Sean Wallis is a Logan-based impressionist painter with work hanging in Arizona and Colorado galleries. He will have some of his paintings on display at this week’s Cache Art’s Gallery Walk. Wallis was 21 when he asked his father Kent Wallis, a prominent impressionist painter himself, to teach him how to paint.
After five years of painting on weekends at Cache Valley locations from Paradise on the south to Cub River on the north, Sean hung his first work in the gallery walk of 2005 and sold enough paintings to realize people liked his work.
A lot of painters take the academic route and get an art degree, then pursue a career. There aren’t many like Sean, who had the opportunity to be an apprentice and learn from a master.
After selling those initial pieces, he found galleries to hang his work and it continues to sell.
Sean, who holds a degree in History from Utah State University, teaches Social Sciences at the Providence-based charter school, Center for Creativity, Innovation and Discovery. He paints on the side.
He believes anyone can paint if they have the right equipment, but there is a difference between a painter and an artist.
“An artist puts something of himself into his work,” he said. “A painter can have a technically nice painting that has no heart.”
Although he teaches full time, he fuels his passion by spending spare time painting in a little studio behind his house. His work shows he understands the close relationship between light and color.
“I think it is important to support our local art community,” he said. “The added exposure is also nice.”
The Galley Walk season will kick off this Friday, April 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the historic downtown area with artists at different levels of expertise.
Robin Hoth, the Cache Arts Coordinator for the Gallery Walk, said there should be locations of the art listed on their website, www.cachearts.org/gallerywalk. There is a box showing the artist’s work and where it will be displayed. A map is also available.
The Galley Walk artwork will be displayed on Federal Avenue and Church Street and from the Logan City Library south to Fuhriman’s Fine Art Framing and Gallery along Main Street.
“We will be doing it four times this year: April 5, July 12, October 11 and December 20,” she said. “It is something we like to do to help people have access to great art and get people involved with the art community, as well our downtown merchants. We like to get new artists form the university involved.”
She said it is hard to get to all the locations and they may have to look at increasing the time length. Café Ibis, Lucky Slice Pizza, Stacked and the Waffle Iron all have local work displayed all year long.
As people walk through the galleries, someone may find a piece of artwork from a talented budding artist, like Sean Wallis was early in his career.