Brad Holt paintings featured in Lost City Museum exhibit in Januarycwilliams@meta-logix.net
The Lost City Museum presents “What the Rocks Tell Us: Southern Utah Landscapes,” an exhibit by artist Brad Holt, featuring paintings created outdoors in southern Utah and Nevada, on display in January.
Holt grew up in Cedar City, Utah attended Cedar City High School and graduated from Southern Utah University. He spent his early summers working on his grandfather's ranch hauling hay and working with cattle. At age 17 he joined the Utah Army National Guard and served for the next two decades.
Holt was later mentored by landscape painter Jimmie Jones, who taught him how to stretch a canvas and showed him how to lay out his palette. “Raw Umber and Ultramarine were the core of Jimmie's palette, and they remain the core of mine to this day. They allow a subtle interplay of temperature in the under painting,” Holt said.
Holt won first place in the Everett Ruess Plein Air competition in Escalante, Utah, in 2006. He twice received the Artist's Choice Award and was featured artist in 2012. He has been an artist participant in the Zion Plein Air Invitational since its inception.
The Lost City Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. One of seven museums managed by the Nevada Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, it is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at 721 S. Moapa Valley Blvd., Overton. Admission is $5, children 17 and younger and members enter free. Take Interstate 15 north to exit 93. Access is also available from Lake Mead National Recreation Area or the Valley of Fire State Park. For more information, call the museum at (702) 397-2193 or visit Facebook.