Art & Artists of Magna

Art & Artists of Magna were the focus of the annual arts seminar in 2013.

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In September of 2013, the Magna Arts Council presenting a special free event to recognize our local artists. Local artists and art lovers gathered to share their love of art in all its styles. Note that this event was not an art contest, like the popular Art Show and Contest portion the annual Magna Main Street Arts Festival, but rather a session to talk about art as a hobby, a profession and a passion.

Special featured guest artists included Manelle Oliphant, Bob Child and Don Prys, and others attended and showed their work as well.

This event was a friendly look at the past, present and future artists who live in or create art touching on the Magna area.

This was the second in an annual series of “special events” by the non-profit Magna Arts Council to spotlight local arts creators. (The 2012 event featured Books & Authors of Magna , and more forms of artistic expression will be highlighted in coming years. See other pages on this site for info about the 2014 event featuring “Movies Made in Magna.”)


samples of work by local painters or depicting local scenes




Some of the present-day Artist in our community:

Here are a few of Magna’s local professional artists, with contact information and a few examples from each. Several of these local talents attended and did art presentations at the event.



Bob Child ~ wildlife & western art

Bob is a professional artist popular for his dynamic original pieces which often feature wildlife or “Western” subjects. Fine art prints also available.



Art On You Studios ~ Tattoos and art on paper
Featuring the art of owner and lead artist Storm, along with work by his staff of five. Shop also includes a variety of items featuring various dark arts – some strikingly original, and other items inspired by images from popular culture.



Manelle Oliphant ~ illustrator
Manelle is an illustrator of children’s books, and is sometimes also an author and editor. Prints and custom work available as well.


Don Prys ~ artist and galley owner
Don Prys has sold over 500 original paintings in the last 10 years, and also shared his experience in the “business side” of original art as a gallery owner.



Notable artists who formerly lived and/or worked in Magna include:

VaLoy Eaton (1938 -XXXX)
Taught art at Brockbank Jr. High & Cyprus High School in the 1960s, then became a freelance professional artist. Known for western regional subjects, including many Utah-inspired landscapes, and for his fine work for LDS publications. Original works and prints available for sale.



Max D. Weaver (1917~2012)
Max D. Weaver retires – news article
See this artist’s obituary
Taught art at Cyprus high School (among other schools) in the 1950s, and later became important in the administration of the BYU art department while continuing his own career in art.



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Bevan Chipman (1934~2007) artist and major art collector and patron

Lived in Magna in his early years when his father worked in local mining. After graduating from Cyrus High School in the early 1950s, Bevan had a long career in Social Work, then was drawn to fine arts and became known as an artist, collector and patron/supporter of many other local artists.


Historic illustrations depicting scenes in the Magna area …

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