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Urban Arts Gallery

February 24, 2013

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There is a new gallery at the Gateway that everyone should stop in and visit. Last weekend was the grand opening of the new Urban Arts Galley, and I am very impressed. It is a very nice and large space showcasing a number of different artists, and currently featuring the artwork of Jimmi Toro. A lot of very nice work! You’ll also find a boutique selling all sorts of local handmade stuffz.

There are also a number of events planned for the space, including dance performances, CONNECT, Gallery Stroll, and the Urban Arts Festival. Checkity-check!

utaharts.org/locations/urban-arts-gallery

www.facebook.com/UrbanArtsGallery

Urban Arts Festival

June 5, 2012

Believe it or not, urban art forms like graffiti art, street performances, and break dancing are thriving in Utah. These art forms will be celebrated at the second annual Urban Arts Festival on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Urban artists will fill the outdoor space, offering art for purchase at the SLC Arts Hub property, located at 663 West 100 South, where the festival will take place.

“The new SLC Arts Hub will make full use of its nearly three acre property with three stages for music and entertainment, and one of them is located in the full-sized circus tent we are proud to call our own,” says Derek Dyer, executive director of the Utah Arts Alliance, SLC Arts Hub and festival co-organizer.

The entertainment line-up includes:

The Cube – Music stage:
11:00 a.m. – The Swinging Lights
12:00 p.m. – MiNX
1:00 p.m. – Louie Troupe & Konsickwence
2:00 p.m. – Big Blue Ox
3:00 a.m. – YZE
3:45 p.m. – Oso Negro & Dusk One
4:45 p.m. – Johnny Utah & DumbLuck
6:00 p.m. – Music Garage
7:00 p.m. – Dark Seas

Street Stage – DJ stage:
11:00 a.m. – DJ Trixx
12:00 p.m. – DJ Blessed
1:00 p.m. – DJ XSpand
2:00 p.m. – DJ Planet
3:00 p.m. – Street Jesus
4:00 p.m. – DJ Deyjuice
5:00 p.m.- DJ Che
6:00 p.m.- DJ Lishus

The Circus Tent – Performance stage:
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.- Salt City Indie Arts Poetry Slam Contest
1:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m. – BBoy Federation – Break Dance Battle
3:30 p.m. – People’s Production- African American Theater Company
4:30 p.m.- S.L.A.P.
5:30 p.m. – Samba Fogo
6:30 p.m.- Lunar Collective
7:00 p.m.- Transfusion Hype

Food, art demonstrations and educators helping the public learn to make urban art with their own two hands are highlights of the award winning day-long festival. Proceeds from the festival will go to support the brand new SLC Arts Hub gracing Salt Lake City’s downtown west side.

“The public will be taught urban art projects by professional artists, and they will get the chance to practice their new skills on the outdoor walls of the Hub,” says Tamara Fox, Gray Wall Gallery director and event organizer. “Other art activities festival-goers may enjoy trying include screen printing, creating aluminum sculpture and repurposing aluminum cans to make jewelry and pinwheels. The cost to make these crafts is just $2 to $5.”

A skate deck painting contest will also take place at the festival. For $30, the public can buy a skate deck, paint it with their own creative urban art and enter it into a contest. Art lovers can vote for their favorite deck throughout the day, with prizes awarded between 6 and 8 p.m. A group of professional artists have also been selected to paint skate decks and these will be on display as well.

Throughout the day there will be skateboarding demonstrations, competitions as well as open skate periods. The Urban Arts Fest skate area is designed by We are One Skate Park.

Salt Lake City’s best street food vendors will be on hand with vegan tacos, gourmet hot dogs and rosemary-infused lemonade, among other treats. And, for the first time, this year’s festival will include beer sales which are offered by Red Rock Brewery. Entrance to the festival costs $5.

The event is sponsored by Brand32; Broadview Entertainment Ats University; Redrock Brewing Company; vitaminwater; jetBlue AIRWAYS; The Downtown Alliance; Salt Lake City Arts Council; SLUG Magazine; Utah Division of Arts and Museums; Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks; Romney Lumber Company; Bboy Fed; KRCL; TheJeromeShow.com and David Charles Baker.  For more information on how to be involved and to see the schedule of events visit www.urbanartsfest.org.

About the Utah Arts Alliance
The Utah Arts Alliance is a nonprofit arts and educational organization committed to fostering the arts in Utah in all forms. In addition to the SLC Arts Hub, the UAA has a gallery and recording studio at 127 South Main Street in Salt Lake City. For more information, visit www.utaharts.org.

About The Gray Wall Gallery
Brain child of Tamara Fox, The Gray Wall Gallery is interested in showing new and unusual art work. It is a program of the Utah Arts Alliance and is the driving force behind the festival. For more information, visit http://www.graywallgallery.com

Gerardo Monterrubio

September 13, 2011

My coworkers learned at a baseball game that I read  Ceramics Monthly regularly (what the hell else am I supposed to while they watch the stupid stick and ball chase game). After enduring their teasing for about 5 minutes, I had them all reading it too.

While flipping through it, Monterrubio caught my eye with a  giant ceramic lipstick. He is a young, LA artist. His ceramic sculptures are highly graphic, almost comic book style with a lot of black and white images. A man after my own heart, he references tradition as a reason to make ceramics. However, every ceramicist says this and his works don’t look traditional at all, but as he says in his artist statement, the culture he is commenting on is modern-day LA.

Here is his artist statement:
“For thousands of years, various cultures have used the ceramic method to record their existence. From these artifacts, we can form an understanding and numerous interpretations of such societies. Altered by my imagination, my work plays with the idea of recording aspects of contemporary society predominately related to the proletariat and street culture of Los Angeles.”

Gerardo says he draws on the sculptures with an underglaze pencil to get the amazing effect. To see more examples of his work, visit www.gerardomonterrubio.com.


HUGE. ART. DUH.

March 13, 2011

Here is the poster and some information on our upcoming show at the Hive, Duh!

www.facebook.com | HUGE.ART.DUH.

Santa Fe Clay

February 24, 2011
Warehouse

Warehouse

Todd and Orpheus

Todd and Orpheus

Santa Fe – an art Mecca – far less touristy and commercial than I expected, is where we spent Todd’s 40th birthday. Our stop right after the Georgia O’Keefe Museum was an art gallery/studio/workshop/classroom called Santa Fe Clay.

Located in the Railyard District, which is something like the 400 W and 200 S area of SLC, still a bit industrial but is quickly being redeveloped and rediscovered, this 10,000 foot warehouse is home to some amazing pieces.

Egg Cup

Egg Cup

The main dish exhibit we saw was a small sculptures show by the artists Miguel Abugattas, Cynthia Rae Levine, Katherine Taylor and Karen Thuesen Massaro. It was cool, but I preferred the appetizer, a warehouse full of stacks of sculptures and functional ware, and the dessert, a cramped hallway filled with interesting pieces.

Bunny Girl

Bunny Girl

I had a few favorite pieces. An egg-shaped functional turquoise cup was my soul mate, possessing the beautiful lines and simplicity I love in pottery. Blue and white as well as gold painted porcelain with weird designs also stole my heart. Osama Bin Laden made a surprise appearance on a tea pot. And, I can’t stop thinking about the lamb-slipper-wearing, bunny-faced, party girl sculpture. Todd stayed true to his classical nature, and loved Orpheus more than all the other pieces put together.

If you go to Santa Fe, this workshop/gallery is a gem. If you’re there for a while, try out the classes and let us know what you think, www.santafeclay.com.

Blue and White

Blue and White

Vase Schlong

Vase Schlong

Indiana Pottery by Zach Medler

January 13, 2011
Tea Set

Tea Set

Covered Bowl

Covered Bowl

I’m always looking to be exposed to new ceramics artists. It seems there just aren’t enough folks making pots with the simplicity that I enjoy. But recently, I found such an artist on Etsy.

Zach Medler is a potter, printmaker, and painter. He has sold his work on etsy since 2008 under the name zmedceramics. He has a Master’s of Art in ceramics from Purdue University. He teaches ceramics and mixed media arts to adults and youth at Arts Place in Portland, Indiana.

I was interested in his technique of using linoleum block prints on pots, here is what he had to say about it: “All of the imagery are original drawings that are carved into lino-blocks and then collaged together to create different scenes and narratives. The goal is to make interesting forms first and then tell simple, everyday stories on the surfaces.”

Lino-printed Teapot

Lino-printed Teapot

Zach shows his work around the Midwest, as well as nationally. His installation “Erosion” was a featured topic at the Great Lakes American Studies Conference in 2009 entitled “Imaging America” and has received acclaim from regional art journal, Art-to-Art Palette.

Here’s Zach’s favorite quote from Picasso: “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” Zach interprets Picasso’s words by saying “I read it and thought that the simplification of form, idea, and image was such an inspiring break … simplification is an important aspect of creating and something that i strive for with my work .”

Check out his Etsy shop at etsy.com | zmedceramics. Or check out his website at zmed-ceramics.com.
Chubby Bear Bottle

Chubby Bear Bottle

Tudor Miniature House

Tudor Miniature House

The 2010 “No Duh” Awards

December 30, 2010
Tonya 's Interior Design Style

Tonya 's Interior Design Style

This time of year, it is customary for news outlets to review the top stories of the year. We decided to do the same, with an award to our favorite artists we are calling the “No Duh” Awards.  Drop us a note and let us know who you think deserves a “No Duh.”

Best in “Duh” Show for most unique look & most memorable:
1) Tonya’s Pink Walls Post on Interior Design

I’ve never seen a home quite like Tonya’s. A true original, her  style was one of the first things I wanted to blog about and remains one of my favorites today.

Wizard Wear

Wizard Wear

Fav Fashion Post
1) Harry Pottah, Why Do you Frequent the Gap?

I spent way too much time on this one, analyzing the costume design in movies is a blast! Perhaps we could start an Artduh Fashion version of Mystery Science Theater.

Van Gogh Self Portrait

Van Gogh Self Portrait

Fav “No Duh” Art History Lessons
1) Van Gogh
2) Max Ernst
3) Don Olsen

Reading Todd’s art history lessons is one of my favorite things about the blog. And we’ve gotten a lot of feedback from readers that they enjoy the bite-sized teaching moments too. I’m hoping my co-editor will do more of these in 2011. Since these artists are dead, the award goes to our friend Carrie Poulsen for being most appreciative of these lessons.

Joe Bennion Pot

Joe Bennion Pot

Fav local artist profile:
1) Joe Bennion
2) Melanie McGee
3) Shawna Powelson

Perhaps its because these folks are my friends. Perhaps its because I’ve been collecting their art for years. I’m not sure, but these profiles stayed with me all year as fantastic memories.

Bea Arthur by Veronica De Jesus

Bea Arthur by Veronica De Jesus

Fav undead artist who isn’t from Utah:
1) Veronica Dejesus
2) Jesse Reno

We had a great time getting to know these artists who we’d been admiring for years.

People’s Choice award.
1) Dale Erected my Xmas Tree

This silly post lets us live up to our name. I can’t believe how popular it was considering how little time I spent writing it.

Happy 2011!

Bizzaro Dale

Bizzaro Dale

Time To SHOP (local)

November 25, 2010

Turkey 4 U at SLCitizen

Turkey 4 U at SLCitizen

I know you haven’t finished digesting your turkey yet. But that’s not what matters. What matters is that it is finally, officially time to SHOP! Holiday gifts await you, and we have your shopping local guide, right here.

Our friends at Local First are celebrating Buy Local week tomorrow through December 3. They want you to spend 10 minutes learning about local, share it with 10 people and then spend just a measly 10 percent of your holiday budget locally.

Shopping local makes a difference for the world around us. Support the local shops that make our town cool. Buy from an artist or crafter so they can go buy more supplies and continue making work. But I think the best reason was explained to me by my friend Adam:

This year I’m prepping for my first Christmas as a married man,” says Adam Bramwell, local shopper. “For Mother’s Day, my wife and I visited three local shops one morning and it was super fun, a great experience. The Mother’s Day gift went over huge and so I’m hoping to gain brownie points by buying my wife a unique Christmas gift from a local shop.

Adam’s reason for shopping local: be unique, give something unforgettable and have fun.

And now we are going to make it easy for you. Here is a list of upcoming fun holiday boutiques where you can get your Santa on in a holly jolly local way:BB

The Hive  Black Friday Extravaganze
Friday, November 26 · 10:00am – 10:00pm
At the Hive Gallery/Trolley Square (2nd Floor)
Artistic gifts, trunk show and Free Coffee.
All paintings will be on sale.

Holiday Open House
November 26, 27 and Dec 4 2010
Come visit your favorite artists along Spring City’s Historic Main Street
Joe Bennion, Spring City Arts Gallery and Sophie’s Black Sheep Gallery

Holiday Trunk Show

November 27th 1pm-5pm
312 N. Chicago St (940 West)
Salt Lake City, UT

Beehive Bazaar
The craft event is moving back to its homeland at the Women’s Art Center, where our niece got married in August. It’s so cute.
Thursday, December 2 from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m
Friday, December 3, 10 am to 10 pm
Saturday, December 4. 10 am to 8 pm
Get more deets at http://www.beehivebazaar.com
Look for crafts from our friends Carrie Poulsen, Sonya Evans, Suzanne Clements, Dallas Russell and Todd’s beloved sister, Tonya Vistaunet!

Craft Sabbath Holiday Boutiques
December 5 and 12
1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Main Library Downtown
Santa will pop in. Local artist will have everything from jewelry to soap. Two refugee families will join with their wares. And artduh.com will be there vending, too!
www.craftsabbath.com

Mindy Mae’s Market-
December 10th & 11th
Destination Homes Pleasant Fields Model
1375 west Pleaseant View Drive
Pleasant View, UT 84404

The People’s Market Holiday Boutique at Trolley Square.
December 11 and 19
Noon to 8 p.m.
http://www.slcpeoplesmarket.org
They have chocolate and a food stamps program, both!

And now for my list of my fav shops you should visit for holiday shopping, after you craft it up at these boutiques: SL Citizen, Uptown Cheapskate, Miscy’s Boutique, Q Clothing, Slowtrain, Signed and Numbered and Dr. Volz’s Comics. And if you’re up for a bit of a road trip, please go see our friend Joe Bennion in Spring City. His pottery is my fav!

A few cute gift ideas:

Texting Gloves - Q

Texting Gloves - Q

Marsupial Stuffed Monsters - Frosty Darling

Marsupial Stuffed Monsters - Frosty Darling

Swami Lamps at Retro Rose

Swami Lamps at Retro Rose

Pee in this

October 7, 2010
Poppy Sink

Poppy Sink

Sego Lilly

Sego Lilly

It’s like an image from a dream: peeing into the giant blossom of a sego lilly. But for those on the cutting edge of interior design, or who get invited to swanky parties, this is one dream that can come true. Thanks to the art of Clark Sorensen.

Clark’s sculptures are fully-functional porcelain plumbing fixtures, and they are beautiful. He is a Salt Lake City native and grad of the University of Utah’s sculpture program. Clark has lived all over the world, trying his hand at everything in the arts from costume design to animation.

Daffodil

Daffodil

For the past 5 years, he has focused on sculpture, more precisely, urinals with a few sinks thrown in here and there (my fav is the poppy sink, in case you need ideas for Christmas gifts). I love the technical part of his work, where he has to think about things like drain and flush valve connectors, wall access and general plumbing. Who said being right-brained meant you weren’t mechanical?

Exhibit in Seoul, Korea

Exhibit in Seoul, Korea

World According to Bush Urinal

Clark gets a little bit political, too. One sculpture is a line graphs showing the stock market being flushed away. He also invites gentlemen to piss on “the world according to Bush.”

Other more “traditional” urinals (ha ha, did I say that) consist of sea shells, orchids, tulips, morning glory, calla lillies and other flowers. They are beautiful. It makes me smile that someone would take the time to sculpt a urinal. What can I say? I like. I really do.

Check him out online at clarkmade.com

Shell

Shell

Jack in Pulpit

Jack in Pulpit

Stock market

Stock market

Poppy Urinal

Poppy Urinal

Joe Bennion – Where My Love of Ceramics Began

August 24, 2010
My Collection

My Collection

Gray Tea Bowl - My Very First, Anna W collection

Gray Tea Bowl - My Very First, Anna W collection

Joe Bennion’s pottery is the first art I ever collected. I fell in love when I was 18 and now 17 years later every piece is just as precious to me as the first. I had nine pieces at one time, and I feel fortunate that I’ve only had one break over the years!  I’m amazed that several pieces in my collection even survived dorm life and many moves during my college years. It’s because of Joe’s work that I fell in love with functional (and dysfunctional) pottery and been inspired to follow the careers of other ceramics artists as well.

Joe lives a quiet, introspective and focused life that I envy. He and his bride, Lee Udall Bennion moved to Spring City, Utah in 1977, wanting to create an art community in this small Mormon town. I think it probably took a lot of bravery for them to turn their backs on the pressure to get a “real” job and instead do what they love.

Orange Pitcher - Anna W Collection

Orange Pitcher - Anna W Collection

Joe’s pieces are domestic, plain, quiet and understated. I believe his work has been the foundation for much of my own aesthetic, especially where pots are concerned. He avoids the hustle bustle of arts festivals and the competition of juried shows, instead spending his time at his foot-powered treadle wheel. He works to bring people to his community and studio. I love this because it gives the collector a full experience of seeing his wheel, the charm of his town and the quiet pleasure that he gets from working with clay.

My hope is that as a result of this post, and seeing my collection of Joe’s pots, some of you will make the drive to Spring City and support his work. I think everyone should have the pleasure of lifting a hand- thrown tea bowl to their lips as they sip their morning coffee. Joe keeps his studio door open, and you can go in at any time and buy a pie plate or bowl, leaving your money in his coffee can. Here’s a quote from Todd on the topic of my Joe Bennion pottery:

“There’s something special about Joe Bennion’s cups that a lot of other pottery can’t live up to. I always try to get one of Joe’s tea bowls from the cupboard every morning, because it is such a pleasure to drink from.”

Joe's Mark

Joe's Mark

Spring City, if you are not familiar, is a quiet, rural art community, located about 2 hours south of Salt Lake City, in San Pete County. It’s a little northeast of Ephriam and Manti. Fairview lies to the north and Moroni to the west. Nearby, Snow College and Wasatch Academy provides an educational environment for the surrounding community.

Joe had this to say about the way the community where he lives influences his work:

“Living in small place with space and quiet is conducive to the creative process as we see it. The home with it’s garden, the tree-lined streets and pioneer architecture the mountains and the ordinary people who live here all are part of the paintings and pottery we make.”

Gravy Bowl - Anna W Collection

Gravy Bowl - Anna W Collection

I really admire the way Joe has committed himself to a life of quiet, spiritual introspection as a potter. As much as I enjoy the crazy life of PR, marketing and events, I have always dreamed of retiring to a village and focusing on making hand crafts, maintaining a home and taking care of my animals. It takes a lot of courage to support yourself entirely on your art. Joe has done this for way more than a quarter of a century.

Coming up is Spring City’s Studio Tour. The 30 artists who call Spring City home will open their studios to the public between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the Spring City Arts Gallery at 79 South Main Street for $10. More info is available at: springcityarts.com/events/AST_2009.html

And for more information about Joe Bennion, visit: www.horseshoemountainpottery.com/joe/index.php

And my favorite, to see his gallery, visit: www.horseshoemountainpottery.com/joe/gallery.php

Joe's Studio - Horseshoe Mountain Pottery

Joe's Studio - Horseshoe Mountain Pottery


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