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Maureen O'Hara Ure

Maureen O’Hara Ure

Maureen O’Hara Ure shares her truth, however whimsical, however wrenching, in mixed media on panel. The incident in “The Night of the Fire,” which is part of Love & Work, her fascinating solo show at Phillips Gallery through Nov. 11, actually occurred in 1978, when the timeworn apartment building in...

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Living in an Inmaterial World: Mike Lee's Digital Mirror: Selfie Consciousness at UMOCA

Living in an Inmaterial World: Mike Lee’s Digital Mirror: Selfie Consciousness at UMOCA

Mike Lee, an Artist in Residence at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, describes himself as a product of two world cultures, having split his childhood between rural Japan and Utah. His work bridges these two separate geographical and cultural regions with reference to an elusive third: the young culture...

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Mapping the Territory: Archipelagoes, Oceans, Americas at BYU's Library

Mapping the Territory: Archipelagoes, Oceans, Americas at BYU’s Library

A year before he went to Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau burned down 300 acres of forest in its vicinity. An accident. During a fishing excursion to nearby Fairhaven Pond, Thoreau’s campfire sparked a grass fire that quickly spread to the surrounding woodlands and almost engulfed the town of Concord,...

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Controlled Chaos: Jimmi Toro mixes paintings, songs & videos at Urban Arts Gallery

Controlled Chaos: Jimmi Toro mixes paintings, songs & videos at Urban Arts Gallery

Jimmi Toro’s fluid line work lays itself gracefully across his paintings. Even in moments of disruption, where the ink spatters or skips, the faces and forms of his creating stare back at us, inviting us into their world. While his work uses a variety of techniques, it is the dripped...

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Nature Abhors a Vacuum, but Loves an Empty Shop Window: Pop-up Art at The Gateway

Nature Abhors a Vacuum, but Loves an Empty Shop Window: Pop-up Art at The Gateway

Sometime in the 1980s, art world observers began to notice that artists were often among the first entrepreneurs to move into neighborhoods widely considered uninhabitable, where they would jump-start what soon became the gentrification process. It would have been in large, coastal American cities’ industrial and warehouse areas that this phenomenon first received predominantly negative...

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Lines in Nature: Recent Works by Justin Newby & Carol Bold

Lines in Nature: Recent Works by Justin Newby & Carol Bold

  The windows of the Canyon Community Center in Springdale, which is cradled in a redrock canyon just outside Zion National Park, look out on a landscape that visually reverberates with the abstracted canyons and flora on display within. In a hand-in-glove match between venue and artwork, the Center hosts the exhibit Lines in Nature:...

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Imitation Games: Ben Steele at Modern West Fine Art

Imitation Games: Ben Steele at Modern West Fine Art

Exhibiting at Modern West Fine Art this month, the traditionally trained painter Ben Steele chooses subjects that hark back to a universal and nostalgic American childhood. From Kennewick, Washington, and educated first at the University of Utah and then at the apprenticeship program in Helper—under the instruction of artists David Dornan and Paul Davis—Steele’s Western...

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Sarina Villareal's Pop-Up Gallery on Main Street

Sarina Villareal’s Pop-Up Gallery on Main Street

From mysterious murals deep inside Paleolithic caves, to movable adornment for Renaissance merchants, art is something malleable, reflective of the space and time in which it exists. Art was one thing when it was made for the magnificent churches of Venice, like San Marco and San Lorenzo, and became another when it was created for...

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SUNDAY BLOG READ: Jan C. Minich

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Jan C. Minich

SUNDAY BLOG READ is your glimpse into the working minds and hearts of Utah’s literary writers. 15 Bytes regularly offers works-in-progress and / or recently published work by some of the state’s most celebrated and promising writers of fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction and memoir. Today we present Jan C. Minich, who divides his time between Wellington,...

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RDT's Brio: A Night of Smith & Shapiro

RDT’s Brio: A Night of Smith & Shapiro

I typically leave Repertory Dance Theatre performances feeling satisfied by an evening of enjoyable, well-crafted dances, and Thursday night’s Brio program was no exception. Brio features five works by Danial Shapiro and Joanie Smith. Several creations were by both members of the choreographic duo; others were created by Smith, who continues to choreograph following Shapiro’s...

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Feminist Reality, Feminist Mystery: Julie J. Nichols' Pigs When They Straddle the Air

Feminist Reality, Feminist Mystery: Julie J. Nichols’ Pigs When They Straddle the Air

Some titles, like Many Things Have Happened Since He Died by Elizabeth Dewberry and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, have made me want to read a novel when I know nothing at all about the author and haven’t read a review. The title itself creates a sort of tension that seems...

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Ragamala Dance Brings Family Ties and a Sacred Earth to Kingsbury Hall

Ragamala Dance Brings Family Ties and a Sacred Earth to Kingsbury Hall

On Saturday at Kingsbury Hall, Utah Presents hosted an evening with Ragamala Dance Company.  Directed by the mother-daughter team Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, the internationally touring company holds a venerable reputation as purveyors of the traditional Indian form, Bharatanatyam.  During a time where the world is brimming over with unrest and antipathy, the evening...

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SALT Contemporary Dance Emergent at the Eccles Theater

SALT Contemporary Dance Emergent at the Eccles Theater

Lehi-based SALT Contemporary Dance, founded in 2013, was the first performing group to reserve space in the new Regent Street Eccles Theater this past weekend (a black—or in the Regent’s case, purple — box). As mentioned by founding artistic director Michelle Nielsen in her pre-performance speech, SALT’s self-professed mission is to present contemporary works by...

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Anna Betbeze Selected for the $15,000 Doctorow Prize

Anna Betbeze Selected for the $15,000 Doctorow Prize

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) and the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation have announced the winner of their 2017 Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting:  New York-based artist Anna Betbeze. In addition to a $15,000 unrestricted cash award, UMOCA, the permanent steward for the Doctorow Prize, will host a solo exhibition of Betbeze’s...

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A Kind of Deep-Felt Sadness: Andy Hoffmann's "The Edge and End of Water"

A Kind of Deep-Felt Sadness: Andy Hoffmann’s “The Edge and End of Water”

This chapbook documents a trip from Utah to Argentina in three brief chapters, each with a poem, an essay, a photograph, and epigraphs taken from the work of poet Pablo Neruda. The first section, “Punta Norte,” describes a wildlife preserve on the Península Valdés in Argentina which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site established for...

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Snapshots of Dance Heginbotham

Snapshots of Dance Heginbotham

Last Friday, Sugar Space Arts Warehouse presented Dance Heginbotham, the company of eponymous New York-based choreographer and former Mark Morris dancer John Heginbotham. While I believe the company typically has more dancing members, Heginbotham brought just two along for the Salt Lake City show: Lindsey Jones and Weaver Rhodes, both graduates from SUNY Purchase. Additionally,...

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Alive as You and Me: Plan-B's One Big Union

Alive as You and Me: Plan-B’s One Big Union

“I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night, alive as you and me . . .” And, in fact, I did. One Big Union, a perfectly cast, carefully crafted play about the 1915 death by firing squad of the legendary labor organizer and songwriter (yes, right here in the City of Salt) was presented to...

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Brevitas: Nowell Sing We

Brevitas: Nowell Sing We

Review by David Layton. The 2016 holiday season brings us a new release by Brevitas, a vocal ensemble directed by Matthew D. Nielsen. Nowell Sing We is their second album, and their first dedicated to Christmas repertoire. Nielsen has curated an excellent program, combining familiar favorites with the new and unexpected, focusing on repertoire of the...

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Adopt an Elder at the Navajo Rug Show and Sale, November 11 - 13

Adopt an Elder at the Navajo Rug Show and Sale, November 11 – 13

Admission isn’t much: Five bucks or some cans of food on Saturday and Sunday; even $30 (kids are $10) isn’t bad for the big-deal gala on Friday’s opening night with fancy finger food and a live auction when everything you spend goes to help Navajos 75 years old and up living traditionally to buy food,...

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