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Art Coverage at the Trib

The Salt Lake Tribune has a new reporter for the visual arts in Utah. Since Christy Karras left the paper more than a year ago, Culture Vulture Brandon Griggs added visual arts coverage to his already full plate. Recently, however, the Tribune hired Julie Checkoway, a novelist, radio reporter and director of the documentary Waiting for Hockney.

Julie is an energetic and curious writer who knows just the right story to write. And were not saying that just because she has written about 15 Bytes. Really we’re not. But now that we’ve mentioned it . . .

Shawn Rossiter works on laptop in his living room that he converted into a temporary art gallery. (Al Hartmann/The Salt Lake Tribune ) 
Shawn Rossiter works on laptop in his living room that he converted into a temporary art gallery. (Al Hartmann/The Salt Lake Tribune )

Julie’s article A Force For Art, on Artists of Utah, 15 Bytes and editor and founder Shawn Rossiter, appeared in the Living section of the Tribune today, complete with links to the websites. In the article, Rossiter is described as being "like a rock star" but he’s not so sure. "My collection of sunglasses is very limited and, besides, no one has actually posted comments, for good or ill, on the article. How much of a rock start can I be if I don’t stir people to comment?"

Posting a comment to the article (go here) certainly wouldn’t hurt 15 Bytes and AoU as far as publicity is concerned. What it will do for Rossiter’s ego is an unfortunate side effect.

To donate sunglasses, contact Shawn at shawn@shawnrossiter.com

Artwork included in the Trib images include paintings by Jimmy Lucero and a woodblock print by Stefanie Dykes.

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