Urban Arts Gallery

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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!

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Urban Arts Festival

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

HUGE. ART. DUH.

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

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Time To SHOP (local)

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

Can a Crystal make me Cat Woman?

Red Jasper

Red Jasper

Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz

Theory has it that the right crystal can make you rich, deflect assholes, heal that bad knee and put your mind into overdrive. I want one that makes me into Cat Woman! I’ve even read that crystals were used under the sea in Atlantis!

One of our favorite people in the world, Ashlee Vilos Prentice of Transfusion Hype Dance Co, has recently introduced us to the healing power of crystals. Now, I’m not sure what to think about it, but I’ll try almost anything.

Here’s a little overview to the crystals, from my perspective and in my own words. Some say crystal healing is a science and others say it is magic. As for me, I’ll take the magic.

Crystal healing becomes art when Ashlee selects a shape and turns it into jewelry, turning it into a portable doctor’s office hanging around your neck. Take that, health care reform!

Moonstone

Moonstone

The first important thing in regard to crystals is the shape. Our crystal expert, Ashlee, prefers the Merkaba, or star shape. Why? Because it can give you a force field of course! Force fields are not just for Jem, He-man and Thunder Cats any more. The second important thing is the type of stone, described below. Here’s the stones she likes working with and their “magical” power:

Rose Quartz – Sick of Hungry Man TV dinners consumed alone while watching Law and Order reruns? Get a Rose Quartz and attract a hot guy or gal, and recover from that bad break-up. Sexual healing!

Moonstone- Let’s face it, at that time of the month we all get a little cranky. So get a moon stone. It will also give you ESP!

Bloodstone- Find yourself in Satan’s grip? Bloodstone is the answer, it dispels evil. And once you get it, you will want to throw all your Black Sabbath and Judas Priest tapes in the trash.

Amethyst- Are you stumbling through life drunk? Throwing up on your friends? Amethyst, it’s not just purple, it helps you recover from addiction.

Amythest

Amythest

Agate- Cat got your tongue? Can’t think of what to say when someone cuts in front of you in the lunch line? Agate will heal your anger and help you speak up. Soon the words, “No Butt,” will be bursting from your lips.

Aventurine- This is the get-rich-quick stone. Nuff said.

White Jasper- The Eff You stone, it deflects negativity and sends those naysayers packing.

Smokey Quartz- Term paper due? Big presentation tomorrow? Cops caught on to your Ponzi scheme? Smokey quartz relieves stress and instills calm.

Clear Quartz- Is your energy constipated? Clear quartz is your energy laxative.

Labradorite- ‘Imagine all the people,” this stone enhances your imagination and makes John Lennon proud.

Ashlee’s beautiful crystal necklaces rang in price from $15 to $23. Drop us a note if you want us to make an introduction.

White Jasper

White Jasper

Clear Quartz

Clear Quartz

It’s Fall Fashion, Duh.

The Sole Meaning of Life is to Serve Humanity

The Sole Meaning of Life is to Serve Humanity

My favorite thing about this time of year is watching the quality of the light change, when the harsh rays of summer give way to the indirect yellow-orange light of autumn. But my second favorite thing about fall is trading the white linen pants and bejeweled flip flops for knee-high tube socks, boots, tweeds, hoodies and woolens. Yeah! I love fall fashion! And of course, at artduh.com, we wanted to bring you our favorite handmade (and some vintage) picks to wear this season. Since you pretty much have to spend money on your fall wardrobe, you might as well wear a work of art, right? Right! Here we go, our favs:


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This is one of our favorite local shops, owned by our friends Lindsay and Bob Frendt. They carry my FAVORITE thing for fall: skirts by Cory Bushman. Cory hand embroiders skirts with great (not cheesy) quotes and images. Wear one and watch people walk circles around you to read the quotes. This shop also has cute embellished hats by Jenn Davis and a must-have for fall, huge cocktail rings. The bigger the ring, the better. SL Citizen also carries lots of stuff by one of our favorite local designers, Jordan Halversen. And of course, every little girl (or silly grown man) needs a Grimmleigh’s headband. Put a monster flower in your hair!

Cory Skirt - photo by Eva Jorgensen

Cory Skirt - photo by Eva Jorgensen

Jenn Davis Hats

Jenn Davis Hats

Cocktail Rings

Cocktail Rings

Grimmleighs Headband


Next up we have fun fashions by the Craft Sabbath artists. Craft Sabbath is a monthly event held at the Main Downtown Library between 1 and 5 p.m. The next event will be on September 12. These artists include Sonya Evans from The Full Spectrum, Kali Mellus of bykali and Suzanne Clements of Sorry Clementine (the black and pink hoodie is mine, I call it!!!). These ladies also sell on Etsy, so check them out there.


The Full Spectrum etsy.com | thefullspectrum

Moth Hoodie

Moth Hoodie

Venus Fly Trap Tunic

Venus Fly Trap Tunic


Kali Mellus etsy.com | bykali

Square Leaves Quilt Style Buckle

Square Leaves Quilt Style Buckle

Autumn Maple on Black

Autumn Maple on Black


Suzanne Clements etsy.com | sorryclementine

Girl-style Black hoodie

Girl-style Black hoodie

Fun Fall Brown and Green Hoodie

Fun Fall Brown and Green Hoodie


We couldn’t do justice to the SLC fashion scene without including one of my favorite designers, Jordan Halversen. He sells locally at two fun shops, the Hive at Trolley Square and Salt Lake Citizen. His one of a kind designs are so gorgeous, well-made, and unique that you will be guaranteed to be sporting the most interesting duds at any occasion. Here goes, our favorite’s of Jordan’s fall pieces.

Jordan H's black western and 2 toned pants

Jordan H's black western and 2 toned pants

Purple Western Wear

Purple Western Wear

And then we have just a couple of Jordan’s creations too cute not to share. . . though these are not exclusive to the autumn season. I so want the “Oh VD” top. LOVE IT!!! And we aren’t sure what Emily and her crew are doing in the Hive that requires the constant rinsing and line-drying of enough underpants for any young men’s choir . But we sure hope they have fun doing it!

O VD! Pink

O VD! Pink

Jordan's Undies on a Clothesline

Jordan's Undies on a Clothesline

Uncle Alfred’s Buttons

Uncle Alfred's Buttons

Uncle Alfred's Buttons

Cream Button Necklace

Cream Button Necklace

Uncle Alfred was a New Englander who left  behind many things when he died in 1994, including a large pickle jar full of buttons. In about 1996, the button collection fell into the hands of my good friend, Carrie de Azevedo Poulsen when she helped out at Alfred’s great-niece’s sale for his estate.

Maybe it’s strange to blog about something as simple as a jar of buttons. But, for a traditional crafter and fashion lover, a gigantic jar of buttons that dates back for decades brings me both endless ideas and a feeling of reverent appreciation.

Long Necklace w/Buttons

Long Necklace w/Buttons

Most of Alfred’s buttons are very masculine. Maybe he snipped them off long underwear, dress shirts, coats, and military garments as they headed to the rag bin. Carrie tried to keep Uncle Alfred’s button jar whole for many years. Like a vinyl record collection, she felt Uncle Alfred had gathered the buttons together to become a unified work. But then one day, Carrie, who felts and recycles old sweaters, came across many fibers in blacks, grays, browns and tweeds. And she decided the time to use some of Uncle Alfred’s buttons had come.

Tweeds and Blacks

Tweeds and Blacks

Uncle Alfred was a trailblazer for the do-it-yourself movement. He built solar panels on his roof and painted his home silver for the reflective properties. He sewed and mended his own clothes, was involved in the early environmental movement, shunned red meat, drank only water and was known for growing beautiful roses. Carrie describes him as the “quintessential old Yankee bachelor.” And we love him because he saved each and every button he ever came across.

Alfred’s great-niece, Kristin wrote the following to Carrie about her great-uncle and his historic button collection, after hearing about this blog post:

“Uncle Alfred lived to be about 96. He lived in Ashburnham, MA, and was never married, never had any kids. He was an inventor, an artist, a gardener, and was interested in just about everything. He loved to collect things like art, music, flowers, postcards, and the buttons that you have. He loved to paint, water colors were his favorite medium. He spent a lot of time in his garage/workshop building and creating.”

Button, button, whose got the. . .

Button, button, whose got the. . .

Craft Lake City is coming up on August 14 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Gallivan Avenue in downtown Salt Lake. Carrie will be there with her gorgeous felted flowers, garlands (my favorite), birds nest jewelry and headbands, and most importantly, many pieces made from Uncle Alfred’s buttons. If you see cream, grey, tan and brown buttons stitched or beaded together, chances are you are looking at a piece of a New England gentleman’s history. Don’t miss your chance to support art and add it to your collection.

For more about Carrie, visit www.etsy.com | bigbrownhouse
For details on Craft Lake City, visit craftlakecity.com