she was younger. "You never want to do what your parents do," she said.

Her father, Kevin, taught art at the University of Utah, Weber State, and Salt Lake Community College. Her uncle creates ceramic pieces, bowls, cups, vases. Her other uncle oil paints larger-than-life flowers.

After taking an art class in her late 20s, Maisch discovered art is in her blood, too.

"If this is in your blood or in your system, it's there," she said.

These five artists contributed works to the exhibit "Relative."

"It's amazing, and it's amazing to see how different everybody is in their style and their work," Donna explained.

The family realized they had a unique story to tell and worked hard to get an exhibit together while everyone is still around. This will be the first time they've done it, and the first time Donna's work has been shown in nearly four decades.

"This is probably the biggest event of my life so far. It really is," she said.

The Gallery Stroll lasts until 9 p.m. You'll find the family's exhibit at the Patrick Moore Gallery.

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