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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!

Alt Press Festival

July 3, 2012


The Alt Press Festival is coming up on July 7th. It’s held at the Main Library from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Don’t miss this celebration of locally made books and ‘zines. My pal, Travis Gray is joining the festival for the first time with some tiny books for kids. Our friends Isha and Raffi will also perform, rounding out the festival with music. Don’t miss it!

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; and David Charles Baker.  For more information on how to be involved and to see the schedule of events visit

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

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


June 3, 2012

Pride Batman

It’s Pride, and it is out tradition to post Batman in support of our friends. Have a great weekend :) | Utah-Pride-Center

The Circle of Life

November 22, 2011
Armor of GAWD

Armor of GAWD

Big Head

Big Head

It’s been six years since my first pet as an adult, an Airedale Terrier named Mimi died. She was my social lubricant, 99% of my friends were her friend first. She was my cross fit gym, my workouts weren’t just trail runs, but trail runs accompanied by the rhythmic squeaking of a stupid carrot toy.  Airedales hate anything that feels like work, but she did love her carrot. She was my fashion accessory, too. I know the hard core dog people will find this irksome, but there is something about walking a dog so beautiful that traffic stops. Everyone seems to look at you and sing: “She’s got legggggs! Sheer energy legggs!”

And the circle of life goes on. I have Amy Wicks, City Council Woman in Ogden, and Airedale owner to thank for finding my new friend. Amy told me a 14 month old “little” Airedale boy was homeless in Idaho Falls. Within just a couple of hours of hearing about him I got in my car and I drove. I left at four p.m., got him, and was back in the SLC about 9 a.m. I witnessed a heart-breaking parting, his owner was a good guy, but couldn’t afford to keep and house the pup. His loss is my gain. Jared had taken him through the hard part – the crying at night, teething and housebreaking. Terriers are not easy to house train.

I’m glad he is a boy, because if he weren’t I know I would drift back in time and mistake him for Mimi. He spooks just like her, like a horse. He leans like her – leaning on a human’s legs is the highest compliment in big dog language. He plays like her, big paws punching me in the face. He sniffs crotches just like her, no hesitation, wet nose all the way up. Just like Mimi, he is the official welcome wagon of the dog park, smoothing out conflict to prevent fights and being the “rabbit.” He relies on brawn and bravery to “win” the games rather than speed, a tactic I thought was all Mimi.

And like Mimi, we named him a name that no one else likes. His name is Armor-of-God Sampson Horatio West. Armor-of-God is a character in an Orson Scott Card book I read when I was 12. Horatio, of course, was Hamlet’s best friend. And Sampson was his original name, which we liked, but it seemed a bit too obvious. You can call him Armor, or Army, or dipshit. If you look at him and smile when you say it, he will prance on over.

I’m grateful that his original owner is still involved. I text him photos and he is going to visit over the holidays. Army is taller and thinner than he was two months ago when we brought him home. His physical stamina is improved. He is a beautiful boy who always needs a bath. I have to admit, I feel so much more like myself with a sexy, bad ass dog at my side. It feels so right. That said, you never, ever forget your first love.  I think of “Big Orange” the original often, especially when I watch my tall, curly friend bounding ahead.

Leaping Airedales

Leaping Airedales

Aiden Lopez, Second-grader’s Signature Style Noticed by Weber State University

May 19, 2011

I don’t know if I’m the world’s biggest fan of kid’s art – or if I resent it because art is considered a great past time for kids, until you grow up and everyone starts asking “When are you going to get a real job?” and “How much did you make on THAT?”

But, I’m sure you will agree this is about the cutest thing ever.

Aiden Lopez, who was a baby when he was the curly-haired little boy around the corner from me in the Avenues, has been noticed by Weber State University’s art department for a family portrait. The monochrome orange portrait includes “A nod to the traditional Norman Rockwell/1950s television father of yore,” according to proud dad, Jesus, in the form of a pipe his dad is smoking.

Jesus hopes that Aiden’s teachers didn’t assume it was a crystal meth pipe. They do live in Ogden now, after all.

I’m a proud auntie and I can’t believe this little guy has gotten so big so fast. Dad also explains that the big eyes on each figure is “A signature detail in
all of his portraits. His subjects, especially his representations of himself are taking in as much information as possible. That is certainly true of a person of such a young age, but it also comments how modern society is inundated with information from a variety of sources. In the past, families relied on the local paper or the radio for information, now families are flooded with 24 hour news channels and the Internet.”

You can see Aiden’s work at Weber State University’s Student Union Art Gallery through June 1. He also earned an honorable mention in a 2nd grade wide art contest. Go Aiden!

Crafty Utah Co Kid Hold Garage sale for Orphans in Ghana

May 17, 2011
Alaina Belk

Alaina Belk

Payson’s crafty kid Alaina Belk is holding a to help orphans in Ghana. Here’s the story in Alaina’s own words.

Help Me Feed the Orphans of Ghana

My name is Alaina Belk.  I am 10 years old.  My family is adopting a little girl from Africa.  I am worried about the other children in the orphanage.  They need medicine, food and clothes.  I had the idea of gathering for Ghana.  I started going through my toys and clothes to see what I could sell to make money to help the children in my little sister’s orphanage.  Maybe you have toys, clothing and other things that you don’t need that we might be able to sell.  Please help me help the poor children in Ghana who don’t have a family to take care of them.  We are so blessed and have so much.  If we all give a little bit we can make a big difference.    

Fundraiser Yard Sale
May 28, 2011
8 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Aspen Academy
996 W. 800 S.
Payson, UT

I am accepting items in good useable condition.  For information about a drop off location for your donated items call Alaina at (801) 465-4919

Remember to mark the 28th on your Calendar and come to the yard sale.

Veteran crafter, and Alaina’s aunt, Amy Hunter says “There is a great need in Ghana for clean water. If we can raise $2,000 dollars we can purchase equipment to drill a well. We are accepting items in good condition to sell, baked goods, and donated craft items. We also need volunteers on the day of the yard sale. Contact me if you have any questions or items to donate. THANK YOU!”

For  Salt Lake and Davis County folks who want to participate, donations may be dropped off in Bountiful to Amy, reach her at  Please mark your donations with prices.

Kid’s Art Supply Drive

April 21, 2011
Youth City's Ottinger Hall

Youth Citys Ottinger Hall

You have tons of things you’ll never use. Pens, tape, glue, fabric. You bought it for a project with the best intentions. But then never used it. Why not donate it to someone who will use it?

The ArtDuh First Anniversary Show opens Saturday night at the Hive Gallery. We hope you’ll come out and party with us. Bring the art supplies that are cluttering your house and give them to the best kids on earth – my students at Youth City’s Ottinger Hall. We’re accepting art supplies all the way through the end of the show on May 31. I’ve got yarn, tape, pens and fabric I’ll be dropping off. The kids art will be hanging at the gallery, too, so come check it out and get inspired by some creative young minds.


March 13, 2011

Here is the poster and some information on our upcoming show at the Hive, Duh! | HUGE.ART.DUH.

British Private Brings Home Glitter-Shitting Bitch

November 11, 2010
The Divas

The Divas

Smiley Pants

Smiley Pants

Spokeswoman for a dance company, Bebe has a killer leap, doesn’t like to get her feet wet, has great posture, and shits glitter. Bebe was found working the corner near Liquid Joes in early spring 2009, strung out and naked. Ashlee Vilos Prentice’s husband, a British private, took her home to the missus.

Ashlee was preparing to direct a huge performance at the Rose Wagner, and didn’t have time for the skinny bitch. The private was recovering from surgery, and Ash from a frightening seizure. The timing was all wrong. But then Ashlee came face-to-face with the fawn-eyed Bebe:



“When he brought her in our apartment she was so skinny and had scabs on her elbows from sleeping out on the street. She also looked like she had cigarette burns. She was so nervous that she stayed up all night with my husband. Neither one of them slept. The next morning I took her downtown to see if she belonged to anyone. I told them we wanted her, if no one claimed her. We were smitten. A few days later we got the good news.” says Ashlee.

Vicious Pit-bull

Vicious Pit-bull

Bebe is a rescue of the worst kind. No one wants her, insurance companies reject her and apartment complexes ban her. Bebe is a pit-bull, which, according to Best Friend’s Animal Sanctuary is a group of short-haired muscular mutts and more than 20 pure breeds.

“We hid her in our apartment for about 3 months. Because of her breed, we had to find a new place to live. We had been talking about a house for awhile, and Bebe gave us the push we needed to make the big move. She is the cuddliest dog ever and is perfect to come home to at the end of a frantic day.” says Ashlee.

Ashlee the Tiny Dancer

Ashlee the Tiny Dancer

Bebe and her mom are training for a marathon, running miles and miles every day, which at least one of the girls loves. She has also adopted a brother, Winston the Rottweiler. The family goes to battle over both breed’s reputations, working to prove that they aren’t violent animals. In fact, brother Winston is a bit goofy while Bebe is clearly the brains of the operation.

Ashlee is a gifted artist, community-minded, energetic and involved. She is one of’s best friends and most ardent supporters. In fact, she and the private were integrally involved in the launch of the blog. Ashlee talks about her work:



“I have a dance company called Transfusion Hype. I am a choreographer, teacher, producer, director, and performer. I enjoy the art of costuming on a dime and also make jewelry for my dancers. I am (Bebe literally just typed this: bmmmmmmmmj4hy3) currently working with a lot of crystals! My husband and I also make movies. He films. I edit. He finalizes and adds effects. When Bebe was younger, she would sneak into the costume room and eat lace, ribbon, mainly anything shiny. Now she keeps me sane, especially when we have stressful projects on. I am ALL ABOUT pit-bulls getting some positive press. I want to make things better for the breed.“

Transfusion Hype performs at events like Fashion Stroll, Studio 27 and Club Jam. They will dance at Sugarspace on December 3rd, at a CD launch party for Kiliona, the party kicks off at 7:30. To keep up with their antics follow the dance company at or

Vick Chew Toy

Vick Chew Toy

Ashlee and Bebe asked us to use this post to raise awareness of the plight of the pit-bull, the breed(s) used by Michael Vick in his illegal dog-fighting operation. Lovers of the breed(s) are fighting a PR campaign to prove that pit-bulls can make wonderful pets, when the owners behave themselves. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, took in 22 pits confiscated from Michael Vick’s dog fighting operation and rehabilitated them. To read more about pitty rescue and rehab, please visit


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