Marmalade City Library

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I’m a nerd for books, I admit it. I probably already have way too many myself, but I still plan on getting many many more.

Even though I love having my own personal library, it makes me so very happy to know that in a few days I’ll have access to thousands of additional books just a short walk down the street at the new Marmalade City Library.

It also makes me happy to see this library has finally come together and is completed. Plans were originally announced around 2004 or so, with groundbreaking expected to begin in 2008. But then the world changed, the economy collapsed and… we all know the rest of the story and the fun times we’ve had ever since. But the city has finally been able to build the new library and it’s doors open this weekend. More details below… w00t w00t!

CELEBRATE AND SEE THE CITY LIBRARY’S NEWEST LOCATION

Celebrate the opening of the Library’s newest location, the Marmalade Branch! The Grand Opening celebration will begin at 10am on Saturday, February 27 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and remarks from city officials. Activities suitable for all ages will continue throughout the day.

The Marmalade Branch is located at 280 West 500 North in Salt Lake City. For more information about the branch, click here.

ISIS Militants Destroying Antiquities in Iraq

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We learned last week that ISIS militants were destroying ancient historical artifacts on display at the Mosul Museum in Iraq. With so much murder and war going on in the area, this is just one more horror to add to the long list.

As modern human beings, we understand the ancient past through the images, sculptures, architecture, jewelry, pottery and other art objects that were left behind. There is really nothing else we have to understand ancient people. And what was destroyed were among the most ancient of known relics. What was destroyed was not just regional history, but also our shared human history, and we’ve already lost too much of our history. Its been rewritten, slaughtered, burned, and swept under the dirty rug. We can’t afford to lose any more.

You can watch the destruction here: youtube.com

Democracy Now! ran an interesting story as well, and you can listen to that here: democracynow.org

The image shown above was not the actual piece destroyed but, from what I understand, there was a similar gigantic sculpture that was destroyed. I’ve written about other similar sculptures before, and you can read that blog post here. I just can’t believe anyone would topple and take a hammer to these.

Sickening!

Artwork at the Rio Grande

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“Winter” by Todd Powelson

Last Sunday I hung some of my artwork at the Rio Grande Cafe in downtown Salt Lake. A bunch of my artwork really… Stop in and give your eyeballs a treat! Eat some delicious food while you’re at it. I usually get the same thing when I eat there, but it is yumyum, so I have no problem recommending the #10 Combo (Veggie Enchilada plate).

It’s always good to see my artwork hanging in a new location, and every time I’ve been to the Rio Grande I’ve thought my artwork needed to spend some time on their walls. Now my pictures are hanging there until November 2nd.

Rio Grande Cafe
270 South Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 364-3302

bit.ly/16O1Fj0 (Google map)

Urban Arts Fest

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I’ll have a booth at the Urban Arts Festival next Saturday and I’m looking forward to it. Even though I didn’t have a booth at the festival last year, I did attend and had a good time. I like seeing what all of the fine folks at the Utah Arts Alliance put together.

This year will be a little different, with the opening of the Urban Arts Gallery last spring, and also a change in location… we’ll be celebrating this years festival at the Gateway.

I’ve gotten more inspiration from nature than anything else, but nature is everywhere. Even in the city ya cannot escape it. Flowers burst through the concrete cracks, and birds fly overhead, raccoon dumpster-divers.. I do love the city! And I love to be surprised by urban art while wandering through the city.

My artwork is still hanging at the UAA Main Street Gallery (check it out!), but I will still have a number of inexpensive posters, postcards, and drawings. Be sure to come on down. Music, artwork, poetry and dance… can’t beat it!

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Angels, Demons & Animals

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Todd Powelson’s Angels, Demon’s and Animals opens June 11 – July 27 at the Utah Arts Alliance Main Street Gallery 

I wanted to put up one last post reminding ya’all to come out to my show at the UAA Main Street Gallery. I’m very proud and extremely happy with how its come together. The show will be up until July 27th, but if you come to the reception on Gallery Stroll this next Friday, June 21 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, you’ll also meet one of the HawkWatch International bird handlers and a rehabilitated education raptor. Plus, I’ll be there too!

The Utah Arts Alliance Main Street Gallery is located at 127 South Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays noon to 5:00 p.m. Angels, Demons and Animals is the second to last show that will be hung in this gallery. In September, the gallery will be dismantled to make way for the new Broadway Theater.

Todd Powelson | Angels, Demons & Animals
Reception – Friday, June 21, 2013 | 6pm-9pm
UAA Main Street Gallery, 127 S. Main St., Salt Lake City, UT

www.hawkwatch.org
www.utaharts.org
www.toddpowelson.com

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HawkWatch International Benefit Poster

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HawkWatch International Benefit Poster

Todd Powelson’s Angels, Demon’s and Animals opens June 11 at the Utah Arts Alliance Main Street Gallery 

I love seeing birds. I spend a lot of time looking up, hoping to glimpse my spirit animals, ravens and falcons. I’m exhibiting a new show dedicated to these feathered friends that opens Tuesday, June 11. The show runs through July 27th and celebrates everything fierce and frail about birds, as well as attempting to link humanity back to its animal roots.

I’ve created a drawing of a hawk using Adobe Ideas on the iPad that will be for sale for $19.00 at the UAA Main Street Gallery, the Urban Arts Gallery and Frisch vegan restaurant in Salt Lake. All of the proceeds from the poster will be donated to the nonprofit, HawkWatch International. I’ve partnered with HawkWatch, and the organizations bird handlers will bring a rehabilitated education raptor to interact with the public at my show’s reception on June 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Utah Arts Alliance Main Street Gallery is located at 127 South Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays noon to 5:00 p.m. Angels, Demons and Animals is the second to last show that will be hung in this gallery. In September, the gallery will be dismantled to make way for the new Broadway Theater.

Todd Powelson | Angels, Demons & Animals
Reception – Friday, June 21, 2013 | 6pm-9pm
UAA Main Street Gallery, 127 S. Main St., Salt Lake City, UT

www.hawkwatch.org
www.utaharts.org
www.toddpowelson.com

facebook.com | Events | Angels, Demons & Animals

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!

utaharts.org/locations/urban-arts-gallery

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