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Watercolor portraits of fur and feathered locals

Chamber and WyEast Artisans Guild present art by Vernon Groff


In keeping with their efforts to showcase local artists, the Wy’East Artisans Guild and Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce present the newest series to hit the walls of the chamber office: “Ffur.”

“Ffur: A Watercolor Show of Fur and Feathered Locals” is a look at animal portraits by Vernon Groff inspired by morning walks in the Sandy area.

The series of watercolors will be available for viewing at the Sandy Area of Chamber of Commerce office, at 38963 Pioneer Blvd., from Sunday, March 2, through Sunday, March 30. A reception will be held for the artist from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the office.

Groff is a retired graphic designer who lives just east of Sandy. As a diabetic, he received orders from his doctor to take frequent walks. On his walks, he would see all sorts of animals and snap shots of them on his smartphone.

“It’s a humbling experience,” Groff said, “because you’re looking at the animal and it’s looking back.”

His llama portraits are two of his favorites. His hope is to portray these creatures as the individuals they are, observing while being observed.

He said he had a feeling he was being told that he’d make a lousy llama.

Despite having to move into computers years ago, something he loved learning, he said he’s always remembered his art school skills. For him, water coloring has been a 25-year necessary therapy.