Archive for the ‘Glass’ Category

Urban Arts Gallery

February 24, 2013


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!

Glass Sculptures Express the 99 Most Beautiful Names of God from the Qur’an in Unique Art Exhibit

September 22, 2011

The Utah Cultural Celebration Center is pleased to present a new exhibit featuring the glass artwork of BYU art instructor Andrew Kosorok.  The intricately designed sculptures are full of symbolism, each of which represents the “most beautiful” names of God in the Qur’an, will be on display with other art, including paintings, fabrics and other items reflecting the Muslim faith.

 Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 West 3100 South
West Valley City, UT 84119

The show closes October 11 and the gallery is open Mon – Thurs from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and by arrangement.

Dale Chihuly Erected My Christmas Tree

December 9, 2010

The Olympic Tower

There is one special piece of art in the world that makes me feel Christmassy instantly. And, it’s not even a Christmas-themed piece. However, it was Christmas time in the early 2000s when I first saw Dale Chihuly’s sculpture, “The Olympic Tower” at Abravanel Hall in SLC. A red glass tree-looking thing, I assumed it was a Christmas tree. Since then, I have gone out of my way daily for a decade to catch a glimpse of it through symphony hall’s windows as I go motorin’ around downtown.

Dale Chihuly & Bizarro Dale

Dale Chihuly is a one-eyed glass sculptor from the Pacific Northwest. He was blinded on the left side in a car accident in England in the 70s. My own one-eyed painter, Todd, was born without rods and cones in his left eye. It’s interesting that someone who lacks fifty percent of their eyesight would devote their life to the visual arts (rather than becoming a pirate, which would be a more logical option). Chihuly also hurt his shoulder while body surfing and can’t hold up a glass blower’s pipe.* But he makes do, getting other folks to do the heavy lifting. In one news interview, he describes his choice to sit back in the director’s chair of glass blowing as “being more choreographer than dancer.”

Chihuly’s sculptures have found homes all over the world, even in places where Christmas is not such a big deal, like the Middle East. He is wildly successful and some folks consider him to be more entrepreneur than artist. I don’t know about that, I just know that if I want to feel the Christmas spirit, I need go no further than Abravenel Hall to see one of Utah’s treasures, that I will always consider my own personal Christmas tree.

* Believe it or not, Todd dislocated HIS left shoulder in a freak bowling accident. The parallels between the two men is Bizarro!

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
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 will be there vending, too!

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.
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

Glass Art and Business Sense – Sarinda Jones

August 5, 2010
Flora and Fauna 2

Flora and Fauna 2



There is something very beautiful and almost intimidating about glass art. From Dale Chihuly and his scary torches, to locals who make beautiful and affordable jewelry, glass art has my full attention.

One SLC artist who makes glass that I love is Sarinda Jones of Reflective Art Studio. I think I bought my first piece by Sarinda when I first moved to Salt Lake in the late 90s, and I’ve been collecting it ever since.

Exhale 3

Exhale 3

Sarinda is one artist who has really got her shit together. She is classically trained in everything from art history to ceramics, does regular training programs and residencies (having just returned from one in Scotland), and her work is everywhere from small fun events to galleries and websites all over the world.

She takes the business of being an artist very seriously. Sarinda started out with a Micro Business Loan that allowed her to buy her equipment. She says she sees herself as a small business owner, and she works at her art every single day. She invests a lot in networking and giving back to the community, and feels that the most important part of building a career is building relationships (and how!).

Vermillion Weave Table Sculpture

Vermillion Weave Table Sculpture

Sarinda approaches her art very scientifically, and often the more technical aspects of working with glass hold her attention. She loves the technique and the science behind kiln-formed glass. Her process is interesting, careful, and well-thought out. She starts with photos, color schemes and sketches. The then makes models in paper or out of foam core. She does a lot of research before she commits to working on a shape or sculpture with glass.

Podds Earrings

Podds Earrings

Sarinda actually has 2 careers going simultaneously. She makes affordable necklaces, earrings and table sculptures at lower price points and markets them at craft fairs, farmer’s markets, local shops and through etsy. In Todd’s words, “Her necklaces are perfect. I wish I could wear them.” For the fine art side of her career, she also does commission work, public sculptures and fine art pieces that she markets through galleries.

Sarinda helps the community, teaching youth, women in the Safe Haven program and participating in our friend John Sproul’s Foster Art Program. Sarinda’s community involvement is one great reason to support her.



Sarinda’s work is showing right now through September 17 at Finch Lane Gallery. This is part of a show for the Glass Art Guild of Utah. To read our whole interview with Sarinda, click here. And here are a few links where you can see more of her work. You can also find her stuff at SL Citizen and Craft Sabbath on the first Sunday of almost every month. | Sarinda-Jones | Sarinda Jones

Finch Lane Show

Finch Lane Show


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